News on the field closure as of Sunday, Jan 21, 2018
On Friday we started receiving individual messages from several of the former Modelers who were expelled from the club earlier this month stating that, to facilitate the re-opening of the field ASAP, all 8 are agreeing to stand down from flying and intend to submit petitions to have their expulsions reviewed. As of today, we have yet to hear from all of the expelled Modelers, but have been given assurances that they’ll be forthcoming.
As the wording of their statement was so similar to the “weasel” wording Jon used during the failed agreement we were working on at the recent meeting with Bob Riley of the Airport Authority, we have asked for clarification of their intent. We’ve received several replies that they are sincere in honoring their expulsion and intend to stay away from the field as required, though Jon and Larry have not responded back as I write this.
We hope to have the field opened by tomorrow (Monday, Jan 22) and have advised Bob Riley of this as well and expect no objections. But we have yet to receive a statement from the other expelled Modelers, and not everyone has responded on the clarification we asked for, either.
NOTE- due to the health issues Boyd is experiencing right now, we are willing to move forward without his statement, though would expect it at a later time when he’s doing better.
It’s a work in progress for now, and we applaud those who are thinking of their fellow flyers rather than just of themselves!
I’ll post an update when I have more.
Secretary, Kingman Modelers Inc.
*UPDATED* Temporary Field Closure, Jan 18, 2018
In conjunction with the Kingman Airport Authority, flying activities continue to be temporarily suspended and the flying field remains closed for now. A sign to this effect has been posted on the front gate. The request from the Airport Authority came in response to several expelled members attempting to gain access to the field in which Bob Riley of the Airport Authority became involved. The Kingman Modelers are cooperating fully with the Airport Authority by closing the field for a few days, and in getting this matter resolved.
Yesterday, in the meeting with the Eagles EC and Bob Riley of the Airport Authority, we were close to a deal that would have opened the field for both Modelers and Eagles (anyone not banned from the field) to fly while the rest of the details of a more permanent agreement were negotiated. At the last minute Jon refused to honor the deal that was worked out and stated that he intended to go fly anyways despite being banned, so the agreement fell apart and the field remains closed for now.
We continue to ask our members to honor this closure and to bear with us as we sort this out.
Secretary, Kingman Modelers Inc.
PS- Yes, the rumors are true that the idea of the Eagles buying the Modelers out came up at the meeting. Jon had made a comment about the ownership of the infrastructure the Modelers had at the field and he was then asked (by me) if he was offering to buy the Modelers out. Jon responded by asking how much it would be to do that. That created some buzz at the table and somehow the sum of $100,000 was mentioned (though it’s not clear to me who said it or in what context as pretty much everyone was talking at once), But in the end we (the Modelers EC) replied that we would have to meet to take it up and get back to him.
In a similar vein, the idea of the Airport Authority taking over the field and turning it into a public access flying site has come up in the various discussions as a point of interest (as well as the idea of doing a lease), and Bob has stated that the Airport Authority would have to compensate us for the existing infrastructure if they they did take control of the field. So the idea of the Modelers being bought out goes back much further than this recent meeting, though what’s new to the discussion is the idea of a 3rd party doing it.
You can find the proposal that was made to the Eagles to get them back flying again here. It’s STILL the only offer on the table!
The Kingman RC Modelers Club, 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
Important Updates for All Club Members!
There’s been several club only updates in the Announcements category, including news of the change in the club’s Webmaster, Executive Committee Resolution #1, and the Secretary for 2018 has been appointed so the election results message has been updated, as well as news on recent departures from the club.
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 January 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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