Happy Thanksgiving to all!
These past few weeks have definitely brought in some cooler weather! I thought the heat wave would never end. The small amount of rain we received this month made the field even smoother, and there are no complaints about that!
This month we are moving the club meeting and fun fly event forward a week to the 21st to avoid conflict with holiday plans. This meeting is election day for club officers. To date we have only received one nomination and that is for the member at large position that Bob will be vacating. Should be a quick vote!! The event will be Warbird Day. Bring what you have and fly, but keep in mind that the window between 10:00 and 11:30 will be limited to Warbirds of all eras. Following that, Jim has set up a Turkey drop - so bring your bomb drop plane and try to win a sweet Turkey!! After the Turkey drop we will have the club meeting/voting and a great hot dog lunch served by the board of directors.
I would like to throw out a thank you to the club members who have been taking on roles as leaders and mentors in our club. Either by stepping up to run a few events, spending some of their flying hours to help a new person with training, or generally being a good ambassador and welcoming to visitors. You all are the reason the club has grown in the last couple of years, and we appreciate your willingness to share your hobby!
I am going to use that as a segue into another topic. We have a lot of new faces at the club right now. Some of them are amazed at how cool the low high speed passes look when properly performed. So amazed in fact that a lot of people are trying to emulate these passes before they are quite ready. This has resulted in high speed/ low attempts over the runway by some pilots that are barely in control of their planes at 3 mistakes high and the end result is a lot of planes over the pit/parking area/heli-pad on almost a daily basis. People, vehicles, and planes have all been hit in the last few months. We have been a little lax for the last few years on enforcing the flying RULE at our club that states “All low flying shall be done north of the runway except for take off, landing, and touch and go operations.” . Out of necessity we will be more vocal about keeping aircraft in the safe area and not over the runway itself. This included helicopter and multi-rotor activity. After discussing with Quan, our safety officer, we will make an exception for micro aircraft in the interest of visibility. These can fly between the center of the runway and the edge of the grass, but should not come close to the fence.
We have mentioned before that while it is the job of the board of directors to enforce rules and ask habitual offenders to leave the club, safety is the job of every member at our club If you see something unsafe, please feel free to say something to the pilot in a respectful tone. Sometimes you will need to raise your voice to be heard, but no yelling or screaming please. Physical violence will not be tolerated. Don’t save your issues until the arrival of a board member as I for one do not prefer approaching people with something I did not personally witness. That devolves into he said / she said and loses value. If you see someone routinely doing something unsafe or breaking the rules and they are not swayed by conversation, put it in writing -with the offenders name and a few witnesses – to the board and we will approach that person officially and ask them to change their behavior.
Jeff Struthers asked a very appropriate question last week and I would like to elaborate on the answer. Jeff asked when the responsibility of an instructor would end when it comes to getting someone safely in the air. It depends on the student, but as a whole, we owe it to them not to cut them off with only enough instruction to be dangerous. Some people need to be on the buddy box a few days or weeks past their first successful landing or first solo flight. Some students need constant reminding not to fly over the foot path, pits, or Seaworld drive. Please, if you are taking the time to train someone – make sure they have the minimum tools to fly safely before cutting ties.
Have a great Thanksgiving and safe flying!!
• 2016 Membership begins December 1st.
• Renew your AMA prior to renewing your SEFSD membership.
• You will not be able to fly in 2016 without a 2016 SEFSD membership badge.
2015 SEFSD Banquet
January 16th, 2016
Come join your club mates, friends and families for our end-of-year banquet.
This year we are hosting our party after the first of the year to give you time with your own families, and to save the holiday markup on banquet facilities, which means
MORE PARTY FOR US!
Food, Raffle, Non-hosted Bar
$5.00 per person, yes only FIVE DOLLARS!
We can seat approx. 150 persons, so if you are planning on attending do not delay!
Date: Oct 2, 2015
Time: 7:15 PM ~ 9:00 PM
Agenda: Board Meeting Oct 2015
Attendees: Jim, Paul, Brad, George, Tim, Dennis B, Quan, Scott
- Jim checked into prices of new tables. They're about $250. Looking at 6 tables. (Voted Passed)
- Monthly FPV Race next year?
- Frank wants the 8th for Vets day
- Quan displayed the revised map (again). Will get prices for ten on this years budget.
- Trailer needs to be cleaned out and shelves put in. $250
- $500 for field maint.
- Talked about winter party.
- We now have 400 members
- Paul reviewed the budget. He will start closing out the budget Nov 15th.
- Awards for the party - Talk about next month.
