Rules & Safety
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George Biderman’s driveway slopes away from his garage, so he needed a way to help him move his new plane trailer in & out of the garage. A local welding shop made a bracket that an ATV winch could side in & out of it.
George then mounted that bracket on the floor at the front of his garage. His Warn ATV winch has a wireless remote control button that lets George ease the trailer out of the garage while gravity does all the work. A strategically placed big wheel chock pivots the trailer 90 degrees to line it up with his car. Reversing this procedure pulls the trailer effortlessly back into the garage!
Pilot Communications (callouts) are verbal announcements that are required to be used between you and other pilots anytime you or your aircraft enters the runway operations area (grass or paved runways and taxiways beyond the white lines). All Communications must be acknowledged by all pilots before proceeding with your intentions. Fly next to the last pilot in the air in the PILOT STATION BOX to improve communication, loading from the inside of the box towards the outside.
Use the following Pilot Communications, and make sure you get confirmation from 100% of all other pilots in the air before proceeding, unless you need to land for safety sake:
Runway Protocol/Priorities allow multiple aircraft operating in close airspace to land and/or maneuver on or over the runway in an orderly and safe manor. This list below is in order of priority.
High speed low-passes over the paved runway are never allowed and must be performed past the far edge of the paved runway.
SLRCFA’s Youth Outreach Program was developed last year as part of our club’s new Mission and Goals to bring new people into the hobby and our club. George Biderman volunteered to spearhead this effort and to recruit other club members to assist when opportunities were developed.
In January, George, Kerry Eisenbach, and Geoff Biderman responded to a local Civil Air Cadets Education Officer’s request to show his cadets how to fly R/C Airplanes and to `talk about what R/C flying means to experienced flyers. Additionally, the Cadets wanted to hear firsthand about our local club and our resources available to them.
The cadets hold their meetings at the Rockwood Summit High School in Fenton (just off I-44) and its huge, basketball court sized atrium offered a perfect place to fly some of the same foamies that Kerry, Geoff and George fly in the gym in Eureka on Friday evenings.
Kerry and Geoff brought an amazing variety of models to generate interest in our hobby ranging from 35” foamies, to some crowd pleasers like Kerry’s Superman and Flintstone flyers, and even Geoff’s big 50cc gas model airplane. George brought an Apprentice and urged the cadets to come to our field on Saturdays this spring for some free flying lessons. The Education Officer said he’d for sure bring the cadets. Later that evening we received the following email:
Thank you so much for the R/C flight display tonight! The Cadets were very impressed with it. Several of the Cadets are now VERY interested in joining you all for some R/C flights. I very much appreciate the time and effort you all showed the Cadets tonight. The variety of planes was impressive. I have attached a few photos from tonight. Again, thank you!
2d Lt Benjamin Weaver
Assistant Director of Aerospace Education, Missouri Wing, CAP
Aerospace Education Officer, River City Composite Squadron, CAP
Using his drone, Jonathan Hendrickson has put together our field diagram to be used for rule explanation and rule-making going forward. It's very easy to see the logic behind our Field Rules and Safety Checklist with it in view. Future versions of our rules will contain and refer to this diagram and it's revisions. Check it out!
Click here for pics and video.
It was a frigid 27 degrees Fahrenheit at 9 am, January 1, 2017, as the few brave souls began to gather on the frozen tundra of SLRCFA field. Cold hands assembled cold planes, flipped switches on transmitters, and pulled warm batteries from their LiPo bags to ready for their first flight at 9:30am. Coffee cups were de rigueur, streaming steam around the sippers’ heads as they stomped feet near the hastily-lit bonfire.
The moment of truth came -- lots were struck from the list of men assembled. Once again, Jim Henke agreed to be the first man in the air, powering up his CarbonZ Cub and quickly taxing for a burp of throttle in the air made thick by cold. In a moment, he was up, steadying his freezing hands while bringing it around for a touch-and-go. The soft tires, now stiff with cold, thudded a little louder than usual, signaling the moment when the first plane was “down” – the “all fly” signal.
As plane after plane lifted skyward, it was as if the heated electric motors and gasoline engines were churning the air and infusing some temperature. Now above freezing by 10 am, and the air was almost comfortable. A few stragglers showed up to renew and get their DA-70 raffle ticket privileges, or the new PRIME membership for 2017.
Amid the growing buzz of conversation, motors and engines, an all-too-familiar thud was heard. Like an upside-down Icarus story, one pilot had flown too low to the frozen grass while inverted and had reaped Icarus’ fate. Well, it’s New Year’s Day 2017, and there’s plenty of time to get new stuff ready by Spring.
Reposted from GLSMA e-mail. Click here for attachment (St. Louis County Order).
G.S.L.M.A Notice - December 10, 2016
GSLMA recently met with St. Louis County Parks Department. The following new County Council Order with Attachment A was approved by the County Council. Attachment A are updated Buder Park flying field rules showing that both AMA and a Buder Park Permit (for a fee) are required to fly at Buder Park.
Effective January 1, 2017, St. Louis County Park Rangers will be checking for current AMA membership and a current Buder Park Permit. If you are flying without AMA and/or a Buder Park Permit, a citation may be issue.
AMA membership is available at www.modelaircraft.org and the application for a Buder Park permit can be found at www.gslma.com.
Please contact GSLMA with questions.
SLRCFA is proud to announce our new Prime Membership starting Jan 1, 2017. We’ve been talking about adding value for those members who attend our events, so Prime is your ticket if you’re in that crowd.
