“About Us” contains the most information about the club. The information is divided into separate main categories; At The Field, Weather Reports, At the Meeting, Our History, Item For Sale, From The Work Shop. Within each main categories there are sub-categories that contain related information.
AT THE FIELD:
5-19-19 update: Added that the Field Prep and Clean-up was held on Saturday 5-18-19 @ 8:00 am as rescheduled-RAIN OR SHINE. For further info See “Calendar” and scroll down to and open 5-18-19 and the event page will open.
On Saturday 5-11-19 the second field cut was made starting at approx. 1:40 pm, and then the tractor was returned to the storage area at 4:20 pm.
Earlier in the day there were phone calls and emails made between Mike S, Dave B, and Pete M. After considering the future weather forecast leading up to the re-scheduled field prep and clean up to be held on Saturday 5-18-19 and the fact that the field area had experienced thunder storms in the early morning on Saturday 5-12-19 passing through leaving additional wet conditions, it was decided that the grass and dandelions have grown to a point where an immediate cutting was required.
The members that were flying earlier in the day had left.
Mike was the first to arrive at the field and was there by himself and already went through the check out list on the tractor. He had locked himself in the field area to avoid anyone trying to park beyond the gate, because there was a gathering of hunters and their dogs in training in the main parking area. When I arrived, Mike S was at the wheel of the tractor and already had mowed about 6 passes each way on the main field. He was attempting to cut along the north side of the flight line fence at the East end, when the tractor bogged down and started to sink in the water filled area. He managed to free the tractor by raising the mower deck and clearing the accumulated grass clippings from under the mower deck and around the caster-ed front wheels of the mower deck, he drove the tractor through onto higher ground. This grass cutting has been exceptional this season due the abundance of rain we have been getting. Mike and I took turns and finished the main field and pit area, then we went to the U control area and tested the soil condition there. After running a test area, we decided it was much to wet to attempt to cut.
We are trying to stay ahead of the weather and the growth of the grass. There is another week of rain scheduled before our field prep and clean up. There may be another cut scheduled for Thursday (club meeting day 5-12-19) before the field prep and clean up or on Friday. We are also trying to keep the tractor available for use on the day of the field prep and clean up…..Check the club website and your emails after the next club meeting if the scheduled field clean up is still a go.
Finally, the first grass cutting of the 2019 season took place at the RCCD field on Sunday (5-5-16) starting at approx. 2:00 pm.
Mike S., Dave B., Pete M., had previously met at the tractor storage area trying to prep the tractor for the seasonal use. On our last visit, were able to change the oil, the oil filter, inspect the tractor, inspect the cutting blades, test run the engine and move the tractor forward about six feet to get it out of the bog area is was stored in. We did all this prep work in about 2”of water.
We continued to monitor the weather and the field condition and on Sunday Mike S. finally was able to move the tractor to the the field. At the field, we then lubed the tractor and the mower deck. At this time we decided that Dave B. and Pete M., would go through the operating instruction given by Mike S. and practice cutting the grass starting with the U control area, out of the way of the club members flying on the main field.
The practice went well in the U control area and we found that the grass was growing at a rate that we had to make our first cut on the main flying field. It was an impromptu decision to cut as much of the flying field possible without getting into the total deep water areas. The members flying there were gracious enough to wait til we were done cutting.
All three of us took turns at the wheel, with Mike S. doing the final edging with the tractor. Keep in mind, this is the first cut of the season and areas of the grass was wet causing clumping of the grass clippings. On the next cutting these issues should subside if we can get on a regular cutting schedule…..but the rainy weather is still unpredictable.
The rolling of the field will have to wait until the soil is a little firmer. The next time we have the tractor at the field we will fill the roller with water pumped from the drainage ditch using the water pump powered by the tractor’s PTO.
While one of us was cutting the other two were doing some of the spring prep work. There was a clean porta john delivered by a new company arranged by Bruce Thoms and that company had up-righted the old porta john (still needs a cleaning) next to the new one. A sign that was previously made and fastened to the door along with a hasp and a new lock securing the old porta john from being used. Both are sitting side by side on the right side of the entrance to the U control area.
The last fence post at the East end of the flight line was repaired and the wind sock pole was heated and straightened.
Actual measurements were taken from the tractor and a comparison was made to the measurements taken in the shed. It was found that the tractor will fit in the shed without the mower deck attached and the front bucket either removed or raised above the work bench. This required the total clearing out of all the old and not used equipment and junk from the shed. It also requires the area behind the shed where the implements would be chained, tethered and stored to be filled and leveled and the area in front of the shed should be filled in to the level of the road.
photos by Mike S and Dave B
AND THE RAIN CONTINUES!!!
Here we are in mid spring and still waiting for fair weather so we can re-schedule our Spring Field Prep and Clean-up “that was POSTPONED” from
4-20-19 am…………..new date to be determined
The Cold and Blustery RCCD Flying Field on March 5, 2019
COME ON SUMMER
Flight Instructors –see 2018/9 INSTRUCTORS LIST as of 1-4-19 in “Contact”
AT THE MEETINGS:
Note: The old website address is www.rccd.org/old (just open this link to view the old website)
The old club website is still available as a “historical reference only” and will not be updated.
ITEMS FOR SALE:
FROM THE WORK SHOP:
TIPS AND HINTS…….under construction, updating software……note, tips and hints is still active on the old website
CLUB PROJECT PLANES:
NIEUPORT 11-17 (2018/2019 CLUB PROJECT PLANE)
STICK 2 IT (2015 CLUB PROJECT PLANE)