Announcements

NOTE: There will be no July meeting due to the holiday.

Next Club Meeting: Monday, August 5th, 7:00pm at Club field located on 146th Ave.

Meeting Minutes – June 3rd, 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 March meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • Received money from combat entry fees and the first batch of combat kits sales.
  • The 2nd half of the 2019 field lease payment is coming up.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present but posted his first TCAF Safety Gram 001 on the web site and Facebook page.

Visitors:

  • none

Announcements:

  • Hot dog Night will be Wednesday the 5th at 6pm with Combat to follow at 6:30. The Taylor street property owners were invited but did not attend due to being very busy on the farm.

Old Business:

  • Scott is updating the Michigan forms per the request of the IRS. If you would like more details about this please contact any of the officers.
  • Taylor street site. No new updates at this time. The owners are very busy with farm related business.

New Business:

  • None

Events:

  • Next combat events is June 19th, July 1st, July 17th, July 31st at 6:30 with hot dogs being served before the event at 6pm.
  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • Mowing schedule for Taylor Street will be set up once the field dries out and we can get back on it.

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, August 5th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:39pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Mike Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Tom Heetderks, Larry Weller, Mike VanAanhold, Bill Porter, Bob Kovacs, Ray Weller, Kenny Ly, Steve Kastens, Jay Goeke, Ryan Storteboom, Lucas Russcher

 

TCAFSAFETY GRAM 001_2019

RC Plane Safety Tips

This entry was posted on 3 June by George Keefe TCAF Safety Officer

Original article March 9, 2018 by Gozarian.

The hobby has many things that we should do and just as many things that we should not do. After talking with some old hands, I’ve taken the time to come up with a comprehensive list of do’s and don’ts based on our collective experience.

This guide is based on common sense. We want you to think about what might go wrong and how to reduce the chance of it going wrong. Remember that guidelines are not rules are they are not set in stone. They are more about common sense and flying responsibly. RC flying is a great hobby and I think we all want to keep it that way, so it’s important to be responsible.

RC flying do’s

  • Keep away people at all times and this includes your new drone. Drones might be the shiny new kid on the block but they can cause permanent and debilitating injuries.
  • Fly what you’re capable of not what you like the look of. This means a trainer and whilst you might now be in love with the look that’s fine. It’s hardly going to be a forever plane and more importantly, you’re not going to be upset when you drive it a foot into the ground whilst you’re learning which way the sticks go.
  • Do your homework and find a club close by. They may have instructors that can teach you how to fly and in addition, they can offer you insurance. When you consider the potential risks, $50 a year for a policy is nothing. The devil is in the detail so be sure to understand the policy, excess and conditions etc.
  • Every country will have different laws covering the operation of model aircraft. Commonly known as remotely piloted vehicles and the definition is quite broad. This generally covers RC planes, helicopter, drones, rockets, balloons and everything in-between. If you join a club they have simplified the rules to help you understand the legalese.
  • If you cannot join a club because one does not exist or it’s a great distance away, be sure you select your flying site very carefully. Unlike the club environment where the public is generally not wandering around on the field, a park is full of dangers like, dogs, kids, people on bikes, rangers, birds, trees and all sorts of things that generally make for a very dangerous flying site. Whilst a seasoned flyer is acutely aware of the risks it may not be immediately obvious a new flyer.
  • If you’re going to fly in public check the rules and find out if you are required to hold an insurance policy and if so what type. If something goes wrong you’ll be glad you held a policy because if you hit someone then damages could easily run into 7 figures.
  • Even if you don’t want to join a club go alone to your local. Have a chat and see what those guys are like. You’ll find there are just like you and happy to help you get in the air. Try not to hold preconceived notions.
  • There is no need to be using anything other than 2.4ghz radio equipment these days. (Sure some other systems exist for long range however we can ignore that for now)
  • Don’t fly near houses, factories, buildings and never fly over people no matter the reason and keep as far away as possible.
  • Choose a large open area that is free from obstacles of any kind
  • Plan where you are going to fly and where you’re going to land prior to taking off. Take note of the wind because if it changes you may need to land from another direction. Ensure you have plenty of open space for flying.
  • It is essential that you check your aircraft thoroughly before you fly. Check screws, servos, hinges, battery and even a range check. It too late once you are in the air as you don’t get a do-over.
  • Be respectful and don’t be a pest. People hate noise so try not to make any because nothing will get you moved on faster than a noise complaint.
  • Time your flight and be acutely aware of the battery voltage. If you don’t you will likely find yourself in a very dangerous situation because the aircraft is going to come down on its terms. This can catch even the most experienced flyer and has caught me in the past.
  • If the worst happens the aircraft can be full throttle and lose complete control and this can end badly at a club let alone a public place.
  • Write your name and phone number somewhere on the inside of the aircraft because if you happen to lose it a good Samaritan may find it. Perhaps even offer a reward for returning a lost plane.
  • Fly only what you’re comfortable with and take your time. There is no rush and there are a lot of skills to acquire along the way. Not just flying but repairing.
  • Use common sense, keep it safe, sensible and responsible at all times.

