As this newsletter comes out we will be officially ending the last week of summer. Finally! It has been a hot and nasty one, That’s for sure.
To start off, I would like to thank the folks who participated on our Labor Day Raffle. We made some great progress towards funding our holiday banquet! The raffle was a lot of fun, with a slew of great prizes, and Subway sandwiches served by Julie and Joe Bonnardel. I would also like to say “thanks!” to the folks who donated prizes to the raffle, the items were really appreciated. Randy Wynant and Quan Nguyen have started looking for a venue for the banquet. If you know of a nice indoor location that can handle 130-140 people at a reasonable price, please let them know and we will look into it.
I want to say to all that I really appreciate the efforts most of you make to keep our club drama free. I hear often from other local clubs on how hard it is to keep the peace at their sites. With that being said, I would like to reiterate some things to the few people that want to push the boundaries… First, some basics. Please give each other the courtesy of loudly announcing your intentions to take off, land, or cross the field. DON’T say it only to yourself, say it so others can hear. To continue this thought, announcing this action does not alleviate your responsibility to turn your head and visually verify you are in the clear to proceed with your action. If you are doing multiple touch and go landings, you must announce EACH landing approach so others know what you are doing. The flip side is the folks who announce “On the runway.” Then step out without turning their head to see if the runway is actually clear. There were a few near misses last month that could have easily been avoided.
There are also a couple of folks that are always flying opposite pattern, or straight up through the pattern as if there are no other planes in the air. This results in angry people staying on the ground instead of risking their craft by flying with someone acting like a fool. Please share our site with others respectfully. If you must fly like a clown, I hear the Chollas park guys are having a membership drive… To everyone else, feel free to say something to the folks that are not considerate to others. If you say nothing they assume it is ok. If you wait until later and send me an e-mail – they assume it is ok. I will rarely send a message to desist on something I did not actually see myself.
Last month’s newsletter had some great input from members and was a great read. Again, our editor Steve Belknap works hard to give you quality, but input from members on projects, shop tricks, and experiences are the icing on the cake. Keep those submissions coming!!
We are almost at 400 members as we enter the last quarter of 2017. A few less than last year, but not by much. We are still looking for current membership badges to fly at the club. I always like to state this time of year that our club still has great value – even at the end of the year, and most other clubs within an hour of us charge more than $15 bucks a month plus initiation fees to boot.
Thanks to the folks that brought brooms and shovels to the last meeting day on the field. We were able to remove a lot of the sand and dust that had lifted from the surface and distribute it into the field. Jim is on the waiting list for rental of the water truck, but will be wetting the field prior to the end of the month. We expect this round of field maintenance to take us to the end of the year.
October will mark the end of the event series we hold on Saturdays. Pop wing racing, Electroglide, and FPV racing will wrap up and start anew in January. There is some tight competition for the top spots so make sure you don’t miss out!
We are a month away from nominations for 2018 board of directors, with voting happening at the November meeting which will be held on the 18th to get ahead of Thanksgiving.
Board members that currently plan to leave their current positions are: Myself, I intend to vacate the President seat, which will automatically move me to the Chairman position – still involved, but with a different role. ; Jim Bonnardel intends to step back from the Vice President position into one of the Member At Large positions to allow him to concentrate on other endeavors. Again, still involved, but with different responsibilities. ; Paul Guidice has decided to vacate the Treasurer position to enjoy some long anticipated travel with his Wife Isabel. This means we will also lose Isabel as our membership coordinator.
The President, Vice President, and Treasurer are positions that require a vote to occupy. The membership coordinator however, does not and can be appointed at any time. While it was handy for Paul and Isabel, the treasurer and membership person does not have to be a husband and wife team. With that being said, I am putting out a call for any member that would like to be involved without taking an actual board position, and understands how to use/manage spreadsheets. The membership coordinator could expect to spend 2 to 3 hours per week managing applications and mailing badges. Is this you? I need someone to take this position quickly, so they can spend some time with Isabel learning the ropes before we start the new year.
