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Chairman’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2020

We had another great holiday banquet this past Saturday! I saw a lot of you there and I know everybody had a great time. For those that missed it, I missed you! Banquet pictures should populate on the site within a couple of days. Dinner was outstanding as usual, the hospitality at the Harbor House was amazing, and the raffles were stellar! The ladies again appreciated the effort put forth to get raffle prizes more tailored towards them. Tony and I had a lot of fun presenting and holding the raffle itself. If you can manage it you should try to come next year.

Still no response from the FAA or Lindbergh Air traffic control about raising our altitude ceiling back to 400 feet. We continue to attempt contact, and Steve Manganelli is going to utilize his years of experience to attempt a dialog. Government bureaucracy at its finest! We are still better off than the Chula Vista club, which is currently shut down from flying RC airplanes until they work their letter of agreement with the Navy’s REAM field in imperial Beach. A couple of their members have joined our club over the last month, please continue to make them feel welcomed. I have put out the olive branch to their clubs electric flying members, and we will let them come fly at our field for a couple of weeks – as long as they have current AMA and one of our members explain the protocols involved with flying at our site… If it looks like their fight will be a long one, we will ask them to join our club.

Steve Neu is investigating a new airplane to use for our monthly race series which ended due to the non-availability of Popwings. He has also volunteered to be the race master for this year! Steve has an 800mm FMS trojan that he is using as a test mule, it is fairly inexpensive. If the trojan makes sense, and people are willing to buy them, we could have a race series starting again in March. More to follow.

 This past weekend Jeff Struthers initiated the first Electroglide for 2020, and it seems to be a success! A 10 second motor run keeps the planes just below 200 feet. It’s a bit more of a challenge to add minutes to your flight time while starting out quite a bit lower! Thanks Jeff, and the glider4 pilots willing to try the event with the new format.

Our president, Tony Blackhurst, is going to take custody of our barbecue equipment for the year, and Carl Cox will be the hotdog master. Please say thank you to Mark Davis for doing it this past year when you have a chance!

Ken Dresser your fun Fly coordinator, has finalized the list of meeting day fun place for the year, and it should be on the website calendar shortly. He is bringing back some old favorites, as well as new challenges, it should be a lot of fun! This months event one of Kennys favorites, limbo. The event should start at 10:00 AM and conclude somewhere between 11 AM and 12 PM. Afterword we will have the monthly club meeting at the field and our hotdog lunch. Hope to see you there!

The pictures I’ve chosen for this month are some of our younger members, and I want to thank everybody who has been mentors to these individuals. They are the future! Some of them are flying better than some long-time members…

Brad

President’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2020

Hey Pilots,

I would like to welcome everybody to a new flying year. We had a great time last year with all of our club events and flying adventures. We have an exciting year planned so please stay tuned for all the updates.
We had a successful holiday party at the Harbor House and l want to put out a big thanks to all those at the harbor house who helped make our event as wonderful as it was. We had a great raffle with plenty of airplanes chargers and batteries we also had gifts for the wives. I would like to invite everybody to attend next year’s party, it should be just as fun as this years. 
I would like to remind everybody that we are limited to 200’. I know it’s not ideal but we do have to stay at that limit until we get further authorization from the tower. We are working to get our clearance back up to 400 feet but it will take time so please be patient with us during this time of transition. Please be respectful of your fellow members and stay below that altitude. Anything over that jeopardizes the entire club and it would be unfortunate if you were the one that was the catalyst for Having our field shut down. If you are consistently not staying under the altitude limit, we will have no choice but to ask you not to come back to the field and jeopardize the other few hundred members we have at this club. 
The field is nice and hard. Please be aware that when it rains it does get very soft please don’t walk on it so that our other pilots can enjoy the field also. 
And last, but not least, I would like to thank Steve Belknap our editor for his tireless dedication to the club and maintaining our newsletter and all our club reminders. 
This is going to be an exciting year so please stay tuned for all the good clean fun. 
Sincerely,

Tony Blackhurst. 

The FAA’s New Rule Proposal For Drones and RC Aircraft – PLEASE COMMENT

Seems the FAA just isn’t ‘Happy’ enough.  The following is from Model Airplane News:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones, which by strict definition include RC model aircraft. We encourage our audience to read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now in the Federal Register and share their comments.

The following regulations are in the proposed rule and would impact the RC hobby.

>It would limit the number of approved flying sites

>All flying sites must have internet capability

>Requires registration of every aircraft

 

Click here to comment and make your voice heard!”
Don’t Wait!

