Sunday, December 6, 2015 At the Golden

Newsletter contains information about the Raleigh AeroMasters RC Flying Club activities in Raleigh, North
Carolina with pictures, articles and topics that relate to the club and the RC Flying hobby every month. I hope
that you all enjoy it!
The deadline is
December 31, 2015. We want everyone back. We have
a fabulous group of RC Pilots and we want to see you
going forward together with RAMS for 2016. Please
remember that membership positions not renewed by
December 31 will be offered to those with applications
submitted for the waiting list. The renewal form is
available for download on the RAMS Website
( (
Send your renewal form to Larry McMillen as soon as
Renewal Fee: $135.00
2016 Renewal fee: $135.00
Family and Student Fee: $50.00
New Full Member fee: $135.00 +
$65.00 = $200.00
Sunday, December 6,
At the Golden Corral, US1/
Wake Forest. We meet at
9:30AM for breakfast and start
club business by 10:00AM.
HELLO THERE!! Don’t get
confused, winter club meetings
are not at the field.
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Newsletter Staff (me), editor,
photographer, printer, etc.
etc. etc. (Yeap! Me again!)
have a Great Holiday Season
with Family and Friends. May
you all get your RC Wishes.
Avery BIG THANKS to all of the RAMS Members and other pilots from abroad that have helped with
photos and articles as well as sending me links of interest for the Newsletter. I do really appreciate
your help and let us keep going for a bigger and better 2016.
From Dr. Joey – RAMS Newsletter Editor / RAMS Secretary
During the November 1, 2015 RAMS Club Meeting, the nominations for
club officers to serve on 2016 were opened. Then a motion was
presented by John Dunning and seconded by Dave Castor to proceed
and re-elect the 2015 officers to continue their positions and duties as the
RAMS Club 2016 Officers. All officers agreed with the nomination and by
unanimous vote, the present members re-elected the following officers:
PRESIDENT: James Taylor (JT)
SECRETARY / AMA Contact: Jose Armstrong (Dr. Joey)
Yes, that means we need you!
The Raleigh AeroMasters Club functions under the principle of KEEP IT SIMPLE. All maintenance and
upkeep of our facilities is done by volunteers and it is only a very few services that need to be contracted to
professionals. That means that there is a lot throughout the year that needs to be done. From maintaining the
RAMS website, Editing the Newsletter, contributing articles and photos for the Newsletter, making membership
cards, updating the RAMS Facebook page, to mowing, seeding, fertilizing, repairing signs, fixing flight stands and
airplane stands. All of these requires manpower that otherwise would cost money to the club if it would not be
done by our volunteers. We, the club officers and members want to thank those of you that gave time and
effort to the club during 2015.
Now it is time to look at 2016. We have great plans regarding club activities, cookouts, build events, workshops,
competitions, fun flies and more. We will need lots of help keeping our facilities in great shape and organizing and
helping with our activities. Everything will be as good as WE ALL make it happen. So, get involved and when the
call for volunteers comes up, lend a hand on the work and participate on the activities.
If you can’t physically help, build or even have problems with flying, it does not matter, come and join us, supervise,
bring a cooler with water or drinks on a work day. Every little bit helps. Just be around your fellow club members.
One of the beauties of our club is that we are a very social group of people and we celebrate everyone’s
achievements, flying preferences and skills as well as ideas. We just have fun with the smallest to the biggest
airplane or project. We want to have you around and participate. In the December and January RAMS Club
meetings we will discuss future activities and some club tasks that require volunteers. The new runway was our
2015 major task. The first resealing of the runway is an important task for 2016. Also we need to work on
improving and updating our signs at the field. Come and offer your help. – Dr. Joey
UMX™ F-16 BNF Basic
Ben came to the field to maiden an Eflite UMX F16 with AS3X
stabilization. I helped Ben to set up the model and dial in everything in
the radio. I then proceeded to maiden the airplane and it was quite
“squirrely”. We decided to put Ben on Buddy Box with JT to fly this
one. We got the model in the air and Ben had the chance to fly it.
Definitely not a beginner’s model so we will give Ben some training.
Terry’s P-47 flies amazingly well even
though it is a very heavy aircraft. The
looks of this airplane on low passes
with landing gear up is outstanding.
Terry Kinton’s
Hangar 9 P-47.
Terry brought to
the field an old
Hangar 9 P47
model outfitted
with a 160 motor
(equivalent to +/30CC gas) with a
160 amp ESC
running on 10 cell
The Peanut Gallery watching the P47.
Sam and JT assisting Terry on getting his electrified P47 ready for flight. Some issues with the ESC and the
BEC were taken care off. Sam is holding the 10 cell LiPo pack that powers this beauty. As you can see, the
motor spins a pretty long propeller but it clears the runway quite well. The model takes off easily and landings
were reasonably smooth. Terry followed the warbird rule of “MUST LAND AT A FAST SPEED”. So, he kept
the speed and the airplane greases on the runway nicely. Then put that tail down quickly to get tail wheel
steering authority before running out of rudder authority. Very nicely flown!
Rumen in
Sam Goldfarb
the back
treated us to a nice
tension on
trip down memory
the cables.
lane. Many of us
started in the
hobby precisely with
control line model
airplanes. For
many of us this was
our beginnings. We
flew them with our
father or friends
when we were kids.
