Chairman’s Corner for June – July 2020

Welcome back Flyers!

 As we finish our third week of being allowed back into our site, I want to thank all of you for your patience as we were negotiating with the city, county, and Park Services for approval to re-enter and resume operations at our field.

One major change is that we are now using a combination lock at the entry gate and on the Porta potty. Current members have received emails from the club with the combination, and new members will have the combination printed on the back of their membership card once it gets mailed out. The expectation will be to change the combination with yearly membership. The city’s new keyed lock on the gate will no longer open using the previous key – that key will no longer fit in the lock – please don’t attempt to force it in.

 Last weekend we were able to allow access to our on-site porta potty. As you can imagine, three months of no use lead to a couple thousand earwigs and a couple of fat spiders taking up residence. I have sprayed bug barrier throughout and terminated all the spiders I could find, but it would be in your best interest to take a good look around before sitting down in there! Posted on the door and inside the bathroom itself are the cleaning requirements that will keep us in the good graces of county and Park services. In the bathroom is a 2 gallon liquid sprayer containing diluted disinfectant that is EPA approved. Please put a light spray on any areas you have touched before exiting.

Seen over the past few weekends while I’ve been on site, and from the feedback I have received from the weekday crew – The consensus is that we are not experiencing overcrowding or people having to wait their turn in the parking lot. I appreciate that everyone is sharing the site! As we move forward please remember there are still social distancing requirements In-place, including separating ourselves in the parking areas near the logs, on the tables, and at the flight line gates. Anytime we are within 6 feet of each other we should be wearing masks as currently required by state/county protocols.

For now we have not determined whether we are going to resume Club events in July, August, or September. Please pay attention to the email blasts from the club for updates. Right now Covid cases are on the rise again in San Diego county likely due to the protests that occurred around memorial day. If numbers continue to rise, we will do our part and hold off on the organized events for a couple more months.  I have received member feedback that some are not receiving all of the mail blasts from the club. The solution is simple, contact the Editor editor@sefsd.org.

Recently a notification came from the FAA stating that all pilots that originally registered with the FAA with 2015 will require renewal of their FAA registration by December. There are a lot of sites out there that will process your registration for a fee between $15.00 and $50.00 – but that is not required if you go to the RIGHT site.  It’s not too bad, begin by going to  https://faadronezone.faa.gov/ and towards the bottom of the page you will see a line that will allow you to log in to your existing account. You may have to reset your password… Once logged in, you will see an option to renew. Check that you understand the safety guidelines and it will take you to the payment page. Before you pay, it will tell you that you will get a new registration number, but by using this process of logging in to my existing account before paying, it renewed my current registration number for three years – so I do not have to replace the numbers in any of my airplanes.

Usually we whoop it up pretty big at the club for Independence Day. Sadly, that is just not practical this year. Let’s just think of it as a normal use day. Seaworld has announced that there will not be fireworks, and the current agreements with the FAA and western division of Air Traffic Controllers prohibit flying recreational models between dusk and dawn. If we do a banquet fundraiser raffle this year, it will likely be on Labor day.

I heard of a lot of projects that were completed while we were in lockdown, I would appreciate if you share your projects with everyone! Share your repair/build experiences and make the newsletter more fun!  [Please submit your articles to: Editor@sefsd.org]

Again, pay attention to emails from the club for any updates concerning Electroglide and Mini T-28 Racing.

It’s been great to see a lot of you, and I’m looking forward to meeting the new members!

Brad

Click the pic of Brad for an album of “Return to Flight!” pics from Frank Sutton.

Thanks Brad!

Please give Brad Bender a hardy, and well deserved, “Thank you” the next several times you see him.  He has tirelessly monitored the restrictions placed upon our flying site.  He stayed in near constant communication with the Parks Dept. Rangers and the SD Police.  He got the field opened up, arranged for the field cleaning and repair, and most recently, even got the Porta Poti opened back up by instituting a strict cleaning regiment that the Rangers found acceptable.  (I personally thank him from the bottom of my bladder).  It is this kind of leadership that makes our club truly exceptional.  So please, say: “Thanks Brad!”, shower him with gifts, offer to fly his planes for him, stop peeing on his wheels, or whatever you need to do to show your appreciation.

Steve B.

Mark Davis’ Latest – The 90mm Avanti

I finally finished the 1.9m Avanti XS (120mm EDF on 12S).  Everything is ready to go except for me – I haven’t flown in two months. I thought these pilots needed kindergarten-level controls, so Bert has buttons for “Fly” and “Land.”  (I don’t know why most cockpits are more complex than this, because that pretty much covers 100% of what an airplane needs to do.)  Ernie is a bit more negative in his outlook.

FMS T-28 Expert Setup for Pylon Racing

Setting up your T-28 to race by Steve Neu.

