November 2009 Newsletter Print


Happy Landings

Official Publication of the Atlanta Radio Control Club

1286 Oakdale Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307

November 2009


Coming Events

December 6th - Club Elections
January 1st - Chili Fly

November Meeting

The main order of business for the November meeting was to determine who was going to run for club officers for the upcoming year. It was finally determined that the following people will be hoping for your votes at the December meeting.

President: Rob Setili

Vice President: Tim Neeland

Secretary/Treasurer: Alex Mitchell

Newsletter Editor: Joerg Wekenborg

Helicopter Safety Officer: Mike O’Rourke

Airplane Safety Officer: Tim Neeland

If you wish to change the direction of club or think that you could do a better job than any of the above candidates please come and run for office.

We also discussed the club flying rules that we are trying to modify so that both the helicopter and airplanes have a safe flying space. Below is what I believe to be the final form of these rules. We will also vote on this at the December meeting so come and put in your two cents.

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 Helicopter area, but only up to a line connecting the Airplane pit area to the Radio Tower at the east end of the field. This requires that all landing approaches going from the east to the west be made with a right hand turn.

Helicopters generally fly North of the two Helicopter tables by the woods, while staying South of the physical paved runway. Helicopter flyers must also limit flying toward the parking lot and aircraft pit areas. While flying to the west (toward Downtown Atlanta) the helicopter flight zone ends along a line that extends from the east end of the runway to the old helicopter safety net and then south to the parking lot. 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 advanced warning. Everyone must practice the rule “see and avoid”. Helicopters will attempt to minimize the time they spend in the intersection zone when airplanes are using it (especially when wind is out of the West, and airplanes are landing).

A Sad note

George Wallace a long time member of the Atlanta Radio Control Club has suffered a stroke. He is current convalescing at the Signature Nursing Home, 54 Peactree Park Drive, Atlanta, Geogia, Room 54. It would be wonderful if you could send a card or you can call him at 404-351-6041.

Club Dues

The new year will be upon us very quickly. Please pay your dues as soon as possible so that you can start the new year off on the right foot.




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