CONNECTICUT MODEL AIRPLANE CLUB
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Welcomes YOU!

CMAC members fly RC model airplanes and helicopters of all types. If you are new to the hobby or a practiced flyer looking for great people and fields to fly, you are welcome to come to our meetings which are open to ALL RC flyers and enthusiasts of all ages. Our regular meeting location is at Margaret Egan Center, 35 Matthew St., Milford, CT 06460 at 7:30 p.m. Note: Please see schedule below. CMAC is chartered (#1311) by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) national organization. To learn more, click here >>  http://www.modelaircraft.org

OUR NEXT EVENT IS WINTERBUILD CONTEST — Friday, April 20, 2012

OUR NEXT REGULAR MEETING IS FRIDAY, APRIL 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM

both at Margaret Egan Center, Devon (section of Milford) CT

* PRESIDENT'S LETTER FOR APRIL, 2012

*2012 UPCOMING EVENTS

* CMAC OFFICER ELECTION 2012 PHOTOS

* PHOTOS:
CMAC's FLY-IN and COOKOUT, SEPT. 12, 2010
TILRCC FLOAT FLY, SEPT. 25, 2010
CMAC' 5th ANNUAL FUN FLY, June 27, 2010
Fun Fly May 23, 2010
Wings & Wheels at Sikorsky
34th Annual WINTERBUILD WINNERS
CMAC , WHERCC and TILRCC COMBINED AUCTION

* CMAC PILOT'S GROUP ON YAHOO

* PLYMOUTH FIELD RULES

* MONROE FLYING SITE RULES

* CMAC OFFICER LISTINGS and AMA Link

>>> Click HERE to See Photos from every 2009 CMAC event !

>>> Click HERE to See Photos from every 2008 CMAC event !

 

• The President's April 2012 Letter

Bill Roy, CMAC President

Our hobby continues to benefit from the latest advancements in technology.  The 2.4 GHz radios have increased reliability and telemetry has allowed numerous types of information to be viewed on the transmitter, heard, down loaded or viewed on your iPhone, iPad or iPod in real time.  Many of these features are available on main stream radios reasonably priced.  A few years ago, advances in battery technologies brought electric performance up to the level of glow or gas powered models with recharge time down to 10 minutes.  The combination of electric motor with current battery technology provides superior performance in helicopter over glow powered.  The next emergence might be the new smaller gas powered engines that now fit 40 and 60 sized planes.  Even with the rising price of gas the cost is still much lower than glow fuel with the added benefit of requiring smaller tanks for similar run times.   

Spring’s here and there is some work that needs to be accomplished at Plymouth.  The repairs we made last year on the washed out areas never had time to grow grass so the loose dirt has lots of tracks.  We have had one work party to date but it will take a few work parties to get everything squared away.

Anyone interested in aerobatics can check out the IMAC web site at www.mini-iac.com.  There is a Judging seminar on Saturday April 7, 2012 at the Trumbull Public Library.  It’s an all day event and the cost is $15.00 which includes 2011-2012 Rule book insert, coffee, donuts and lunch.

A Basic IMAC Event will be held on Saturday April 28th hosted by the East Cost Swamp Flyers. 

In June CMAC will be hosting an IMAC Event on June 1, 2, 3 Friday thru Sunday.  As plans are finalized, we can start working on preparations.

During our April Meeting we will be having a silent auction for three planes with the proceeds going to the club.

Next Membership Meeting

Our next membership meeting is April 20, 2012 and it’s also our 36th Annual Winter Build Contest.  Spring is here so hopefully you’re getting your equipment dusted off, cleaned up, checking out you equipment, batteries so there are no unexpected surprises on your first flight.  While you’re at it get something cleaned up for the Winter Build.

Is Your AMA Membership Current ???

Plymouth Field

We had our first work party of the year, and as usual the first one is always the most difficult.  We accomplished a lot; we got the field raked out and most of the ruts filled in.  Ran the chain link over the field then rolled it.  Both of the over fly ends were trimmed.  When we left, the area looked in good shape.

Winter Gate Rules

Winter Gate Rules went into effect on Columbus Day.  This means that the First Gate will be locked closed when you come to the field and must remain closed and locked at all times.  The Second Gate can be left open when we are flying.

Please make sure that our lock, the rangers lock and small pin is locked to the large pipe to prevent it from getting lost

The last member out MUST make sure the gate is locked closed.

