BMAC Announcements

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Robot bird takes flight

Ornithopters are here!
SmartBird is modelled on the herring gull and can take off, fly and land while its flight is controlled remotely from the ground in real time. To take off, the robotic bird flaps its wings with the help of an onboard motor. As the wings beat, the front edge also twists, enabling airflow along the wings to generate thrust. Once in flight, the tail acts as a rudder to steer the bird through the air. The technology could be used to design "stroke wing generators" - devices that produce energy from water.

Via BoingBoing

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

$60,000 Electric Flight Prize at EAA AirVenture 2011

Never thought I would see it, full scale, man carrying, electric aircraft.
To date, applications for the following aircraft have been submitted:
  • CargoAirship, a helium-lift airship with electric power featuring carbon fiber and aluminum framing.
  • ElectraFlyer-C, a single-place aircraft that was flown at Oshkosh in 2008.
  • ElectraFlyer-X, a two-place aircraft.
  • ElectraFlyer-ULS, a single-place ultralight that was flown at Oshkosh in 2007.
  • Pipistrel Taurus Electro, the first two-seat aircraft powered by an electric motor to fly in the world.
  • Pipistrel Taurus Rapid, a four-place aircraft featuring a 75-foot wingspan.
  • Sonex Electric Waiex, a standard Waiex kit aircraft modified with the installation of proprietary e-flight electric power components.
  • V-Raptor Electro Flyer, featuring a 20-hp motor and a composite structure.
  • Yuneec E-430, a two-place, single-motor light sport aircraft which won the Lindberg Electric Aircraft Prize at EAA AirVenture 2010.
  • Yuneec E-1000, a three-place aircraft with a 56-foot wingspan.
Full story over at PlaneNews

Saturday, March 19, 2011

March Newsletter From Tony & Betty

  March 11,2011 Meeting at Airport Lounge-7 to 8PM
   meeting brought to order 7pm-adjourned-8pm
         Mark Nagye, VP, Presiding
Bob Learmonth's wife, Beverly, is very ill.  We pray for both of them at this time, We hold them in our Prayer's.
The meeting opened with the financial report from Wendall.  Reminder to all members:  If you have not yet paid your 2011 dues, please do so before the end of March to avoid the penalty of $2 per month.  Thank you.
Julius has the lawnmower in for servicing.  Our 2011 budget for the lawnmower, maintenance, gas and repairs.was voted on and approved.
Greg and Gene have been meeting with Landfill Officials and the Civilian Conservation Corp. regarding plans for a shelter and fence on the field.  There is another meeting scheduled after the 17th to finalize plans.  We will have a report on this at the April meeting
Members, if you see the field trash cans full after flying, and you have room in your vehicle, please take the full bags to the Household Dumpster on your way out.  This is just one of the ways we can keep our area clean and safe. Thank you for your help!
Congress has passed an amendment to The FAA to consider Reauthorizing bills exempting model airplanes from unnecessary federal regulations. AMA is urging all members to send a letter to our representatives in Congress to ensure that a similar amendment is introduced and passes before it is sent to the Executive branch for signature. If you do not have a computer, since this is done online, please call Tony Harris, 304-763-4775 and he will submit your name and send the letter to our representatives, Nick Rahall, Senator Rockefeller, and Senator Joe Manchin.
Wendall is checking into 2011 service costs for our porta-john.  He will report them at the last meeting.
Our new shed has been built but is not yet painted.  When weather permits, this will be done and Greg will deliver it to the field. 
Please try to attend the last meeting on April 8, 2011-from 7 PM to 8PM in the Airport Lounge.  We look forward to seeing you!
It was reported to Gene last Sunday that the gate was LOCKED BACK INCORRECTLY!!
"BE SURE NOT TO LOCK THE CHAIN" so the landfill lock won't open that gate.
Any questions call Jeff at 640-3472.  Remember also that some of us could be locked in during the afternoons and on Sundays
We have to replace our New Lock the Landfill had to break on our gate entrance, your existing key will fit this lock.  We have only one entrance to the landfill, THE BROWN GATE.  If you accidentally get locked in with no cell phone, go down to the brown house at the bottom gate. The man living there will help you get out. 
IF THIS KEEPS UP, "SOMEONE" is going to cause "US ALL" to lose our ability to fly unless the landfill is open. This means "No Flying AFTER 5:00 PM DURING THE WEEK or AFTER 4:00 PM on SAT. and NO FLYING on Sundays!"Come on guys! If you can fly a plane, you can lock a gate correctly! It's not Rocket Science! Just STOP and THINK and THINK AGAIN! Don't take our "PRIVILEGE" to fly at the Landfill as a RIGHT! We are GUEST! PLEASE Remember to act that way.
Tony Harris, Sec.
Betty Morales,
Newsletter Editor

