President’s Corner for June/July 2018

It looks like we avoided a lot of the May Gray and June Gloom this year! A couple of foggy mornings, and Warm days – but overall a GREAT prelude to our summer flying season. As always I am going to bang my drum a bit about safety items…  Please ensure you have proper UV protection that matches your skin type. Hats may not be enough.  I have had about a dozen members tell me this year that they had to pieces and parts removed due to overexposure. Look for at least SPF15 sunscreen, and I also recommend a SPF rated lip protection also. Hats help, but are not the entire answer. Also, please ensure you bring enough water to last your expected stay. Dehydration can sneak up on you and have some devastating effects. Finally, since we haven’t had a lot of water this year, the outlying area is already dry as a bone. Please be careful and continue to bring your extinguishers out to crash sites if they look serious. If things do get out of control – a 911 call requesting emergency services at South Shores Park will get help headed our way. Now would also be a good time to look at your first aid kits to see if they are still up to the task. Doc Marvin also made the suggestion that folks should keep an unopened bottle of water in their vehicle in case they need to wash out a wound or rinse a prop bite.

I am really excited about our upcoming “Member Only” event at the field on the 4th of July for you, family, and friends. Usually we do an all-day event with some of us ( addicts ) coming early in the morning and staying for the fireworks. We will have lunch on site paid for by the club, then later there will be a grill or two for those who want to bring and cook dinner on site, the Sea World Fireworks go off around 10:00 P.M., then as you exit the site afterwards – you go across Sea World drive at the light and turn left onto Old Sea World drive, it will take you a bit east to Friars road where you can make a quicker getaway. The lunch plan has been finalized, Randy has set up a top rated food truck to cater for us at the field.  Leilani’s Food Truck will be on sight around 11:00 A.M and the menu will include choices of a Teriyaki plate, Kalua pork plate, Aloha plate, Kalua pork and teriyaki chicken, Teriyaki beef, and Ahi poke. Sides will be Yakisoba noodles, Green salad, or Macaroni salad. Beverages will be available for purchase at the truck, or bring your own. We are providing lunch to you and your family if they want to join you. After lunch will be a really great raffle purposed to raise funds for our end of year holiday banquet. You do not have to be present to win! We purchased approximately $2500 dollars’ worth of raffle prizes this year including some GREAT airplanes and a new DX9 radio system… Tickets for this raffle will be $5.00 each, and I will say that if the people that enjoyed the banquet last year each purchase 4 tickets, that will get us half way to funding next year’s event. There have been some ticket sales at the field, but for those of you that don’t make it down on the weekends – Kenny Dresser will be accepting funds via PAYPAL to purchase your raffle tickets. His PAYPAL address is: ken@red2tech.com   . Please ensure you send funds using the family or friends option so that we do not have to pay the 3% fee on our fundraiser.  Ken will write your names on each ticket you purchase and respond with an e-mail stating your numbers.  THANKS KEN!  Thanks also to Larry Kosta JR. for manufacturing the “MEMBERS ONLY” sign and donating it to the club. We will post the sine on the gate for the 4th and that day will be a CLOSED GATE DAY. I expect all members to close the gate after you pass through. Don’t let people past you into the lot if they do not have current membership badges. If you have guests arriving later, please arrange to meet them at the gate to let them in, then close the gate.

While on the topic, I am still asking that the last members out at the end of the day close and lock the gate behind them. We risk vandalism and destruction of club property when unauthorized people are on our site without supervision. Also, please get in the habit of locking to porta potty after each use. 2 weeks ago, someone left it open on a Friday evening and the lock disappeared. Randy had to buy new locks. I would like to minimize the need for this. The porta potty uses the same key as the main gate. We have been using the same key for at least 15 years – so yes, if you received a key in the past it should work for both locks. If you need a new key, they are $3.00 each.

Here is another plug for members to start using the FOR SALE section of our web site. There has been some great items at reasonable prices posted, so if you are looking, please look here – you may find what you need. If you are selling, send your submission with a picture or two to our editor, Steve at editor@sefsd.org  , and he will post them.  Thanks Steve!

This month’s Fun Fly event on June 23rd will be “Scale day”. Bring your models that are replicas of full size flying aircraft. It doesn’t have to be military – just scale. Between 10:00 A.M. and noon, be prepared to demonstrate your ability to fly your model in a scale like manner. As usual, there will be $150.00 worth of prizes up for winners, followed by our monthly club meeting, and the customary Hot Dog lunch.

Have a great month!

Brad

Scale Day

REMINDER!

This Month’s Club event is:

 

SCALE DAY

Bring your scale airplanes (Military or Civilian) down and fly for a chance to win a raffle prize, or to take the awards for Best Scale Flight

Scale Event Begins at 10:00

Meeting and lunch to follow.

July 4th Festivities at the Field – Great Raffle!!

