FAA Registration: Last
month, AMA shared new
information about the FAA's UAS registration
requirement, which Congress has reinstated. Today,
AMA is writing to let you know that President Trump
has signed this bill making UAS registration a
federal requirement again, including for AMA
members. For more information and frequently asked
questions, please visit the AMA federal registration
page. -- Dec. 12, 2017 (AMA Government
Club Social: The annual H.A.M. Club Social will begin late morning Saturday, December 9, 2017. All H.A.M. members and their families are invited to partake in hot dogs supplied by the club. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert if possible. In order that we not have too many of the same side dishes or deserts we would ask that you contact Mrs. Giselle Roman and advise her what you would like to bring. If it appears that we may have too much of one or more foods she may ask if you would consider a substitution to even out the dishes. We very much hope to see all H.A.M. members and their guests at this annual function. It is usually the only time in the year that we are fortunate enough to have most or all of our membership present at one time. Come early and stay as late as you like! -- Dec. 3, 2017 (Tony White)
New club officers and directors were elected at the December meeting. They are:
President: Frank Simkins
Vice President: Ollie Hugo
Treasurer: George Yager
Secretary: Paul Johnson
Directors: Ed Carpenter, Tony White and Steve Perry join Ken Henkaline and John List.
Your support of these offiicers and directors, and their work to pilot the club to even higher flight levels, is greatly appreciated. Thanks and applause to the outgoing officers! -- Dec. 2, 2017 (Tony White)
A word about safety: There continue to be safety concerns wherein pilots are sometimes making passes or landings much too close to the flight line. Members are again STRONGLY reminded that all aircraft are to be flown NO CLOSER THAN 20 FEET IN FRONT OF THE FLIGHT LINE BARRIER, PERIOD!
Hand launched aircraft can be launched to the west but thereafter must remain no closer than the 20 feet limit from the flight line. All aircraft with landing gear MUST be taxied to the center of the field for take-off. Landings of ALL aircraft are to be made in line with the runway (South or North) and shall be landed close to the center of the runway. Please try hard to avoid landing or taking off at an angle that results in the airplane heading toward the flight line as it traverses on the runway. Repeated violations of these reasonable safety requirements may result in temporary suspension of flying privileges. -- Dec. 2, 2017 (Steve Fernandez)
Club 40 Pylon Race Report. This was the first Club 40 Pylon Race since 2013 and it was a great event with a lot of familiar faces as well as new ones in the crowd. It was nostalgic as well as exciting and incredible fun!
The Hernando Aero Modelers flying field is a great venue for pilots competing in pylon racing as the pilots are actually standing just a little higher then the ground on which the pylon poles set which is a real advantage when racing.
The pilots had an opportunity to practice the week before and shake the rust off their planes. Unfortunately Jerry Dittmar had a mishap and
his plane was destroyed. That didn't stop him from competing as he borrowed a plane and was able to compete in the actual race day event.
The field was in incredible shape and ready for racing. The weather was great! It was in the low 70's to start but quickly begian to warm. This was good as it quickly burnt off the fog overlaying the pylon course and allowed pilots to practice before the race began.
It was like old home week with pylon racing greats in attendance, Bay City Flyer Charlie Poulton, Yellow Shirt Racers Jerry Dittmar and Ralph Rogers, Hernando Aero Modelers Mark Lackey, Southern Eagle Squadron Jim Soltysiak, Flying Gators John "the Entertainer" Castronover, world-class UK pilot John Hartley and Yasunobu "Nob" Muraki.
After four hard-fought rounds of racing, first place was earned by Charlie Poulton, second by Mark Lackey, and thrid by Ralph Rogers.
A big Thank You to the Hernando Aero Modelers Club for a great day of racing and we all hope to see it continue into the future.
Event photos are available here. -- Nov. 4, 2017 (Charlie Poulton)