August 2009 Newsletter Print

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Happy Landings

Official Publication of the Atlanta Radio Control Club

1286 Oakdale Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307 www.atlrcclub.com

August 2009

 

Coming Events

September 13th - Club Meeting at 12:00

September Meeting Date Change
In continuing my idea of moving club meetings because of National holidays we will be having our September meeting on September 13th . This will also be one week before our Heli fun fly so we can discuss any last minute details for that event.


Helicopter Fun Fly
This years Helicopter Fun Fly will take place on Saturday September 19th . This was a great event last year and should be even better this year. Come and enjoy the fun, camaraderie and see some fantastic flying. Since this is a club event the field will be closed to general flying during the fun fly. We will need a lot of helpers at the field. If you will be available, please come out to the field and do what you can to help.

During the August club meeting it was suggested that we auction something off at the Heli fun fly in order to make some money for the club. If you have any contacts at a hobby shop that might donate something if or you wish to donate some model kit that you have please contact Kip Laurie or Rob Setili with that information.

Showcasing the club
During the month of July the club was contacted to participate in a monthly event at Centennial Olympic Park called the Fourth Saturday. During this event which occurs on the Fourth Saturday of every month from April to October groups are given the opportunity to showcase their clubs that match a specific theme, in this case it was Games and Gadgets. During the August meeting I asked for volunteers to be present at this gathering. John Novak and Jeorg Wekenborg indicated that they would be glad to help. Alex Mitchell made a club banner and hand outs. In our booth they had their helicopters, a flight simulator and a loop movie of planes and helicopters which was prepared by Alex Mitchell. Unfortunately they did not have any airplanes to show. Although this event was non-flying. they were informed that next year there will be a roped off area that could be used for demonstrations. This event would be a great advertisement for the club. (See more pictures on our web page)

 

Centennial Olympic Park Event
John Novak showing a father and son how to use the flight simulator


Rules for Planes and Helicopter
At the August meeting we had a very lively and extensive discussion about flying rules for helicopters and airplanes so that they don’t interfere with each other. Rob Setili brought our an aerial photo (see attached) of the club where he blocked off areas to show where the different aircraft could fly. We put up some cones along to field to see how different configurations would work. Rob Setili and I have written a preliminary set of rules that you can see below. We are still working on the final form to be presented to and voted on by the club membership.

Proposed Flying rules
Protected Areas: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should either helicopters or airplanes intentionally fly over any pit area, the shelter or the parking area. This is true if the pit areas are OCCUPIED OR NOT.

Fixed Wing Aircraft: All fixed wing powered aircraft must fly north of a line going east to west from the safety fence in front of the pit area and parallel to the runway. Only during a landing approach may a pilot fly closer to the Heli area, but only UP TO a line connecting the Airplane pit area to the Pipeline Post & Sign located on the dirt road. To protect the heli area, Airplanes should never fly at any altitude South of a straight line to the big Radio Tower at the east end of the field. (Please see diagram)

Helicopters generally fly North of the two Heli tables by the woods, while staying South of the physical paved runway. Heli flyers must also limit flying toward the parking lot & aircraft pit areas. Flying to the West (toward Downtown Atlanta) the heli flight zone ends along a line that extends north and south from the “old heli net”. The “old helicopter area” near the runway shall only be used for hover practice and all helicopter pilots should avoid flying over the runway.

Shared Zone: There is a zone where both airplanes and
helicopters are both permitted. This zone begins approximately 150 feet EAST of the end of the runway, and extends to the East to the tree line. When both airplanes and helicopters are flying, it is recommended that ALL pilots flying in the intersection zone use “spotters” to give them advance warning. Everyone must practice the rule “see and avoid”. Helicopters will attempt to minimize the time they spend in the intersections zone when airplanes are using it (especially when wind is out of the West, and airplanes are landing).

Cones: Currently we have orange cones laid out marking a line that airplanes are supposed to stay NORTH of. We also have two cones marking the WEST boundary of the proposed Heli fly zone. These are allowing all club members to get familiar with the proposed rules, and decide if they are satisfactory, or if there are better alternatives.

 

Proposed Lines

 

 

Be Courteous Call out

Taking Off Landing Dead Stick

Last one out lock the gate!