The annual Holiday Party is on for the December 19th meeting, at the usual 7PM start. Good eats and camaraderie will abound- hope you can make it. RSVP if you’re attending via the “president’s link” on the web site. Also, the meeting prior to dinner is one of the more important gatherings that we’ve had in quite awhile. The beginning of a Change Of The Guard is underway as a result of new candidates for- among other positions- the Presidency and Vice Presidency of the club. It’s important that we have maximum member voting participation in this process, so that transfer of the stewardship of the club is as seamless as possible, with the best personnel in place going forward. We will still entertain last minute nominations that evening, in additions to those who’s hats are already in the ring.
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.
2017 Flying Season Continues- Some Reminders…
We’re well into the flying season of 2017, and so far it’s been a great one. If you’ve not had a chance to get out- or only flown a few times- make a commitment to get in the air more often! Check your equipment, batteries, glow engines, aircraft condition. Once it’s all done, get out there and FLY.
Just make sure both you and your stuff truly airworthy. 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.