Where: So St. Paul Airport Terminal Building, 1725 Henry Ave., So St. Paul
Time: 7:00 PM
Agenda: 2019 membership renewal.
RVRC Board President -Dan Knack - (651) 200-5607 Cell -(651) 248-6301 Vice President – Marc Radle - 612-770-0298 Secretary/Treasurer – Steve Hefty – 651-690-3017
The April meeting denotes the final day to renew 2019 membership. Members can renew by mail or in person at the meeting. Payment of dues MUST be accompanied by a copy of your 2019 AMA membership card (or confirmation form that is received when payment is made on line) and a completed application. The application is available for download on our website in PDF or Microsoft Word format. Please be sure to include all three items when you renew. It will save Steve a lot of time by doing so. All should be reminded if dues are paid prior to April 11th, 2019, they are $75 (for general membership renewals) and increase to $85 if paid after that date.
FAA seeks comments on Safe & Secure Operations of UAS
From Academy of Model Aeronautics website Government Blog
Last month, the FAA issued an advanced notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) regarding the safe and secure operations of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). In this ANPRM, the FAA is currently seeking comments on potential new rulemaking for operational and performance restrictions on UAS, including model aircraft. Some of the parameters being considered include altitude, airspeed, stand-off distances and unmanned aircraft traffic management.
AMA has long held that the hobby of model aviation has introduced no new risk into the airspace, and therefore should not be subject to any new regulations. AMA is in the process of submitting comments to the FAA to this effect, urging the agency to take into consideration the existing safety guidelines for modelers and the differences between model aircraft and commercial drones – the FAA cannot and should not take a one-size-fits-all approach to regulating them.
It is critical that we voice our support for the hobby by submitting a comment to the Federal Register regarding this ANPRM. Members should go to www.modelaviation.org where they will find a link to submit comments and a template for their convenience.
Field Maintenance and Opening
I propose to open the flying field officially on Saturday, April 20th. This consists of raising the wind sock and moving picnic and pit tables to their summer locations. In addition, we will address the following repairs:
Replace broken/rotted posts and damaged pit fence material.
Eradicate mole infestation in pit/spectator area.
Examine picnic tables and other fixtures and repair as necessary.
These chores should easily be completed within 1 ½ to 2 hours if adequate help is present. Changing weather and field conditions may affect this date. I will email all members a final date and time to prior to the day.
2019 Building Contest
Just a reminder to those with projects in progress. The annual Building Contest is scheduled for the June meeting (13th). Simply bring your airplane and present it for judging by Club members in attendance.