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COMBAT COMBAT COMBAT

Our first combat event for 2017 was held on Wednesday May 3rd.  Fun was had by all four participants, Dave Jamrog, Dave Ver Hoef, Lucas Russcher and John Russcher.

Round One: Dave VH was the only one to successfully fly the entire round.  Lucas launched his airplane and once airborne realized the his streamer was still rolled up and attached to the underside of his airplane. He quickly landed to dislodge the streamer and broke his propeller. Dave Jamrog had a clean launch but got his airplane a little too far away. Dave lost orientation and his airplane when down in the field.  My airplane never left my hand. My ESC wouldn’t arm and it took the entire round to figure out the the esc was plugged into the wrong channel on the receiver.

Round Two: Everybody got in the air, WOOT!  We had a great round of combat with Dave VerHoef and John getting cuts.  After the 5 minutes elapsed we all landed safely.

Round Three: We all launched on time again and another 5 minutes of chasing streamers ensued.  More cuts by Dave VerHoef and John again with Dave cutting John’s entire streamer off with only seconds left.

It was a successful night of combat even though it took a little more time to get started that what I had planned.

Here is the score sheet with the first events totals: Score Sheet

 

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Meeting Minutes –Saturday, May 06, 2017 @ TCAF FIELD

Posted 14 May 2017 by GEK, TCAF Secretary

Meeting called to order:

  • 0901(09:01AM)       by President Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting reviewed by George Keefe
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurers Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave VerHoef
  • $3500.53 in account
  • # OF PAID MEMBERS:   32 paid members
  • Currently 2 members overdue for 2017 dues.
  • New  member:  Bill McVea
  • Approved by member vote

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • NOTES FROM SAFETY OFFICER John Russcher: New wind sock Installed on west end of field safety fence at field level.  Plans are to install another one on east side.
  • The shelter white lighting needs to be replaced with the proper wattage fixture and light bulb.  Dave Verhoef took for action.  Action completed by Dave VerHoef on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.
  • In addition, Ron NienHuis donated another outside light fixture so that we now have a spare for the currently installed fixture.

New Members:

  • Bill McVea: WELCOME ABOARD!!

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements:

  • President Dave Jamrog noted that the field lease is due for renewal this year.  The new lease has been prepared and is ready for President Jamrog’s approval and signature.  The terms and conditions of the lease are the same as previous lease.
  • There will be a fun fly on Saturday, 27 May 2017 at 0900 (9AM). Announced by John Russcher.

Old Business:

  • Follow up on proposed change to club dues policy because of current net negative cash flow concerns.
    • Current By-Law/Policy;
  • BI-LAWS
    • TULIP CITY AIR FORCE
      • Article 2: DUES
        • Section A: Amount
          • Part 4:
            • Individuals having been a member of Tulip City Air Force for 10 consecutive years, at the attainment of 70 years of age will be awarded, at no cost, lifetime membership with all rights and privileges.
          • Proposed change to Part 4 above:
            • “Lifetime member” policy as follows: Current lifetime members shall maintain their status (Grandfathered). No further lifetime memberships shall be awarded effective on date of issue.
          • Proposed change was voted on and approved by a vote of 11 to 1 of members present at meeting.
          • Club Secretary, George Keefe, was charged to make the necessary changes to the Bi-Laws and present to the President for signature approval.

New Business:              

  • See “Events” below

Events:

  • Come and Fly Events are also scheduled for this summer.
    • Based on Scott Storteboom’s recommendations the following dates are the planned “Come and Fly” scheduled dates @ 1830-2030 (6:30PM-8:30PM)(all on Wednesday evenings):
      • 31 May
      • 14 June
      • 21 June
      • 28 June
      • 12 July
      • 19 July
      • 26 July
    • No “Come and Fly” events are currently scheduled for August or later.
    • Club hotdog nights will still be another fun time.
    • Streamer Combat events.
      • 7 June
      • 5 July
      • 2 August
      • 6 September
    • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:

Next Meeting

  • Saturday , 3 June 2017 at 0900 (9AM) at the Field.  Come fly the FRIENDLY FIELD!

