Announcements

Next Club Meeting: Due to Governor Whitmer’s recent bans on restaurants, bars, events and gatherings. We your club officers have decided to cancel our scheduled meeting on March 30th and future meetings until we are through this situation.

Meeting Minutes – March 2nd, 2020

NOTE: These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible.

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report: John Russcher

  • Minutes from October and January special meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The October and January special meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report: Dave Ver Hoef

  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This includes the general fund and Taylor street site improvement balances. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  •  The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance: Steve Kastens

  • A new Medical Emergency Procedure sign will be created by Steve Kastens for the Taylor street site.
  • Hard hats will be required for pilots at our combat events this summer. Any helpers that will be standing on the pilots line will also be required to have a hard hat. John Russcher will have some extra hard hats for the helpers to use if they don’t have their own hard hat.

Visitors and/or New Members:

  • Paul Smith from Byron Center joined TCAF this month. Paul has flow quads with the club in Grand Rapids but is flying much more fixed wing aircraft now and is interested in the social aspects of a club.
  • Dennis Delo from Zeeland also joined TCAF this month. Dennis is getting back into RC and may need a little help.

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • The 2020 Combat schedule and rules will be email out soon. The first event will be on Wednesday June 3rd with hot dogs being served before the start of the event.
  • Rust n’ Dust will be in August. We need to confirm what the exact dates will be yet with the Ferwerda’s. More details to follow.

Old Business:

  • AMA Field Grant – The AMA grant has been submitted and we expect to hear back from the AMA sometime the middle of April.
  • Geotex – There is plenty of geotex in stock for when we are ready to order. We can have it delivered or pick it up ourselves in Cincinnati, OH.
  • Pledges – If you are unable to give a donation at this time please fill out a donation card and email it to the TCAF, PO Box 2996, Holland, MI 49422-2996 or email any of the club officers. Please indicate an approximant time frame for your donation. This can only happen if EVERY member helps.

New Business:

  • Grass Seed – We had a short discussion about grass seed for the Taylor street field. We are also looking into hydro seeding with the use of a fellow member’s family equipment.
  • Bi-Laws – The board will be looking over the bi-laws for parts that need to be removed. References to the sailboat group and associate members. We also need to look at adding the purpose of the club that matches our 501c3 filings. There maybe be other areas that need a rewrite also.

Comments and Questions:

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, March 30th,2020, 7pm at Cobblestone Crafts and Hobbies (THIS MEETING HAS BEEN CANCELED AND WE ARE NOT SCHEDULEING ANY OTHER MEETINGS UNTIL WE ARE PAST THIS COVID-19 HEALTH ISSUE)

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:41pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Members present: Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Mike Rose, Mike VanAanhold, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Larry Weller, Dave Ver Hoef, Scott Storteboom, Kelly Ellerbroek, Tom Heetderks, Dennis Delo and Allen Hatfield

Special Meeting Minutes – January 9th, 2020

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:00pm by Dave Jamrog

Introduction and Site Map – Dave Jamrog

  • An introduction and a meeting agenda was passed out.
  • A status update about the old field.
  • Overview of the budget status. This entailed current operating budget status and proposed capital budget for the new field. Current operating budget will be kept separate from the new field project funding.
  • Reviewed the proposed Taylor street site layout (see attached).

AMA Grant – Scott Storteboom

  • Reviewed the timeline of the AMA Site Improvement Grant application process. This includes application, approval and completion of the project.

Site Budget – John Russcher

  •  Reviewed the Taylor Street site budget line by line including runway, electrical and building (see attached).

Donations – Steve Kastens

  • Discussed donations received to date, donation receipts and pledge cards and outside donation possibilities.

Questions – Entire Board

  • Reviewed questions on the site map, AMA grant, site budget and donations.
  • We encouraged members to contact any board member if they have any further question.

Motion

  • A motion was made and seconded to accept the site plan and budget as proposed. A ballot was provided and the motion was unanimously carried.