For the board positions, I again ask you to look inside yourself, ask the question of yourself on whether your skills, experiences, and qualities would make you the person to advance our club to new heights. Don’t think about what a few hours a month would affect you, instead think about the ways YOU could improve the experience of everyone in the club.
With the Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County, I would like to raise awareness that we routinely have homeless folks using our facilities. With that in mind, Paul strongly recommends to all members that they buy and bring a quality hand sanitizer with them for those occasions when the water tank in the porta potty is empty.
There are some really neat items on the sites For Sale tab. Make sure you take a look.
This month’s meeting is on the 23rd, and the fun fly event will be “ Don’t Spill the Beans”. Any member can play, and get a chance at $150.00 in cash prizes! Following the fun fly will be the monthly meeting followed by our hot dog lunch. Staying with the Bean theme, Jimmy is trying to convince me to make a pot of Chili…
See you there!
This Month's Event is:
Don't Spill the Beans!
Saturday, September 23rd 10:00am
Bring any fixed-wing aircraft and you can play!
Rules are simple, take off, do a loop, climb to 100ft or more, and then land.
You are given 20 beans in a medicine cup, once you land, we count how many you have left!
$1 per bean paid for the top 150 bean holders!
Club Meeting, and Lunch to Follow.
Norbert, his wife Susanne and good friend Egon are here in San Diego to fly his one-of-a-kind giant scale RC V-22B Osprey at the Miramar Airshow. Norbert designed and built the Osprey from scratch at home in Austria. I had the pleasure of meeting them and witnessed their pre-airshow flight test at Alpine Aerosquadron's field on Thursday before the airshow. Click the pic and you can see pictures and a video of the Osprey. If you can make it to the airshow, please go visit them in the model airplane tent near the flight line. Like most modelers, they are some of the nicest people you will ever meet. - Steve
Norbert's website: http://www.avens.at/cms/index.php/en/
Another great video and pictures here.
Some interesting facts below:
|Original V-22||Model data|
|2 Rolls-Royce AE1107C||4.586 kW||Length||2,05m 6,72 feet 80,7inch|
|Length||17,48m / 57,3feet||Width||9,84 feet / 118,1 inch|
|Width incl. rotors||25,78m / 84,5feet||Rotor diameter||14,52 feet / 54,3 inch|
|Rotor-diameter||11,60m / 38feet||Weight inc. batteries||about 48,5 pound|
|Max. height (nacelles vertical)||6,73m / 22feet||Motor||Kontronik Pyro 1000-40|
|Max. starting weight||23.859 kg / 52.600pound||ESC||Kontronik KOSMIK 200 HV|
|Max. travel speed||500km/h / 300 kts||Batteries||12s 4x5100mAh (2p) LIPO|
|Range||790 km / 428mn||External tiltelectronic||Benedini|
|Max. hovering time (Loiter time)||20 min||Flight controller||Flip32 Board|
|Payload||24 men or weight up to 20.000 pound||Remote control||Jeti DC-16|
|Maiden flight||March 19.1989, deployed 8.12.2005||Scale ratio||1:8,5|
Bob Stinson Won the Joker and Flew it the Same Day!!
Curtis joined from the Chula Vista club, and is HAVING WAY TOO MUCH FUN!!
A Couple Nice Airliners
By Jeff Struthers
Two 10s and a 20-Point Landing
It was an overcast morning last Saturday, wind was from the south at around 5 mph. Not the best-looking conditions for an Electroglide competition but we take what’s given us. A few of Pilots launched their Radians early to see what the winds were like up there. Lo and behold there was lift, up high and to the west of our runway. Workable lift existed.
On the first launch at 9:35 that’s where most pilots headed. A steady hand and a strong battery was needed to get high enough in 20 seconds of allowed motor run. Then careful piloting to stay in a lift that seemed to come and go. Roger Ball had the longest flight at 6:12 followed by Scott Vance at 5:41. Scott picked up a 30-point landing, Fred Daugherty and I getting 10-point landings.
