Saturday the 29th of July is the Albany Town Picnic from 11:00 to 2:00,
so please be extra careful of increased traffic
and don't over fly the gathering down by the Swift.
Sunday the 24th July 2017 was our Funfly and Meeting for July.
First we all helped out mowing and then there was the meeting a lot of flying followed.
There has been a lot of interest in FPV in our sport lately and we do have several members that fly FPV at our field now.
I decided I wanted to try as well with a flying wing, you may recall the videos posted here about the Opterra Maiden etc. These videos are also available in the Video section of this site.
I had my first Opterra FPV flight Sunday with Zach as my Safety Pilot, we took turns in the googles. Zach actually flew FPV before me. I was amazed at how easy it is, the Opterra is also a very stable wing. FPV really is fun and a great new at least to me part of this hobby.
The video below was later Sunday when Tim was wearing the goggles and I was flying LOS (line of sight, regular RC flying). Don took off with his Mentor and had a few tricks for us, smoke and banner drop.
I think it would have been much easier to follow the Mentor if I was wearing the goggles, but Tim gave me directions and I managed to catch the (flour) smoke and banner drop. It is hard to follow exactly from the ground. Soon I will be doing much more Opterra FPV, I am slowly working my way into FPV. I think a good safety pilot is a must, and that pilot must be able to take over quickly.
One thing I noticed is when you take your goggles off to fly LOS, you are temporarily blinded on a bright sunny day like last Sunday, and w/o someone else there to fly until your vision returns it can be impossible to spot your aircraft when blinded by the sun. You also need someone to keep an eye out for low flying GA aircraft and military or EMS helicopters.
But I would love to see more of us fly FPV at the field , it would be fun to fly with a couple FPV aircraft in formation.
Enjoy the video!
We now have a 42' x 12' permanent magic carpet runway at Hubble fieldDon and I installed the carpet on Sunday and even though it was pretty gusty and hot we gave it a few test flights.
Also I remind everyone we have a new first aid kit in the MailBox. It is inside the Burger King bag. Hopefully it will not get legs too soon, once again I recommend everyone carry their own kit in there car when flying, it is a good idea anyway.
Below is an iPhone video of a Viking flight testing the carpet runway. And testing my skills landing in gusts. I almost knocked Dons hat off. But all ends well a good test.
Latest news on model registrations.
FAA Registration Requirement Struck Down
As you’ve probably heard by now, a federal appeals court today struck down the FAA’s registration requirement for recreational model aircraft. You can read the opinion here.
Today’s Court ruling is effective immediately. As such, if you have not registered with the FAA, you are no longer required under the law to do so. For those of you who have already registered with the FAA, you may be wondering what this means for you. We are currently working to obtain answers from the FAA and will share more information as it becomes available.
Please keep in mind that this is a fluid situation and there is always the possibility of a renewed push in Congress to compel federal registration for model aircraft. If that happens, rest assured that AMA will continue to advocate for your interests and keep you well informed every step of the way. We have repeatedly argued that federal registration for our community is duplicative and unnecessary, as our members already register their model aircraft with AMA. In addition, our 80-year history of safe and responsible flying demonstrates that we’re not the problem. We shouldn’t be burdened by overly broad regulations.
Today’s ruling also bodes well for our pending court challenge to the FAA’s interpretation of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft (also known as the Interpretative Rule). That petition, which AMA filed in 2014, is currently before the same Court that today rejected the FAA’s registration rule and affirmed the strength of the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, otherwise known as Section 336. This gives us hope for our continued fight against the Interpretive Rule.
We understand that these policy and legal developments are sometimes dizzying and complicated, and they are rarely resolved quickly. We’re nearly three years into our challenge to the Interpretive Rule, for example. We truly appreciate your sticking with us while we press on in the fight to protect your right to fly, free from unnecessary and burdensome restrictions.
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