Officers Corner

Officers Corner 2017

ERCA Officers 2017

President               Roger Dahl            541-579-5959    roger@artistry-in-motion.com
Vice President:     Frank Blain           541-345-7449 – 541.954.2342
Secretary              Dave Fenner          541-461-0820 – dbfenner@comcast.net
Treasurer             Jeff Lutz                   541-689-3567 – jefflutz@q.com
Safety Officer      Dwayne Graville     541-998-9517   DGraville@msn.com

 

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President’s Corner           Eugene RC Aeronauts

President_Roger_Dahl

“Each week thousands of people fly an airplane without ever leaving the ground.

The Eugene RC Aeronauts welcome you to the incredible sport of remote control aviation.”

 

 

 

Roger Dahl   roger@artistry-in-motion.com

 

 

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January

Hi All,
I would like to welcome you all to a new year of fun in this hobby of RC flying.
The temperatures outside have been perfect for staying indoors, and building models!
I am working on my third for the winter months!

I want you all to our January meeting, to catch up with each other, meet new members, and where we will plan for this years activities! I hope to see you there.

Roger Dahl

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February

Hey All,
It’s February! The rain is cold, the mud is brown, and the fire is warm! I have driven out to the flying field a couple times just to see if it is above the water! Happy to report that mostly it is!
I guess we can be thankful that our local reservoirs are not forcing evacuations of our city!

I have been building another plane, this one a slow mover, a Fokker Eindecker E-III. I must admit that it’s the ugliest plane I’ve ever owned, but it is growing on me. I think the Ugly Sticks are based on this plane, and most know how I feel about those great flying, ugly airplanes!

Tuesday, the 21st is our next meeting. We will be buying pizza for all in attendance. We also would like to have all dues for the year paid by then. Hope to see some show and tell planes!
See you then!

Roger Dahl
President ERCA

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March

Hey All,
The time has changed to daylight savings, and we are hoping the weather will soon change to “saving us from the rain”!
I would like to say thank you to Mickey Cohen for putting together our club newsletter each month!
I would like to offer a few airline jokes on his behalf! I hope he doesn’t mind!

A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and, therefore, we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax… OH, MY GOD!” Silence followed, and after a few minutes, the captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I am so sorry if I scared you earlier. While I was talking to you, the flight attendant accidentally spilled a cup of hot coffee in my lap. You should see the front of my pants!” A passenger in Coach yelled, “That’s nothing. You should see the back of mine!”

After a real crusher of a landing in Phoenix, the attendant came on with, “Ladies and Gentlemen, please remain in your seats until Capt. Crash and the Crew have brought the aircraft to a screeching halt against the gate. And, once the tire smoke has cleared and the warning bells are silenced, we’ll open the door and you can pick your way through the wreckage to the terminal.”

“Weather at our destination is 50 degrees with some broken clouds, but we’ll try to have them fixed before we arrive. Thank you, and remember, if flying is so safe, why do they call the airport a “terminal”!
Stay Safe,
Rog

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April

Hi All,

The wet weather seems to be putting up a fight, but I have faith that we will see more sun soon!

I want to say thanks to Jim Corbett, who has outmaneuvered the weather to mow the field for the first time this year, and as we get some more dry weather, and after a work day, we should be in great shape for our first fly-in on Memorial Day! Also thanks to Al Barrington, who brought out his gravel road fixer upper, and spent some time fixing the road!

I look forward to a good year at the flying field!

Stay safe,
Rog

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May

Hey all you cabin fever sufferers,

I have it on good authority that the winter wetness is subsiding!
Some, myself included, have been out to the flying field to get the first flights on our field, and thanks to the efforts of a few key members, it is now possible!
That bright orb in the sky that sometimes peeks out between the clouds is fixing to make “Monthly appearances” before you know it!

I am looking forward to our first fly-in of the year, coming up on Memorial Day, May 29th. This will be a good time to show off your latest creation(s), and we are welcoming any and all pilots to come together to meet with other flyers
The club will be cooking burgers, and hotdogs, and invite all who can to bring “accessory food” to go along! Maybe we can even talk Jeff Lutz into bringing his wonderful beans!

