Next Club Meeting – Saturday June 1, 2019

The next club meeting is Saturday June 1, 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.

Nestor Garcia – Sukhoi Su-29 Video

Nestor Garcia has posted a video of his Sukhoi Su-29 which he uploaded to YouTube. The video can be accessed by going to the Media – Videos section of this website. Nestor, thank you for taking the time to make the video and sharing it on YouTube.

Greg Johnson – Making Performance Estimates for Model Aircraft

BCF member Greg Johnson has authored a 14 page technical article which has been posted to the Member Documents section of this website in which he instrumented and measured (in-flight) the performance of two model aircraft: Hobbico Nextstar and a Phoenix Tucano. Greg notes Eagletree measurement transducers and a recording instrument were used to collect flight data on two radio controlled model aircraft of substantially different design. The purpose was to determine how accurately standard full-scale aircraft calculation techniques could be used to predict the model performance recorded by the instrumentation. A second objective was to determine the aerodynamic drag of the two test aircraft as a function of airspeed. Members with inquisitive minds are encouraged to read the article then see Greg if you have questions about it. Greg – nice work.

On-line Weather Station – Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields

The Bayou City Flyers RC club has established a weather station at the powered RC flying field within the Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields. The weather is accessible on-line at two locations: Weather Underground and Ambient Weather by going to the top right of the home page and clicking on the presented links. This is a significant accomplishment as there has never been a weather station at Scobee that was available on-line. Thanks to club members Corrie Poole and Garry Woodhouse along with others for completing this very helpful project.

How to Find a Plane in the Woods

Bayou City Flyers RC club member and Club Secretary, John Haskell, has written an article which includes annotated photographs about using an Inspire 2 drone to locate RC aircraft lost in the woods north of the powered RC flying area at Dick Scobee Memorial Airfields. The article can be accessed by clicking on the title of this post then clicking on the “blue” text. How to find a plane in the woods

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

Lost and Found RC Models

BCF member John Haskell has explored the wild country north of the runway and located a number of models. He has written a short descriptive document, taken pictures of the models and posted their location on a map. This information is available to BCF members registered to access the Member Documents section of the website. If you have lost a model or know of a someone who has, check out this information. It is believed John will periodically update this information. If you find a lost model not currently identified, please contact the owner if so identified and contact John as well by providing a photo and coordinates. Thank you John.