Chairman’s Corner for Feb/Mar 2019

Usually we are complaining that we do not get enough rain, but REALLY??

It has been a wet one, starting right after the banquet in Jan. The good news is that most people have kept off of the main runway, and there isn’t a hundred footprints in the clay for us to deal with. The bad news is that growth in the field has been raging and ground cover is getting thick.  Be careful out there as there is a lot of holes now hidden and I wouldn’t want anyone to break an ankle…

I think I have only been able to fly 3 days out of the past month and am getting withdrawals! We did have a wet Pop Wing opener on the 9th, but Electroglide was scrubbed for the second month in a row due to a muddy field. Maybe next month will be the charm. It has been nice to see a few of you with new airplanes this month, and I have seen a couple of the raffled planes from the banquet showing up. Let’s get them built and ready for the main flying season which is almost upon us.

Now would be a great time to pull your planes into the shop and ensure everything is still how you expect it. Time and vibration can work fasteners and electrical connections loose. Make sure your prized possession is good for another season! Now would also be a good time to go through your first aid kits, and ensure your fire extinguishers are charged.

Membership is progressing with 257 members having renewed by the 10th. Keep the renewals coming! If you haven’t signed up for 2019, the grace period has been over for about a month, and you will be asked not to fly at our site if you are not current. Past members are not eligible to fly as Guests. That is only for folks visiting ( with AMA ) that have never flown at our site. Remember, ALL 2018 badges are now expired. Please display your 2019 badges on your person while flying, and do not get upset if you are asked to present it if hidden.

We have had lots of issues again with the gate being left open with no members on site. PLEASE PLEASE if you are the last one out close and lock the gate. This prevents unauthorized use of our sit and vandalism of the items we keep there. It is also a long standing requirement from the city that we secure the site when we exit to dissuade dumping and people sleeping in vehicles in our driveway. If there are non-members on site when you are leaving, ask them to leave and let them know you are locking the gate. Speaking of vandalism, a few months ago we had nearly all of the chairs on site destroyed by some industrious individual one evening the gate was left open.  With the hope centers starting their spring lawn furniture sales a few of you will be replacing your tired chairs, and we could really use your old ones on site. That goes for used carpet too. If you have friends/relatives replacing their carpet, they can save at disposal fee and bring it to the field instead, between the runway fence and the Porta-potty.

A lot of people asking for keys recently. We have not re-keyed the lock, it uses the same key we have used for the last 15 years. One of the batches we had made last year was slightly off and will work the gate lock, but sticks in the commode lock. If you have one that sticks, bring it to a board member and we will get you a replacement.

This month’s club meeting ( hopefully dry ) will be held on the 23rd at the field around noon. It will be preceded by the fun fly event which is “ Don’t’ Spill the beans ” starting at 10:00.

Hope to see you there!  Fly Safe,

Brad

President’s Corner for Feb/Mar 2019

Hey pilots,

I wanted to thank all of you for helping to keep our field free from big ruts and shoe craters. We have had quite a bit of rain this winter and more is in the near forecast. We all have the itch to fly and when the field is wet the itch can almost be unbearable. I’m proud of your self restraint and not just say “It’s mostly dry let’s fly”.
Secondly, one way to help keep our field in good condition is to minimize the amount of traffic coming through. And the best way to do that is keep the gate locked. If you’re the only one at the field and don’t want to have to ask people to leave when you do. Just lock the gate behind you, Problem solved. And if you’re the last one off site please lock the gate behind you. This will help keep a lot of traffic off our field and that’s a good thing. 
I would like to reach out to our drone pilots, and ask for someone to be a liaison to coordinate with the board so we can all have input in how the club is run. At this time we have little drone representation. So to have a complex that you want to use we as the board would like some input as to what you would like to do to make the complex more accessible and the way you want it. As much as we want to we can’t read minds. So if you have suggestions please bring them to our attention. As the saying goes “squeaky wheel gets the grease”. I’m ready to grease, I just need to know where to put it.
Also, remember minimum distances are for your protection. Maintaining minimums keeps you far enough away to prevent an accidental human strike which will make your life very difficult. Pleas remember minimums and be safe…
With all the rain, fire extinguishers are not as much of a necessity but you should have one regardless. As we progress through the year the need grows. Pick up a fire extinguisher and keep it with you at all times. You may not need it but I know someone will and the more we have the better. They are cheap and easy to carry. And will help keep the fire depot from showing up when we can control it our selves.
Remember this is your club so act as if you own it, because you do. If I don’t know where you want to go I can’t get us there without your input. So please have fun and be safe. 
Thanks,
Tony Blackhurst. 