I have purchased a table space for the Creswell swap meet, and am looking for donations for the swap meet. If you have some  RC “stuff” that you have climbed over long enough, give me a call, I’ll pick it up, and maybe we can turn it back into some cash for our club kitty.

See you soon!
Rog

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June

Hey All,
Greetings from Kailua-Kona, on the Big Island!
I have been here since the 30th, and plan on being back in Oregon on the 19th.
It seems that the local rc club has let the FAA completely scare them out of flying rc planes! I tried to contact the President to explain the latest lawsuit which has ripped the legal hands of the FAA away from model aircraft, but I was unable to contact him.
I understand the Oregon weather has been keeping things green, (he said with a grin), but don’t lose hope! I’ll bring some sun and warmth home with me!
We will plan for our next event, our Warbird and Fun fly, at our club meeting this month.
It is scheduled for July 4th, and I hope it goes as well as our Memorial Day fun fly was.
It occurred to me that we had no crashes at our fun fly last month!
That had to be a First!
Stay safe out there, and come out early for some flying, and dinner! We will fire up the grill around 6:00 and char some burgers and hot dogs!

Aloha!
Rog

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Vice President’s Corner    Eugene RC Aeronauts

 

Blain, Frank

Frank Blain

Phones  41-345-7449 – 541.954.2342

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Secretary’s Corner    Eugene RC Aeronauts

 

Fenner, Dave2

Dave Fenner

Email address:   dbfenner@comcast.net

 

January 2015
There was not a December meeting so no minutes.

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February

ERCA Minutes for the February 21, 2017 Meeting:
The meeting started at 7:25 p.m. at the River Road Abby’s Pizza.  There were 22 members present.  The January minutes were read and approved, and the Treasurer’s report was read and approved.
Under Old Business:
Jim C. reported on field improvements for the past year, which included:
-gravel resurfacing on Mike Burgess’s entry road up to the left turn to the field.
-the mower shed floor was replaced.
-a new pump was installed.
-the geotech surface was purchased and installed.
-underground sprinklers were installed on the southeast edge of the field.
-the field was sanded and fertilized in the fall.
Jim C. also passed around the watering crew list of volunteers for this summer.
Under New Business:
-Geral Yarborough introduced himself and was voted in as a new club member.
Under Show and Tell, Roger brought a good-looking PT-19 that he built from a kit.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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March

ERCA Minutes for the February 21, 2017 Meeting:
The meeting started at 7:25 p.m. at the River Road Abby’s Pizza.  There were 22 members present.  The January minutes were read and approved, and the Treasurer’s report was read and approved.
Under Old Business:
Jim C. reported on field improvements for the past year, which included:
-gravel resurfacing on Mike Burgess’s entry road up to the left turn to the field.
-the mower shed floor was replaced.
-a new pump was installed.
-the geotech surface was purchased and installed.
-underground sprinklers were installed on the southeast edge of the field.
-the field was sanded and fertilized in the fall.
Jim C. also passed around the watering crew list of volunteers for this summer.
Under New Business:
-Geral Yarborough introduced himself and was voted in as a new club member.
Under Show and Tell, Roger brought a good-looking PT-19 that he built from a kit.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

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April

ERCA minutes for March 21, 2017 meeting:

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. at Abby’s Pizza on River Road.  The Treasurer’s Report was read and approved.  The minutes for the February meeting were read and approved.

Under Old Business:
Pat discussed the upcoming Monster Fest.  It was decided that the entry fee will be $30 for all 3 days; and that the event will be open to “all size” airplanes.
-The event will run for 3 days — Friday, August 18th through Sunday, August 20th.
-Brad agreed to be the Contest Director for the Monster Fest.
-Pat agreed to search for donors for the event.
-There will be 1 raffle drawing on Saturday, and 1 drawing on Sunday.
-A food vendor will be provided on Saturday.

Under New Business:
-A Creswell Swap Meet will be held in May.
-It was announced that there is a need for a new load of gravel for the driveway.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

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May

The April, 2017 meeting was called to order at 7:05.  The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.  The March minutes were read and approved.

-Under Old Business:
The driveway has been surfaced with Al B.’s scraper.
It was announced that a load of gravel will be needed when the weather dries out the road surface.
It was mentioned that we will need a load of loam to fill the holes left be elk tracks this winter.