Sam’s model is powered by an OS 30 glow two stroke that he
In my case, my Dad
had to work hard to get it back in working condition.
and brothers were
flying U-Control and
I did a little bit of it.
I then transitioned
quickly into RC
models with a friend
of my father and the
Sam flew his U-Control model like he has been doing
Rumen, Greg and JT were assisting
rest is history.
it forever. Last time he flew it was over ten yrs ago.
Sam to get the model ready.
Dr. Joey’s 78” T28 Trojan Low Pass with full flaps over
the RAMS runway. Pictures taken form the video posted
on the RAMS Facebook page by Dr. Peter.
Beautiful slow low pass.
6 cell Lipo 5000milliamps
Rusty Kennedy / Nov 2, 2015. Please
ID your model aircraft as per AMA
Safety Code 2(F). I (Dr. Joey)
summarized the article: As you all know
the DOT will start registration of model
aircraft. AMA has told the DOT that
AMA Members already are required to
have a number on their aircraft (your
AMA Number). The AMA rule states
that the aircraft is identified with the
name and address or AMA number on
the inside or outside of the model
aircraft (does not apply to indoor
models). Jay Marsh, Distric IV VP has
asked all members to ID their models
with their AMA number. From a sharpie
to labels or other means, ID your model
inside or out.
Two 6 cell LiPos
power this
JT helping Terry with the final setup of this 12 cell LiPo
powered jet. It has dual EDFs and the main wings sweep
back and forth like the real airplane. Sweet looking model!!
As on previous years, The RAMS
Newsletter Staff (Me), will take a vacation
for the Holidays. The next RAMS
Newsletter will be the February 2016,
available at the end of January. All
events and activities during the
December and January months will be
presented on the February Newsletter.
Of course, we will keep the club
membership informed through the RAMS
Updates. The RAMS Facebook page will
continue posting videos and pictures on
what is going on at the field.
So, hang in there and the Newsletters will
be back soon. See you next year!
Jose L. Armstrong, MD (Dr. Joey)
RAMS Newsletter Editor /
RAMS Secretary
Terry Kinton is flying his F14 Tomcat. The sound of this
big twin edf jet is astounding. Terry positions the jet on the
far side of the runway as he actually needs the entire
distance for takeoff even though this model has plenty of
power. The wings are swept open and there he goes. The
Peanut Gallery was enjoying this model fully.
Very nice indeed!
The usual date and location has
February 27th, 2016. Mebane Arts
& Community Center
622 Corregidor St.
Mebane, NC 27302.
Vendor Registration starts Nov 2.
Watch for further information and
updates at
Colton Gibbs
discussing his new
Eflite P47 with Terry,
Bob and Rumen.
Colton has come a
long way and is able
to fly pretty much
everything he wants in
a very short time. He
flies this warbird
JT and I
Colton to
complete his
Biplane. He
got the
airframe from
Dr. Peter.
changing a
ESC, Colton
the airplane
JT and I were impressed with Colton’s skills. He maidened
the Stearman and trimmed it flawlessly. Nice takeoff and
landing right on the first flight.
It is our best and deepest wish for
all our Raleigh AeroMasters pilots,
families and friends for them to
YEAR 2016.
May all your wishes come true.
May health accompany your
journey throughout 2016. May all
your model airplanes take to
pleasant and uneventful flights.
Let us all work together toward the
best year ever for the RAMS
Family, make it fun, safe and
The RAMS Club Officers are
looking forward to see you all next
year to have great fun flying!!!
JT, Gary, Dr. Joey, Larry Mc, Joe S
Colton’s Stearman was outfitted with a Spektrum receiver I gave him and an ESC that JT provided. This
got Colton’s Stearman right in the air on a gorgeous Sunday afternoon. He did a couple of low passes for
the camera. He had really good rudder management which is essential to fly this model properly.
Nothing better than
being on the right place
at the right time. Greg
gave Colton this brand
new 3D foamy. Lucky
I asked JT to give me a very low pass for
the camera with his Extra 300, 100cc
gasser. This is pretty low, I think!!
Larry Choplin built for Colton this version of
the Stryker wing. Flies with a 4 cell LiPo. Colton
has got pretty good at flying fast and furious so he
dared to challenge me. I fly my F27 Stryker stock
from the box on a 3 cell LiPo. Well, we decided to
TO CATCH UP WITH ME. The only reason I out
ran him was flight experience and it was not easy.
I can turn corners quicker than him but not for long.
OK OK! I will call it a draw. We don’t want to
hurt anybody’s feelings. Ready for the next
Remember this one?
Another report from an airline pilot
about DRONES flying too close
proved to be a “DRAG” for SANTA.
A Blast From the Past. Larry and Greg playing
some tunes at the RAMS Field on December
JT’s Pig Jet Pack –
This guy stole JT’s
Jet Pack
Take a look at this cool video: Sent to me by Richard Leon.
How this guy dares to steal RAMS Research and Development
Department finest technology!!!
This model is flown by me (Dr. Joey) and is
powered by an OS 33 gas engine. Two NiMh
6.0 volts batteries power the electronics and
the engine ignition. The model is a version of
a Super Sport Cub which in the full scale
airplane is a greatly upgraded Cub with lots of
composite and carbon fiber materials. This
model is setup for STOL (Short Take Off and
Landing) hence you see me a lot landing and
taking off on the outfield grass. Really looks
cool. The model can also do great 3D
maneuvering if set up for that and with a
better 3D pilot than me.
