President's Letter August 2014

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Lost and (not) Found

I’ve noticed a disturbing trend in the number of posted notices at the field about items left at the field, which are staying missing. As a club, I would hope we have more of a sense of shared responsibility to each other to have moved beyond a “finders, keepers” attitude.

President's Letter July 2014

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" I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter."—Blaise Pascal

Lots of stuff happening, so in the spirit of the above quote, forgive me if this is a relatively long missive.

MAR/C Safety Recommendations

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Now that we are into another flying season, there are some considerations that we should address. As you all know, the terrain surrounding the field is considerably hostile, blackberry bushes, nettles, and what is left is tall and easy to either get lost in or fall down and have a heck of a time getting back up. There are a number of trees out there that are always inviting our aircraft for a visit and occasionally we error and our plane ends up out there in the wild.

Many of us are advancing in age and should take a few precautions when seeking our plane

Long time member Walt Morgan has passed away

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Walt Morgan, who was a long time active member of MAR/C, died on April 7th, at the age of 93.  No services were held.

Walt was born in Spokane, and had a 28 year career at Boeing until retirement in 1983.  In his spare time, he loved playing drums in many dance bands around this area. 

MAR/C Sport Scale Contest (and BBQ), July 19th, 9am-4pm

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   MARC SPORT SCALE CONTEST

  1. This event will be open to all scale model aircraft wether ARF or Home Built. 
  2. Power can be electric, glow, or gas.
  3. Models will be static judged from 20 ft.
  4. All models will fly a series of maneuvers and will be judged according to how the full scale aircraft would have performed said maneuvers.
  5. All aircraft must pass scale judging with at least 1 point in order to compete.

STATIC JUDGING PROCEDURE

ADA parking improvements - park wide

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Starting January 21, NW Asphalt and Parks will be making ADA parking improvements in multiple parking lots around Marymoor park.  Parking Lots include:  R/C lot, Lot B, Community Garden and both off-leash area parking lots (Lot D and G).  The crews will make every effort to keep the lots open in some way, to allow use of the adjacent spaces; however, there may be intermittent closures to allow safe and efficient use of large equipment.  The project will take 5-7 da

24/7 Frequency Monitoring and Recording Now Installed at the Field

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Thanks to the unstinting efforts of several club members, we now have the capability to continuously monitor the radio spectrum at the field, to determine whether there are environmental or malicious attempts to interfere with our legitimate use of the 2.4 GHz band. The park is still working on making a permanent power connection for this effort, so that's why you will see an extension cord going from the power panel into the large shed vent in the interim.

Election Report

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The following three club members have been elected to the MAR/C Board of Directors to serve a three-year term, 2014 - 2016.  Welcome back Mike Powell.  Welcome aboard Don Gagne and Mike Ragsdale.

The Runway Improvement Plan

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One of the key takeaways from the club survey last fall was the desire from many club members for an improved runway The board looked at number of options, including paving, special 'geotex' fabrics, and artificial turf, all of which would have been extremely pricey—on the order of $30,000. 

Parking in Spectator Area Not Allowed

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Parking in the spectator area is not allowed. I think we all know that, but the park has noticed that some of us have gotten rather lax about moving vehicles out of the spectator area after unloading, thus the new sign they have given us as a reminder—driving into the spectator area is only allowed for loading and unloading, and frankly should only be done when it’s logistically impossible to transfer equipment from the normal parking area. 

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