I am glad the new year finds all of you healthy and hopefully WISER!!
This is my first newsletter since November, so I have some good stuff saved up for you!
First, let me say THANKS to all of the people who attended our Holiday Banquet at the 94th AERO SQUADRON. What a success! Our Final attendance was 123 people. We had a few no-shows, but that can be expected. Great food with great company and a lot of raffle items to round out the evening. Thanks Steve Belknap for taking some great pictures for us!! See the dinner pics here.
When you have a moment, please throw out a personal thank you to the banquet committee - Bob Stinson, Amy Blackhurst, Quan Nguyen, and Randy Wynant. They put a lot of effort into making this come off. There were a couple of grumbles that it was not a true holiday banquet since it did not occur between Thanksgiving and New Years. In the realm of picking the lesser evils: Last year we had numerous complaints that people were out of town for the banquet, we received a discounted price at our venue by not holding it during their busiest month, and we had the highest banquet attendance that I have seen since joining the club. I will accept feedback on your pros and cons for next year.
I am going to move into my standard safety chat. This is about someone we all know and love, and the greatest thing about this story is that no one was physically hurt. Spektrum and JR radios have built in model match technology that will not allow the transmitter to connect with the receiver if the proper model is not selected in the transmitter. Hitech, Futaba, and Airtronics do not have this feature. This means that you can inadvertently launch your model with the wrong memory selection loaded. If you are VERY lucky, your trims will be off. The way it usually happens is either your elevator, ailerons, or rudder are reversed and your model is uncontrollable. We even had a model that was not unplugged after a flight and skip through the pits when the owner launched his next plane. The recent incident involved backwards ailerons which resulted in a model spinning into the pits at full throttle. There was no blood, but there were quite a few scared faces and some equipment damage that was handled in a gentleman-like manner. Please ensure your pre-flights include reading the model memory selected, and actually watching each control surface move in the proper direction prior to sending your model away. Some people just listen to the servos move and hit it. Please be careful!
I still see people quietly calling "on the field" and stepping out without looking. One of our deaf members stepped in front of Tim's brand new composite ship on final and numerous yells by myself and others didn't slow him down one bit. Luckily Tim had enough juice to go around. Please turn your head both ways and look before stepping out people! I am going to ask Skip to perform CPR on anyone hit by a plane - so there is even more reason to look!!
It takes less than 60 seconds to get from the entry gate to the Heli-pad at 10 miles per hour. I just don't understand the need to hit 40 or 50 in our driveway. The plane guys REALLY appreciate getting dusted when you blow by, and I for one enjoyed the dirt chili dogs after a BMW blew in last month... Come on, please slow down at the site, and remember that people bring small children that can dart out between the parked cars. With the kick off of El Nino this month we saw a lot of water at the field. Right now the runway is in great shape as we move in to 2016, with only a few exceptions. We know this rain pattern will be with us for the next 3 months or so. I am going to ask everyone a big favor again this year. If the field is soft, please do the rest of us a favor and hold your plane a day or two to avoid the massive mud prints (craters) on the runway. If you can see standing puddles in the parking lot, the water in the area has not been absorbed into the ground because the ground is too wet. All of this rain is also going to result in a growth explosion with the shrubbery in our flight area. I still see people heading out to crashes with extinguishers in hand and would like to say "thank you!" and please keep it up.
An out of state visitor impaled his vehicle (totaled) and could have seriously injured his wife on our gate a couple of weeks ago when they wandered into our site and was not paying attention while leaving. Jim painted the end of the gate a bright yellow to make it noticeable, but the whole thing could have been avoided if the last member out that morning had shut and locked the gate. Don't forget that it is part of our agreement with the city to control access to our site and lock the gate when we leave. See the crash pics below in the “New Pics” article.
