GENERAL MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Club Charter Number 414
In 1926, a small handful of modelers were given permission from Commander Charles E. Rosendahl (the father of airship development in the U. S.) and base Commanding Officer E. S. Jackson, to use the newly finished Hangar 1 at Lakehurst for Indoor Free Flight (FF) Modeling.
Through the remaining portion of that year and a few more, Indoor Modeling was able to develop in this large space. In 1931, the first major indoor FF competition was held in Hangar 1, hosted by the Lakehurst modeling group. This event marks the formal origin of the East Coast Indoor Modelers (ECIM) club. The original club logo was developed at that time. The club was founded before our national aero modeling organization the ”Academy of Model Aeronautics” (AMA) was founded in 1936. The AMA is the officially recognized aeromodeling section of our National Aeronautics Association (NAA) and represents aeromodeling to the Federation Aeronautique International (FAI).
Merrick “Pete” Andrews (1914-1992) was one of the originators and founder of the club. Among the many records he established here, he also helped to promote Indoor Modeling throughout the New Jersey and Philadelphia school systems. Weekly building sessions were held at the major educational facilities and several department stores (such as John Wanamaker). Newspapers like the Philadelphia Inquirer published model plans and competition results to help further the hobby. Hangar 1 served as a haven to these aviators, where up to 200 young flyers would gather and compete.
There were only a few gaps in our use of Hangar 1 throughout the years. The most notable gap included the World War II years. The most recent gap occurred right after the events of September 11, 2001 but lasted only a few months.
In 1998 a few club members started flying small and light weight electric powered indoor Radio Control (RC) airplanes and the “RC Slow Flyers“ division was formed. Today, ECIM works in conjunction with several organizations to perpetuate the use of this superb facility. Being one of the oldest modeling clubs in the world, we are very proud to continue our tradition at our original flying site. Some of our present members have been flying here for over 50 years!!
We hope you enjoy being a part of our tradition.
As guests of the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst facility (JB-MDL), we are expected to yield to the daily operations of the base. Typically, the percentage of time that we encounter such situations is very low. Nevertheless, you should be prepared for adverse conditions. In the past, we had the west Hangar 1 doors opened, forklifts moving materials, construction crews performing enhancements, and cleaning teams trying to make things look good! In almost all cases, we have been able to fly after a short time or in concert with these groups.
More than anything, we want these groups to know that we are extra pairs of eyes to help with base security. Offering to help is recommended and ensuring that you are not in their way is mandatory. Even though we come to Lakehurst to relax and have fun, the occasional base personnel we see on the weekends are working. Please make sure when you talk with these groups to always be polite.
ENTRY TO THE BASE AND HANGAR 1
1. Check in at the main entrance guard house.
2. Present your base access DBID badge to the guards.
3. Continue to the first intersection and make a left turn.
4. Park on the left side of Severin road and not next to the Hangar 1.
5. Enter through one of the doors on the east end of Hangar 1.
LAKEHURST HANGAR 1 - ECIM RULES
Lakehurst Navel Air Engineering Station (now part of Joint Base - McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst - (JB-MDL) and East Coast Indoor Modelers (ECIM) have established the following rules. 2017 marks our 91st year of indoor model flying in Hangar 1. Our relationship represents one of the oldest modeling associations in the world and our interest is to continue it for many more.
Lakehurst Navel Air Engineering Station is an active military facility. It is the responsibility of each member to obey Military Regulations. Speed Limits, Non-smoking areas, Restricted Parking (etc.) are all well posted. Do not expect the ECIM club to bail you out, as we are all guests of the base. You can expect castigation in such instances from your club and fellow modelers, since you are jeopardizing our position with Lakehurst. Respect and appreciation should be given to ALL base personnel. They have demonstrated their ability in truly being the “ultimate host’. Many flying sites have come and gone in the years we have been at Lakehurst. As a group, we should strive to create an interest, curiosity and feeling of well being with our hosts.
