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.”

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