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New gate code will be set February 12, 2017

The new gate code for 2017 will be set at the field in February 12, 2017.

Please login to the website to get the gate code for 2017 or contact on of MASM secretary. Keep the gate code in secret and never give it to anyone, even your fellow MASM member. Each MASM member should obtain their gate code only from the website or MASM secratary.

Remember in order to fly in 2017 you have to have valid AMA 2017 and have renewed 2017 MASM membership (including past due initiation fee if applicable).

For our safety and the safety of the MASM flying site every member must follow the rules listed below:

  1. The first MASM member arriving at the flying site will open one or both gates. The gates must be fully opened. For safety, make sure the gates are secured in the full open position so they cannot be accidentally moved.
  2. The last MASM member leaving the flying site will close and lock both gates.
  3. Before leaving the flying site, if there are any cars in the parking lot, make sure that they belong to a MASM  member who knows MASM Flying Site Gate Rules and can lock the gate.
  4. Never leave a non-member alone at the field. Visitors or guests must leave the flying site before the last member leaves.

Login and read the entire Field Gate Rules here.

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 21 2017

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 21-23 2017

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly is April 21-23 2017 at MASM Flying Field.
(Gates will open Friday 8:00am for RV parking) 

Pilot registration $30.00 includes dinner, raffle ticket, T-Shirt or Mather Club polo
(Extra Dinner $15.00, Lunch available for purchase $10.00. Additional T-Shirt $10.00)

 Open to all flyers (AMA required):

 Must have current AMA
 All planes (NO FPV, NO MULTI-ROTOR), turbines welcome
 Night Flying Friday & Saturday night
 After 5:00 pm open flying for registered plots
 RV camping included (First Come First Serve)
 Newly extended 475’ runway
 Pilot Raffle for all: Sunday Drawing

CD's: Norman Poynter and Keith Fick.  Contact phone numbers in the official flyer.

MASM field is located in Sacramento County, California just north of the intersection of Eagles Nest Rd. and Kiefer Blvd. on the former Mather Air Force Base (about one mile south of Mather Golf Course). Click here for information and location of Mather Aerospace Modelers Flying Field.

 

20th Annual 3rd Annual Castle 2017 Giant Scale Fly-In

20TH ANNUAL
3rd Annual Castle 2017 ~ Giant Scale Fly-In.

HOSTED BY AMA CLUB 4021 ~ “CENTRAL CA MODEL FLYERS”

CASTLE AIRPORT, May 25-28, 2017

- Landing Fee - $35.00
- R.V. Camping for the Event - $40.00 or for Front Row - $60.00
- Pilot Automobile Parking – $5.00 for the entire event
- No Charge for Airplane Trailers, Tow Vehicles or Dinghys

Vendors * Raffle * Food

“IMAA” Legal Turbines Welcome

Scotty Malta, (Event Director & Registration) --
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (209) 617-5789

Rick Maida, (CD) – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it (408) 460-1526




Documents to download:
  Pilot Pre-Registration Form
  Vendor Registration Form
  Participant Flyer
  VLATS Disclaimer
  Directions to the field
 

MASM Christmas Dinner is December 16, 2016

MASM Christmas Dinner is around the corner.  The date is set: Friday, December 16th, 2016 starting at 6pm. The place is:

  Elks Club Lodge
  11440 Elks Circle
  Rancho Cordova, CA 95742

The price is $36 per plate (includes table service) Menu:
  - your choice of entree-prime rib or baked chicken
  - baked potato
  - green beans with bacon,onions
  - your choice of caesar salad or tossed salad
  - garlic bread

Bar will be open from 6pm to 10 pm.  Dinner will be served at 7pm.  Awards & huge raffle right after.

Please R.S.V.P by November 25th with payment and entree selections by the above date. 
Mail your dinner selection and payment to:

Mather Aerospace Modelers.
8777 Auburn Folsom Rd. C520
Granite Bay, CA 95746

 

See you all there.

 

Toys for Tots December 3, 2016 at MASM field 9:00am to 2:00pm

We meet again at MASM flying field Saturday, December 3, 2016 with Toys for Tots. Bring a unwrapped two toys (one for girl and one for boy) between 9am and 2pm with you and fly your plane. If weather does not cooperate and does not permit, flying bring a toy anyway. Rex Williams will be there rain or shine from 9am until 2pm collecting toys which will be donated as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community.

Contact Rex Williams Jr if you have questions ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ). Click here to download the official MASM 2016 Toys for Tots flyer.

Click here for more information about the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

 

Watch for them SNAKES !!!

 

RattlesnakeI just wanted to give you a heads up.  I have run into three snakes at the field; one was a rattler who is no longer with us.  I have been going to the field around 9AM on Mondays and Wednesdays lately.  The snakes are using the telephone poles that are lying there on the gravel to stop the cars as a "highway".  Since it is shady they follow the telephone poles and the shade from one side of our field to the other.  That means when you step over the telephone pole there may be a snake on the other side traveling the "highway".  It happened to me twice; the third snake I encountered was by the garbage can. 

I just thought I might want other members to know.

 

 

Flying Field Regulations are changed June 2016

Hello fellow members,

 

I'm writing to let you know that MASM Flying Field regulations and operation rules has been changed last week.  We all should be familiar with the latest rules for our safety and safety of others.  Please check MASM field regulations and MASM Field Operational Rules.