Don’t Spill the Beans!

This Month’s Event:

Don’t Spill the Beans!

& Sweeping

Hey guys. Its time to put your smooth flying to the test in this months “Don’t spill the beans” event. I will not be able to make it, so our President Tony B. will be running it. Good luck everyone. 
Ian McKinlay. 

Contest Starts at 10am, 2/23

Sweeping starts at 9:30.  Bring your brooms!

BOD Meeting Minutes for February 2019

Board of Directors Meeting

Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego

Meeting starts at 6:47 pm

For this month’s meeting we talked about the gate found opened. It is very important to close the gate if you are the last one out. We brainstormed ideas on how to prevent this in the future. Maybe installing a bigger sign or even having a closed gate policy. We have a open to the public policy and welcome spectators. I personally enjoy talking with and hearing spectators clap during my flying time. However leaving the gate opened over night, leaves the field vulnerable to vandalism and destruction of the runway. When I fly in the afternoons during the week, I close the gate behind me if I am alone. When I leave, if there is still someone there, I remind the member to close the gate.

Please close the gate.

Next we talked about the sweeper truck and roller, schedules and budgets. Another member sweep day is also on the works.

And now for the fun part, we talked about the coming events and prizes. With 257 members this year will be full of exiting contest.

The final topic was the Drone members. We are looking to create a BOD seat to represent all the FPV drone pilots at our field. This person will have a voice and help us manage the Rotorplex area. “Free pizza for the volunteer”

We the Board of Directors thank you, the member for making this the great club it is.

Your Humble Secretary,

Ken Dresser

Meeting Adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

Treasurer’s Report for February 2019

We have over $29k in the bank, and 266 members. If you haven’t renewed yet, please do so! I’m happy to announce we now have redundancy with our account access, and I hope this becomes a precedent for future treasurers. We will be making significant capital investments to the field this year and 2018, and will try to get the AMA site improvement grant to help offset those costs. See you guys soon.

-Quan

Spektrum DX18 Users – Read This!

Steve, as you know, I lost control of a plane recently and it caused a small fire. 
I had experienced some control glitches with other planes, and I realized that it was always with one transmitter (I have two that I use about 50/50).   So I sent that Tx back to Horizon for examination. I fully expected that they would send it back saying “nothing wrong.”   But I was surprised to receive “Per Horizon product bulletin, replaced defective RF output board.” 
They didn’t say explicitly which bulletin. After some search, I believe it might be this one:
Anyway, I would highly recommend that anyone with a Spektrum DX18 should either look into this, or buy a fire extinguisher.
Thanks,
-Mark

2008 ‘Mid-Winter Electric’ Write-Up

Enjoy a little blast from the past.  This article first appeared in the June 2008 issue of Peak Charge.

By Steve Manganelli

The 10th Anniversary Mid Winter Electrics Spring Fling (MWE) was held May 16th, 17th and 18th at SEFSD Field, Mission Bay Park. From my perspective as Contest Director (a pittance effort really), we did another beautiful job. More specifically, Stelio Jackson did a beautiful job. As chief organizer, equipment orderer, personnel herder, Boyscout facilitator, hat maker, setter-up-er and taker-down-er, Stelio is the hero of MWE, congratulations on a job well done!