 

Below is the response from SEFSD member John Forester:

“INCOMPLETE DRAFT: FOR REVIEW AND COMMENT ONLY  John Forester

F. A. A. PROPOSES TO KILL AMATEUR, RECREATIONAL FLYING OF MODEL AIRCRAFT

To: United States Senators and Members of Congress

The FAA has issued a proposed rule regarding model aircraft flying: Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Federal Register Dec 31, 2019, pgs 72438-72524.

The proposed FAA system will destroy the present system for amateur, recreational flying of model aircraft. This contradicts the promises FAA has given to the public and to Congress that the present system for amateur, recreational flying of model aircraft will be maintained. It appears that Congressional action is required to force the FAA to keep its promises.

Present flying of model aircraft

At present, model aircraft may be flown within sight of the pilot on the ground, at low altitude,  anywhere except in specified spaces around airports where the model’s operation would interfere with the operation of full-size aircraft. The only means by which each model aircraft is identified is by a label that states its owner and his address. Such an aircraft requires a landing field that acts as its airport but may not be recognized as such by any other person. If that landing field is close to an airport, then permission to operate that landing field must be obtained from the airport operations office.

The FAA  has allowed certain community-based organizations to establish rules for the safe operation of model aircraft by their members. One such organization is the Academy of Model Aeronautics, of which I am a member (#523616). The AMA was started in 1936, has about 200,000 members, and is the only organization authorized to hold international model aircraft events in the USA. I, myself, am 90 years old, born in 1929, started making models in 1940 and started flying radio-controled models about 1970.

My local club is Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, flying from a field near Mission Bay. Because this field, while two miles from San Diego Airport, is completely out of the traffic pattern of that airport, we operate under permission from that airport.  SEFSD has about 350 members, and we have members flying every day in which the weather is suitable (except when we are notified that all private flying is closed to protect an important person, say a visit by the President). Our runway is usually operated with westward traffic. The simplest flight is takeoff westbound, fly an approximate circle to return near the east end of the runway, and then land westbound. The most complicated flight would involve a complex sequence of aerobatic maneuvers (the kind of flying I like best). We allow up to six planes in the air simultaneously. Despite having this mixed pattern of simultaneous use, by keeping eyes open we have an acceptably low level of mid-air collisions. Continue reading

A Fun Ray from Multiplex Repair(ed) Experience

By Carl Murphy

In Which We Patch Up a New Fun Ray (Multiplex)

This is the first time I’ve had a fine quality Radio Ready (RR) to fly modern RC airplane in my hands, a current RC airplane as semi-hotliner (it came out seven months ago) which needed repairs before ever making a decent landing. Not including the 3S LiPo it cost €390/$440- in addition to which the new 3S LiPo was wrecked. What luck, we have two more LiPos sitting around ready. How much, materials cost and labor, to make an airplane out if it again?

More Foam RC Airplanes than the Law Allows

I have lost track of how many foam airplanes I have assembled, with the count for flying wings at fifty-five (I haven’t assembled any in a decade) and often assembling kits for others it is over a hundred. Until recently most of them had to be reinforced, as in Rhein-Main we enjoy flying close to home, without a mowed, free of rocks, grass as a crop landing zone and in SoCal I don’t usually have the Mission Bay (sandpaper) field to land on. All of my personal airplanes the propulsion was tuned. There were a couple of thousand carefree flying sessions, mostly airframes from Zaggie and Multiplex. Which included some duds (the Xeno flying wing, a single flying session, and a similar built up balsa) and a hard stalling semi-hotliner, the Blizzard (five and ten flights respectively). I issued a series of articles in which I bought up a used, owner assembled ARFs, dissected them, and, if they were worth it, fixed them (Twin Star II), or, discarded them (The Too Old Gemini, The P.O.Deleted DT-80, The Too Old First Generation Fun Glider, The Fun Glider).

A goal is not so much fly the Fun Ray at our home (farm) fields so much as those great places we keep reading about in Southern Tirol, Bavaria and Austria. Get the hang of it here and go fly there. So far though, its been hanging out with the locals as there was no wind. With a Fun Ray he’d have taken to the air. To date my personal slope soaring (zu Deutsch Hangflug) is mostly a distant memory of Estancia in Costa Mesa CA (before the trees wrecked the lift, nobody slope soars there anymore) and a single session at Point Fermin CA (difficult landing) decades ago. An alternative would be Torry Pines in San Diego CA. The Fun Ray is tough enough to land at Point Loma, until the drones got us run out of there. Our nearest slope soaring to our west end of Rhein-Main is in Appenheim. Three sessions for the other pilot, were enough to wake up his interest. Me, at a three hour round trip drive my two times there was no wind.

