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UAS REGISTRATION IS NOW THE LAW OF THE LAND (again)

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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



DEC 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

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.



NOV 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

11/25/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on November 6th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



CRCS ST GEORGE TRACTOR PULL COVERAGE

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11/25/2017 - Richard White provided photo’s of the fall tractor pull in St George, SC. CRCS has been invited to put on flight demonstrations at this bi-annual event for the past few years. The event took place Nov 18th.



CRCS AT THE CHARLESTON AREA MODEL RAILROAD SHOW 

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11/24/2017 - On Nov 18 & 19 CRCS participated in the Charleston Area Model Railroad Train show with indoor flying demonstrations, a flight simulator hands on experience and static model displays at the Danny Jones Armory & Gymnasium. The AMA has a story and pictures on their education Blog

If you've never attended this event it is a HUGE display of model trains of all types with a swap meet atmosphere where you can buy and examine trains, parts, diorama buildings and accessories. There are a number of running train exhibits spread out in the large facility. The event is large enough to run commercials on the local television stations. CRCS has been invited to this event a number of times and weather permitting puts on flying displays in the sports field adjacent to the building.



RIP MICHAEL ‘CRASH' HANCOCK

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10/29/2017 - The RC community lost an icon today. Michael Crash Hancock started one of the first RC related podcast's all the way back in 2009. The CrashCast was always filled with interesting stories, great tips and advice. He shared the podcast with a growing circle of co-hosts. He and his crew of co-hosts became a regular fixture and source of entertainment at SEFF. He was very active in the RC community. He was a trail blazer in the early days of home CNC cutting machines, 3D printers and helped many learn how to put together their first electric RC planes.

When he needed to focus on treatment for his illness and was unable to continue podcasting, his co-hosts spun off a new podcast Angle of Attack. Crash would occasionally make an appearance on that show. The Crashcast will continue to be available on the internet. Mike felt it was his legacy to us all and laid the ground work for it to remain available to all after his passing.

A month ago when he knew he had a short time left his co-hosts and a large circle of friends joined him at his home for one last CrashCast Episode. #361. This episode was made into a video on YouTube. The first 9:12 minutes is pre-show without sound. Sound kicks in after that point. It is a touching tribute to a great man, husband and father.



CRCS SUPPORTS STEM AND SCOUTS 

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10/21/2017 - Richard White wrote a great article about the STEM event that occurred on 10/14. CRCS participated with flying demos, simulators and knowledge sharing. Photo’s were provided by Richard as well.



CRCS FALL FLOAT FLY IS CANCELLED 

9/23/2017 - The fall float fly scheduled for Oct 28th has been cancelled due to the lake being unavailable. 



CRCS FALL PICNIC HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED 

9/23/2017 - The fall picnic originally scheduled for Oct 14th has been rescheduled to Oct 28th



PROP CLOCK AUCTION

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8/20/2017 - Richard White was kind enough to donate two prop clocks to the club. Each of these clocks also has three pegs for hanging your hats on. These will be auctioned off at the next club meeting on 9/4/17.



HR2997 PENDING MODEL AVIATION LEGISLATION

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7/15/2017 - Please contact your Congressman’s office and ask them to pass onto the Congressman your feelings on this Bill (nicely). Let them know whether you feel they should oppose or endorse the bill.

Here is a link to the Bill that was introduced to Congress.

Of particular interest to CRCS is the 5 mile rule. We are less than 5 miles from the nearest airport. The Bill does mention special procedures for fixed model sites located within 5 miles of airports.

There is more contained in the Bill regarding UAS’s, covering automated flight and fly for hire. Registration is also touched upon, but a lot of this is open to regulation after the Bill is voted into law which could be its own source of pain for our hobby.

Please let your voice be heard on this matter as soon as possible.



CUB SCOUT STEM EVENT 2017 COVERAGE

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6/17/2017 - On June 8th CRCS helped the Cub Scouts with their STEM event. It was held at Christ Church on Hwy 17 north in Mt. Pleasant. Above are some of the pictures Richard Jackson took at the Cub Scout program that our club participated in on June 8th. We took three flight simulators, several airplanes and quad-copters.  

The following CRCS club members braved the rain and over 50 cub scouts to put on demo's: Richard White, James Parker, Gerry Higdon, Richard Jackson, Eva Heatherly, Roy Leopold, Bob, Jackson Mason and Earnie Vaupel. Richard White brought several small quad-copters which the kids flew in the rain!  

Dave Mathewson, Executive Director of the AMA had the following to say after the event: 

“This is excellent. You can tell from the pictures the kids were engaged. Thank the club for doing this type of outreach. It not only paints the club in a good light with the community but puts a positive light on all of our clubs.” 

Thanks to AMA for sending promotional material on such short notice.



JUNE 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

6/17/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on June 5th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



MAY 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

6/10/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on May 1st. Minutes are not available for the meeting.