Wingspan 84”
It is a model built purposely with light material including light woods. It flies great but I notice that shows wear
and tear in the airframe quicker than other airframes I had like from PILOT or Hangar 9. Has a very nice look in
the air and it is great for low flyby. Does like to be flown with some speed including for landing and it is a bit short
coupled so gets crazy on the runway when taxiing if you don’t stay on rudder control. It is a model for those with
solid intermediate and advanced skills. The OS 33 gas engine is sweet and has great sound and it is less noisy
than the DLE 30 and 35 gas engines. All in all a great model to fly either electric or gas powered.
I am saddened to inform that the BIGFOOT met its expiration date
on November 29, 2015. He was surrounded by all its friends for a last
I will even include the
trash bag for storage.
Thanks to Rich who is
always available with
a trash bag!
I was
Fortunately the electronics and engine suffered no damage. Just remember that
a crash is not a problem but a new opportunity. After the fifteen minutes grief
process, start thinking about the next one. Yeap!!
flying my BIGFOOT
peacefully and doing
some aerobatics. The
BIGFOOT is a fully
symmetrical wing so is
not extremely stable on
purpose. Got it on a flat
spin and when it came
out, it was not on the
position I expected so I
gave the wrong
commands and the
airplane stalled. I tried to
regain speed by placing
the airplane on a dive
and then give up elevator
but was too low to the
ground. OUCH!!
Peter Johnson is holding his father’s, built from a kit, Kaos. This model is quite old and never flown.
Before heading to the field to maiden this model, Peter and his sisters had my family for lunch and told me
stories about their Dad. Peter’s father was an avid model builder but not necessarily the best pilot. This model
was built by him and recently Peter modified the airplane to electric power. After an inspection at the field, I
proceeded with the maiden flight with the assistance of Peter and his brother in law, Carey. The airplane took
off nicely and after some trimming, it flew very well. The airplane is very quick and perfect for pattern style flying.
Congratulations Peter!
You know you are a
serious modeler
when you get to put
together these
building facilities and
wear an apron.
Dr. Peter is giving
me a tour of his new
work bench built by
our Builder
Extraordinaire, Gary
Elliott. The
workbench is made
to fit the curve of the
bay window. The
result is a great work
space with a really
nice view. Some
really good builds
are coming from this
Colton maidened this jet at the field after we
programmed his radio and got a working receiver. The
model is used but in good shape. Flew very well!
Gary Elliott is here hand launching
Peter with his Dad, Dr. Patrick. Peter is another young
RAMS Pilot who has advanced in his flying skills. Under the
close supervision of his Dad, Peter is SOLO Flying his Sport
Cub and His Apprentice. These two airplanes do have
stabilization, which helps him but he is definitely on his way
to great flying. I have even seen him flying his father’s AJ
Slick model and that requires more skills. The world of
aviation is opening for Peter!
There has been a request from the OLD GUYS, that
Peter should not fly when we are at the field. He is just
making us feel bad about our skills. JUST KIDDING!!
his MYSTIQUE Glider from Eflite. This
glider flies amazingly well.
And of course, look at the OLYMPIC
for the hand launch.
Then Gary sits on a chair at the pilot
station and reclines. We need to check
on him every now and then to make
sure he has not gone to sleep.
Pat Taggart brought this model to the field a few times before and it is a
favorite of his. He actually flew a bigger version of this model some time ago but this is his newest. Pat
powers his model with electric setups and this model is with no doubt powered properly. Takes off
smoothly and does basic aerobatics easily and with power. Flaps down and comes for landing in a very
scale approach. Has a good presence in the air.
Wingspan: 63”
On a Sunday afternoon Greg
brought some Model Rocket
Power. Many of us have
been into model rockets so
this was fun to watch.
Michael O’Connell is catching the model rocket after
launching it (assisted by Greg). Dad (Patrick) is recording
the event.
The Recovery was
Terry K, Larry C. and Mike got his model from Hobby King
Durafly™ Me-163
Komet 950mm
High Performance Rocket Fighter
The Durafly Me-163 is in itself a truly ground breaking model. Not only does this Komet features a fully working scale 'dolly'
style undercarriage, blistering performance and a high quality finish, but it is designed out of the box to accept a model rocket
The warbird guys showed up with 3 of these models. It is electric powered and has the option to add a model
rocket engine that can be fired remotely. They did it twice and looked really cool. Taking off from the runway or
hand launching is quite a challenge. Once it is flying, it does very well. Really cool!
Larry McMillen having a good time flying his new P-51
1400mm from FMS. Larry is using a Taranis Tx from Fr Sky
and he is liking it. Our RC colleague has many years in the
RC Flying Hobby. I have enjoyed his friendship and piloting
expertise since I joined the RAMS Club eight years ago.
Larry has been our club treasurer for a few years now.
This is my Wife Nancy, idea of
decorating the Trophy Pig for the
What Do You Think? It was initially
by the fireplace in the living room. Now
made it to the breakfast room. I believe
this trophy is on its way to the garage.
RAMS is an airplane club. Some of our
airplane pilots enjoy flying helicopters and
multirotors. They are allowed to do so when no
airplane is in the air and must land as soon as
an airplane is ready to takeoff. Please fly from
the pilot stands!
