March 2010 Newsletter Print


Happy Landings

Official Publication of the Atlanta Radio Control Club

1286 Oakdale Road NE Atlanta, GA 30307

March 2010

Coming Events
April 4th - Club Meeting 12:00 PM

The Atlanta RC Club WEBSITE has MOVED
(from dot-COM to dot-ORG)

lotDear members, we have MOVED our website to:
It's a long story, but somehow we let our old website registration expire. Nothing illegal or bad or dangerous has happened.

When a website registration expires, anyone can legally pay to register it, and someone did though the website is totally blank with nothing there so far.
So our club does not control the old website address: Just be cautious with that old address. ( We might end up buying it back, but don't know the price yet).

Alex & Iven have reacted quickly and our FULL WEBSITE was immediately up and running at the new .org address: Our official email address remains [email protected]

Our new flight rules and flight zone map has just been added to the new website.

Our official website continues to be totally safe to pay club dues using paypal.
And given what happened to us with the registration, paypal was a smart way to go. (Only paypal knows your personal information, not the Atlanta RC Club OR the new owner of our old website).


The turn-out for this month's meeting was astonishing. We counted 23 current and 5 new members. The weather was great and there was a lot of action to be seen on the runway and in the heli area.

Rob led the Meeting and mentioned a common set of values that everyone should observe in order to make our club enjoyable for everybody. For long-time members and new members alike: Mutual Respect, Friendship, “We're all learning”, everything here is VOLUNTEER.

I personally heard people talk about other clubs they have checked out and sometimes encountered arrogant or ignorant attitudes from the members. These kinds of attitudes made it difficult for new people coming to the hobby. Let's make an effort, we're here to have fun and also help new members or those who are interested in the hobby because they might become new members.

It has been proposed by Rob to change the deadline for Membership Renewals to January First instead of March. Reasons for this are as follows:

  • We need to monitor AMA of everyone for insurance reasons
  • The old deadline sent a wrong message of being able to fly free for the first two months
  • The Calendar Year IS our Membership Year so January First makes complete sense
  • We need $$ by January First
  • We know right away who has the right to vote
  • It will be easier everyone to remember when the gate code changes

Everybody attending the meeting was in favor of these suggestions (100% agreement by the members). pusher prop

Alex has instituted Paypal which seems to work great. It adds great flexibility for everyone. You can join, renew and donate at the field as well as at home.

The discussion that was sparked during the meeting was that we used to have the membership application form in order to get everybody's written consent to agree to the club rules. We're currently looking into this. Eventually everyone who chooses to pay via Paypal will automatically agree to the written Rules and Bylaws when clicking the Paypal Button.

As far as our club's bank account concerns, Alex reported that things are looking up. We are currently at $2995 in the bank plus about $150 that need transferring from the Paypal Account to the bank account. This is significantly better than last year around March. This was also due to Paypal being in place and many members chose to pay more than the minimum $60. Thanks to all who decided to help the club beyond the membership dues. One change that will be made soon to the Paypal feature is that not only a valid AMA number needs to be input, also a phone number and email will be required in order to contact returning or new members to hand out the gate code. This ensures, that only paid members will receive the code to gain access to the field.

The new Flight Rules regarding the airspace around the field when Fixed Wing and Rotary Wing Aircraft is being operated have been posted on the bulletin board in our shelter. The Flight Rules are for everyone to review and follow. It makes life next to each other much easier. Those rules have been proposed, discussed and reviewed for 5 months and finally have been voted on and adopted in November 2009.

We spontaneously decided on a quick clean-up around thefield after the Meeting before everybody spreads out to fly. We picked up a lot of trash from around the pit area and especially around the Shelter.



Speaking of field improvements. In February's about $45 / hour. Mike Cocroft. said he can organize Newsletter we covered the necessary touch-ups a Bobcat to spread out and grade gravel at no cost to around the premises; mainly the erosion that has the club. Different members added that they know occurred during recent rain storms is of concern. how to operate a Bobcat loader.

This time we made some headway: Dennis said Some may have noticed the bright orange tape he can use his contacts to get the erosion fixed at running through certain areas of the shrubs and woods around the field. These markings are for the county and an improvement request list will be created. This will be provided to the county pointing out areas that need to be treated and bush-hogged. For now this only applies to the heli area.

The Fixed Wing Folks need to determine and set up a list of areas they would like to have cleaned out. Marvin volunteered to take the lead on this list.

Other Improvements made to the field are the new fire extinguisher that was donated and installed on the frequency board, Alex stood up and will put one in the heli area. A proper mounting point would probably be under oneof the tables, so it's somewhat protected from the elements.

I was at Aircraft Spruce in Peachtree City the other day and picked up a new windsock which was installed last Sunday. It turned out to be a little heavier gauge than the old one, but it still can serve it's purpose by means of being a warning to everybody with lighter (foam) models.

For lighter winds we still have the streamer above the Frequency Board.


Former Member John Novak (accomplished Heli Pilot from New York) sent out an email the other day which I found to be worth publishing, since more and more members are converting to 2.4 GHz Spread Spectrum Systems (Spektrum / JR, Futaba and Airtronics)

John writes: The Spektrum fail safe is two fold, on one side it deals with the possibility of transmission failure, onthe other side it deals with reception interruption on both ends of the spectrum (pardon the pun) the "system" defers to the settings on the transmitter at time of binding (herein referred to as BP). Now here's the fun part:

If you should lose transmission, throttle will go to the BP, all servos will remain in the position they were in at time of transmission failure. If you should have a reception interruption, upon re-reception all servos should go to the current transmitter positions,this is true if you possess the fast reboot receiver released about a year after the original Spektrum release, other wise all servos will defer (for about 1 second) to the BP settings, and then the current transmitter settings Reception interruption and "Brown Out" are supposed to create the same result as above but I caution, I have had two recent incidents where the "Brown Out" has caused the servos to go to the BP, this can be very bad if you have not set up your system correctly.


The above mentioned cases are as follows:

Case one: Heli was properly set up but bound with the collective stick all the way negative, during the brown out the heli slammed into the ground as the receiver deferred to the BP

Case Two: The receiver was bound prior to servo set up, upon set up some servo switches were reversed, the receiver does not recognize this and as the brown out happened the cyclic servos went hard left and back deferring to the BP and the heli slammed into the ground after you finish your set up rebind you receiver with all sticks in the middle position and the throttle hold on, then simulate the above conditions and you can see where your servos will go.

Good luck...heed the warning and tell all about this as most people I meet in the hobby do not understand these settings and how they function.

I think this is great to know for new 2.4 GHz Pilots as well as something to check for long-time Users.

As part of this chapter in our issue I want encourage all of you again to pitch in with a short article about experiences and knowledge about parts of our interesting hobby to share with all our members. Remember “We're all learning”. Let's learn from others' experiences rather than from our own, possibly avoiding costly mistakes.

If you have anything you would like to share with us, send me the article in a plain text email to me within a week after the meeting. Of course I reserve the right to decide what gets posted and when.

– Joerg




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