Wow! What a September!
We broke numerous heat records and also a rain record that had stood since 1906. When we saw the rain predictions we were hoping a good wetting down would firm up the west end of the runway until the next scheduled maintenance. It came out looking great (only a few footprints) and will easily get us to the next scheduled day with the water truck / industrial roller.
A couple of things seem to recur no matter how many times we mention them, so they still need mentioning… 1. We had more reports from people on the cement footpath of multi-rotor aircraft flying over their heads. Our boundaries are 100 feet from the footpath/road. If you are over the dirt path, you are too close. Also a few people reported being buzzed at less than 10 feet while walking out to recover downed aircraft. Remember, we need to stay farther than 25 feet from any living things while in flight. These incidents have an immediate effect on the people who share Mission Bay Park with us, and if they do not stop ( NOW! ) it could ultimately lead to a vote to ban multi-rotors and FPV flight at our club. 2. The Flight Pattern should match the takeoff / landing pattern that is determined by the prevailing wind. Our pattern is normally right to left over the runway, into the wind - and left to right over the field for the downwind leg. If all pilots observe this it greatly reduces the chance for head on collisions. If there is no wind ( rare ) the pattern stays right to left, and if the wind comes from the east – then we shift left to right. A few members continuously fly exactly opposite, and some ONLY fly over the runway-both ways. If you are the only pilot in the air, this is not an issue – but why should everyone else have to dodge you? 3. There were a couple more crashes into the pits and a vehicle damaged this month. No blood, but a lot of surprise since in all of the incidents I heard about, no warnings were called out. If you do not have solid control of your aircraft and it comes over the fence line, YOU (yes YOU) MUST shout “HEADS UP!” to warn members and give them a chance to avoid possible injury.
We had a great time on Jet Day! Only 13 pilots actually flew, so the odds of winning a gift certificate were really good. (3) $25 gift certificates were awarded for best military, best civilian, and pilots’ choice. Each person that flew a jet was given a raffle ticket for the last certificate. Thanks to Jojo who won the RTF Jet (donated by Vince). Jojo gave the jet to a young member who had it flying the next day. I had no chance of winning anything, but no one complained that I was flying a prop-jet instead of a ducted fan. Paul and Tony made the dash to COSTCO to get the foot long dogs and made it back just as the club meeting ended. Thank you!
The board spoke in depth about our past experiences with Barter Day at our field. We agreed that is not in our best interest to continue this event. It could be perceived as holding a swap meet, which would not present well to the city. That being said, the last swap meet event in the county will be held by the Weed Whacker club in Lakeside at Cactus Park on November 7th.
Jim has been managing the electro-glide contest for the last 7 years. He is ready for a break. He has asked at numerous events that the participants either take turns running the event monthly, or have each person take a year to spread it around. Sadly, no one has stepped up to bat. If no one volunteers to run with this by the end of November this will be our last year. It sucks to let it go after 18 years, but I am not going to ask Jim to do it next year, if there is not enough interest in the current group to keep it going…
We are still getting a couple more new members each month that are paying for the rest of this year. Sorry, we do not pro-rate membership. It will be easier if you think about it this way: the other clubs in our area charge $15-$50 bucks a month anyways – so $45 dollars to finish off 2015 at our great site isn’t as bad as it sounds outright. While talking about membership, I know most of you purchased your 2016 AMA membership before the price increase on the 15th. Please DO NOT attempt to renew your SEFSD membership now. Our system is not set up to process next year and then there will be a hassle refunding you. Please wait until you receive the e-mail blast letting you know we are ready for 2016. Also, we are no longer accepting 2-year memberships. One year only starting 2016. Our antiquated system can only do one year at a time and it is difficult to manually track anything out of the ordinary. If you paid for 2 years last year, Isabel will process your payment.
Our holiday banquet committee has finalized our plans for the end of year banquet. Not to steal their Thunder, I will let them make the announcement at the club meeting on the 26th, Should be a great time for all.
This month’s event will be scale day on the 26th. If it looks like a real plane, and you can fly it like a real plane, Bring it!!! The event will start at 10:00 and the meeting will run between 11:30 and noon followed by freshly cooked dogs, chips, and liquid refreshment.
It should be another warm one, Hope to see you there!
SCALE DAY Saturday Sept 26th, 10am
If it looks like a real plane, and you can fly it like a real plane, Bring it!!! The event will start at 10:00 and the meeting will run between 11:30 and Noon followed by freshly cooked dogs, chips, and liquid refreshment.
It should be another warm one, Hope to see you there!
