Archive Jun-Nov 2015

YOU ARE OFFICIALLY A DRONE OPERATOR

11/21/2015 - The committee formed by the Department of Transportation to develop a plan to register Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) has submitted its final report to the FAA.

In a nutshell it determined ALL aircraft flown outside and weighing more than 250 grams (half a pound) fall under the requirment for registration. The recommendation for registration is that the operator of the aircraft be registered and not the aircraft themselves. The recommended fee, if required should be $.001. They feel it should be accomplished online. Minimum age to register is 13 years old. Someone too young to register and flying a UAS over 250 grams would require their parent or guardian to register.

Once registered a certificate will be provided with a registration number. That number will be required to be affixed to all UAS owned by the person.

You can read the full report HERE.



AWESOME AIRSHOW FOOTAGE FROM BUDAPEST

11/21/2015 - The video above is some of the best airshow footage I have seen. Thanks to Ed Yeash, Richard Jackson, Roger Tinley for chain forwarding this for us all to enjoy!

I doubt very much that you would ever see anything like this in the USA.



NOVEMBER 20TH D.O.T. DRONE REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS COME AND GONE, BUT NO NEWS 

11/21/2015 - The DOT stated that they would have the plan for registering all drones and release it to the public on Nov 20th. The date came and left with nothing but the sound of crickets. No updates on the AMA site since Nov 16.

Is this good or bad? Are they now seeing the scope of the project? Have they determined what is a drone and what is a model aircraft? Have they figured out how to identify one drone from another when all the parts can be bought separately and are impossible to assign a fixed serial number to any specific part? Do they have an idea what it is going to cost to run the program? What will it cost us to register an aircraft and what do you do when you sell one, have a fly away, throw it away or crash it into a thousand parts? 



NOVEMBER 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

11/21/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on November 2nd. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo. 



CHARLESTON AREA MODEL RAILROAD SHOW BIRDS EYE VIEW

11/10/2015 - Richard White shared a couple of video’s he shot from his quadcopter during the flight demo’s at the show. You can see the end of the heli demo and some inflight shots of the quad and airplane demo’s. Thanks Richard.



CHARLESTON AREA MODEL RAILROAD TRAIN SHOW COVERAGE

11/8/2015 - CRCS was invited to participate in the CHAMRC annual railroad show at the Danny Jones Armory and Gymnasium on Nov 7 & 8We put together the video above to cover the highlights of the show. Our booth was PACKED with numerous types of aircraft on display. There were a couple of computers running flight simulators for the attendees to try out RC flight and we put on several demo flights outdoors at the sites football field with various aircraft after lunchtime. 

There were a bunch of CRCS members on hand to answer questions and put on demonstrations for the shows attendees. Dave Schonhut did a good job of drawing the crowd to our booth with jet sounds from his F16 and F18 large EDF aircraft. Once the sound boards in the aircraft started with turbine sound it drew a crowd.

The AMA sent us a media kit of flyers, applications and several small booklets for the attendees to take home. One CRCS member brought a bunch of balsa gliders for kids to assemble and fly.

Richard White took a number of photo’s at the event. You can view them at our media center HERE.



FALL FLOAT FLY DRONE-CAM

11/1/2015 - Richard White submitted this drones eye view video of the event and some photo's of the festivities. You can see the photo’s HERE at our media center. Thanks Richard! 



CRCS FALL FLOAT FLY & PICNIC HIGHLIGHTS

10/31/2015 - CRCS 2015 Fall Float Fly is history, but you can still get in on some of the fun if you missed it! Check out the YouTube video of the event above. 



CRCS FALL FLOAT FLY & PICNIC OCTOBER 31

10/28/2015 - CRCS is having a Float Fly on October 31 at the Kirk Austin Lake. We are inviting the float flyers from Orangeburg as well. Free Lunch will be provided!

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.

 


This Week at CRCS

10/25/2015 - Highlights from this weekends flying!



FLYING TIGERS EVENT

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10/25/2015 - Some pictures from the Flying Tigers jet event at Lake City this week end.



CONGRESSMAN MARK SANFORD SPEAKS OUT ABOUT THE RECENT DOT DRONE PLAN

10/20/2015 - From Congressman Mark Sanford:

For those of you in the Charleston area, you may have caught on the front page of The Post and Courier today news about the coming requirements for drones to be registered with the federal government.

Recreational drones (those miniature helicopter-like flying machines) are becoming more and more popular, and it’s even estimated that one million Americans will get one for Christmas. The impressive ability of these devices is another example of the free market allowing consumers access to new choices…and a reminder of how, when unencumbered by government, the market creates and innovates.