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 8:35pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Members present: Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Dave VerHoef, Steve Kastens, Scott Storteboom, Dan Thomann, Bill Porter, Mike Tharp, Mike VanAanhold, Tom Heetderks, Ray Weller, Tyler Kastens, Bob Kovacs, Sherwyn Lamer, Justin Boetsma, Lucas Russcher, Kelly Ellerbroek, Larry Weller

Attachmenets: 

 

2020 New Year’s Day Fly!

January 1st, 2020 – New Year’s Day Fly!

* Great attendance, 12 total of which 10 flew.
* Great food! – meatballs, chili, ham and turkey buns, chips, ,cheese sausage with crackers, cookies, pop and coffee.
* Great friends!
* Great flying and maiden by Tyler and his Stinger 64 edf!
* Great site!
* Great Fun!!

A huge Thank You to Allen Hatfield for hosting us at his family’s airport.

Click on the photo to enlarge it.
JR

 

Meeting Minutes – October 7th, 2019

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:00pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report: John Russcher

  • Minutes from September were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The September meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report: Dave Ver Hoef

  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance: Steve Kastens

  • George Keefe passed on 2 Safety Grams to Steve Kastens. Steve will post them to the Facebook and Webpage in the future.
  • Taylor Street needs a fire extinguisher, first aid kit and directions to the field for first responders. Steve Kastens will coordinate the development of these items with Dave Jamrog.

Visitors:

  • Dan Athey – Dan was a member of TCAF in the past and is considering rejoining.

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • The Fall Ball Fun Fly Event that was scheduled for Saturday October 12th was canceled due to poor weather.  
  • For information regarding club events please refer to the club calendar on our web page or our Facebook page.

Old Business:

  • Dave Jamrog has not talked to Steve Klingenberg as of yet about getting out of our Lease at the end of 2019. This is due to not being able to finalize a lease with the Ferwerda’s for Taylor Street property yet.
  • A motion to amend the September’s motion regarding contacting Steve Klingenberg about the clubs lease agreement was made.  The new motion is as follows “Mr. Klingenberg should not be contacted until the club has a signed lease for the Taylor Rd. site.”
  • Contact Dewind Field and Harry’s Field to advise them of our activities at the Taylor Street site.
  • We are still working on the possibility of getting some dirt for the Taylor Street site.

  New Business:

  • No new business

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, March 2nd, 2020 at 7pm at Cobblestone Crafts and Hobbies

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:52pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Nice to see the 16 members present at the October meeting.
  • Members present: Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Mike Tharp, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Garrett Van Der Duim, Mike Rose, Larry Weller, Mort Wright, Bob Kovacs, Dave Ver Hoef, Justin Boetsma and Scott Storteboom

 

 

 

Meeting Minutes – September 9th, 2019

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:03pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The August’s meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef gave the treasures report.
  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present. George is working on TCAF Safety Gram 003 and will post it on the club web site when completed.

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • Save the DATE!   Mike Tharp and Dave Kingma are working on putting together a Fall Ball Fun Fly Event on Saturday October 12th. Probable starting around 10am to about 2pm or so. Below are some rough details.  This event will be perfect for your Bloody Baron combat airplane or something similar like a FT wing or epp airplane or wing. Don’t bring anything that you are in love with.  Donuts with coffee and cider when you arrive and pull pork and bbq at lunch. Spectators are encouraged and welcome. This should be a lot of fun to participate in and watch!
  • For all planned events dates and times please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Facebook pages.

 Old Business:

  • Lease for Taylor Street field will be for 5 years. The year 2020 rent will be $1,000 and continued participation with Rust n Dust. Future years rent will be based on the club
  • Discussion about Taylor Street field, pits and parking layout.
  • After a great deal of discussion about keeping two fields it was decided to contact Steve Klingenberg about terminating our lease at the end of 2019.
  • The following two motions were made and approved by member vote.

1 – Talk to Steve Klingenberg about letting us out of our lease at the end of 2019.

2 – The club officers will be the steering committee to coordinate and make decisions about the transition from our club field to the Taylor street site. The steering committee is authorized to spend money for the transition to the new field as outlined in the expenditure section of the bi-laws.  Members will be notified by email of these expenditures.