Thursday, March 17, 2011

The History of the Single Stick

Inspired by the early Galloping Ghost transmitters that used only one control stick to move both the rudder and elevator, the term singlestick came to apply to those transmitters having only one primary control stick.During the early days of analog and digital proportional radio manufacture, both single stick and two stick transmitters were readily available. It was said that the earlier (read that ‘older’) fliers preferred the single stick set-up because of it’s similarity to the earlier, often ‘home-made’ transmitter configurations, and that the two stick set-up was preferred by the ‘newer’ fliers who probably never flew the earlier set-ups, but who had come in by flying the earlier ‘reed’ radios.

Read the rest at

Via Single Stick Stuff

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UPDATE: NTSB Releases Factual Report On Biplane Collision With Large RC Aircraft

Radio Controlled Plane Was Performing In A Model Air Show.

In what was perhaps the most unusual mid-air collision last year, a Shpakow SA 750 bipe struck a large-scale AJ Slick RC model, slightly damaging the larger aircraft but largely destroying the model. The good news is that the biplane landed safely, but it was not undamaged.

The complete report is available here.

Our original post is

Via Aero News Network

Friday, March 11, 2011

Update: Tell Congress to Protect Model Aviation

82,283 Letters Sent So Far

If you have not sent your letter yet, please do so now. It's easy to do. Just follow  this link  to the AMA web site and follow the instructions. You do not need to compose your own letter, just fill in some online forms and the AMA takes care of the rest. If you enjoy flying as much as I do please take time to send your letter. Use the AMA form letter, or even better compose your own. Let's keep'em  flying!


Daylight Saving Time

Just a reminder that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday March 13th at 2 AM, so spring forward 1 hour.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

AMA Safety Code

Academy of Model Aeronautics National Model Aircraft Safety Code

Effective January 1, 2011

GENERAL: A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying aircraft capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere. It may not exceed limitations of this code and is
intended exclusively for sport, recreation and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and any additional
rules specific to the flying site.
Model aircraft will not be flown:
(a) In a careless or reckless manner.
(b) At a location where model aircraft activities are prohibited.
Model aircraft pilots will:
(a) Yield the right of way to all man carrying aircraft.
(b) See and avoid all aircraft and a spotter must be used when appropriate. (AMA Document #540-D-See and Avoid Guidance.)
(c) Not fly higher than approximately 400 feet above ground level within three (3) miles of an airport, without notifying the airport operator.
(d) Not interfere with operations and traffic patterns at any airport, heliport or seaplane base except where there is a mixed use agreement.
(e) Not exceed a takeoff weight, including fuel, of 55 pounds unless in compliance with the AMA Large Model Aircraft program. (AMA Document 520-A)
Ensure the aircraft is identified with the name and address or AMA number of the owner on the inside or affixed to the outside of the model aircraft.
(This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors).
(g) Not operate aircraft with metal-blade propellers or with gaseous boosts except for helicopters operated under the provisions of AMA Document #555.
(h) Not operate model aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or while using any drug which could adversely affect the pilot’s ability to safely control
the model.
Not operate model aircraft carrying pyrotechnic devices which explode or burn, or any device which propels a projectile or drops any object that
creates a hazard to persons or property.
Free Flight fuses or devices that burn producing smoke and are securely attached to the model aircraft during flight.
Rocket motors (using solid propellant) up to a G-series size may be used provided they remain attached to the model during flight. Model rockets
may be flown in accordance with the National Model Rocketry Safety Code but may not be launched from model aircraft.
Officially designated AMA Air Show Teams (AST) are authorized to use devices and practices as defined within the Team AMA Program
Document (AMA Document #718).

