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Otto’s Journey to Marks Vintage Fly in MD & Home Again

Practicing for the Marks Vintage Fly In back here in MD. Swan Hardor RC Field.

Otto’s Vintage RC Trip Home

A year ago I met up with Meyer Gutman (AZ), a long time RC flyer and full scale Pitts performer. Meyer had seen a video of my Classic Pattern Marksman and had the original 1965 fiberglass molds from Paul Ennis, the plane’s designer. Meyer surprised me with a freshly molded Long Nose Marksman fuse.

A few months pasted and in the mail I received another fuse, this time the 1970 evolution of the earlier Marksman design. I was “all in” at this point and had laser cut ribs made for both fuses. I called Meyer to thank him for the additional fuse and he told me of a possible Vintage meet planned in Salisbury Maryland, home of the Marksman’s designer, Paul Ennis, now 88 years young.

I was 13 when I first met Paul in 1967 at my first AMA contest. Paul was the dominant RC flyer in Maryland and competed successfully at the National level. To a kid (me) he was an RC God. I studied everything he did at contests and occasionally he’d provide some pointers and advice.

After a few months of building, my Marksmans were getting close to flight. Meyer informed me he had two Marksman in production and was planning to drive East for the October 12 event. He offered to transport my planes to the event if I brought them to Yuma. I could not say no and plans were made.

Well we had a great time competing with old friends and made many new ones. The Mid Atlantic Radio Kontrol Society (MARKS) hosted the event and provided perfect California weather. Meyer and I brought home all the top hardware placing 1st and 2nd in Vintage Pattern and winning the Pilot’s Choice award for my red Long Nose Marksman. Paul and his wife Ellie made it to the event and he even flew my red Marksman. It was a perfect day.

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

Mark’s Spring-Loaded RC Airplane Bomb

Anybody with a bomber model eventually gets around to experimenting with dropping models of bombs from airplanes.  These are usually solid foam pieces, or break-apart plastic shells filled with chalk.

I thought it would be interesting to experiment with models that actually carry some stored energy (in the form of a compression spring), to throw dust a bit more upward on impact (as opposed to just splashing outward along the ground).   Below are links to files I posted on Thingiverse, and videos of tests dropping them by hand.   These were designed in Fusion 360, and can be printed in any filament, and of course at any scale.   I used ABS for increased durability versus PLA.   A compression spring sits in the nose, and is released on impact, launching upward whatever is inside.   I found that Indian Holi Powder disperses really well, and although it usually comes in bright neon colors, you can also find it (less commonly) in neutral colors like white, grey, and black.

If you want to try one out, and don’t have a 3D printer, contact me and I can give you one of these prototypes, as long as you promise to drop it from a plane and take a video.   I have only dropped them by hand so far, and I wonder they behave when hitting the ground at much higher speeds.     I also have some 3D printed mounts for the Eflite release that could be glued to any of these.

Here are two youtube videos showing tests:

Spring-loaded RC airplane bomb

Here is a link to the .stl files on Thingiverse:

Gringotuerto’s Thingiverse Profile

Early American Aviation History

Source: Denham S. Scott

How many of you know that in 1910, mighty Martin Marietta got its start in an abandoned California church? That’s where Glenn L. Martin with his amazing mother Minta Martin and their mechanic Roy Beal constructed a fragile biplane that Glenn taught himself to fly.

It has often been told how Douglas Aircraft started operations in 1920 in a barbershop’s backroom on L.A.’s Pico Boulevard. Interestingly, the barber-shop is still operating.

The Lockheed Company built the first of their famous Vegas’ in 1927 inside a building currently used by Victory Cleaners at 1040 Sycamore in Hollywood.

In 1922, Claude Ryan, a 24 year old military reserve pilot, was getting his hair cut in San Diego, when the barber mentioned that the ‘town’s aviator’ was in jail for smuggling Chinese illegal’s up from Mexico. Claude found out that if he replaced the pilot ‘sitting in the pokey,’ that he would be able to lease the town’s airfield for $50 a month – BUT he also needed to agree to fly North and East – BUT not South!

Northrop’s original location was an obscure So California hotel. It was available because the police had raided the hotel and found that its steady residents were money-minded gals entertaining transitory male hotel guests.