If you bind your Tx and Rx and your ESC is not
initializing and you have tried several times and
different ways, YOU MAY NEED TO ACTUALLY
say that???
Dr. Joey
There is no doubt that the convenience of
electric powered models has RC Pilots getting
more and more into having to master the basics
of the electric powered model technology. Even
those of us that love our gas and glow engines,
we do have our electric models too. There are
many areas where we need to learn how to work
with the different electronics required. I am
asked often to troubleshoot ESCs (Electronic
Speed Controllers) at the field when binding the
radio Tx to the Rx for the first time or
subsequent times and the ESC is not working. I
decided to talk a bit about what might be some
problems you may encounter. Most of what I
am about to discuss, you probably know but
there are some new pilots that may be helped
with this discussion. I know for me, I keep
learning all the time by reading and having to
troubleshoot equipment at the field.
The first concept to keep in mind is that when an
ESC is first activated there are two things that
happen. It must get power from the battery so it
can power the motor and the BEC (Battery
Elimination Circuitry) that powers the radio
system in the model. The other thing that
happens is that the ESC must receive a data
signal from the receiver that tells it what you
want it to do like how fast you want the motor to
When you have an ESC activated for the first
time or it needs rebinding afterwards, all ESCs
need to initialize. In other words, it needs to
learn about the battery, motor and also about
the transmitter signal. It also needs to calibrate
to respond properly to the transmitter throttle
throw / travel. How ESCs initialize and or
calibrate varies from manufacturer to
manufacturer and what brand or line of ESC it is
within the same manufacturer. Many ESCs,
especially higher end brands will self-calibrate
and you don’t have to do much.
IMP: Be aware that not all ESCs have BECs.
Most if not all ESCs should be initialized by
making sure the Throttle Trim and Stick are all
the way down before you connect the battery to
the ESC. If you hear a series of beeps, you have
the power but if you can’t make the motor spin or
move the servos, you don’t have the data signal
and the ESC is not completing the initialization
and calibration. The most common cause of this
is that your throttle stick and trim may not be all
the way down hence the ESC is not registering
the full throttle down travel. What if you have
done the full down throttle stick and trim and still
does not initialize? Different ESCs respond to
different methods to initialize and calibrate.
WARNING: When you have to start looking for a
way to initialize and calibrate the ESC, do yourself
a favor and remove the propeller.
Try these few methods: When binding
1- Tx (transmitter) ON with Throttle trim
down, stick down. Connect LiPo to ESC.
Then advance to full Throttle and then
bring Throttle down again.
2- Tx ON with Throttle trim down, Throttle
stick full up. Then connect LiPo to ESC.
Then Throttle stick full down.
3- Tx ON with Throttle trim and stick full up.
Connect LiPo to ESC. Then Throttle stick
and trim all the way down.
Most of ESCs that do not initialize or calibrate
immediately when the battery is connected will
probably respond to one of the above
procedures. If you can’t get your ESC working,
make sure the receiver is actually properly bound
to your transmitter and that you are in the correct
model memory. If you are not sure that the
receiver is or is not binding, a good way is to
disconnect all the servo cables from the receiver
and use a separate battery for binding. Then
reconnect all the servos making sure that all
cables are inserted with the right polarity.
If you don’t get power to the receiver, keep in mind that your ESC
may not have a BEC (or defective one) and you need a separate battery or separate BEC.
This is the rowdy
bunch of RAMS
Pilots that came to
the Glider
Competition. Left to
right we have Terry
Camilli, Joe Schodt
(kneeling), Larry
Choplin, Jack,
Mike, Rich and JT.
Just take a look at the launching
style of some of our pilots. The
concentration and precision was
JT and Rich were the judges and
time keepers for the event. Very
serious and organized fellows.
SO, You know how that
The signal was given
and for 30 seconds
the pilots climbed
under power to
achieve maximum
altitude. Then
everyone shuts off
their motors and the
last one landing
It is a good thing that EL PRESIDENTE (JT)
and Rich were very serious about their time
keeping and judging duties.
winner of the RAMS
November Glider
Competition is
receiving from one of
the judges, Rich Leon,
the first prize, a bottle
of water. We at RAMS
go for big prizes!
Don’t you think?
I was working hard on trying to intimidate
Mike before the second sortie on the glider
competition. NAAAHHH! It didn’t work!!
Mike receiving the
Second Place Prize.
The same bottle of
water that Joe got. We
do recycle the prizes at
Good Job Mike!
Congratulations Joe.
Video and information as
posted from RC Groups
The Seawind models from Great Planes /
Hobbico / Tower Hobbies has been a favorite for
many pilots. This new one from the Flyzone line
caught my attention as it is a BIG BIRD made
from foam and it is truly amphibious. This
means that the landing gear is retractable and
water proof. Go from land to water without
removing landing gear. As the landing gear
comes up a water rudder then comes down.
Best part is that it is powered by a regular 3cell
2200milliamp LiPo. So, let’s see who is the first
one at RAMS that gets one of these and flies it
from runway, water and even snow. The
availability is projected for around December
+/- $230.00
-- Dr. Joey
With a slightly retro, cool look and
feel, the FrSky Taranis X9E or
"Tray" Taranis is very closely
related to the enormously popular
and wholly reliable Taranis Plus
Metal Front Panel
Dual Screen
16 up to 32
Two module
frequency system
Full telemetry
Quad Ball Bearing
Receiver Match
Audio Speech
Accepts 2-3 s LiPo
Blue Tooth
connectivity for
data transfer
Courtesy of
Pat Taggart
Bill Leppek brought to the field his
Bill chose electric power for his model. Maiden flight
went well. The Escapade line of airplanes seems to
be very good and reviews are quite favorable. The
Escapade comes in different sizes including a large
scale model powered by a 30CC size power system.
