Saint Charles Saints RC Flying Field
Our field is located off of MO Highway 370.
To get to our field, click on About Saints for map and GPS info.
Meeting Schedule 2016
rain, May 12 meeting will be at Mark Twain Hobby
Field June 9, July 14, Aug 11
Mark Twain Hobby Sept 8, Oct 13, Nov 10, Dec 8
Prez Sez for
at the Field
This month will be
our first meeting at the field for this year. I hope some of you
can get out early and get in some
flights beforehand. Since it will be getting dark early, we will
make this a short one. I plan to bring out one |
of my gassers to discuss gas engines and gas powered aircraft. I
hope some others will also show off their newest projects.
Registration and FAA Regulations
The AMA has sent
out emails that the Senate did not pass all the amendments
recommended by the
AMA to the FAA reauthorization bill. The AMA said:
of the provisions would still require hobbyists to who build their
own models at home to meet FAA design
and production standards. The new legislation also potentially
jeopardizes hundreds of flying sites within
five miles of an airport. While this is disappointing, we still have
other opportunities to shape the final legislation.
We ask our members to continue to regularly monitor your email, our
website, and the AMA blogs because
we may need your help again in the near future.”
Note that our field is 10.65 miles
from Lambert according to Google Maps. We are 10.03 miles from
It has come to my attention that some
are saying that you have to have the FAA registration number on your
plane in order to fly at our field. The club safety rules and
by-laws do not require this. The rules only require that you
be an AMA member and a club member in good standing to fly at the
However, each of us is responsible for
complying with the FAA rules. The FAA is requiring that you affix
your UAS registration number to your plane before it is flown this
year. Any penalties would be on individuals, not the club.
Need More Participation in the Meetings
We are down to about 6-8 members at our
meetings. This is your club, and I encourage each of you to come.
The next regular
meeting will be on May 12th at 7:00 P.M. at the flying field. In
of inclement weather, we will meet at the Mark Twain Hobby shop
We still have several openings available.
2016: May 12, Jun 9, Jul 14, Aug 11, Sep 8, Oct 13, Nov 10,
(Meetings for May,
Jun, Jul, & Aug scheduled at the Saints field-depending on the
Meeting Time: 7
to 9 pm Meeting
Location: Saints Field
The meeting was called to order on 4/14/2016 by our President,
Vice President Doug Sanders made the roll call. At that point,
there are 47 members in the database so far.
There were 9 members present again this month’s meeting.
One of our members has a lifetime membership.
There are still openings at this time..
Our Treasurer, Mike Dierker, was present and he gave the treasurers
There was a motion to accept the Treasurer’s report as given.
There was a motion to accept the Secretary’s report as given.
(Amendment to last month’s newsletter:
We are not looking for a volunteer to relieve Mike Dierker’s
position as treasurer until it’s relinquished at the end of the
- Our President attended the Bellville swap meet. He stated that
there were not as many vendors
as in previous years. He also went to the R/C Model show in Toledo
where there were also some empty tables.
At the Toledo show, there were lots of interests in Drones this
year. They held different competitions for all
flavors of planes and Drones. Judging was based on the quality and
complexity of the build. You could talk to
the engineers and designers of radios, etc. Horizon Hobby was
there, Futaba, Balsa U.S.A, AMA and the FAA
was there. The big rage was the retro looking radios, refurbished
with modern parts. Richard said that also
had a ‘Reed Box’. ??? Hmmm…there were a few members in attendance
who knew what this was.
Imagine flying a plane with a rubber band powered clockwork
mechanism having a button which
is pressed in the correct sequence to get right, left or neutral
While yet reminiscing about the early days of R/C airplanes, Frank
Gruswitz mentioned that he was an authorized
Kraft Radio repairman. Kraft radios were on the forefront of R/C
radios. (Although not mentioned in the meeting,
a very interesting history of Kraft radios which dominated the
industry in the earlier years can be found at
The older Kraft radios had 980 watts output. Frank really liked and
Kraft radios. They dropped the output down to 300 watts when the
digital stuff took hold. His talk lead to
discussion about the Galloping Ghost, which was a single channel R/C
system in which the rudder
and elevator control surfaces flapped left/right and up/down.
Richard read an email from the AMA regarding the FAA. It discussed
FAA limitations on
model aircraft. It referenced requirements of a safety test, and
building standards. Also referenced Flying r
ange limitations within 5 miles of an airport 10.73 from Lambert.
Mentioned were other fields, Creve Coeur,
Smartt Field airport in which we are less than 5 miles from.
Prez said at this time there has been know alterations to the AMA
He said that there is still no information on enforcing things.
New proposal: Wes Wahlin brought up the topic of Control line flying
at the field. This was deemed as o.k.
as long as precedence was given to R/C aircraft.
Grass still bare. Doug said there was a barricade on the side of
the road. No standing water.
He would recommend the takeoff and landing in the upper quarter of
Ron Kilb said that we need to make sure the AMA registration on the
Also affix the unique FAA number generated by the online
Show and tell:
I, Emanuel Morris, Club Secretary, brought in my Precision
Aerobatics Addiction X.
This was the second of two extremely aerobatic planes I purchased 3
years ago when I got into the
hobby and joined the club. I was pretty naive in the beginning and
believed that I could learn
R/C with this plane. Richard and Pierre were strongly against doing
this and I reluctantly took
their advice and started on foamy’s (which I’m glad I did). I began
my R/C flying career using a
Parkzone T28 Trojan and Parkzone Extra 300. Since then I have
purchased several aerobatic
planes, but my Addiction X is unique. It’s extremely light as it is
filled with carbon fiber throughout:
All carbon fiber – CF servo extensions, CF reinforced motor box, CF
engine mounting plate, CF spinner,
CF push rods (which I didn’t use), CF landing gear, CF vortex
generators, CF pin reinforced fuselage, CF
reinforced wing. CF horns for elevator, rudder and ailerons. It has
a 50 inch wingspan,
Thrust 40 brushless
outrunner motor, VOX T40 prop, Quantum 45-amp brushless speed
control with BEC, and uses Precision
Aerobatics 3S 2200 mAh LiPo batteries. I asked club member David Nixon to bring out his Addiction X
to the field last season. After watching him finesse this plane
around in the air, smooth touch and
go’s, etc., I knew it was time for me pull this plane out of the box
and put it together. I haven’t flown it yet,
but it’s ready to go this season. Modifications made: Replaced
Kevlar pull/pull thread with wire pull/pull cable.
Replaced metal clevis’s for servo horns with ball links. Replaced
pre-measured CF push rods with 2x32
threaded homemade wire rods. These rods screwed easily into the
ball links and made my servo horn centering
adjustment a breeze. I beefed up the landing gear hardware (which I
do on my planes). I also went with the
Du-Bro 300SL 3" Super Lite
wheels to handle the grass at our field. This plane has received
reviews since being introduced by Precision Aerobatics.
combination of its extreme lightweight and
state-of-the-art aerodynamic makes the Addiction-X fly slower than a
turtle. It has huge control surfaces,
and supposedly responds immediately to stick inputs. It
has a reputation of being capable of doing any
maneuver you can throw at it. It also hovers great. Can’t wait to
bang my transmitter sticks with this plane!
50/50 – Ron Kilb,
Ron Kilb and Wes Whalen won the attendance prize.
Richard is still making progress on his Cessna 310Q. He’s putting
in the retract nose gear. He will bring when it’s finished.
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