In any case, I read that the Federal Aviation Administration has started the process of requiring drone owners to register their products. According to both the Post and Courier and the Washington Post, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters: “The signal we’re sending today is that when you’re in the national airspace, it’s a very serious matter.” The article goes on to say that “pilots of passenger planes and other aircraft are reporting more than 100 sightings or close calls with rogue drones a month,” which is a significant increase just in the past year, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.

Two things struck me about the whole situation. First, I don’t think it’s an accident that the least regulated areas of our economy are also the most innovative. Second, the possibility that the personal aviation renaissance could be killed by government action worries me. I recognize the real danger that exists to commercial air travel, but before government jumps in, I have some questions I’d like answered. Some of them, I asked during our Transportation and Infrastructure Committee hearing last week on drones, and you can take a look by watching the video below. 

While the larger issue needs to be addressed, I believe whole-scale registration with the federal government is the wrong answer. I would love to hear your thoughts.

You can see Rep Sanford speaking about this issue at https://www.facebook.com/RepSanfordSC/videos/437140163162437/



DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION MANDATES DRONE OWNERS REGISTER AIRCRAFT 

10/19/2015 - The Department of Transportation announced today it will require all model aircraft and drone pilots to register their drones with the federal government. It hopes to implement this system by as early as Christmas, and says that those who do not register their drones will face fines.

Depending on the wording this could also mean that all or many model aircraft will need to be registered. Many of us consider drones as DJI Phantoms or other multirotor platforms, but the DOT may not see it that way.

You can read an interesting article about this recent requirement and its potential ramifications to all model flyers Aeriographer.com.



OCTOBER 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

10/19/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on October 10th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo. 



PARALLEL LIPO CHARGING SAFETY

Parallel charge

10/18/2015 - How many of you parallel charge your lipo batteries? Quite a few I imagine. The upside is if you have enough power capacity you can charge a bunch of batteries in the time it takes to do one. The downside? If you have one battery with a shorted cell, a leaking cell or very low cell you may be setting yourself up for a large fire. Take a good look at the picture above. What would you do if one of those packs started torching flames?

The charger does not know one cell from another when parallel charging. Since all the battteries are wired together one shorted cell could take down all of the cells in the same position. If that one cell does not take a charge heat will cause it to expand and rupture. The resulting fire will cause the other cells to go up and very likey all the nearby batteries that are on the parallel.

Another issue is mixing batteries with different charges remaining. Plug an almost dead battery or one with an almost dead cell into a parallel grouping of batteries with much higher remaining voltage and the higher charge will try to even out the low voltage on the one low battery or cell. Resulting in a obscenely high recharge rate for the low battery which can result in a meltdown and fire.

Things to look for? 

  • Check the voltage of every cell for every battery BEFORE charging. If you have a low cell, charge that battery by itself. 
  • Check that the voltage of the packs you are paralleling are within a tenth of a volt of each other.
  • Be on the look out for odd smells in your battery storage box. You may have a leaking cell if you smell electrolyte. When a cell starts leaking a low voltage and the smell are telltales. Safely dispose of that pack.

Some general safety tips for LiPo charging:

  • Do not mix batteries of different cell counts when parallel charging! Only charge 3s with 3s and 4s with 4s, etc. 
  • NEVER leave charging batteries unattended. Always be within reach of them.
  • NEVER charge on a flammable surface!
  • NEVER charge the batteries on your car or under its hood.
  • DO have an emergency plan in case one of batteries catches fire. Think about what you need to have in position to get a burning battery to a safe location for it to burn out.

If you don’t know what is safe, get with the club safety officer.



CRCS FLYING FIELD IS REOPENED AFTER THE FLOOD 

10/15/2015 - We’ve given the field a week to dry out, but it is likely there are still some soft patches of the parking lot. Use care parking and departing to prevent further damage to the parking area.



CRCS WEBSITE OUTAGE UPDATE

10/15/2015 - You may have noticed that this website has been down off and on for a couple of days. The issue was caused by emergency maintenance being performed by the webhosting company we are using. It effected a number of their servers. It would appear that ours took the longest time to get sorted out. In any event its back up and appears to be running at full speed.



PROPOSAL FOR GEOTEX RUNWAY AT CRCS

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10/10/2015 - CRCS Secretary Bob Call raised the question at a recent board meeting about the possibility of installing a runway for smaller aircraft at CRCS. The hobby has changed significantly in the past few years. One of the changes has been the proliferation of small wheeled scale, warbird and park flyers. The grass at CRCS has proven to be impossible to permit ROG take offs of these types of smaller aircraft. The board requested he investigate the possibility. 

