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Chairman’s Corner for Sep./Oct. 2019

Thank God Fall is finally here!!

 This past summer didn’t get as hot as last year, but seem to drag on forever. Even though cooler weather and even some rain is on the way, we still have to be careful about the fire danger in the outlying field area. Please keep your fire extinguishers handy If needed, and be ready to respond.

 I won’t be able to make this months meeting due to an out-of-town event, so there are quite a few things I want to touch on in this article.

 To start, I am still looking for a volunteer to help our treasurer, Quan, with event planning for our yearly banquet. We have some had some great end of year banquets the last few years, and I want to keep this positive trend going. Quan can’t do it by himself! If you have any event planning or just want to get involved, please let me, Tony, or Quan know. We need you!

 As we finish of 2019, One task that needs to be completed is voting for board of director officers to take us into 2020. While some of our current officers have agreed to stay on for 2020, all positions are up for competition! If you want to get involved, if you want to show us the direction you think our club should go, or if you just want to see what the board is about, feel free to put your name in the hat for a board of directors position. For me, the last few years have been very rewarding, and I would like to pass that experience on to the next generation of directors. If you would like to nominate yourself, or if you would like to nominate someone else (with their permission), please send your or their name to myself or Tony and we will get it promoted to the club that you would like a position on the board.  Voting for Officers will be held during the November club meeting.

Still no new news on our letter of agreement with the Air Traffic Control at Lindbergh. Sometimes no news is good news… For now we have not been told to stop flying, we have just been told to standby for further direction. The last actual response we received was that the FAA and Southern California Traffic Control centers were writing one letter of agreement to cover all clubs within 5 miles of an airport in SoCal. Thank you to Tony Quan Steve and Eric for keeping us abreast of any changes in our status. Along with this though, goes the current requirement from the FAA to register yourself as a pilot of recreational small unmanned aircraft, and put your registration numbers on all aircraft that you fly. We did have an FAA officer visit our site a couple of months ago, and state that he is authorized to write tickets and dispense fines for each aircraft that does not have a registration number. Nearly everyone here is an adult, and if you’re not an adult – you have an adult in your family that should be ensuring you’re following the current guidelines from the FAA.

As of the first week of September we were at 332 members for SCFSD. A little lower than last year, but not by much. For those folks who are still on the fence for joining for this year, we are still the best value in town as far as local clubs go. It still disturbs me when I go to the rotorplex and see past members flying with 2016 badges stating they didn’t know they were expired…

Something else we need to do at the end of each year is pick a new picture for the following years membership badges. I have asked George, Our membership coordinator, to receive and sort through picture submissions for the 2020 membership badges and pick one for use. I would like members to send aviation oriented pictures to  What I don’t want is George buried under gigabytes of photographs! if you have one or two favorites in a landscape orientation, please send them to George and you never know!

 On September 27 we will have our monthly fun fly which is SCALE Day. Ken Dresser has volunteered to run our fun fly’s for the remainder of the year, and I believe he has a fun day plan for all. The only requirement is that your plane must be a scale model of a real airplane. Ken will state the event requirements to get a chance at the $150 worth of gift certificates for Discount Hobbies as the event starts Saturday at 10 AM. Between 10 AM and 12 PM flying will be limited to scale aircraft after which we will have our monthly club meeting at the field, followed by the hotdog lunch served up by Mark Davis. I hope everybody has a great month!


President’s Corner for Sep./Oct. 2019

Hey pilots,

Another great month of flying is complete. As you all know, the FAA and the AMA are requiring that we add our numbers to our aircraft. It is not the board’s responsibility to check and make sure that your numbers are on your airplanes. It is your responsibility to maintain flight worthiness of your aircraft. If someone comes and checks, the fine will be your responsibility. I would hate to see our members be fined for a simple number that can be put on with a LabelMaker or a sharpie. So please don’t be that guy who gets fined for not having his numbers on his aircraft. 
Just a friendly reminder that it is still fire season so please bring your fire extinguishers with you. And thank you to those gentlemen who have been bringing their fire extinguishers to the field. 
Please no sitting on the tables we still have a couple more to change out. Safety is your responsibility if you sit on the table and it breaks that’s never a good thing. 
We are taking photo submissions for next year‘s badge ID. if you would like your aircraft picture to be on that ID please submit your pictures to be considered. 

Last but not least, we are coming to the end of the year and we will be asking for nominations for the Board of Directors for next year. If you know anybody or want to nominate yourself please feel free. We are always looking for new members to step up and become part of the board to help shape the club in the direction you wanted to go. The closer we get the better we will know who is going for what position so feel free to nominate yourself for a position on the board. 


Tony Blackhurst. 

Chairman’s Corner for Aug./Sept. 2019

 Hey fellow Flyers!

 I hope the summer has been as good to you as it has to me. No Whammies!

 Well it hasn’t been as hot so far as last summer, However the rains earlier in the year and really caused a growth explosion in the outer field area. The fire hazard and is high, and I appreciate the members that routinely bring fire extinguishers for the worst case scenario. Please be extremely careful anytime you’re walking around out there as there a whole lot of gopher holes, and trip hazards in the field.

   We are still without an official letter of agreement with Lindbergh air traffic control. We submitted our LOA proposal about a month ago, and the FAA rejected it, stating that they were going to make their own proposal to cover all flying sites in Southern California.  For now we have not received communication stating we were restricted, and the AMAs FAA rep stated at the beginning to fly unless told otherwise. More to follow on the LOA, hopefully the process doesn’t take too long. Remember an FAA Officer did visit our field a while back and re-stated requirement for each pilot to register with the FAA and display their registration number on each aircraft. Also each pilot is required to print out their FAA letter that they received upon registration and have it with them to display upon request. The officer clearly stated that he is able to administer fines for each aircraft not displaying the pilots number, but I don’t want to come to that. It is currently the rule and we should follow it!.  Remember our hard ceiling for any aircraft operations is 400 feet, I need everyone to stay below that mark. It looks like the changes Jeff has made to electroglide have been effective in making that event legal.

    We have had a chance to get some field maintenance done this month, from reinforcing the latch on the porta potty, getting the runway doused and rolled out, to replacing five of the table tops on site. I want to throw out a thanks to George Sullivan for managing the field rolling. He was greatly assisted in the process by Jim Bonnardel, Carl Cox, and Dennis LaBerge.   Jim was also the driving force and replacing five of the old damaged tables with quality boards that should last 10 to 12 years. Thank you guys for all your help!

   As we are on the downward side of 2019, I’d like to mention a couple things. I’m still looking for a volunteer to assist Quan in planning and setting up our 2019 end of your banquet. We’ve had a great events the last couple years and I would like to carry this on! If you would like to get involved please let either myself, Tony, or Quan know. Also as we finish off the year we’re going to be looking for club officers to take us into 2020. If you’re interested in a position on the board of directors please communicate that interest to any boardmember and we will give instructions on how to proceed.  Serving on the board for a year or two gives you a chance to see how the club operates and allows you to have a guiding hand to make the club your vision of what you think it should be.

 I have seen some pretty bad sunburns this month, so please if you need to – bring portable shade, and make sure you have enough fluids to stay hydrated.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the flea circus at last months fun Fly, it was a great time! This months event will be limbo, as run by Ken Dresser. Kenny has stepped up and volunteered to run all the fun flies for the rest of the year, thank you Ken Dresser!  Keep in mind that for the limbo fun fly this month there will be no micros. Kenny will be on spot to decide what counts as a micro The Fun Fly should run between approximately 10 o’clock and 11:30 AM, after which we will have the monthly club meeting at the field, and our customary hotdog lunch  prepared by Mark Davis. 

Here’s to hoping it cools off for September!


President’s Corner for Aug./Sept. 2019

Hey Pilots,

First off I wanted to start by saying thank you to all our members for making this club super great. And continue to do what is required to keep our site safe and allow pilots to fly without any interruptions. Remember, your AMA number must be displayed on the outside of the aircraft and also your AMA UAS number must be on there as well. Just a reminder to stay within our boundaries and below ceiling limits, this will help us to maintain our Fields as a recreational flying field. 
This month we rolled the field for the second time this year and the field looks great so it should hold up for the next couple of months. Hopefully, we have one more rolling right before the end of the year. Also three tables were changed out, so please be aware that we still have tables that are in disrepair so please don’t sit on those tables. We will continue to monitor the situation with the tables and remove and replace as necessary. 
As always please remember to close the gate behind you when you are the only one there and the last one leaving the field. Our site safety depends on every member to maintain the gate locked when necessary. If you need a new key they can be purchased for three dollars from the president, VP, the chairman and member at large Dennis Laberge. 
We are still in process for our letter of agreement, any major announcements will be made to the club when necessary. Please follow Mission bay park rules, AMA and FAA regulations during flight. 
Thank you again for another great month of flying and look forward to many more, see you at the field. 

