Tuscarora R/C Flying Club
I. Call to order
Larry Smith called to order the regular meeting of the Tuscarora R/C Flying Club at
7:12pm on May 4th, 2018 at the Tuscarora State Park Office.
II. Roll call
Larry Smith led the members in the pledge of allegiance.
There were 15 members present.
III. Approval of minutes from last meeting
Kyle Snyder read the minutes from the last meeting. The minutes were approved as
read. Tim Vincent made a motion to accept the minutes; Frank Bobick seconded the
Scott White read the treasures report, the report was approved as read. Dave Kessler
made a motion to accept the report; Jim Dunn seconded the motion
IV. Old Business
a) Aerorama - Ed Pollack went to the No. 9 coal mine car show/ picnic to
distribute flyers for the upcoming air and car show. An announcement was
made to everyone at the event. It also received a mention on WMGH FM
radio that same Sunday. Starting July WMGH and WLSH will have our
commercial aired every hour on the hour for 24 hours. There are flyers
hung about the Tamaqua area at various locations. Ed handed out extra
flyers to everyone at the meeting who wanted one. The car show flyers
were paid for by Sal Modesto of NAPA Auto Parts in Tamaqua. Jack asked
for an email of the flyer pdf for West End Wings and Ed mentioned he has
already emailed each club in the state with a flyer.
b) The Flea Market - was brought up since there was very little interest in it.
Ed talked to the Ryan Township fire chief asking to have an emergency
vehicle on site each day of the Aerorama as a safety precaution. Frank
Bobick asked about the legality of the club making money from the flea
market but the sales will be between individuals making private sales and
have no affiliation to the club.
c) Tim Vincent and Bernie Wargo volunteered to man the gate for Aerorama
and direct parking.
d) Painting - Ed talked to the park manager about happenings involving the
club and State Park. Ed will provide updated copies of AMA and the club
rules to park management. If time and money present itself, it would be nice
to replace the posts and poles located along the road. Larry suggested to just
pull the posts along the road. Walt said they were there to prevent vehicles
from entering the air field when the gate was locked. However, the gate is
no longer used which makes the poles unnecessary except for aesthetics.
The park is OK with what the club does with those poles. As far as the paint
goes Tara Brugger, park manager, is going to ask DCNR for the official
paint color to match all the rest of the park. Members were asked to
volunteer for painting and repairs. A motion was made and unanimously
carried to undertake the painting project.
V. New business
a) Tara was under the impression (later clarified) the State Park rules state
everyone who would fly at the field, regardless of age, needs to be an AMA
member. Walt mentioned that the club does have instructors and where
someone can fly with an approved instructor and the person flying would be
covered under the instructor's AMA certification. The youth members can
get a free membership to AMA. Ed will get info to Tara.
b) Big club canopy - Jim mentioned that there is a large canopy that was
donated to the club and is stored at the field in the box. Jim will check to
see the condition of the canopy at the field. Larry questioned since the
aerorama is a 2-day event, could we leave the canopies up for the second
day. Many members have concerns about the canopies getting damaged.
c) Food - Food availability for the aerorama was brought up. Kyle mentioned
that the Tamaqua Girl Scouts would be providing the food, Larry said since
it is the Girl Scouts and it is a public affair, it would be appropriate to let
the Scouts keep any profits made. Walt mentioned the food was not really a
big profit maker. More revenue was generated on the tickets and from gate
donations. Walt Basiago made a motion to let the Girl Scouts keep the
profits Bernie Wargo seconded the motion and all were in favor.
d) Visitor - Ed happened to go by the field and there was a young guy flying
a drone from Philadelphia. He is planning on moving to our area. The drone
pilot provided spectators the opportunity to look through the FPV (First
Person View) goggles. Everyone was thoroughly impressed and
appreciative. Larry mentioned that AMA magazine had an article about
most clubs that are embracing and accepting drones. These clubs are
experiencing a growth in membership due to the popularity of drone pilots.
Ed mentioned installing gates (obstacles) for drone pilots to fly at the field.
Frank Bobick made a motion and Jim Dunn Seconded the motion
e) Sign - The club sign located at the field has been getting in bad shape and
showing its age. Ed designed a new sign and is going to have one made
from steel. The tentative price is $800. Jack Mertz mentioned about doing
the sign in vinyl. A decision to use an automotive type finish was agreed
upon due to the longevity of either. Jack explained how it's made and two
local clubs have these same signs and has no problems in the last 4 years.
Myron Frantz made a motion to change the sign. Dave Kessler seconded the
motion. Ed has memorial money from his father's estate to be used to pay
for the metal sign. Larry offered to donate $200 toward the sign. Walt is
also willing to donate $100 toward the sign. All were in favor.
f) Windsock - Ed purchased a windsock. Jim Dunn, Larry Smith, and Ed
Pollack installed it.
g) Ed is going to send an email to everyone in order to get pilots to fly, to keep
someone flying at all times at aerorama. Jim wanted to add that everyone
should prepare each aircraft before the event.
h) Larry mentioned that Jim is in the process of lining the field and cleaning
the flight station markers. Jim is also going to organize the painting of the
poles and fence just needs volunteers to help out.
i) Ed had the information for the website moved to a new hard drive and some
of the information was misaligned. He will be working to correct it. Ed also
mentioned that with the Facebook page the website has been getting many
j) As of now, the club is losing approximately $106 per member annually.
The amount of $106 is derived from the gross income minus the annual
dues. The aerorama and raffle tickets are what is needed to help offset that
k) It was brought up about petitioning Cee Jay's lawn care to lock in the price
for next year to help manage costs. Walt said that after aerorama and the
ticket sales next year the dues may have to rise.
l) Jack mentioned about our members going to West End Wings on June 17th,
Father’s day for a Fun Fly. The Beltzville Flying Machine Society is
holding a fun fly on Saturday July 14th as well. It’s good to get our
members out to support the other local clubs and their events.
m) Tim Vincet mentioned a Fun Fly on June 23-24 at Aerobats. They have
some very talented pilots that could come to our aerorama, but us showing
up at their event would show the appreciation if they show up at ours.
n) Dave Kessler asked about TV and news adds, Ed has and will send
messages to many local news outlets about aerorama.
Tim Vincent made a motion to adjourn the meeting.Ed Pollock adjourned the meeting
Minutes submitted by: Kyle Snyder
Minutes approved by: Members