He put together a proposal to install a small runway using GeoTex fabric. He requested that the proposal be emailed to all members and posted on the club website for your review.

 You can read the proposal HERE.



CRCS MONTHLY MEETING RESCHEDULED 

10/8/2015 - Due to a schedule conflict with the availability of the Perkins meeting room we have to change the October meeting date for a second time. The October CRCS club meeting will be held at Perkins Restaurant on Trolley Rd at 7pm Saturday October 10th. 



LARKS FLOAT FLY CANCELLED

10/8/2015 - Due to saturated conditions at the site the Larks club has cancelled their float fly that had been scheduled for October 10th.



CRCS FALL FLOAT FLY AND PICNIC RESCHEDULED 

10/5/2015 - The CRCS Fall Float Fly and Picnic has been rescheduled to October 31. This was done due to the rain saturated site and to prevent an overlap between our event and the Larks Float Fly.



SEPTEMBER 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

9/11/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on September 7th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo. 



BOY SCOUTS THANK YOU NOTE TO CRCS

9/11/2015 - The note above is regarding the introductory flight day CRCS hosted for the Boy Scouts on Aug 29 2015. Thanks to Frank Metzger for organizing the event and all the pilots that gave intro flights and shared their knowledge with the Scouts!



WEBSITE UPDATES

9/10/2015 - Due to work and some health issues I have had to cut back on my content updates of the website for the past couple of months. Work hasn’t gotten less busy, but my back has gotten better so I can spend a little more time in front of the computer. In my down time I have been getting into Quads (drones) and FPV. I plan on putting together a bunch of info in that regard and posting it here. I will cover what is needed to get started, what to look out for and what kind of events are springing up. I have some safety tidbits too. I am awaiting the latest meeting minutes and will post them once I have them.



MOWER AUCTION AND SWAP MEET COVERAGE 

Two of the three big auction itemsBob and his fleetChris brooughgt his Goblin 500Chris sitting still for a secondCub on sSTOL landingDave wringing out his 700Gary and his AlbatrosGary going veticalGary making the rounds with his cubGary Quiring had acub for saleGreen edgeProfileRichard helping BobRobert flying Daves 700

8/26/2015 - On August 22 the club sponsored a swap meet and mower fund raising auction at the field.  Thanks to Richard White we have some great photos of the event. Everything went well and a good time was had by all. Bob made his famous chili and brought some homemade potato salad. He and Lancer cooked up the burgers and dogs for lunch. Lancer also doubled as auctioneer which helped bring in some money toward the mower fund.



AUGUST 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

8/4/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on August 3rd. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo. Yes thats right the image above was chosen by the membership to be the new club logo. Of the 10 candidates submitted Mike Marchand’s won the most votes! Congratulations Mike!



JULY 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES 

7/24/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on July 6th. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo



CRCS MOWER FUND DONATION AUCTION DELAYED 

7/5/2015 - Due to the next club meeting immediately following the Independence day holiday, we have delayed the auction of items donated to the club to raise money for the mower fund. We have not nailed down the date yet, but it will either be the Aug 3rd club meeting or possibly a special event at the field. The exact date and type of event will be discussed at the July 6th club meeting.



CRCS HAS A NEW MOWER! 

New CRCS Mower

6/29/2015 - The club purchased a new main mower for the field today. After much research and consultation the club leadership purchased a John Deere mower to replace the one we lost. Field Marshall Gerry took it for a test ride and gave his approval. 



CRCS JULY 4th EAT WHAT YA BRUNG COOKOUT 

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6/28/2015 - The club will be having a cookout on the 4th of July at noon. Bring what you want to eat and it will be cooked up on the clubs olympic sized grill. If you would like to bring some extra sides to share, the more the merrier! The club will provide beverages, plates, etc.



DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND LOOK AT THE CLASSIFIED PAGE OF THIS SITE! 

6/25/2015 - I strongly recommend you take a look at the classified tab above! Jay Marshall is offering a lot of RC gear for FREE and Mike Redman is selling a new 42cc gas engine with sale proceeds going toward the club mower fund. Paul Adams is also looking to trade a couple of .82 FS engines.



FAA NOTAM/TFR EFFECTING CRCS AND ALL OTHER AREA RC CLUBS   

6/24/2015 - We received the following notification from the AMA this afternoon. The map above outlines the effected area which includes ALL lowcountry RC flying activities. Please note that I updated the times this restriction is in effect to indicate EDT:

 A FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for the Charleston, South Carolina area beginning at 12:30p on Friday, 6/26, and continuing until 4:45p EDT on Friday, 6/26. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within the 32nm circle for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information. Timely alerts are also available on the web or on your cell phone at: Twitter.com/amagov.