“After lunch will be a really great raffle purposed to raise funds for our end of year holiday banquet. You do not have to be present to win! We purchased approximately $2500 dollars’ worth of raffle prizes this year including some GREAT airplanes and a new DX9 radio system… Tickets for this raffle will be $5.00 each, and I will say that if the people that enjoyed the banquet last year each purchase 4 tickets, that will get us half way to funding next year’s event. There have been some ticket sales at the field, but for those of you that don’t make it down on the weekends – Kenny Dresser will be accepting funds via PAYPAL to purchase your raffle tickets. His PAYPAL address is: ken@red2tech.com   . Please ensure you send funds using the family or friends option so that we do not have to pay the 3% fee on our fundraiser.  Ken will write your names on each ticket you purchase and respond with an e-mail stating your numbers.  THANKS KEN!”

Check out just SOME of the raffle items:

Watch SeaWorld light up the sky with this spectacular display of sparkle and excitement.

Schedule:

Memorial Day Weekend: Sat., May 26 – Mon., May 28; 8:50 p.m.

Fourth of July: Sat., June 30 – Sun., July 1; Wed., July 4; Sat., July 7 – Sun., July 8

Labor Day Weekend: Sat., Sept. 1 – Mon., Sept. 3

Show Duration: Approximately 6 minutes (time TBA)

By Ken Dresser

SEFSD

BOD Meeting

Call to order: Brad, Randy, Quan, Ken, Carl, Tony

730pm

July 4 raffle

Lunch truck 11am

First 80 people

Paypal sales 5$ per ticket

Scale day this month..

Big truck wet field.

Fill hole at the gate.

338 members

Custom ink..

Meeting adjourned at 852pm

Electroglide Report for June 2018

By Jeff Struthers

This was one tough Electroglide last Saturday. Lindbergh field was reporting South West winds of 10 mph with overcast skies at 10:00 a.m. Temperature was around 64 degrees. Perhaps this is the reason some Electroglide pilots decided to stay home. Four eager pilots did come out with their Radians and the contest began shortly after 10:00 a.m.

First launch was against a strong South wind, so we all decided to launch from the Northern edge of our runway. This worked well, but there was little lift to be found on this round. Landings proved to be the real challenge though. Of the four aircraft launched, only Alex Sutton managed to land back on the runway. All others came down in the weeds north of the runway. I don’t know what the flight times were for the off-field landings because no scores are awarded. Alex’s time was 2:47 and being the first (and only) pilot landing on the runway, I’m giving him the Lucky Dog Award. His flight time was worth 17-points but with the Lucky Dog it gets doubled to 34-points. He also managed a bonus landing of 20-points so that round gave him a respectable 54-points. Nice job Alex!

Second launch was again from the North edge of our runway. Flight times improved with pilots now learning how to work the wind lift. Fred Daugherty had the long flight but came up inches short of the runway’s north edge so no score. Alex had the next longest flight coming back to the field at 4:55. Carlos Mercado came in at 4:03 and picked up a 20-point landing.

Third launch, again into the South wind yielded short flight times. Alex had the longest flight at 2:18, Carlos came in next at 2:12.

Forth and final launch was again a quick one. Alex had the longest flight at 2:41 plus a 10-point landing. Fred had a flight of 2:10 and a 10-point landing. Carlos was aloft for 2:00 getting the Lucky Dog award and picking up a 20-point landing.

Winner for the day is Alex Sutton with 125 total points. Second place is Carlos Mercado at 113 points and Fred Daugherty came in third.

Like I mentioned in the start of this report, the weather conditions made flying a glider difficult. Landings are done without power for this contest. This forces the pilots to judge sink rate, altitude and how well their aircraft will penetrate the cross wind in attempting to make a field landing. A tricky thing.

It’s great to see these pilots adjusting to the given conditions and making a field landing, plus hitting the odd target circle for extra points. This is how we become better pilots. By flying in less than ideal conditions, adapting and learning in the process.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures.

The next Electroglide is set for July 21st, first launch is 10:00 a.m. Maybe we’ll have clear skies, Sea World thermals and a light westerly breeze.

See you there,

Jeff

Dente’s Walk

https://youtu.be/XyYh_JU4g4U    Steve taking the walk…….

Theme song from Christine!!    https://youtu.be/dQeYsgAysTk

The story goes ( as I recall ) there’s an old Plymouth buried in the brown zone of the field…..emitting a radio tone, you can hear late at night…..and when your plane crashes!! Haaahahahahaha ( Sorry about the crash )

No names were used to protect the……..Uhhhhhh……

Randy

Editor’s Notes for June/July 2018

Newsworthy Items:

1.  Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Meetings/Events, Electroglide, Float Flying, and Indoor Flying.
2.  The Torry Pines Gulls have their outstanding newsletter available online.
3.  Please check out all the other great items for sale in our “For Sale by Members” area.
4.  Please RENEW your membership if you have not done so.
5.  Please check out these fine newsletters from other clubs:
The Harbor Soaring Society has a wonderful newsletter here.
6.  There is now a complete list of club instructors under the “Resources” tab.