I would like to start off this month’s note with a few safety concerns. As we finish August and move into September we can expect the temps to remain pretty high. This brings a couple of things to the forefront. Fire safety needs to be in the daily thought processes of all persons utilizing our site. With the fires in the area lately, you can imagine what will happen if an accident gets out of control… I handed out a few more fire extinguishers in the end of June. The idea is to always have a few on hand every day of the week. Please do not be afraid to use them when needed! Also, with how warm it has been lately, please ensure you bring plenty of drinking water and stay hydrated. One of our members ended up in stage 3 kidney failure this last month due to dehydration. It’s not a bad idea to bring a few portable pop-ups and some hats to provide shade.
I am again going to put out a general call to members to LOCK THE GATE if you are the last one out. There has been some dumping happening that I suspect has been going on while our site was unoccupied and the gate was open. A couple of the early morning crowd has reported that quite often the gate is either open, or closed – but not locked. Please help keep our site safe!
Thanks to Tom and Chief for their continued efforts at keeping the weeds from reclaiming the runway and pit area. They have been spraying and chopping during the week. As we talk about field maintenance, there are a few soft areas between gate 3 and 6 that have developed over the last few months. Some folks have had their landing gear ripped off or had a plane flip over after a decent landing. Jim plans to rent the water truck and roller after he returns from vacation. To help prep the field for this, I would like to have a follow up to our “ Get your Rocks off” event we did in February. On Saturday the 27th, prior to commencing our monthly Fun Fly, I would like members to bring brooms and sweep of the rough areas. Maybe 1/3rd of the field will need to be swept.
Brad Alix recently donated a brand new 5 MPH sign for the driveway into our site, this one is larger and will be more visible. We still have the general public blowing into our site at 30 MPH or above, and I continue to ask them to slow down, maybe the new sign will help… However, about half of the people kicking up dust are members that are so excited to get to their respective area that they seem to have blinders on and literally race to their parking spot. Please keep your fellows in mind and don’t dust everyone out.
Membership is now over 400. I believe this is largely due to our general members being welcoming to new people and willing to answer questions or share quality information. All I can say is “THANK YOU!” to all of you. Thanks also to Isabel for her diligence in keeping track of all membership and AMA happenings. As a usual note, please keep wearing your badges at the site, and don’t be upset if you are not wearing it and someone asks to see it. On that note, you do not have to be a member of the board to ask people to verify they are members. You pay for access – why should others play for free? Please do not force a confrontation, but remember that if they are not members, it’s likely they do not have AMA either. These people put our entire site at risk. If they cause damage and just leave, the fingers will point at us.
You will hear this same topic from me over the next few months. While most of your current board of directors have agreed to continue representing you during 2017, there are a few that have indicated they would like to move on. Please consider taking a hand in the direction of the club for the next year or two. ALL of the positions are open to nominations, and if you feel you have something to offer I would like you to throw your (or your buddy’s) name into the hat for nominations in October. Sadly we have heard a couple of comments from members that “I don’t want to get involved, I just want to have fun!” While I understand this position, it still takes guidance to keep a club this large from having a TON of drama and issues, and making the FUN happen! Some of you have come over from other local clubs and know EXACTLY what I mean.
I appreciate those of you that have brought chairs to the field! We could use a few more, but we are quite a bit above where we were at the end of June. Also still accepting used carpeting if you are having yours replaced.
Our Monthly Fun Fly and club meeting day will be this Saturday, 27 August. If you attend, please bring a broom! This month’s event is Jet Day. The event will kick off at 10:00 AM, with general flying restricted until all jet pilots have logged their flights. All jet pilots will have a chance at $150.00 in prize money. Traditionally jet day lasts between 60 and 90 minutes, and will be followed by our monthly meeting and a hot dog lunch.
Oh my… have you had enough yet? This is a pretty big political year and I’m sure the rhetoric of this election season is wearing on many of you. So, what do I have to talk about this month? That’s right, elections!
Away from our national elections for president, in the coming months we have some decisions to make much closer to home. First, your club’s election cycle is fast approaching. Nominations are accepted in October, for our November election. I would sincerely ask you to consider taking a leadership role in the club by nominating yourself for the board election. This year is my 2nd consecutive term as your president, and I cannot run for Pres. next year. Per the bylaws, your existing board will announce their support for candidates for the board for 2017 once nominations are made.
What we need your support and effort on more than ever now, is the AMA Elections that are coming up. Our own friend, and District 10 VP Lawrence Tougas is running for AMA President. Lawrence has been a friend to SEFSD and a great VP for us. You may recall Lawrence came to our club for a visit when VP elections were up, and we successfully assisted him in winning his office against another local club’s president. His credentials in aeronautical engineering and experience with full scale aircraft in the private and public sectors are impressive. Lawrence works with a major domestic airline and has seen, ﬁrst hand, how airlines that can adapt to rapidly changing business environments stay alive and those that do not either get gobbled up or liquidated. I feel it is our relationship with Lawrence that is helping him to understand the needs of the FPV, multi-rotor, and technology-based pilots. His roots are strong in the traditional roles of the AMA and its membership, but with our club he has seen that there are big numbers in AMA members that are taking the technology paths with UAV’s. I am confident he will act on behalf of our members with the highest level of dedication.
Interesting development… It seems that there is a person from the state of Florida, who could not complete their own paperwork in time to be considered an official candidate for AMA President, that is mounting a campaign called “Take back the AMA”. I strongly urge you to dismiss those campaign promises and hype, and vote with logic and within the bylaws of the AMA and not participate in any write in campaign you will likely read about in the near future.