This is an original how to article, mostly to stay in contact with a friend with vastly better legal skills, made available to the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego this year 2020. Were this a typical motor mounted at the rear, wonderfully built up out of balsa, plywood and iron on plastic covering, after planting the nose from a thirty-three feet up (ten Meters) there would be nothing to fix. With the motor front mounted to a combination of fiberglass and plastic reinforcement joined to impact resisting Elapor foam, it got a second chance. Continue reading

Safety Corner for Jan. 2020

By Steve Neu
We have a couple important goals in the coming year to continue to operate safely and to work on reducing the restrictions that were imposed on us in the LOA that was we signed with the Lindberg tower. I expect that this will take sometime to make a favorable case to the Lindberg tower. Our new VP Steve Manganelli has agreed to spearhead this effort.
At this point Electro Glide is the most affected but I  think with some adjustments that the long running event will be able to continue even with the altitude restrictions. 
Keep in mind that the most important thing is to make sure there are no conflicts with manned aircraft. If a manned aircraft comes in to within a mile of SEFSD descend to 50 feet or less and stay there until the manned aircraft has left the area. Remember that in all cases the manned aircraft has priority!
On another subject—Racing may be back at SEFSD. At the last BOD meeting the subject came up regarding a replacement for the Pop Wing racers.  For some reason I volunteered to look into options, The popular Horizon 1.1 meter T28 was discussed but I found it is no longer in production. I kept looking and found that the FMS T28 is available for $109—it has a 800mm span and runs on 2 or 3 cells. the plane comes as a “PNP” with all the servos, motor and controller installed. It took all of 15 minutes to assemble. I will be doing some testing in the next couple weeks and if it handles well. It might be our new club racer. The race format would follow what has been done with the previous series with the only difference being that the planes will do a runway takeoff.
More after I get some flying on this plane.

Hawaiian Air

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By Jovi

Thanksgiving Day, all the relatives were in the kitchen helping out in prepping the turkey and the many other goodies going with it, grabbing samples, my wife is in the middle of making egg rolls and it was smelling good.  Me, I was sitting by the TV watching football, my Kona Brewing Hanalei beer next to me, computer in hand and I was feeling pretty good that day.   With my computer, I’m doing the massive internet searching and watching the football game.  I like to check out Motion RC for their aircrafts (to my opinion) look pretty cool, for a foamy.  I have had my eye on this one very cool looking aircraft, it was the Flight Line B-24 Liberator Olive Drab. 

Then my eye caught sight of this airliner, Freewing AL37 Airliner Twin 70mm EDF, I’m like really, that just looks so cool and so was the price, $499.99.  I still had to see what this was, watch some videos and as I was doing that, drinking my Hanalei beer and I was getting excited (PG). At this point I had to get some eggrolls so I paused.   Picking my eggrolls, I start taking to my wife, Phi, (pronounced like paying a “Fee”) about this new airplane that I just found on the internet and of course she says back to me “Oh Jovi, here goes more money”.    I said with a smile, you need to see it later……. Here’s the good stuff on the AL37:

  • Wing loading: 110g/dm2
  • Wing Area: 39 dm2
  • Length: 78.74 in
  • Wingspan: 72. In
  • Motor: 3048-2150KV O/R Motor
  • Servos: 9g MG digital servo (6pcs), 9g Hybrid digital servo (4pcs)
  • ESC: 60A with 5A BEC (2pcs)
  • Ducted fan: 70mm 12-blade fan (2pcs)
  • Weight: 7.385 pounds (w/o battery)

Also included were, Electric Landing Gear, with doors, scale LED lights and best of all the two pilots figures, why who else was going to fly this bird????   The Li-Po Battery needed, 6S 4000-6000mAh.

Phi, my wonderful wife gave me the go-ahead so when we got home from our Thanksgiving trip in Arizona, I got to Motion RC web site and “Pushed the Button”, it was order, now, patients for the deliver day.  When order, I was told this was a pre-order, should ship mid-December.    

Meanwhile while waiting for the Jetliner, I had asked Randy if he know of anyone who could make decals and I was looking to make my airline look like Hawaiian Airlines, my favorite way to go when heading to the Islands.   Randy mentioned Callie Graphics.  Found their web site so I left them an e-mail with my request.  Couple of days later I got a response back with “heck yeah”.  Again, I got excited… (PG).

