Get Ready! This Saturday the 25th...... it all happens at SEFSD!!!
Rotor Day and FPV stuff with racing and challenge events to tweak your interest in this new aspect of model flying. It all starts around 9 am so do not miss this learning experience that might turn into a spectacle. When it is over we will have some prizes to give out and food to eat following the General Meeting for the month of October.
The General Meeting will begin around 11:30 and we will be sharing the latest news related to SEFSD. This also happens to be the meeting where the SEFSD Board of Directors announces the slate for officers for the next year 2015. The election comes on November 22nd. There are 8 positions including President, V President, Treasurer, Secretary, Safety Officer and 3 Members at Large and we have some people ready to fill those positions and we will also have open nominations from the floor of the General Meeting. We will also have some discussion of ides for this years end of the year Banquet, Field Party, or whatever we come up with......all ideas are welcome so come and bring some suggestions.
November 8th , a Saturday, SEFSD will be honoring of the County Veterans with Warbird flying and the North County Winds Concert group will again visit and treat us to an outstanding concert for about 1 hour starting around 11 AM. Our local support group, the Warrior Foundation, that we gifted last year will hopefully be in attendance and the board has voted a starter amount of $500.00 with other donations gladly accepted. Special food will be prepared to help the celebration and we will have the honoring of the veterans on the field were all service branches are called out to be recognized. More info will be coming shortly. Be there for the VETERANS DAY event.
Please write on your calendar and come and participate.
Saturday, October 25th 2014
FPV & LOS Racing
Auto Land Challenge &
Events start at 09:00 am
Club Meeting and Lunch afterwards
NO CHARGE! FREE!!
Isabel, SEFSD Membership Co-ordinator
I wanted to give a heartfelt thanks to Paul, Brad & George for stepping in and helping today with the event (Poker Fly) and meeting. Brad, chili was excellent! Paul, thanks for arranging and fetching dogs. George, coming down just to help out really was outstanding and above the call.
The meeting went expeditiously, we covered a few topics and kept the group informed. To those of you that missed it, you missed a great event where the participant list was large, but everyone got along just great. Everyone getting 3 to 5 flights in during the allotted time resulted in no mishaps. There was only one collision, but it was after the event when David Story was running a streamer, and Eric Shapiro was trying to cut it… a little foam on foam combat, and neither aircraft was severely damaged. We did have a few guests put one in in the field, and New-York Dave totaled his foamie corsair, but that was also after the poker hands had been drawn.
It is a pleasure to work with you guys. Knowing we are keeping the membership entertained can be rewarding, but nothing like watching a team work together to make it happen.
If I didn't say it Saturday, I'm saying it now!
Thank you so much for hang in with me for the maiden of the A6!! Means a lot to all of us at that field to get YOUR EYES on the plane being maidened.
Always good to have the experienced eyes looking things over and being there for take off!!
Jim YOU too!! I see you helping people all the time. This is truly a great group of people.....we all have our moments....but to come down and vacation every weekend at Mission Bay.....what else could we ask for!?
Subject: Drones in my neighborhood
Date: Thu, 2 Oct 2014 17:05:57 -0700
Dear Mr. Bonnardel,
I ride my bike frequently around your model airplane flying field in Mission Bay, and enjoy watching the model planes fly.
My problem is a neighbor who flies a drone at night (after 10 pm) over this neighborhood without any concern for the privacy or safety of the residents. Is there anything we can or should do?
Thank you for any suggestions you may have.
Hello J. A.,
Thank you for allowing me to comment on your issue, and hopefully I can be of some help.
Without knowing the area you are speaking about, you would first want to contact any Homeowners Association if applicable. If you are in an area that has one, that would be your first place to go. If not, and the operator is harassing you, I would suggest you call the police non-emergency line and report it.
However, and this may be the better part of the news for you, it is highly unlikely that your privacy is being violated. Although the public hysteria about flying craft often includes some misunderstandings about their true capability, the term "Drone" is greatly over exaggerating that craft's likely abilities. Drones are military-grade aircraft costing millions of dollars. Clearly, we are not talking about that here.