The airplane is a Sports Flyer capable of nice
aerobatics as well docile flying. It is a low wing
model so it is more demanding on the controls than a
high wing trainer.
Specs: Wingspan: 52.5”
Balsa / Ply Construction
Battery: 5S 3200 or higher
Covering: Monokote
Motor: .46 Rimfire recommended
Cost: $130.00
It is amazing the technology that has evolved
allowing the experience of flying the model from the
cockpit. It has given RC pilots the feel of flying a full
scale airplane. A couple of Pilots at RAMS have
brought their gear and allowed other pilots to watch
through monitors or goggles. It is very cool!
Please remember that flying FPV at RAMS does not mean that we can forget about some of the
common sense rules we have already at the field. The lack of situational awareness of the surroundings
can make an FPV pilot do things with their model that are not desirable or safe or go against the RAMS Good
Neighbor Policy. So, we are asking for FPV pilots to keep in mind the following:
1. DO NOT FLY BEHIND THE FLIGHT LINE. Number one, because of safety at the field (AMA Safety
Code). Number two because we don’t want to fly closer to the neighbors behind the field.
2. IF YOU FLY FPVTHE AMA WANTS YOU TO HAVE A SPOTTER . If you think about it, makes
sense. Designate someone to be your spotter. This person will keep you aware of other model
airplanes close to you, full scale aircrafts that may be getting in our flying space, will keep you within
the RAMS flying space, will keep you within line of sight, will keep you away from the farming crews
and equipment and will keep you, your model and all of us safe when you are coming for landing if
using First Person View. If you get disoriented, the spotter can take control of your model.
Some pilots have expressed concern about FPV flying at the field without a SPOTTER. This is an
easy common sense solution. If you are into FPV at RAMS, make us all feel safe and enjoy it.
FAA task force aims to register drone
Bart Jansen, USA TODAY
November 23, 2015
(Photo: AP)
Remote-controlled aircraft larger than 9 ounces (250 grams) — the kind owned by hundreds of
thousands of hobbyists — would have to be registered with the Federal Aviation
Administration under recommendations described Monday by the leaders of a drone task force.
If the FAA adopts the recommendations, drone owners would have to register their names and
physical addresses, but would not have to pay a fee. Each aircraft would be marked with a
unique number, though not necessarily the serial number, to identify the owner.
The registry marks the latest balancing act for federal regulators who are trying to keep the skies
safe as drones increasingly share the airspace with passenger planes. Commercial drones, for
purposes like aerial photography or utility inspections, are already registered when operators get
special permission to fly from FAA.
The proposed registry would help authorities track down hobbyists if a drone collides with
another aircraft, flies too high or encroaches on an airport.
Hobbyists balked at the recommendation, saying the weight requirement would encompass
drones that are little more than toys, incapable of flying at a height that would interfere with
commercial aircraft or pose any other safety hazard.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics, which represents 180,000 hobbyists nationwide and
participated in the task force, wanted to file a dissenting opinion and was prevented from doing
so, executive director Dave Mathewson said. Mathewson said factors other than weight
should trigger the registration requirement, such as whether it could fly higher than the current
400-foot FAA limit.
―Unfortunately the task force recommendations may ultimately prove untenable by requiring the
registration of smaller devices that are essentially toys and do not represent safety concerns,‖
Mathewson said.
Earl Lawrence, co-chairman of the task force as director of drone integration at FAA, said some
recommendations in the task force's report "were simply compromises."
The task force created in October submitted its report Saturday to FAA Administrator Michael
Huerta.The two-dozen members of the task force included drone manufacturers, state regulators,
airline pilots and police.
Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx have said they would like to create a registry
by Dec. 20 under a proposed rule still under development.
The challenge is that hundreds of thousands of hobbyist drones have already been sold and
hundreds of thousands more are expected to become gifts this holiday season.
A 2012 law that called for FAA to develop rules for commercial drones explicitly prohibited
FAA from regulating ―model aircraft‖ for ―hobby or recreational use‖ that is operating within
community-set guidelines. Huerta and Foxx have said they have the authority to create a registry
as a safety measure.
But Marc Scribner, a transportation expert at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, an advocacy
group for limited government, said the registry ―will almost certainly result in litigation‖ because
of that 2012 congressional restriction and because registration by itself won‘t reduce safety risks
from drones.
Nearly 1,800 comments poured in to the FAA while the task force developed its
recommendations. The comments ran the gamut from urging no registry for recreational drones
to urging strict regulation.
Edward Fenner, of Woodland, Wash., questioned who would enforce the requirement because
the FAA is already stretched thin.
―I feel registration is a frivolous move to make look like the ‗government‘ is doing something
about a public safety issue,‖ Fenner said. ―What we do not need is another whole layer of federal
(bureaucracy) and personnel to deplete the already overstretched budget.‖
But Roger Duffell, of Loganville, Ga., said as a licensed pilot who also registered a commercial
drone, he supported registration. He also urged that drones be programmed to return home
automatically if they fly out of range of their remote pilot.