Here it is December 10th and I got the e-mail; your order has shipped……Oh Yeah!!!!!   A day later, Callie Graphics advise me that my order had shipped as well.  This was great, very thing is falling into place.  Besides having the problem with Fed-Ex and there so call on time deliver, my was delayed by three days.  The decals arrived and I was very impressed with the way they came out.  I was also surprised on how large these decals were.   Well finial on Sunday evening the package arrived.  I was like, box is not that large and I could not believe how light the package was.  Open it up and was happy seeing how the packaging was very well done; each piece was well place in a cradle that was created in its shipping box.   Once I look at it, I got amazed on how large of a Jet this really was….

On Monday right when I got home from work I started to work on AL37.   Putting the fuselage together was really easy and it goes on straight.   Now came the time to put the decals on.  If anyone has done this, you know to use Luke warm water and some soap.  This really helps in putting the decals on and getting them as straight as possible.   I took the rest of the week to get it done.

December 28th, it was ready for flight.  Randy was very kind to help me get it in the air.  Check it out and soon it was in the air.  This aircraft fly’s really fast.   Randy flew it for about 4 minutes and then wanted to bring it down.   And he did.  It hit hard and had some damage.  All could be repaired.  By the following weekend the AL37 was ready for flight.   This time Brad was at the field.  I don’t how much I can thank Brad for taking the time, about over an hour and spent the time setting up my radio and making sure that AL37 was perfect.  He check it out from top to bottom.   Now it was time to fly.   Brad got it up, flew it around trimmed it out and it flew great, hands off.

Then the moment was mine, with a freshly charge battery the AL37 was ready for flight again.  This time I took control.   Powered up, she started to roll, increasing the power she started to lift off the ground, I was excited….I flew her for about 4 minutes and let Brad have the last minute to bring her back.   He brought her back on a very nice approach and he landed it very gently.    WOW this is one fun airplane.

Without the help of Brad and Randy, I don’t think I could have done this on my own, got to take it home in one piece……Thanks again for the help you both provide me with my Hawaiian Air.

Electroglide Report for Jan. 2020

By Jeff Struthers

Woo Hoo! On Saturday the 18th, we had blue skies, sunshine and no wind. We also had a maximum altitude limit of 200 ft., so this event was a test of this limit’s effect on the Electroglide itself. I’m happy to report that we can still have a fun time flying within this altitude restriction.  

Seven pilots were on hand for the first launch. Aircraft included four Radians, two Conscendos and one Easy Star. After a brief pilots meeting, with the announcement of a ten second motor run time, we started the contest.

On the first launch and such a short motor run time, pilots seemed to need more time to adjust to this lower altitude and yet still find some lift. Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3 minutes, 47 seconds. Daric Knight came in second at 2:30 and Alex Sutton came back at 2:22 with a 20-point landing.

For the second launch, pilots now were finding great lift. Daric had the long flight at 9:30, with Scott almost as long at 9:29 and picking up a 20-point landing. Alex came in third at 8:06 and picked his first 30-point landing for the day. All three pilots flying Radians. Neil Zhu flying a Conscendo, had joined Scott, Daric and Alex in that tight thermal column slightly north east of our target circles. Neil had a flight time of 7:46 plus a 10-point landing. As most pilots know, the Conscendo is not as good a floater as the Radian, yet Neil was keeping his aircraft aloft in a very competitive flight. Dennis LaBerge also had a 10-point landing and Bob Stinson picked up a 20-point landing for that launch.

Third launch had pilots returning to the same lift area, but the lift had diminished a bit. Longest flight was earned by Alex at 5:59 with another 30-point landing. Scott came in second at 5:35 aloft, plus a 30-point landing and Daric came in third with a flight of 4:00 minutes, plus a 20-point landing.

Forth and final launch had pilots finding strong lift again with Scott staying aloft the longest at 9:11, plus a 30-point landing. Daric came in second at 8:37 and Alex came in third at 7:44, while picking up his third 30-point landing for the day.

Winner for the day was Alex Sutton with 257 total points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 250 total points and third place goes to Daric Knight with 153 total points.

To be sure, last Saturday’s weather made flying a glider a fun experience. The warm sunshine coupled with no wind allowed the thermals to form in several areas close to the runway. In the cool months ahead, we may have some days when no lift is generated, and the winning points will be made with the spot landings. As for the 200-foot altitude limit, it doesn’t seem to be a hindrance to us having a fun Electroglide competition.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the event pictures. Next Electroglide is set for February 15th at 10:00 a.m.