Thank you,

Tony Blackhurst. 

Chairman’s Corner for July/August 2019

Our efforts to establish a Letter of Agreement with Lindbergh air traffic control continue. I would like to thank BOD members Quan, Steve, and Eric for their Efforts. Also a big Thank you to Steve Manganelli for his contributions and experience dealing with Government entities. Our LOA was submitted this week and we are waiting for a reply from the officials involved. While this process is underway we have not been instructed to cease operations, so we are still using our site. It is very important that we adhere to the posted guidelines at our site. Please make a STRONG effort to keep aircraft below 400 feet. Some folks have a harder time judging altitude than others – so If you think “I wonder if I am too high?” – You are too high and should not linger. Along these lines, Jeff has also reduced the motor run times for Electroglide to keep the gliders closer to our limits.

Late last month we had an Officer from the FAA visit our site. He was happy we were in talks with the tower, but was very unhappy that less than half of the models (Planes AND Multi-rotors) on site had FAA registration numbers displayed per the current legislation. While neither I nor the BOD members serve as FAA Police, and are not going to be inspecting your craft – I am motivated to state that the FAA requirement to register yourself and display your numbers can get you in hot water legally and the possibility of a hefty fine is not out of the question. 99% of us are grown-ups, Nuff said…

The Independence Day Raffle went fairly well, We had more funds come in than last year, but still not as much as I was hoping for. As we make plans for the next Post – Holiday Banquet we will determine if the members will have to kick in for their meal as they did last year.  I am looking for a volunteer or two to help with the banquet committee this year, Please let Me, Tony, or Quan know if you would like to get involved!

Speaking of Independence Day, The weather cooperated and the fireworks show was the best we have had in the last couple of years! The breeze was perfect and blew the smoke away to give a great view from our field. Thanks to those on site for carrying their trash out with them. Our area was the cleanest part of Mission Bay the next morning.

The outlying field area is very dry, please be careful! Those with extinguishers please be ready if we need you! We are setting up a water truck and roller in the next couple of weeks to get the field back in shape, but I still need to ask you to not kick at pebbles and rocks in the surface as that only makes things worse.

Obviously the cool months are behind us and as we get ready or August and September I need to throw out the need for sun block, and hydration. We have had a few members show up this year looking like bandaged mummies after having cancers removed, try to avoid long term exposure if you can! A couple of summers ago a member was suffering from severe dehydration and almost was hospitalized. Bring Water for you and any pets! I have had people approach me and ask for water, and while I like to share, if I give you my water- then I have to leave earlier than planned. Fair?? Not really. Bring your own fluids.

This month’s fun fly event on the 27th will be the Flea Circus. Between 10 AM and Noon all flight will be restricted to Micro aircraft. There should be some neat events! Our usual hot dog lunch and board meeting will follow.

I hope everyone has a GREAT month,


Chairman’s Corner for June/July 2019

Hey Guys and Gals,

I have a lot to put out this month so I hope I don’t put you to sleep before you get to the bottom!

First I need to state the status of our club as it relates to the FAA and Lindberg ATC. At the moment our field is in what is considered class B airspace. That means that there was no “automatic” permission granted for unrestricted model use up to 400 feet. The most recent direction from the AMA was to continue utilizing our site unless otherwise informed. Steve N., Quan, and Eric have been in contact with and received contact information for the lead air traffic controller and local FAA rep and have forwarded same to the AMA who will develop the Memorandum of Agreement which should give us full permission to continue on at our premier site. With this in progress I would like all members to review our club and AMA safety requirements and ensure we are all flying well within our posted safety guidelines. Please limit all flights to the prescribed maximum altitude of 400 Feet, and do not come closer than 25 feet ( 50 feet preferred ) to people or wildlife. Any time we are close to 400 feet a spotter should be used to watch for inbound full scale air traffic. All pilots need to get lower than 100 feet when there is ANY full scale activity in the area anywhere between Fiesta Island and the I-8 .

We have authorized the funds for replacement or the 3 worst tables at the flight line. The member doing the work ( Jim ) volunteers his time and has been very busy lately, so please exercise a bit of patience and do not actively increase the breakdown of the tables by picking away at them, smacking them with hard objects, or sitting on them. We may need another month or two to get them done.

As in years past, we will be having a “Member Only” event at the field on the 4th of July for you, family, and friends. All day long we will ask members to close the gate after you pass through. Don’t let people past you into the lot if they do not have current membership badges. If you have guests arriving later, please arrange to meet them at the gate to let them in, then lock the gate behind them as they pass through.  It is a LOT easier to control the madness if we keep control of access all day. Usually we do an all day event with some of us coming early in the morning and staying for the fireworks. We will have lunch available for purchase on site,  and I am asking for two or three volunteers to bring a couple of small gas grills later for those who want to bring and cook some dinner on site I am going to ask a board member to bring the clubs grill also. As a reminder, you are all grownups, but I am obligated to state that Mission Bay Park promotes an alcohol free/smoke free environment.  The Sea World Fireworks generally go off right in front of us around 10:00 P.M., then as you exit the site afterwards – you go across Sea World drive at the light and turn left onto Old Sea World drive, it will take you a bit east to Friars road where you can make a quicker getaway. The lunch plan has been finalized, Quan has set up the same food truck that was on site last year to set up around 11:00AM and serve until the demand dies down.  Leilani’s Food Truck will be on site to sell lunch tasty plates around 11:00 A.M and the menu will include choices of a Teriyaki plate, Kalua pork plate, Aloha plate, Kalua pork and teriyaki chicken, Teriyaki beef, and Ahi poke with vegetarian options available for Dave Gordon…. Sides will be Rice, Green salad, or Macaroni salad. Beverages will also be available for purchase at the truck, or bring your own. Around noon there will be a really great raffle purposed to raise funds for our end-of-year holiday banquet. The current prize line-up is valued at over $3500 dollars and includes some GREAT airplanes and large brushless outrunners donated by Steve Neu. Tickets for this raffle will be $1.00 each, and I will say that if the people that enjoyed the banquet last year each purchase 20 tickets, that will get us half way to funding next year’s event. There have been some ticket sales at the field, but for those of you that don’t make it down on the weekends, there have been blasts to your registered e-mail account with instructions on how to purchase tickets using either PayPal, credit cards, or checks by mail. Thanks George for managing raffle ticket sales this year!!  [Tickets available in this newsletter, keep reading – Ed]

We are up to 308 members for the year. Not far from our total last year with 5 months left in 2019. Still, I was approached last weekend by a prior member who was flying wearing a 2018 badge who then asked for a gate key while claiming his badge had not expired because the AMA expiration date on the bottom had not arrived. For those that missed it, ALL 2018 memberships expired on December 31st no matter when your AMA membership expired. Club memberships are year to year, and do not include any portion of the following year – no matter when purchased.

I would like to thank the members that have been providing interesting submissions and articles to our editor, Steve for inclusion in our newsletter. Some really neat stuff has been popping up! Also, Here is another plug for members to start using the FOR SALE section of our web site. There has been some great items at reasonable prices posted, so if you are looking, please look here – you may find what you need. If you are selling, send your submission with a picture or two to our editor at and he will post them.  Thanks Steve!

We are still in need of chairs to get us through the rest of the year. If you recently replaced your lawn furniture, please think of bringing your used items down if it will still support rear ends. If you know someone getting their carpet replaced, we could also use the old carpet, and they would save the disposal fees ( no pad please! )

To close out, Saturday the 22nd will be our Fun Fly and club meeting at the field. This will be our second bomb drop of the year, A favorite that anyone who has Soloed can play, and sometimes there is excitement when the pilot watches the bomb instead of the plane. Shifting things up a bit, Jim will be buying a couple of 5 foot subway sandwiches for lunch, which will be served by Lisa and Mark after the meeting.

Hope to see you all at the meeting, AND on the 4th of July at the field!!

The President’s Corner for June/July 2019

Hey pilots,

This month I would like to start off with the big news that everyone is talking about and that is the FAA flying field blue dot marker for our field. Yes we are able to fly in the interim until we are in compliance. That said, there are things that each member can do to help us keep our field open. The best ways are to comply with AMA and SEFSD rules and park regulations. Stay within these parameters so we do not give the wrong impression while we are getting our papers in order. I know it’s a challenging time for our club. Please be mindful of what and where you are doing your hobby. Any extra scrutiny at this time could be detrimental. Full size aircraft always have the right of way, when they are in sight please fly below 100’ or land, we don’t want or need them calling the tower and give them reasons to close down our site.