―The trick is going to be getting Pandora back in the box, by stopping the future sale or
importation of non-compliant‖ drones, he said. ―As a pilot, I have a vested interest in keeping the
(national airspace) safe!‖
Dave Vos, co-chairman of the task force as leader of Project Wing at Google X, which is
developing delivery drones, said the task force didn't make any recommendations about
"geofencing," or software that would restrict where drones fly.
Dr. Joey – So, what do we know so far?
First of all this Task Force gave recommendations to the FAA. These are no the final rules for
registration. It is not until December 20, 2015 (supposedly) that the FAA will dictate the process
to register ―drones‖ BOY DO I HATE THAT WORD - DRONE!!
Second is that the AMA was involved in the task force and had to agree to not comment until the
December 20th FAA informs the public. The AMA did try to include a dissenting opinion about
the Task Force recommendations but was not allowed to do so. The AMA has expressed its
dissenting opinions on their own. In my personal opinion, I do give the AMA kudos on trying to
voice and represent our opinion as modelers but I fear they have been somewhat ineffective at
doing so since they are dealing with a Federal Agency that is just going to do what they feel they
need to do regardless of other‘s opinions or advice. These Federal Agencies will dictate
whatever they feel needs to be. Then litigation comes up to see the legality of what they do.
And I will leave it at that because this is an entire other topic.
Third is that we now hear the registration may not be per ―drone‖ but the person is given one ID
Number that will be placed on the model. The AMA argued that AMA members place their
name and address or the AMA Number inside or out the model already as part of their liability
insurance and we should be excluded. We will see about that!
Fourth is that we really don‘t know much until December 20th when we will hear what the
registration process will be and what potentially means to us. I personally don‘t like Big Brother
looking over my leisure activities but if registration is required, I will. We are not the problem
but like everything, the rules for the few, stupid, arrogant, dangerous and ignorant are applied to
all law abiding citizens. I do hope that all this registration process, if it happens and when it
happens, is accompanied by education to the public and the individual that buys these ―drones‖
without a clue of what they are doing.
And That‘s It!
Like with any other organization, we need to have some sort of structure so the following are some of the most
basic things that we need to remember and follow.
MEMBERSHIP: We only have three types of memberships at RAMS. Full Members, Family Members and
Student Members. FULL members have voting privileges and pay full fees. RAMS has a limited number of full
memberships (50). Club officers have very specific situations in which to allow a few extra members above 50
for very specific predetermined cases up to no more than 60. If a wife or son / daughter living under the same
roof wants to join the club, he or she may do it under FAMILY membership with no voting privileges. We also
allow a student up to high school level and 18 years old or less to join as STUDENT member with no voting
privileges although we prefer they join through the FULL member route if at all possible. Any club members that
join RAMS as Family or Student can fly only when a Full Member is present. Any member that is a minor
must be accompanied at the field by a legal guardian. We do not have special memberships like guest
membership or temporary membership. Since we hold our relationship and agreements with our landlord,
neighbors and the farmer with whom we share field space in very high consideration, we want to have very strict
control of who flies at the field.
The membership application process: It consists on submitting an application form with the appropriate fee.
The applicant comes to the field and spends time with members and club officers for a period of four to six
weeks. On the following club meeting, the club officers will have a meeting at the end and bring the applicant for
discussion and final vote. Any applicant that is not accepted after going for a vote or did not complete the
application process will receive his application fee back. If there are no membership positions available for the
year, the applicant can submit an application for the waiting list. Being on the waiting list does not give the right
to fly at RAMS nor allows the applicant to routinely come as a guest. Guests are welcome for some occasional
flying at the RAMS field (this means a few times a year if invited to come).
SPECIFICS ABOUT GUEST PILOTS: At RAMS we allow club members to occasionally (few times a year) bring
a guest to fly at our field under the RAMS Pilot supervision and responsibility. The guest must have an up to
date AMA registration and must abide with all the AMA and RAMS rules and regulations regarding safety and
noise restrictions with no exceptions. No guest can fly at RAMS without the host club member present who is
responsible for his actions and any problems that may arise from the guest pilot visit and or flying behavior. IMP:
A guest pilot that comes with regularity will be required to apply for RAMS Club membership within four weeks
from their initial flying visit. If membership is not available, the guest must submit an application that will be
placed on the waiting list. Again: Being on the waiting list does not provide flying privileges at the RAMS Field
nor does it means that the guest pilot can fly at RAMS on a regular basis. Flying at RAMS regularly is a right
given to the Full Membership holders at the RAMS Club. Obviously, if we don’t follow this rule, does not make
sense to be a paying member at the club.
Membership applications can be obtained from the RAMS Website at and mailed with the
proper fees to the treasurer if there are positions available. In case that there is no available positions, the
applicant can submit the application to hold a position on the waiting list. No fee is required for the waiting list
until a position opens and the applicant must provide the fee to activate their membership application.
As part of our GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY we ask from all our pilots
and guests to keep away from any farming crews working out on the
fields. Please, stay away from flying over them or their equipment.
a must and
our friend
(the farmer)
has requested
this from
: A reminder
that pilots must fly from
the flight stations. This is for your safety. This applies to all pilots, at any time flying any type of model.
