Matt Fehling Wins R/C Pylon Grand Championship at 2014 AMA Nats!
TCRCAM member Matt Fehling won the R/C Pylon Grand Champion trophy at the 2014 AMA Nationals by winning both the Q-500 and Q-40 classes. Matt’s father Jack is also a club member and served as Matt’s pit crew.
Jack Fehling admitted to preparing Matt’s engines, which are Nelson .40’s and doing a significant amount of work preparing his airplanes.
Congratulations to both Matt and Jack!
The AMA news has complete details at http://www.modelaircraft.org/files/071914.pdf
All is well with the farm manager and remember “do not go into the plowed fields without permission.”
The FAA is Deciding How to Interpret the Law for Model Aircraft
As most modellers know, the FAA has been trying to determine what a model aircraft is, as opposed to a drone. This has become important in recent years as multi-rotor drones have become practical ways to perform some aerial photography and other tasks.
They have just issued their definition of what a model aircraft is. http://02b954f.netsolhost.com/docs/model_aircraft_spec_rule.pdf. Their definition states that a model airplane is an aircraft that weighs less than 55 pounds at takeoff and is flown within visual range of the operator, for recreational purposes and outside regulated airspace. If any of these conditions are not met, it is not a model and it must be considered a drone that is regulated.
The AMA has initially opposed this definition on the grounds that they are not to be regulated, based on the legislation. In the end, some negotiation will be required to fine tune the definition.
Larry King pointed out that we need to always pay attention to safety while we are flying and reminded us of the following flight line safety practices:
- Pilots must stand in the designated flight stations.
- No airplane–regardless of size–shall be flown inside the safety fence.
- Please warn other pilots before going beyond the fence onto the flight field.