Now for the 4th of July celebration, we would like to remind everyone this will be a closed gate day. Remember to close the gate behind you, there will be a lot of nonmembers trying to access our site on that day. We have a great assortment of raffle prizes this year, about $1500 worth, so buy a lot and buy often. We have reserved the same food truck as last year to serve lunch again this year. You can bring you our grill for dinner. Gas BBQ grills only. If you want to cook out you can. What you bring in you bring out. Try not to overwhelm the park staff with tons of trash. Remember have fun and enjoy the festivities.

We are still on schedule to have tables replaced. Please don’t sit on the tables, some are on their last legs and it would be a shame for anyone to fall due to the table being not sound. Also the flying surface is holding up well, we will monitor and make a determination and when it gets to a point of disorder we will roll it and get it back in shape.

As always I appreciate everyone of you. with out you this club would not be so amazing. Keep up the good work and see you at the field.

Tony Blackhurst.

Chairman’s Corner for May/June 2019

Well, we keep having our events rained out… Quite unusual for May! Thanks to all of you for staying off of the field when muddy. Footprints made this time of year are usually still visible in September. The flora growth in the field area is still advancing and I want to say a BIG “Thank You!” to Dennis La Berge and Jim Bonnardel for their efforts in keeping the runway clear. The extra growth means we still have people wandering across the runway to look at the “pretty flowers” AKA weeds. Please try to be aware of them. One nice thing with the late rains is the field is in great condition and we can save the wet down/roll for maybe August!

Recently the FAA sent preliminary guidance on the use hobby type unmanned aircraft. This is in response to the large number of events in the last few years of people violating restricted airspace around the country. A couple of the BOD members along with Mark Davis and Jim Bonnardel have been communicating with the AMA Government rep and the FAA to ensure we are taking the correct actions to keep our flying site safe. In the interim, I ask that all of you follow current AMA directives and register with the AMA – then place your registration number on each aircraft in a visible location. Also, we need to re-double our efforts in reducing reports to the tower of aircraft above our altitude limit. Please restrict up lines to 400 feet or less, and for the foreseeable future it may be a good idea to have a “calibrated eye” when electroglide is underway to tell pilots not to climb higher.

There was some discussion at the last BOD meeting about the yellow rock at the east end of the runway. It seems that some folks have been using it as a target instead as a centerline reference and have been hitting it. When Jeff re-paints the event target at the center of the field, we are going to try a centerline and see if that works better.

We have had issues again with folks leaving the gate and the Porta Potty open. PLEASE take a few moments and lock the gate if you are the last one out! If there are one or two cars on-site, ask them if they are members. If not, let them know you are locking up and they should leave. If there are empty vehicles, lock them in! People donated new chairs about a month ago, and they are all gone already – LOCK the gate.  We have keys for sale again, if you need one approach a board member for info. If you are standing right there and want to let a non-member use the toilet, that’s ok- but please wait and ensure it’s locked when they finish. Don’t just leave it open. It will get vandalized, all of the paper thrown down the hole, or the lock thrown into the field. That being said, we are in need of more chairs again due to theft/vandalism. If you are replacing yard furniture (or carpet) please bring your old (unbroken) items down instead of tossing them out.

There was a recent incident at the field where a spectator was injured by an out of control airplane. This is the exact reason we have AMA insurance coverage. I appreciate the folks that jumped in to provide comfort and first aid to the individual. Remember, sometimes it is preferable to let an unmanageable plane go down in the field, or behind the vehicles in the lot rather than try to get it back to the runway over people’s heads. If you are involved in an incident, please get the individuals name and phone number to pass on to the BOD for follow up.

George Sullivan has started selling tickets for the 4th of July Raffle.[See below] You can also buy tickets from board members. Remember this one is where we get the funds to support the holiday banquet in January, so if you enjoy the banquet with your family, I encourage you to enjoy the Raffle! We already have some great stuff donated by Steve Neu and Bob Stinson with more to come! We will announce the prizes as they finalize.

Assuming the field dries out in time, we will be having Jet Day on Saturday the 25th. Bring them if you got them! Between 10 AM and Noon the main runway will be reserved for jets only. Carl and Eric are making a plan on how to award the monthly prizes. Following the fun fly there will be a club meeting at the field and the customary hot dog lunch. Hope to see you there!!


Tony’s Corner for May/June 2019

Hey pilots,

Another month is in the books. I will start off by saying we unfortunately had an incident on Saturday the 18th. A spectator who was enjoying our hobby was struck in the hand and cut a couple times. The plane was out of control and ended up over the pits. “Heads up” was called out multiple times and most were aware that there was a plane out of control. As the pilot struggled to get it back to the field. He was able to make it just over the fence where the gentleman was standing. As the plane crashed down it struck his hand cutting a couple fingers. I’m proud our members jumped into action to get the bleeding to stop. At that point the man and his friends said they would be taking him to the ER to get a professional assessment. They left so quickly we were not able to get pertinent info. So this brings up a good point; when we have an incident, we need to get some basic info: who, what, when & where. If there is an incident we can provide it to the AMA for insurance claim purposes. That’s why we carry it. So please keep this in mind when we do have something happen. 
We are starting to prepare for our forth of July celebration. We have started to sell raffle tickets for our 4th raffle. We will have a great assortment of prizes. As always, it will be a members only, closed gate event. Fireworks are at sundown so plan accordingly. Traffic on that day can be hectic so please stay calm and give yourself plenty of time to get where you are going. There will be more updates as we get closer to the 4th. 
We do plan on rolling the field near the end of June and getting a couple tables replaced this year. As you may have noticed, some are falling apart. With that please don’t sit on top of the tables, they aren’t able to hold that kind of weight over and over. I would hate to pick someone off the ground after a table giving way under them. So please be safe. 
And as always, you are the backbone of the club and I’m proud to help guide this club with great members to be the best club we can. I appreciate all of you for being great members that look out for each other and always have fun flying. 


Tony Blackhurst. 

Tony’s Corner for April/May 2019

Hey pilots,

Another great month of flying has passed. I would like to remind everyone that this time of year we have shifting winds from east to west, so please fly the appropriate pattern. We have a new wind sock up so determining witch way the wind is coming from shouldn’t be too difficult. If you’re not comfortable looking at the wind sock during flight, then fly the same pattern as everyone else flying. We had a mid-air crash last week. There were only 2 pilots in the air and they were flying opposing patterns which is exciting, dangerous and expensive. Please be mindful of your fellow pilots and which direction the pattern is. Ultimately it’s your responsibility to keep your flight uneventful. 
Just a friendly reminder to close and lock the gate when you are the last one leaving the site. We had a couple individuals try to use our site as a dumping ground. Fortunately, we did have a responsible member address the situation and the situation was cleared up with no incident.

Secondly, we had a member flying his quadcopter out of bounds, this is unacceptable. The flying boundaries at our site are to keep the public safe and also to give us a place to do what we like to do, and that’s fly RC. The member has been identified and if this continues we will have no other recourse than to suspend or terminate membership. As a club member you should know better than to fly out of bounds. We will not let the selfishness of one individual jeopardize a club of 300 that do fly within our boundaries. There are a lot of other places around the county if you want to go fly with no limits. Due to the proximity to the airport our site has limits. Please be respectful of your fellow pilots and fly within our boundaries. Don’t be that guy that has the club shut down because you wanted to fly out of bounds. 

I respect and appreciate all of you and I wanted to thank all of you for a relatively drama free club. I look forward to continuing this great trend we have. I hope next month will be just as fun flying as this last one.  

Tony Blackhurst.

Chairman’s Corner for March/April 2019

Well, we finally managed a few decently dry weeks. I believe we were all ready! Last weekend every table was full both Saturday and Sunday! With that many fliers at the field, there was bound to be a couple of “Whammies” and while I hate to see a plane go down, the pilots were in good spirits just being at the field for a change.

The recent rains have started a weed explosion in the outer field area. This will bring hundreds of people out in the next few weeks to take pictures with the “flowers”. Please do not harass them, and please stay well away from them with your flying machines – both fixed and rotary winged. Dennis has been doing manual weed control ( THANKS DENNIS!! ), and Jim has been using the approved herbicide to keep the weeds from encroaching on the field and pit area. Please give them space while working as we appreciate their volunteer activities.