Glenn Martin built his first airplane in a vacant church, before he moved to a vacant apricot cannery in Santa Ana. He was a showman and he traveled the county fair and air meet circuit as an exhibitionist aviator From his exhibition proceeds, Glenn was able to pay his factory workers and purchase the necessary wood, linen and wire.  His mother, Minta and two men ran the factory while Glenn risked his neck and gadded about the country. One of his workers was 22-year old Donald Douglas [who WAS the entire engineering department]. A Santa Monica youngster named Larry Bell [later founded Bell Aircraft which today is Bell Helicopter Textron] ran the shop.

Another part of Glenn Martin’s business was a flying school with several planes based at Griffith Park, and a seaplane operation on the edge of Watts where his instructors taught a rich young man named Bill Boeing to fly.  Later, Boeing bought one of Glenn Martin’s seaplanes and had it shipped back to his home in Seattle. At this same time, Bill Boeing hired away Glenn’s personal mechanic. Later, after Boeing’s seaplane crashed in Puget Sound, he placed an order to Martin for replacement parts.

Still chafing from having his best mechanic ‘swiped,’ [a trick he later often used himself] Martin decided to take his sweet time and allowed Bill Boeing to ‘stew’ for a while. Bill Boeing wasn’t known to be a patient man, so he began fabricating his own aircraft parts, an activity that morphed into constructing entire airplanes and eventually the Boeing Company we know today.

A former small shipyard nicknamed ‘Red Barn’ became Boeing Aircraft’s first home. Soon, a couple of airplanes were being built inside, each of them having a remarkable resemblance to Glenn Martin’s airplanes .. that, interestingly, had its own remarkable resemblance to Glenn Curtiss’ airplanes.

 A few years later, when the Great depression intervened and Boeing couldn’t sell enough airplanes to pay his bills, he diversified into custom built speed boats and furniture for his wealthy friends.

After WWI, a bunch of sharpies from Wall Street gained control of the Wright Brothers Co in Dayton and the Martin Company in L.A. and ‘stuck them’ together as the Wright-Martin Company.

Wright-Martin began building an obsolete biplane design with a foreign Hispano-Suiza engine. Angered because he had been out maneuvered with a bad idea, Martin walked out .. taking Larry Bell and other key employees with him.

From the deep wallet of a wealthy baseball mogul, Martin was able to establish a new factory. Then his good luck continued, when the future aviation legend Donald Douglas, was persuaded by Glenn to join his team. The Martin MB-1 quickly emerged from the team’s efforts and became the Martin Bomber.

Although too late to enter WWI, the Martin Bomber showed its superiority when Billy Mitchell used it to sink several captured German battleships and cruisers to prove it’s worth. Mitchell was instructed to stay above a high altitude  {Out of gun range?}   He flew his planes in low so as to increase probability of bombs hitting the ships. He was later court-martialed for his effort.


In Cleveland, a young fellow called ‘Dutch’ Kindelberger joined Martin as an engineer. Later, as the leader of North American Aviation, Dutch became justifiably well-known.

Flashing back to 1920, Donald Douglas had saved $60,000, returned to L.A. and rented a barbershop’s rear room and loft space in a carpenter’s shop nearby. There he constructed a classic passenger airplane called the Douglas Cloudster.

A couple of years later, Claude Ryan bought the Cloudster and used it to make daily flights between San Diego and Los Angeles. This gave Ryan the distinction of being the first owner/operator of Douglas transports. Claude Ryan later custom built Charles Lindbergh’s ‘ride’ to fame in the flying fuel tank christened: The Spirit of St. Louis.

In 1922, Donald Douglas won a contract from the Navy to build several torpedo carrying aircraft. While driving through Santa Monica’s wilderness, Douglas noticed an abandoned, barn-like movie studio. He stopped his roadster and prowled around. That abandoned studio became Douglas Aircraft’s first real factory.

With the $120,000 contract in his hand, Donald Douglas could afford to hire one or two more engineers. My brother, Gordon Scott, had been schooled in the little known science of aviation at England’s Fairey Aviation, so he hired Gordon.

My first association with the early aviation pioneers occurred when I paid my brother a visit at his new work place. Gordon was outside on a ladder washing windows. He was the youngest engineer. Windows were dirty. And Douglas Aircraft Company had no money to pay janitors.