It is even more important when a second pilot is ready for flight. If for any reason you must get an
airplane in the air from the field or outside the flight station, just make it back to the flight station but this
action of walking while flying should be avoided as possible, so get started from the flight station.
Thanks guys for paying attention to this small but important safety rule. The newer pilots may not be
aware of this basic safety requirement so the more experienced pilots may need to remind them. One of
the best things at RAMS is that all pilots are great guys and no one gets offended when politely
reminded about a safety rule. We are just that kind of group and quite fortunate to be this way.
At RAMS we take into high
consideration the comfort of our neighbors. It is the right thing
to do and a must if we want to maintain a good relationship
with them. The survival of our field depends on it. One of the
main considerations is noise control. We abstain from flying
gas, glow engines or noisy electrics before 9:00AM or at
night. Any engine that is deemed too noisy may need
improved silencer system or may not be able to fly at RAMS.
Any engine that is a 50cc displacement or more must have a
canister muffler system, no exceptions. Any engine below a 50CC
displacement must use the best silencer system possible.
If deemed too loud, may require an improved silencer equipment
installed. DLE 35CC gas engines are too loud with the stock
muffler. You must use baffle inserts to silence the DLE 35cc
engines. The DLE 20cc is too loud with stock muffler. You must
use a baffle silencer. Unfortunately how loud an engine is and how
annoying is to a neighbor is a subjective thing. We decided
time ago that managing engine noise at RAMS is not based on
decibel measurements on the ground but how noisy it is in flight when that noise will be carried away at
a distance and possibly disturb our neighbors. We will always choose toward quieting down an engine
as much as possible to not risk noise complaints. We just can’t risk it based on our commitment with the
landlord. An engine that is perceived too loud may not be allowed to fly at RAMS if not silenced enough.
Please consider these noise restrictions before you join the club or buy / build any Gas or Glow engine
setups once you are a member. If you feel that these restrictions are too limiting, RAMS may not be the
right club for you. A couple other clubs in our area do not have noise restrictions. Others do.
When a second airplane goes in the air, both pilots
should enter a flight pattern. The flight pattern is
nothing more than pilots agreeing on a general
direction of flight to reduce the chance of two
airplanes colliding because flying into each other by
going in opposite directions. Usually, the
flight pattern is determined by the wind direction.
If the wind is coming from a north direction, airplanes
will take off and land from right to left on our runway. So the flight pattern is for airplanes to fly from
right to left over the runway. Sometimes with crosswinds or no wind, you may not be sure what the flight
pattern is, just ask the pilot already in the air and agree on one. We are asking to the experienced pilots
to help the new pilots with understanding this basic concept for safety. Avoid flying figure eights with
returns over the runway when a second airplane takes off. That places you half the time flying against
the flight pattern. Avoid 3D maneuvers (flip flopping) over the runway when other airplanes are flying.
Do it over the grass field. Do all the aerobatic maneuvers you want but when done, return to the flight
pattern. If you are the only one flying, have at it and do all the flight maneuvers you want. But observe
and return to a flight pattern when a second airplane takes off, especially if it is a new pilot with less
experience. Keep it safe. Thanks guys!
In order to keep our club activities as safe as possible we ask pilots
to follow a few basic rules. We want to keep it safe for person and property. RAMS Safety rules as well as AMA
Safety Code are to be followed. If you don’t agree with these rules, RAMS may not be the right club for you.
-Fly from the pilot stands: Again, for safety of the pilots and property, please fly from the pilot stands. This
includes our heli pilots. For safety reasons we must insist to have pilots flying from the stands. Do not allow your
heli or airplane fly too close to other pilots or yourself or too close to the pilot stands.
-We have a limit of 4 PILOTS flying at the same time . Now that our members numbers have grown
and often the flight line is getting busy in the afternoons we have become more observant of this rule. Keeping at
four pilots at a time keeps the airspace from getting too crowded or confusing and reduces the risk of midair
collisions. This also makes it easier for our newer or less experienced pilots not to get intimidated. If you are the
fifth pilot, just wait until someone lands. Only on certain occasions we allow more than 4 pilots if flying combat,
formation or during certain events.
-For those flying gas or nitro engines: Engines must be started on the pilot side of the fence. Do not
start them on the parking lot or shelter even for testing or adjustments.
-Electric airplane motors are not to be tested in the shelter area to avoid runaway airplanes or
helis and risk of injury to other pilots or spectators. Once you connect the battery to your ESC consider that the
motor can go off at any time and cause an accident despite all safety settings on the ESC or the transmitter.
-When placing or retrieving an airplane on the runway, call loudly for the runway so everyone else
knows where you are. If you must retrieve an airplane on the field, announce when you are crossing the
runway. If you need to make adjustments on your aircraft, do not leave it on the runway. Taxi to the pilot stand
area and do whatever adjustments you must. On takeoff and landing, announce loudly what you are doing to
make sure other pilots are aware. If your airplane goes “motor deadstick” or you are running out of battery power,
announce it loudly and you will have landing priority.
-DO NOT FLY behind the flight line. This is not just a RAMS rule but AMA Safety Code.
-Do not taxi airplanes in the pits area especially if facing towards the parking / shelter area.
-Please make sure that all your FAILSAFE settings in your receiver are established
properly, especially the throttle to come to idle or cut off.