With the accelerated growth in the field, we can expect a higher risk as the year progresses. Last weekend a couple of people were showing off their extinguishers with pride until I pointed out that the gage indicated no pressure. Please take a look at your safety gear and ensure it is in the condition you expect.

The field itself is in good, compact condition. I am going to call another sweep day on the 23rd in an attempt to get the sand off. Our last couple of attempts were thwarted by the rain and wet sand. Please bring a broom and maybe a few folks can bring shovels and we will make the field even better. I am still asking all pilots that belly land to remove all skegs/pins/protrusions from the bottom of their planes to keep from busting up the nice surface. Most of you have removed these items, but if you are approached and asked, please understand that we are looking out for the continued enjoyment of us all.

On February 25th the new FAA Interim Final Rule went into effect requiring all drone and model airplane pilots to register ( if they had not previously ) with the FAA at  and to display their registration number visibly on the exterior of all of their aircraft. If you registered in 2015, and did not ask for a refund when offered, that number is good until 2020. New registration costs $5.00 and is good for 3 years. The AMA is onboard with this requirement.

Some of you know that Carlos Mercado suffered a work related injury last month. I went to visit him a few weekends ago along with Frank and Alex Sutton to give him a get well card and a framed Photo that Frank had provided. Carlos is in good spirits considering his injury, and his doctors have reason to believe he will make nearly a full recovery. His family is starting a GOFUNDME page in the hopes to assist with some of his medical requirements and I will forward that information when it comes to me.

My monthly statements:

Always Lock the gate upon exiting if you are the last member on site.

Fly the prevailing pattern – if you don’t know – ask!

Look both ways and loudly call out when stepping onto the runway for any reason.

We are always in need of plastic chairs and used carpet on site.

This month’s Fun Fly event will be the POKER FLY. Expect to sweep the field around 9:30, Fun fly starts at 10:00 and club meeting followed by hot dog lunch before 12:00.  Have a great month!


Brad’s Corner for Nov/Dec 2017

To begin, I would like to mention that we are moving this month’s meeting/board member voting from our usual fourth Saturday to Saturday the 18th to avoid conflict with Thanksgiving holiday travel. We will have the meeting/voting around noon with pizza provided by the club for attendees. Jim has sent out absentee ballots for those that cannot attend, please ensure that if you do vote absentee – you fill in your full name as it appears on your membership card. If we can’t verify that you are a member, your ballot will not be counted. No cemetery voters please…
Finally, it has cooled off a bit! It is crazy that we had to wait until November to get a break this year. Still waiting for some rain to smooth the field out and reduce the risk of fire at our site. We really haven’t had many fires this year, and I want to thank all of you for being careful and having your extinguishers ready as needed.
Jim and Dennis have started replacing the worst of the tables at the main runway. Please throw them a thank you for giving up a few flying days to work for us instead. They started with the worst four and will continue into next year as the existing tables give out. Not bad, we have nearly 4 years on tables we expected to last one.
 A reminder on etiquette at the field, safety concerns, and just plain common sense: In the last 2 weeks I have observed folks walking out past the fence without letting other pilots know they were stepping out. Please call loudly, there were a few VERY near misses! Also, please look and verify no one is on approach before loudly announcing take-off and landing. Also judge the point at which you call your landings, calling too early can leave others stranded with low batteries waiting for a landing that should have been called thirty seconds later. Finally, after landing, if you taxi – please do so near the fence to reduce risk of others coming in after you.
One of our club members, Butch Bucciarelli, heard my call in September that we were looking for a venue to have our Holiday banquet in Jan. He came through for us in a big way, and our Banquet Committee ( Randy and Quan ) are finalizing the details. It sounds AMAZING!  Plan for a blast to all 2017 members to come out in early December with all of the info. Details will not make the web page or be posted to Facebook ( Pictures will post AFTER the event) to avoid the party crashers/freeloaders as we experienced the last 2 years. If you are a member, and do not get the club e-mails, email your friendly editor and he will make sure you get yours:
As I look over the newsletter for the last few months, I notice a great amount of content provided by members. Thank all of you that have hopped on board! Steve Belknap has been doing a great job of putting it all together for us, and it makes his life a bit easier if he does not have to search for all of the content himself. If you have a neat project, please share!
The Board has voted on and approved a small increase in membership dues starting 2018. Dues will go up to $50.00 a year when we start accepting 2018 applications next month. The club costs have been going up over the last few years and this will allow us to keep even. One exciting thing you will see next year is a new style of badge we will be issuing to take some of the load from the membership coordinator – THANKS GEORGE SULLIVAN! We failed to realize how much of a load we had put on Isabel as we took the club from two hundred to four hundred members. Thanks again to Paul and Isabel Guidice for the service to the club for the last seven years.
Please join us on Saturday for the meeting and vote. If you want to give back to the hobby you enjoy, I greatly encourage each of you to spend a bit of time on the board so we can all benefit from your ideas and experiences.
Have a great Thanksgiving, and please be safe. I think I saw a video on YouTube of Skip trying to deep fry a turkey. It was scary! I will be having ham now…

Brad’s Corner for Oct./Nov. 2017

I open this month’s newsletter with some sad news.


Last week our official Candy Man and unofficial club greeter, Fred Duffy, passed away. Fred was a welcoming member of our weekend crew over the last several years. 50-60 of our newest members thanked Fred for his approachability, and willingness to help a new guy out. Fred passed following a brief illness the morning of the 17th. He was where he wanted to be – At home with his loving Family. Freds son, Mike, has expressed his gratitude for the supportive texts, mails, and comments I have passed to him. Freds home life was very private and Mike said there will not be an open service per Freds wishes. The family will commemorate his life and their Mothers life together in private at a future date. We will miss Fred, and will do something to remember him on Veterans Day – November 11th. Mike will take a few weeks off, but we hope to see him back out at the field when affairs are in order.


Fred & Mike


As we approach the end of the calendar year we have finished up our monthly event series – Popwing races, Electroglide, and Multirotor FPV racing. If you would like to propose an event for next year, or run one of the current events, please let Jim or myself know.


I have been seeing quite a few damaged items stacked next to the garbage cans the last few weeks. Please, if you brought it to the field, and it is too big to fit into a can, please bring it out with you and dispose of it elsewhere. Do not leave it for the park folks to haul away. Also, the buckets of sand are for dumping over a battery fire, not a place to leave bad batteries for someone else to take care of.


We are less than 2 weeks away from the end of daylight savings time for 2017, have you been getting your night flyers ready?


Last week I opened nominations for the board of directors for 2018. There have been a few nominations, but I am still looking for some folks to step up and share your unique ideas while helping guide the club into the New Year. To reiterate what I said last week:


Any position currently occupied is open for competition.  Specifically, positions we need filled for 2018 are:


President – I expect to step away from the seat, which will automatically make me chairman for up to 2 years.


Vice President – Jim plans to run for a member at large position. He will still be involved, but life priorities require that he concentrate on other activities.


Treasurer – Paul has decided to end his service to the club and devote some time to just flying and enjoying his membership.


Safety Officer – I am trying to convince Randy to take the position from either Jim or myself.


Secretary – I am also sweet talking Quan…


Also, the 3 at large positions are always open for competition, I would like our current folks in these positions to move up.


Nominations received so far:


Secretary – Ken Dresser


Members at large – Ken Dresser, Steve Neu, Carl Cox, Jim Bonnardel, and Tony Blackhurst.


I continue to enjoy reading the submissions from club members on their special projects, and anything else related to our activities they may have seen or done. Keep it up!


This month’s event on the 28th will be a new one, MAMBA BABY! HOW LOW CAN YOU GO!!  Followed by the club meeting and lunch. This one should be a lot of fun.


Have a happy Halloween folks!

