Feb 14, 2018 – Odds and ends…
We had a good club meeting last night, one that was relatively quiet and free from distractions with more than 80% of our members attending (excellent attendance, BTW, thanks guys), and there were pizzas and sodas (compliments of our host Lyle, thanks)! One of the more important items that was brought up by the club membership was to stop accepting membership applications while the field was closed and people couldn’t fly, including any pending applications. A motion to this effect was made and seconded, and after a discussion the vote was taken and it passed unanimously.
So until further notice, Kingman Modelers are no longer accepting applications at this time, at least as long as the Eagles are forcing the field to remain closed (you guys REALLY need to step up for your fellow flyers). All pending applications are being returned via the mail along with any fees submitted, and can be resubmitted when the club starts adding members again (this is NOT a rejection of your application, merely a delay and we did NOT feel it was right to hold onto your money).
There are a few more updates to the website in the Members area with updated Club Roster and By-Law documents posted today, which were mostly administrative fixes but supersede any previous versions. In addition to formatting fixes to the By-Laws, we also conformed the name of the AMA charter to the corporate legal name on file with the State of Arizona, so the name “Kingman RC Modelers” has been dropped and the legal name “Kingman Modelers Inc.” is now used. We will be updating the website to reflect this change at some point, but the name “Kingman RC Modelers” and everywhere it’s in use (such as the club’s logo) is now depreciated. We are the “Kingman Modelers Inc.” club, or informally the “Kingman Modelers”.
Which brings up one more thing, we need to either adopt a new logo or revert back to the old one. Submit your ideas for a logo at the next members meeting! On a personal note, just me to you, flyer to flyer – I’m begging you PLEASE avoid the gaudy logos like the current one we’ve been straddled with up till now, you should be able to glance at it and see what it’s about almost immediately, and not have to scrutinize it for a minute or two to figure out what you’re seeing, and NO eagle wings PLEASE (golden or not)…
James Lummel, Secretary & Webmaster, Kingman Modelers Inc., AMA 969
February 8, 2018 – Update from Sam Eakin, President
Hello Members of Kingman RC Modelers, here’s a quick update on what’s going on. We had a great meeting with Bob Riley of the Kingman Airport Authority today.
We discussed the recent letter that was sent out by the Eagles to all our members which claims the Eagles were going to open the field on the 11th, and Mr. Riley restated that we (both the KRCM and Eagles) needed to come together to work out an agreement. Mr. Riley also stated the field is to remain closed till the Eagles come to the table and we can work out an agreement, and that he would call both Jon Wilson and Boyd Hunt to ensure they understood this. He was very clear that the closure was NOT a suggestion…
Mr. Riley also stated there will be some rules that must be followed, and that there are FAA rules that he wants implemented. I assured him the Modelers already do and will continue to abide by all FAA and AMA rules, and that we will mitigate any safety concerns that the KAA and Mr. Riley might have, now or in the future. I also mentioned we have had an outstanding safety record thus far for the 26 years we’ve been on the property and that all KRCM members strive to keep it that way. I have high hopes the Eagles will come to the bargaining table ready to work this out so we can all get back to flying and enjoying the hobby.
Mr. Riley also stated that the Eagles had formally expressed the intention to acquire a lease from the KAA. If in fact they pursue and receive a lease from the KAA, the Eagles will either need to purchase the assets owned by Kingman Modelers Inc. that are on the property at a price that would need to be negotiated, or the KAA has promised to give us ample time to remove everything from the site and return it to the pristine condition that existed before the Modelers arrived. We will update you on details if this does, in fact, move forward.
President of Kingman RC Modelers
AMA Issues new Safety Code for 2018!
Details at the AMA Blog including links to the new Safety Code and the Safety Handbook located at:
Kingman Modelers Inc., AMA 969
We are the oldest and largest AMA chartered radio control model airplane club that serves the Kingman, AZ, USA area and have a dedicated flying field that’s generously provided by the Kingman Airport Authority and is located on the airport property. Our club members fly fixed-wing aircraft (including trainer, aerobatic and scale models, as well as turbine powered jets), helicopters, and multi-rotor drones of all types and sizes. These aircraft use a variety of power systems including nitro, gasoline, kerosene, and electric, and are readied for flight and flown from the field’s aero-fabric covered pits and runway. The field features cement flying pads, a ramada for shade during the summer, secure club storage, a dedicated control line circle also with cement pads, and even a place to run RC cars and trucks if you are so inclined…
The non-profit Kingman Modelers Inc. is a tenant of the Kingman Airport Industrial Park alongside other (for profit) corporations such as American Woodmark, UPS and Cantex, and has been providing a safe and private (club-only) RC flying facility for more than 25 years after it was first established, and the only way to get a key is to be a member!
Aircraft: Yuneec Typhoon H with RealSense; Pilot: James Lummel, club webmaster; Date: Nov 22, 2017
It’s back on and it’s now law… FAA registration of UAS by RC modelers
On December 12, 2017, President Trump signed legislation that will reverse the earlier court ruling in the John Taylor case and restore the FAA’s UAS registration requirement, including for AMA members.
For more information click here for the AMA’s FAQ on this new development.
Note- FAA UAS registration is the flyer’s responsibility, and both the AMA and the Kingman Modelers encourage all members to follow Federal regulations, but we are not policing UAS registration.
And the Webmaster’s word to the wise for February 2018 is:
Here’s a useful little tale to help you understand how bias can change how a story gets told (applicable to politics at ANY level, and a useful tool for gaslighting that you should be aware of so you know it when you see it):
A biker is riding by the zoo, when he sees a little girl leaning into the lion’s cage. Suddenly, the lion grabs her by the cuff of her jacket and tries to pull her inside to slaughter her before the eyes of her screaming parents.
The biker jumps off his bike, runs to the cage, and hits the lion square on the nose with a powerful punch. Whimpering from the pain, the lion jumps back, letting go of the girl, and the biker brings her to her terrified parents, who thank him endlessly.
A New York Times reporter has witnessed the whole scene, and addressing the biker, says, “Sir, this was the most gallant and brave thing I saw a man do in my whole life.”
“Why, it was nothing, really, the lion was behind bars. I just saw this little kid in danger, and acted as I felt right.”
“Well, I’ll make sure this won’t go unnoticed. I’m a journalist from the New York Times, you know, and tomorrow’s paper will have this on the front page. What motorcycle do you ride and what political affiliation do you have?”
“A Harley Davidson, and I am a Republican.”
The journalist leaves.
The following morning the biker buys the New York Times and reads, on the front page:
*REPUBLICAN BIKER GANG MEMBER ASSAULTS AFRICAN IMMIGRANT AND STEALS HIS LUNCH*
– From the book: “365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy” by James Delingpole
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