APRIL 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

6/10/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on April 4th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



CRCS SUMMER FLOAT FLY 

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5/24/2017 -  Charleston RC Society will be having a float fly on June 10th at Austin Pond. Sorry no food is provided this time. There was a conflict with the cooks schedules. The map above shows where to gain entrance. The gate is located between 650 & 740 Ridgeville Rd (RT 27). Google map coordinates are 33.108226, -80.309814. The big red dot is the flying site. The site is gated. The combination is the same as that used to open the lock at the CRCS field.



APPEALS COURT VOIDS FAA REGISTRATION

5/21/2017 -  Effective 5/19/2017 you are no longer required to register with the FAA to fly a model aircraft. You are also not required to have your FAA issued registration number on your model aircraft. This was decided by the District of Columbia Appeals Court in the case of John Taylor v. the FAA. You can read the official court decision HEREDon’t get too excited about this ruling however. This ruling does not effect other rules put into place by the FAA regarding UAS (model aircraft)

The FAA says they are reviewing their options.  If you will recall the last time the FAA lost in court to an RC’er they responded by creating the UAS registration rule. The FAA does not take kindly to losing in court. 

What about the $5 you paid to register with the FAA? It has not been announced if those that paid will get their money back. It is mentioned in the ruling as part of the description of the FAA rule, but nothing is said about refunds.

There is a lively discussion about this subject at RCGroups.



THANKS FOR TEAM RUNWAY

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5/4/2017 -  A special thanks to the eleven CRCS members that braved the heat of the runway to attach the second roll of Geotex. Yes it is now 29.5 FT wide, get those EDF’S ready.

Again thanks to:

  • James Parker
  • Joe Quagliato
  • Gary Jones
  • Richard Jackson
  • Hank Durer
  • Bob Call
  • Gerry Hidgon
  • Patrick Cotton 
  • Rodger Effler
  • Roy Lepold

Smooth landings

Ed Yeash



AIKEN RC SOCIETY ESTATE SALE

4/30/2017 - The Aiken Radio Control Society will be having an estate sale for a deceased flier on May 5 & 6 from 8am-12pm. the location is 1003 Spaulding Drive Aiken, SC

They have 2 & 4 stroke engines, electric. Some in the original box. Fixed wing aircraft, gliders, many accessories/tools and parts in tool boxes. No reasonable offer refused.

Bring your wives, as this sale is being held in conjunction with the Ladies Auxiliary Annual indoor sale at the Columbus Club Hall.



CRCS GEOTEX RUNWAY WIDENING COMPLETED

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4/15/2017 - On Good Friday a bunch of dedicated and hard working CRCS members got together to double the width of the CRCS runway. The pictures speak volumes about the amount of effort involved. Great job everybody! When it bakes in the sun for a couple of weeks it will be wrinkle free. Thanks to Gary Jones, Richard White and Bob Call for the photo’s and video.



HELLO FROM HAWAII

4/8/2017 - We received an email from former CRCS President and long time member Lancer Keeling this week about his new digs in the aloha state: 

Good morning from the Big Island of Hawaii or should I say aloha!  The weather has been amazing here.  Life moves at a much slower pace then on the mainland which is a very welcomed change.

I contacted the local club here and like many clubs they are suffering from growth in their area and suffered the same fate as many.  They are trying to secure land to reopen another site.  Please all members of CRCS be very thankful YOU HAVE AN AMAZING PLACE TO FLY.  Do what you can to keep that slice of heaven. 

On a better note, the winds are steady this time of year and make for great soaring and sloping.  I'm looking at spots easy to get to but some are four wheel drive only.

Beaches are a great place to slope as well with a small lite aircraft such as the Dream flight Labelle discuss launch or the UMX RAIDIAN. 

To all my friends at CRCS that I didn't have a chance to say farewell too before I left I am truly sorry.  I miss you all. Happy landings and thank you.

Lancer keeling



MARCH 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

4/8/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on March 6th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



RESTORED B-29 TAKES FLIGHT

4/8/2017 - Club President Ed YEash shared this video of the last restorable B-29 made flyable again.



TRACTOR PULL REPORT FROM THE PRES

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Thanks to the these CRCS members & Our district guest a great time was had at the tractor pull. There were only a couple of mishaps, names not to be mentioned. The weather was great with moderate winds. Thanks again to these attendees who shared the air with me:

  • Bob Mason 
  • Gerry Hidgon
  • Mike Redman
  • Ed Redman
  • Joe Quigliano
  • Mike Cortese
  • James Parker 
  • John Mellis
  • Richard White
  • Richard Jackson
  • Don Wise AMA AVP Dist. 5

Smooth Landings 

Ed Yeash 

CRCS President

Photo’s provided by Richard White.