Myself, being one of the flying field at Mission Bay's experts on that type of aircraft (multi-rotor-copters), I can assure you that its ability to truly invade your privacy is extremely limited, and very unlikely, unless he is hovering 1 foot away from your window, which in ANY situation is a violation of your privacy (just like if the camera was on a pole outside your window) and the Police should be called immediately. Most of the aircraft available today utilize cameras for navigation, and scenery only. Most times from flying altitudes, you cannot even tell if a person is male or female, let alone make out any details greater than the fact that it is a person. Only the highly sophisticated, extreme-dollar aircraft are capable of any detail or low light type images that would be troublesome, and for me, I can assure you that operators that invest $10K or more into these rigs do not fly them in neighborhoods (I am one of those). It usually is the person who plunks down $300 at the local toy store or hobby shop and thinks they are not harming anyone flying from their backyard. Only a few of them are equipped with cameras, and those typically of are a very low quality.
What has become popular, is hanging a Go-Pro camera from one and recording "action sports" or doing aerial photography, like what is pictured here:
There is a statue about how much airspace you "own" above your house. I have read its 40 feet, and have seen 100 feet quoted in some press articles. If it is one of those low-dollar aircraft, from 40 feet up, they are not making any real details out other than "that's my house over there", and not breaking any laws... However, I fully respect you not wanting them to fly that craft over your house at any altitude! What goes up, must come down, and cheap flying craft can crash. Even a 2 lb. aircraft falling from 40 feet will cause damage to ones car, or heaven forbid, a person.
The trick becomes "are they breaking any law?". If they are flying from a local park, unless it is posted "No Model Aircraft Flying", they are not. If they are flying from their backyard, and stay within their backyard, they are not. If you know who the person is, and where they are flying from, if it were me, I would first speak to them kindly and directly and inform them that you do not want them flying over your property. There is no need to discuss any further. No need for aggression, no need for anger (you get more with honey than with vinegar!). Simply put, tell them not to fly over your property. Let them know they do not have permission to be above you, or your residence. Next, I would author up a letter to them, and send it registered mail. Keep a copy of the proof of delivery. If the problem persists, take pictures or video of the aircraft over your property, and contact the police. You having proof of them flying above your property, after you clearly told them not to, would be your best line of defense with law enforcement. Does that mean they would go to jail? Unlikely. Does it mean that the Police would confiscate the pilots gear? Unlikely on the first call out. But... it would let the neighbor know you are serious, and will take appropriate action if they do not comply with your instructions about flying over your property.
Just for your reference, this is a photo I took from far less than 40 ft using an aircraft very similar to the one pictured above, I was probably 3~5 feet above the top of the telephone pole which is 16 ft, so a 20 ft altitude is a good guess:
You can see the resolution isn't good enough to even make out a license plate, but this example is not to deter your efforts to get them to stop, but to illustrate what kind of photos could be taken from approx. 20 ft.
I'm sorry that someone is causing you this trouble. I am pleased however that the people that fly at our flying club are generally far more responsible and would not be so careless over someone else's property (via the fact that they pay to fly at Mission Bay) without express permission. If there is anything further I can do for you please do not hesitate to let me know. I will be happy to be if any assistance I can.
Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego
DECLASSIFIED PHOTO's "B-29 "Enola Gay"
This is an unbelievable set of photos - the REAL thing - pix from Tinian Island as the B-29 "Enola Gay" was being loaded. Today it takes about 100 times the number of people and TONS of paperwork to accomplish the same end. Notice the "Top Secret" stamp on some of the photos. In the last few pix notice the CRUDE sheet metal work on the casing and fins of "Little Boy" - the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima.......
Gives a little look into the other side of the engineering on the first atomic bombs, the mechanical and logistical work that it took to handle, store, transport, and load them. Click the pic for the whole story.
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