See you there,

Jeff

Treasurer’s Report for Jan. 2020

Thank you to the 115 members and guests who attended our winter banquet last week. I would especially like to thank the three members who chose to put their prizes back into the “youth raffle” to encourage young pilots to participate in the hobby! Also thanks to Brad, Lisa, and Tony for helping grab some more prizes, and putting together the finishing touches for the event. We are currently at 225 members for 2020.
-Quan

Photo Albums for January 2020

Please thank Frank and Alex Sutton for their outstanding contribution to our photo library.  Pretty much everything that happens at our field and other events is captured in the lens of their cameras.  Make sure to show them your appreciation. 

 

Below are just a few of their latest albums:

Click on a pic

Twas the Weekend Before Christmas

 

Twas the Weekend After Christmas

 

Freeze Fly 2020

 

General Flying and New Jets –

“Don’t know if you heard or not, but Alex flew his Motion RC Airliner and no problems on the  Maiden Flight, but it was a near-disaster Miracle 2nd Flight. Alex lost connectivity and the big bird pitched over and did a nose dive at full speed and seemed to start leveling off just above ground towards Sea World. We lost sight of it for a brief moment and we all thought it was a hold in the ground full of foam, but miraculously, that Boeing 737 flew up and away and Alex did an emergency landing!
  We believe the problem is with the new receiver, and we went up to the hobby shop in Corona yesterday and got the same type of receiver that is in the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 737. Hopefully, we won’t have another near-disaster like that again. Alex has already tested the new receiver, and we look forward to flying his Motion RC AL37 again this weekend! I intend to write an article about this too, with details on the receiver types we’ve used and have now to help anyone else avoid this disastrous situation. I’m also going to be informing our new good friend and Motion RC Technician, Andrew, on what’s happened. I have a few photos too of Andrew and Alex troubleshooting his Motion RC AL37 and will be sending those photos with my article within the week.  Included are photos of the Maiden Flight, and GoPro Video of the Miracle Flight.” – Frank

Chairman’s Corner for Dec 2019 – Jan 2020

Hey guys, I hope Christmas brought you all of the little goodies you were hoping for!

I wish everybody a happy New Year’s and I hope 2020 is the year that meet your expectations.

Quite a few things to talk about as we finish up 2019, so I’ll jump right into it. Thank you everybody for respecting the altitude limitations that have been placed on us by the FAA and air traffic control, and keeping your aircraft below the 200 foot ceiling imposed upon us. Like you, I am unhappy with the decrease, but at the current time this is our ceiling. Quan, Eric, and Steve Manganelli will be dealing with air traffic control and the FAA in the future to see if we can get our flight ceiling restored to at or near 400 feet – which was our previous limit.

 We had elections for the Board of Directors in the end of November, and I would like to welcome the board members for 2020. Tony Blackhurst is again our President, stepping in as vice president is Steve Manganelli, Quan Nguyen carries over his duties as treasurer, Ken Dresser continues the secretary and as our monthly FUNFLY event coordinator, Jeff Struthers is new to the board as one of our members at large, Carl Cox continues as a member at large, and Eric Shapiro also continues as a member at large. As the previous President, I will continue as Chairman. Thanks to all of you for stepping up to help guide our club into 2020. George Sullivan is stepping away from the Board of Directors, but will continue on as our membership coordinator. Steve Belknap, of course, continues as our editor for SEFFSD newsletters and the manager for our website. A great big “THANK YOU” to all mentioned for stepping up instead of stepping back!

2020 membership is in progress. All 2019 club memberships expire At midnight on December 31. There are no exceptions. The date printed on the bottom of your membership cards denoted your AMA expiration date – not the club member expiration date. We do not pro-rate, and there are no 2-year memberships for SEFSD. George has designed and is printing the new 2020 badges. For those of you who don’t pick up your badge on badge day at the field, Jan 4th, you should receive them in the mail within the first couple weeks of January. Have you renewed yet? There’s no reason to wait! Once you have your AMA membership for 2020 you can renew your club membership at  https://sefsd.azurewebsites.net/VerifyAma  and 2019 members can purchase their tickets to the holiday banquet at https://sefsd.azurewebsites.net/EventTicket .  As of this writing, there are about 30 seats remaining to the holiday banquet at the Harbor House at 6PM on Saturday, Jan 18th. I highly recommend you get your seats reserved, it will be a great event again this year with lots of raffle prizes and also- like last year, prizes for the ladies.

