Accidents – Break the Chain !

Topic: Accidents – Break the Chain !
On Saturday, January 9, 2016 at 10:00
Q Hut, EAA Chapter 157 Building
3025 South Street
Next to National Guard Building
Redding, CA 96001

Select Number:WP2564159

Mr. Charles Finkel will bring to bear his 40 years of aviation attorney accident investigations and present to the attendee’s how to break the chain of events that lead up to poor decision making by pilots that lead to serious injury or death.

To view further details and registration information for this seminar, click here.

FAA Announces Small UAS Registration Rule

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced a streamlined and user-friendly web-based aircraft registration process for owners of small unmanned aircraft (UAS) weighing more than 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and less than 55 pounds (approx. 25 kilograms) including payloads such as on-board cameras.

The Registration Task Force delivered recommendations to FAA Administrator Michael Huerta and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on November 21. The rule incorporates many of the task force recommendations.

“Make no mistake: unmanned aircraft enthusiast are aviators, and with that title comes a great deal of responsibility,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. “Registration gives us an opportunity to work with these users to operate their unmanned aircraft safely. I’m excited to welcome these new aviators into the culture of safety and responsibility that defines American innovation.”

Registration is a statutory requirement that applies to all aircraft. Under this rule, any owner of a small UAS who has previously operated an unmanned aircraft exclusively as a model aircraft prior to December 21, 2015, must register no later than February 19, 2016. Owners of any other UAS purchased for use as a model aircraft after December 21, 2015 must register before the first flight outdoors. Owners may use either the paper-based process or the new streamlined, web-based system. Owners using the new streamlined web-based system must be at least 13 years old to register.

Owners may register through a web-based system at:

Registrants will need to provide their name, home address and e-mail address. Upon completion of the registration process, the web application will generate a Certificate of Aircraft Registration/Proof of Ownership that will include a unique identification number for the UAS owner, which must be marked on the aircraft.

Owners using the model aircraft for hobby or recreation will only have to register once and may use the same identification number for all of their model UAS. The registration is valid for three years.

The normal registration fee is $5, but in an effort to encourage as many people as possible to register quickly, the FAA is waiving this fee for the first 30 days (from Dec. 21, 2015 to Jan 20, 2016).

“We expect hundreds of thousands of model unmanned aircraft will be purchased this holiday season,” said FAA Administrator Huerta. “Registration gives us the opportunity to educate these new airspace users before they fly so they know the airspace rules and understand they are accountable to the public for flying responsibly.”

The online registration system does not yet support registration of small UAS used for any purpose other than hobby or recreation – for example, using an unmanned aircraft in connection with a business. The FAA is developing enhancements that will allow such online registrations by spring of 2016.

The full rule can be viewed here:


Bruce announced at the Xmas meeting that we’re going to have a monthly newsletter, and we need a name for it. Richard Pearl’s wife, Penny, suggested “Wings and Words”. Any other suggestions, or comments on “Wings and Words” can be directed to Bruce.

Xmas party tomorrow!

The time has come for our party! Here’s the address for those that don’t have it:
Beermann’s, 645 5th Street, Lincoln 95648

The party starts at 18:00. You can come a little early if you want. A short meeting at 18:30, followed by dinner at 19:00. So please be seated by 18:30… When everyone is finished eating then Danny and his band will start rocking the house! You’re really going to enjoy this – we are going to remove the front couple of tables for dancing so if you sit up there be prepared to move. If you want it a little quieter, sit at the back tables. There is a balcony upstairs where you can go sit and enjoy the music as well. There will be an open bar and a pool table.

Ken, Danny and others have worked hard to bring you this dinner and hope you all enjoy yourselves.

Last call for Xmas party tickets

We only have 10 tickets left! We have sold 110 tickets to date and Ken must turn in the list tomorrow. So, if you want to go or want to purchase additional tickets you must call Ken to reserve your ticket by tomorrow noon! After that all ticket sales will be closed! This has been the most successful holiday party yet outselling the others by leaps and bounds – don’t miss this opportunity, only $40.00 a ticket.

See you on Saturday at 18:00 sharp, at Beermann’s, 645 5th Street, Lincoln.