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Next Meeting is at Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield on Saturday January 13 at 1:00 pm

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 Starting January 2018 our meetings will be at Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield on Saturday, at 1:00pm, on January 13,  April 14,  July 7, August 4, September 8, November 3, and Holiday Potluck to be scheduled

  All are welcome!

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News, Events, and Flying

From the AMA:  December 12, 2017:


Dear members,


Last month, we shared new information about the FAA's UAS registration requirement, which Congress has reinstated.


Today, we are writing to let you know that President Trump has signed this bill making UAS registration a federal requirment again, including for AMA members.


For more information and frequently asked questions, please visit our federal registration page.


Thank you,

AMA Government Relations


Notice:  "Send Email" on our Membership Application form has stopped working because BlueHost has discontinued BlueMail.  Temporary work-around is to email the pdf form to Steve Black at   Sorry for the incovenience.


New Spektrum iX12 Transmitter   Video


North West Model Hobby Expo - Jan 26 - 28, 2018


For Sale - Clip Wing Monocoupe ARF "The Legendary 110 Special, in 1/4 Scale" with Saito 180.  Total value of about $1000. You can own this remarkable model for a minimum donation of $600.  See more details at the end of the photo gallery.  For more information please contact Randy Ling . (9-12-17)


Click photo for larger view.

Monocoupe Picture


FLITEFEST Slide Show - Scroll down to lots of interesting planes and flight activities.


For Sale - David Chang has the following items for sale:  27" floats ($30), 33" floats ($40), and 38" floats ($50).  Eflite float mounts ($7) fit the floats nicely.  David also has a Hangar 9 1/4 Scale de Havilland Beaver and a Super Cub, both with floats mounted and a Wedgeon for sale. Finally, he has a new pair of Hangar 9 1/4 scale floats (in the box) for sale as well.  You can text David at 425-736-7950 with any questions.  See pictures.


Free - Blue Fan Fold Foam.  Please contact Heath Petty.  Item is available in the Maple Valley area. Even if you don't want the foam, check out the link and the sub-links.  (9-26-17)


New Membership Application Form - The new Membership Application  is now a web page form.


Here's the short story: Open the web page application form, fill in text boxes and select radio buttons. Use Windows 10 or Mac OS X to "Print to PDF" the completed form, then attach the Membership Application form PDF and press the Send Email button.


NOTE: AMA card images are no longer needed as AMA provides monthly membership status to club officers.


To Join or Renew, please read thru the form before you start and contact Steve Black if you have questions or problems with the form.

Steve Black  updated (12-3-17)


AMA District 11 (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA  Facebook Page 


Pilot Stations - Does wire mesh cause signal loss?  To be an effective Faraday cage, wire mesh needs to have a hole size significantly smaller than the signal wavelength.  The wavelength of 2.4 GHz is 12.5 cm or 4.92 inches.  A mesh size of 0.5 inches or smaller is likely to fit the above criteria, but there are several other factors involved.  We have experienced significant wind displacements of the pilot stations using plastic construction barrier.  Many other fields use wire mesh or chain link fencing.  See AMA recommendations for Barrier .  Anyone finding a study or other expert opinions to the contrary, please forward your search results to Web Apprentice for publication here. (9-1-17)


I've discovered that the entire "Resources" section of our website needs updated and everyone can help by just sending me links to websites that you think should be on our website.  Thank you for any contributions, Steve Blac (9-9-17)


New Float Fly Rules - Download rules here or get a copy at the next Float Fly.  You must agree and sign the current rules to participate.  (April 2017)


AMA Membership - All members that fly at our field, Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield (MARCA) and Float Fly site MUST have a valid AMA membership card.  AMA membership renewal is required every year.  AMA membership runs from Jan 1 to Dec 31.  If you do not  have a valid AMA membership, stop flying until receiving one.  A park flyer membership is NOT VALID at the field.  (12-3-16)


FliteTest Sea Duck built by Randyl B. at a recent Float Fly  (2-27-17)


Restoration of B-29 DOC  Thanks for the link Gerald and Dave!  (2-27-17)


Sound Levels and Model Airplanes - Both of our flying sites are leased from city and county governments.  We have agreed to limit sound levels at both sites and are bound by lease agreements to follow these rules.  To minimize impact on our hobby and keep our flying sites, Randy Ling has perpared a document to help explain how we can attain sound levels at or below the limits.  Please take the time to read "Sound at the Field" and contact Randy if you have any questions.


Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield Flying hours:


All Aircraft Limited to 85 dB or less Sound Level at 25 feet:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


All Electric Aircraft UNDER 79 dB Sound Level at 25 feet:  Sunrise to Sunset 7 days a week

46 gram Indoor Flyer built by Don P.  Video by Brian L.  This incredible aircraft built entirely from small carbon fiber rounds and very light components and materials.


Model Airplane Identification - Because our Float Fly site and Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield are AMA approved flying sites, you must have your plane identified with your AMA and FAA number.  We also suggest your name and contact information in case your plane is found.  You can register on the FAA website.  Get more information at: UAS Registration Q&A.


This requirement covers all remotely-controlled model aircraft, helicopters and multicopters weighing more than 250 grams (~8.8 ounces) flown outdoors.  You will be asked to agree that you will limit all flight operations to 400 feet or less.  You only need to register once, but put the FAA registration number on every model airplane that you fly.  (2-18-16)

Making a foam wing from Depron sheet for the Pelican or other aircraft using the Kline-Fogleman airfoil?  See KF Airfoil  RCGroups Forum  Theory of KF Airfoils


Recent Photos and Videos


December 1, Show & Tell

December 1, 2017 Holiday Potluck

November 25, R/C Flying Model Exhibit - Part 1

November 25, R/C Flying Model Exhibit - Part 2

November 2, Show & Tell

October 28 MARCA

October 5 Show & Tell

October 5 Float Fly

September 28 Float Fly

September 14 Float Fly

September 7 Show & Tell

September 4 MARCA

August 28 MARCA

August 24 Float Fly

August 10 Float Fly

August 5 Open House

August 5, Donation

August 3 Show & Tell

August 3 Blue Angels

July 27 Float Fly

July 6 Show & Tell


Safety Note:  See Safety Page for photos of fire extinguisher locations at Marlow Anderson R/C Airfield (MARCA).  Also note requirements for gasoline powered models.  (9-29-14)

Please be sure to sign-in and out at the field and at the lake so the county and city see how these resources are being utilized.  This will ensure continued support and retention of these valuable resources necessary for our sport.  Please observe all the Field or Float Site rules when you fly as some rules are mandated by the county and city.  (1-11-12)


Indoor Flying Site - for small electric planes and helicopters.  Every Friday afternoon from 12:30 to 3:30 PM at the SeaTac Community Center.  13735 24th Ave S, SeaTac, WA  Cost is $3.75 or $2.75 for seniors.  (1-5-12)





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