Welcome to the SEFSD newsletter number 2 and hopefully this finds you happy with your membership in 2014. Much is going on at this point in the year with planning and implementing what will carry us forward into the year and I trust that you as members will not just rely upon the elected board members to get things done. A clubs strength comes from a commitment by many rather than a few. Time to make suggestions and then become part of the action plan to make them happen.
The Board of Directors (9 this year) have met three times as this goes out to the membership. We have been looking at various issues, budgetary items, calendar of events and so on and I would like to divide it into 7 sections to bring the members up to date.
Number 1 we have filed our re -chartering paperwork and a "currency report" to the AMA pertaining to our Gold Leader Club Status and we have 16 elements to complete to obtain that status for 2014. Much of it is in place and we need to cross the it's and dot the it's as the year progresses. Appreciation for getting this done last year should go to our past president Frank Gagliardi as he was the driving force behind Gold Leader. We need this for the future because eventually AMA will require us to reach out to Lindberg Air Traffic Control and we want to look our best.
Number 2 we have reached out successfully, it would seem, to SDPD ABLE unit and for now it looks good for reinstatement of several events including next months Electro-Glide. We met with FAA Steve Nelson, he made suggestions for how to approach them and I called the Sergeant of ABLE and asked how we could make amends and get along and he was very helpful. He has my phone number to call if he has any concerns about our flying. Please remember to get down very low when any full scale aircraft is in our vicinity.
Number 3 we have been looking at the AMA grant process to help pay for our recent improvements. Spending last year could be included so the new fence and table totaled about 4000.00 and we could get 10% back or ($400.00) from the AMA. What are the chances, it is anyone's guess, it won't hurt us that I am AMA AVP for Southern California. We are working on the paperwork to secure that Grant Application by March 1, 2014.
Number 4 we will have reviewed the budget proposal by Treasurer Paul Guidice by the time this gets out to you and I believe that we have the possibility of about $16,000 income and about the same in expenses which could find us with a balanced budget for the year. We will use the proposed budget as a dashboard to guide us through 2014 and make adjustments and report them to you at general meetings along the way. We have approved laying down a large capital investment in asphalt grindings to improve the road in and to reduce the dust production near the Spanky.
Number 5 relates to the events that will be conducted during the year at SEFSD and Jim Bonnardel has been looking at the schedule from last year and talking to members and we will have something much more definitive in the near future. Most importantly the general meetings will be conducted at 11:30 AM at the field each month on the fourth Saturday.
Will we have events on those days?.....it could happen. A process for getting an event will be determined at the BOD meeting the night before this coming General meeting that is oh!, by the way taking place on Feb 22nd......tomorrow....Saturday.....11:30 AM. Come to this meeting and hear more about what the plan will be.
Number 6 is having to do with field maintenance and it should be noted that Chief Don Griffin has been designated the Field Marshall and will oversee improvements. Jim Bonnardel, Vice President of SEFSD has been designated as the Runway Manager and any work done on the runway must be approved by him. Our main asset as a club is the flying site and all that it is and could become. Please treat it with tender loving care and pitch in to help when the opportunity arises. The BOD plans to financially back these improvements into 2014 and the future and I think it is money very well spent.
Number 7 I would just like to remind the club members that next Wednesday February 26th at 8 am the first Float Fly at Otay Lakes in Chula Vista is going to be happening. Get those floats on those airplanes and get out there. Ray (the donut man) will be there and maybe food from the CV club for lunch...it should be a good time and you should not miss it if you are available......I know some of us still work on Wednesdays...Comp Day?...feeling a little under the weather? I have a new Dehaviland Beaver to test fly and that should be exciting and worth your time. Anyway, come if you can the weather is predicted to be perfect.
Well let's call that a wrap and see you on Saturday at 11:30 AM at SEFSD club site for Q and A on any of the above.
By Jim Bonnardel
Runway Maintenance underway!
I wanted to thank the team of guys that gave much of their time today on the runway, and pre-warn the membership that it is just the first step of our 3 step practice.
George, Dennis, & Marty really pitched in and helped move a truckload of sand from the runway.
Today's maintenance was the first step of our usual 3 step process we have been doing, so like usual, it gets worse before it gets better. Step 1, remove sand. Step 2, Drag and wet. Step 3, roll flat and smooth. What we did this time, was rent a powered broom that helped take 2 to 3 inches of sand from the deep spots on our runway that has been catching many airplanes. Last year we rented a sweeper truck, this year we tried the broom.... the broom was very effective however VERY labor intensive. Unless we get another team of guys to step in and man it, we will very likely go back to the sweeper truck.
Next steps are to drag the runway smooth, wet it thoroughly, then roll the clay down. We are hoping for some rain in this or next week, but if we do not get any we will proceed again with the water trailer like last time where we put 2500 gallons down on our surface that really made it nice for a long time. The runway will appear (and actually be) rough. The sand that was hiding all the low spots is now gone, so it appears worse than before.
Hang in there, it will be smooth again very soon! Thanks again to the guys that pitched in their whole morning working hard for our runway.
By Carl Murphy
Synopsis: Construction of a large scale radio controlled model of a very early man carrying airplane and an attempt, unsuccessful, to fly it by remote control, with the RC pilot in a chasing helicopter, through the Alps from Italy to Switzerland, reenacting a historic pioneering flight from the beginnings of aviation.
Following is an unofficial hobby translation
of an article published in the German magazine FMT (Flug Model Technik) issue 08 for the month of July 2013. The Original author(s) and photographer(s) are not clearly stated, that is unusual for FMT. It is provided to the SEFSD (San Electric Fliers of San Diego) for their amusement.
That, despite the model being powered by a combustion engine, and it’s way outside what we fly at San Diego’s Mission Bay in California. There is some additional commentary from the translator (before the original article) added to complete the “scene” for the geographically distant, back in California and never been Hier (zu English, here) club members. That’s because the Editor has in the past requested some coverage of events Hier, and in general what it’s like.
Rarebear pylon racer, sold by Hobbyking for around $90, including motor, ESC, battery & servos. With the stock 850mah 4S battery pack, top speed is over 100 mph. Wingspan is 620mm.
On Feb 2 the SEFSD hosted the San Diego Scale Staffel rubber flyers and the San Diego Kite club indoor flyers at the first indoor fly for the year. It was a lot of fun and a great success. We had 24 total in attendance with about half from SEFSD. You can see from the pictures, the Scale Staffel flew their indoor micro light planes at speeds slower than the continental drift. The indoor kiters were flying kites where there just wasn't any wind. Of course, the SEFSDers were buzzing around with their usual array of planes, multicopters and helicopters. By all accounts, everyone had a good time. Please join us for the next indoor event on March 28, 7:30 at Alliant.
Links to their websites:
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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.