As of May 21st, 2017 an Appeals Court ruling has shot down the FAA’s requirement that all model aircraft be registered. Just like that. This is as a result of attorney John Taylor’s suit that accused the FAA of “… unlawful overreach…”. Mr. Taylor is a life-long modeler who- after no one stepped up to challenge the FAA’s original decree- decided to take on the Feds himself. The AMA has advised that if you have already registered, to do nothing, since it appears the FAA may take this all the way to the Supreme Court. If you have not registered, as of this moment and going forward you are not required to do so. Keep the registration web site (http://registermyuas.faa.gov/) handy, however, until all Judicial processes are exhausted. Watch the AMA website for future updates.
“The best laid plans…” Due to some input from folks looking to stretch out the weekend of the 2nd to a four-day holiday that includes July 4th, and the Out-Of-Town junket of our Prez/Picnic Director now stretching out two days longer than expected, the date of the 2017 picnic is now pushed back a week to SUNDAY, JULY 9TH at Noon. Our apologies for any inconvenience. We still plan to have Al The Pal’s usual gathering of Combat Aerobats (at least two sorties) and there will be burgers, dogs, etc. etc. aplenty. The Rain Date is now Sunday, July 16th. We’ll be asking for a $10 donation to help defray costs. Hope you can make it!
2017 Flying Season Is Here- Some Reminders…
It’s official- Spring Flying has arrived. A bit cooler and wetter than normal for May, but Do-Able nonetheless. If you haven’t flown yet in 2017, are you… ready? Have you checked your equipment? Did you leave your (Lipo) batteries charging / charged on “Storage” during the Winter? Did you run your glow engine dry and squirt some after-run oil in it before you put it away last year? Did you do any needed repairs as necessary- whether it was simple Hangar Rash or a Major Prang?
In other words, are both you and your stuff truly airworthy as you get ready for your first airborne forays of the season? Take a moment and make sure everything is A-OK before you rush to get into the air. Don’t set yourself up for failure by skipping pre-flight checks, etc. Make your 2017 objective to return to Terra Firma safe and intact every time you fly.
Lastly, remember to review & follow the 2017 Field Rules Highlights: in particular, making sure you have a spotter anytime two or more aircraft are in the air, and don’t overfly areas you’re not supposed to overfly! Cooperate with your fellow pilots- share the skies, and fly safely.