To recap, please consider running for SEFSD office for 2017, and cast your vote in the upcoming AMA elections for president with me, for Lawrence Tougas.
See you at the field,
Saturday's event will be Jet Day. So grab anything you have that resembles a blow dryer with wings and come fly it. 10 am as usual.
All pilots will have a chance to win $150 in prizes.
Please bring a broom and help "Get the Rocks Off!" the field before the event.
Calling all brooms!
This Saturday, we will have an
ALL HANDS ON DECK RUNWAY SWEEP
Rocks at the east end need to be swept off.
Bring your push broom, your flat shovel, your garden hoe
and spend some time grooming your runway.
Flat shovels will be use to scrape the sand off the carpet, push brooms only on the runway please.
If everyone helps, it will take less than an hour.
Sweeping commences 10am SHARP!
By Bob Kreutzer
After having fun with the Mighty Champ I grew bored with rudder-elevator flying and purchased a micro PT-17 from E-flight. This is an all-time great little plane for close-in flying. I usually fly mine out of the garage between the wife’s car and my motorcycle and ( try) land back into the 5 foot wide opening.
Maybe it is not all that difficult, but as you might remember from my articles on ” The Next Big Thing” I do fly in the aerodynamic equivalent to Charybdis ! This is taxing to the PT-17 as it has slow aileron response which is even more pronounced at landing speeds. Add to that a ludicrous amount of adverse yaw coupling and, well you get the idea. But, with the small size, low price, and therefore a devil-may-care attitude, I would routinely launch it into conditions that would resemble a 1920’s airmail flight into a North Dakota blizzard ( sans the snow of course, this is San Diego). This did take a toll on the airframe though. Actually, the impact with the concrete and houses took the biggest toll…
So a few cuts with the x-acto knife and the airframe was laid open for repairs and, more importantly, MODIFICATIONS !
Note the stock positions or the aileron torque rods.
Now, note the position of the torque rods with the extended bell crank. This was the full length limited only by the fuselage width. Hey, go big or go home! Note also the lack of wing creases due to the damage this modification caused. Yes, this is too much aileron throw as it was actually twitchy and at full throw the linkage bound up and caused a high speed axial roll right into the side of the neighbor’s house. This caused the wings to fold in multiple places, the motor to be ripped out of the nose and numerous gashes and contusions that only a foam airframe can endure (kind of…).
Stephane & the Champ
By Bob Kreutzer
Once upon a time there was a little Hobby Zone Champ. It sat on the shelf of the hobby shop for the longest time surrounded by so many shiny, big and colorful airplanes it felt so small and insignificant. But one day a young boy came into the shop and, with big eyes stared at the Little Champ longingly. After much pleading with his mother, the little Champ had a new home. While this should have been a storybook ending, life was going to be tough. The little boy had nobody to help him learn to fly the Little Champ. While this did not deter the young lad, it was foreboding for the Little Champ. With much enthusiasm the little boy figured out how to put batteries into the transmitter and with much attention to the instructions he charged the flight battery. When the charger started to flash the long anticipated FULL CHARGE lights, it was “game on”. Out to the backyard with wide eyes and visions of aerial glory, the young man rushed. With no idea as to which way the wind was blowing, the intrepid young aviator applied full power and launched the Little Champ into the realm it was meant to be!
By Quan Nguyen,
It’s been another fairly quiet month at the field. If you want to come down on weekends to get your flights in, there are plenty of gates available! We had good weather, with only one weekend where there was a nasty south wind that kept most of us grounded. The only safety issue I noticed several times was some members flying opposite the pattern when they are along the northern edge of the runway. If you want to go fast downwind, please keep it on the northern edge of the field, away from the runway. While the skies haven’t been too crowded, we still want multiple models to operate safely without risk of a mid-air collision.
I had a few reports of kite fliers on the northern end of field who get in the way of the flight line on the weekdays. On one occasion, Brad, Hoang, and I walked over to the shore when they were flying and very politely informed them that they were letting their kites fly too close to the field. We had some success in getting them to cooperate and reel it in. At our field, members have right of way over non-members intruding (deliberately or not) in our organized, city-sanctioned hobby. When you have people doing things that prevent you from flying safely (whether they fly a kite over the field, or walk across the field), you can bring two friends with you (safety in numbers) and inform the encroachers that they are in a model plane field.
On to more exciting news. The holiday committee and myself have been checking out some very nice venues for our winter banquet. Last year, we had about 120 attendees. This year, we are looking at booking a high quality venue that can hold up to 200 people for a sit down dinner. We hope to get as much attendance as possible from our 400+ members for this special gathering. Expect an announcement in the upcoming days as we confirm a venue.
Electroglide results for August
By Jeff Struthers
It was an overcast and windy morning for the August Electroglide. Lindbergh Field was reporting North West winds of 8 mph at 9:00 am, but it felt a bit stronger at our flying field.
We had a good turnout of nine pilots, most of whom were flying Radians. Jon Graber flew an Easy Star 2 and Brian McCune flew a big, pretty Multiplex Heron in the open class.
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CALL TO ACTION!
Mission: “Sit on it!”
Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make your own backyard fresh and new by going out and replacing your old, nasty, worn out chairs like these…
And bring your old ones to the field!
IF you haven’t noticed, we are in short supply of chairs.
Donation chairs only last so long.
If you can donate any chairs, everyone thanks you!
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