1/21/2018 -  The AMA issued a summary of its legislative efforts in 2017 with the US Government. You can view it HERE.


1/6/2018 -  The guys at FliteTest have been making some of the best quality RC related videos for a number of years now. Their RC projects have gotten bigger and more complicated every year. They have also been making the rounds of the bigger RC events and provided great coverage.

Recently they have been expanding their repertoire to full scale events. Now they are pushing past being observers of full scale events and begin creating air adventures to share via YouTube.

Many of us in the RC hobby get a thrill out of doing risky (to the model) stunts and precision aerobatics. But most of us can only dream about the kind of stuff FliteTest has been doing recently. They have done a great job and you owe it to yourself to watch their latest adventures! 

The first is a flight in an F-16 with Josh Bixler. It covers the whole flight: taxi, formation flying, air refueling, high G aerobatics, Josh at the stick and landing.

The next adventure is even more epic. Its a 3 video series covering a full day with Alex and Stefan flying with the Flying Cowboys. These guys are a bunch of full scale pilots that fly in the otherworldly deserts, canyons and mountains of Utah. They land in canyons unable to be accessed by any other means than a bush plane or boat. Tight formation flying with a bunch of bush planes, water skiing with their planes on rivers and diving into remote canyons with very tight space are just a few of the highlights!


1/6/2018 - The news stories for this period have been archived. You can review them HERE.


UH-60 drone-part

12/16/2017 -  On September 21, 2017 an individiual flew his DJI Phantom 4 drone out of line of sight at an altitude of 274’ in air space restricted by a TFR in the New York area. The drone struck an Army UH-60 helicopter that was conducting a training flight. 

The drone was destroyed and the UH-60 landed uneventfully. There was damage to one of the main rotor blades, some scratches and cracks in a fairing. They found parts of the Phantom lodged in the oil cooler fan of the helicopter. The recovered parts of the Phantom were one of the motors and part of the arm that holds it. They used the serial number of the motor to determine the owner of the Phantom by contacting DJI. The owner was unaware he had hit the helicopter and had assumed its battery died and the drone crashed into the water as he tried to get it back using its GPS return to home feature. The NTSB report on the incident is interesting and I’d recommend taking the time to read it. 

You may think you can fly anywhere you want as long as it is below 400’ and at least 5 miles from an airport. That is not true. There are many other flight restrictions relating to areas, people and events. In some cases a TFR can restrict flying at ANY altitude. How many modelers check for TFR’s before flying? If you are below 400’ and a full scale aircraft approaches your flying area can you get your model down quickly to keep it out of the path of the full scale aircraft? If you are flying a 50 to 90mph sport plane, then the answer is probably yes, but what about a sailplane? They are slow to maneuver and do not like to be forced down quickly. Muti-rotor drones are also slow to descend even with full down stick applied and are relatively slow to maneuver. 

The legal and financial implications for the individual that caused the incident will be with him for a long time. But what if it had caused the helicopter to crash? The Phantom parts were lodged in the helicopters oil cooler fan and they had to replace one of the helicopters main rotor blades as a result of the impact. This might have led to a cascade of events if the helicopter had not landed immediately. We want to think that a small model cannot hurt a full scale aircraft in a way that could cause substantial damage or a crash. It has not happened to date, but many aircraft crashes have been caused by some of the smallest issues. A B-2 bomber was lost a few years ago because of water condensation in a sensor. A space shuttle was lost because of a piece of foam striking the carbon leading edge of its wing. Murphy’s Law comes in many forms and even the best minds in the world are unable to foresee all the means that failures can occur. Why risk peoples lives to fly a model aircraft in an irresponsible manner? 

Thanks to Richard Jackson for forwarding the AMA’s email on the subject.



12/12/2017 -  Effective today President Trump signed into law legislation that reverses the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restores the FAA UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members.

If you previously registered you do NOT have to register again UNLESS you asked for a refund and to be removed from the registry. You can call 877-396-4636 to check the status of your registration. 

If you have not registered you can do it HERE


12/10/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on December 4th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.

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