Membership day at the field on Jan 10th was a big success! We had around 30 people meet with Isabel and Paul to get their membership on track. Quite a few stuck around for lunch and it was a great day for flying. Please remember to wear your 2015 badge on your person while flying , and try not to get upset when someone asks you to wear it if needed. Remember, this is YOUR club and no one will hold it against a paid member who is asking to see a badge.
That being said, If you haven't renewed yet - Now is the time! Non-members are only allowed to fly (with AMA) 3 times in a calendar year, and must be signed in to the guest log with a member as a sponsor.
There have been a few recent situations where a non-member, non-AMA person has felt he could Bully us into letting them fly at our site because it is "City Property". Please don't take the bait and escalate the situation. We are right - they are wrong. Kindly explain to them that we rent the property and every member has signed a legal waiver of liability with San Diego to use the site. The city has posted signs at the access gate that state "Authorized Vehicles only" and " Membership required" at the access gate and at each gate on the flight line. If they still attempt to fly, we can call the police and the rangers to have them removed from the site. If they get really belligerent, attempt to get a photo of them and their license plate in case we need it. We will write the rangers emergency contact number on the back of the clubs information board.
At the next Board meeting we will be discussing and approving the 2015 event calendar. There were a lot of great events organized by Jim last year that we plan to carry over to 2015. Returning will be the FPV Races, Poker Fun Fly, Bomb Drop, " Don't spill the beans", Rotor Day, Jet Day, and Foamy Frenzy. New this year will be events in support of International drone day on March 14th. There are a couple of months left and I would like some feedback from club members of any event you have been thinking of that can be enjoyed by general flyers (no special skill required). I am also looking for a couple of people that are interested in being more active in the club to let us know you would like to be involved in setting up or even running some of the events. Jim has done an AMAZING job, but I don't want to wear him out and it would be nice if he could participate in a few events himself this year...
We currently have not planned any full day events, so there will be open flying before and after.
There are quite a few new members already this year. I challenge each of the more " SEASONED" flyers to remember their early challenges and share some of their experience with the incoming generation. Whether helping to educate them on batteries and their safe use / building suggestions/ or help with their first flights to success, I know they will value your time. Please don't be afraid to ask if they need help, sometimes it's just what they need and are hesitant themselves to ask.
Last, One of our most experienced members had a serious lipo fire recently, there were also a few vehicles damaged by fires at the field last year. I would like everyone to take a few moments to frankly evaluate how they have been charging and storing their batteries. Current charging technologies are pretty good at detecting faults, but they are far from perfect and even a small fire can be devastating. [Let's not get complacent, it can happen to any of us. Want proof, click here.]
Here's to a great year!!
By Quan Nguyen
Making the AMA's FPV Spotter Rule Work for Everyone.
Safe flying of FPVs at our field requires that pilots have a spotter. This is also an AMA rule. I understand it's not always convenient to ask someone to spot for you before you fly, so I'm asking everyone at the field work together to make FPV safe and practical. If you see someone flying without a spotter, kindly offer to spot for them. A spotter is considered an observer who has line of sight visibility of the aircraft and is able to communicate directly with the FPV pilot. This is a reasonable, practical interpretation of the AMA rule. The point is for someone to alert the pilot if they become out of bounds or are in danger of colliding with other aircraft, people, or the ground. If we look after each other, we can all safely enjoy our hobbies. For more information, please see this excellent article Scott Fuller wrote on the rules and boundaries for FPV operation at our field:
Go ahead and click the "RENEW NOW" text at the upper left corner of this page and sleep easy knowing you will be paid up for another year of RC fun.
We have gotten off to a terrific start! To date we have 227 Members with badges to date. We may well pass last year’s membership number of 346! A friendly reminder to have your current 2015 full membership (not park pilot) in AMA before submitting your 2015 update and renewal form or the 2015 Membership Application form and payment for new members. It is a pleasure to work with you. If you have not received your 2015 SEFSD Membership badge, please contact me at e-mail below and I will respond promptly.
By Wayne Walker
Team USA F5B
F5B is a multitask event that is a World Class competition sanctioned by the World governing body for all aeronautical competitions, the FAI or Federation Aeronautic International. The three tasks that make up the event are; 1) Distance over a 150 meter course during a 200 second timed run, where motor runs are only allowed outside the course, 2) Duration for 10 minutes where you are penalized for using the motor, 3) A spot landing with 3 rings for scoring.
Four of us left San Diego on Friday the 15th of Aug. and arrived in Zurich, Switzerland on Sat. the 16th, via Swiss Airlines, if you ever fly one of their routes, it’s certainly worth the little bit extra for excellent food, free entertainment and drinks, and fresh baked Croissants in the morning before landing! In Switzerland we visited with Steve’s Swiss Airlines pilot friend Urs Leodalter, and got a ride in his very Macho Electric motorcycle that has a fully enclosed riding positions! Urs produces electric motors under his LeoMotors label, and this one has about 100 KW of power to pass traffic real quickly!
*Sunday the Aug 17th was our first day of practice at the local modeling field, “Over the Hill & through the Woods” to get there, but with GPS car nav. It’s a piece of cake. Steve Neu gets taste of the first of our Gremlins, in that his Avionic B12 had reduced range & didn’t even make it to the far base before it made a very nice roll into the Ground! After much head scratching and range testing using his & Jeff Keesaman’s transmitters it was finally determined that his Transmitter had a problem with the final RF stage & was not putting out enough power to cover the course. From then on Steve & Jeff shared the one good tranny for all of the practice & competition.
By Carl Murphy
We’d flown our first two Multiplex Geminis, electric powered RC semi-aerobatic biplanes based on cast in the moulds high performance Elapor foam with a fiberglass spar and plastic attachment small parts (plus some packing tape, fiberglass and heavier duty main landing gear), three foot wingspan in the two pound range, most of the whole time nose heavy, for (250) and (200) flights respectively, until they about gave out.
Where ever we fly our simple little foam RC airplanes the same comments and questions always come up:
It looks beat up.
I didn’t know those could fly that well!
How do you get it to stay up there so long?
This is an original article for the Silent Electric Fliers of San Diego, year 2015, about the adventure of applying what we learned from using (up) the first two Geminis as applied to building up a second two. There are applications to any foam airplane and carefree RC flying in general. This article follows on to a previous SEFSD Gemini article.
Why Geminis Again?
After three years of flown hard (and landed hard) and put up wet (really, we land on long and sometimes wet grass in Germany) our two needed replacement. It wasn’t just the landings which made the wings give out, it was because we flew the expletative deleted out of ours. Our around flight twohundredfifty Gemini 1 took a direct hit on the ground tweeking the fuselage. Gemini 2 just kind of fadedg into imprecision, the worst of it was the lower wing’s leading edge getting beat up. Both of them the wings were warping. Both of our first Geminis the top wingtips, which didn’t hit the ground, were bent just as much as the lower wings, we take it that it was in flight loads which did it. That flex/hinge right outside the foam wing to wing struts starting to show out past a hundred flights. We began researching replacements.
Those hearty soles who braved the harsh San Diego winter to come out and show Mother Nature that even frigid 65 degree weather cannot keep them from flying.
Pictures from the 2014 Holiday Banquet
Thanks to Tim Attawy for arranging the use of his church's beautiful banquest room. The food was great and so was the BBQ. Click the pic for more pics.
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1. Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Pylon Racing, Electroglide, Float Flying, and Indoor Flying. Coming soon.
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.
4. Please check out the exciting new 2015 SEFSD Membership Application form here. Renew Now!
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.