WANT A 747 BUT IT WONT FIT IN YOUR DRIVEWAY? 

6/20/2015 - Richard Jackson shared a story with us about the maiden flight of a 16 Ft Boeing 747.  Its relatively light at 131 Lbs. You can read the full story HERE.



CRCS FLOAT-FLY 2015 COVERAGE 

Jim Hasapis in a low passBeavers were a popular choiceEd's ominpresent CubSkippers were in abundanceDid Gary get the word that this was a float flyGary doing the glider thing with his spotterPaul Adams had a good timeReady to taxi outBeavers and power lines are not good together

6/14/2015 - Yesterdays float fly was a big success! Plenty of flying and good food. Bob Bennett even turned up. Guess free food is magical. Gary Quiring decided that sailplanes belong near the water. Ed Yeash discovered that Beaver radio failure near power lines is a very bad thing. Mike Redmans Beaver was destroyed during its maiden when the radio died. Jim caught a great photo of a little girl watching Gary fly his sailplane. Bob Call joined the Skipper flyers group. Photo’s were provided by Jim Hasapis and Gary Quiring.



WEBSITE UPDATE 

6/12/2015 - The following has been updated on the website:

  • May News has been archived. If you would like to review it you can find it at the Archives tab above or click HERE.  
  • The membership list has been updated to the most current roster (6/11/2015) on the Members Only page. Right now it lacks pictures, but I will add them as time permits. 



KEN GULLIFORD 

6/11/2015 - Ken Gulliford has moved and is not expected to be back to this area. If you would like to read his parting comments and farewell they have been posted in the Presidents Corner of the members only site.



CRCS FLOAT FLY JUNE 13

Float fly map

6/10/2015 - CRCS is having a Float Fly on June 13 at the Kirk Austin Lake. Robert Goldsberry will bring his jon boat and electric motor to retrieve errant aircraft. We are inviting the float flyers from Orangeburg as well. Free food will be provided while it lasts.

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. We have added a gate to the entrance of the float fly site courtesy of Dave Brown, Tim Meyer and Gerry Higdon. The combination is the same as that used to open the lock at the CRCS field.

 


JUNE 2015 CRCS CLUB MEETING MINUTES

6/10/2015 - The club had its monthly meeting on June 1st. If you were unable to attend you can read the meeting minutes here or click on the CRCS Logo



CRCS MEMBER & WWII VET HONORED

Bill Tuxworth Honored

6/9/2015 - The 437th Airlift Wing at the base honored our own Bill Tuxworth last week as we celebrated the 71st anniversary of D-Day. Bill was a 19 year old navigator-bombardier on B-17s flying out of Italy in 1944/1945. He flew 27 missions with the 483rd Bombardment Group, 840th Bomb Squadron. They engaged in long-range strategic bombardment of enemy military, industrial and transport targets, including oil refineries and production oilfields in Italy; France; Southern Germany; Austria and the Balkans. Continued strategic bombardment until German capitulation in May 1945. He spent 27 years on active duty and retired as a Lt Col in 1969. He turned 90 this past December.



CRCS MOWER FUND

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6/9/2015 - As you know the club lost its main mower a week ago. We mentioned in an earlier news story that a bunch of members started a fund raising effort on FaceBook. We have the following good news on the road to raising the funds for a new mower. We received the following email from the Club Treasurer Bob Mason:

Great news, everyone! This morning, our mower fund started in earnest. I made the first deposit into the mower fund in the amount of $2226.06! This is from our mysterious Anonymous donor, myself, Shawn, Jackson, Sylvie and David Lukow. Thanks for stepping up and getting the donation to me! 

If everyone that has pledged could mail their donations in, they will be deposited the day after I receive them. Then we will know exactly how much we have to work with. Please make ALL checks payable to CRCS. They can be mailed to either of the addresses listed below.

In addition, we have been given several items to be either raffled off or auctioned off. Please bring your life savings or checkbook to the next club meeting on July 6th. Sorry everyone, I will NOT accept your first born child!

This is a list of items that has been donated:

  • Edge 540 with DLE 55. This plane is ready to fly. Just bind and fly!
  • Hangar 9 Taylorcraft with 1.50 4 cycle. Just add receiver and battery.
  • T-Rex 600n helicopter that needs just a flybarless controller and receiver.
  • A brand new 41cc gasser. This motor has not seen fuel.
  • A new glider kit.
  • An airplane donated by Mike Marchant.

These are very expensive items. Please plan accordingly. Please mail your donations to: 

Bob Mason 324 Camelot Dr Goose Creek, SC 29445-3180

OR

CRCS P.O. Box 81 Ridgeville, SC 2947 

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