RC flying don’ts

  • Don’t be a pest and annoy your neighbours, as your stay will be very short. They will know when you’re flying as they will be able to hear you and report you.
  • If you’re not allowed to fly there don’t do it. Fines are expensive and there might be reasons that you’ve not thought about. Close to airports, hospital helipads, flight paths any number of other reasons.
  • If it looks dangerous to fly there don’t. Avoid completely built-up areas, main roads, or anywhere where you fly into the public.
  • Trees, lighting posts, telegraph poles, communication equipment don’t mix with RC planes. I once flew in a park back in my early days of flight and I struck a telegraph pole straight on. The bird stopped completely midair and fell straight down destroying everything. I got away lightly on that occasion. It could have been much worse.
  • Stay away from animals and livestock. Your drone or plane just doesn’t need to annoy them or spook them. Animals are easily spooked and can run into fences injuring themselves.
  • Don’t fly over or close to animals, wild or domestic.
  • Don’t fly off into the distance as you’ll lose orientation. Stay within a good visual line of sight.
  • Don’t fly beyond visual line of sight for any reason. Yes, FPV is a thing and its here to stay but don’t fly beyond visual line of sight. That video feed coming into you your goggles can drop out at a moment’s notice.
  • Don’t fly into the sun as you’ll lose your orientation and crash your plane plus looking into the sun is just a plain dumb idea.
  • Don’t fly on windy days as it’s not comfortable. There is nothing pleasant about flying on a windy day and it’s highly likely that you’ll crash.

The guide above is really about common sense and doing the right thing. Taking a little time to think about the risks and weighing those up. Many of us might be familiar with the phrase risk and reward. Flying in a highly populated area in the wind would be considered high-risk, low reward. Put it away and fly another day.

 

Meeting Minutes – May 6, 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 Aprils meeting were posted on TCAF Web page for review.
  • The April meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

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

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe talked about his plans to start a “lessons learned” monthly report.

Visitors:

  • none

Announcements:

  • none

Old Business:

  • 501c3 Update – We supplied more info twice and are now waiting on the final approval.

New Business:

  • Lawn Tractor: John Russcher and Justin Boetsma ran across a used Wheel Horse Garden Tractor. It has a kohler 12 hp motor, 42″ rear discharge deck, wheel weights, wheel chains and plow blade. They paid $300 and offered it to the club for that amount. A motion was made to purchase the tractor from John and Justin allowing 10 days for anybody not at the meeting to comment on this purchase.
  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. All communication with the land owners need to go through Dave, John and Scott.
  • We received permission to store a lawn mower at the Taylor street site.

Events:

  • Reminder that combat starts in a couple weeks on Wednesday May 22nd.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • none

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, June 3rd, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 7:52pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, George Keefe, Mike Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Mike VanAanhold, Mike Rose, Allen Hatfield, Garrett VanDerDuim

Meeting Minutes – April 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:

  • 7:01pm 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 March meeting minutes were approved by member vote.

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • $80 was paid out to the AMA for insurance for the Taylor street flying site.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present.

Visitors:

  • Garrett Van Der Duim – Garrett was a member of TCAF in the past and is getting back into the hobby.

Announcements:

  • none

Old Business:

  • 501c3 – we got a request for more information about our application. Mike Tharp has responded with the requested information and hopefully we will have an approved application in the next few weeks.
  • Field Reminder – When using the current field you can unhook the strap across the driveway when you arrive and leave it unhooked while you are at the field. The last person to leave needs to reconnect the strap across the driveway.  Also, please stay on the driveway and off the grass when you arrive and leave.

New Business:

  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. The runway has been mowed and rolled and is ready for use. Several things were brought up about the Taylor street site as noted below.
  • There is a private airport/runway on the corner of 96th Ave and Taylor Street.
  • Who is going to mow; one person, rotation by members, pay a service? Much discussion was had including buying a lawn mower and setting up a mowing rotation by members.
  • If we are going to have a mower onsite then it needs to be stored in a safe place. Some kind of structure.  Several things were discussed including a shipping container or a small shed.
  • Grass length; the grass needs to be mowed shorter, 1 1/2” range. At our current field the grass is to long for smaller foam models and edf jets.
  • No trash cans. To keep the site as clean as possible please take home any trash.
  • Having two sites can lose some comradery if some members are at each site.
  • Transition plan should be worked on for moving from our current site to Taylor Street.
  • Taylor Street grass cleanup. When the field was mowed for the first time the grass was very long. There is a lot of grass clippings along the south edge of the field where the flight line will be. We need to organize a cleanup night to move the grass clippings to the north edge of the field. Also we should stake off the driveway and parking areas. Thursday, April 18th was selected as the date. If the weather is bad we will be reschedule it for the following week.
  • Mike VanAanhold had some TCAF logo stickers made and handed them out at the meeting. Dave VerHoef has the box of stickers and will make them available at the future club meetings. Thanks Mike!  – ADDED 4/23/19 by jr

Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                  

  • none

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, May 6th, 2019 at 7pm at the Club 146th Ave Field

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 8:19pm meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Mike “Fluffy Waffle Buns” Tharp, Justin Boetsma, Tom Heetderks, Larry Weller, Dan Thomann, Mike VanAanhold, Mike Gronback, Mike Rose, Bill Porter

Meeting Minutes -March 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 October meeting minutes were approved by member vote.


Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Dave Ver Hoef reviewed the clubs account balance and expenditures. This information can be found in the member’s only area of the club webpage or by contacting Dave Ver Hoef.
  • The 2018 mowing was paid, first half of 2019 field rent, portable toilet was cleaned, PO Box rent and AMA charger was renewed.
  • The treasures report was approved by member vote.


Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • Safety Officer George Keefe was not present.


Visitors:

  • Dennis Delo


Announcements:


Old Business:

  • Current Field: Our current leave with Steve Klingenberg is good to the end of 2020. Steve plans on honoring the lease.
  • The rope at the entrance of the field is there to keep trespassers and the farmer of the land around our field out. You can unhook the rope to pass through and reconnect it when you leave. Please don’t forget to reconnect the rope when you leave.
  • Also, as the spring can be damp, PLEASE stay on the path and off the grass as you drive back to the field. If you are afraid of getting your vehicle dirty then that might not be the best day to fly.
  • If you are confronted by Steve please have your membership card handy to show him. If anything escalates please be courteous and contact one of the officers.
  • Mike Tharp filed our 501c3 and is waiting for a response. The Federal government shutdown has delayed their processing of these applications. UPDATE: on March 19th Mike was able to find out that our application has been assigned to a person. Depending on their workload it could take them up to a month to process our application.


New Business:

  • New Field: 8427 Taylor Street. There is an existing runway that had been used for flying model airplanes. We have a handshake agreement to get to know each other better and feel out the site for flying. The runway will be mowed and we will be able to fly on it this summer to test it out and see how we might have to improve it to our standards. The field is on the north side of the road and slightly north west of the small wooded area in the center of the property. This site is also home of Rust n Dust antique tracker show. For flyting there this summer on a test basis we were asked to fly during their Rust n Dust show.  We have talked about doing demo flights, combat and have guest fly our apprentice airplanes.


Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.


Comments and Questions:                                                                                  


Next Meeting:

  • Monday, April 8th, 2019 at 7pm at Cobblestone Hobby in Holland.


Meeting Adjourned:

  • 8:01pm meeting adjourned.


Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Dave Ver Hoef, Lucas Russcher, Mike Tharp, Bob Kovacs, Ray Weller, Kenny Ly, Justin Boetsma, Steve Kastens

 

Meeting Minutes – September 2018

Posted on 17 September 2018 by TCAF

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  IN THE FUTURE, MINUTES WILL BE POSTED ON THE CLUB WEB PAGE ASAP FOLLOWING EACH MEETING TO ENSURE ALL MEMBERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW CLUB MEETING MINUTES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOLLOWING EACH MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY (CURRENTLY GEORGE KEEFE), VIA EMAIL (gkeefe5019@charter.net), OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Meeting called to order:

  • 0900  (09:00am) by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting posted on TCAF Web page for review.
  • Since meeting minutes will be posted on the Web Page as soon as possible following the meeting, there will not be a complete reading of the past minutes at meetings. (Time Management concerns)
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurers Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave Verhoff
  • Details are for members only and can be obtained and reviewed on TCAF WEB Page in the Members Only Area.
  • approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  •  Safety Officer John Russcher brief:
  • John reminded all to disarm plane before handling after landing (either controlled of crash landing)
  • Mort Wright also noted the importance of range checks.

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements:

  • Calendar on the website and Facebook updated.

Old Business:

  • Concerns about losing flying field.
  • In the short term we are trying to placate the field owner so we have time to find a new field.
  • Dave Verhoff stated that a Real estate friend of his will list a search for potential new club flying sites.
  • Scott Storteboom is preparing a Club Information Power Point presentation to show to owners of potential flying sites.

