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T28 Race Results and an Amazing T28 Racing Video – Sep 2020

Sept 12th T28 Races.
We had a good turnout with 13 pilots entering the September 12th T28 races. The first races of the preliminary round got going a little after 10am. We had preliminary rounds with the cumulative results determining the groupings for the Bronze, Silver and Gold cup races. There were a few causalities from CFIT(Controlled Fight Into Terrain) for various reasons—the good news was that in nearly all cases the planes were easily repaired and some were able to fly in later rounds. 

After a number of close and hard fought laps around the pylons the matchups for the finals were as follows:




Quan took first place in the Bronze Cup.

The Silver Cup between Alex And SteveN was likely the closest and most hard fought 10 laps of the day with both planes “cutting the grass” and trading places numerous times. In the end it came down to the last turn before the finish line with yours truly getting ahead of Alex by < 3 feet. 

The Gold Cup was anticlimactic  after the the Silver Cup drama—Both Otto and Frank put themselves down a lap by jumping the start or cutting a turn—which gifted the Gold Cup win to SteveM who coasted to an easy win by staying out of trouble.

We learned a few things and next time we will revise the audio file so as to make the countdown to the start clearer and easier for pilots to follow so as to avoid some of the late/early crossing of the starting line—also some of the sounds will be toned down a little.

In watching some of the flying during the races it was clear that several pilots had their planes setup for what I would call “sport flying” with way too much control travel for racing 6 feet above the ground—the last thing you need is to snap roll the plane while pulling a hard pylon turn. Go back and read some of the setup advice in the newsletters earlier this year. 

We have two races on the schedule for next month with the first on October 12th @ 10am and the second two week later on the 24th at 10am. get in some practice and get your planes trimmed for speed!

Steve Neu

Now for the video from Hobie Sutton Studios (Frank & Alex Sutton).  Just click

Treasurer’s Report for Sep 2020

By Quan Nguyen

SEFSD accomplishments in September included 291 members, a fresh runway, and an updated, newly signed LOA that will put our field on the FAA’s national AMA registry.

Elections are coming up, and all positions are open, including mine! While I enjoy being treasurer, having someone else in the position will allow me to focus on other aspects of continuing to improve the club. Feel free to throw your name in the hat. I promise to help make it a smooth transition.

I also want to give a plug for the club’s T-28 racing event series, and a shout out to several people that make the races great! Steve Neu, the race organizer, recognized some of the challenges pilots had with taking off, and was responsive and modified the rules appropriately to accommodate everyone, even clumsy pilots like myself. I appreciate Frank Gagliardi being quick to lend me a battery to do a trim flight when I forgot all my batteries at home. A big compliment to Wayne Walker for his mentorship on my first real race and making sure I finished. I think this intergenerational component of our club is critical to our club’s future, and its continued success. The spectators got to see a thrilling match-up between a young novice, Alex, nearly overtake seasoned veteran Steve. The fact that this happened in the midst of a pandemic shows what this club has to offer to strengthen a community in trying times.  The next year will be tough, with the club’s regularly scheduled events still uncertain. The club will use every available opportunity to build this unique community across all ages and skill levels.

New Article – R/C Flying Photography Tips

SEFSD is extremely fortunate to have Frank Sutton as a member and contributor.  He has provided thousands of high quality photos and videos that are shared on our SmugMug gallery.  He puts a lot of time and effort into this so please thank him next time you see him at the field.

By Frank Sutton

               It is my hope that you, the Pilots, Families, and Friends of Silent Electric Flyers San Diego (SEFSD), enjoy viewing and sharing the photos I send to our SEFSD Editor, Steven Belknap, for publication on the SEFSD Website’s Gallery. Steven puts a lot of time and effort into not only the outstanding SEFSD Peak Charge Newsletter we all enjoy each month, but also posting the many photos that I send to him for the Website. I salute Steven and all of the SEFSD volunteers that unselfishly contribute so much towards making SEFSD the best Radio Control (R/C) Club in existence today!  Thank you!

              Steven asked if I would write an article on any tips I could share on taking photos of R/C aircraft. I told him that I am not a professional photographer (or a professional videographer for that matter), however, I would write the article because I very much enjoy taking and sharing photos and the occasional video of not only Alex’s R/C adventures, but the flying adventures of all the SEFSD Members too – and that leads me to Tip Number One!


               I’m certainly not a lawyer, but in a public area such as SEFSD Field, anyone may legally take photos and videos of others without their consent so long as they are not minors (less than 18 years of age). Be advised though, if anyone requests their photo (or video) not to be taken, do not take that person’s photo or include them in a video!