By Quan Nguyen
Hi guys, I’ve been out a few weekends this month due to work and vacation. I’m sure you guys have been flying safely in my absence. I notice most people stand in the middle of the opening of our fence line to fly. However, this defeats the purpose of the fence to protect the pilot. A stray model with turning propellers veering into your ankle is not the best way to end your day at the field. I advise you to stand behind the fence. To this end, I ask folks not to park their models within 5 feet on either side of each pit station. This will allow for pilots to safely retreat behind the protection of the fence after take-off without accidentally stepping on someone’s model. I appreciate your cooperation in making this minor adjustment.
I also want to give some suggestions to multicopter pilots who fly off site. Please be mindful of when/where you fly. I couple weeks ago, I was at a Tchaikovsky concert, and I got distracted by a quad copter hovering over the audience, complete with blinking lights, in the middle of an otherwise serene passage of Swan Lake. In another case, while I was eating a quiet dinner on the patio of a restaurant in the Catalina, I got the pleasure of listening to a multirotor buzz over my head for about 2 minutes. All I ask is that you have some situational awareness before you power up your multi-copters and take off.
By Scott FUller
Date Sep 4, 2015
Time 7:45 PM~9:40 PM
Attendees: Paul, Scott, Dennis B, Quan, Jim, Brad, George
- Barter day being canceled indefinitely. Sales permit costs $1200.
- Quan displayed new boundary map. Did some revisions. Namely around the helipad.
- George spoke about an individual causing trouble at the field. Board discussed plan of action.
- VP election for District 10 this year.
- End of year awards. Certificates. Thank you to the Christmas committee.
- Christmas Party - 94th Aero squadron. Jan 16th @5pm. This'll be on next year's budget.
- Tables at the Helipad. ~$300 per table. Jim wants to check on a few more prices.
- Paul reviewed the budget. Moving two events from $250 to $300.
- Officer nominations coming up. Will start accepting nominations next month.
- Paul talked about the incorporation paperwork
- Next Meeting - Oct 2nd.
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!
On behalf of all San Diego modelers, I wish Don a big Happy Birthday!! A pillar of model aviation in San Diego, Don Madison reached his 90th this month. Please check out this video from a previous article where he talks with Larry Himmel about his live-in model airplane museum.
Click the pic for a video of more pics.
By Steve Neu
After having a great time two years ago in Hawaii with our friends from Japan and Australia it was decided to run it again. With the F5B world champs being held in even years we decided to run the Hawaii Cup in odd years. The first event was run on Oahu---this time we changed islands and tried Maui.
Click the pic below to see all the pics from the Jat Day event in August.
George Sullivan sent in the following terrific videos of the Jet Day event. Thanks George!!
F-18 Blue Angel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FD55Jl2IH5I
Jet-ish - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-0oLBmlaUw
MIG 15 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUYSRML-dEw
Red and White Sport Jet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBLMFU1Yhkw
Silver Jet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8nbEqKJRi0
Ironman - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr9Xt6J2NlE
F-22? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJM-GPfeYU8
Yellow F-18 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZLhU4gcOE_Q
L7? - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3xRsbpaP3A
C-17 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sMUPpK6gC7Q
ME 262 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-tsOWEGYmI
Virgin Atlantic - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wSwRhDsIthQ
Thunderbird - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPVbORuT-YA
F-18 Blue Angel - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAii9aATOt8
A7 Corsair - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGoml38tJFs
Big T-28 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu_t0b-oV64
Red Jet - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2xWOUNqTsSI
F-16 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bP7l33COYI
Wing Racing on 9/12/15 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPzr3fJ3Bj0&feature=youtu.be
The pics below are from the Otay Float Fly in August.
FAA Updates AC on Model Aircraft Operations On September 2, 2015, the FAA published updated guidance on model aircraft operations that reflects current law governing hobby or recreational use of unmanned aircraft.
Advisory Circular (AC) 91-57A <http://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentID/1028086> replaces the previous guidance that, as written in 1981, did not reflect the rules Congress wrote into Section 336 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012.
The updated advisory circular details the 2012 law’s description of a “model aircraft operation:”
* The aircraft is flown strictly for hobby or recreational use;
* The aircraft operates in accordance with a community-based set of safety guidelines and within the programming of a nationwide community-based organization (CBO);
* The aircraft is limited to not more than 55 pounds, unless otherwise certified through a design, construction, inspection, flight test, and operational safety program administered by a CBO;
* The aircraft operates in a manner that does not interfere with, and gives way to, any manned aircraft; and
* When flown within five miles of an airport, the operator of the model aircraft provides the airport operator or the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport) with prior notice of the operation. Model aircraft operators flying from a permanent location within five miles of an airport should establish a mutually agreed upon operating procedure with the airport operator and the airport air traffic control tower (when an air traffic facility is located at the airport).