Gordon introduced me to a towhead guy called Jack Northrop, and another chap named Jerry Vultee. Jack Northrop had moved over from Lockheed Aircraft. And all of them worked together on the Douglas Aircraft’s world cruiser designs. 

While working in his home after work and on weekends, Jack designed a wonderfully advanced streamlined airplane. When Allan Loughead [Lockheed] found a wealthy investor willing to finance Northrop’s new airplane, he linked up with Allan and together, they leased a Hollywood workshop where they constructed the Lockheed Vega. It turned out to be sensational with its clean lines and high performance. Soon Amelia Earhart and others flew the Vega and broke many of aviation’s world records.

I had the distinct pleasure of spending time with Ed Heinemann who later designed the AD, A3D and A4D. He told me how my Dad would fly out to Palmdale with an experimental aircraft they were both working on. They would take it for a few hops and come up with some fixes. After having airframe changes fabricated in a nearby machine shop, they would hop it
again to see if they had gotten the desired results. If it worked out, Mr. Heinemann would incorporate the changes on the aircraft’s assembly line. No money swapped hands!

In May 1927, Lindbergh flew to Paris and triggered a bedlam where everyone was trying to fly everywhere. Before the first Lockheed Vega was built, William Randolph Hearst had already paid for it and had it entered in an air race from the California Coast to Honolulu.  In June 1927, my brother, Gordon, left Douglas Aircraft to become Jack Northrop’s assistant at Lockheed. While there, he managed to get himself hired as the navigator on Hearst’s Vega. The race was a disaster and ten lives were lost. The Vega and my brother vanished. A black cloud hung heavily over the little shop. However, Hubert Wilkins, later to become Sir Hubert Wilkins, took Vega #2 and made a successful polar flight from Alaska to Norway. A string of successful flights after that placed Lockheed in aviation’s forefront.

I went to work for Lockheed as it 26th employee, shortly after the disaster, and I worked on the Vega. It was made almost entirely of wood and I quickly become a half-assed carpenter.

At this time, General Motors had acquired North American consisting of Fokker Aircraft, Pitcairn Aviation [later Eastern Airlines] and Sperry Gyroscope and hired Dutch Kindelberger away from Douglas to run it. Dutch moved the entire operation to L.A. where Dutch and his engineers came up with the P-51 Mustang.

Interestingly, just a handful of young men played roles affecting the lives of all Americans ….. as it initiated the So  California metamorphosis, from a semi-desert with orange groves and celluloid, into a dynamic complex, supporting millions.

Although this technological explosion had startling humble beginnings, taking root as acorns in – a barber shop’s back room – a vacant church – and an abandoned cannery – but came to fruit on as mighty oaks.

If you read all this then take a break and come back for an incredible amount of interesting aviation history ‘and great historical photos’.  Go to ‘Galleries’ and ‘Pioneers in Aviation’. 

http://aerospacelegacyfoundation.com/

Treasurer’s Report for September 2019

This month, we have 335 members and $29,443.11 in our bank accounts. The board has found a good high yield CD from a credit union, and I’ll open one in the next few weeks.
As you’ve all heard, the FAA wants us to put our FAA numbers on our planes.  For next years registration renewal, we’ll include the FAA number as part of the SEFSD registration process.
Thank you!
-Quan

Fuel Cells for UAVs

DOD Wants U.S. Solid Fuel Source For Fuel Cells

The U.S. Defense Department wants to establish a domestic production capability for alane, a solid fuel that can be used in fuel cells that generate electricity to power a wide range of applications from wearable electronics to aircraft systems.

“Military systems of today and tomorrow are eclipsing the limits of batteries,” says a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) solicitation seeking proposals to establish a manufacturing capability for high energy-density alane fuel.

Alane, or aluminum hydride, stores hydrogen that can be controllably released by heating to feed a fuel cell. The project, under Title III of the Defense Production Act (DPA), will support a path toward mass production and cost reduction for stable crystalline alane, also known as alpha alane.

Hydrogen fuel cells offer high energy density with simple refueling and enable longer mission times compared with rechargeable batteries. “While the military investigated many different hydrogen sources, the one that has stood out as the most promising and able to fit in our logistic structure is alane,” the solicitation says.