We have received a lot of rain over the last month and the field is in very fine condition. I really appreciate the members staying off of the field when it’s damp or muddy. Please continue with this trend, all will appreciate it! A couple things to mention from a safety standpoint since we seem to have past members who forget some basics, and new members coming in from other clubs. Unless taking off or landing, please keep your aircraft over the weeds at the far edge of the field. High speed passes do not belong over the fence! One small error and your aircraft is in somebody’s face or in somebody’s vehicle. If you know you are losing control of your aircraft you should be the first to speaking up, warning other pilots that you have an issue. A loud “ HEADS UP!” or “LOOK OUT!” could stop a potential visit to the emergency room. Also, please call out loudly announcing your take offs, landings, and anytime you step out of a gate or from the field onto the runway. We continue to have issues of members stepping out – without announcement – right in the path of aircraft that are landing or taking off. The pilots are concentrating on their aircrafts, it’s on you to call out – and just as important, to turn your head and LOOK to ensure it is safe. Let’s be safe!

Now is also a good time to take a look at your first aid gear and see if it’s still up to your expectation. While some items don’t have an expiration date, some do – and you don’t want to be in need of something that you can’t use. Maybe a look at your extinguishers is also justifiable?

Weather permitting, we will have badge day at the field on Saturday, January 4. This will be an opportunity to come to the field grab a slice of pizza and save the club some postage by collecting your badge in person. New members who need keys for the gate in the bathroom can purchase them at this time for our cost, which is three dollars apiece.

There will be some changes to the clubs monthly events for 2020. Popwing Racing has officially ended due to the non-availability of Popwings. There have been a few suggestions of other aircraft to use as alternates. However, our Popwing master (Thanks JIMMY) for the last several years is currently too busy to run the race series for the year… If you have an aircraft to suggest that is inexpensive and readily available *AND* you would like to take over as race master for the year, please bring your suggestions to Tony, Steve, or myself. The current height limitations are forcing us to modify the electro-glide event, however, It will continue on the 3rd Saturday monthly with a slightly different format. The F5B, F5D teams will also continue with a few modifications, and their 2020 schedule should be on the Calendar within a few weeks. Night flying is also currently on hold per our agreement with ATC at Lindburgh, but hopefully we can have that discussion and renew night operations shortly…

Mark Davis has been our hot dog master for the last year, and he has done an amazing job!! THANKS Mark!  His work plan for this year has a lot more travel in it and we are looking for a volunteer to take over on fun fly days. It involved moving/taking custody of the club grill, and purchasing/bringing the supplies (Dogs, Buns, Condiments, Chips, and Beverages) You will be reimbursed by the club. Please let us know if you would like to help!

There is no event this month with so many on travel. Kenny is making the event calendar for 2020 now, If you want to suggest something new, let me know and I will pass it on.

Here’s to a Happy and Healthy New Year!!

Brad

 

Adventure Multiplex Panda, Fly the Thing

By Carl Murphy

Flight (10) 11 End of January year 2018 (So.) The wind swirls over the hills and between the apartment buildings where I live, so, I was way off, ninety degrees on the wind direction and half down on the strength. Up in the Tanus Hills, where I expected the wind to be blowing up the saddle, the wind was blowing up a forested hill and back down. Which is normally too turbulent to fly a plane of this type, except that, right at the saddle is a pocket of not much swirl and I’m here. The Panda flew for twelve minutes, just not right and it was quickly evident this is a still air airplane. I’ve been flying a medium speed, way up powered Mentor which responds directly to control inputs, I had to relearn how to fly with just ruder and elevator. Even full stick throw, which seemingly doesn’t do enough, until putting full amps to the Panda.

Flight 12 same day At the nearest slope soaring hill (38) km away. With rain or snow every other day and the winter darkness of this fifty degrees north latitude I’ve been stuck in a tunnel for months, I just had to get out some. This can be a gently slope soaring experience looking out over the valley. Instead the wind is blowing up the slight slope covered with trees, conditions aloft are turbulent, the view under the clouds a thousand feet up clear.   The Panda flew for fifteen minutes, this time using all the down trim the transmitter had and holding the elevator down from stick neutral too.

Flight 13 I marked the elevator for reference, then moved the aileron one tooth at the servo arm. Now it needs all the up trim and some more holding down. The flight went twenty minutes. Considering the unsuitable flying conditions and that the battery still had a third more usable charge there was more to be had.

I put my Reinforced Mentor in the air, what a difference.

I reset the full flying elevator to correct neutral. That (1/16) inch off (about one and a half millimeters) as measured at the leading edge of the full flying stab is likely why the original owner gave up on this Panda although that casting lip at the wings leading edge made it worse too. It is now up for sale or trade.

