Delaware R/C Club Newsletter                March 2004


 Editors:                     Carl Hauger                 302-322-8580 

                                    Ryan Jamison             302-234-8645 

 Co-Publisher:           John Kirchstein          302-731-2831 

 President:                 Brian Pasternak          302-765-2545 

 Vice President:         Jim Schlapfer               302-731-4052 

 Secretary:                 Ryan Jamison             302-234-8645 

 Treasurer:                 Dick Stewart                302-368-2911 

 Safety Officers:        Mike Hudak                302-366-0246 

                                    Diane Hudak               302-366-0246 



Next Club Meeting: Tuesday, March 2, 2004, 7:30 p.m.

Location: William Penn High School

Cafeteria II

Raffle: GWS F4U Corsair, valued at $80.00

Program Topic – TBA


Next Major Event: Two Tonys Memorial Fly-In (AMA)

Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 2004

Contact: John Stare



Secretary’s Scratchings

The General Membership meeting of the Delaware R/C Club was held on Tuesday, February 3, 2004. President Brian Pasternak called the meeting to order at 7:31 pm.

Guests and Visitors

   The Club welcomed a number of guests as well as new, first-time, and prospective members.

Show and Tell

   Eldon Hamerick displayed his Lancair ES ARF; Jim Spangler showed his Nexstar ARF trainer; Jim Schlapfer reported on his P-40N foam kit; Stan Michalski discussed the problem of charging multiple lithium polymer batteries and his solution using a mobile radio power supply.

Old Business

WRAM Show: currently there are 26 paid and 7 unpaid reservations. Sign-ups can be taken up until bus departure but show tickets will need to be purchased at the door. Diane Hudak asked that she be contacted by phone, as her computer is currently down.

The Board Of Directors are now meeting on the 4th Tuesday of the month, still at Friendly's Restaurant on Route 896 at I-95. This is a correction to last months report.

Trail Maintenance: Once the snow clears and ground dries we will schedule a work party to clear the trails.

Flight Instructors are still needed. Thanks to those who have offered assistance. A flight instruction request page has been added to Club website.

Warbirds Over Delaware: Brian Pasternak reported on the information that was printed in the January Club newsletter. He also reported that positive feedback has already been received about Holiday Greeting Cards sent in December to all guest 2003 Warbirds Over Delaware participants and vendors. Also, feedback regarding the 2004 "landing fee" has been positive.

New Business

John Stare is the CD of the Two Tonys Memorial Fly-In (AMA): Saturday-Sunday, May 1-2, 2004. The event will be just for Giants on Saturday, using both runways. On Sunday, any plane and heli can fly. John reported that, as he just accepted the CD job, he may have difficulty getting advertising in Model Aviation due to time constraints.

Upcoming Events: 23rd Lebanon R/C Flea Market - Saturday, March 13, 2004; New Garden Air Show date has been changed to Sunday, June 13, 2004 (2nd Sunday in June)

An online membership database has been developed by Carl Hauger.

Safety Certification: being developed jointly by the staff of Lums Pond State Park and the Delaware R/C Club to meet a proposed Park requirement of annual mandatory safety re-certification or the direct oversight of a certified safety officer whenever a pilot operates a model aircraft at the Lums Pond State Park R/C Flying Field. The purpose of the Safety Certification Curriculum is to insure that every pilot flying model aircraft at the Lums Pond State Park R/C Flying Field is aware of and committed to actively practice all Lums Pond State Park field rules and park rules; AMA safety rules and insurance coverage requirements; Delaware R/C Club field rules; and the ethics and best practices of the model aviation community. Safety Certification courses are expected to be available every quarter and, hopefully, at convenient times. After further Committee work the current draft will be forwarded to the Park Manager for review and suggestions. Several members offered comments and suggestions regarding the curriculum including using Red Cross training (and their certification) for the first aid portion; or having an abbreviated first aid portion.

Gold Leader Club: John Stare suggested that the Club look into this AMA program when time permits.

Toledo Show: Joe Patterson asked that Club members contact him if they are attending and need lodging reservations.

Presentation: Carl Hauger demonstrated the online membership database and the procedure members can use to log in and check/modify their own data. The demonstration of the Warbirds registration database was cut short due to hardware failure.

Treasurer's Report

Dick Stewart presented the treasurer's report. The Treasurer's Report was accepted as presented. Membership - 2004 membership now stands at 164, or 90% of projection, with most of that number coming from renewals. Dick drew three tickets for early renewal prizes. The winners were: Carl Cantera (not present); Dave Moyer (who selected the Ryobi scroll saw); and Bill Paterson (not present). Carl and Bill will receive the other two prizes (in order of the draw): Evolution Engine and Dremel Kit.

50/50 Raffle: the winning amount was $40

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 pm.

Respectfully Submitted,

Carl Hauger


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