Next in line for the most selfless include Night Watchmen Lou Rosse and John Hainlen, Impound Coordinator Frank Gagliardi and the ever cheerful raffle and merchandise sales team of Don and Donelle Griffin, this year assisted by Michelle Baker deemed an enthusiastic addition to the team. Wayne Walker was the master of the parking delimiters, parking enforcement and provider of the flag used for the daily flag raising, and Tim Attaway, the transporter of the Club Trailer from which the PA system, signs, tents and other SEFSD owned equipment magically jumped into their positions on the field…NOT! The blistered hands, filthy clothes setup crew included Tim, Tom Brown, Zeke Mazur, Bob Anson, Lou, Stelio and several others, the teardown crew included myself, Michelle, Stelio, Lou, Wayne and Tim. Sam Wright handled the announcing chores like the pro he is on Saturday and he was also responsible for the Kyosho donations. Sunday, I advised hydration, raffle ticket/memorabilia sales and merchandise purchase from our vendors. The 10th Anniversary Logo was designed by graphics professional, Jack Hix and the announcer of the lucky raffle winners both days was Mr. Mark Wood. Ray Fulks got our Government permit from the City Parks folks, Chuck Grim coordinated the sanitation equipment, Frank Smith did an outstanding job with trash management, and Doug Rubin coordinated the caterer serving us the tasty chow. Special thanks to Boy Scout Troop 24 for gate/crowd control both Saturday and Sunday. Scout leaders included Dick Thorn, Jennifer Calvert, Shawn Shepard, Joe Strickland, Abby Voigt, Dan Machado and Nick Amicone. Scouts doing the heavy lifting included Pavel Thorn, Michael Orona, Conner Shepard, Jack Bowman, Steven Strickland, Micah Schatz, Cody Machado and Nick Amicone. Thanks folks!

MWE wouldn’t be what it is without vendors and sponsors. I’d like to mention Hitec/Multiplex, NeuMotors, ThunderPower RC, Aeromodel/Hacker, and Castle Creations as key sponsors contributing not only merchandise for the fabulous raffle but cash $ to pay for the equipment rentals, thanks gents, we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks also goes to RC Sport Flyer Magazine for their donation. The rule for vendors requires a minimum donation of merchandise of $150 retail value. If you saw the prize haul for the raffle and counted the vendors you’d realize it didn’t add up : our vendors were very, very generous! Besides the sponsors and vendors we also had contributions from Great Planes, Horizon Hobby, E-Flite, Medusa Research, Kyosho, LipoSack, Tower Hobbies, RC-TEK, and Zurich Sunglasses. The vendors present at the event included NeuMotors, Aero-Model/Hacker, DW Foamies, Extreme RC Products, Innov8tive Designs, Discount Hobby Warehouse, Hobby Town San Marcos, E-Power RC, Center Stick, Electronic Model Systems, Cermark, Fun RC Hobby, MikroDesigns and last but not least the AMA booth manned by Dist X AVP Tim Attaway and his capable crew of AMA volunteers.

Part of the package for being a sponsor and vendor is allotted time for the Noon-time demos. Steve Neu and Pedro Brantuas showed off respectively F-5B (Multitask) and F5 (Pylon) models equipped with judicious amounts of NeuEnergy Cells and NeuMotors. Pedro followed up with a precision aerobatics demonstration with his 35% size YAK-54 flying on a NeuMotor 2215 and 14S 4900. Hitec/Multiplex used their slots to show us a couple of new aerobatic models and a substitute for a “typical .40 glow size trainer”, but purpose built for electric. These new models are made from a new foam called “Elapor” which is both resilient and serviceable. Hitec also brought out a couple of their very popular Twister EDF jets which flew very well in out of the box form and even better with Neu-excess power. Formation flight with a couple of these was memorable. Mike Morgan and his DW-Foamies had a virtual “airforce of foam” in the air during his demo time. Fourteen year old Ryan Archer from Scottsdale AZ and our own Pedro probably shared the prize for most prolific demo pilots each flying for at least (3) different outfits. To be in such demand at a young age is a tribute to young Mr. Archers’ skills! Speaking of young, Mr. Kyle Dahl of Delano, CA was our lone and very competent Helicopter demo pilot. Expert aerobatic pilot Mr. Steve Nelson treated us to an Unlimited Class Aerobatic Demonstration with Ray Fulks’ “Miss Ellie”.