 

A Multiplex Panda

A True ARF   Easy to Carry Ok to Fly

No Longer In Production  

Conclusion

I could add more rudder and elevator (half an hour, nominal cost), even add in ailerons (two to three hours, thirty to forty bucks, plus forty grams) and more power (an hour or two, fifty to a couple of hundred bucks). But I won’t. They had a near identical RC airplane with from the factory ailerons (also discontinued, although a local store in Rhein-Main has a new one in stock) I won’t be looking for one at any price. Multiplex insisted if it had their name on it that the quality would be up to their high standards, there can’t have been any profit for them with the Panda at what they sold for. Kind of like the Edsel, the Panda didn’t fit a need for when it came out. Unlike the Edsel though (the Edsel may have set the all time record for poor build quality of American cars) the Panda quality was consistently rather better than comparable ARFs. You get what you pay for! Continue reading

Chairman’s Corner for Nov./Dec. 2019

Hey folks!

Welcome to the fall! Hopefully the hottest days and the red flag warnings are behind us. With rain in the forecast as I write this, the field should smooth itself out and be in AMAZING shape for the rest of the year.

One major point of interest this month for the club is the agreement coming out of Lindbergh air traffic control which is based upon changes from the FAA regarding the use of small unmanned aircraft systems within 5 miles of an operational airport. I know other board members will be discussing the requirements, so I won’t go too deep. Starting December 1 we will have to have a really good look at how high we are flying at our site. The agreement presented to us by the FAA Western Service Center will limit flights at our site to 200 ft AGL.  Quan has engaged the air traffic control center in an attempt to discuss options. More as we go into 2020.

We had a very successful Nightfly event the evening of November 10. Thank you Ken Dresser for organizing it! About a dozen pilots and quite a few family members showed up at dusk for pizza and fun. We may look at a night fly again as we move into 2020. However, right now part of the memorandum with air traffic control states no flying from dusk to dawn, but one fight at a time…

As we mentioned last month, our post holiday banquet for 2019 will again be held at the Harbor House on 18 Jan. Like last year, there will be $20 collected for each attendee which will cover an amazing meal, good times with family and friends, and your raffle ticket for some amazing prizes. As last year, there will be prizes for fliers and spouses. Quan is using his computing expertise to automate the process to purchase your tickets. Expect to hear more from him, and a blast from the club during the first week of December as ticket sales open. Seating will again be limited to 130 members and their guests, and will only be available to members for the 2019 calendar year. Buy your tickets early to ensure you attend!

Also, kicking off at the beginning of December will be renewals for a club membership for 2020. It looks like we will finish 2019 with 345 members. If you know you are going to join for 2020, please get it done early so we can get your badge to you early Jan! Quan will be shifting over the membership application to 2020 on the website the beginning of December. The system will again validate that your AMA membership is up-to-date before allowing you to proceed for payment. Have you purchased next years AMA yet? If you need your card quickly, please mail either Quan or myself and let us know.

This Saturday, 23 November, we will have the club meeting which will include the end of year vote for club officers to carry us into 2020. I have had a couple members step up to fill board positions for departing members. Steve Manganelli has volunteered himself as your vice president, and Jeff Struthers has stepped up to fill an open member at large position. I fully expect both of them to provide valuable insights in the future guidance of our club. If you have decided to nominate yourself last minute, I will be unable to send ballots out via email, and will need you to present yourself at the meeting with your nomination for any club officer position.

The Fun Fly event which will be held prior to the club meeting on the 23rd will be Warbird Day. Between approximately 10 AM and noon, flying will be restricted to any aircraft that has fought in any conflict in the world. Ken Dresser, your new master of fun, well set the rules allowing people a chance at a $150 worth of gift certificate to Discount Hobby Warehouse.

I would like to close out this month with a big THANK YOU to a lot of people who have went above and beyond in supporting the club and it’s endeavors this year. For our yearly club events, I want to shout out to Jim Bonnardel, and Jeff Struthers. Thank both of you for running pop wing racing and electroglide so well. Right now their futures are unclear, But hopefully we can figure something out as we move ahead. Thanks Ken Dresser for stepping in to make the monthly events a lot of fun.  I also want to thank Dennis Laberge for all of his support and keeping the site maintained, from pulling weeds, to assisting with maintenance of the tables, and driving the roller for hours when we are maintaining the field, Dennis is always there when there is work to be done with a smile on his face. Carl Cox and Scott Vance also step up whenever we ask for a work party. Another to Jim Bonnardel for his time and effort s getting the fencing right at the rotorplex, and replacing numerous tables with a lasting solution.  Please take a chance to say THANK YOU to John Weaver the next time you see him at Discount Hobbies for Giving us a break on the Fun Fly raffle prizes which lets us give back even more to the members. Thank you Steve Belknap for managing our website and putting together this newsletter for your monthly reading pleasure. A SUPER Big shout out to Mark Davis for taking care of us on Fun Fly/meeting days with the hot dogs and refreshments. His Salsa is the best!!, and Finally a thank you to our 2019 Board of directors for stepping to the plate this past year.