Our 2016 membership drive on Jan second kicked off the new year with about one hundred and twenty of you joining Isabel and Paul for badge day and Pizza. They mailed out a bit over a hundred to the others that had renewed but did not make it to pick up their badge. The design on the badge was provided by Bob Stinson, and selected by Isabel from the submissions I received in November. If you have not renewed for 2016, times a wasting! We are asking paid members to wear their badge on their person while at the field so we can differentiate between paid members and non-paid spectators. If you show up without a badge, you may get away with it once (don't count on it though) but the big push is * No Membership = No Flying*. Most of you knew in December that you were going to renew, and January shouldn’t have been a surprise since it has followed December for a couple thousand years, so let's just get it done. Isabel and Paul may want to do some traveling this year, so if 30 of you wait until March to renew, don't get emotionally stressed if you do not receive your card (no flying) for five or six weeks... Everyone that has a membership badge is expected to say something if a non-member is attempting to fly, and is also expected to point out and stop unsafe behavior. Recently numerous members at the heli-pad were allowing a non-member to fly his FPV wing from the Heli-pad violating our safety zone between us and Sea world drive. When the members were approached and asked about it, they responded that they were not safety officers. WRONG answer! With the current public furor about "drones", all it takes is one stupid event uncorrected to lose us our site permanently.
At Januarys board of directors meeting we will be finalizing our clubs event calendar for 2016. A lot of old favorites will return with maybe one or two surprises thrown in to keep it interesting. Again, we will attempt to keep our fun-fly events to 2 hours on meeting days so we do not take out the whole day. If there is an event you would like to see at our club AND you have a volunteer to administer/supervise the event, feel free to gauge interest and take your proposal to the board for determination. That being said, Martin T. wanted me to ask if there are a group of people interested in bringing back the pylon race series using stock park-zone T Trojans. Let me know!
On Saturday the 30th, we will have our first club meeting at the field, and the kick off of the popwing racing for 2016, Should take about an hour - grab those wings!!
Finally, The AMA announced in an e-mail on the 19th that they desire all members to register with the FAA http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2016/01/18/faa-advocacy-meeting-january-15-and-16/ . We as an AMA club are asking that you follow these guidelines to avoid possible fines to yourselves in the future. On this note, there has been some offshoot FPV drone racing going on in odd places in the county recently. These people are NOT following the rules, they are NOT AMA, do not have the same safety guidelines as we do, and break a host of city regulations (recently kicked off of Fiesta Island). We cannot control what members do away from our site, but I will implore you not to be part of the problem... Remember, we have documented an agreement with Lindbergh Field that allows us to fly within the federally mandated 5 mile restricted zone. These people have not, and if the FAA makes an example of them you don't want to be included in that pain.
Have a great month!
THE DATE HAS ARRIVED!
FPV Multi Rotor Race #1
Saturday, Jan 23rd 10:00am
Bring your gear, your charged batteries and be ready to race!
PRINT YOUR ENTRY FORM and bring it filled out!
Review the rules here:
By Jeff Struthers
Yahoo Yippee, The Electroglide is Back
The start of the 2016 Electroglide Competition happened today at our soggy field. Only four pilots came, so let’s get a better turn out next month. The field was not that wet, but all of the pilots launched from close to the fence, anyway winds were very calm with rising air hard to find. Flight times were on the short side with the sun hiding behind some clouds. All aircraft were Radians, two new style, two older.
Bob Stinson displayed good flying style keeping stick movement minimal and eking out the longest flight time of 5:09 in an older style Radian. Scott Vance was close behind in a new Radian with a time of 5:03.
After checking the math ( sorry, I know we’re honest but mistakes happen ), Scott Vance wins the day with a score of 187 ( two 30 point landings sealed the deal ). Bob Stinson came in second with a score of 183 and third place goes to Rich Rogers at 169.
Just to keep things fun, I will be awarding Real Loot to the first, second and third place score totals at the end of the 2016 Electroglide season. These will be redeemable at our favorite local hobby store, so unless you want Scott, Bob, Rich or Vince to be the only ones to divvy up the prizes, get your lazy duffs down to the Electroglide next month ( Feb. 20th ).
Fly with those with a gentile stick and who can keep it up the longest. Hmm, that might make a good T-Shirt.
Until next thermal,
By Quan Nguyen
I would like to wish everyone a happy new year. Our winter banquet was a success, and I thank everyone who showed up for making it a fun, festive event.
Our new flight area maps are posted at each gate. The biggest change is that the new map clearly prohibits flying over the water. We’ve also established areas where helis and fixed wing aircraft share the field.
