The year is taking shape as I write this article. The important elements are as follows. A number of club member participation events are being proposed by Jim Bonnardel, our VP of Fun. They will generally take place on the last Saturday of the month. Our budget is solidifying for the year thanks to our treasurer Paul Guidice. Isabel, our membership chairperson, reports that we are at 282 members and counting. Chief Griffin's team has completed the parking lot improvement and Jim has groomed the runway to make it nice for awhile. More tables are on the way thanks to John, welder - door provider and Don the iron man with his installation crew. These are the key things we need to be grateful for as club members...these people are working hard to allow this club to excel.
We have been approved for AMA Gold Leader Club Status for 2014 with some elements remaining to be completed. We thank Frank Gagliardi for getting this special recognition going in 2013 and from here on it is a matter of sending a report of what we are doing to maintain this status of excellence.
The board has done fine work at looking at various elements of our club to see what can be done to improve the experience at Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego flying site. Some important policy changes at SEFSD flying site are the following.
Number 1 ...all events must be approved by the SEFSD board and no field closures will be allowed unless the board has approved of the closure. Process is to contact a board member 30 days or more in advance of event to seek closure for special purposes.
(Note: the events now in planning stage for each month at this time are Electro-glide on the third Saturday of the month for roughly 1 to 1 and 1/2 hour at it's normal time. It will be on the calendar as it has been approved. The other field closure will be on the days we have a General Meeting (the last Saturday of the month) and that would include some type of general fun fly activity in the morning concluding with a meeting at 11:30 AM and usually refreshments of some type.) Other happenings may be placed on the calendar to be noted by club members. This decision about scheduling events and closing the field was thoroughly vetted by Jim when he asked for a committee to form and give inputs a number of weeks ago and the board reviewed his findings and voted unanimously to have a policy of Board approval of all field closures. This new policy is in the board meeting minutes for all to review. With nearly 300 members..... field closures need to be judiciously planned in advance.
Number 2....the guest flying privileges policy, which does not formally exist, is now being formulated. A proposal for how to handle flyers that come down to SEFSD regularly and do not have membership with SEFSD or AMA is now being written and then a review will be conducted by the Board of SEFSD for a final policy declaration. It should be clear to most that if you wish to enjoy this SEFSD quality flying site on a multi-million dollar piece of Mission Bay that the price of membership is a pittance. Wearing a club badge when at the field or having it in your possession or available to see by others is a rather easy way to assure that we are in compliance with the AMA and the San Diego City Right of Entry Permit. All members should be aware and watchful for individuals that seek to take advantage of our site as "free-loaders."
Number 3....the SEFSD board is continuing to be concerned about flying outside our designated area specifically over the palm trees along the walking path and gazebo and it is in everyones best interest as club members to maintain a healthy distance in altitude when anywhere near this area. Please....no erratic flying low over in this sensitive area....it is very much appreciated and if you like to fly low aerobatically then move to the East end of the pit area so that the larger open area is your flight area. Finally, our adherence to the 400 foot altitude restriction and our consistent awareness of the SDPD ABLE helicopter has resulted in no known complaints in these past few weeks. Good Job and keep it up.
The first event of the year is now being promoted.....The First Poker Fun Fly of 2014 SEFSD....Jim is running the event with helpers and food will be coming from Costco and the event will start approximately at 10 AM on Saturday March 29th. Any aircraft qualifies and there will be 100 dollars in Discount Hobby certificates and or product up for the top poker hands. The meeting will be conducted by Jim at 11:30 AM following the event. You get three cards when you sign up and one additional for every flight there after. Don't miss it. Sorry I will be away in Yuma AZ competing in an IMAC contest with fellow board member Ray Fulks but we will expect a full report about the fun time we missed.
By Jim Bonnardel,
This Saturday, March 29th, 10:00 am is the first Poker Fly of the year!
The Poker Fly is super easy to play, all you have to do is fly something!
Yup, come on down, get 3 cards to start. Then, you can do as many as 4 flights to draw cards to build a 5 card hand. Best Hand's win! You can fly ANYTHING! Planes of any type including: Warbirds, Gliders, Scale, Sport, Foamie, Mini, Micro & Giant scale, Heli's, Multis and ornithopters!
Lunch will be served, so we will See you there!
All of these events are on the LAST Saturday of the month (sometimes the 4th, sometimes the 5th)
All at 10:00am, preceding the club meeting.
April Foamy Frenzy
May Fun Fly
June Jet Day
July Bomb Drop
Aug Scale Showcase
Sept Poker Fly #2
Oct Rotor Day
Nov Warbird Day
Dec FPV Spotlight
George, Jim, Brad, Ray, Tim, Frank, Scott. Paul, Quan
7:12 Meeting started
Approval of Feb Minutes
1. Changes or additions to the agenda below?
2. Old business
First up if it is okay membership report by Isabel
Isabel sent out a report, 282 members currently. New memberships are coming in.
Thanks to Don Griffin and his helpers, we now have a beautiful new parking lot. Thanks to Scott V. for the aerial shots.
By Jim Bonnardel
Yes, Electroglide returns! After a 2 month hiatus brought about by some concerns with local law enforcement. After a meeting with some FAA officials and discussions with the concerned department, we brought Electroglide back to its much missed glory. We had a good turnout, and a dominating fleet of Radians shooting skyward after a brief meeting about the new conditions of how a round could get scrubbed if full scale aircraft enter the area. The new condition is basically this: If any full scale aircraft are on a heading through our airspace, the CD will blow a whistle. If the whistle blows, EVERYONE MUST IMMEDIATELY and URGENTLY descend. That means full vertical down to less than 100 feet. The round will get 'scrubbed' and we will base scores on any previous or remaining rounds, but the scrubbed round will not be re-launched.
Great warbird pics: http://warbirdinformationexchange.org/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?p=499044
An illustrated guide to the Atomic Bombs: http://www.alternatewars.com/Bomb_Loading/Bomb_Guide.htm
Please check out the calendar for the recently added items.
1. Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Pylon Racing, 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 exciting new 2014 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.