Not operate a turbine-powered aircraft, unless in compliance with the AMA turbine regulations. (AMA Document #510-A).
Model aircraft will not be flown in AMA sanctioned events, air shows or model demonstrations unless:
(a) The aircraft, control system and pilot skills have successfully demonstrated all maneuvers intended or anticipated prior to the specific event.
(b) An inexperienced pilot is assisted by an experienced pilot.
When and where required by rule, helmets must be properly worn and fastened. They must be OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or NOCSAE approved or
comply with comparable standards.
All pilots shall avoid flying directly over unprotected people, vessels, vehicles or structures and shall avoid endangerment of life and property of others.
A successful radio equipment ground-range check in accordance with manufacturer’s recommendations will be completed before the first flight of a new or
repaired model aircraft.
At all flying sites a safety line(s) must be established in front of which all flying takes place (AMA Document #706-Recommended Field Layout):
Only personnel associated with flying the model aircraft are allowed at or in front of the safety line.
At air shows or demonstrations, a straight safety line must be established.
An area away from the safety line must be maintained for spectators.
Intentional flying behind the safety line is prohibited.
RC model aircraft must use the radio-control frequencies currently allowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Only individuals properly
licensed by the FCC are authorized to operate equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.
RC model aircraft will not operate within three (3) miles of any pre-existing flying site without a frequency-management agreement (AMA Documents #922Testing
for RF Interference; #923- Frequency Management Agreement)
With the exception of events flown under official AMA Competition Regulations, excluding takeoff and landing, no powered model may be flown outdoors
closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for the pilot and the pilot's helper(s) located at the flight line.
Under no circumstances may a pilot or other person touch a model aircraft in flight while it is still under power, except to divert it from striking an individual.
This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors.
RC night flying requires a lighting system providing the pilot with a clear view of the model’s attitude and orientation at all times.
The pilot of a RC model aircraft shall:
(a) Maintain control during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses prescribed for the pilot.
(b) Fly using the assistance of a camera or First-Person View (FPV) only in accordance with the procedures outlined in AMA Document #550.
Must be at least 100 feet downwind of spectators and automobile parking when the model aircraft is launched.
Launch area must be clear of all individuals except mechanics, officials, and other fliers.
An effective device will be used to extinguish any fuse on the model aircraft after the fuse has completed its function.
The complete control system (including the safety thong where applicable) must have an inspection and pull test prior to flying.
The pull test will be in accordance with the current Competition Regulations for the applicable model aircraft category.
Model aircraft not fitting a specific category shall use those pull-test requirements as indicated for Control Line Precision Aerobatics.
The flying area must be clear of all utility wires or poles and a model aircraft will not be flown closer than 50 feet to any above-ground electric utility lines.
The flying area must be clear of all nonessential participants and spectators before the engine is started.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Un Civil War 40 RC planes in combat

Un Civil War 40 RC planes in combat from Lee on Vimeo.
40 Radio Control flying wings flying at the UFO Club Civil War in Utah County, Utah.
Kind of looks like fun. Found this source of combat flying wings for those interested:
Love the name.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Added "How To" Link Area

Added a collection of links to model web sites that have collections of how to articles and information. If you know of some more to add, please let me know.


Club member George Jeffery living the life in Florida. He built this Pterodactyl. If I know George, he probably got the plan's of the inter net and scratch built it.

Submitted by Tony Harris, BMAC Secretary

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

New Page

Added a new page, Another One Bites The Dust: Crash Video and General OOPS! 
Hope I don't have any personal video to add this flying season.

Thanks to Tony Harris for all the links.

2009 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield

Video of some beautiful full scale antique aircraft.

The 2009 AAA/APM Invitational Fly-in at Antique Airfield near Blakesburg, Iowa was one of the most successful and largest gatherings of it's kind ever held.
If you are interested in antique aircraft, the Antique Airplane Association and Air Power Museum are for you.

Space Shuttle Launch: Viewed From an Airplane