NEWS



RIP DAVE SCHONHUT

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5/23/2018 - CRCS lost long time member Dave Schonhut on May 18th. Dave was the manager of the Citadel barber shop for 20 years and avid R/C modeler. Many will remember him for his demonstrations of his EDF jets at club meetings and at events like the Charleston Model Railroad shows. (Photo courtesy of the Citadel)



CRCS 50TH ANNIVERSARY COVERAGE

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5/6/2018 - April 21 the club celebrated its half century as an AMA chartered club. There was a great turnout and a good time was had by all. The catered BBQ lunch was awesome!


CHARLESTON AIR & SPACE EXPO COVERAGE

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5/6/2018 - on April 28 CRCS participated on the Charleston Air & Space Expo at Joint Base Charleston. There was a great turnout. We’ll let the pictures provided by Richard White tell the story. You can see all the pictures HERE.


APR 2018 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

5/6/2018 - The club had its monthly meeting on April 2nd. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here.



CRCS 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

4/14/2018 - Members and immediate family are invited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Charleston RC Society on Saturday April 21st. We have been an Academy of Model Aeronautics charter club for 50 years. We will celebrate with a catered lunch at the field. Bring a dessert if you wish. We intend to start serving at noon.



CRCS FIELD GRASS MOWING ON WEDNESDAY MAR 21

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3/17/2018 - Due to schedule conflicts the grass will be cut this week on Wednesday Mar 21 in the AM. As usual no flying will be permitted during the time the field is cut.

Mowing will return to its normal Thursday schedule the following week.



MAR 2018 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

3/10/2018 - The club had its monthly meeting on March 5th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here



FEB 2018 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

3/10/2018 - The club had its monthly meeting on in February  If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here



JAN 2018 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

3/10/2018 - The club had its monthly meeting in January. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here



CRCS FIELD POWER IS BACK ON 

POWER-RESTORED

2/25/2018 -  Went out the the field Saturday and spoke with Ed Yeash about the power. They found the cause and we have regained power to half of the outlets.



LOCAL NEWSPAPER OPINION ON DRONES

2/24/2018 -  The Charleston area Post and Courier newspaper published an opinion piece today calling for more limits to be put on drones. This comes after the crash of a helicopter on Daniel Island that encountered a drone which resulted in the pilot of the helicopter taking actions that caused the helicopter tail rotor to strike a tree. This comes 4 months after a drone impacted an Army helicopter causing it to immediately land. I read a story yesterday where a woman heard a noise while in her bedroom reading, opened the curtains and was shocked to find a drone hovering outside the window.

These kinds of events happen almost daily and the public in general does not see a difference between our hobby and these misguided drone operators. If the federal goverment does not act to stop these kind of events you can expect that local government will. What will this mean to our hobby? Nothing good I assure you, but clearly the irresponsible use of drones needs to be stopped.



CRCS FIELD ELECTRICAL OUTAGE 

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2/19/2018 -  The field is without electrical power until further notice. This public service message brought to you by Gary Quiring. Per Gary its been this way for about two weeks.



THE GO-AROUND SONG 

1/28/2018 -  A public service message brought to you by our club president Ed Yeash. This may reduce your chances of winning crash of the month.

With that song in mind I compiled a list of the Crash of the Month award winners for the past several years. There are few months where we don’t have a winner and there are some months where I didn’t get a copy of the meeting minutes to post here. The list is in the order of most frequent to least frequent award winners:

  • Ed Yeash 11
  • Bob Bennett 3
  • Paul Adams 2
  • Steve Akins 2
  • Dave Brown 2
  • Gary Quiring 2 
  • Dave Schonhut 2
  • Gerry Higdon 1
  • Bob Lanphear 1
  • Mike C. 1
  • Richard Guthrie 1
  • Bill Darden 1

Keep the song in mind the next time you go flying and avoid the award :)


AMA GOVERMENT RELATIONS REPORT

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



FLITETEST EXPANDS INTO FULL SCALE ADVENTURES 

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!



NEWS FOR OCT 2016-NOV 2017 HAS BEEN ARCHIVED

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



WHY DO WE HAVE TO REGISTER TO FLY OUR MODEL AIRCRAFT?

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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.



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

© Charleston RC Society 2017