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Happy Landings

Official Publication of the Atlanta Radio Control Club

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

February 2010

 

Coming Events
March 7th - Club Meeting 12:00 PM

Cosmetic Surgery for our Field
Rain takes its to! on the Atlanta RC Club Grounds

runwayMany of you have noticed that our field needs help. The entry experienced some major wash-outs from the last storms and the windsock on the shelter has deteriorated and reached the end of its lifespan. We talked about the erosion issue during this past meeting but no votes or motions have been made to bring installed. For this, a ladder would be required. Everybody knows who carries ladders around on a regular basis so, Chico, next time you're at the field; I need to borrow a ladder from your truck to get the new windsock in place.

Another item that has been mentioned is the fire material in to fill in the damage. In addition to the material itself we would need some labor to spread it. Mike Cocroft has volunteered to acquire a Bobcat for us, but hopefully someone in the club has the skills to operate it.

A new Windsock has been purchased already; it just has to be extinguisher on the frequency board. It’s an eyesore, not to mention it’s also unsafe to have a non-working fire extinguisher out there. Just think of a massive LiPo fire during dry season.

These are just a few items that have come up recently. If you have any comments or suggestion, as always feel free to send them our way.

ONLINE MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AND APPLICATION

Tireless webmaster Alex Mitchell has integrated a new payment feature on the club website. I sent out an email announcing this and here's the official word. You can now purchase or renew your membership using PayPal from the comfort of work or home. If you’re unfamiliar with PayPal it’s the standard for making payments on the internet. Very safe, free, and did I say very safe? No more stalking the officers for membership renewals. Do it 24/7 online. Of course this also means no more excuses . . .

As a reminder, we require every pilot who flies at our Club to be an AMA Member. I know this is beating a dead horse, but the benefits and insurance that come with your AMA membership are invaluable. If you aren’t familiar with the AMA check out http://www.modelaircraft.org. And again, it’s required to fly on our field and your AMA number is required when you pay club dues online.

Please see the “Latest News” section on our website for details on the different club membership levels. We're still looking for a way to show our appreciation to the higher level members for their extra contribution beyond the minimum of $60 / year. If you have any thoughts about how we could do that, please contact any of the club officers at the field or use the contact feature on the website. We’d really love to hear your thoughts on this or anything else regarding the club.

THE CLUB'S INVOLVEMENT IN THE COMMUNITY, WE NEED MEMBERS! jet

Efforts have been made in the past to get DeKalb County on Board with our club. However, there are few signs that this is actually taking Place Last year Johnny, Alex, Ron, and I cleared the east side of the field to enlarge the Heli area and the County actually bush-hogged the rest of the east end. We are most appreciative.

In order to get buy in from the County, we need to demonstrate participation in the community at large. For example, last year during a family event at Centennial Park, John Novak and I represented our club with great feedback from the attendees. We fielded many inquiries and handed out a lot of flyers.

We’ll be attending this event again this year and they even plan on giving us an open area somewhere in the park to show some models in action. Foamies of course!

We also want to approach Scout Troops and Boys Clubs to raise awareness about the existence of the club. We want to help the County get kids off the street, away from the TV, and involved in something fruitful and more social. Any ideas (e.g. a Fun-Fly where we can build Free-Flight Models with kids and offer simulator time)are greatly appreciated, as are volunteers to participate in these activities. Help us establish our club in the community so we all can benefit from having the County on our side (e.g. cutting the grass,taking down trees, etc.). Who knows, we might attract new members and maybe even a younger generation of RC pilots.

HAVE EXPERIENCES IN BUILDING A MODEL? WANT TO SHARE IT WITH OTHERS?

We’re interested in getting all members on board when it comes to creating an interesting and entertaining newsletter. If you have built a model and want to share this experience, or if you have a How-To and you think others could use this knowledge. Let Alex or I know and we'll integrate it into future newsletters.

– Joerg


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