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Flying Site Safety and Security Guidelines Issued 2016

To be in compliance with AMA requirements, the club has updated our "Flying Site Safety and Security Guidelines" document. All members should review these guidelines.

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Feb 2016 Membership Meeting

TCRCM Membership Meeting on Wednesday February 17, 2016, at Rosy's Diner in Richland from 7:00 - 8:00 PM


Hope this all finds you ready to start the new flying season with all of your winter projects completed--right??? I know this is a bit optimistic and I am the first to admit that my winter projects are not done yet. An agenda item at the meeting is to show-and-tell your winter projects so if you can please bring them to the meeting.

This is our first meeting of the year that means a number of decisions and actions need to get put in motion so we are not behind the 8-Ball when the flying weather comes to us. Besides getting the field and irrigation ready to use we also have events which need planning and communication. Our first event this year is the Easter Egg Drop on April 2, 2016 which has been fun to both watch and participate in. Be sure to put it on your calendars.

I'm sure you have all seen the recent emails from AMA about developing legislation to reign in the FAA that preserves the ability for us to enjoy our hobby and also satisfies the protection intent of the FAAs desires. The FAA really kicked this out without thinking it through and also assumed authority that it was never intended to have. The AMA is doing a very good job in both trying to recover from the emotional impacts and is also working within the political/legal systems to put in place practical long term solutions. We may get asked again to support their efforts by submitting various types of communication and/or provide some outreach efforts (similar to what Brett did for KVEW and the club did at the Reach Museum). One thing for sure is that the word "DRONE" has become a household term.

Another couple of things. For those of you that know Monty Stratton he is now in an Assisted-Living Facility in Richland. I will have contact information at the meeting.

The club has some changes in officers over the winter and we are in need of both a Vice President and a Secretary. The responsibilities for these positions in described in our Bylaws with are on our web site.

We also have a number of members that have not renewed their membership. You can just mail it to Doug Larson at 101 Cottonwood in Richland if you wish.

That is if for now and look forward to seeing you all at the meeting on Wednesday.


Bill Bowen

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latest update with the AMA and the FAA.

Hi there, is there a new update as to if we have to register with the FAA. Last thing i read was the AMA was asking flyers to hold off on registering in till they can get this figured out. The AMA president Bob Brown ask us to hold off till Feb 19th. any Info on this would be appreciated..

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Join or renew your membership in the Tri-Cities R/C Modelers.

    The club membership categories and annual dues are:

  • Individual ($75 per year)
  • Junior- must be a full time student and under the age of 24. ($37.50 per year)
  • Family- two or more immediate family members living in the same household ($90 per year)
  • Senior- must be 65 or older or turning 65 in the current year ($52.50)
  • Emeritus- must be 60 or older and have been a club member for at least 5 years. Emeritus are not entitled to fly at the field. No dues.

There are three ways to join or renew:

See you at the Flying Field!

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Upcoming Events


I hope this finds you all working on your winter projects and getting all ready for the Holidays. We have a couple of upcoming events to include in your schedules as follows:

  • Polar Bear Fun Fly on January 1, 2016. This is a bring-some-food-to-share event plus provide you the opportunity to renew your membership for 2016 and receive a sticker with the new gate combo to place on your AMA card. The brave will also bring out something to fly and have some fun. This is where the electric models offer some advantages over our piston engine machines. This event normally runs from about 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.
  • Annual Club Banquet will be held on Saturday January 9, 2016 at Sterlings on Queensgate in Richland from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Come out and enjoy some good food and companionship and hopefully have a few laughs. This is a family event for all to participate in and I look forward to seeing you there.

If you have any questions or comments about the above events just send me an email.

I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas as this is a time to enjoy our blessings. Of course one of our blessing is being able to participate in our great hobby, which I appreciate every day.


Bill Bowen

Welcome To The Tri-City R/C Modelers

Welcome to the Tri-Cities R/C Modelers (TCRCM) website. TCRCM is an organization for individuals interested in radio controlled model aviation. The club is located in the Tri-City area of southeastern Washington State. The TCRCM operates a premier r/c model aviation flying site at the Richland, WA off-road-vehicle site for its members, new student pilots, and invited guests. The number of paid-up members varies between 40 and 60 per year.

Club business is conducted in monthly meetings open to all members and guests. Meetings are normally held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 7:00 PM, except December and January. Meetings are currently held at Rosy's Diner, 404 Bradley Blvd, Richland, WA. Business issues between meetings are handled by an Executive committee. For general information on the club, please click the "ABOUT" on the main menu above. The "Info" tab above has specific information concerning ongoing events club business. See below and click "read more" below for information on use of this website.

The main menu is in the upper right corner.
Info-- contains the bulk of information on what's happening with Tri-City R/C Modelers. It has special announcements, the President's Corner, meeting minutes, events schedule and event reports, and a variety of articles about a variety of r/c subjects.
Calendar--provides a calendar view of club and other events of interest.
Forums-- a typeical forum-based area where subjects can be broached and others can comment.
Photo Gallery-- an area where members can contribute photos to the galleries for viewing by all.
Weather-- a page of weather information for the area and site.
About-- a page providing an overview and history of Tri-City R/C Modelers.
Click HERE For Site Registration & TCRCM Member Instructions

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2016 Event List

Tri-Cities R/C Modelers 2016 Planned Events

  • January 1, 2016 Polar Bear Fun-Fly
  • January 9, 2016 Annual Club Banquet
  • April 2, 2016 Easter Egg Drop
  • May 20-22, 2016 Spring Pattern {Precision Aerobatics} Opener Contest
  • June 17-19, 2016 Dog Agility Trials (note 1)
  • July 23, 2016 Paintball Shoot down
  • September 2-4, 2016 NSRCA District 8 Pattern Championship
  • October 7-9, 2016 Sagebrush Smackdown Heli Fun Fly
  • October 21-23, 2016 Dog Agility Trials (note 1)

Note 1: field rented out as a fund raiser to offset club operations costs

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