One of the most dangerous items in our hobby is the propeller. When it is turning it can do terrible damage. Flesh and bone is no match for it.
The other day at the field I was amazed at how some modelers will reach over the propeller to plug in the battery on their electric aircraft. A transmitter or receiver that is on can cause the unintentional start up of the motor.
With the increase of new members and those returning from being away for awhile, the board of directors is asking that all members maintain proficient flight skills that meet or exceed the AMA and the Marymoor RC Club conditions for flight safety. That means it is mandatory that every club member must have a firm knowledge of AMA and MAR/C rules and regulations. Also they must know where to find them and how to adhere to these flight safety requirements while they are operating and flying on our field.
A recent injury that occurred at the field highlights the need to observe specific safety precautions when flying electrics. The flyer was attempting to disconnect the motor battery when he accidently bumped the throttle stick on the transmitter. The motor started and the prop cut his hand and arm.
You are probably as tired of hearing about this subject as I am writing to you about it. However, we are once again receiving complaints of over flights of the condominiums to the East of the field. By this, I mean the actual flight of model airplanes over the residence area. This means that the East Lake Sammamish Parkway is being over flown, as well. The impact of an R/C model incident in these locations would be catastrophic. We are continually made aware of the closure of fields in the areas surrounding Seattle. We are not immune to similar action.
At the October Club meeting, Chuck Bower, President of Whidbey Island R/C Society, presented the UAV model designed by the University of Washington aeronautics design class. The model has a strut braced wing and is powered by twin EDFs. Click on the Videos tab to see Chuck flying the UAV. Also see Gallery photos, Meeting Oct 20.
Dave Temby has donated a grass sweeper to the club. We have used this on the field a few times in the past month, and the results are very nice. We can now pick up a lot of the grass that is usually left on the field from the mowers. We won’t use this every time we mow, but will certainly use it for “special occasions” such as fly-ins and when the grass is particularly long or wet. Thanks Dave.