Following the rules will prevent somebody from driving in and getting locked in.

Summer Gate Rules

Summer Gate rules will go into effect on the 3rd Saturday of April ( 21st  ).  This means that the First will normally be open when you come to the field.  This means that the Second Gate MUST be kept locked at all times.

You can check out the web site for the Army Corps of Engineers Hancock Brook Lake at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/hnk/hnkhome.htm and if you go to recreation you can select model airplane club and you can get to our web site.  The current weather and wind is also available from their site.

Monroe Field

The Monroe Field will be available for flying thru the winter weather permitting.  Hours are Monday thru Friday flying 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Saturday’s are for electrics only from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Remember to fly safely, don’t fly alone, follow the rules and have a good time.


Bill

36th Annual Winter Build Contest

Held during our regular meeting on Friday April 20th 2012

Be part of CMAC’s 36th Annual Contest                                                                 

THIS YEAR'S CATEGORIES

• Best ARF

• Best Kit or Scratch Built

• Members Choice

AWARDS

• Best ARF $20 Gift Certificate
• Best Kit or Scratch Built $30 Gift Certificate
• Members Choice $40 Gift Certificate

Included in all categories are planes or helicopters

SILENT AUCTION

We will have a SILENT AUCTION for three planes donated by club member Ron Faanes to benefit the club treasury.  Two .60 sized kit-built planes complete with servos, receivers and motors, and one new in the box electric.

You buy a ticket from Treasurer Andy Figlar for $ 5.00 for the glow planes, or $10.00 for the E-flite electric Fokker.

Winning tickets will be drawn after the model build contest is done.

• Specs: .60 sized Bud Nosen Aerobat with all servos and O.S. 60. Motor Low wing, Ch. 19 receiver, 68 inch wingspan, beautifully covered.

• Specs: .60 sized Kwik fly II, 66.5 inches, 8 lbs with motor all servos and receiver.

• Specs: E-FLITE FOKKER DVII electric ARF wing span 34 inches, wt. 7.2 ounces
This plane is still in the box, ARF, is a $10.00 ticket.


• UPCOMING EVENTS

April 20, 2012, Friday 7:30 PM
CMAC General Membership Meeting
36th Annual Winter Build Contest

Margaret Egan Center
Devon, CT.

April 28, 2012, Saturday 8:30AM
Basic IMAC

East Coat Swamp Fliers
Info Erik at ehaakonsen@aol.com

May 12, 2013, Saturday 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM
TILRCC Float Fly

Wolfe Park, Monroe, CT

June 2-3, 2012, Saturday-Sunday 8:00AM
IMAC Event
CMAC Plymouth Field

Info Erik at  ehaakonsen@aol.com

June 15, 2012, Friday 7:30 PM
CMAC General Membership Meeting

Margaret Egan Center
Devon, CT                                                     

July 8, 2012, Sunday
Dawn Patrol

Ellington, CT
www.ncrcc.org


Always be sure to check for any last minute event changes


• The regular Balsa Chips Newsletter will be sent out quarterly.

• Any news, events or notices will be sent out as necessary in the Balsa Bulletin.

• E-mails will also be sent out prior to the meeting, events or other activities.


• CMAC OFFICERS FOR 2012

NEW 2012 CMAC OFFICERS:
Posing after their election at the November 2011 meeting are (left to right) Ken Johnson, Assistant Vice President; Andy Figlar, Treasurer; Bill Roy, President; Elmer Crouthers, Vice President; Stan Wysocki, Membership Chairman and Mike Brunetto, Recording Secretary.

 

• CMAC, WHERCC and TILRCC Holiday Dinner Party (photos by Richard Dore and Bill Roy)

 
 
 

 


CMAC’s 5th Annual Fun Fly Plymouth Field June 27, 2010 Photos by Jon Sinish

• CMAC FUN FLY Plymouth Field 5.23.2010

 

• Wings and Wheels at Sikorsky Airport Memorial Day Weekend

• CMAC's 34 Annual Winter Build Contest Photos

• WHERCC AUCTION PHOTOS


• Reminder 2010 Membership Dues

Dues can be mailed to: Stan Wysocki 135 Spring Street Stratford, CT 06614. Make checks out to “CMAC”. Please note any changes in address, phone number, E-Mail or AMA number. If possible include a copy of your current AMA card.