Alane was developed in the 1960s by both the U.S. and Soviet Union under secret projects to produce a high-energy rocket fuel. In 2016, HRL Laboratories proposed using an alane fuel cell to power unmanned aircraft.

According to HRL, an alane cartridge weighing 280 grams (less than 10 oz.) could provide the same flight time as 3 kg of lithium-ion batteries or 980 grams (2.15 lb.) of gaseous hydrogen stored at 4,500 psi. The Pentagon also has tested wearable alane fuel cells produced by Ardica.

According to AFRL, alane’s advantages are high energy content for a small weight and volume, safe and simple usage, long shelf life and minimal environmental impact–hydrogen fuel cells emit water vapor. Alane contains 10% hydrogen by weight and has twice the volumetric energy density of liquid hydrogen.

The disadvantages have been that producing alane has required large quantities of raw materials and large amounts of energy to produce small amounts.

But companies such as Ardica claim to have developed more efficient methods that reduce the feedstock and energy required to produce the fuel.

“The significant disadvantage of alane is the lack of any large-volume commercial production capacity,” the solicitation says. The fuel has been synthesized at costly laboratory scale, but has not been transitioned to mass production to reduce its cost.

The plan is to use DPA Title III funding to support development and construction of a pilot line that will prove out the capability to produce alane at a small production-representative scale. This line will provide the government with information on the requirements for scaling up production.

AFRL plans to make up to two awards worth $2 million, each matched by $2 million in contractor cost sharing. Bidders must detail how they plan to reduce the costs or volumes of raw materials and increase production to meet viable target fuel costs for military and commercial applications.

–Graham Warwick, warwick@aviationweek.com

Larry’s Motorhome Trip to Utah

Here is a couple of pictures from my motorhome trip last month! 
I got a real lesson density altitude, even if it was only 4200 ASL, a parking lot at The Great Salt Lake RV Park in beautiful Utah. 
My first take off roll seemed like it was going fast enough but just after lift off, the wing dropped and full power was the only thing that saved me!  
The air here is thin and though the Cub has a large wing, the airplane just did not want to fly like it does at sea level.
Take off and landing speeds were noticeably higher too. Even at cruise power the airplane was going faster than I normally fly it!
Fortunately I had a huge empty parking lot and I used it all!  
This thin air flying was a fun experience, but I prefer our 10 ASL…  There’s no place like home! 

Randy’s Buddies’ pics

Hi Steve,

My buddy of 35+ years came down to the field….He normally does nature photography,  but came with me to the field. – Randy

His name is Tim Parker:  “Here are some of the images I took this past Sat if you want to put on your web site for the guys. I did one thing with the two images of Carlos #6 Blue Angel jet that I want to see if you can pick out what I did before I tell you with the images and its not adding 2 extra jets in the moon shot.”

RC Scale FunFly at Torry Pines Gulls

By Bob Mosley

Went to Torrey Pines today for the RC Scale Fun Fly.  Got there early at 12:30pm and the band was still setting up.  I brought my small Ka-8 foamie with only an 88” wingspan.  Then the other gliders started showing up and dwarfed mine.

The sun came out at 1:00pm and people started flying while the band played.  In the photos my Ka-8 has a red nose with R on vertical stab and red/white striped rudder.  You can compare its size to the other sailplanes.

Arthur was there too with an RC hawk that looked just like the real bird in flight.  Sorry no photo of his hawk.

The FAA and You

FAADronezone

If you are a long time aero modeler then you may have recently overheard some murmurings about the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) from other modelers.  You might even be a little uncertain what those voices were about, but you’re pretty sure you heard something.  The fact of the matter is the FAA does have something to share with all aero modelers.  Let’s see if the air can be cleared up a bit here.

This isn’t meant as a long dissertation but, more simply, a public service announcement (PSA) to help you comply with the newest regulations affecting R/C flight here and around the U.S.  Compliance is mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 and was signed into law on Oct 5, 2018.  The law is broad-reaching and affects the entire U.S. aviation community including members of Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego (SEFSD).  In fact, aero modeling was specifically targeted by some provisions within the body of this federal legislation.  The need for such change was required to provide a way to monitor the increasingly prolific use of the national airspace.  Among the most immediate requirements is the need to place a personal FAA sUAS registration number on the outside of your aircraft.

