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Update!

Friday looks like a wet one, so I am rescheduling mowing to Saturday around 11:00 AM should be dry enough to mow.

Any volunteers to help mowing will be greatly appreciated.

Olof

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There was an unfortunate incident at the field last week. An electric plane prop was started as a result of an unfortunate set of circumstances involving a plane crossing into the "Pit" area and one of our members arm was in the way of the prop leading to a nasty set of cuts as the person holding the TX was distracted by the rogue plane advanced the throttle by mistake. No permanent damage, but a very apt reminder of how dangerous this hobby can be.

Also at the time it was discovered that our first aid kit in the mailbox under the shelter was missing. We are replacing it.

However I advice everyone coming to the field to fly to have a first aid kit in their car. I always do. There is a good chance that our replacement first aid kit will get legs as well.

As a result of this I would like as many of the members as possible to come to the next meeting, Sunday June 4th, we will have a discussion about safe handling of planes. Personally I think electrics are more apt to hurt pilots and bystanders then fuel planes, because the prop can start any time the battery is connected and not using a throttle cut switch on your transmitter. We will also go over the rules and regulations at the field.

We had a Conway PD patrolman show up Sunday and tell me there had been a complaint of a plane flying over the athletic field when kids were playing soccer. I was there and my personal opinion is that the plane did not overfly the field. But lets make a point of avoiding flying over the athletics field when it is in use at the very least.

Also be very aware of all the farmer activity. Today we several times had to wait a bit for the tractor to get out of the departure end of the runway before operating our planes. Not a problem we are not in a rush. Just be very careful please. Don't overfly the farmers low, just like we avoid dog walkers etc. Also beware of dogs, I had one go after my Spitfire today. But he backed off. If possible talk to the dog owners and explain in a very nice way that spinning props hurt.

Other than that we had fantastic day at the field Sunday. The first of many I am sure.

We are very privileged to have use of this great field, lets be safe, friendly respectful citizens.

Olof





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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.

Sincerely,
AMA Government Affairs

More info:
http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2017/05/19/faa-registration-requirement-struck-down/






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This mysterious object is the tarp Tent on our club trailer for our More Memorial Mower.

It is now fully functional and has mowed Hubble field for the first time. This revealed a few weaknesses specifically to do with the raising and lowering of the deck. But that has now been repaired.

The field was mowed on Thursday this week as it looked like rain for the next few days.

Next mowing is planned for Friday May 26 next week. I plan on being there around noon, any help would be appreciated. Detailed mowing around the fences and in the shelter as well as help moving the picnic tables. My back is not what it used to be.

Hope to see you at the field soon.

Olof
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