News

Next meeting date:
April 16, 2019
March Meeting

There were 15 members present at the meeting on the 19th of March.

A motion was made and passed to issue a check in the amount of $300 for the deposit on the Legend’s Room at Stymies for the Christmas party. No charges for the room will likely occur as we should have plenty of members attending between the Sequim and Port Angeles clubs. We needed to move on this early to reserve the room.
Picnics are Back

It is that time of year already and our monthly summer picnic season will kick off on April 20, the Saturday following our next meeting. As always, basics are provided by the club - side dishes are always welcomed.
Safety Items

Good news - no safety issues have been identified in the past month, as long as you don't consider slipping and sliding in the snow a safety issue.
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...
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.