Brad’s Corner for Sep/Oct 2017

BradHey Team!
As this newsletter comes out we will be officially ending the last week of summer. Finally! It has been a hot and nasty one, That’s for sure.
To start off, I would like to thank the folks who participated on our Labor Day Raffle. We made some great progress towards funding our holiday banquet! The raffle was a lot of fun, with a slew of great prizes, and Subway sandwiches served by Julie and Joe Bonnardel. I would also like to say “thanks!” to the folks who donated prizes to the raffle, the items were really appreciated. Randy Wynant and Quan Nguyen have started looking for a venue for the banquet. If you know of a nice indoor location that can handle 130-140 people at a reasonable price, please let them know and we will look into it.
I want to say to all that I really appreciate the efforts most of you make to keep our club drama free. I hear often from other local clubs on how hard it is to keep the peace at their sites. With that being said, I would like to reiterate some things to the few people that want to push the boundaries… First, some basics. Please give each other the courtesy of loudly announcing your intentions to take off, land, or cross the field. DON’T say it only to yourself, say it so others can hear. To continue this thought, announcing this action does not alleviate your responsibility to turn your head and visually verify you are in the clear to proceed with your action. If you are doing multiple touch and go landings, you must announce EACH landing approach so others know what you are doing. The flip side is the folks who announce “On the runway.”  Then step out without turning their head to see if the runway is actually clear. There were a few near misses last month that could have easily been avoided.
There are also a couple of folks that are always flying opposite pattern, or straight up through the pattern as if there are no other planes in the air. This results in angry people staying on the ground instead of risking their craft by flying with someone acting like a fool. Please share our site with others respectfully. If you must fly like a clown, I hear the Chollas park guys are having a membership drive… To everyone else, feel free to say something to the folks that are not considerate to others. If you say nothing they assume it is ok. If you wait until later and send me an e-mail – they assume it is ok. I will rarely send a message to desist on something I did not actually see myself.
Moving on,
Last month’s newsletter had some great input from members and was a great read. Again, our editor Steve Belknap works hard to give you quality, but input from members on projects, shop tricks, and experiences are the icing on the cake. Keep those submissions coming!!
We are almost at 400 members as we enter the last quarter of 2017. A few less than last year, but not by much. We are still looking for current membership badges to fly at the club. I always like to state this time of year that our club still has great value – even at the end of the year, and most other clubs within an hour of us charge more than $15 bucks a month plus initiation fees to boot.
 Thanks to the folks that brought brooms and shovels to the last meeting day on the field. We were able to remove a lot of the sand and dust that had lifted from the surface and distribute it into the field. Jim is on the waiting list for rental of the water truck, but will be wetting the field prior to the end of the month. We expect this round of field maintenance to take us to the end of the year.
October will mark the end of the event series we hold on Saturdays. Pop wing racing, Electroglide, and FPV racing will wrap up and start anew in January. There is some tight competition for the top spots so make sure you don’t miss out!
We are a month away from nominations for 2018 board of directors, with voting happening at the November meeting which will be held on the 18th to get ahead of Thanksgiving.
 Board members that currently plan to leave their current positions are: Myself, I intend to vacate the President seat, which will automatically move me to the Chairman position – still involved, but with a different role.  ; Jim Bonnardel intends to step back from the Vice President position into one of the Member At Large positions to allow him to concentrate on other endeavors. Again, still involved, but with different responsibilities. ; Paul Guidice has decided to vacate the Treasurer position to enjoy some long anticipated travel with his Wife Isabel. This means we will also lose Isabel as our membership coordinator.
The President, Vice President, and Treasurer are positions that require a vote to occupy. The membership coordinator however, does not and can be appointed at any time. While it was handy for Paul and Isabel, the treasurer and membership person does not have to be a husband and wife team. With that being said, I am putting out a call for any member that would like to be involved without taking an actual board position, and understands how to use/manage spreadsheets. The membership coordinator could expect to spend 2 to 3 hours per week managing applications and mailing badges. Is this you? I need someone to take this position quickly, so they can spend some time with Isabel learning the ropes before we start the new year.
For the board positions, I again ask you to look inside yourself, ask the question of yourself on whether your skills, experiences, and qualities would make you the person to advance our club to new heights. Don’t think about what a few hours a month would affect you, instead think about the ways YOU could improve the experience of everyone in the club.

With the Hepatitis A outbreak in San Diego County, I would like to raise awareness that we routinely have homeless folks using our facilities. With that in mind, Paul strongly recommends to all members that they buy and bring a quality hand sanitizer with them for those occasions when the water tank in the porta potty is empty.
There are some really neat items on the sites For Sale tab. Make sure you take a look.
 This month’s meeting is on the 23rd, and the fun fly event will be “ Don’t Spill the Beans”. Any member can play, and get a chance at $150.00 in cash prizes! Following the fun fly will be the monthly meeting followed by our hot dog lunch. Staying with the Bean theme, Jimmy is trying to convince me to make a pot of Chili…
See you there!


Field Sweep

Brad’s Corner for August/September 2017

BradHey Fliers!


We had a cooler week or two recently with agreeable winds, and I hope you had a chance to take advantage and get some flying in. It will be warming up again this weekend, presumably through September so I will re-visit things mentioned in previous letters. Please bring plenty of liquids and stay hydrated! A couple of guys seem to bring water for their dogs, but none for themselves. Sunscreen is your friend, I have heard a couple of folks talking about having small melanomas removed this summer -that can lead to deeper issues. Fire safety is still a big concern, I appreciate that I have seen members walking to mishap areas carrying extinguishers. If it is a fairly good hit – just bring one. It is easier than having to run back. There is still some aggressive pollen on the dry weeds in the outlying areas. I am not normally allergic, but still have blisters (healing) on my legs after walking out to look for a small helicopter 3 weeks ago. There is still a possibility of snakes in the field. Please be careful!


We are around 390 members finishing August, pretty close to where we were last year at this time. If you haven’t renewed yet, please get it done. There is no advantage in waiting, and you may be discovered and not get to participate in an event or two. The yearly dues are the most economical in the county if you take into account the fact that no one is charged an “initiation” fee. I still see folks at the rotor plex wearing badges from 2016, and while I like members that wear badges, they have to be current.  I do anticipate dues to go up slightly next year to keep up with higher costs to maintain the porta-potty and our event support systems such as flags and banners, race gates, power systems, and materials to roll/wet the field. The City has stated there may be an increase in rental cost for the site, but has not been specific yet, so we will adjust as necessary.  I am still seeing new faces at the field and again would like to thank all of you for the welcoming attitude you present to the public. You are the reason we are one of the largest clubs in the AMA. Please feel free to chat with new members about safety at our site, if you see an unsafe action, please step up and discuss it, do not wait to tell a board member.


The last few years we have been able to plan and execute our end of year banquets using mostly funds raised outside of membership dues. While our “ambassador of fun” Jim Bonnardel has been bringing money into the club from sources wishing to use our facility, we have not seen the income we have been used to that was based around the rotor plex area. We are about two thirds of the way to our goal of having another great banquet this year. With that in mind we will be having a club raffle on September 4th – Labor Day as a banquet fundraiser. I am selling tickets at the field on weekends for $2.00 each. The same price if you purchase one or fifty tickets. If I don’t approach you, feel free to approach me for your tickets. Since I know quite a few are primarily weekday flyers, I will be accepting ticket purchases via PayPal to . Please ensure you use the “Family or friends” option to send funds and put your full name in the comments block if your e-mail name is not your actual name. Last year I had to decipher: SKIPDUDE@WHOSYOURDADDY…  If you purchase via PayPal, I will write the name you provide on the back of each ticket. You do not have to be present to win. Jim is still purchasing items for raffle, but I can say we expect prize value to be over $2500 dollars. There are quite a few items donated by members (NIB ARFs, unflown receiver ready planes, and new general use items) along with new items being purchased. If everyone that attended last year’s banquet purchases 10 tickets – we will be fully funded. If we don’t make our goal, we may ask for a bit more to reserve seats this year.


I would like to plant a little bug in people’s minds early this year. In 2 months we will be opening nominations for board of director positions to take the club into 2018. From recent conversations I expect a one or two current members to step away from their positions to make room for new blood. Even if the position you think you would fit into is not vacated, feel free to run against the incumbent if you feel you have ideas to offer. I am going to challenge each of you to determine whether you feel your experiences, knowledge, and possible desire to change something you may not agree with is justification to run for a position.


Randy is still boxing it out with a local locksmith to get a new (and a spare) lock for our gate. It has been a great pain in his neck, so I am glad I was able to voluntell him on to this assignment. He has taken it like a trooper! Our main goal is to get locks that match the keys that have been issued, hopefully by the end of the month. Thank him when you get the chance.


Please check out the for sale by members page, there are a couple of nice items on there. To get your items posted simply send a mail to our editor at with a description of the item for sale and a couple of good pictures. The flip side of course, will be to let him know as items sell so he can remove them.


Our editor, Steve Belknap fills a volunteer position and devotes numerous hours to getting this newsletter out and managing our e-mail blasts and contact lists. Please thank him when you see him. He is constantly looking for aircraft related articles to put in the newsletter for our enjoyment. If you see/hear something neat, and feel like sharing – type something up and send it in, we want to hear from you! If you want pictures of your planes featured in our gallery, send them!