Meeting adjourned:

  • 0955 (09:55AM) by member vote

Meeting attendees:

  • ATTENDEES:  Terry Garvelink, Steve Kastens, George Keefe,  Bob Kovacs, Bill McVea, Ron Nienhuis, Bill Porter, John Russcher, Scott Storteboom,  Jim Tibbitts, Jerry Timmer, Dave VerHoef, Larry Weller

Meeting Minutes –Monday, April 03, 2017

Meeting called to order:

  • 1910 (7:10PM)       by President Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting reviewed by George Keefe
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurers Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave VerHoef
  • $3070.53 in account
  • Paid AMA Charter-$120
  • # OF PAID MEMBERS:   22 paid members
  • Currently 10 members overdue for 2017 dues.
  • Approved by member vote

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • NOTES FROM SAFETY OFFICER John Russcher: If you visit the field, please be careful.  The approach drive and field are still very wet and muddy from our winter weather.  No real field activity during winter months.

New Members:

  • None to report this meeting.

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements:

Old Business:

  • Follow up on proposed change to club dues policy because of current net negative cash flow concerns.
    • Current By-Law/Policy;
  • BI-LAWS
    • TULIP CITY AIR FORCE
      • Article 2: DUES
        • Section A: Amount
          • Part 4:
            • Individuals having been a member of Tulip City Air Force for 10 consecutive years, at the attainment of 70 years of age will be awarded, at no cost, lifetime membership with all rights and privileges.
          • Proposed change to Part 4 above:
            • “Lifetime member” policy as follows: Current lifetime members shall maintain their status (Grandfathered). No further lifetime memberships shall be awarded effective January 1, 2017.
            • This has been scheduled for final discussion and voting during the next scheduled club meeting.

New Business:              

  • See “Events” below

Events:

  • Come and Fly Events are also scheduled for this summer.
    • Based on Scott Storteboom’s recommendations the following dates are the planned “Come and Fly” scheduled dates @ 1830-2030 (6:30PM-8:30PM)(all on Wednesday evenings):
      • 31 May
      • 14 June
      • 21 June
      • 28 June
      • 12 July
      • 19 July
      • 26 July
    • No “Come and Fly” events are currently scheduled for August or later.
    • Club hotdog nights will still be another fun time. First one on Wednesday, 3 May.
    • First Streamer Combat event will be Wednesday 3 May.
    • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:

Next Meeting

  • Saturday , 6 May 2017 at 0900 (9AM) at the Field.  Come fly the FRIENDLY FIELD!

Meeting adjourned:

  • 1936 (7:36 PM)    by member vote

Meeting attendees:

  • ATTENDEES:  James Hartmann, Dave Jamrog, Steve Kastens, George Keefe,  John Russcher,  Scott Storteboom,  Dave VerHoef.

Meeting Minutes –Monday, March 06, 2017

Posted on        8 March  , 2017 by TCAF

Meeting called to order:

  • 1902 (7:02PM)       by President Dave Jamrog

Secretary’s Report:

  • Minutes from last meeting reviewed by George Keefe
  • Minutes from last meeting approved by member vote

Treasurers Report:

  • Reviewed by Treasurer Dave VerHoef
  • Dues collected=$1080.00
  • New Expenses:
    • Exp Field Rent=$500.00
    • Exp Lawn Service=$855.00
    • Business Exp(Includes AMA Dues($120))=$429.89
  •  $1340.53 in account
  • NEW MEMBERS: Steve Kastens.   WELCOME!!!
  • # OF PAID MEMBERS:   29 paid members (Includes lifetime members)
  • Approved by member vote

Safety Report/Field Maintenance:

  • NOTES FROM SAFETY OFFICER: Nothing to report.  No real field activity during winter months.

New Members:

  • Steve Kastens. Again WELCOME!

Visitors:

  • None

Announcements:

  • 15 April: Suburban Barnstormers Swap Meet in Wheaton, IL

Old Business:

  • Wind soak repair pending warmer weather.