You may have heard the term sUAS (Small Unmanned Aerial System) being bandied around in the last little while.  The term sUAS originally seemed to relate strictly to drones, but it is now clear that any unmanned aerial system is included – which means your Piper Cub, pattern ship, 3D Edge 540, helicopter and/or any other remotely controlled model encompassed within the lawful definition is included.  The FAA has provided the following portals which provides greater explanation:

https://www.faa.gov/uas/getting_started/

https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/aircraft_registry/ua/

SEFSD will not patrol members for compliance since we are not the police and don’t want to be the police.  The responsibility will be yours to demonstrate compliance if ever asked by an FAA agent.

Responsible R/C flying in the future will also require recreational R/C pilots to demonstrate an understanding of the latest policies by taking a simple online test.  Any drone operator making money as part of their flying is already doing so as a provision of FAA Part 107 rules.  It’s expected that the recreational pilot test will be less intensive than the one for commercial pilots so it doesn’t seem there will be much to fret about.

If you’d rather go straight to registering your aircraft then you may do so here (or on the graphic at the top of the page):

FAADroneZone – https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/

This PSA hopefully helps you continue safe and fun flying with our wonderful club.

– Your Board of Directors (2019)

Club Heros! – Field Maintenance

On August 17th, several of the club faithful gathered for a good old fashioned field revival meetin’.  George made a very nice video of Dennis rollin’ the runway.  Just click it.

 

Frank Sutton took 23 photos on Saturday before, during, and after the Electroglide.  Here are his impressions:
“Photos of several SEFSD members working hard at various maintenance projects on and off the runway! The projects include photos of rolling the runway, painting new bullseyes, disassembling old tables, installing new tables, and the resulting foliage having been cleared around the “No Parking” telephone logs all the way down to the entrance to SEFSD Field!
  I can tell you that Alex and I agreed, we have NEVER seen SEFSD Field’s runway and adjacent areas in such great shape! That runway was SMOOOOTH and the new tables look outstanding!
  WOW! Let me assure you that if had the authority to bestow awards to everyone who was working so hard (and I know others assisted too but I don’t have photos of everything!) I would do so, but I’m not in the Navy any longer so I’ve not written a Navy Achievement Medal Award for anyone in quite a few years!
  As Randy and I were talking Saturday afternoon, however, there is one person that stood out amongst all the hard chargers as the one person that went, in my own humble opinion, above and beyond the call of duty, and that person is Dennis LaBerge.
  From what I heard, he was out there watering down the field Friday evening, then showed up at 0600 Saturday morning and started rolling the field with the steam roller! From what I saw, I can tell you he was working very hard the entire time Alex and I were there, and was still going at it when we left just after noon!
  He didn’t stop working! I watched and took a photo of Dennis smoothing out a few bad patches on the runway with his hoe even while the Electroglide was underway! I told him I’d call out to him when a sailplane started its approach so he could get out of the way! Even after the Electroglide, he continued working on the field and clearing the brush away from all of the telephone poles so visitors could now actually see the “No Parking” signs in many of them! Even when Alex was flying his F/A-18 Dennis came down to our end of the field several times to empty a plastic bag full of sand into the trash can or adjust the carpet (with Alex’s assistance once) at the gate entrance to the field, and then he used his hoe again to smooth out the area around the carpet where it went from behind the fence out into the runway area! As Alex and I were preparing to leave, Dennis was going at the old (removed) tables with a hand saw and was cutting each one into two pieces! I’ll tell you what, he just kept going and going like he had an unlimited supply of lithium batteries better than the Energizer Bunny!
  I have to be honest with you, I’m too old and too heavy these days to keep up with him, but even when I wasn’t so old and heavy, I would have struggled to keep up with Dennis and all the work he did in support of SEFSD members all day long!
  I’d have to salute Dennis, and for that matter, I’d have to salute all the Pilots that helped out with all the maintenance work this past weekend!
I believe they all did one heck of a job, and I’m really thinking of another word to use and it’s not heck!”