              If anyone that requested their photo not to be taken should inadvertently be included in a photo or perhaps appear in the background of a photo, then the photo must be cropped so the person no longer appears in the photo, or that photo must be deleted entirely. Similarly, video with that person should not be kept.

              You may ask the person if they’ll give permission to take photos/videos of their aircraft only (but not to include the Pilot flying the aircraft), and then respect and follow their directions.

Read the Entire Article

Treasury Report for Aug 2020

The board is busy behind the scenes making sure your club is running smoothly. As of 8/21, we have 288 members. We are in the process of diversifying our accounts to different banks to take advantage of more competitive interest rates. Our field maintenance is coming up, and our club is on the waitlist now to get a 2000 gallon water truck. With the heat wave going on, our rental equipment provider said all the water trucks are rented out. Our target is to get the field watered down on 8/28. We’ll keep you posted.

NEW! – The FAA Launched a Podcast

Meet The Air Up There, a podcast for people who are curious about aviation
The Air Up There Podcast

Meet The Air Up There, a Podcast for People Who Are Curious About Aviation

It’s no secret that we at the Federal Aviation Administration think aviation is incredible. We want to share this passion with the world, through stories that will inspire the next generation of aviation professionals.

We’re excited to share the launch of our first-ever podcast, The Air Up There. Read more about the podcast launch on our blog.

The COVID-19 public health emergency changed the way that many Americans do their job. Curious how it’s affected the way we move traffic through the sky? Listen to Episode 1: Air Traffic Amid A Public Health Emergency.


In Episode 2, we talk with TJ Kim, a 16-year-old student pilot who has spent the last several months using his training flights to deliver PPE and other medical supplies to rural and community hospitals in Virginia. Listen to Episode 2: Operation Supplies Over Skies.


You can listen to the show on our website at or find it on Apple Podcasts. If you like it, please rate and review it on Apple Podcasts – it will help other (new) aviation geeks find us, too.

Treasury Report for July 2020

We are at 280 members as of 7/21/2020. We’re seeing more members signing up now as the field reopens. We are ahead of budget this year due to fewer expenses on club events. The club also earned $120 in interest from a CD that matured in July. It’s great to see more people come to the field recently while maintaining social distancing. Thank you all for supporting this club!

I’ll see you at the field,


Find the Correct Center of Gravity for Your Plane

I have started a new section on our website aimed at helping flyers learn a little more about their planes’ performance.  The first section to be completed is the Center of Gravity (CG) calculator.  

We all know that sometimes model manufacturers do not get the CG location correct for your model.  For example: My 59″ Kyosho Hawker Hurricane ARF had the CG location placed about 5/8″ too far aft, making it nearly impossible to fly.  After a simple calculation, the correct CG was determined and the plane flies like a dream.

The CG calculator below very accurately determines the optimum location for your CG.  It takes into account both the wing and horizontal stabilizer.  It also gives you a lot more information about your plane.  Below is a picture of the real calculator.  Click on it to go to our new web page.

Pics From The Old Days at Mile Square Park

There used to be a nice RC flying field in Fountain Valley located in Mile Square Park.  Charles L. sent in some pics taken back in the early to mid-80s.  Featured are Steve Neu, Steve Manganelli and Larry Jolly pylon racing.  Steve Neu has provided some captions.

Join Schübeler Technologies for our 1st Aeromodelling Expo


Don’t miss the 1st

Virtual Aeromodelling Expo

In light of many of our favorite air shows and jet modeling events getting canceled or postponed, we thought we’d try to bring the show to you! So, please join us for the first International Virtual Extreme Jet Aeromodelling Expo, brought to you by Schübeler Technologies.

The virtual expo will take place on Tuesday, July 28 with 2 shows to choose from.  Enjoy the show in English at 9am Eastern Standard time or in German at 9am Central European Time.

CLICK HERE to register or copy and past this link into your browser:

During this Expo we will be joined by Christian Wileschek a Schübeler Jets Sales specialist and Aeromodelling enthusiast to take a closer look at his latest Aeromodelling project and some of the highly efficient and robust drive systems from Schübeler Jets.

Watch a flight, learn about Schübelers EDF product-line and capabilities and get some tips on getting started in this fun and exciting hobby!

We’re also looking for other aeromodellers who would like to show off their projects, connect with other enthusiasts and share their flight experiences.  Let us know if you’d like to feature one of your projects in an upcoming Expo?

Otherwise, we look forward to seeing you at the first International Virtual Extreme Jet Aeromodelling Expo, brought to you by Schübeler Technologies.

Best regards,

The team at Schübeler Jets



Date: Tuesday, July 28
Time: English- 9am ET  or German- 9am CET