CLICK HERE TO JOIN/RENEW
With your Prime Membership you get these
PRIME MEMBERSHIP EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS:
Remember, to get all these PRIME MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS, you need to be signed up and paid by Jan 1, 2016. Better yet: come to the December 15 Christmas Party and get it all done then: we’ll have your DA-70 raffle tickets and membership card printed there on the spot! For those of you who have already renewed, you can move up to PRIME for only $55, as long as you do it by Jan 1st (contact Marshall or Dennis).
Get in on the action for a Desert Aircraft 70cc Twin engine with the EARLY BIRD 2017 DA-70 RAFFLE! For every new or renewing FULL or PRIME membership that signs up and pays by January 1st, 2017, we’re entering you in a raffle for a brand new DA-70 (two tickets for PRIME). You’ll also have the option to purchase more raffle tickets… BUT ONLY IF YOU’RE A FULL OR PRIME MEMBER BY JAN 1, 2017!
Everyone likes the chance to build a new plane with the best, and a DA-70 on the front of your latest 60cc aerobat or warbird is gonna pull like a tractor (or maybe a jet if you prop it right)!
Just go to www.slrcfa.com/2017renew and get in on the action. There you will find the opportunity to:
We will conduct the DA 70 raffle at the first Spring club meeting in April (at SLRCFA field), or whenever we hit 100 tickets sold, whichever comes first.
SLRCFA Annual Dues will necessarily increase for 2017. Prior administration slated for the dues to increase to $180 in 2017, but the current Board determined that a more accurate and necessary number to have a surviving club would be $195, a $25 increase from 2016. After surveying other area clubs the board also eliminated the all membership levels except Full, Junior, and Associate.
2017 Membership Dues
Annual Dues $195
Junior Dues (23 years old or younger & No Voting Rights) $25
Associate Member (75+ miles away & No Voting Rights) $95
Marshall L. Henley, SLRCFA Vice President
I have my own business as a management consultant. I used to work exclusively with small to medium sized businesses (SMBs) and not-for-profits. The biggest single problem I run into with these folks is that they don’t have a realistic plan that gets to the end of the year with some money in the bank.
Not-for-profits are usually very good at watching costs. Many, including SLRCFA, don’t assume the need to create net asset increases, which would be called profit in the for-profit world. A generally accepted range for a not-for-profit would be to put away (increase net assets) by 10%-20% of expected expenses each and every year, by plan. This means that their annual budget plans to take in 11-12 cents for every dime they spend. So, yes, not-for-profits need to make “profit” – they just don’t give it to equity holders.
And, without increasing net assets by design, when something like our flood happens, or when you need to take steps to maintain growth, the money’s not going to be there.
SLRCFA held full dues at $150 since the year 2000 for many year. If you use the CPI Inflation Calculator with the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, the equivalent dues using the same cost structure in 2016 would be $210. Two years ago we started increasing dues, but too slowly ($10 a year), so that full dues were $170 by 2016.
So if this is a problem, why haven’t we talked about it earlier? Well, it’s been masked a bit by the following:
Figure 1 - 2012 Estimated Gross Income from Dues, below, shows that we basically would have lost money each year without income from our events ($2,000 a year, which is low, is assumed because we do not have records of actual event income by year):
Figure 1 - 2012 Estimated Gross Income from Dues
First of all, notice in Figure 1 that we had net losses for the four years ending in 2015. We made money in 2012, but we spent it in 2013. We made money in 2014, but we more-than-spent it in 2015.
Second, notice that if we reduce our income by $2,000 a year, the highlighted columns yield numbers generally less than $15,000 (with the exception of 2015). Our expenses were never lower than $12,917 (in 2014), but were generally much, much higher.
Of course, it doesn’t really matter if inflation is at 4% if your family is spending 20% more this year. The breadwinners will have to bring home more than a cost-of-living increase in earnings or they’ll be short, significantly, by the end of the year.
In 2016 our share of the property taxes went up to $3,745. Our lease is $2,000. Mowing is generally between $6,000 and $8,000 a year (and that’s at a great price to get the field mowed, $200). We cut the budget to the bone in order to keep costs down, but that’s not smart in the long term.
The board desires to make sure SLRCFA is on a solid footing moving forward. To that end, we’ve put the following principles and practices in place:
Having said that, Figure 2 - 2017 Budget Ranges, below, shows the basic math of our situation. On January 1, 2017, we’ll need a dues structure that provides over $16k as a bare minimum to operate the field. A healthier, more realistic budget that matches our Mission & Values is close to $21k. Adding to that either 20% for the “Slashed” budget range or 10% for the “Recommended” budget range gives us a total between $19.5k and $23k.
Figure 2 - 2017 Budget Ranges
A basic analysis shows that our dues structure has been too low to generate enough operating income to run the club without using event income, and certainly too low to put money into the bank each year for a rainy day. Figure 3 - 2016 Actual Dues, below, shows that it’s impossible to generate enough income to even meet our SLASHED budget for 2017, not to mention putting money in the bank.
One part of the problem is that while our full members pay $170, many pay far less with equal access to the field, and equal impact on field upkeep costs.
Figure 3 - 2016 Actual Dues
After a year of discussion by the board, it was clear we need to…
Moreover, we are working diligently to provide value to you as an SLRCFA member. We’re trying to create more low-cost, FUN events and activities for you. We are planning for folks who sign up and pay their dues electronically by January 1st to get free event landing fees AND free event pilot raffle tickets. We are still working on building successful events, but trying to get more out-of-towners so we’re not dependent upon the same St. Louis guys. We want to show off the field.
We ask you to consider the following statements…
The board remains committed to understanding your needs while making the necessary changes to keep the club active and healthy. Feel free to contact any board member!
(c) 2016, St. Louis Radio Control Flying Association