National Model Aviation Day – August 17

Join the Academy of Model Aeronautics Foundation in celebrating model aviation for the seventh annual National Model Aviation Day, August 17, 2019. National Model Aviation Day was created to encourage clubs to celebrate the hobby and share it with the public. Our chartered clubs have also been asked to conduct a fundraiser to provide assistance to a worthy cause. For this year all clubs have been asked to support the AMA Foundation. The AMA is devoted to inspiring the young and young-at-heart to pursue a hobby that will inspire creativity and advanced learning through the use of hands-on applications. The purposes of the Foundation will be to fundraise and make grants to AMA to support its charitable and educational programs and services.

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.

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.

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