While in Hangar 1 we are a little isolated from the outside world. If an emergency such as an injury or fire occurs your best procedures are as follows:
The fire department is located within a block of Hangar 1 (732-323-7816). Our most rapid response would be to directly contact them. Fire Alarm boxes are located throughout Hangar 1 and on top of the aircraft carrier deck. All club members are encouraged to become familiar with where the Fire Alarms are located
The medical clinic is not available to club members unless you are enrolled there. They are not open on the weekends. (732-323-5323). In case of an emergency call 911.
ALL OTHER SITUATIONS:
Can be handled through the front gate police. 732-323-2184 or 732-323-4000.
CLUB STORAGE CAGE AND LOCKERS
Our club storage cage is located in the southwest corner of Hangar 1 in the elevator tower. Inside, members will find all support equipment necessary for each FF flying session including a first aid kit. There is a combination lock with a code of 4140 (our club AMA charter number 414 plus a trailing "0"). The lockers for R/C equipment are located southeast of the carrier deck and are labeled “Property of East Coast Indoor Modelers”. The small locker also contains a First Aid kit. The combinations for the locks are 4140 or 414. At the end of the day, please ensure all items are returned to the cage/lockers, locks closed, and tumble the wheels so the combination does not show.
CLUB CHAIRS AND TABLES
Our club chairs and tables are located in the small hut at the top of the stairs at the east end of the carrier deck. There are 15 chairs and 7 tables and they must be secured with a cable lock (code = 4140) at the end of each flying session.
We recommend you use the lavatory near the center of the north wall. You need to enter through the door to the east of the restored airship gondola located north of the carrier deck.
We are frequently asked “when are the best times to fly free flight models in Hanger 1”. Typically, high-pressure weather systems give us the calmest conditions. If you check the National Weather Map and the “H” or center of a High-pressure system is centered on or above Lakehurst you can count on good conditions. Easterly flowing air currents are desired, they seem to allow the least amount of model drift. Our worst conditions are with rapidly moving weather systems. Light rain has proven itself to be less of a threat with the improvements to Hangar 1. With a year round schedule, still the best times for free flight models are with warmer weather. Today’s Tan II rubber seems to work best at temperatures above 70 degrees Fahrenheit.
At present, all club members can only bring minors (<16 years old) onto the base. In emergencies the club president/secretary can bring adult guests onto the base by appointment.
CHECK IN AND SET UP
Upon entering Hangar 1, you may set up in any open area. Please avoid positioning that appears to negatively affect any of the base equipment (we say “appears to” since it may not physically hurt the equipment). However, if base personnel perceive that it will, we suffer the same consequences.
FREE FLIGHT GUIDELINES
Hangar 1 provides a large volume of air to fly in. Even with this kind of volume, models do venture into difficult areas due to air currents or poor trimming. Helium filled balloons and fiberglass poles are good tools for recovering a model. Each modeler should bring his/her own equipment. The club provides helium in the storage cage. On occasion the club can provide steering equipment for those who do not bring any. Many of our members are true experts in the art of trimming. A simple request of assistance may be all that’s needed to keep your model from constantly landing in an area that we would prefer not to enter. Hangar 1 was built in the 1920’s. Much of its skin has been replaced and improved. The framed structure is still original. Caution is advised in approaching any of these original areas. Lakehurst has been very supportive of our group, and one of the reasons is that we have demonstrated our responsibility within the building.
RADIO CONTROL (RC) GUIDELINES
The RC section of the club is called “RC Slow Flyers” and this means that only models that cannot be flown outdoors should be flown in Hangar 1. For safety reasons RC models are limited to a maximum weight of 10 ounces, a 300 type brushless motor and wing loading of 5 ounces per square foot. 72 MHz frequency control is handled through a regular clothespin pegboard system. Spread Spectrum radios do not require any pins. If you have any doubts as to whether your model is appropriate for flying in the Hanger, please call Horace Hagen, the RC coordinator for the club at the numbers listed. As a courtesy to the Historical Society tour guides we do not fly our RC models during a tour!
