Now that we are into another flying season, there are some considerations that we should address. As you all know, the terrain surrounding the field is considerably hostile, blackberry bushes, nettles, and what is left is tall and easy to either get lost in or fall down and have a heck of a time getting back up. There are a number of trees out there that are always inviting our aircraft for a visit and occasionally we error and our plane ends up out there in the wild.
Many of us are advancing in age and should take a few precautions when seeking our plane
Starting January 21, NW Asphalt and Parks will be making ADA parking improvements in multiple parking lots around Marymoor park. Parking Lots include: R/C lot, Lot B, Community Garden and both off-leash area parking lots (Lot D and G). The crews will make every effort to keep the lots open in some way, to allow use of the adjacent spaces; however, there may be intermittent closures to allow safe and efficient use of large equipment. The project will take 5-7 da
Thanks to the unstinting efforts of several club members, we now have the capability to continuously monitor the radio spectrum at the field, to determine whether there are environmental or malicious attempts to interfere with our legitimate use of the 2.4 GHz band. The park is still working on making a permanent power connection for this effort, so that's why you will see an extension cord going from the power panel into the large shed vent in the interim.
One of the key takeaways from the club survey last fall was the desire from many club members for an improved runway The board looked at number of options, including paving, special 'geotex' fabrics, and artificial turf, all of which would have been extremely pricey—on the order of $30,000.
Parking in the spectator area is not allowed. I think we all know that, but the park has noticed that some of us have gotten rather lax about moving vehicles out of the spectator area after unloading, thus the new sign they have given us as a reminder—driving into the spectator area is only allowed for loading and unloading, and frankly should only be done when it’s logistically impossible to transfer equipment from the normal parking area.
MAR/C is partnering with DigiPen to introduce a new generation to the hobby.DigiPen will have students (who are also MAR/C members) at the field on weekdays from 11 AM to 4:30 PM. There will be two classes: July 15 through July19 and July 29 through August 2. DigiPen will have exclusion use of one pilot station. The other four pilot stations will be shared with no exclusive use by DigiPen.
At the June 12th board meeting, Jack Fiscus announced his resignation as MAR/C president, to allow him and his wife Hilary to make final preparations for their planned move to sunnier climes. Jack has served this club with tireless dedication and enthusiasm, and has guided our affairs through some trying times with tact and diplomacy. In addition to his four and one-half years as president, he has been a club member since 2004 , a board member since 2007 and has been a principal organizer of the current MAR/C training program.