PERRY SWAP MEET Coverage

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3/7/2017 Richard Jackson and several other CRCS members attended the annual Perry swap meet. Here is Richards report of the event: 

Roy and I went to Perry for the big swap meet, Bob Call and Gary Jones were also there. Lots of the same old junk, some good deals if you could find them. None of the bigger hobby shops were there, usually several with lots of stuff -- not this year. We did have a good time, saw a number of old friends and watched the indoor flying.



RIP KEN GULLIFORD

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3/4/2017 - My fellow CRCS members, I am saddened to have to inform you that Long time member Ken Gulliford has gone to be with our Lord. Ken started with CRCS in the 70's. Ken held the position as President longer than any one in the club. He also was a treasurer, secretary, wrote the news letter, and at times did all of the positions when no one was able to take on the jobs.

At times he would get what the club needed at his expense.  I personally will miss the knowledge he had to share. Please see the note sent by his son Ron.

Sincerely

Ed Yeash

CRCS President



FEBRUARY 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

3/4/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on February 6th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



ANTIQUE TRACTOR PULL

2/22/2017 - CRCS is going to be participating in the Antique Tractor Pull. Fun for the whole family. CRCS Members get in free. Non-CRCS member admission is $10.00. Kids under 10 are FREE. Track side parking is $15.00. Food vendors will be on site. The event starts at 11:00 am. Kids pedal pull starts at 1:00 pm. The location will be 762 Mt. Zion Road, Saint George, SC. For more info call Manning or Lisa Bair 843-563-4114 or email bairlypulling@gmail.com. Thanks to Richard White for the event details.



JANUARY 2017 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

2/5/2017 - The club had its monthly meeting on January 9th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



TRIPLE TREE FROSTY DOG EVENT

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1/21/2017 - The following report was provided by Richard Jackson: What a change from the originally scheduled date of Jan 7 where there were two inches of snow and ice at Triple-Tree! The rescheduled date of Sat 1/14 was a little windy and overcast in the morning then clearing off nicely. When I left at two-thirty it was sixty one. Good turn-out, sixty one signed up, lots of flying all day. Mark, Gene and the gang cooked hot-dogs, beans and Kirby fries for lunch. Little Debbie's for a sweet treat. Good food and good fellowship.



JANUARY CRCS AUCTION

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12/10/2016 - There was a donation to the club of nitro motors and parts. These will be auctioned off at the club meeting on Jan 9th 2017. Photos of the items and details about each can be found HERE



DECEMBER 2016 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

12/10/2016 - The club had its monthly meeting on December 5th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



NOVEMBER 2016 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

11/25/2016 - The club had its monthly meeting on November 7th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



Charleston Train Show Coverage

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11/25/2016 - The Charleston train show was Nov 19 & 20 Charleston Radio Control Society was invited and displayed aircraft and set up flight simulators. They had about 500 adults plus lots of kids. We had over 125 on the simulators, adults and kids. Lots of interest. We flew in the ball field and inside. Club members helping were Ed Yeash, Richard Jackson, Gerry Higdon, James Parker, and Dave Shonut.

Thanks to AMA for the promo material. We have been invited back to the spring show March 18 & 19 2017.

Thanks to Richard Jackson for providing the coverage report and pictures.



11/25/16 - News page stories from Dec 2015 to Oct 2016 have been placed in the Archive. If you would like to review them you can find them HERE.



NEW FIELD RULES IN EFFECT

11/6/2016 - The board of directors has implemented updated field rules. Please review them prior to your next visit to the field. You can find them HERE.



RIP LARRY LEMEL

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10/25/2016 - CRCS lost one of its own this week. Larry Lemel passed away October 23. He has supported CRCS in many ways, and when younger helped at the field. He served as club President 1973, 1975 and 1978, Vice president 1970 and 1985 and Safety officer 1985. Some of his oldest friends had this to say about Larry:

From Richard Jackson: Long time friend, first met him in 1965. Larry was an ear, nose and throat doctor. In his retirement he taught at MUSC and helped at the V.A. at least one day a week. I have known him since 1965, still were flying in the parking lot West Ashley when weather was decent. I was at Myrtle Beach AFB and we would come down and fly at Walterboro airport. He also taught me to fly helicopters, not to mention repairing crash damage. A long time and very good friend and a great teacher of our hobby as well as medicine. He would have been 85 this Nov.

From Ken Gulliford: Larry was instrumental in the formation of CRCS and made many donations as well as serving as President several times.  Richard Jackson should be a able to inform you of the many times that Larry came to CRCS  rescue.

He is survived by sons Gary and Mark, daughter Linda and long time companion Carol Edwards. A celebration of his live will occur Saturday Nov 5th at The Country Club of Charleston from 6:30-9PM. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made to the A. Lawrence Lemel Educational Fund c/o Roper St. Francis Endowment, 125 Doughty St., Charleston, SC 29403 or the Resident Education Fund, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at MUSC, 135 Rutledge Avenue, STE 1117, Charleston, SC 29425.



OCTOBER 2016 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

10/25/2016 - The club had its monthly meeting on October 3rd. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.

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