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A Visit With Carlos

Brad and his wife arrived at Carlos’ home before Alex and I, and we had a very good visit with Carlos and his family. He sure was happy to see us, and it was very good to see him as well! He’s looking forward to his last surgery to attach a lens to his left eye, and then it may take up to a year or more before doctors expect he will hopefully make a full recovery and be able to see with that eye again. It is always amazing to me these advances in medical science!
  Carlos said he was tired of staying home and doing nothing other than eating and sleeping, he thought he was gaining weight (he’s as slim as a rail! Ha!). He’s looking forward to being able to go back to work again and of course, he’s very much looking forward to flying again with SESFSD!
  We all talked about RC flying and a lot of other things as well. He hopes to return to the runway, at least as an observer, in a couple more months or so he said, but he’s really wanting to get behind the transmitter and fly again! We told him everyone’s been like that lately because so far he hasn’t missed much flying due to all the rain we’ve been getting!
  Brad talked with him and his family about setting up a “GOFUNDME” page so we may contribute some $$ for him and his family to help out financially, and they promised to do so and let Brad know when it was ready. I’m not sure how long Brad and his wife were there before us, but Alex and I were there with all of them for nearly an hour. Before we left, I asked Carlos if I could take a photo for SEFSD and that photo is attached. 
  Carlos and his family were sincerely appreciative of SEFSD’s concern and wishes for his full and rapid recovery, and he misses everyone too!
V/R,
Frank and Alex Sutton

The Elephant in the Sky!

Otto has created a flying elephant. . .  If it were anyone else it would be astonishing.  For otto is seems just the next challenge.  Here are pics from Disney studios and Hermosa Beach.  The video is from the Fontana 400.  Click the pic.

Disney’s Dumbo flies over the beach after the 25th annual St. Patrick’s Day parade along Pier Ave. on Saturday, March 16, 2019 in Hermosa Beach, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Remote ID for Drones

Submitted by Mark Davis

As you probably know, the FAA has been evaluating the requirement for UAVs to transmit a kind of electronic license plate, or “Remote ID”.   The FAA formed an ARC in 2017, which issued its report in September of that year [1].

An NPRM should be out soon, which may shed further light on the requirement.  Meanwhile, ASTM F.38 02 will shortly release the first draft of a proposed technical standard [2].   The standard only covers technical methods, and does not propose anything related to rulemaking.  However, some points of this standard may be interesting to us hobbyists.  

1. The document provides for a Broadcast Remote ID and a Networked Remote ID.  

2. The Broadcast method would be Wifi (at 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz), using the NAN protocol, or Bluetooth at 2.4GHz (BLE4 or BLE5 may be used). Continue reading

Private Pilot Refresher Course

Thanks to Mark Davis for this Information

Contact: David Neville
San Diego Air & Space Museum
(619) 234-8291, Ext. 140 – Direct

(619) 723-0955 – Cell

dneville@sdasm.org

 For Immediate Release:

 San Diego Air & Space Museum to Begin Offering Private Pilot Ground School Program
The 13- week course prepares attendees to take the written examination for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Private Pilot certificate.

 San Diego, CA – Feb. 25, 2019 – The San Diego Air & Space Museum is not just a place to see aircraft: now you can learn what it takes to fly them too!  Enrollment has begun for a Private Pilot Ground School program at the Museum’s location in Balboa Park, with classes beginning in March 2019. Continue reading

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.

Treasurer’s Report for Jan 2019

We are starting the year financially strong with over $28k in our bank accounts. We’re currently at 245 members, with the expectation of around 400 by the end of the year. Last year, we made significant investments in our field, including fence modifications to make the Rotorplex safer, dust control for our runway, and two excellent PA systems. We also invested in many events at the field, including a catered food truck, T-shirts for the UAS4STEM participants, and of course our monthly contests. I want to thank the club members for your generosity at our 4th of July raffle and the T-shirt sale fundraiser. I also want to individually recognize Larry S. and Hoang T. for their direct cash contributions to our holiday party.  We are on track to have another successful and enjoyable year thanks to our supportive membership base.

-Quan

SEFSD Treasurer 2019