It’s your dues that cover the operating expenses and maintenance of the fields. Most of the dues goes into the events, cookouts, awards and door prizes that the members have the opportunity to partake in.


• CMAC web page is now linked from US Army Corps of Engineers Site

The Plymouth Field of CMAC is featured as part of the Hop Brook Lake site administered by The US Army Corps of Engineers at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/hnk/hnkhome.htm


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I can mail out most small items like hardware, props, radios, engines etc.

"Plus we have many new items daily. Our prices are magazine competitive."

Please mention you saw this notice here on the web at www.ccmacbb.org


• CMAC-Pilots Group on Yahoo
Many of you will recall that we started an email group on Yahoo over a year ago. Several CMAC members have joined since that time and it has been a useful tool to coordinate with other CMAC members for flying together at our fields.

If you are a CMAC member and have not already signed up, I would like to encourage you to join. Only CMAC members that join the group will be able to use the features of the group. Not only will you know when others a planning to fly, the group makes it easy to tap into the knowledge and experience of the other folks in the club when you have a question about a model your working on. Items of interest are also passed along which may not be timely to get in the newsletter.

I hope to see you at the field. If you have any questions, please contact me.
Ken Johnson  Phone (530) 689-6805 fly@rc-aircraft.info


REMEMBER, You Can Join CMAC Anytime...

You can join CMAC anytime and get your own subscription to the print version of Balsa Chips which has more information than the web version.

Dues can be mailed to: Stan Wysocki, 135 Spring Street, Stratford, CT 06614. Make checks out to "CMAC". Please note any changes in address, phone number, E-Mail or AMA number. If possible include a copy of your current AMA card.

Better yet, come to the meeting.

* Regular membership $65.00 * Senior membership $50.00 * Junior Membership $6.00


Rules for The CMAC Plymouth Field, a big field worth flying

How often have you heard someone say:

Don’t fly over the house
Don’t fly over the road
Don’t fly over the barn
The park is too crowded to fly today
Field is being cut
Planes too noisy
Field’s flooded
Can’t fly before 10
Can’t fly after 1
Can’t fly on Sundays

At Plymouth You Only Hear 1 Thing >>> Always lock the gate!


DIRECTIONS AND RULES FOR THE PLYMOUTH FIELD

<<Area Lodging and Campgrounds are at end of rules section below>>
GPS Field Co-ordinates are: N 41  8.800, W 73  01.863

Directions: Take Route 8 to exit 39. If you are coming from the South turn right at the end of exit. If you are coming from the North, turn left at end of exit. This is Route 6 going towards Plymouth.
Turn right at the first traffic light (about 7/10 mile up winding hill from exit) if coming from Route 8. (Second traffic light if coming from the North.) This is route 262. Take your second left off of Rt. 262 (about 6/10 mile). This is Keegan road. Follow Keegan Rd. to the end (about 1.1 miles) and then sharp right to the first gate.

You can check out the web site for the Army Corps of Engineers Hancock Brook Lake at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/recreati/hnk/hnkhome.htm and if you go to recreation you can select model airplane club and you can get to our web site.

The current weather and wind is also available from their site at http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?CityName=Plymouth&state=CT&site=ALY&textField1=41.6526&textField2=-73.0406&e=0

The Rules:
SUMMER Gate Rules In Effect Starting Saturday, April 21, 2012.

SUMMER GATE RULES GO INTO EFFECT THE THIRD SATURDAY IN APRIL (APRI L21 ,201 )

Spring and Summer: Gate 1: The first gate is open all Spring and Summer and is locked up on Columbus day. If you find the first gate open, leave it open. If you find the first gate locked, open with your key. Close the gate behind you and put the bar in and lock it.
When you lock the gate, CMAC's lock is on one side of the pin and the Army Corp' s lock is on the other side of the pin. This allows the police department, rangers and fire department to enter. Please do not put CMAC's lock thru the bar restricting their access.
If you are the last person out, put the pin in and lock the gate behind you. Again, only if you found the first gate locked. Proceed to the second gate (about 2/10 mile). Unlock this gate or pull the pin, go through and close the gate behind you and put the pin in.