-Under New Business:
Roger announced that long-time member Don Watts passed away.  Services were Friday, April 21st.
It was announced that the club will be responsible for preparing food for the Memorial Day Fly event.
Jim announced that the Creswell Swap Meet will be held on May 27th.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:31 p.m.

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June
ERCA Minutes for May 2017

The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. at Abby’s Pizza on River Rd.  There were 17 members present, plus 4 guests.  The minutes were read and approved for the April meeting.  The Treasurer’s report was read and approved.
Under Old Business…
-Jim C. announced that he is about ready to purchase a new fertilizer spreader ($190), and get some yellow jacket traps for the field.
-The runway grass has been reseeded where needed.
-Fertilizing will be done sometime in early June, weather permitting.
-It was also announced that the cutout on the left side of the culvert heading into the field has an eroded area that might become a problem.  Roger said he would touch base with Mike on this.
Under New Business…
-Four guests were introduced – all family members.  They were Dave Lloyd, David Lloyd, Christie Lloyd, and Trevor Stroda.  All 4 were unanimously voted into the club.
-Dave Carlson suggested that we update the “mugshots” of our members and post the updated pictures in the clubhouse.  Members can have their pictures taken by the Secretary (Dave F.) at the next meeting, or submit their own pictures via email to Jim C. for inclusion in the new “member board.”
-The meeting was adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

“We are updating the “mugshot” pictures of our members to be posted in the clubhouse. Members can have their pictures taken by the Secretary (DaveF.) at the June meeting (at the field), or submit their own pictures via email to Jim C. for inclusion in the new “member board,”

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Treasurers Corner          Eugene RC Aeronauts

Lutz, Jeff

 

Jeff Lutz

 

.Mailing address: Eugene R/C Aeronauts • P.O. Box 26344, Eugene OR 97402

Email address:   jefflutz@q.com

 

January
Report for January 2017
Balance as of December 19, 2016:  $6,459.88
Checks written for:
Jim Corbett newsletter expense:  $63.30
Income for December:
Member dues:  $345.00
Total income for December:  $345.00
Balance as of January 12, 2017:  $6,741.58

Remember we are making decisions on what events to have this season at this months meeting so if you want your voice heard be sure to attend the meeting at Abby’s River Rd. Tuesday 1/17/17 at 7P.M.
Also please get your dues in ASAP so you avoid late fees.
See you at the meeting.
Sincerely Jeff

February

This is the report for February 2017
Balance as of January 12, 2016:  $6,741.58
Checks written for:
Gravel on Mike’s driveway:   $243.00
AMA charter and insurance:  $120.00
Field lease:  $1,500.00

Total expenses:  $1,863.00
Income for January:
Member dues:  $645.00
Donations from donated planes and parts  $200.00
Total income for January:  $845.00

Balance as of February 14, 2017:  $5,723.58

Remember club dues are due now. If not paid by the March meeting late fees will be in effect.
There are 28 paid members for 2017 and 7 members with waived dues bringing the total members of ERCA so far to 35 for 2017.
See you at the meeting.
Sincerely Jeff

March

This is the report for March 2017

Balance as of February 14, 2017:  $5,723.58
Checks written for:
U.S. Postal Service, Box fee:   $76.00
Abby’s Pizza, pizza meeting:  $172.90
State of Oregon Corporation fee:  $50.
Total expenses:  $298.90

Income for January:
Member dues:  $920.00
Pizza donations:  $20.00
Total income for February:  $940.00
Balance as of March 14, 2017:  $6364.68

Membership dues are now due, if not paid by the March meeting then according to ERCA by-laws the member will be dropped from the club roster. There is a $25.00 reinstatement fee plus annual dues after March 21st, the night of the meeting. If you cant make the meeting to pay your dues you can always put a check in the mail: Eugene RC Aeronauts, P.O. Box 26344, Eugene, OR 97402 or call me at 541-954-8955 and we can figure out a way for you to pay your dues. See you at the meeting.