The most important thing that many people miss when starting to race RC planes is that going fast is nothing without control! The FMS T-28 is a small plane and setting it up to race IS very different than for your basic sport flying. Getting the CG and control throws dialed in are key to getting the plane to “go fast and turn left” and keep in control. As a racer running at full throttle— the elevator and aileron travels needed are minimal. A properly setup T-28 will actually be easy to fly with only small control deflections.

The control throws suggested in the FMS instructions are intended for a plane flying much slower on a 2S battery. We are flying much faster with 3S. Here are the control deflections I have on my plane:

Ailerons: 6mm up 6mm down

Elevator: 3mm up, 3mm down

Rudder: 6mm left, 6mm right

CG measured from edge of wing at fuselage opening 71-72 mm—see picture below.

I like about 30-40% expo on both aileron and elevator—helps make the plane less sensitive around center making it easier to do fine adjustments to the plane’s track. A little nose heavy helps make the plane positively stable in pitch and the elevator less sensitive but the recommended CG in the FMS instructions is too nose heavy for my taste. Too rearward CG locations will make the plane neutral in pitch stability or even negative which will make it more difficult to find a stable track down the course. The trade offs in moving the GC is stability vs turning ability with the aft CG setup being able to turn more quickly. You need to be careful with the CG and elevator throws in that if you get too aggressive the plane will tend to snap roll in tight turns.

If you find the racing setting a little too mild for take off/landing and general sport flying I suggest setting up a dual rate switch so you can easily swap from control rate one to another.

Some of you did not read my previous article regarding the “AD” for the nose wheel strut—I learned the hard way that on our rough field the stock strut puts the nose wheel too close to the prop which will result in props getting busted when the blade hits the nose wheel rubber. The fix is easy—just turn the nose wheel around (be sure to put a flat on the shaft on the opposite side!).

Our first T-28 race will be in July!

Steve Neu’s Prop Adapter for the FMS T-28 Pylon Racer

By Steve Neu – sneu@mac.com

After busting several of the rather fragile 3 bladed FMS 7×6 props I decided to come up with a clean solution to mount an APC 7x6E prop without having to resort to stacks of washers, as the motor does not have an adapter that will work with “normal” props. I designed some parts and thanks to the fact that my business has both a Haas CNC lathe and mill it was easy to get some of the adapters made. No mods of the motor or plane are needed—simply remove the old prop and plastic adapter and put the slotted drive plate in it’s place. Install the smallest hole reducer that comes with the APC prop and balance the prop and slip it over the shaft—then install and tighten the spinner nut and you are done—ready to go race again. I made enough so others who need them can get them—I will keep some in the car so if you need one let me know when you see me at the field. I am optimistic that we will be in a position that T-28 racing can get going again in July.

Bill Allen’s Projects for May

Here are my May projects: the Ryan STA is a 57” Great Planes ARF from Tower. Needed a smallish wheeled plane as we just got a new site at the school near my house available Wednesday evenings. Nice paved play area leading into a large soccer field. The Skyray was inspired by a foamy project in last months model aviation magazine.

Treasurer’s Report for June/July 2020

I’m very excited that we’re finally open for flying again! I went flying the last two weekends, and the field has been pretty quiet. Last Sunday, I had a nice little impromptu picnic at the field with Brad, Lisa, and Steve when Lisa brought some mouth watering chile relleno and pozole. I couldn’t have asked for a better Sunday!
We have 268 members as of June 23rd, and our finances are healthy. Even though we’re not able to raise funds for the holiday party this year, we had a generous donation by John Forester’s estate and AMA grant that fully funds our events for the remainder of the year. I look forward to seeing you all again soon as the county continues to re-open.
Stay Safe!
-Quan
6S batteries were strategically placed to hold down the tablecloth when the wind picked up.

FAA – Recreational Flyer Registration Renewals


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Recreational Flyer Registration Renewals

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has important registration information for drone recreational flyers whose registration was automatically extended until December 12, 2020.

Your registration expires in 180 days and you can now renew it in your FAADroneZone dashboard:

Drone Registration Dashboard

  • Once you click ‘renew’ the process is the same as when you initially registered.
  • Once you have renewed, to print an updated registration card: Login to the FAADroneZone, select the Recreational Flyer Dashboard and select Print.

How much does it cost to renew a registration?
$5 through the FAADroneZone.

Why Was My Registration Extended?
The National Defense Authorization Act for 2018 restored the FAA’s registration rule with respect to model aircraft and recreational flying. If you registered prior to December 12, 2017 and did not request to have your registration information deleted, the FAA extended the expiration date until December 12, 2020, which is three years from the rule restoration date. If you requested a refund of registration fees, you would have had to re-register again after December 12, 2017. Therefore, your expiration date would now also be December 12, 2020, or later. At this time you can retain your registration number.

Questions? Contact UAShelp@faa.gov

State of the Art in Electric Full Size Aircraft

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The key players in the emerging eVTOL air taxi market

 

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Electric Cessna lifts off as the world’s largest zero-emission aircraft

 

Pipistrel Velis Electro earns first all-electric aircraft type certification

Editor’s Notes for May – June 2020

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.
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.