New Business:

  • Election of next year’s officers was conducted and the results by the voting of members present as follows:
    • President: Dave Jamfog
    • Vice President: Scot Storeboom
    • Treasurer: Dave Verhoef
    • Secretary: John Russcher
  • The newly elected officer’s term will begin on October 1 2018 in accordance with Article 5, Section B, Part 4 of TCAF BI-LAWS

 

Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                   

Next Meeting:

  • Monday, 08 October 2018 at 1900(7PM) at Cobblestone Hobby in Holland.

Meeting Adjourned:

  • 0924 (09:24am) meeting adjourned.

Attendees:

  • Dave Jamrog, George Keefe, Bill Porter, Ryan Storteboom, Scott Storteboom, Michael VanAanhold, David Verhoef, Larry Weller, Mort Wright

 

Meeting Minutes – August 2018

Posted on 13 August 2018 by TCAF

NOTE:  THESE MINUTES ARE PRELIMINARY AND WILL NOT BE FINAL UNTIL APPROVED, BY MEMBER VOTE, AT THE NEXT CLUB MEETING.  IN THE FUTURE, MINUTES WILL BE POSTED ON THE CLUB WEB PAGE ASAP FOLLOWING EACH MEETING TO ENSURE ALL MEMBERS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW CLUB MEETING MINUTES AS SOON AS POSSIBLE FOLLOWING EACH MEETING.  PLEASE NOTIFY THE CLUB SECRETARY (CURRENTLY GEORGE KEEFE), VIA EMAIL (gkeefe5019@charter.net), OF ANY CORRECTIONS AND/OR ERRORS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Meeting called to order:

  • 0900  (09:00am) by Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting posted on TCAF Web page for review.
  • Since meeting minutes will be posted on the Web Page as soon as possible following the meeting, there will not be a complete reading of the past minutes at meetings. (Time Management concerns)
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurers Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave Verhoff
  • approved by member vote.

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  •  Safety Officer John Russcher brief:
  • Reminded all about the importance of periodic range checks to verify range controllability of aircraft
  • Mort Wright also noted the importance of range checks.

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements:

  • Calendar on the website and Facebook updated.

Old Business:

  • Concerns about losing flying field.
  • In the short term we are trying to placate the field owner so we have time to find a new field.
  • We have had a call with Tony Stillman of the AMA. He is their flying site assistance coordinator.  Tony gave us a lot of good ideas and strategy.  He will provide guidance throughout the process.
  • We have a rough draft of a survey for the membership. The survey should be sent out within the next two weeks.  It will be available on either paper or online.  We are hoping everyone will participate.
  • Scott Storteboom began to look into a question of how someone could make a larger donation to the club.  This lead to non-profit registration questions. This is beyond what we are currently doing by collecting donations at hot dog night.
    • The AMA also suggests that clubs become registered with the IRS as a non-profit.  However, the AMA is also very quick to say they don’t give legal advise.  They have a short paper on the topic.
    • Scott spoke with an attorney who specializes in non-profit law.  He was advised that the club should file for an IRS 501c3 non-profit designation.  To do this, the club’s Articles of Incorporation would need to be updated with some IRS specific language and a very wide club purpose.  The club would adopt a conflict of interest policy.  There are standard ones for us to use.  The club would also have to approve a resolution authorizing the board to proceed with obtaining a 501c3 non profit status.
    • Cost for obtaining IRS 501c3 status = $275 IRS filing fee, $20 for Michigan filing fees, $1,250 for attorney fee.
    • Going forward the club would have to file electronically a very short form each year.  The club could do this on their own and there is no IRS fee for the filing.
    • During the discussion, Eric mentioned that he knows an attorney that he would like to discuss this with.  He will coordinate with Scott for the next meeting.
    • The club decided that discussion of this item should continue at the September meeting.

New Business:

  • Rich Moore’s widow donated a grill cover to the club. The Club’s thanks go out to Jan Moore.  Dave Jamrog stated that he will send out a thank you note.
  • The question was asked if we still need the 72 mghz flight board. The answer by the members was a yes.
  • All members were reminded to complete the survey sent out by Scott.
  • Some members recommended installing a gate on the drive and cameras to monitor personal arrivals.
  • Elections for 2019 Club Officers is coming up in September. Start thinking about your candidates.

Events:

  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:                                                                                   

  • None

Next Meeting:

  • Saturday, 08 Stember 2018 at 0900(9AM) at the field.

Meeting Adjouned:

  • 0945 (09:45am) meeting adjorned.

Attendees:

  • Justin Boetsma, Eric Cederholm, Mike Gronback, Dave Jamrog, George Keefe, Bob Kovacs, Bill Porter, John Russcher, Lucas Russcher, Ryan Storteboom, Scott Storteboom, Michael VanAanhold, David Verhoef, Ray Weller, Mort Wright