Time is flying by and we are almost back to summer already. Not that we really had a winter this year, a couple of cool mornings and a tiny bit of rain is the worst we have had since December. That being said I would like to re-state the importance of fire safety at our field. As southern California drops deeper into drought, small incidents have the potential to get out of hand quickly - so please be careful. Last month at the meeting I handed out 13 fire extinguishers to newer club members who have been flying on a regular basis. The next day a foam jet experienced a horribly spectacular ESC failure and burst into flames at the edge of the runway. No less than 4 members with extinguishers were on station in less than 20 seconds with Tuan firing the smothering shot using Lee’s extinguisher. That was great teamwork and what we need to see as we move into summer. It’s not a bad idea to walk out to any incident carrying an extinguisher for that unlikely chance that something may flare up. As a reminder, the caveat to receiving a free extinguisher from the club is that from that day forward you are expected to have an extinguisher with you at the field. If you use it- we need you to replace it ( sorry Lee!! Thems the rules!). One last note on the drought… It’s hot and dry out there! Please make sure you bring plenty of fluids and stay hydrated throughout the day.
This month we saw the return of FAI-F5B and FAI-F5D events to our field. These are high speed events with specialty aircraft that are not for the faint of heart (or eyesight) and are a blast to watch! We had a few participants at the initial event, but now that it is up and running again, we can expect others from southern California and Arizona to be joining in. Just like the rest of the flyers in the club, these guys like answering questions about their gear and how it all works, so if you are interested in getting more info – or trying out another facet of our hobby, don’t be afraid to ask! There will be 3 more events this year, all on Sundays: May 17th, July 19th, and September 20th. They will commence at 12:45 to give the morning flyers a chance to get a few hours in, and can last as late as 5:00 PM depending on how many participants show up that day. During flights the main runway and heli-pad will be closed to all other traffic. There will be periodic breaks during the event during which will be open flying periods. Steve Manganelli, the event director, will be in control of the field and announce the beginning and end of the break periods.
We have had quite a few people show up in the last couple of months with basic airplanes and or questions on how to start and I want to thank everyone for their welcoming attitudes and fine advice you have been handing out. YOU are the reason our club is growing and everyone is having a great time! I have seen lots of buddy boxes in use, and have had someone on a cord myself for nearly every weekend over the last 3 months. It is great to see the excited looks on new faces the first time they pull a loop, roll, or land by themselves. I would like to remind members that we have a couple of training aircraft that are owned by the club. If you have a friend, neighbor, or co-worker that is always telling you they would like to give it a try, but feel the cost is prohibitive – this is the perfect opportunity to get a radio in their hands at no cost to them. While on the buddy box, they will be covered under the instructors AMA insurance. Once they solo, are ready to fly disconnected, and know that this hobby is the greatest thing since ice cream, they won’t feel as reluctant to pay for their AMA and membership. These planes, a Mentor and a Trojan, are maintained by Tim Attaway and Jim Bonnardel. A call or e-mail to either of them by a member with the skills and patience to train will get the planes, radios, and a few batteries delivered to the field within a reasonable time. The member would keep the plane in possession until training is done, then return the gear to a BOD member for storage until the next time.
One last note about the check-off sheets that have been going out to the new members at our site. They can be completed by another member that understands our boundaries, rules, and safe practices. It does not have to be a board member, but please – if you are unsure yourself, please don’t certify a new member. Refer them to somebody that knows and maybe listen in…
FOAMEY FRENZY ( PRIZES!!! ), Club meeting, and Lunch this Saturday the 25th. See YOU there!
This month’s club event 4-25-2015 10:00am
Our Tribute to Foam Airplanes of all types
Bring Foam, or STAY HOME!
We will have 4 prize categories
Scale (judged scale flight)
3D (judged 3D flight)
Pylon Wing Race
and a secret prize..
Safety Officer's Report:
Hey guys. We had a dramatic plane fire this month with Skip’s ESC bursting into flames after he landed his jet. As the fire quickly engulfed the fuselage, four guys rushed out with fire extinguishers and immediately took care of the problem. Great job, guys! This demonstrates our club members’ quick thinking, as well as the value of having fire extinguishers nearby.
I’m seeing planes fly a little bit closer to the pits than is sufficiently safe. When you do a low pass across the runway, aim for northern edge of the runway. That will provide a buffer for visual miscalculations, and wind, which could otherwise deviate the model’s flight path too close to the pits. That’s all I have for this month.
By Scott Fuller,
Members Present: Jim B, Brad B, Paul G, Scott F, Quan N, George R, Bob S, Dennis B, Isabel G, Missing: Tim A.
F5B was approved - Send notes to Steve B.
Bylaws - Need to vote on them at this club meeting. Does not have parts around dissolution of the club. Will cover those after some legal review.
