President Weeks called the meeting to order at 6:30 PM

President Weeks introduced the club officers:

  • President – Mark Weeks
  • Vice President – Vince Bell
  • Secretary – Chet Blake
  • Treasurer – Vaughan Houger
  • Safety Officer – Don Bailey

12 Club Members were in attendance –Visitors Doug Hoff and Gerald Gunnels were in attendance

No corrections to the Minutes. Motion to accept minutes as posted was seconded and passed.

OFFICER REPORTS

Vice President –Vince reported that the Freeze-In wasn’t freezing but is was a really cool time. The Chili and Hot Dogs were a hit!  22 members were counted in attendance with 2 visitors. Nice turnout!

Secretary – Chet corrected the membership count. He had not recorded a new member. Currently we have 42 members. Dues ($90) are due by the end of Business at the March meeting. A current  AMA card will be required to fly at our field or any field.

Treasurer – New Treasure Vaughan Houger took office this meeting. Many Thanks to Ron Swift for the time he served and keeping finances recorded and in line. We are in good financial standing. Dues are starting to come in.

Safety Officer – Things are really going well on the Safety Front, no issues. Don commented that using the flight stations works well to identify who or how many flyers are in the air. It IS a BBMAC Safety Rule.

Field Manager – Bryan reported that Jay and he have been working on the track Driver’s Stand and they have added some shelves to the container.

Newsletter Editor – Hard copies available, always interested in pics and articles.

Webmaster – Pics, news and comments are always wanted for the website.

OLD BUSINESS  

The car track is coming along well. Jay and Bryan have been installing flooring on the Driver Stand. It’s looking good!

Ron passed around the signup sheet for the Expo. It is on Sat and Sun Jan 26 & 27.

Bryan and Jay will go over some projects for 2019. Membership input welcome!

The AMA has set Model Aviation day as Aug17, 2019. When we schedule our events we’ll possibly schedule ours to run simultaneously with a schedule event like Open House or similar event.

The AMA is still actively working with the FAA on new changes coming. For now, continue using good personal judgment and sensibility.

There is a positive media coverage program by the AMA that we might be able to participate in.

We’ve also had inquiries about a combat event with the Snohomish Club. More info to come.

Annual Club Officer Voting resulted in

President – Mark Weeks

Vice President – Vince Bell

Treasurer –Vaughan Houger

Safety Officer – Don Bailey

Secretary – Chet Blake

Special Service Award –Team of Bryan Reightley and Jay Bell

NEW BUSINESS  

With the cost of getting into R/C aircraft relatively expensive, there has been talk of a family membership that would cover membership fees of immediate family. The idea is to make it more financially feasible for a family of 3 or more to get into the hobby and be affordable and nurture future members. AMA registration would still be required, youth18 and under can get free AMA registration. A Motion was made that a Family Membership of 3 or more members be offered for $180 annually. Only 1 adult member would have voting rights, same as the current Family Membership plan. Motion was seconded, discussion followed and the voted on. Motion passed.

If you need to register or extend FAA Model rule 336 Drone registration, go to the FAA website https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/   Be sure to click on Fly Model under Section 336. Do NOT use the part 107 rule. This is either free to extend 1 year or $5 if new registration.

Jay is looking for treated 2x4’s, any length. Contact Jay or Bryan. He needs these to continue work on the car track drivers stand railing and steps.

The Board will have a meeting for this year’s upcoming events. If you have requests please get in touch with a Board member listed below.

Also later this month the Project Committee will define projects for this year. Member input welcome.

There’s been discussion about flying areas and how to keep all flyers safe and everyone’s flight visible. The rules are that all flight should be form the flying stations, call outs such as “On the Field, Clear, Taxiing out, Taking off to the (N or S), Landing, Low Pass, and Dead Stick” should be said loud enough for all to hear. The flight stations are arranged so it’s easier to hear the call outs and everyone is aware of the other pilots’ intent. No one should fly continuously over the runway. More to come.

Motion was made, seconded and passed for Sandy to make Freeze-In 2019 patches at $4 ea. The Freeze-In signup sheet showed that 22 members were present.

A request followed by a motion for a Proxy email type vote was made. After brief discussion the motion was tabled for the present time.

PROGRAM – Don Bailey brought in his ducted fan jet the Freewing F8 Crusader that he got for Christmas and did a maiden flight at the Freeze-In. It was a successful flight but he quickly found out that there wasn’t much glide, it tip stalled in and produced a survivable but hard landing. Don found out he had to use more power on landing and also reduce throws. Also it’s extremely twitchy with ailerons and elevator. Forum members recommendations are to disable the ailerons and use the elevator as elevons for more stable turns and glides, similar to Bank and Yank model operation. This is really a nice Ducted Fan Foamy for just under $100.00 from Motion RC.

Mark mentioned that he laid more tubing out for curbing on the car track. Another section or two is needed. Picture of car track will be on our website  www.bbmac.net

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reminder that North West Model Hobby Expo is Sat and Sun Jan 26 & 27

ADJOURNMENT    7:52pm

Respectfully Submitted by Chet Blake  BBMAC Secretary

Club Officer Contacts

Mark Weeks - mark@weeksnetwork.org

Vince Bell -     vince.bell@comcast.net

Vaughan Houger – vphouger@gmail.com

Don Bailey – dgliderguy@gmail.com

Chet Blake – chetblake@comcast.net