With the second launch, all seven pilots headed for the same westward spot only to have launch paused as a helicopter approached our flying area. All gliders came down and we did a restart.
This time the lift had disappeared. The longest flight of 3:57 was recorded by both Scott and Roger. I picked up a 30-point landing, Roger and Fred got 20-point landings and Rich Rogers brought in a 10-point landing.
For the third launch about six minutes later, the lift was back. Flight times jumped for those who found it. Roger had the long flight at 9:45 with a 10-point landing. Scott came down at 9:38 with a 20-point landing and Rich Rogers came in at 9:20 with a 10-point landing. Fred and myself scored 20-point landings and Jon Graber picked up a 10-point landing. Fun flying in much better conditions.
Fourth and final launch found similar conditions. Roger came close to maxing out the flight time at 9:49. Scott came down at 9:36 with a 20-point landing and Tom Erickson had 9:11 aloft. Fred and I both picked up 20-point landings again. Another fun round for us all.
Winner for the day was Scott Vance at 243 total points. Second place goes to Roger Ball at 210 points and third place goes to yours truly at 160 points.
Even though the day started out overcast with a south wind, we got our airplanes up and had some fun. The moral of this day is do not leave your glider at home when you come to the field. Get it up there and see what the conditions are really like.
Next Electroglide is set for October 21st at 9:30.
See you there,
By Quan Nguyen
August Board Meeting
August 25th, 2017
Present: Paul, Dennis, Randy, Jim, George, Brad, Brian, Quan
-Raffle tickets are on sale
-Still looking for venues. Suggested raffle items for the ladies
-Elections: Some positions may become available.
-Field conditioning: no soil additive for now.
-New Tables: Jim has plan to gradually replace tables falling apart. Voted to authorize $1,200 for materials.
-DroneX proposes moving drone race to Oct. 28th. They will make a donation to the club for using our field.
-Tomorrow’s event is spot landing challenge.
-Treasurer’s report: Finances are sound. Paul and Isabel announced they are finishing their services to the club on November 30th. Thank you very much for your service, Paul and Isabel.
-We will be looking for a new membership coordinator soon.
-390 Members as of 8/25/17.
-September’s event: TBD
-Labor day: Voted to approve Subway lunch & raffle for Sept. 4th.
-Adjourned at 8:13pm
September BOD Meeting, Sept. 15, 2017
Present: Randy, Quan, Brad, Jim, Paul, Brian
-Raised $756 from the raffle for the banquet. $4,216 allocated for the banquet so far.
-Looking for new members to take over some positions on the board.
-Please exercise caution walking into the weeds- some people get an allergic reaction.
-Next week’s event: Don’t Spill the Beans. $150 in cash prizes.
-Prizes for Special Interest Groups is $25 per person who participate.
-Will repaint new portapotty.
-Jim will work on tables.
-Treasurer’s report: got money in the bank.
-PayPal account will close Oct 31st. Payment will be by check after that.
-Bank account will close Nov. 30th.
-Dec. 1st, someone will have to update membership form.
-Planning event for Veteran’s Day.
-Discussed a member doing numerous touch-n-go’s.
Calling Landings and Touch and go's is very important. Please if someone is at one end, or the other of the field and you are a third or half way and hear the call, please feel free to pass the word further down the field. This will help everyone!
I have seen several flights out over the parking lot and south of the east/west fence line, as well as the RotorPlex fence line on the west side in the last month. Please folks, understand the rules are in place to prevent the SDPD, Park Rangers, as well as the general public from complaining and possibly forcing other rules none of us want.
When joining this club, you inherently agree to the rules of the club. Please follow the rules, and assist others to understand the rules if needed. Every club member IS A SAFETY PERSON. Feel free to discuss rules as needed WITHOUT being confrontational.
One last thing, when there are few to no other people at the field, YES!! THE RULES STILL APPLY.
Thank you so much,
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.
4. Renewal for 2017 is underway. Click the red button at the top.
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.