New Business:

  • Election of officers. George Keefe asked to step down as safety officer. Steve Kastens has volunteered for the position. All other officers were willing to continue in their positions. Steve Kastens was approved as safety officer by member vote.
  • New board for 2020; President – Dave Jamrog, Vice President – Scott Storteboom, Treasurer – Dave Ver Hoef, Secretary – John Russcher, Safety Officer – Steve Kastens
  • Thank you to George for his service to the club as secretary first then safety officer.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, October 7th, 2019 at 7pm at Cobblestone Crafts and Hobbies

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:54pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Very nice to see the large attendance to this meeting. Members present: Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Mike Tharp, Tom Heetderks, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Lucas Russcher, Ron Nienhuis, Garrett Van Der Duim, Mike Rose, Larry Weller, Mort Wright, Bob Kovacs, Daniel Thomann, Terry Moll, Dave Ver Hoef, Justin Boetsma

Meeting Minutes – August 5th, 2019

NOTE:  These minutes are preliminary and will not be final until approved by member vote at the next club meeting. Please notify the club secretary John Russcher, via email (planeaddicted@gmail.com) of any corrections and/or errors as soon as possible. 

 

Meeting called to order:

  • 7:10pm by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review. No edits or errors were brought up by email or at this meeting.
  • The June meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef was absent so secretary John Russcher gave the treasures report.
  • The club expenditures and account balance was reviewed. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting treasure Dave Ver Hoef.
  • Received money from combat entry fees and the donations from hot dogs before combat.
  • The 2nd half of the 2019 field lease was paid.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present but posted his second TCAF Safety Gram 002 on the web site.

Visitors:

  • Brad Batjes – Brad is a fiend of Kelly Ellerbroek and Tom Heetderks and is interested in joining the club.

 

Announcements and Upcoming Events:

  • Pot Luck and Fly is Wednesday August 7th at 6pm. Bring a dish to pass, tableware, chair and an airplane to fly afterwards. This is for members and your families.
  • Rust n’ Dust – Friday and Saturday, August 9th and 10th. This event is very important to the land owners on Taylor Street. Our participation in this event is very important! Please come out and participate! Help with the combat or buddy box events and fly your airplane during the open flying times. Any airplane, big or small, foam or balsa is entertaining to the community!
    • Thursday night is setup. We will be starting at 6:30. Come out and help if you are able.
    • Friday we have open flying 1pm – 4pm and buddy box flying 4pm -6:30pm.
    • Saturday we have combat starting at 12:30pm – 2pm, buddy box flying 2pm – 4pm and open flying 4pm – 6:30.
  • Streamer Combat – Wednesday the 14th. Combat is a great event to watch. We have had 30 to 40 spectators at each event. Bring out your family, neighbors and friends to enjoy a hot dog and be entertained by the combat. Hot dogs will be ready at 6pm, combat starts at 6:30.
  • For all planned events dates and times please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Old Business:

  • Dave Jamrog had a conversation with Steve’s wife when she was mowing the field. She would like us to stay but Steve has not changed his mind. Dave meet with Steve on Saturday the 3rd and had a good talk about the driveway and gate. In the end Steve has NOT changed his mind about us leaving at the end of 2020.
  • Taylor street site. We will be getting together with the family to work of a lease for moving to their property. We will also explore any other spots on their property. We hope to have a rough lease outline at the September meeting.

New Business:

  • Next year we will have our current field and Taylor Street as an expense. If Taylor Street is ready do we want to leave our current field early or do we want to maintain and pay for both fields as a transition. We will discuss this at the September meet.  Please be in attendance so that your voice can be heard.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • (This was not talked about at the meeting but I wanted to include it for your information). Mowing schedule for Taylor Street is going well! If you would like to be added to the list we can use your help. Please contact John Russcher to be added to the rotation.

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, September 9th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field, bring an airplane to fly after the meeting!

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:44pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Mike Tharp, Tom Heetderks, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Ray Weller, Steve Kastens, Tyler Kastens, Lucas Russcher, Ron Nienhuis, Garrett van der Duim, Mike Rose

TCAF SAFETY GRAM 002 – 2019

WHY WE MUST BE ALERT AND AWARE OF SURROUNDINS WHILE RC FLYING!