-First Person View Flying (FPV): Following the AMA guideline, keep the model aircraft at line of sight
distance and have a spotter with you. Please DO NOT FLY BEHIND the FLIGHT LINE. One reason is safety
but the main reason is that we don’t want you to bring any noise or flying aircrafts to our neighbors in the back of
the field. The spotter is needed to give you awareness of your surroundings, if you are getting too close to other
model aircrafts and to keep you away from any full scale aircraft the enters the RAMS Field airspace at a low
-Please observe the NO SMOKING regulation. We have an increased number of glow and gas models
as well as gas generators. If you must smoke at the RAMS Field, there is a designated area on the south end of
the parking.
We need to make sure we all keep awareness of what other pilots are doing and where everyone is, when
flying. These precautions will help to keep things safer for pilots and property. If you see unsafe behavior, just
politely let the pilot know. In case that does not work, let the Safety Officer (Joe Schodt) know or an available
club officer.
NOTICE: RAMS club membership is limited to 50 pilots per year. WE HAVE REACHED OUR CAP.
Any new pilots interested on joining RAMS, can be placed on a waiting list for if any position
becomes available. Being on a waiting list does not authorize the pilot to fly at RAMS.
RAMS Club membership is not automatic. New applicants are voted in for final membership after
an initial period of usually 4 to 6 weeks.
Yearly membership renewals are not automatic or guaranteed. The member must maintain good
standing, active involvement with the club, follow the RAMS Club rules and AMA Safety Code and
maintain a proper family oriented and safe conduct.
New applicants must submit a form that can be obtained from the club website ( or at
the club meetings. The form must be filled entirely and legibly. The signed form with the appropriate
fees must be mailed or handed to the club treasurer, Larry McMillen. New applicants will include a onetime $50.00 initial runway fee together with the appropriate membership fee. New membership is
prorated by year quarters. (1st quarter - $100.00, 2nd quarter - $75.00, 3rd quarter - $50.00 and 4th
quarter - $25.00). The initiation fee is not prorated. So, if you apply in May, the total fee is $50 + $75.00
(2nd quarter) = $125.00. New member applications submitted in December are $150.00 and counts for
the incoming year. The membership application form contains all the details about fees and the
application process. All applicants and members renewing must have an up to date AMA registration.
Any potential club member that flies at the RAMS field must apply for membership no later than 4 weeks
since they began flying at our facility. If guests or family are going to be flying more than a couple
of times they must apply for membership within four weeks of their first time flying.
New applicants must spend time at the field to get to know the club members and club officers
once they apply and before the next club meeting. This is to allow an opportunity for you to find out
if our club meets your needs and to assess that the potential member is a good fit to our club family
oriented and safety conducts. At the end of the monthly club meeting the club officers discuss your
application and vote. *If a new applicant is not approved for final membership, we will return any
paid application fees.
Guests and new applicants are welcomed to OCCASIONALLY fly at RAMS as long as they fly
with a FULL RAMS club member and must have an AMA registration up to date. The privilege of
bringing a guest to fly at RAMS makes you responsible for the actions of the guest. Again, a guest that
comes more than a few times will be asked to join the club within 4 weeks of the first time flying. If there
are no available club membership positions, the applicant will be placed on a waiting list. Being on a
waiting list does not provide flying privileges at RAMS. Controlling the number of guests flying at RAMS
is in response to the fact that we want every pilot to know our rules and follow very closely our GOOD
NEIGHBOR POLICY to maintain good relations with neighbors and the farmer using the fields in regards
to noise and safety.
All applicants, once they have submitted the membership form and fee, will receive a welcome e-mail
with further instructions about the application process and the basic rules at RAMS. A response back
from the applicant to this e-mail is used to verify that we have the correct contact e-mail address.
So, that’s it. Once you become a full member, you may vote on meetings and may enjoy safe fun flying
with a bunch of friendly RAMS Pilots.
Student members and family members do not have voting right and fly only when a Full Member is
present. Members that are minors must be accompanied at all times by their legal guardian.
IMPORTANT: Being on a waiting list does not imply flying privileges at RAMS of any kind. Once
we are done with the membership renewal process between November and December, we will notify
applicants on waiting lists if a membership position is available by mid January. If positions open during
the year, applicants on the waiting list will be notified.
VERY IMPORTANT: If you inquire for available positions and or to be placed on the waiting list but do
not submit an application for membership, a position in the waiting list will not be held for you. The only
way to assure, hold and get started with the application process for membership for an open
position is to proceed and apply by presenting an application form and application fee. To be
placed on the waiting list you must fill the application form.
Be aware that there are other RC clubs close to our area with whom we have a great relation and
friendship. If RAMS membership positions are full for the year, you may want to access the Academy of
Model Aeronautics website and under search clubs, you may enter your zip code for RC flying clubs
close to your area.
The Raleigh Durham Radio Control Club (RDRC): Largest Club in our area with asphalt and grass
runway. Open to fixed and rotary wing models.
The PILOT Club: Small club in Zebulon flying from a grass runway airport. Caps their membership to
about 20 members and applicants need to be sponsored by a current club member.
Other RC Clubs in the Area:
Remember that all the opinions and information in the RAMS newsletters are for entertainment purposes only. Double
and triple check for safety when you try some of the things discussed in these newsletters as the information may not
be a 100% accurate all the time.
Don’t kill the messenger and don’t take it too seriously and just have safe fun flying!!
Dr. Joey
RAMS Secretary
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