Next meeting date:
May 21, 2019
April Meeting

There were 18 members present at the meeting on the 16th of April.

The Christmas dinner location has been reserved at Stymies/Double Eagle at the golf course on Woodcock Road. The date is December 4th, 2019. Times will be determined at a later date.
Picnics are Back

It is that time of year already and our monthly summer picnic season kicked off on Saturday, April 20th. Burgers and hotdogs with all of the condiments were provided by the club - side dishes of brats, potato salad, baked beans and desserts from members were welcome additions. The weather was perfect for flying with sunny skies and wind right down the runway. An excellent start to the picnics.
Safety Items

As always, fingers don't deal well with props on aircraft, with electrics being particularly dangerous for several reasons. Also, don't stand in front of a propeller while running up the aircraft if at all possible. Props do come off at times and are very sharp. Be aware of where you are in relation to spinning props - not just your own aircraft but all aircraft.  
Upcoming Upkeep

If you have been to the field lately you may have noticed the condition of the driveway from Towne Road to the parking area. We filled some holes last year with gravel, but the large amount of large vehicle traffic in and out and the annual weather pattern (read: rain) has made those repairs disappear. It is obvious that we will again need to do some maintenance on the driveway. A work party will be announced when we are ready. The main impact on the club is the cost, which could run into a few hundred dollars or more. Stay tuned for more...
Also rolling of the field will be done very soon.
Battery Charging

The new battery charger is up and running at the field. It is a 4 station unit, laid out just like the current chargers. There is a small difference in the set-up for charging - you can input the mah rating of the battery and it will automatically adjust the charge rate to 1C. For example, inputting 2500mah will set the charge rate to 2.5 amps, 3300mah will result in a charge rate of 3.3 amps. You still have the option to increase the charge rate if you like.
If you are unsure how to use it, please ask for help.

The max charge rate is 10 amps per station (nearly twice the ability of the current chargers), so the larger batteries will be able to charge faster and get you back in the air sooner. Because of the higher output, it does have a much louder and larger fan to cool it, so don't be worried something is wrong with the unit when you hear it whirring away.
Airport Days - Summer 2019

The Olympic RC Modelers have invited us to join them at the William R. Fairchild Airport in Port Angeles for the Airport Days event. This is the annual event at the airport that brings in the Collins Foundation and their WWII bombers and fighters. The r/c area will be for both static and flight, so the more aircraft the better. Details are still being worked out and we will keep you up to date as we learn more. This event is scheduled for late June so we all have plenty of time to plan for it.
FAA Registration Requirements

The FAA recently issued a rule that now requires your FAA UAS registration number to be displayed on the outside of the airframe. No changes have been made regarding size, specific location on the airframe exterior, etc., so be sure to get your legible registration number on the exterior of all of your aircraft.