April

Treasurers report April 2017

Balance as of March 14, 2017:  $6,364.68
Checks written for:
Oregon Department of Justice:   $20.00
Jim Corbett field expenses:  $59.98
US Bank service charge for paper statement:  $5.
Total expenses:  $84.98
Income for March:
Member dues:  $475.00
Total income for March:  $475.00
Balance as of April 10, 2017:  $6759.70

Lets hope the weather starts to dry out so we can start getting some flying in. I have resorted to installing bush wheels on my ¼ scale cub just in case it doesn’t dry out soon. See you at the next meeting.

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May
Treasurers report May 2017

Balance as of April 10, 2017:  $6,759.70
Checks written for:
Above All Sanitation:  $65.75
US Bank service charge for paper statement:  $5.
Total expenses:  $70.75

Income for March:
Member dues:  $170.00 (New Member Allen Thramer)
Total income:  $170.00

Balance as of May 10, 2017:  $6858.95

I was out to the field last Saturday and it is drying out. Dust off your models and lets start flying.
Thanks to Jim Corbett and Co. for mowing and taking care of the field maintenance. Jim spends a lot of hours taking care of the field and equipment so if you see him remember to thank him for all he does for the club.

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Jun

Treasurers report May 2017

Balance as of May 10 2017: $6,858.95

Checks written for:
Jim Corbett field expenses: $109.51
Winco picnic supplies for memorial day $82.21
US bank service charge for paper statement: $5.00
Total expenses for June 2017 $196.72

Income for June:
New member dues for Dave and David Lloyd : $287.50
Donations from Memorial Day BBQ: $167.59
Donations for planes and parts Creswell swap meet: $488.00
Total income for June 2017 $943.09

Balance as of June 14 2017: $7605.32

The meeting is at the field this month. June 20th.  I will bring burgers and hot dogs to bbq and most likely some beans. Other side dishes would be welcomed – cookies, potato salad, fruit and potato chips etc… Come out early and get some flying in. I will try to have the burgers and dogs done around 6 o’clock. I am building a Phaeton 90 biplane and will bring it for people to check out.

Sincerely, Jeff Lutz

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Safety Coordinator

Eugene RC Aeronauts

DwayneG_Mug

Dwayne Graville        DGraville@msn.com

 

 

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January
Quadrocpter and Multi-Rotor Safety

It is very important that you learn the techniques of the ways to fly the drones safely in your yard or house without endangering spectators or pets.  Be careful to following all the local laws and take safety precautions when using the devices.
A Quadrocopter or Multi-Rotor is for 14 years and older.
You should have sufficient knowledge about the control of a model aircraft, if you don’t, please contact someone with experience.
Remember In general, model aircraft are not covered by a standard liability insurance. The appropriate (model aircraft) liability insurance should be obtained.
Do not take risks! Your own safety and that of your environment depend on the good behavior of the pilot. Always maintain a safe distance from people, animals and objects. Improper operation can cause serious injury and property damage! Never fly towards viewers and avoid flying over spectators.
Keep in mind that viewers could get close to the Quadrocopter Multi-Rotor, without being aware of potential dangers.
Only fly in sight of you or a spotter, In the case of manual control, you must be able to see the position and attitude.
Never rely 100% on functions such as GPS, compass, or altitude control. You must always be able to take manual control of the Quadrocopter Multi-Rotor.
Switch off the motors in case of a crash or failure.
Always turn off the Quadrocopter Multi-Rotor first and disconnect the flight battery before turning off the transmitter.
Fly Safe, Have Fun.
Dwayne

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March

Things to do when you get to the field:

1. Greet other pilots and check out their planes.
2. If you are the first one there, open the club house
This is where the first aid kit & fire extinguisher
are located.
3. Check your transmitter and receiver batteries for
adequate charge.
4. Pick an unused bench and assemble your aircraft.
5. Check that your aircraft has all the required address and license
number’s installed.
6. Make sure your club ID badge is current and visible.
7. Before starting your aircraft, range check your radio.
8. Make sure all controls work (in the correct direction).
9. Starting your aircraft:
a. When starting an engine, warn people to stay clear of the propeller arc.
b. Direct propeller blast away from other aircraft and people.
c. Position your plane so prop wash does not throw dirt on other planes
and equipment.
d. If you see debris on the field or in the pits, pick it up.
e. Do not walk over other people’s planes or equipment.
f. Watch others when carrying planes with running engines.