What would an MWE be without famous demo pilots? Sean Plummer of Aeromodel/Hacker brought the goods! Jeff Szueber Jr. and Matt Szueber both expert caliber precision aerobatic pilots wowed us with their 3D flying or large aerobatic models set to music. Their takeoffs followed immediately by a wingspan height rolling circle set the stage for harriers, hovering, tail touches and other crowd pleasing maneuvers. The final demo of Saturday’s fest was super-expert Mark Leseberg flying a large (like 40% size) biplane. Mark’s fabulous combination of both precision and 3D aerobatics set to music was a fitting cap to the Saturday demonstrations.

MWE is not really a contest but a funfly. Nonetheless, we gathered all the Electroglide enthusiasts together Saturday A.M for three tosses for plaques created by Stelio. Bob Anson was declared the top Electroglider followed by Stelio and Dick Prentice. Before noon on Saturday, we also gathered all the scale models and handed out plaques for both “large” and “small size” categories. Each pilot had the run of the field to operate his model in a scale like manner, including a crash that the judges deemed scale and earned the pilot a respectable second place. Large scale was captured by “Eindecker” which I’m sure was the aircraft not the pilot whose name escaped our records, followed by Ray Fulks with his Extra 300 and Brad Bender with his J-3 Cub. Smaller scale was taken by Steve Neu with his F7F Tigercat, then Wayne Walker’s Yak-54, 2nd and Mark Ferreria’s HondaJet in 3rd. Of course, what would an MWE be without the Evil Dr. Jet’s limbo combat? The Limbo Combat was the last official event of the MWE before the final Sunday raffle. I think Mr. Mike Morgan of DW-Foamies actually outdid the evil Dr. Jet (aka Bill Knoll) in the planning of this very twisted task. Mr. Morgan designed and built a drill powered “rotisserie” approximately 10 ft wide and 4′ off the ground. The rotisserie was liberally embedded with 12″ long spinning carbon spikes waiting to fillet any unsuspecting foamy flying too close to the bar! Part of the fun of Limbo combat is that any points accrued by a competitor you take out, go to you! The other fun part is the mystery of the configuration, known only to Mr. Morgan until actually set up : no practicing!  After the foam chips cleared in round one, only Mr. Richard Carlton had a semblance of a lap completed. Dr. J, then simplified the task to just getting under the limbo for Round 2. Again Mr. Carlton proved victorious and claimed the plaque and bragging rights to Limbo combat champion for MWE 2008. Second and third place? There’s no second or third place in Limbo Combat!

What else? The weather cooperated perfectly all 3 days, maybe it was a little too hot, record setting hot in the East County making Mission Bay the place to be. The 72 registered pilots came from not too far and not too wide probably due to high gas prices. Richard Carlton and son Alex came down from the Sacramento area, Chris Stephenson from Las Vegas, Charles Steed from Wyoming and Roy Hooker from Peoria AZ; most the rest from the greater Southern CA area. Thanks for coming all; we’ll see you next year!

Respectfully Submitted,

Steve Manganelli, SEFSD Chairman of the Board, Contest Director

Old SEFSD Newsletters Now Available

After a year of searching I finally found the old newsletter by asking the right person, Stelio Jackson.  Stelio was the steward of the original club website and kept copies of all newsletters from the beginning through 2010.  Please enjoy a walk down memory lane, or if you are a newer member, a path of discovery by reading about SEFSD in the early days.  Just click the pic to begin your journey.

Please Contribute to the Newsletter

Thanks to all who sent in goodies for this month’s newsletter!  You folks are the best! 

Your editor would love to hear from club members.  If there is anything you would like to share with the rest of us I want you to send it to me.  I will add it to the next newsletter.  My favorite things to publish are items sent in by members!!  These can be anything like reviews of your plane or equipment, links to good videos, links to articles and things you have built or created.  Bad spelling and/or grammar gladly accepted.  Anything from a picture with a caption to a full blown build/review article is good.  Letters-to-the-Editor are always welcome as well.  Tell us what you think.  Please help make the newsletter and website more interesting with your submissions.  Embarrassing pics/vids are the best.  I look forward to hearing from you.   — Steve    editor@sefsd.org

Editor’s Notes for Jan/Feb 2019

Newsworthy Items:

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.
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.