Chairman’s Corner for July – Aug 2020

Hey guys, not a whole lot to talk about this month but still a few items.

With the county locking down again due to increased virus activity – I hope everybody is staying safe!

After arriving very early a couple of weeks ago to find a homeless gentleman sleeping on a table near gate 6, I would say it’s not a bad idea to disinfect tables before using them. Thanks for keeping up the sanitation of our portable restroom. It is nice to have it available for use!

For now I would like to keep the gate mainly closed and have members pass through and close it behind them. This is primarily to keep our club from having a bunch of random people on site and risking losing access if the wrong person notices and reports a lack of social distancing. The new combination locks seem to be working out after some initial drama. Thank you for your patience.

A BIG Thank you to Mark Davis for the hard work you put in repairing and updating four of the work tables on site! They should last for many years to come. I always appreciate the members who step up selflessly.

I don’t know yet whether Electroglide or T-28 racing events will be held in August, it will depend on the Covid requirements at that time and the decision will be made by the race master, Steve Neu and the Electroglide king, Jeff Struthers. Keep an eye on your emails for more information.

For now, our Monthly fun fly events, hot dogs, and meetings at the field are still on hold. The plus side is that the prize money we are saving will be available to allow us to still hold our yearly banquet in January ( Covid willing).

Finally, with the summer heat upon us please remember to bring sunscreen, portable shade, and enough liquids to stay hydrated while on site.

Fly them if you can, but please stay safe doing so!

Brad

Brad with Extra taxiing
Griffin

An MQ-9 Story pt.6 – 3D Missiles & Bombs (continued)

By Bob Kreutzer

Locked down, but not out.

Last issue I showed my “lock down project”. A good friend lent me His Ender 2 3D printer. At ~$200 it is an absolutely great deal on an entry level 3D printer. I can recommend it. I wanted to add a full ordinance load onto my MQ-9 project. So I jumped in with both feet and learned a new skill. Like most things, once you get the hang of it, well it becomes pretty easy. Basically there are 3 steps.

1: Obtain an STL file of what you want to print.

2: Download a slicing program (more on that)

3: Put your sliced STL file into the printer and press the on button.

OK. An STL file is to a 3D printer as a PDF file is to a regular printer. Nothing more.

A slicing program (I used CURA and do recommend it highly) allows you to place the project in the proper place on the 3D printer bed. It also allows you to size it to your needs. You press the SLICE button and everything magically happens. Then tell it to copy onto a SD card.

Take the SD card and insert it into the 3D printer. Scroll through like, 2- 3 menu options and press “PRINT”. That’s pretty much it.

So here is what I did:

Hell Fire missile on the printer bed. I found printing vertically was best.

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Treasury Report for July 2020

We are at 280 members as of 7/21/2020. We’re seeing more members signing up now as the field reopens. We are ahead of budget this year due to fewer expenses on club events. The club also earned $120 in interest from a CD that matured in July. It’s great to see more people come to the field recently while maintaining social distancing. Thank you all for supporting this club!

I’ll see you at the field,

-Quan

Find the Correct Center of Gravity for Your Plane

I have started a new section on our website aimed at helping flyers learn a little more about their planes’ performance.  The first section to be completed is the Center of Gravity (CG) calculator.  

We all know that sometimes model manufacturers do not get the CG location correct for your model.  For example: My 59″ Kyosho Hawker Hurricane ARF had the CG location placed about 5/8″ too far aft, making it nearly impossible to fly.  After a simple calculation, the correct CG was determined and the plane flies like a dream.

The CG calculator below very accurately determines the optimum location for your CG.  It takes into account both the wing and horizontal stabilizer.  It also gives you a lot more information about your plane.  Below is a picture of the real calculator.  Click on it to go to our new web page.

Be Careful in the Heat

With the hottest months of the season coming up, here is some important info to consider when you’re out in the heat flying or watching. Important to keep an eye on others as well as ourselves.

Pics From The Old Days at Mile Square Park

There used to be a nice RC flying field in Fountain Valley located in Mile Square Park.  Charles L. sent in some pics taken back in the early to mid-80s.  Featured are Steve Neu, Steve Manganelli and Larry Jolly pylon racing.  Steve Neu has provided some captions.

Join Schübeler Technologies for our 1st Aeromodelling Expo

 

Don’t miss the 1st

Virtual Aeromodelling Expo

In light of many of our favorite air shows and jet modeling events getting canceled or postponed, we thought we’d try to bring the show to you! So, please join us for the first International Virtual Extreme Jet Aeromodelling Expo, brought to you by Schübeler Technologies.

The virtual expo will take place on Tuesday, July 28 with 2 shows to choose from.  Enjoy the show in English at 9am Eastern Standard time or in German at 9am Central European Time.

CLICK HERE to register or copy and past this link into your browser: https://bit.ly/3j4ZXAX

During this Expo we will be joined by Christian Wileschek a Schübeler Jets Sales specialist and Aeromodelling enthusiast to take a closer look at his latest Aeromodelling project and some of the highly efficient and robust drive systems from Schübeler Jets.

Watch a flight, learn about Schübelers EDF product-line and capabilities and get some tips on getting started in this fun and exciting hobby!

We’re also looking for other aeromodellers who would like to show off their projects, connect with other enthusiasts and share their flight experiences.  Let us know if you’d like to feature one of your projects in an upcoming Expo?

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the first International Virtual Extreme Jet Aeromodelling Expo, brought to you by Schübeler Technologies.

Best regards,

The team at Schübeler Jets

 

Details:

Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: English- 9am ET  or German- 9am CET
Registration: https://bit.ly/3j4ZXAX

 

 

New Pics for July, 2020

There are some really good pics this month.  Just click the pics.

Father’s Day

 

Steve Neu’s World Championship Contest pics from Ukraine

 

July 4th pics

 

Open flying for July 12th and 19th

Editor’s Notes for July – Aug 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.