Welcome to OCMA
Updated February 7, 2024

The Field is OPEN!

Whittier Narrows Swapmeet Feb 17

Hey everyone,

The field is soggy but open. Everything looks good on my inspection this morning. I left just as OCFA arrived.


The California National Guard is notifying us of intended usage of Irvine Lake next Tuesday February 13, 2024 from 9AM-4PM for Bambi Bucket Helicopter Training in preparation for the 2024 Fire Season. They appreciate our continued support in helping us train our aircrews.

Be prepared for them to be there morning and afternoon as they were last week.

Thank you for your cooperation.

OCMA BoD

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

 


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

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RULES

FPV Frequency rules

Special Notice for all FPV pilots

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OCMA 2021 Waiver

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FUN FLY 2010 PICTURES

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***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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The February BoD meeting is Cancelled due to officers out of town. Our next BoD meeting will be Tuesday, March 19, 2024.

 

Location:

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

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

2023/2024 OCMA Officers

 

President - Tim Cardin

VicePres - Jim Richards

Treasurer - Greg Stone

Secretary - Nathan Stone

Safety Officer - Dave Kadonoff

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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