Happy August everyone! And boy did it turn out to be a warm one… I was glad to see a large number of people with coolers, or toting around jugs of water this month to stay hydrated. The smell of sunscreen was in the air. Also, I noted that quite a few of you are setting your extinguishers out on the tables to provide a quick response if needed. Thank you for your vigilance!
A couple of things happened this month that I would like to talk about. A few members reported seeing planes actually above the intersection of Friars Road and Sea World Drive as they were on final approach for landing. Since one of the reported offenders was myself ( EEEK! ), I would like to tell those of us with larger planes or jets to think about their approaches and come in a bit tighter and lower to keep us at least 100 feet from the road. This goes for multi-rotors and helicopters too. Some of the FPV guys have been getting closer to the footpath than is desirable.
During this month’s electro-glide contest one of our pilots lost radio control of his glider and it continued straight (motor off) until it landed hard in the boat dock parking lot. The plane was pretty much destroyed, but no damage to people or property. As the pilot was recovering his plane a couple of bystanders (not injured) approached him claiming hurt feelings, and stated that an apology was not good enough. Not sure exactly what they were looking for, the pilot apologized again and returned to the field. This escalated into the bystanders calling the police with some wild claims that included our member starting a verbal altercation. This seems to have been resolved after a conversation between the Ranger, the pilot, and Bob Stinson in which the pilot reported the facts. Where I am going with this is to mention that if you are approached by anyone that is worked up or upset about our hobby or our site, it may not be a bad idea to start a recording on your phone or even take a few pictures if there is a possibility of questions later. A little bit of evidence goes a long way towards calming situations caused when people attempt to escalate a minor issue into a major confrontation…
Flip side to that, If a group of you wants to propose an event, either to add to our monthly fun-fly events for next year, or as a monthly/quarterly event, please let us know – We are always looking for ways to make the club more fun! If you want to do an event of your own, come up with a plan and present it to the BOD at least 30 days prior to the event and if we agree, we will put it on the schedule.
I would like everyone to throw out a “Thank You” when you have a chance to our holiday banquet committee that has been working diligently to bring us a great year end event. The committee is comprised of Bob Stinson, Quan (20) Nguyen, Randy (flyaway) Wynant, and Amy Blackhurst. This is in no way an easy task, and I really look forward to their event!
In closing, I would like to invite all of you to this weekend’s monthly event on the 22nd. Open flying until 10:00 A.M., then we will kick off Jet day. If it looks like a jet- BRING IT and FLY IT!! I anticipate the event to finish before noon. There will be prizes for Best Military jet, Best Civilian jet, Pilots choice, and everyone that actually flies a jet will get a raffle ticket for a prize.
Upon conclusion of Jet day, we will have a brief club meeting followed by foot long Costco Beef hot dogs (Thanks Paul!!) and open flying for the rest of the day.
Hope you all finish off the month with good times and safe flying!
Jet Day Saturday Aug 22nd, 10AM
Bring out and show off what ya got!
Prizes for Best Military jet, Best Civilian jet, Pilots choice, and everyone that actually flies a jet will get a raffle ticket for a prize.
Yours is probably not this big but hey, if ya got it flaunt it.
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.
Aug club meeting
Date Aug 7, 2015
Time 7:28 PM ~ 9:15 PM
Jim, Scott, Quan, Bob, Dennis, Paul, Brad, George
- Agreement with Lindberg will be taken up with the AMA
- Bob is still working with the city and parks. Gathering information for the city.
- City owned Porta potty? They exist on Fiesta Island.
- Party planning. Looks like positive info on venues.
- IDRA - Drone racing. Oct 24th, will use the helicopter area. Open to the public. Talk to parks about permit.
- Sign up sheets go to Isabel
- Documented an issue with a member and discussion actions the board wants to take.
- Issues with a selling services at the field. Discussed
- Updated flight instructor list.
- 387 members
- Discussed the budget - Includes race gates, and event costs.
Our field has a flying pattern all pilots must follow. On a normal day with the wind blowing east, all models flying in the general flying area must fly CLOCKWISE. I was astonished to hear a member who has been here much longer than I have question this rule, and continue to fly counter-clockwise. When you fly against the pattern, you are grounding other pilots because they are legitimately concerned you will crash into them. Flying against the pattern reduces other people’s right to enjoy this field, so don’t do it.
I ask that all members handle incidents involving non-members professionally and courteously in order to protect the reputation of our club. I want to give a shout out to Roger, who was very respectful and polite in talking with three confrontational pedestrians when his plane went down near them. Never raise your voice or get combative, regardless of how rude the other party becomes. I also suggest bringing another member with you as an additional witness to strengthen your statement if it is later taken. Remember, you represent the 5th largest RC club in the nation, and we will continue to thrive as long as we get along with the community.
By Tuan Nguyen,
Noah beat Eric by 1/2 inch to take 2nd place in a shoot out (they both tied) as the battle for 2nd place rested on how close their bomb landed near bulls eye .. amazing flying and control from an 8yr old pilot!
By Steven Belknap,
Our club, Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, is in a unique and fortunate position to show some leadership regarding the responsible use of drones. We have all seen the news reports about the irresponsible use of drones near fires and other events. These news stories are painting a negative picture of drone use for everyone to see. The public is being shown that drones are a bad thing. This negative opinion and eventual legislation will ultimately effect our “responsible” hobby use, and not in a way that we may like such as the recent creation of a “No Drone Zone” over Washington DC and in our national parks.
Ours is one of the premier electric clubs in the country. We have a huge membership and an excellent opportunity for promotional outreach. Weather we acknowledge it or not, we are already in a leadership position simply by our size. Drones are a big thing in this club and our president is a huge promoter of responsible drone activity. Our club hosts several large drone activity related events each year.
I feel it is time our club comes forth with a campaign of public outreach to help mitigate the drone hysteria that the news media has been promoting. As the members of this club are aware, the people violating common sense and AMA rules with drones are most likely not ours, or any other club’s, members. Anyone can buy a drone and go do dumb things with it. The public does not know this. We need to separate our activities from those of the rogue fliers.
By Ron Peterka
(This was supposed to be in the february newsletter but somehow was overlooked - ed) I just got back from the most astonishing RC air show I've ever "never heard of". The Warbirds West SIG I belong to is a small group of actual builders who built a large scale B-29 and we were invited to the Yuma AZ RC Airshow that they put on annually. The guys there had seen our B-29 fly in Phoenix a month or so and wanted us to come to their show and fly for the Yuma crowd. The plane is about 14 ft span, 62 lbs, Zenoah G-23 engines, built from enlarged Don Smith plans.
The airshow runs only one day, but the local club had newspaper and TV ads that turned out a crowd averaging three deep along the entire 600 ft runway, about 2000 spectators they estimate! It's clearly the best local club type turnout any of us had aver seen. The club members even got together and donated two total rooms and gas money for us to come and fly. When we got there they gave us a rock star greeting.
You gotta read the comments on this one. Amazing how some folks think they have a right to privacy in public areas. Such a thing does not exist. They don't complain about being videoed in just about every building they go in or on traffic cameras. But put up a toy quadcopter and out comes the visceral hatred. Might this be partly a result of all the negative stories in the news media?
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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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ps: Thanks to Dick Hatch, Otto, Aaron B., Ron P. & Tuan for this month's submissions.
Jim having a great time in Hawaii. The Cub not so much.
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