POSTED BY GEORGE KEEFE, TCAF SAFETY OFFICER

Flying Model Aircraft Comes Under Scrutiny After Fatal Accident in Brooklyn Park

By Matt Flegenheimer and Lisa W. Foderaro

  • Sept. 6, 2013

New York City is well acquainted with many of its hobbyists — the bird watchers of Central Park and the skateboarders of Union Square, the train buffs who ride the rails and the car-lovers who prefer to avoid them.

But this week, a fatal accident introduced many residents to another group for the first time: the relatively small but passionate band of remote-controlled-aircraft enthusiasts, who on Thursday lost one of their own, Roman Pirozek Jr., 19, after the model helicopter he was piloting in a Brooklyn park struck him in the head.

In a flash, the hobby was thrust into the spotlight, with practitioners fielding questions about its safety, seeking to thwart suggestions of a moratorium on flying and holding close to the pastime that has bound them together.

“When you love something so much,” said Matthew Mascialino, 42, who often flies models over Marine Park, “you fear that it could be taken away.”

Councilman Domenic M. Recchia Jr. of Brooklyn called on the city on Thursday to suspend helicopter flying in Calvert Vaux Park in Brooklyn, the popular patch where the accident occurred, “until we find out what exactly transpired.”

The city’s parks department said Friday that it would “be looking into all aspects of the accident to see if any changes are needed to ensure that this hobby can continue safely in our parks.” But helicopters and planes will continue to be allowed in designated areas, officials said, unless an investigation uncovers a reason that would justify a ban.

According to the department’s Web site, there are only a small number of other locations where remote-controlled hobby aircraft are allowed, including Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and Forest Park in Queens, and La Tourette Park on Staten Island.

Flying experts took pains on Friday to cast the accident as a fluke. The Academy of Model Aeronautics, the hobby’s governing body, said Mr. Pirozek’s death was only the second fatal episode involving remote-control helicopters in the United States in decades. In 2003, an instructor in Texas was killed after the blades from a student’s model struck him in the throat.

“It has an excellent safety record,” Richard Hanson, an official of the academy, said of the hobby. “This particular accident is very, very tragic but also very, very unusual.”

As a condition of membership in the academy, fliers must agree to adhere to a safety code, Mr. Hanson said. Craft operated by remote control are prohibited, for instance, from “flying directly over unprotected people, vessels, vehicles or structures.” Pilots may not fly model aircraft higher than 400 feet above ground level when within three miles of an airport, unless the airport operator is notified.

Mr. Hanson said Mr. Pirozek — a member of the academy since 2001, when he was a child — had learned from his father, an avid flier. The younger Mr. Pirozek had developed a reputation as “a very accomplished and competent helicopter pilot,” Mr. Hanson said.

According to Mr. Mascialino, a former president of the Radio Control Society of Marine Park, Mr. Pirozek had come to the club’s attention as a gifted flier, despite flying with a different club, the Seaview Rotary Wings.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said Mr. Pirozek “obviously was experienced” in flying.

“He was on YouTube, he was known for his ability to do it,” Mr. Kelly said. “It seemed to be, according to witnesses, some aggressive maneuvers, and it just came back.”

Though pilots said Friday that their hobby was already well-regulated, the death supplied an unwelcome reminder of its dangers.

In Marine Park — where a model runway is hemmed in by a wooded area, with sea gulls and, occasionally, full-size planes flying overhead — Andy Fomin, 48, revealed a scar from a gash that required 15 stitches, when he cut his hand five years ago on the propellers of his model plane. He also recalled “a few times when it was too close to me and I had to jump aside to avoid being hit.”

Rick Cabero, from Midwood, Brooklyn, who arrived with three foam planes, noted the occasional scourge of exploding batteries. While he said he did not believe that his passion was dangerous, he cautioned, “It’s not for kids, it’s not a toy.”

And yet for many fliers, the childlike thrill remains part of the appeal. Mr. Mascialino bemoaned that young people today “like to play with their phones, their video games.”

Model flight, he suggested, offered something more.

“Flying a helicopter or a plane is essentially playing a video game,” he said, “but in real life.”