The fun stuff first..... Saturday is Scale Aircraft Day at SEFSD...start at 9- 9:30 or so. We will celebrate with Hebrew National Dogs after the festivities. Bring your Scale Aircraft and participate in the flying and get in the mix for Peoples Choice Award. We will have a vote and we do have a prize in mind but we will be keeping you all in suspense. The field will be closed to all other flying during the Scale Airplane Celebration time starting as stated above. Fly anything you want before or after the event. The General Meeting should start around 11 AM and then the dogs will be served shortly thereafter. The SEFSD Board of Directors sincerely hopes to see you there to participate, spectate, critique, vote, talk about important issues and chomp some Hebrew National Dogs.
The agenda for the General Meeting is focused on the well being of the club in several areas. The recent FAA interpretation of the "section 336" which has onerous implications for all of us modelers and our club has some new developments. If the FAA interpretation goes into affect there is a good chance that Lindberg ATC will opt to close us down rather than worry about us in their airspace. One hundred clubs like ours have lived in Class B airspace for many years safely but they might not survive. An action was filed on Aug 22 by the AMA in a U. S. Court of Appeals in D.C. challenging the FAA Interpretation of the special rule for Model Aircraft. Hopefully Steve will be able to include a copy of it for all to read at the end of my commentary. Maybe you have had a chance to read AMA president Bob Browns take on all of this in the recent issue of Model Aviation. I think you will sense a feeling of betrayal that he and many others feel as a result of the FAA action. Dave Matthewson, a lawyer and Executive Director for AMA also gives his input which is very well written on the FAA Interpretation. From all that I know the FAA does not care about doing the right thing by us just what ever simplifies their protection of the National Air Space. It remains to be seen if we will prevail but at least it is in court and we have many of us writing about our discontent. The FAA will not enforce these new rules rather it will fall to airport and law enforcement organizations to apply the new rules. I don't think they will welcome additional work load, it just doesn't seem reasonable that they will be reasonable. By the way the best way to voice your concern, opinion, discontent etc. is to use email.
The link is www.regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov> . then search for model aircraft and follow prompts. Please know that if AMA members' efforts fail to change their minds about the interpretation and Congress fails to act and the Court decides in their favor our site and many others will be terminated nation wide.
Our club enjoys a great site: central to all right on the Bay and with recent improvements in signage, log placement (thanks Dr. Ray Fulks and Don Griffin) we have rationally protected our status in some ways. However, that said, there have been a rash of incidents that are dark clouds over our collective heads. Model aircraft have been seen way too high and way too far away from our boundaries. Individuals are hovering multi-rotors over working electricians along the walkway to our North. FPV flyers are sometimes flying without spotters. Board members and club members are complaining of a lax attitude when it comes to following rules that are posted. Mysterious flying has been seen with no apparent SEFSD pilot doing the flying at our site.???
It is worth noting that non -AMA, non -SEFSD members are frequently flying off of Fiesta Island and that problem has been addressed as Dr. Ray Fulks had asked the Rangers to do what ever they can to control that.....it is not a perfect situation. We are addressing it as best we can at this time.
What can you do as a Silent Electric Flyer you ask?
Write to the FAA and voice your concerns and then..........
1. Follow the rules yourself and encourage others to do the same.
2. Stay well away from the outer boundaries of our flight zones as listed on maps, observe 400 feet ceiling.
3. Please avoid flying low near the palm tree line which is used by park walkers.
4. Avoid any full scale aircraft immediately and get down to a low altitude or land.
5. Get yourself prepared for repercussions if you break the rules and get cited.
6. Prepare for the possibility of temporary closure of the field by the board of directors to highlight the importance of following the posted rules.
Come Saturday and we will talk about all of this and more.
Finally, someone at the intelligent end of the spectrum, our very own Jim B., has submitted this checklist for your edification:
Park and Recreation Dept.
Developed Regional Parks,
2125 Park Blvd.
Attn: Mission Bay Park Manager,
San Diego,Ca 92101.
This is a letter of commendation and appreciation for the efforts put forth
by your Chief Mission Bay Park Ranger, Karolynn Estrada, and Ranger
Steve Waldman. They have met our requests for safety signage by the timely
placement of two signs just west of our runway, warning wayward
pedestrians about low flying model aircraft.
In addition they have recently procured and placed phone pole traffic barriers
along the west end of our field to divert transgressing vehicular traffic. We are
most grateful to the city ,and you good people, for allowing us to use this
Dr. Ray Fulks,
Board Member ,
Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego -[SEFSD],
H 619 4791321
C 619 9925707.
This is the BV-141 B (left), a WW2 reconnaissance aircraft. It never entered service, but its test pilots said it actually flew quite well. The fuselage and cockpit are both offset from the centerline, counterbalancing each other.
The model has an 81” wingspan. It’s powered by a Rimfire 120 motor using 6 cells. The model’s original paint scheme was Rumanian, and it never was used by them, so I repainted it in German markings. It flies very smoothly, with no quirks caused by the asymmetrical configuration.
Here is a bit of nostalgia for you…remember these…I learned to fly on it and I am flying it again-
SEFSD BOD MEEINNG OF JULY 2014
Meting started at 7pm, Scott tardy to the party...
Paul, Brad, George, Tim, Quan, Scott (Missing: Frank, Jim)
Paid Jim for trailer storage
Bought a new laminator. May the old one RIP.
Jim is working on signs.
Parks and Recs: Nothing new on the signs (Entrance and low flying aircraft)
Field Report: No sweep, only water and roll. Then use the blower on the carpets.
ABLE: Do we want to follow up in the next 30-40 days if they continue to enter the airspace? This isn't telling them to get out of our airspace, but asking them about conflicts. Was seeing more presence especially during OTL.
Jet Day: Review - Good event
Safety: Can multi’s hover north of the runway. Answer: As long as you’re not OVER the runway.
OMBAC: Insurance from the AMA. $20 for the sanction and $20 for the binder. Won’t be paying for the insurance next year. Flight team was harassed by OTL security (left hand not talking to the right hand). Jim following up on that.
Guest policy: Waiting for signs
The following is a status report on the Tustin Blimp Hangar.
The Sunday July 20, 2014 edition of the Orange County Register featured a nice article about the Tustin Blimp Hangar, and what the status of progress is. As most recall, in 2013, the hangar and about 85 acres was to be transferred from the US Navy to the Orange County Parks Department to be turned into a public park. The following is taken from the OC Register.
“An observation room on the top of the northern hangar fell through the roof on October 7 (2013), and a 25 by 25 foot section of the roof collapsed.” “A $35 million airship that was inside the hangar during the collapse has damage that is beyond repair, according to its maker, Worldwide Aeros Corp.”
“The Navy’s contractor, Kellogg Brown & Root Services Inc., began construction in February, building two 180 foot steel towers to stabilize the northern hangar from the outside.”
“The towers stand on each side of the hangar and support the damaged roof trusses via tensioned steel tieback cables. The stabilization is part of a $3.6 million contract, which includes a forensic analysis to determine the cause of the roof failure, and installation of a security fence and lighting.”
When the repairs are completed, the north hangar will then be transferred to Orange County Parks Department, sometime in 2015.
More to come on an extended project plan.
Best Regards, Fred Hesse - Harbor Soaring Society Newsletter Editor.
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