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OCMA 2021 Renewal Notification and Updates:
As we start the renewals for 2021, we want to share some information regarding the change to the annual fee for OCMA membership. We have been absorbing increasing operating costs every year while the annual dues have not changed for many years. Fees for trash service and porta potties have increased substantially over the last few years due to increases in fuel costs and regulatory fees that are passed on to us. There are new costs for our site permit and increasing insurance costs while also needing to build reserves to support upcoming and future projects such as resealing the runway and saving for future pit upgrades.
With this in mind the dues for 2021 are increasing effective November 1, 2020 to $125 annually. The initiation fee for joining OCMA is still $50. This will enable us to continue providing the premier flying site everyone enjoys.
For 2021, the renewal and new membership requirements must be met when submitting your renewal or new membership: Please read this carefully!
You Must have and provide a copy of your AMA Full Membership with an expiration date on or later than December 31, 2021. Park Pilot memberships do not meet our site insurance requirements and will not be accepted. If your AMA membership expires any date prior to December 31, 2021, you will need to renew your AMA for an additional year or contact AMA to add a yearly renewal that extends your expiration date to December 31, 2021 or later.
You Must have and provide a copy of your FAA Registration that has an expiration date in 2021 or later. If your FAA Registration expires this year you must renew your FAA Registration through the faadronezone.faa.gov website. The link for this can be found on the OCMA website.
Renewals with all required forms and payment must be submitted by December 31, 2020 to be valid. Postmark by December 31, 2020 will be valid for renewal.
To join or re-join after December 31, 2020 you must submit all required documents, application, and payment of $175.
Any membership application received without the correct payment amount or missing any required documents will be returned to the sender. Any membership returned as incomplete or missing documents or insufficient payment will not be considered received by the deadline unless the complete form, correct documents, and payment are re-submitted by the deadline.
The membership renewal period for 2021 expires as of Thursday, December 31, 2020.
You must have your 2021 badge to fly effective January 1, 2021
Mark your calendar to attend one of the mandatory 2021 Safety Meetings that are scheduled for Sunday, January 3rd and Saturday, January 9th. Both meetings will begin at 9am. Every member must attend a safety meeting and can exchange your key for the new 2021 key.
Your OCMA Board of Directors
Thank you all for being patient with reopening the field. We are able to return to our normal hours of operation, sunrise until sunset, effective immediately. Over time we’ve naturally chosen times at the field to fly that are less crowded and the field naturally lends itself to social distancing by design.
We are still required to follow Social Distancing Guidelines. The following temporary restrictions are still in place:
Temporary Field Restrictions to honor local Social Distancing Guidelines (revised)
Limited number of Pilots
Fixed Wing: 20 pilots at any one time, assuming 1 pilot/family per pit space
Rotary Wing: 6 Pilots/Family Units, one per defined pit space
Face Masks are Strongly Suggested
Local city Guidelines for Social Distancing outside is “Masks are strongly suggested”
Please show your consideration for your fellow OCMA members and wear a mask at the field. The majority of our membership is in the High Risk category.
Field Gate Warning!
The field gate is a single point of contact for everyone entering and leaving the field. The field gate must remain closed or physically manned at all times. We do not have the manpower to man the gate during hours of operation. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU BRING WHATEVER IS NECCESSAY TO WASH or DISINFECT YOUR HANDS
Hand washing station at the fixed wing pit/restroom area
No events, BBQ’s or other Social Gatherings.
Any congregating under canopies MUST respect 6’ separation.
Pilot Stations are sufficiently spaced at 10’ and greater; all 5 pilot stations may be used.
What is required to fly at OCMA 2020 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.
Photo coutesy of Tim Johnson
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
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Next OCMA BoD Meeting!!
The November BoD meeting will be Tuesday November 17, 2020
2020/2021 OCMA Officers
President - Tim Cardin
VicePres - Bob Hunter
Treasurer - Greg Stone
Secretary - Nathan Stone
Safety Officer - Ed Woodson
Next T28/P51 Race Dates
No yellow 2020 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.