THANK YOU!

Brad

President’s Corner for Nov./Dec. 2019

Hey pilots,

We are coming to the end of the year and I want to thank everybody for a great year of flying. I would like to remind everybody that we are voting this month for club officers. So if there’s anybody you would like to nominate, please do so.  If you want to nominate yourself, that’s fine as well. We will be holding the vote at this months meeting which is on November 23. Please have a say in what your club does and how it operates. 
We have received a response to our LOA from the FAA. As of December 1, we are restricted to a 200 foot altitude and daylight hours only. I know this is not ideal but we are still allowed to fly and have access to our flying field. We are negotiating with the FAA and hope to bring our flight ceiling back up to 400 feet but in the meantime please respect the altitude change until further notice. We know 200 feet is low for some pilots we are doing what we can to bring that back up so please be respectful and fly to 200 feet. We want to be back at 400 feet and are working hard to get there and get it done so please be patient with us. This is ongoing and we will keep you informed. 
We will be holding our Christmas party on January 18. We will be reserving the harbor house again this year and are expecting around 130 seats to be available. Tickets will be $20 apiece so first come first serve. Once 130 have been sold there will be no more seats available. We always have a great time at the party and hope to see you all there. 
I want to thank you all again for bringing your fire extinguishers. I have seen a lot more fire extinguishers at the field which is great, keep it up. You guys are awesome and I hope to serve you better in the coming year so please feel free to contact me and give me any input that you have.  Thank you again. 
 
Sincerely 

Tony Blackhurst. 

Warbird Day

November’s Event

 

Warbird Day

 

This Saturday, November 23, 2019.

Bring down all your warbirds for this pilot choice
fun fly event.

Pilot meeting at 10 a.m. + or – 10 minutes. 

If it flew during a conflict, then it’s a warbird.

Any questions contact: Ken at (858) 405-0421

AMA Expo East and West Come to an End

“MUNCIE—After a good 20-year run, AMA Expo as we know it, has come to an end. AMA officials announced the decision at this year’s show AMA Expo West, held November 1-3, in Pomona, California, after the AMA Executive Council voted to end the show.

In 1999, AMA acquired what was then known as the International Modelers Show (IMS), from Bill and Anita Northrop. The couple founded the event in 1978, with the first IMS held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. They later moved it to Pasadena, California, where it was held for 20 years until it was acquired by AMA.

After AMA purchased the show, its name was changed to AMA Convention, then to AMA Expo. For many years, the trade show was held at the Ontario Convention Center, in Ontario, California. The event traditionally took place in early January each year.

In 2018, AMA Expo West was held twice. The first was held in January in Ontario, but the second AMA Expo West that year took place November 2-4 at the Pomona Fairplex in Pomona, California. The show was moved to the fall in hopes of attracting Christmas shoppers. The new venue also provided space for outdoor flying.

In 2019, the January AMA Expo West was eliminated, and the event was again held in Pomona in November.

Since Bill and Anita first established the trade show, the aeromodeling industry, and how modelers shop, have changed tremendously. When the event began, AMA members came from far and wide to catch a glimpse of the newest products. Rows and rows of vendor booths showed off new goods, with the hopes of exciting potential and returning customers.

Years later, we saw a boom in e-commerce. Instead of only seeing new products at trade shows, hobby shops, or in magazines, shoppers could find and purchase them online. Across the country, attendance at hobby trade shows began to dwindle, along with the number of exhibitors.

In lieu of hosting a national trade show once a year in Southern California and in New Jersey (AMA Expo East), AMA has decided to explore multiple district events across the country in 2020 and in the years to follow. This allows AMA to serve and impact more members.

This new approach embraces elements of Expo West that members have grown to love, such as the fun-fly and educational opportunities. If you live in Southern California, look for details on the District X Fun Fly tentatively slated at the Las Vegas Radio Control club in October 2020. We will provide more information in the coming months.

AMA thanks all of the members, sponsors, and exhibitors who have supported AMA Expo throughout the years. Also, thank you to those who have volunteered at our shows.”