It has been quite a while since we have had measurable rain which results in our clay surface breaking up badly. This Saturday (Meeting and Fun Fly) I am asking all attendees to bring a large broom and pitch in sweeping the loose material away in preparation of wetting the field down around the end of the month. If all hands pitch in, it should only take around 30 minutes.


This month’s event will be spot landing (no Micro’s please) followed by the monthly meeting and lunch provided by the BOD. This is always a fun event and I encourage all to enjoy!


Stay Safe!



Mark's Biplane

Brad’s Corner for July/August 2017

Hi Folks!
I hope mid-summer is meeting your expectations. If your expectations have included heat, humidity, and crosswinds – it has been a spectacular month! Well, we knew it was coming, so all we can do is smile and wave. Some of us have been hiding in our air conditioned spaces, but I would like to throw a shout out to Tom, Tuan, and Brian who have been determinedly raising their proficiency in crosswind landings. Great job guys!
For my standard banging of the safety drum, I want to say thank you to the folks who are always on site with their fire extinguishers and ready to save us if things get out of hand. The entire outer field area is very dry and flammable. Please bring enough water to stay hydrated for your expected stay. You can re-fill empty bottles at the boat ramp if needed. Finally, it is not a bad idea to bring and use sunscreen this time of year. I saw Randy after a long Saturday, He looked like a red Papa Smurf…


Jim has been spraying the field to keep weeds down lately, Thank you for not trying to get extra points by seeing how close you can get to him ( Skip!! ) while he is around the edge of the runway. Thanks also to Dennis for countless hours weed whacking, and Tom and Chief for keeping growth down around the tables. We have had a couple years of use from the tables at the main runway, and we know they are starting to wear. Between now and the end of the year we will change out the worst of the tables to something closer to what was installed at the rotorplex last year. Please do not hurry the demise of the current tables by picking holes into them or striking them with hammers.
As a group comprised mostly of grown-ups, I have to ask you all to take the initiative if you see something unsafe. You do not have to wait to tell a board member, or wait for someone to handle it. Please step up and say something, if you need back-up – ask another member to join you and you can both have the discussion. Jim and I saw some VERY unsafe actions at the rotorplex a few weeks back, and both approached from different directions to have a few words. I am positive we would have had the same response if we were not on the BOD. Please join us in keeping everyone safe!
We had a pretty decent showing for the festivities on the 4th, the evening cooled off nicely and some of the fireworks were visible this year through the smoke which plagued us the last couple of years by drifting right at us. Thank you to the folks that stayed into the evening for not leaving piles of trash in the pit area.
My last conversation with Isabel puts us around 360 members for 2017. A bit behind last year, but still growing. Thanks to everyone that has been stepping up to invite new people to join the club. Steve, Randy, and Fred have been going out of their way to answer questions.
The monthly meeting/fun fly/lunch on SEFSD is coming up on 7/22. This is our summer bomb drop event and is a lot of fun, which can be had by all levels of flyers. If you can take off, go to an approximate minimum altitude, and make an approach, you can play!  And win prizes!  But don’t forget to watch your plane!!  When we do the summer bomb drop, we change up lunch a bit by ordering a couple of large subway sandwiches, which will be served by Jim and his wonderful wife Julie.


Brad 3 pic

Bring brooms on Saturday. Most of you have noticed that the heat has not been friendly to the field. The clay has powdered in places and is mixed with sand. Before kicking off the fun fly event I would ask that folks bring a broom and we will spend 20-30 minutes sweeping the runway in preparation of Jim doing a 2 day mid-week dousing and rolling of the field. We want to get water down deep so the surface should last the remainder of the year. When Jim puts down the water, we will close the main runway to flying for 2 days so no one puts foot prints on it before it is dry.
See you Saturday and have fun!!



Brad’s Corner for June/July 2017

300XHey Folks!
We didn’t see much May Gray, or June Gloom this year, and now the summer heat is on us! Most important is to bring plenty of liquids with you when you come for a day of flying. Last summer we had a member nearly go into kidney failure because he simply wasn’t getting enough fluid. Sunscreen is also your friend!!  I am going to once again bang my drum about fire safety. The outlying field area is now extremely dry. A small fire can turn into a big problem very quickly! Thanks again to those people that keep their extinguishers handy and are not afraid to use them.  A few other things to think about: there is a lot of dried up pollen on the weeds at the moment. If you have allergic responses, please be careful. If you have trouble breathing after a walk in the field, please mention it to someone so we can, at a minimum, keep an eye on you – or call emergency responders if necessary. I walked out for my plane with Tom and Tuan almost 3 weeks ago and still have blisters on my lower legs from the pollen. Finally, with the recent heat comes the possibility of snakes. Watch your step and listen for indications. Most of all, BE SAFE!!
A couple of interesting items: We had a couple of people lose some large and expensive aircraft this month. Even though it still stings, I am going to mention the issues in hopes of you avoiding the same pitfalls. Richard lost his 105 inch Laser due to a propulsion failure. The post mortem indicated the possible failure point as the connectors in the wires between the ESC and the motor. At least one of the connectors was able to be pulled apart with little or no effort. As we move to higher amp systems there is quite a bit of current going through these wires and a good chance that your connectors are heating up. I have seen a motor connector on one of Scotts jets get so hot that it melted the solder out causing failure. This type of heat cycling can cause bullet connectors to loosen over time. With most of the available HV speed controllers, there is an option to reverse the motor using the software or programming card, so you don’t have to swap wires to get the direction you desire. In these instances it would be preferable to just solder direct and leave the bullet connectors off completely. If this is not an option, or you just cannot bring yourself to move away from your affair with connectors, Randy mentioned a good solution. After he verifies that his system is sound and turning the proper direction, he goes back over each connection with a high quality heat shrink to ensure they do not come apart. After all, our intent should be to make the system bullet proof instead of making it easier to move gear to a different plane after a crash… A week after Richards loss, I also lost a 105” Extra on its second flight due to what ultimately came down to me pushing to get a few flights on a new model – even though I knew there were some conflicts with the way my radio system was configured. There is a known ( not to me at the time ) issue when using Hitec 7950th HV series servos on Spektrum Powersafe receivers with unregulated 2 cell lipo batteries. I tried to work around the issue by using a much lower capacity 6v LIFE battery which made it through a gentle maiden flight, but couldn’t handle the load when I threw all 7 high draw digital servos quickly to their end points in a full power snap roll about 30 feet up from take- off. The receiver browned out and recovered, but the motor would not re-arm – so I lost a battle with altitude. I have since re-built, and maidened the replacement (Pictured above), but will take away an expensive lesson: There is always tomorrow to fly your plane. If something isn’t EXACTLY the way you expect, take it home in one piece and figure it out.
Randy also threw out another pearl of wisdom this month: “Don’t forget your HOLE.”
Your vent hole that is. Sometimes you need to be inventive in allowing cool air into your airframe, and allowing warm air to exit.  A good majority of us are using over 1200 watt power systems. Even if your system is 90% efficient, that means 120 watts of waste heat being generated. When was the last time you closed your 40 watt soldering iron in the palm of your hand? Heat is the enemy to the magnets in your motor, connectors, batteries, and your speed control. To keep everything operating trouble free – we need to ensure we keep things as cool as possible. An old rule of thumb is to have twice the area on the outlet side than the area of the inlet vents. This ensures good cooling flow without pressurizing your airframe and blowing your hatch off (Right Raphi?)


Due to lack of support from vendors, and life in general getting in the way, we were not able to pull together a solid raffle for the 4th of July. I still have and will hold the items that were donated, and we will attempt to have a good show for the next holiday – which will be Labor Day on 04 September. We have some banquet money in the coffers, and hope to fund the remainder for the banquet with this raffle.
Speaking of the 4th, we will again be expecting a full day of flying. The board will serve a hot dog lunch around noon with chips and soda. We cannot plan for the numbers of people, so it will be on a first come, first served basis. If you plan to stay all day, please bring picnic supplies and beverages with you. We will have the clubs small BBQ available, and one or two members have agreed to bring and share their personal GAS BBQs with people that want to bring a protein and cook on site. No Charcoal grills please. Also, as part of mission bay park- glass bottles are prohibited. If you bring an adult beverage, please fly responsibly. Feel free to bring family and friends. This is the perfect time to bring your night flyers and light up the sky prior to the fireworks. For those who have not seen the Sea world fireworks from our field, we have a perfect front row seat. And there is a pretty decent exit point using old Sea world drive to Friars road east and hooking up with interstate 8 in mission valley. We will probably leave the gate open until around 6:00 PM at which time we will close it and lock it to non-club members. Jim will again post the ‘Members Only” sign. Over the last couple of years there have been issues with inebriated revelers causing problems at our site and I want to minimize that chance. If you arrive and the gate is closed, feel free to open – pass through – and close/lock it behind you. I don’t want anyone to get into a physical alteration, so if it comes to that with someone trying to force their way in, just let them in. Please don’t get upset if you leave the gate open behind you and you are asked to go back and close it.
While on the subject of the gate, PLEASE close the gate if you are the last one out! Again there have been reports of members arriving in the afternoon to an open gate and non-members on site flying over Sea world drive and the marsh refuge area. Kind of hard to argue that it’s not us if they are standing on our site while doing stupid stuff…  Close the gate.