New Business:              

  • Two airplanes for training donated to the club by Brian Austin! Thank You, Brian!
  • The Club did apply for a new AMA Grant for 2017. More community oriented with the goal of recruiting new Club members.  Also, to include Quad Training and Club advertising.
  • Noted by Club Treasurer that our cash flow is trending in the negative direction. Some thoughts presented to turn the trend positive:
    • Recruit new members (see events below)
    • Possible change to the Bi-Laws concerning lifetime membership. Possible change to dues policy.  This is deferred for further discussion/ideas at next Club meeting.
  • The Club now has a Face Book page. Those that can, please visit and “LIKE” the page and invite your fiends to “LIKE” the page. This will be a great way to promote our hobby to our friends and family.  https://www.facebook.com/TulipCityAirForce/ (right click then select open in a new tab)

Events:

  • John Russcher briefed the meeting on Combat Streamer competition. Sounds like great fun.  Anyone still interested that has not signed up, please contact John Russcher( 616-836-8489 or planeaddicted@gmail.com).  For the schedule of these events, please refer to the Club calendar on the Club Web page and Face Book page
  • A club fun fly is scheduled for May 27th at 9:30am. Contact John Russcher with questions (616-836-8489 or planeaddicted@gmail.com).
  • Club hot dog nights will be the first Wednesday of the month, starting on May 5th. They are always a fun time.
  • For all planned events dates and times, please refer to the Club calendar on our Web and Face Book pages.

Comments and Questions:

Next Meeting

  • 3 April 2017 at 1900 (7PM) Cobblestone Hobby.

Meeting adjourned:

  • 2000 (8PM)    by member vote

Meeting attendees:

  • ATTENDEES:  Brian Austin, Aaron DeWitt, James Hartmann, Dave Jamrog, Steve Kastens, George Keefe, Bill Porter,  John Russcher, Lucas Russcher, Scott Storteboom, Mike Tharp, Dave VerHoef, Larry Weller, Ray Weller

Labor of Love – SBD-5 Dantless

The Men. Dave Jamrog has been very busy over the winter. Along with Bob Kovacs assistance, they have been hard at work on the SBD-5 Dauntless three days a week since November.  Dave’s passion for the Dauntless comes from his father Don. Don flew on in the rear seat of the Dauntless in the south pacific. In have rear seat of the Dauntless Don navigated, manned the radios and was the rear facing gunner.

The Airplane. The DBD-5 Dauntless was built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1940 to 1944. The SBD (“Scout Bomber Douglas”) was the United States Navy’s main carrier borne scout plane and dive bomber from mid-1940 through mid-1944.  The SBD was also flown by the United States Marine Corps, both from land air bases and aircraft carriers. The SBD is best remembered as the bomber that delivered the fatal blows to the Japanese carriers at the Battle of Midway in June 1042. The SBD carried two 100# bombs under the wings and one 1000# bomb under the fuselage. It also had two .50 caliber guns in the nose and two .30 caliber guns at the rear of the cockpit.

The Model. SBD-5 Dauntless Scout and Dive Bomber. Plans by Nick Ziroli, Wing Span: 100”, Weight: 30lbs, Engine: DLE60cc, Robart Electric Retracts Flaps and Dive Brakes, Three Bomb Releases.

Dave is hoping to have his SBD completed and ready to fly later this summer.

-JohnRusscher

Early Spring! Kinda…

Tomorrow afternoon the weather is looking kinda springish!  50/55 degrees with manageable winds out of the SSE.  Charge your batteries(including your transmitter battery) and come  out for some early season flying.

John Russcher

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Mini Telemaster Build Progress – Updated

Lucas is working on building a Mini Telemaster. He started it on December 28th and so far has completed the fuselage and tail surfaces. Next is the wing which should go quickly now that Lucas has some building skills developed. We are going to power it with a Eflite 400 out runner on 3s and 9 gram servos.

Updated with more progress pictures – 2/1/17

 

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It will be ready to fly this spring!

John Russcher