10. Do not pour excess fuel on the ground. Please use a catch can.
11. Do not run engines excessively in the pits.
12. Do not taxi in the pit area.
13. If flying a UAV you must have a spotter.
14. Do use common sense, keep it safe, sensible and responsible at all times.

Do fly safe and have fun.

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May
CARL HENSON FIELD FLYING RULES

Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code must be adhered to.
Use of field restricted to ERCA members and guests.
Current ERCA member ID card is required for members and must be visible.  Current AMA membership required for guests.
No power flying before 0730.
If not using a 2.4 GHZ transmitter, frequency clips must be used.
All 72 MHZ transmitters must be certified narrow band operation.
Quiet mufflers required on all 2-cycle engines.
No excessive running of engines in the pit area.
No flying over spectator area or pits.
Do not taxi out or into pits. A/C are to be carried to safety and taxi line in front of pilot stations. Big Bird A/C can be taxied off of startup pads but must not be taxied back to pit area.
Smoking allowed only in vehicles.
No pets allowed.
Spectators must remain behind fence unless accompanied by a ERCA member.
WINTER FLYING – During November, December, January and February
On Wednesday, Saturday and Sundays no flying is allowed prior to NOON.
DO NOT ARRIVE AT THE FIELD BEFORE NOON.
In case of an EMERGENCY Call 911
ERCA Flying Field Is at: 92560 Alvadore Rd Junction City, OR 97448
GPS Lat 44°10’44.90″N Lon 123°15’53.87″W

Do fly safe and have fun.

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June
FLYING SAFETY

We are starting another summer flying season and we need to think about flying with more people than when we caught a few good days this winter. We need to remember to communicate with our fellow fliers about what we are doing. Do not make high energy passes towards the pits or spectators.

Announce or pass along.

Entering the runway.
Taking off.
Making a low pass.
Dead stick landing.
Landing.
On the runway.

Always takeoff, fly and land in the same direction as the other flyers in the air. It is usually a left-handed pattern unless the wind is from the west.

Also we will be mowing and watering the runway. Please do not fly when we are mowing, and the mowing will go much faster if we get both mowers going. If you fly when the sprinklers are out keep your aircraft away from the water lines, they are damaged easily by spinning props.

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Contest Director      Eugene RC Aeronauts

 WernethBrad_Mug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brad Werneth         brad@werneth.com

 

 

June

Congratulations Your Event Has Been Approved!

The following sanction has been approved by your district Contest Coordinator:

08/11/2017 – 08/13/2017 – JUNCTION CITY, OR (C) EUGENE RC MONSTER FEST 2017
Site: CARL HENSON FIELD
category: Fun Fly

Event Description: Eugene RC Aeronauts is pleased to announce the 2017 Monster Fest! This is a three day event with two nights of night flying. RV parking (No hookups), camping and space for trailers & parking. There is a Saturday POOL PARTY for all registered pilots.

CD/EM: BRAD S WERNETH Phone: 541.285.5935 email: bradw@dormanconstruction.com

Please click here to login to the Event Sanction Portal, or click the link below, if you need to purchase additional insurance, or supplemental advertising.
https://www.modelaircraft.org/MembersOnly/Portal/Sanctions/cd.aspx

If you purchased or plan to purchase supplemental advertising, remember to send your artwork or event flyer to the Competition department via email: competition@modelaircraft.org, or mail: AMA Headquarters Att: Competition Dept.  5161 E. Memorial Dr. Muncie IN 47302

ATTENTION;

The sanction number for your event will be listed on the Sanctioned Event Calendar
All Flying certificates will be sent electronically to the e-mail address contained within your membership record. Additional insured certificates will be emailed separately. Membership records can be accessed and or updated on our website; www.modelaircraft.org under the “Members Only” section. For those without an active email account, we will continue to mail your information. If you need to make a change to your sanction, or discover an error in your application, please contact the Competition department via email: competition@modelaircraft.org

Please print and fill out the Contest Director’s Report, and the Flight Safety Declaration Form.  Event manager’s may print the Event Manager’s Report and the Event Manager’s Flight Safety Declaration Form.  These forms must be returned to AMA headquarters within seven days of the completed event.  Your report may be returned by U.S. Mail, fax or email.

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