Well, March has arrived, and spring is just around the corner, although it doesn’t feel like it this weekend. We have had several beautiful flying days already this year. Hopefully many of you took advantage of them and spent some time at the flying field. We have already scheduled many of our club events for 2019 and have received sanctions back for several already. Sanctioned events will start in April as follows:
Texas Twister Heli Fly-in - April 26-28.
Electric Fly-in – May 4
Pete Darter Fly-in & Sap Meet – July 13
National Model Aviation Day – August 17
Big Bird Fly-in – September 7
IMAC Competition – September 21-22
As with all club events we will need help with each of these. Whether you are a long-term member or a new member there are plenty of opportunities to help. Please let the CD for each event know that you are willing to help. In addition to the sanctioned events we have also scheduled club only fun-fly’s. All club members are encouraged to participate in the club fun flies. They are great opportunities to further develop flying skills or to learn new ones. Skill level is not always the winning factor as these events are meant to be fun, just as the name implies. The dates for the club fun flies are as follows:
June 29 (evening, bring snacks and fly after dark)
July 27 (evening)
David Hudson of Grand Prairie visited with us at the February meeting to discuss the F8 Crusader he built from scratch and competed at Top Gun last May with. For those who did not attend I would encourage you to look his Facebook page. Look for DCModels. David also donated a fun fly plane that he built. It is my suggestion that we finish this plane and raffle off a complete ready to fly plane at the electric fly-in on May 4. We will vote on that at the March meeting. Currently, it is hanging on the wall at D&D Hobby. Lawrence Harvill will be at the March 7, meeting to discuss the UAS rulings and provide an update on the AMA’s role. Don’t forget that the FAA has modified the registration markings rule. All aircraft requiring markings are to be marked on the outside of the aircraft now. It can no longer be inside for any reason. Currently we have 33 members that have renewed from last year. Please encourage anyone that has not renewed their membership to do so.