Training - Allocate funds for new training equipment. Two Spectrum Radios.
Website - Revise club web site to represent affiliation with Aliant.
Barter Day - May 16th,. Paul notes the 16th is RCX, however he’d like to go ahead on that date.
Boundary Signs - We need to redo them. Scott will do a mock up. Quan to lend another pair of eyes after they have been mocked up.
Meeting with Lindberg - First meeting with them. Rules, Membership Roster. Informal meeting coming to a letter of agreement.
Park’s - Talked about right of entry permit. Sign request and picnic tables. Picnic tables are not available for our site.. There will be two more low flying aircraft along the sidewalk. No smoking at the field.
This Month’s Foamy Frenzy, April 25th - Tribute to foam airplanes. Talked about some of the details on what the event will entitle.
Financial Report - Paul went over the budget. Need to buy keys. Talked about a larger 4th of July event budget.
Membership Report - We are 338 for members. Need to revise the new member checklist a bit.
Next board meeting: May 15th
I have three books, two of which are old, that concern flying instruction.
CFS, a history of the RAF Central Flying School, the school for master instructors that developed the modern instructional methods about the time of WW I. The first half of the book contains many discussions, from the very early days, about how to train pilots. Encouragements, such as nothing in flying is dangerous, just so long as you know [and understand] what you are doing. Discussions of how to get a student pilot over a rough spot in his learning. It interested me.
Park Flying 1-2-3D, by David Scott, spiral bound, new. I thought this might assist me explaining flight to new students. While this book would assist a new flyer standing in a field with his new airplane (which, of course, should never be the proper starting point), it provided me no new insights into explaining what flying's all about. And there were several statements that I considered erroneous, in the scientific sense. And the book is designed for the would-be 3D pilot of flat foamies, which is a limitation that not all desire.
The last book is seventy years old, published in 1944, when I read at least sections of it in Harper's Magazine. Stick and Rudder, by Wolfgang Langewiesche, still in print today as I have a new copy. I'm only half way through it today, but its main concentration concerns the wing's angle of attack at the airstream through which it flies. The elevator doesn't lift or drop the airplane; it only controls the wing's angle of attack, and therefore the plane's lift and speed and, most important, how close the wing is to stalling, whether or not the airspeed is low or high. I am not sure whether the discussion of rudder to aileron mixing is very appropriate to our models, except maybe full house sailplanes. I have flown aileron models for years without using rudder input for turns (which, Langeweische says, is only to counteract undesired yaw produced by aileron use). Quite possibly, the imaginary passengers in our planes would find their drinks slopping over as we enter and leave turns, but we, from the ground, cannot see the difference. Anyway, I am going to evaluate the extent to which our models duplicate what Langeweische writes (and I am waiting for a replacement Twin Star kit to arrive, as that would be most like a typical commercial plane), in all four modes of flight (climbing, gliding, straight and level, and turning). For me, this is a most entertaining read.
John Forester, MS, PE
Bicycle Transportation Engineer
7585 Church St. Lemon Grove CA 91945-2306
The 2015 SEFSD board has reviewed the bylaws and identified some that require modernization. These changes will enable a tighter relationship between the board and the membership. Removing any bottlenecks or single points of failure between the membership and the board. Any questions regarding these changes can be discussed with any board member. The changes to the bylaws are as follows:
The board wants to ensure a full investigation is done into the incident. The board also wishes to enact the proper recourse for said incident. This includes up to exclusion of said individual from the club.
Old:2.5. Any member who directs any threat, intimidation, physical harm, intentional equipment damage or any action deemed to be retaliatory by the Board of Directors shall be immediately expelled from the Club.
New:2.5. Any member who directs any threat, intimidation, physical harm, intentional equipment damage or any action deemed to be retaliatory by the Board of Directors shall be reviewed and dealt with accordingly. This can include immediately expelled from the Club.
Please consider coming to this free public service event.
"Introduction to Electric Bicycles". It will take place on the evening of Thursday May 28th, here in San Diego.
It is held at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center in Clairemont from 5 pm to 8:30 pm. (4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd--92117).
You will learn about E-bikes, and get a chance to try any of the 45+ E-bikes on hand.
This is a no-sales, no pressure event, with free door prizes and a full catered hot meal (make sure to pre-register so there is enough dinner for everyone) (even with 170 spots, the event was filled last year, with some not able to attend, so registration is important).
Electric bikes can be a great way for people to have fun, improve their health, save money, help the environment and relieve road congestion (among many other reasons).
Check the flyer----hope to see you, family and friends there.
Please share this on your own pages and with email blasts if you can.
This is a direct link for registration https://seminars.sdge.com/iebms/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=9911&oc=05&cc=coe
Thanks, Turbo Bob.
Time to renew your membership. Click the "RENEW NOW" button at the top left of this page.
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