Spring and Summer: Gate 2: Proceed to the second gate. Unlock this gate, go through and close the gate behind you and LOCK IT. The second gate is ALWAYS KEPT LOCKED.
When you lock the gate, CMAC's lock is on one side of the pin and the Army Corp' s lock is on the other side of the pin. Please do not put CMAC's lock thru the bar restricting access to the rangers, police and fire departments.
Never fly alone. Plymouth is in the woods. If you got in trouble, people may not find you for days.

Winter gate rules go into effect after Columbus Day when the first gate is kept locked at all times. With the first gate locked cars can’t get locked in, so when we are at the field we can leave the second gate open while making sure to lock it shut when the last member leaves.

Make sure that our lock, the Rangers' lock and small pin is locked to the large pipe. If not secured, it has the chance of getting taken or lost.

If you come to the field and the First gate is open, then you have to lock the second gate closed just to be safe.

Following the rules will prevent somebody from driving in and getting locked in.

 

The Frequency Board: The frequency board is first come, first served except that if there are more than four flyers present you can only fly once an hour or once a rotation.
Maximum flying time is 15 minutes, timed from the moment you commit to your frequency and when you land.
If you are using a frequency for engine test, you may do so for no more than 15 minutes at a time.
There will be five flight stations. Four aircraft and one helicopter. Four aircraft and one helicopter can be in the air at the same time.
The frequency board will have the usual 44 frequencies and 9 HAM frequencies. The 72M are numbered. The HAM frequencies are the letters A-I.

 

RULES OF USE — MONROE FLYING SITE


Directions to::621 Fan Hill Road Monroe, CT

From Route 25 take Route 111 N for approximately 2.1 miles then turn left on Elm Street for approximately 2.0 miles. Bear Left onto Fan Hill Road. Drive approximately 1.5 miles to 621 Fan Hill Road. Turn Left at the #617 mailbox and White sign with Architectural Innovations LLC into the driveway. There will be a building on the left and in front of you, turn right and go up the hill the house #621 will be on your right. There can be a cable across the road. There is also a post on your left indicating how many cars are at the field. Field use is limited to nine cars. Drive up the road to the field. The pit area is on the left towards the end of the field.

Use caution when entering the area, as at times it can be busy with trucks coming and going due to the lumbering activities.

Harry manages the property and lives in the house and Jay runs the lumbering business. Give them every courtesy.
The Rules

Flying hours are:

Monday thru Friday
9:00 AM to 10:00 AM Electrics ONLY
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Electrics, Glow and Gas

Saturday
10:00 AM to 1:00 PM Electrics and 4 stroke glow engines up to .75 cu in.

Do not start or run any engines before 10:00 AM
No Activities on Sunday

Monday thru Friday
Maximum 3 electric, glow or gas powered planes or helicopters in the air at one time.
Engine limitations: Glow 2 stroke 1.20 cu. in.
Glow 4 stroke 1.80 cu. in.
Gas 55 cc
Saturday
Maximum of 2 glow or electric powered planes or helicopters in the air at one time.
Engine limitations: 4 stroke .75 cu. in.

Noise limit 94 dbA measured at 9'
Do not fly over or past the pit area towards the house and Fan Hill Road.
Do not fly too far out to the North as there are houses past the tree line.

 

The Connecticut Model Airplane Club is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to members mutual support for model aviation. CMAC members exchange their ideas and opinions though a newsletter, a monthly meeting held on the third Friday of four scheduled months (7:30 p.m. Margaret Egan Center, Devon sectionn of Milford, CT) and other activities. Monthly CMAC meetings are open to the public. The CMAC is chartered (#1311) by the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) national organization.   http://www.modelaircraft.org

 

2012 Connecticut Model Airplane Club OFFICERS


President   BILL ROY  Phone (203) 876-9885 broy304@aol.com
Vice President   ELMER CROUTHERS    Phone (203) 378-2222
Assistant Vice President   KEN JOHNSON   Phone (530) 689-6805 fly@rc-aircraft.info
Recording Secretary    MIKE BRUNETTO  Extra3000@aol.com
Treasurer   ANDREW FIGLAR   Phone (203) 377-1535 andrew_l_figlar@sbcgglobal.net
Membership Chairman STAN WYSOCKI  Phone (203) 378-0088  swysocki@snet.net
Newsletter Editor RAY HINDS  Phone (203) 334-7207   rchinds@optonline.net
Newsletter Distribution BILL ROY   Phone (203) 876-9885   broy304@aol.com
Webmaster JON SINISH  Phone (203) 375-1919   sincom@aol.com   
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