Next Club Meeting – Saturday April 6, 2019

The next club meeting is Saturday April 6, 2019 at 10.00am and will be held at the clubhouse.

Please sign-in when you arrive. New members are encouraged to attend and introduce yourselves to the rest of the gang. If you have recently received your AMA membership number and FAA sUAS registration please convey them to Max Burton – Club Treasurer.

A highlight of the monthly meeting is the “Plane of the Month” which has two categories: Kit / Scratch and ARF / BARF. All entries must have completed at least one successful flight (which includes a successful landing…) Entrants must be able to withstand the withering questions asked by attending membership of your entry before votes are cast.

Paul Curry – Flight Instructor

Bayou City Flyers member Paul Curry has volunteered to serve as a Flight Instructor at the powered RC flight area at Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields. Paul – thank you. Paul’s availability and contact information can be found in the Members & Membership section of this website. Jeff Trotter is the other Bayou City Flyers Flight Instructor. We need more instructors! BCF members – please contact club leadership about your willingness and availability so your name and contact information can be posted on the website.

March 2019 Club Information

Thirteen new photos taken on March 2, 2019 have been added (# 2 – 14) to the BCF Photo Album .  Go to Media – Photos – Bayou City Flyers.  George Lumpkins’ 20th article entitled “Extra Parts Laying Around the Shop” has been added to the Member’s Corner section of the website.  To access it, member’s must be registered to enter the Member Documents section of the website.

February 25, 2019: FAA sUAS Registration

Effective Monday February 25, 2019, the FAA requires that all sUAS’s (multi-rotor ‘drone’, fixed wing aircraft or helicopter) have an FAA Registration number placed on an exterior surface of each airborne vehicle.  This applies to commercially or recreationally flown sUAS’s.

Recreationally flown vehicles should also have the ‘National Community Organization’ identification number on the aircraft in a location that can be located without the use of any tool.  The AMA information can be on an internal or external surface of the plane.  For Scobee field, this is the AMA number of the recreational pilot.

Please note that a fine to the “pilot in command”, who fails to comply with the “external identification number” of any airborne vehicle, may be up to $27,500 per violation. This fine is accessed and collected by an FAA representative (or authorized agent).

Also note that an operator of an airborne vehicle that has NOT registered with the FAA and obtained the above mentioned number may be fined up to $250,000 and serve 3 years in a federal prison.

Executive Committee
Bayou City Flyers

Planes of the Month

During the February 2019 BCF club meeting we had three entries for “Plane of the Month”: 1 – Kit, 1 – ARF and 1 – BARF.  As a result, all three entries have been posted to the homepage which has resulted in the PoM relocation from the right sidebar to below the scrolling information posts within “Planes of the Month“.  Doing so has allowed the publishing of more descriptive content for each plane.  Clicking on each image will result in the image expanding.  Enjoy.

BCF – December 2018 Club Meeting Photos at Rudy’s

The December 2018 Bayou City Flyers club meeting was held at Rudy’s “Country Store” and Bar-B-Q located at 21799 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX on December 1, 2018. Members voted for 2019 leadership and each member received a raffle ticket. Club President Art Alvarez acknowledged contributions of club members during the past year. Attending membership enjoyed a delicious Bar-B-Q meal which was followed by the raffle drawing.

Club Officers for 2019 are:

Art Alvarez – President
Garry Woodhouse – Vice President
Max Burton – Treasurer
John Haskell – Secretary

For pictures of the event Click on the title of this post.

FAA NOTAM / TFR – October 22, 2018

An FAA NOTAM/TFR has been issued for Houston, TX and the surrounding areas for Monday, October 22 from 4:15 pm CDT to 8:30 pm CDT. The TFR is issued for security purposes to cover VIP movement in this area. Outdoor radio control model aircraft operations are prohibited within a 30 nm radius (applicable to Scobee Field) for the specific times listed below. Control Line and Free Flight modelers should use discretion when operating within the TFR. Please note that TFRs are subject to change with very short notice. Check back often for the most current NOTAM/TFR information.

See the links to the TFR below for more detailed information regarding the restrictions:

Map of TFR