Here are Frank’s  and George’s pics:

Randy sent in a few pics of the activities as well:

“Here’s a couple pics from Saturday morning.

https://photos.app.goo.gl/XqF342wViz1rkCCv9

On behalf of the club membership, please take a moment next time you see Dennis, Jim, George and Brad to thank them for the work put into the field and tables on Friday and Saturday!!

Dennis and George graded, watered and rolled the field Friday and Saturday…….Jim and Brad removed and replaced 5 tables with really nice straight 2 x 10s …. That JIM painted a couple days before.  Great work and thank you so much!!”

This Really Should Go Without Saying!


Drones and Weapons, A Dangerous Mix

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning the general public that it is illegal to operate a drone with a dangerous weapon attached.

Perhaps you’ve seen online photos and videos of drones with attached guns, bombs, fireworks, flamethrowers, and other dangerous items. Do not consider attaching any items such as these to a drone because operating a drone with such an item may result in significant harm to a person and to your bank account.

Operating a drone that has a dangerous weapon attached to it is a violation of Section 363 of the 2018 FAA Reauthorization Act enacted Oct. 5, 2018. Operators are subject to civil penalties up to $25,000 for each violation, unless the operator has received specific authorization from the Administrator of the FAA to conduct the operation. “Dangerous Weapon” means any item that is used for, or is readily capable of, causing death or serious bodily injury.

Operators should keep in mind that federal regulations and statutes that generally govern drone operations still apply. Some state and federal criminal laws regarding weapons and hazardous materials may also apply to drone operators or manufacturers involved in certain operations.

SEFSD Display at Staples

This month, Frank, Hoang, and I volunteered two days at Staples in Kearny Mesa to share our hobby to teachers and students at the Back to School event. It was a good opportunity to not just promote our club, but get young people interested in radio control models. Thank you Frank and Hoang!!

Dear Quan,

On behalf of the management and associates of Staples 0266, Kearny Mesa, I thank you and the other members of the Silent Electric Flyers San Diego for your participation in the first-ever Staples Back-to-School Block Party this past weekend.

Your enthusiasm and prompt efforts to be part of this event on such short notice was nothing short of amazing. I hope you were able to open some young eyes to the excitement of flight.

Thank you again for your efforts and I hope I may call upon you again for the next Staples Block Party event.

Sincerely,

Bob Sanford

Operations Supervisor

Staples 0266

Larry Kosta Sr. Has Passed

It is with the deepest sadness that I share with the R/C Model Airplane Community of San Diego that my Father, Larry Kosta Sr passed away peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday June 18th, 2019.

He will be greatly missed by his family and his friends. Dad flew model airplanes for as long as I can remember. Some of my first memories in life are of going to Lakeside next to El Capitan High School, there at the river bed to fly Models with his friends, like Chuck Brown and Jack Irey. I also remember stopping at Lou Proctor’s house. Lou’s cats come to mind here for some reason.

Dad also flew full scale planes, getting his pilots certificate at the tender age of 16 in a J-3 Cub. During his life, he owned two different airplanes, a late 1950’s H35 “V” tail Bonanza that he acquired in the 70’s where he got his IFR ticket. He had the Bonanza for about 15 years and then a few years later, in the early 2000’s he bought an Avid Flyer with a Rotax 912 engine, that had an Armstrong starter! The wings folded back and he towed it back to their little ranch just north of the Ramona Airport.

Dad stayed pretty active later in his life, riding his motorcycle to the bowling alley and flying model airplanes and helicopters until he was 85 years old or so. Finally, Mom talked him into selling the motorcycle which was kind of a relief to most of the family except him. I used to think to myself that he had to have been the oldest dude in San Diego to be riding a motorcycle on the freeway!

Larry Sr along with his wife, my Mother, Deanna started a blueprinting company in 1963 called Advance Blueprint. My sisters and I still work there today with it’s new name, Advance Reprographics.

Well Dad, the tower has issued you your final clearance to taxi for takeoff, you’re cleared for VFR on top, for evermore.

Treasurer’s Report for July 2019

We are at 321 paid members as of 7/24 and over $30k in the bank. This month, we submitted our Letter of Agreement to Lindbergh ATC, and we hope to have an executed LOA very soon. I want to thank Eric Shapiro, Steve Neu, Steve Magenelli, and Steve Belknap for taking the initiative to put the document together.

-Quan