Among other minor changes there are some important new requirements or restrictions:

1. FAA introduced new law regarding aircraft model operations early this year.  If you don't obey it you might get into real trouble with authorities.  See FAA website for detail information http://www.faa.gov/UAS/REGISTRATION/, and http://www.faa.gov/uas/model_aircraft/  :

- You must have a current FAA sUAS Registration Certificate in your possession to be permitted to fly.
- All aircraft must have visible markings of the FAA sUAS registration number.
- No flying when a TFR (Temporary Flight Restriction) is active.

2. The area west of Eagles Nest Rd is now off limits for model aircraft activities.  Historically we have this area available for hand launched gliders, even I don't remember anyone using it.  Now, because this area is dedicated as a protected species preserve, we no longer can use it.

3. "First Pilot View" (FPV) and pre-programmed or automated flying (aircraft with "mission" programmed into GPS) is banned.  We fly "by hand" looking from the ground and constantly controlling our aircraft.  On board cameras or video recorders are still allowed as long as they are not used for any means of controlling the aircraft.

4. Multi rotor aircraft (also known as "drones", "quads",  "sextas", "octas" etc.) are banned.  We, as AMA charter club, are interested in "scale aircraft" flying.  Traditional looking helicopters are still welcome, but (no offense) flying "Christmas tree stand" is not allowed in our field.

5. The 400ft vertical limit is still in place and it is now enforced by FAA.  Under any circumstances do not fly higher than 400ft above the ground.  This is the law.

6. Be always aware of the surrounding airspace, and always watch for full scale aircraft.  Our flying field is 2 miles from Mather Airport runway and just below the downwind leg of their traffic pattern.  Be specially alerted to low flying helicopters.  They may cut through our flying field as low as 500 ft above the ground (yes, legally they can fly that low here).  100 ft vertical separation is very close for full scale aircraft and it is called "near miss", which must be reported to FAA.  We do not want that.

Please, please, please, read these documents.  If you do not understand, or you do not agree with something let our officers know.  We will explain so it works out for you.

 

We are working with Mather Airport to obtain Letter Of Agreement (FAA recommended document when flying field is close to an airport) which will define "rules of engagement" for our flying without need to notify airport every time we want to go out.  Without such Letter OF Agreement we would be required by FAA to call Mather Airport every time we want to fly.  It is not practical for us and for Mather Tower.  We can expect that Letter Of Agreement will have the similar restrictions as we have now in our updated Field Regulation and Field Operational Rules.

 

Now after reading this long letter and making sure we read and understand both documents let's go flying safely.

 

--
Ryszard Malinowski,
Mather Aerospace Modelers, Inc.
Webmaster
 

Armed Forces Day Static Display is May 21, 2016

2016 MASM Armed Forces Day

 

MASM Armed Forces Day Static Display is held at California Aerospace Museum, 3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan, CA on Saturday, May 21, 2016.

We will have Airplanes for static display and RC Flight Simulator Programs.

The museum will open at 10am and we will be there till 5pm.

DIRECTIONS: From highway 50 take  WATT AVE NORTH until you get to FREEDOM PARK DR. Turn left (WEST) to the museum.  Or Goggle map quest:

California Aerospace Museum,3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan, CA.

Rex Williams Jr.


Download the official flyer.

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 15 2016

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 15-17 2016

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly is April 15-17 2016 at MASM Flying Field.
(Gates will open Friday 8:00am for RV parking) 

Pilot registration $30.00 includes dinner, raffle ticket, T-Shirt or Mather Club polo
(Extra Dinner $15.00, Lunch available for purchase $10.00. Additional T-Shirt $10.00)

 Open to all flyers (AMA required):

 Must have current AMA
 All planes (NO FPV, NO MULTI-ROTOR), turbines welcome
 Night Flying Friday & Saturday night
 After 5:00 pm open flying for registered plots
 RV camping included (First Come First Serve)
 Newly extended 475’ runway
 Pilot Raffle for all: Sunday Drawing

CD's: Norman Poynter and Keith Fick.  Contact phone numbers in the official flyer.

MASM field is located in Sacramento County, California just north of the intersection of Eagles Nest Rd. and Kiefer Blvd. on the former Mather Air Force Base (about one mile south of Mather Golf Course). Click here for information and location of Mather Aerospace Modelers Flying Field.

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 4 2015

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly April 05-06 2014

 

Merwin Ranch Memorial Fun Fly is April 04-05 2015 at MASM Flying Field. 

Pilot Fee $25.00
Food Provided by Mather Bar~B~Que
 (Additional Dinner Ticket $10.00)
 Lunch will be available Saturday and Sunday for purchase for $8.00.

 Open to all flyers (AMA required):

 Must have current AMA
 All planes & helicopters, turbines welcome
 Night Flying Friday & Saturday night
 After 5:00 pm open flying for registered plots
 RV camping included (First Come First Serve)
 Newly extended 475’ runway
 Pilot Raffle for all: Sunday Drawing

CD's: Norman Poynter and Keith Fick.  Contact phone numbers in the official flyer.

MASM field is located in Sacramento County, California just north of the intersection of Eagles Nest Rd. and Kiefer Blvd. on the former Mather Air Force Base (about one mile south of Mather Golf Course). Click here for information and location of Mather Aerospace Modelers Flying Field.

 
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