Welcome to OCMA
Updated November 19, 2022

Spark of Love Toy Drive 2022 Saturday December 3

Renewals are now being accepted for 2023!

The field is OPEN

 

Hey everyone,
Randy McElhattan’ s trailer was broken into last night and his airplanes stolen.

Stolen airplanes:

Comp Arf 3.1m Extra 300 Kiwi Paint scheme DA 150
Dalton 40% Extra 300 DA 150
1/3 Scale Pitts Special. Traditional Red/White scheme Valley 40 twin

Please be on the lookout for these items!

A message to the membership of OCMA from your Safety Officer.

As most of you may already know, I was voted on and confirmed as the newest safety officer for OCMA. As you’ll hear me say repeatedly, the 3 most important aspects of membership are having a safe and fun flying environment, following, and adhering to the rules set forth by OCMA and the County Parks administrators, and keeping the field open to our club by not making any egregious mistakes that would invite negative scrutiny by the parks commission.

Bearing this in mind, OCMA has a set of rules which members have signed a waiver confirming their having read and understanding of the rules. The rules can be informative, such as where to find certain pieces of information, or flight boundaries, onerous, such as having proper identification on your flying device, or even rules for disciplinary action. But the rules are written and are updated as necessary in response to both external and internal events.

Keeping that in mind, it is anticipated that all members will fly in a safe and friendly manner that allows both themselves and fellow pilots to enjoy flying at our site. The job, duty, responsibility (you pick) of the Field Marshalls is ensure that the rules are followed, point out when rules are broken, suggest corrective action, and discuss the event with the person flying at the time.
When approached by a field Marshall who has input into a particular event they witnessed, the Marshall should inform you of what they saw, investigate why it happened and then anticipate that the event will not be repeated intentionally. You should anticipate a friendly demeanor from the Field Marshall. We anticipate a friendly demeanor from you as well. A response such as ‘You’re wrong’ or ‘It wasn’t me’ is not appropriate. We anticipate a simple, ‘thanks, I’ll improve on that’ is all it takes. Marshals are volunteers trying to keep the flying environment safe and fun. If you see a Marshall videotaping you, it may simply be a case where they are trying to show you what they and others are seeing. Don’t jump to conclusion that you are in trouble and being picked on. And you are always welcome to come to a board meeting to complain about the behavior of any field Marshall. That is your right.

With all of this in mind, let’s all have safe and fun flying together. See you at the field!!

Thank you

Dave Kadonoff
OCMA Safety Officer
kadonoffd@gmail.com


With operating cost on the rise across the board it was proposed to increase OCMA dues to offset these expenses. After much discussion it was moved and unanimously approved to increase annual dues by $15. This modest increase will allow OCMA to maintain our contracts and slowly build our reserve for field maintenance and eventual improvements.

The renewal process is unchanged. OCMA does not accept renewals on line, it is all through the US mail. You will find the 2023 membership application and instructions available on the OCMA website in both word and PDF formats. As always, your AMA insurance must cover the entire 2023 calendar year, FAA registration is required. For Recreational FAA renewal you are now required to register at least 1 drone (Aircraft). It is simple to do with drop down menus. As this process is geared around multi-rotor drones most of it does not apply to our aircraft. The simplest way is to select “Home Built” which will require only very basic information from there and satisfy the new requirement. It took about 3 minutes to log in to my FAA account and register my “Drone”. Mine is a “Homebuilt UAS, Nicknamed: P51”. This was about all the information the FAA required.

Thank you!

OCMA BoD

 


Follow the link below. For current weather at the field select Haul Rd station.

SCE Weather Stations

 



 

What is required to fly at OCMA 2021 and beyond:

Safety Officers, Field Marshals and BoD Officers have the authority to verify. Aircraft not displaying the proper FAA number will not be allowed to fly until they do. We are assuming you all have your AMA information inside your aircraft which has always been required by AMA.

Air space boundaries!

It is extremely important that we all fly within our defined airspace AT ALL TIMES. There have been a number of occasions recently that our aircraft have been observed well outside our boundaries. By that I mean over the river to the north and up the valley well past our eastern boundary. If you have difficulty judging this, please use a spotter. Fly within the tree line to the west and east, use the oak tree across the field as your northern boundary. Using this as your guide, you will be flying inside our agreed airspace. A map of our airspace ison the bulletin board at the field and at the link below.

Permitted flight area

 

 

Bob Swenson Memorial Field

 

5305 Santiago Canyon Road
Follow Blue Diamond / Haul Road to the end.
Field GPS Coordinates: 33deg 46'18.07 N, 117 deg 41'52.79 W

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY MODELERS ASSOCIATION

 

WELCOME

   HOW TO JOIN\

RENEWALS

CONTACT US

    WHERE WE FLY

DIRECTIONS

   PARTICIPATING CLUBS   

RULES

FPV Frequency rules

Special Notice for all FPV pilots

OCMA By-Laws

OCMA 2021 Waiver

OUR HOT LINKS

    PILOT PROFILES

    PHOTO GALLERY

***New Photo Galleries***

 

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   THE  TRADES

FUN FLY 2010 PICTURES

  DON AITKEN GALLERY

 

***OCMA Fire Weather***

 

Follow the link below. For current weather at the field select Haul Rd station.

SCE Weather Stations

   If you are not receiving OCMA Email Alerts click this link to join OCMAAlerts@flyocma.com

If ther link doesn't work email: OCMAAlerts@flyocma.com to be added to the list.

Next OCMA BoD Meeting!!

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November BoD is cancelled due to travel commitments.

Location:

Round Table Pizza at 1737 E Katella Ave, Orange, CA 92867

Meeting will begin at 7:00PM, get there earlier for dinner.

2022/2023 OCMA Officers

 

President - Tim Cardin

VicePres - Jim Richards

Treasurer - Greg Stone

Secretary - Nathan Stone

Safety Officer - Dave Kadonoff

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OCMA Event Calendar

 

 

OCMA FaceBook Page

 

Aircraft retrieval from protected habitat surrounding OCMA Bob Swenson Field

 

 

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 FIELD POLICY

No red 2022 RULES STICKER on your badge, NO FLY !!

 YOU MUST HAVE A CLASS A FIRE EXTINGUISHER WITH YOU AT THE FIELD

YOU MUST WEAR YOUR BADGE ON PERSON AT ALL TIMES.

   

 

Current Weather at the Field