We had an issue last month on meeting day about the preparation of hot dogs for members. It involved comments, yelling, and hurt feelings. I proposed to the board during our recent meeting that we stop doing lunch altogether on meeting days. My feelings are that if my volunteers are getting yelled at, we don’t need to do it. I was voted down by others on the board, but to be frank – I will not tolerate further abuse to the folks cooking the dogs. If there is an issue, come to me.
This month’s event is Warbird Day starting at 10:00 AM on the 24th. Come show off your favorite bird for a chance at $150 in prizes! Club meeting and Costco hot dogs to follow.
Have a great month!

Brad’s Corner for May/June 2017

Lee NortonHey guys,
With temps spiking last week we have had our kick-off into summer. It’s very likely we will not see much more rain for the next few months and the outlying field area is drying out fast. There is still a little green out there, but most of the growth has the consistence of barbed wire, so avoid it if you can – both with yourself and your aircraft! The pretty nasty brush fires in the county this week are a sign of things to come, please be prepared to respond in the event of fires. Also, there was a report last summer of a rattlesnake in the field, so if you do venture out there, go a bit slow to ensure you don’t startle something into biting you.
If you have not heard, a federal court recently shot down the requirement to register all model aircraft with the FAA. If you use your aircraft in a manner which involves any type of commercial use, you must still register – along with additional licensing. I doubt there will be a refund involved (sorry Dave…).
As I mentioned last month, fund raising is quite a bit down from last year as we were not the US host city for international drone day this year and as such have not received any sponsor donations this year. Our chance to get some money in the end of year banquet coffer is coming quickly. Jim has already started picking up some neat stuff for our 4th of July Raffle. Quan is donating the receiver ready Joker sport plane he won at the 2015 holiday banquet, as it is not his style of plane, to the raffle. We expect to start selling tickets mid-June.  If you have any thoughts for fundraising, bring them to me!
A couple of things coming our way next month. On June 4th SeaWorld drive will be closed between 6:00 AM and 12:30 PM for the rock & roll marathon. Their course map has runners coming up behind us to the boat ramp parking lot and then along the path towards fiesta island. With so many people about we are discouraging anyone from coming in at 5:00 AM to have the morning to themselves.  Also coming up is the traditional father’s day swap meet in the back parking lot at Discount Hobby Warehouse. This seems to be the best one with more quality items being presented. Don’t miss out!
Please keep an eye out for full scale craft in our area. If they are within a half mile of us stay around 50 feet until they are well away. We continue to have pilot reports to the FAA that we are too high and that is not a positive thing for us.
This month’s fun fly event on the 27th will be Poker fly, followed by the club meeting, and our hot dog lunch, See you there and fly safe!

Brad’s Corner for April/May 2017

WACO TOHey Fliers!


I hope you are having a great month! As we finish out April, I would like to make a few comments related to safe use of our site.


First, most of you have noticed the amount of new growth at our site due to the wet start to the year. In some places it is over 8 feet! This raises a few concerns. For those of you (like me) who suffer from pollen allergies, be sure to use your medication of choice before you head for the field, sneezing and watery eyes do not make you a successful pilot! Next, there has been a plethora of people coming off of the street to take pictures of the pretty flowers (weeds). People are all over the place, and we need to avoid flying over them with planes, or ‘taking a closer look’ with multi-rotors. Please give them the courtesy of safety. Also, all of this growth is going to raise our fire risk greatly. Last weekend I saw a couple of people grab extinguishers and run to a smoking aircraft. That is the response we need as we move into the summer. Thank you all for being vigilant!


Next, I need to touch on full scale aircraft in our vicinity. Under NO circumstances do we have the right of way when full scale are overhead. Yes, I understand they are not supposed to be below 500 feet. However, they are sometimes vectored through at 300 or 400 feet due to other concerns. We were reported to the tower at least twice this month, and need to get this under control. Please get to 50 feet or below any time there are full scale around. If you are practicing for an event that requires you to momentarily go above 400 feet, like electroglide or the F5 competitions, please ask someone to spot for you so you have another set of eyes looking out for issues.


Finally, take a few minutes to review and replace items as necessary in your first aid kits. We hope to never need them, but there are some items that expire. I ended up having to replace a large number of band aids that just wouldn’t stick due to age.


Membership is proceeding at a decent pace. We are a bit behind last year’s numbers, currently at 336 members. Not a surprise that things are a bit slow, we are not hosting drone day this year, so some of that member base did not show up. Keep looking for folks flying without a badge and encourage them to join the club. Remember that no one is allowed to fly at our site without AMA, and potential members (not prior members) are allowed 3 guest days with AMA before we require them to join the club.


I am still getting a lot of prior members asking for keys to the gate. We have NOT changed the lock, so you do not need a new key every year. From this month forward, keys will cost $2.00 unless you are a new member. Along with the privilege of having a key goes the responsibility to close the gate if you are the last one out. Almost every night this month the gate has been left open with no one around. This leaves us open to all sorts of bad things. PLEASE lock the gate!


Our fun fly on the 22nd will be altitude quest. A fun event that only requires you to fly to your designated altitude and land. $150.00 in gift certificates from Discount hobbies will be divided amongst the 5 pilots closest to their mark. This will be followed by lunch and a brief club meeting. Being discussed will be some fundraising ideas for the 4th of July event at the field. Without drone day, we are way behind where we were last year fund wise, and need to generate revenue to support our end of year banquet. It you have ideas – please share!


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The pics this month are a few of the big Waco I picked up at Don Rice’s estate sale and had the honor of finishing. I am using one of Steve Neu’s new large outrunners, which pretty much prove the fact that there isn’t any plane that cannot be converted to electric power. At 54 (ish) pounds, it is the heaviest plane ever to fly from our field.


Have a great month!




P.S. Skip and Dave- I know you did scary things this month, I just let you off the hook…

Brad’s Corner for Mar/Apr 2017

As we move into spring, I want to throw a hearty thank you to the folks responsible for taking care of our flying site and the general vicinity. The rainy season is almost over, but it sure started some growth in our area.  Dennis LaBerge has been working tirelessly at clearing the weeds encroaching on the field, even to the point of taking his weed wacker and knocking down the growth along the primary landing approach. Chief Griffin and Tom Erickson have been doing a great job of keeping weeds out of the field and pit area, recently passing that torch to Jim Bonnardel who was out spraying numerous times in the last 2 weeks. THANK YOU guys! I really appreciate your efforts!
This month kicked off the return of EMAC to our club. Please pass on your appreciation to Steve Belknap for organizing the event and Tim Attaway, Steve Neu, Steve Manganelli, Steve Dente, and Ray Fulks for speaking and assisting newbies through the initial pattern. There were about 30 members listening and participating and I think everyone learned something – so I call it a great success! I have linked one of the trimming articles Tim mentioned for your review. There was some confusion as to the initial date and some people showed up Saturday instead of Sunday and missed out. I have asked Steve and Tim if they would do another trim clinic along with their next event, and will support that if they agree.
Membership reached 320 this week. We are a bit behind last year, but progressing. Thank you for renewing and wearing your 2017 badge while on site. We still have quite a few people showing up and attempting to fly without AMA or club membership. Please don’t be bashful about approaching people not wearing badges and ask their status. Remember, part of our agreement with the city includes that people flying at our field will have liability insurance, which requires AMA as an absolute minimum. Also, people have been showing up with AMA park flier – 3 month memberships which we cannot accept, Full membership for the year please. Another challenge we recently had: if you are paying the dues for a member other than yourself, please send a follow-on email to Isabel, or specific comments in PayPal defining your actions – she has no way to determine your intentions from just the PayPal transfer.
The first swap meet of the season was held last weekend. Not as many sellers as usual, hopefully that picks up as we move into the summer months. Please look at and use our ‘for sale by members’ section, you never know what you will find! If you are selling, you can usually get better prices from people who have seen your item than you will in a swap meet “ bottom dollar” environment. If you post items for sale, please shoot our editor Steve an e-mail when your item sells, or monthly if it doesn’t and you want to keep its post active. I want to avoid having items on there for months on end as it makes that section irrelevant and people stop looking.
There have been quite a few evenings recently (like 5 out of 7)  that the gate has been left open. Some have resulted in our driveway being used as a dumping site. I really cannot do more than plead with members – if you are the last one out, PLEASE close and lock the gate! In the past we have had motorcycles burn out up and down the runway, All of the tables and chairs set on fire, and general mayhem just because people leave the gate open. Protect our site people!!
I had the dubious honor or earning the nickname “Captain Crunch!” a few weekends ago in what was probably the most violent mid-air collision I have ever seen at our club. It always seems to occur when there are just 2 or 3 planes in the air. There have been quite a few mid-airs this month, so be careful out there! Jim says they come in threes, so this weekend…
We also saw some pretty sketchy flying the last few weekends.  It wasn’t Skip for a change! While I’m sure others will mention it also, I need to clearly state “ Plane pilots need to stop overflying the multi rotor pit area and the porta-potty!”  Seriously, there is no reasonable excuse for going over people’s heads multiple times in one flight. Be respectful of the safety of others. We have (again) also seen people shout “ on the runway!”  and immediately step out without looking to see is someone else is already committed and landing. One pilot lost his aircraft after yanking it back up to avoid someone, then not having the electrons to make it around and back to the runway. Please look first before stepping onto the field.
There is currently a sign near our driveway saying that parking will be secured from 0630 – 1000 on Saturday the 25th. Jim has been trying to find out whether they will let us to our driveway, but numerous messages to the city event coordinator have yielded no response. As that is our fun-fly/meeting day all I can recommend is to come a little later, or risk having to wait a bit. We will push our fun fly start time from 1000 to 1030 to give people time to get in and set up.  This month’s event will be spot landing, with the prize value at $150.00, followed by our hot dog lunch! March is also the month that we ensure some of the new members who are spending a lot of time at the field have fire extinguishers for their vehicles/tables. Please only take one if you have not received one already – if you use it we expect you to replace it so you always have one on you. Have a great month!!