FF / RC COORDINATION
Saturday is usually the only day where we may have FF and RC planes in the same airspace. The general flying schedule is as follows: RC will fly in the morning until 1:00 p.m. and FF will fly thereafter. This is usually how we prefer to do it. However, this is only a guideline and any aircraft may fly at any time. When a FF plane is up during a morning RC session, the FF plane will have the right of way. We have not had any collisions of note so far, but with our growing membership they are inevitable.
RETRIEVAL OF MODELS
If a model is lost or gets stuck you must contact the contest director or a club officer. Allow them to determine the best way to retrieve the aircraft. Again, you might enter an area that seems quite secure to you but this same area might appear quite different to Lakehurst base personnel.
PHOTOGRAPHY ON BASE
Lakehurst NAES asks that we refrain from photographing anything outside Hangar 1. Pictures inside Hangar 1 are permitted. Good judgment should always be exercised.
LITTER IN HANGAR 1
ECIM has two trash barrels in Hangar 1 with ECIM labels on them and must be used exclusively. The barrels must be lined with garbage bags available in our locker. You are expected to leave your area cleaner than when you arrived. In addition, we will clean up any other loose trash in Hangar 1 during our sessions. This is no small task as the physical environment inside Hangar 1 constantly changes. After each session, take a trash bag and walk around picking up loose items throughout Hangar 1.
Each of our flying sessions carries AMA insurance and the proper paperwork for our members to establish new national/world records. The sanction for each weekend (Sat & Sun) is located in a blue file box inside the storage cage.
• Each flyer (anyone flying in competition in Hangar 1 MUST be an ECIM member) shall list their name and AMA
Number on Form 11.
• At the end of the weekend, the Assistant CD will fill out Form 10 and mail it to AMA. A sanction
Number for each date is provided on our bulletin board.
• A copy of Form 11 shall be mailed to club vice president Robert Romash or can be placed in the “Completed
Sanction Dates” section of the blue file box.
ECIM members are probably the most active record setting group in the country. We are very proud of the accuracy and legitimacy our members undertake to ensure each new record is a valid one. When the AMA contest board reviews potential new records, they know that our members follow the correct rules and procedures. ECIM expects the following procedures to be followed:
1. A flyer, intending on setting a record, notifies the CD or Assistant CD of his intentions;
2. The flyer secures at least two timers (AMA members only) and ensures they are briefed on the
specific timing rules for that event;
3. At the end of the flight, the flyer secures the “Record Application” sheet from the locker and fills
out the appropriate information;
4. The flyer secures all measuring and processing equipment from the locker and prepares it for the
CD or Assistant CD;
5. The CD or Assistant CD will process the model and sign the appropriate areas on the Record
Application, and have the timers enter the watch times and signatures;
6. All equipment is returned to the storage cage and the CD will note on AMA Form 10 that the Record
Application is being forwarded by the flyer;
7. The flyer will then ensure that all requirements on the Record Application are met, forward the
sheet to AMA, and send a copy to Robert Romash.
ECIM BULLETIN BOARD
Located just outside the club’s cage is our bulletin board. Our paperwork processing desk is just inside the cage. Several important items will appear here such as Steve West’s Championship Points List, 2015 High Times Sheet, Ultimate High Times in Hangar 1, and ECIM News. This is where you should fill out the club sanction for each flying session.
FREE FLIGHT MODEL STEERING GUIDELINES
Steering is intended to alter the direction of flight and the general location of a FF model to avert collision with the structure of Hangar 1, its contents, or other models.
The intent of the rule is to avoid influencing either the altitude of the model or its rate of climb or decent during the period of the steer. Movements of the model must be primarily in the horizontal plane.
