Next Meeting November 28th – Rubber Fly and Pizza
This will be the annual rubber fly so bring you rubber powered models and enter the contest. A few kit will be available for anyone wishing to give it a try.
Ted Pritlove has posted an article on how he repairs his foamy EDF jets.
See the Members page.
Highlights of the October 24th Meeting. – Derived from the draft minutes.
Present: 45 members including 1 new members.
The meeting was opened at 7:05 pm. Mike Block acted as Chair of the meeting and Vic Wells acted as Secretary.
New Member: Marvin Smallpiece was welcomed as a new member.
Minutes: Minutes of the meeting held on September 26, 2019 were approved as circulated on motion made and seconded.
Programme: Tom, Ashley, Ian, Carl and Gord (McGill) presented airplanes of various types and vintages which they had built, and explained the different challenges that building each plane had involved. Examples mentioned included the very small size of some parts, and the length of time some models had taken to build. Ashley continues to work on a Lancaster (scratch built) and Tom has a small model kit he will donate to a youngster to build. The builders/owners were warmly congratulated for their efforts.
Membership: Mike reported on behalf of Trevor that paid-up membership stands at 167, a slight decrease from this time last year.
Meeting Protocol: Mike reminded members that the code of ethics which is available for review on the web site must be followed. He specifically reminded those present that members are to be treated with courtesy in meetings and be allowed to speak. On behalf of the Club he apologized to one member for an incident at a recent meeting, which apology was accepted.
Field Improvement: Ashley has agreed to Chair the reconstituted Field Improvement Committee. He is currently reviewing alternative materials which may be suitable for a runway. He will arrange a meeting of the committee as soon as he contacts the City of Burlington. Mike emphasized that we are looking for the support of the full Club on this project and asked that any questions or comments concerning work of the Committee be directed to Ashley.
Transport Canada Regulations: Doug M. gave a concise overview of the Transport Canada
(TC) regulations and the exemption that MAAC members enjoy. TC regulations are generally more
extensive but can be met by successful completion of a test. By complying with the conditions of the
MAAC exemption members can fly almost anywhere. Enforcement authority has been delegated to
some police forces including Peel Police and the OPP. Doug M. answered questions concerning flying at
Bronte and.TC regulations satisfactorily. Doug concluded by reminding everyone of the necessity of
carrying the MAAC membership card and to fly safely at all times.
Bayview Field Lock Replacement Project: Mike reported that the Board was reviewing the alternatives for key locks at Bayview, as discussed at the September meeting, and would be reporting on suggestions and costs at a later meeting.
Bronte Field Update: As the MAAC Board has approved a change to the Safety Code, the Chair of the Insurance Committee informed Mike that the change could mean that insurance coverage has been compromised. Accordingly, Mike notified members that for the time being Bronte Field was closed to flying. MAAC has also passed a new regulation that violation of this safety recommendation (ie flying when the field is not insured) could mean expulsion of the offending member from MAAC.
These comments triggered a great deal of discussion, and the many concerns of members, as well as comments concerning the process that had been followed to get these changes approved, were discussed and noted. Mike concluded the discussion and advised the members that the Board would be discussing this issue further as a high priority topic.
Board Members: Mike asked members to think about standing for election to the Board at the January, 2020 AGM.
Bayview Field Report: Doug E. reported that the field remains in good shape, the mowers will be serviced in the spring and that additional volunteers to cut the grass are needed.
Next meeting: To be held November 28. The annual rubber band airplane contest will be held and members are asked to bring some Christmas goodies to share. There will not be a meeting in December.
On motion made, seconded and passed, the meeting was terminated at 8.30 pm.
Warbirds 2019 event at Bayview was a great success! The weather was fantastic! hot and dry. We had to deal with some heavy winds on Saturday gusting almost 50 km an hour! But the flying went on to the delight of all the spectators. Sunday was the perfect day for Flying! Trevor Brum flew his 1/3 scale Stearman and his Alpha jet. What a great show he put on! I must say that all of the pilots at our club we’re flying at their best, Peter Foto, Tim Bidwell, to mention a few. We also had a few pilots from other clubs, Mississauga, and the Niagara region. The prize for best in show went to Brian Harrington for his beautiful Lysander, and he did a wonderful job of flying it to scale. I also want to thank Barry and Bob for running our barbeque and planning all food, drinks and ice purchasing leading up to the weekend they did a great job.We should all thank the members and volunteers who helped plan and execute Warbirds over the bay! Months and weeks before the event, members were cleaning barbeques checking equipment and getting ready for this event. Tony Madage and I arrived at Bayview field Friday morning before the event to find this great group cutting the grass setting up PA systems and making sure everything was going to run smooth for the weekend. Tim Bidwell, Ian Brown, Scott McGregor, Peter Foto, Tony Madage, Ashley Armstrong, Barry Parkinson, Bob Fowler, Geoff Norm and many more! It was a job well done by all! I hope we can do this event again in 2020 and make it even better.
Warbird 2019 Photos
Norm Harris is moving and needs to downsize.
See the Members page buy and sell section for a list of items.
Maidenfest May 4th
About a dozen fliers and another dozen BRCM members braved the miserable weather on May 7 – cold, damp, and grey – to participate in Maidenfest, an opportunity to display the fruits of a winter’s labour. The diversity was amazing. Ashley Armstrong brought out his astonishing Me323 transport, powered by 6 nitro engines. Assembly took longer that than the build time of an average ARF. It didn’t fly, but the fact he got all 6 engines going is a cause for celebration. Trevor Blum dazzled us with his turbo F-16 at high speed.
Air Cadets Model Airplane Course
Starting in January, BRCM members — Ashley Armstrong, Doug Edwards and Geoff Norman — began a model airplane course with the Dundas 737 Squadron air cadets. About 15 cadets joined the course. The goal is to get cadets more involved in model aviation. Ashley is teaching them about construction, using basic Sig rubber-powered balsa and tissue planes. Doug is coaching them on R/C simulators. Geoff does a bit of both. We have also purchased two indoor planes. (Super Cub) to fly in the Community Centre and two outdoor trainers (Sig Kadet). Once the weather improves, we will be getting some of the cadets out to Bayfield for dual instruction. The initiative is supported by a $5000 grant from the Dougher Foundation, administered by the Hamilton Community Foundation.