- Next BoD meeting - Nov 13th
- Club Meeting 21st
Date: Nov 6, 2015
Time: 7:10 PM ~ 9:10 PM
Agenda: Nov Board Meeting
Attendees: Jim, Paul, Scott, Dennis Brad, Quan, Bob
- Isabel: Renewal's not online until Dec 1st. Badges will be the 2nd of January.
- Members must wear badge next year. We're making this a rule
- Discussion about asking the city to reset the lock.
- Update Key Sheet.
- Next year add Mini Wing class to Popwing? FPV Fixed Wing?
- What aspects of the hobby are people interested in? Task: See if the AMA can give us that data.
- Badge Pictures - Please make the letters visible.
- Discussion about individuals. Presented with letters from individuals. Brad and Jim talked to the other individual. Action Item Jim: Letter to parties reiterating Bylaws and Club Rules. Board Review. Respond Privately, no response is a yes vote.
- FPV signs at Helipad
- Proposal to limit raceband to the Helipad
- Map $400 per sign. Sign and budget approved.
- FPV Racing: $1000 budget out of GoPro Funds - Approved
- Facility use fee - Table that for next meeting. Action item: Jim to email out something.
- Map out exclusion zone so we don't hack and slash plants down when setting up a track.
- Trailer - Inventory everything that's in there.
- 94th Aero cashed the check.
- Awards - Need more names.
- Paul reviewed budget.
- Paul needs receipts with some sort reasonable letterhead/proof from company.
By Quan Nguyen
By now, all of you frequent fliers will have seen the new laminated signs- new signs stating an old rule. Except for taking off and landing, there shall be no flying over the runway. While we have previously been lax about enforcing this rule to allow pilots to have some fun buzzing the runway, several incidents have happened involving out of control aircraft crossing over the pit area and hitting equipment as well as someone’s head on one occasion.
I know there are many experienced and skilled pilots at our club, and some feel this rule is restrictive for them. I have no doubt there are pilots here that can safely fly down the centerline. However, out of respect for fairness, and to create a rule that will be safe for pilots of all skill levels, I ask that even proficient pilots adhere to this rule and set an example for everyone else. I believe the benefits outweigh the diminished thrill, and most people will appreciate the absence of planes passing over too close to them.
We will make an exception for light, small aircraft that can’t be clearly seen from the other side of the runway. Please use common sense, be safe, and fly defensively to avoid other aircraft.
Lastly, I want to remind everyone, especially experienced fliers who get too comfortable and forget to CHECK THAT ALL CONTROL SURFACES WORK AND MOVE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, ESPECIALLY AILERONS!!! It’s the leading preventable cause of crashes at our field!
For me the highlight of the FPV racing event was a display put on by the FTC Dragons 5229 Robotics Team. This is a club of very impressive young people who designed and built a robot and used it in a robotics competition. Our very own Richard Bonnardel (Jim's boy) is a member. Here is their description from their flyer:
"The Dragons team 5229 participated in the First Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics competition. FTC is an annual challenge for middle and high school students, featuring competitors from all over the world.
The team is supported by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego, and operates from the Linda Vista Teen Center. The center is dedicated to providing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities for children and teens.
The Dragons have had two strong seasons back-to-back, with the high-point of qualifying for the World Championship. Making it to the final championship means the team was in the top 3% of all FTC teams globally. Beyond the competition, each each member has become critical to the team's success and appreciates the support received from community partners and volunteers, and is committed to raising awareness for FIRST robotics and STEM programs in the community. The Dragons will continue to partner with other teams and organizations in the area to do outreach at local events, in schools, and at special demonstrations.
I don't know the date of this mission by two C-130 aircraft from Tan Son Nhut outside Saigon to Hanoi, to retrieve the remains of US POWs who died in captivity in North Vietnam. It must have been about the same time the North Vietnamese released the live prisoners, and was apparently one of three such missions. Odd that none of that received any publicity in the States...
"Letter from an AF pilot repatriation of US Casualties from NVN. Please note how 'honorably' those weasels acted.
Hanoi Pickup Story
I'm sorry this has taken so long. I would be a great procrastinator if I ever got around to it!! I've been toying for years about writing the full story, but just haven't done it. May still do it someday. I'll give you a down and dirty version so I don't waste too much of your time.
A little background first: I had flown in and out of Hanoi twice before---flying out of U-Tapao AB, Thailand---with the peace negotiating team. Both times, we were ordered to wear civilian clothes and be nice to them. They took our pictures as we sat around a table for a briefing. The infamous "Rabbit" was in charge. At least that's who we thought it was. Big ears.
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