The change in altitude of the model should be no more than 1/2 meter; or 1 meter for each 25 meters of altitude.
Here is an example of allowable altitude shift:
Height in Hangar 1 Model’s allowable altitude change
Near floor 1.5 feet
Halfway Up 3 feet
Near ceiling of Hangar 1 6 Feet
If a timekeeper feels that the flyer’s steer is not within these parameters, he will warn the flyer. Notification is made to the Contest Director; who is the only one with authority to disallow the flight. The timekeeper; in the event of an illegal steer; should still continue to record the entire flight’s time.
If the propeller stops revolving during a steer; a third stopwatch should be used to record all accumulated prop stop time. At the end of the flight the time on the third stopwatch is deducted from the total flight time. Timers should not attempt to record prop stoppage on the official watches.
ECIM hosts several Free Flight competitions each year:
For a list of Contest Directors please contact club Vice President Rob Romash at 1-719-359-6999 or firstname.lastname@example.org
MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
4th OF JULY WEEKEND
LABOR DAY WEEKEND
There are several motels in the Lakehurst, Lakewood and Toms River areas of New Jersey. They are an approximate 10-15 minute drive from Hangar 1. Room rates vary with the season and activity level at the Jersey Shore.
Ramada Inn 2373 Route 9 & Route 70 Toms River 732-905-2626
Days Inn 290 Route 37 West Toms River 732-244-4000
Clarion Inn 8l5 Route 37 West Toms River 732-341-2400
Howard Johnson 955 Hooper Ave & Route 37 Toms River 732-244-1000
Best Western 1600 Route 70 Lakewood 732-367-0900
Luigi’s Pizzeria & Restaurant 21 Union Avenue Lakehurst 732-657-7000
Lakehurst Diner Corner Route 547 & Route 70 Lakehurst 732-657-9747
Burger King Right turn at the light on RT 70 145 Route 70
McDonalds Across the street from the light 98 Route 70
7-Eleven Convenience Store Right turn at the light on RT 70 217 Route 70
Wawa Convenience Store Right turn at the light on RT 70 408 Route 70
JB-MDL Approved Flying Schedule for Hangar 1
Unless otherwise notified, model flying in Hanger 1 is allowed every weekend and national holiday.
We are very fortunate to have a group of experienced members. We want to encourage a family atmosphere and the above rules should help achieve this. The East Coast Indoor Modelers club exists for the benefit of the beginner; as well as, the world class competitor. It is the responsibility of every member to ensure our club concept is met. If you observe any member compromising our rules, make a diplomatic attempt to correct the situation immediately. Lakehurst base personnel support us in revoking admittance to anyone who jeopardizes our group or our continued use of the base. The Navy and Lakehurst base personnel have been very good to us, and we count on every member to reciprocate this warm feeling back to them.
Robert Romash Horace G Hagen Ed Hawley Sr.
Vice President President Safety Officer
East Coast Indoor Modelers East Coast Indoor Modelers East Coast Indoor Modelers
1442 Kirkham Street 15 Parkway Place 710 Cedar Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80910 Red Bank, NJ 07701 Lakehurst, NJ 08733
Mobile Phone: 719-359-6999 Phone: 732-741-3097 Phone: 732-323-9231
Mobile: 732-261-5623 Mobile: 732-232-6105
ECIM WEB SITE
The ECIM web site is www.ecim.net
NAVY LAKEHURST HISTORICAL SOCIETY
NHLS is an organization that preserves the history, structures, and artifacts of our great base. Meetings are held in Hangar 1 every other month. Meetings include presentations, films, and guest speakers on Lakehurst’s history and Lighter than Air development. ECIM strongly supports their efforts and encourages each of our members to join the society. The NHLS web site is: http://www.nlhs.com
Membership is an annual fee of $20.00
Please provide the following information:
Mail it to:
Navy Lakehurst Historical Society
P.O. Box 328
Lakehurst, NJ 08733