News

Next meeting date:
November 19, 2019
October Meeting

There were 15 members present at the meeting on the 15th of October. The current paid membership count is now 48 members, with Aidan Lara joining. Aidan is 14 years old. It is great to see a young person interested in our hobby.

November is election month at the meeting. Positions for all officers are open to those interested. All current officers have added their name to the ballot except for Vice President, so anyone interested in that position or any other should let a current officer know or be at the November meeting to be added to the ballot.

See the minutes in the Members Only section for more details on the meeting.
October Picnic

We will have our final post meeting picnic this Saturday the 19th. As always, all members and family are invited and the main courses will be for fajitas, provided by the club. Side dishes are always appreciated. Oh, and flying is also planned so bring a plane or 3.
Safety Items

A recent experience with a lipo battery has resulted in fire resistant charging bags being available at the charging stations. Please use them when you charge lipo batteries.
If you haven't heard, a 6 cell battery on a charger began popping and hissing (not normal) and was fortunately removed immediately to outside, where it was placed on the ground and within seconds erupted into a very impressive flame of 4 feet or so. Obviously that would not have been good on the wooden counter with the wooden cabinets above.
FAA and AMA Requirements

The AMA has a rule regarding FPV operations that states all FPV flyers must have a spotter, and that spotter must maintain line of sight with the aircraft. It also says that the spotter must be able to take over the controls of the aircraft if necessary. Spotters are not a bad idea any time you are flying, but especially helpful for FPV operations, and now are required. Please adhere to the AMA rules.

The FAA 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.

The FAA rules regarding UAS operations are in a state of flux and will continue to change for some time. We all need to stay abreast of the changes and abide by them. Stayed tuned...
Air Affaire Fund Raiser Results

The final tally for the Air Affaire fund raiser for this year is slightly above $3100. Less than the last two years but overall a good showing. Next years event will be Saturday only (along with the Air Affaire going to one day), so more donations will be very helpful in getting our contribution to VHoCC higher.