Those who subscribe to the AMA’s email publications will notice the important memo they sent out on January 19th, 2016, stating that AMA members are now required to register with the FAA. Registration can be done at: http://RegisterMyUAS.faa.gov. This is a reversal of the AMA’s suggestion sent in December. Fixed wing airplanes must also register if they weigh more than 0.55 lbs. The deadline is February 19th. The penalty of not registering is a civil fine of up to $27,500. That could buy a lot of planes, so please register to avoid the headache! Please feel free to ask me if you have any questions or clarifications.
Members required to register with FAA
AMA members are now required by regulation to register their aircraft with the FAA to avoid federal enforcement and potential penalties. All Radio Control modelers must register aircraft weighing greater than 0.55 pounds online no later than February 19, 2016. The registration fee is $5. However, FAA is offering free registration when registering on or before midnight EST on January 21. Online registration can be accomplished on the FAA webpage at, RegisterMyUAS.faa.gov . Several AMA staff members and AMA leaders have been working with legal counsel and the FAA to find a solution for our members on the registration rule. To date, FAA has agreed in principle to several proposed initiatives that will help ease this process for our members in the future. Visit modelaircraft.org/gov to learn more.
By Mark Davis
I attended the 2016 CES show this week, and since there was a significant drone section, I thought I would write a quick report on what I saw (although I didn’t have time to see it all). I have never owned a drone, so please excuse any ignorance on my part.
I took pictures too, and put them on Picassa with captions and some further comments, at this link:
I left them original size so you can zoom in and read text.
Some trends I noticed are as follows. First of all, the “UAV” section was about twice as big as last year. But more significantly, there were also many drones outside of the UAV section. Many companies don’t consider themselves primarily UAV or drone companies, but still use and sell drones. For example, Intel bought German drone maker Ascending Technologies immediately before CES, and was demonstrating their products in the Intel booth. But of course, this booth was not in the UAV section of the show.
I saw bigger emphasis on professional, industrial, and police usage. Check out for example, the enormous police drone and military-looking controller, from AEE Cams.
Multiplex Heron and not Carl
For a Start at Motor-Thermals
And Now and then Motor-Slope Soaring
Part 1/3 Initial Acquisition Considerations
By Carl Murphy
With the availability of the Multiplex Heron and the similar Multiplex Solius we have entered an new era where we can buy, ready to fly, complete medium performance RC thermal/slope flying machines in durable, impact resisting foam, for which we need do nothing more than install the receiver, program the transmitter, attach the battery and go learn to fly thermals plus enjoy a little bit of slope soaring carefree with.
We are finally really, really there, carefree thermal flying from purchase through months of regular use, at last, no omissions required. For less then what it costs to buy the components, for a vast majority of RC pilots just buy the radio ready (RR) versions and go have a good time flying for at least fifty flights and beyond. The Multiplex airplanes are champions at the lowest net cost per flight, figure an average of seven/six bucks a flight.
In Part 2 the author’s quest for the perfect (affordable) motor/propeller/battery combination continues and in Part 3 we go over the fifty flights learning curve.
Part 1 (this article) is an initial evaluation along with detailing how these airplanes best fit in with San Diego California’s Mission Bay and SoCal in general plus our Rhein-Main in Germany. In addition to the Heron and Solius specifics the alternate reality of computer simulations and videos are also included. Keep in mind that both areas are either at or near sea level and seldom do we fly in much constant wind unless slope soaring. If you fly at higher elevations the propeller may need to be adjusted for that, if you live where the wind never quits with their available faster speed than standard trainers the Heron and Solius would be better choices.
This is an original year 2016 article for the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego (SEFSD). As part of my the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth series for a first time you may go off of the reports by others as there just wasn’t anything left out by omission by others. Previously omissions were things such as leaving out crash resistance in everything, for which the Heron and Solius (although more sensitive then RC airplanes I’ve reported on the past) are among the least easily damaged of their type. These two airplanes are that good.
Click the pics to watch the videos:
A Peanuts Christmas Tree Lighting with Flying Snoopy by Otto Dieffenbach.
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. Make sure you renew for 2016. No badge - no fly.
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.