Daily Archives: October 24, 2019

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Electroglide Report for October 2019

The final Electroglide of 2019 happened last Saturday, and it could not have happened on a better day. The sky was a solid blue, wind was calm and the was lift just solid fun.

Nine pilots sent their aircraft aloft at the first launch shortly after 10:00 a.m., three open class gliders and six Radians.

The lift must have been still building over Sea World because all the flight times were somewhat short. Bob Stinson, flying a Conscendo in the open class, had the longest flight at 4:04 with a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton was second with a flight lasting 3:35, also with a 20-point landing. Eric Byrd came in third at 3:12 with a 20-point landing. Scott Vance picked up a 30-point landing. All the rest of the flight times were below three minutes.

All of the fun started two minutes later with the second launch. Most pilots headed west and found the lift just beyond the western edge of our runway. It was a strong lift and the flight times jumped. Stephen Treger, flying an Easy Glider, had the longest flight at 9:45 and picked up a 30-point landing, which Stephen noted as a personal best. Eric, flying a Radian, was second at 8:55, with a 20-point landing and Scott came in third at 8:21, also picking up a 20-point landing. Bob scored a 30-point landing, Alex had a 20-point and I had a 10-point landing. Most of the other flight times were in the six-minute range, confirming a big change in the flight conditions.

For the third launch, again pilots headed west. Now remember, we only have 20 seconds of motor run time. That is not much time to get your glider up high enough to find good lift, let alone to where you think the lift is located.

This time, the lift was easy to find. It stretched from the field’s driveway just west of our runway, to above the palm tree line. The lift seemed to start around 250-300 feet, and it was quite strong. Like one large block of rising air.

Both Scott and I have altimeters in our Radians and we quickly found our aircraft flying through 500 feet. This was crazy fun; it was hard to keep our aircraft below 400 feet.

Flight times were all above eight minutes with the longest flight recorded by Jon Graber flying a Radian. He almost landed just before time expired at 10 minutes, but was forced to abort his landing to avoid people on the field. As a result, his time came in at 10:15, and could not be counted. We’re so sorry about that, Jon, and we thank you for being such a good sport.

Stephen had the next longest scoring flight at 9:40. Alex came in after that at 9:20 plus a 30-point landing. Scott came back at 9:15, also picking up a 30-point landing. Bob and Dennis LaBerge both had 30-point landings.

I’ll also point out that Bob flew the shortest time and earned the Lucky Dog award flying a Conscendo. His flight time was at 8 minutes, 15 seconds. Yeah, there was lots of lift!

The fourth and final launch was pretty much into the same conditions. The wind was now starting to pick up, but the lift was still there. Stephen beat his second launch flight time by six seconds, coming back at 9:51 and scoring a 10-point landing. Jon came in second at 9:40 and picked up a 20-point landing. Alex was third with a flight of 9:20 plus a landing worth 30-points. Neil Zhu also earned a 30-point landing. Bob, Dennis and I all had 20-point landings. Scott also picked a 10-point landing.

Winner for the day? Bob Stinson, flying in the open class scored the most points overall at 319. Second place in the open class goes to Stephen Treger at 236 total points. Neil Zhu came in third at 148 points.

In the Radian class, first place goes to Alex Sutton at 278 points. Second place was earned by Scott Vance at 269 points. Third place goes to at 184 points.

It was a very fun day to close out the Electroglide season for 2019. We will resume the Electroglide on January 18th, 2020.

We also had a prize drawing for all the Electroglide pilots and a trophy ceremony for the total point winners this year.

In the open Class, first place went to Stephen Treger with 781 total points. Second place went to Bob Stinson at 466 total points and third place was earned by Vince Gonsowski at 125 points.

In the Radian Class, first place went to Scott Vance with 1757 total points. Second place went to Arthur Markiewicz with 1439 points and third place was earned by Dennis LaBerge with 1144 points.

A Special thanks goes to Frank Sutton for being our photographer this year.

I would like to close with a request. There are several club members who fly gliders other than the Radian. Perhaps those folks may feel that they can’t compete against the float of a Radian or don’t want to buy an airplane just for competing in the Electroglide.

On this last Electroglide, Bob Stinson proved Park Zone’s Conscendo is a competitive glider. This is also a full house aircraft that can do stunts and general flying. So, if you have a non-Radian Glider, come fly in the open class next year. Like all the club’s contests, it’s about fun and honing your skills as a pilot.

Next Electroglide will be January 18th, 2020. First launch will be at 10:00.

See you there,

Jeff

BOD Minutes for September and October 2019

September

Meeting starts at 6:40 pm

Present: Quan, George, Tony, Steve, Brad

For this month’s meeting, Quan took notes in my absence.

-LOA is on pending action from FAA.  AMA asked if we have a verbal agreement.  SEFSD response was FAA enforcement officer came in July and advised members to have FAA numbers on models.

-Portapotty lock was vandalized again. Brad bought parts to repair.

-Tony to buy another lock.

-Lisa will help Quan will holiday party planning.  Will also inquire about corporate prize contributions.

-Discussed board member nominations. We need more volunteers!

-Approved Prices each for pop wing and electroglide.

-Brad had suggestion for CD account. Quan will look into 9 month CD.

-No safety issues

-332 members

-George to pick badge picture for 2020.

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 7:33 p.m.

 

October

Meeting starts at 7:12 pm

Present: Quan, Tony, Steve, Brad, Ken, Eric

For this month’s meeting we talked about how to get more people interested in become board members.

The FAA now requires your registration number on your aircraft, and we suggest getting one on your plane to avoid heavy fines.

Fire season is here, please be aware and be ready.

We finally have a CD for the club, with 1.6 % interests for 9 months.

Our holiday party will be at the Harbor House once again, with a tentative date of January 18.  Tickets will be 20 per person.

November’s event will be War Bird Day.  Get your birds ready to rumble.

Club officer voting will be in November, during our scheduled meeting.  Please be ready to volunteer.   

Special Veterans Night Fly event with food scheduled for November 10 Sunday one hour before sunset.

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 7:12 p.m.

Safety Corner for October 2019

The past month has been fairly quiet on the safety side of things at Mission Bay. Aside from the couple of the pit overflights when a model gets away from the pilot there is nothing major to report discuss. 
There is little news to report on the LOA with the FAA/Lindberg tower—we are as they say “in a holding pattern”. The best thing we can do is continue to observe all the club rules and be especially aware of any full size traffic in the area and decent to 50 feet or less until the traffic is well out of our field area—a mile or more would be a good rule to follow. If you are flying higher performance model that flies higher and faster please have a fellow club member act as your extra eyes to keep you aware of any full size traffic.
The FAA rules do require that you have your ID number on your models—there is a sizable fine possible for not complying. 
Steve Neu
Safety Officer SEFSD

Treasurer’s Report for October 2019

We have 345 members as of October 23rd, and $19,001.70 our bank accounts. We invested $10,000  in a 9 month Certificate of Deposit (CD) with Wells Fargo that pays a 1.7% interest rate. Our combined cash assets is $29,001.70.
Our board elections is coming up next month. I am the default Treasurer for 2020 if no one else runs. However, if someone would like to nominate themselves or someone else for that position, I’ll gladly defer to them and take on another position. I believe we are still short 2 positions on the board for next year, so I’ll fill any vacancy remaining if someone prefers to be Treasurer if they serve.
The last two years, improved automated software and equipment has made the treasurer position much easier to perform than in the past. I will also train an incoming treasurer to perform their tasks successfully. So if you have just a little bit of time, and can commit to 12 months of service, please step up! If you have any questions about what the position entails, please talk to me.
-Quan