The guidance stresses model aircraft operators must comply with all Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFR), that they may not fly in any type of restricted airspace without prior authorization, and that they should be aware of Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) that address flights near federal facilities, stadiums, and other public and industrial areas.
The guidance also makes it clear that model unmanned aircraft operations that endanger the safety of the nation’s airspace, particularly careless or reckless operations and interference with manned aircraft, may be subject to FAA enforcement action.
As many of you are aware, there has been a marked increase in sensational media reports of drones allegedly flying too close to manned aircraft. The alarm this has caused was compounded by the FAA’s August 12 press release, “Pilot Reports of Close Calls with Drones Soar in 2015.”
In order to better understand what’s actually occurring, and what role AMA could play to advance safe flying, our organization closely analyzed each of the 764 records in the FAA’s dataset. AMA’s analysis, “A Closer Look at the FAA’s Drone Data ,” reveals a more complex picture of the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS/drone) activity in the United States than the initial headlines would suggest. From military crashes to a UFO sighting, only a fraction of the reports were legitimately reported “close calls” or “near misses.” You may have already seen the report in this morning’s USA Today (“Drone hobbyists find flaws in "close call" reports to FAA from other aircraft”) or on VICE News (“ Drones are the new UFOs”).
While AMA works closely with the FAA, and we continue to consider the agency a partner in promoting model aircraft and consumer drone safety, our report concludes that the FAA could have done a better job of presenting their data in a more factually accurate manner. By using misleading language in its press release, releasing only preliminary reports and not critically analyzing those reports, the FAA’s report only served, at best, to paint a cloudy and less than accurate picture and raises concerns that simply may not be realistic.
Today, AMA distributed a press release to the media with its findings. Additionally, AMA sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx and the FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. AMA also sent a letter to members of Congress.
This in meant as humor only. SEFSD does not advocate the use of ammunition.
The "Cornfield Bomber" was a Convair F-106 Delta Dart, operated by the 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron of the United States Air Force, that made an unpiloted landing in a farmer's field in Montana, suffering only minor damage, after the pilot had ejected from the aircraft. The aircraft, recovered and repaired, was returned to service, and is currently on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The day Ian and Brad took a shock under the tent from a very close lightning strike.
First time I ever saw Brads eyes OUTSIDE his sunglasses ;-)
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Please consider coming to this free public service event.
"Introduction to Electric Bicycles". It will take place on the evening of Tuesday October 13th, 2015, 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 60+ 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 the last two times, 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.
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This is a direct link for registration https://seminars.sdge.com/iebms/coe/coe_p2_details.aspx?eventid=10467&oc=05&cc=coe
Thanks, Turbo Bob.
By Jim Bonnardel,
I have been working with the IDRA to set up a race and the best date we have worked out is Oct 24. This is a club event (poker fly) and meeting date also, but it is the only time we could make it work. There is a series called the “California Cup” and this will be one of the races in that series.
This race is a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego Robotics Team “The Dragons” 100% of funds collected from sponsors will go to the Robotics Program. We will have the Robot team on site to assist in racing administration.
The plan is to use only the helipad area as not to conflict with regular club activities on that date. Drone racing is all done very low, and will be out in the eastern edge of our field. We will cone off all the parking area of the helipad for vendors to set up displays. We will have racers park similarly to how we do our barter event.
It is on the Facebook Calendar at: https://www.facebook.com/events/425859434264434/
This puts us on the map with the fastest growing race league in RC now. IDRA is fully vested making drone racing a legitimate sport, and they provide all the materials: gates, timing, frequency control etc. Also, the IDRA ensures all pilots are AMA covered so we have no issues there.
What is Maker Faire?
Maker Faire has been called many things by many people. But we can all agree it is best experienced in person! It is bigger and bolder than one can imagine. It is the new County Fair for the people. A place where it is cool to be smart and one can witness a spectacle of making and creating. Maker Faire is an event where makers love to share their ideas and innovations with those who want to have fun and learn at the same time. We hope you will be able to join us for San Diego Maker Faire in San Diego's Balboa Park on October 3 & 4, 2015.
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Thanks to all who sent in goodies for this month's newsletter! You folks are the best!
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.
4. Please check out the 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.