MESSAGE FROM THE TRIAD
The plans for the tough shed have been finalized and it should
be here in a few weeks. We will also investigate rolling the parking logs back and moving
the existing shed to expand our pit area. Doug Boucher has come up with a resurfacing
system for our runway. It is slowly deteriorating and we need to do something to add a few
years to it and maybe take care of the green "goo" that seems to get everywhere
while we are at it. We will discuss this further at the next meeting.
We need a Field Marshall, or three. Our frequency
control/impound system has been pretty lax. There was an incident a few weeks ago where a
pilot who had been flying was cleaning up his plane and turned on his radio while another
pilot who had the pin was flying. Luckily the plane was saved and no one got hurt. This is
a very serious situation and needs to be remedied immediately. All we need is one stray
aircraft to crash in the pits/parking lot or heaven forbid the dump site itself and we
would lose our field permanently. We have a large membership with many new people who as
well as the seasoned members do not use the impound properly. I understand the trepidation
of some people about placing expensive radios in the existing impound. That is why we are
going ahead with the new shed and a new pin board.
Larry Childs has offered to machine and anodize a new set of
frequency pins at no charge to the club. Now, this brings us back to the Field Marshals.
Their duty would entail overseeing that general safety guidelines are being followed at
the field including the impound/pin issue. We need more than one person so ideally there
would be someone available most weekends. It is not a large burden. It only requires a
watchful eye and a willingness to lead by example and make the necessary corrections when
necessary. Remember we now run on a points system, and this would be an easy way to earn
20 pts. If you would like to help out (and please do!) Come to the next meeting and show
your support. Dont forget the door prize and the 50/50 raffle where you could win a
nice prize or even cash! We have allocated a sizable prize budget for every meeting so if
you dont show youre missing out!
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By Rob Jensen
Well, as most of you know I now own Hangar One Hobbies. It is a
dream come true for me, and I am needless to say, very exited. I would like to thank David
for giving me the opportunity to make this happen. Now, this means my flying time is going
to be more limited, but I will still be involved heavily with the club, probably more than
ever. I have a new toy, it is called a "LiteStik" and it is an indoor/outdoor
slow flyer. It weighs 7.5 oz, is 3 channel and can be had for about $130.00 with ALL
airborne gear! I have been flying it in the front yard using the street lights. It flies
about ½ the speed of a Wingo and will turn pretty tightly. I will bring it to the next
meeting and if the main hall is clear, well buzz around for a while. I will also
bring my foam cutter and give a wing cutting workshop. This will be a "Hands On"
demo so you can try it. If you would like to try a foam wind but are hesitant I will show
you the wonders of working in foam. If all this ugly weather has got you itching to fly,
Tom Nowelsky will bring his computer and the Real Flight Generation II simulator software.
Should be a hoot, dont miss it! By the way I would like to send out a get well soon
to Larry Frank, and Jean Lange. Our thoughts are with you guys.
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NAME THE PLANE
Anybody been watching Survivor II? Name the plane that drops
them off for a prize at the next meeting. See Ya!
MEMBERSHIP DUES REMINDER
By Dale Ciaroni
Just a reminder that all membership dues must be
received by February 28, 2001. Any dues not renewed by February 28th will be
assessed an additional $50.00. This additional amount was not implemented as a penalty,
but as an incentive for everyone to get their dues in on time so that we can get
membership badges and updated rosters out to everyone in a timely fashion. Also, if any of
your membership information needs to be updated or changed, please make a note of it so we
will have your current and accurate address, telephone number and e-mail information.
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FROM THE SECRETARY
Larry Childs was kind enough to host this months
board meeting at his home in Cotati. The first order to business was to put Steve Cole in
charge of the point system. He will see to it that all points are recorded. He will be
assisted by all board members. Forms will be printed up for this purpose. (Steve has a new
phone number for those who dont already know: 566-8838). Jeff Costa, though he
wasnt at the meeting, will be in charge of seeing to it that field maintenance will
be taken care of when needed.
Doug Boucher and Jeff volunteered to head up the events
committee for the coming year. Im sure we can look forward to a busy schedule.
Larry Childs announced that the Tuff Shed in on order so that
in the coming flying season we will have a safe and secure transmitter impound area.
Transmitter impound will be strictly enforced this year. There have been too many
incidents in the past with radios being turned on when they shouldnt have. Larry
will also be making new frequency pins for us as the old ones are pretty well worn.
Doug Boucher brought up the fact that our Astro Turf runway is
deteriorating rather badly. Thats what all that green stuff in on your wheels and
other parts of your planes. He proposed that we seal the surface, which will extend the
life of the runway and keep your airplanes cleaner. We would also put a white line down
the center, which should help on those landings and take-offs. This will be brought up at
the next meeting for a vote as it requires a substantial layout of funds.
If was also mentioned that there have been too many spectators
wandering around the pit area lately. For their own safety, we need to keep them behind
the fence. Maybe a better fence is the answer. Speaking of safety, the need for a Field
Marshall was brought up. We will be looking for a volunteer soon.
Lastly, Rob announced that there will be a foam cutting
demonstration at the next meeting. In addition, future board meetings will be held at
Hangar One Hobbies, time and date to be announced.
Thats all for this month. Keepem flyin.