Field of Dreams Monthly Meeting October 2nd 2018
Field of Dreams Meeting was Called to order at 6:59 PM by President Bob Ingram
There were 17 members and no guests in attendance
A motion was made, seconded and passed by a majority of the members in attendance to accept the
September 2018 FOD meeting minutes.
Total club assets reported to be approximately $3,300.00
A motion was made, seconded and passed by a majority of the members in attendance to move $300
from the capital account into the checking account for the purchase of a new lawnmower. President
Ingram explained to the club that a new 48” riding lawnmower was purchased on a “today only” sale for
Safety Officer’s Report
Safety officer reported no incidents or issues but reminded the membership that the soccer fields are
now active so it is imperative to remain vigilant about the deadline as planes appear much closer to the
fields from their perspective.
During this past month President Bob Ingram and Safety Officer Bruce Burgess met with several
representatives from the soccer league. While these meetings were held at the soccer fields nearest to
our flying field other members took turns flying aircraft down the runway centerline at pattern altitude
to show the representatives that it can look as though aircraft are much closer to you than they really
are. The soccer league representatives agreed that should any flight encroach on their fields, they will
do their best to get an accurate description of the aircraft and note the date and time of the incident.
The club reiterated our commitment to not fly over the soccer fields at any time.
No recent flight training issues were discussed.
Grass Runway Report
Richard reported continued progress with the grass runway project. The field has been treated for
clover & weeds as well as aerated and treaded with the microbial application. If you haven’t been out
there in a while it looks fantastic especially for early October! Richard further reported that the plan for
next year includes a light thatching in the Spring followed by three applications of the microbial solution
throughout next year. Great Job Guys!
The FOD club members participated in the Redmond Aviation day once again this year at the Deschutes
County Fairgrounds. Richard Butler once again manned the flight simulators and many members
brought aircraft for static display. The event drew upwards of 700 people this year which shows
significant growth over last year.
Fall Float Fly
The Fall float fly was again held at Haystack Reservoir the weekend of September 15 th . There were at
least four members enjoying camping out during the event and some members from the La Pine club
were also there. Special thanks to Ron for constructing the walkway/dock to facilitate getting to the
waters edge. A motion was made, seconded and passed by a majority of the members in attendance to
reimburse Ron for the cost of the materials purchased. Ron mentioned that the walkway/dock was
saved and can be used again in the future.
The club held its latest Demonstration Day the weekend off September 29 th . About 30 – 40 members of
the public came out to try their hand at flying a RC airplane. It was noted that almost all of the
participants learned about the event at the recent Aviation Day. The club discussed leveraging that
again in the future by making sure to schedule Demonstration Day a week or so after Aviation Day.
Another highlight of the event was local TV coverage by KTVZ. A nice video of President Bob Ingram
speaking to one reporter while Instructor Rick Burgess was giving a lesson to another television reporter.
If you did not see the video report it can be found online here:
The name “Demonstration Day” was also discussed and generally disliked by most willing to express an
opinion. Other options suggested were “RC Copilot Day” etc but nothing found traction. If you have a
suggestion for a better event name please let a club officer know.
The club swap meet was discussed and scheduled for Saturday October 6 th from 8AM to 12PM. The club
will charge 10% of gross sales as a fee for selling at the event. A discussion was had about making sure
we spread the word to other clubs in the area about the swap meet. Mention was made that the
remainder of Don Costello’s RC estate will be presented for sale at the swap meet as well.
UPDATE: Due to poor weather conditions forecast for Saturday 10/6 the Swap Meet has been
postponed until the following Saturday 10/13 from 8 – 12 as before
Club Shade Covers
The club will be taking down the shade covers on Saturday 10/20 which is one week after the Swap
Meet. If you are available to come out to help it will make short work of the task. The club plans to
discard two of the covers and box the others for next year. The club discussed purchasing additional
covers from Costco and were reminded the purchase of these covers was previously approved. Richard
noted they are only available through the online web store and he sill purchase them as needed.
Madras Air Show Static Display
President Bob Ingram was contacted at the Redmond Aviation day about the possibility of setting up a
static display at the Madras airport during their annual Air Show. There was several questions from the
membership about what exactly the airport had in mind but no one from the airport was in attendance.
We did however have a member in attendance who is on the board at the Madras airport and agreed to
contact them and see what they had in mind and report back to the club.
It is time to add more gravel to our club roadway. There are several spots showing dirt and we want to
prevent mud puddles and associated holes in the roadway. A motion was made, seconded and
approved by a majority of the members in attendance to move $700.00 from the capital account to the
checking account for the purpose of purchasing two loads of gravel for the roadway.
Storage & Equipment Reduction
The issue was brought up that with the new loan mower we have too much stuff in the storage
container. Instead of increasing our storage we have decided to reduce our storage needs by getting rid
of some less used items. A motion was made, seconded and passed to ask Richard Butler to “legally”
dispose of the old lawn mower and two older BBQ units.
Radio Transmitters Stolen
Doc reported that he has had four JR transmitters recently stolen. Please keep an eye out for someone
trying to sell them or looking for help using them! Model numbers are: X3885 XP8103 X9303 10X
Bruce Burgess brought in a set of Westland Whirlwind Plans designed by FOD club member Jerry Russel.
Bruce has the vellums so if you would like a crisp copy of these plans please contact Bruce.
Summer 2019 Float Fly
The first float fly of 2019 was decided to be held on the weekend of June 22 nd & 23 rd . Mark it on your
calendar and stay tuned for updates as the weather thaws.
A motion was made, seconded and passed to adjourn the meeting at 8:02PM
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