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Brad’s Corner for Feb/Mar 2017

Happy February Team!


I have seen some of you show up with planes and drones that your wife bought you for Valentine’s Day, BRAVO! It’s nice to see you getting that kind of support for your hobby.


Last month I mentioned how nice it was to be getting some rain. This month I am going to borrow (almost) a quote from Patrick Swayze : “ It’s nice, until it’s time to not be nice…” I think we have only had 3 dry weekends since the beginning of December, and I am starting to miss the drought!  While on the subject of missed weekends, we lost a few events this month because the field was muddy. For scored events we skipped the monthly wing races and electroglide. Since no one earned points it should not affect our year end tallies. We also lost our last full FPV race practice day with the field fully set up. Next month FPV counts for totals so practice as you can.




Lastly we had to give up our EMAC Starter event and Trim Clinic. We are going to schedule a make-up day for this one as I feel it is critical to get this started. Thanks again to Steve Belknap for stepping up to get this arranged and getting the right people to volunteer ( or was it voluntold? ) to discuss proper plane setup and trimming techniques, and then provide pattern demonstrations. The new date for this is Sunday, March 5th starting around 10 A.M. The field will not be closed, but I ask members not participating to be mindful of what is happening at gates 5 and 6 and give them the courtesy I have come to expect. No buzzing the expensive airplanes Skip!!  Also, still on the subject of wetness ( Hush Dave G! ), the field weed growth has exploded. Thank you to Dennis Laberge for the numerous hours spent with a hoe removing encroachment from the field proper. The outlying field also has more green than I have seen in a long time. Please be careful out there as now it’s almost impossible to see the rabbit holes and rocks. Walk carefully and protect those ankles. This much growth will inevitably result in a lot of dry kindling in a couple of months. During the March meeting the board will disburse 15 – 20 fire extinguishers to new members that are maintaining a solid presence at the field. This will be the 5th year we have had this practice and it still warms my heart to see people walking out to crashes with extinguishers. Remember though, the club will provide one, but if you use it, we want you to replace it so you always have one with you.


I am sure Randy will chime in, but I want to touch a bit on safety. A couple of people received prop bites this month. Please, if you are working on your electronics on the table – and not immediately going to a gate to fly, take a few minutes and remove the prop. On that note, those of you that come with first aid kits should take a quick look and see that they are all good. I bring two, just in case.


Jim sent a blast out, but I would like to elaborate on proper LiPo battery disposal. The orange sand buckets are for either dumping sand on a burning model, or a temporary holding area for a damaged battery so you do not have a problem at your table or under your hood. When you leave you are expected to take the damaged batteries with you in either a LiPo Sack or ammo can. If you just dump 15 – 20 batteries in the bucket and leave them, there is no recourse for someone with an actual problem. The best way to dispose of old batteries is to completely discharge either by adding a load using some 12V auto bulbs – 1 bulb for 3S, 2 bulbs in series for 4, 5, and 6S, or use one of the voltage checkers ( ask Randy ) that drain your battery to zero if left for a few days. I have an old BBQ that I set them in for discharging. Once at zero, cut off the connector, strip the leads and twist them together. They are now inert and can go in the trash.


Membership is continuing at a decent rate, there are still quite a few people showing up without 2017 badges though. Please get it done, there is nothing to gain from holding out, we are year to year and membership expires in December whether you pay for it now, or thing you are being “ thrifty “ waiting until June… It is disappointing to be asked to leave without flying because you have not renewed. Remember, guest privileges are for AMA members using our site for the first time ( up to 3 visits ) and are not for use by past members.


I have been handling the hot dogs on meeting days for just over 4 years. Thanks to Dennis Benitez who will be taking over from me after this month’s meeting. Things may change a bit as we pretty much decide what we want to bring, but in its base form there will be beef hot dogs, chips, and beverages. Periodically I will bring a pot of Chili as I know how many of you like it. Thanks Dennis!!


It’s that time again to call out for people that are replacing their patio furniture to bring their old chairs down to the field. We lost some to the recent winds and have had quite a few broken ones lately.


This month’s fun fly event will be the Don’t Spill the Beans between 10 and 12 on the 25th. If you have a plane that can fly stable at a moderate speed and lands softly, you have a chance to bring home CASH!!.  You will place a supplied container with 20 beans on your plane, take off, fly above 100 feet, pull a loop, then land as softly as you can. He with the most beans wins a share of $150.00 worth of gift certificates from Discount Hobby Warehouse. The monthly club meeting will follow, and we will return to open flying while enjoying the hot dog lunch provided by the Board of Directors.

See you there!


Brad’s Corner for Jan/Feb 2017

BradWOW! What a wet start to the year we have had! I think 5 out of the last 6 weeks have seen rain. If we had to have only one dry weekend though, I’m glad it was in line with the Holiday Banquet on the 14th.  A great time was had by all. The food was fantastic, the venue was amazing, and the raffle finished the evening out in a fine manner. I’m sure our editor, Steve Belknap, has some fine pictures to share. Thank you to the members of the banquet committee – Randy Wynant, Julie Njaa, Quan Nguyen, and George Sullivan for getting it all set up! Thanks also to all that attended and participated, I am glad the clubs efforts at fundraising this year were put to such great use. Please, when you have the opportunity, say thanks to John Weaver at Discount Hobby Warehouse for his support all year towards the clubs raffle prizes and fun fly gift certificates. He really helps our club stretch the fun dollars.
Before moving away from the rain conversation I want to make a cautionary statement. All of the rain has caused a growth explosion in the field surrounding our site. The short green plants seem to be some kind of stinging plant variety and caused a severe allergic response from a member about a month ago. No one expects to be walking out there, but maybe some long socks and shoes in your vehicle would not be a bad idea for those that wear shorts and sandals routinely.  Also, thanks for staying off of the main runway while it is muddy. I know it sucks to not be able to fly for a few weeks, but the footprints usually last for months if we are not careful. It helps if the last one out (any time of the day) closes the gate behind them. It deters unauthorized use, and keeps people from trashing our site. It was noted numerous times in the last month that the first person in at sunrise found an open gate, and a couple of times there was some trash dumped in our driveway.
Badge day on Dec 31st came off surprisingly well considering it was another wet day. The rain stopped just before Paul and Isabel set up, but the field was too wet to fly. We had between 60 and 70 people stop in for their 2017 badge, and a slice of pizza. A few members renewed on the spot to boot.  Right now we are around 240 members for 2017. As you read this, membership renewal has be open for 8 weeks. If you have not renewed yet, Why not?   Membership is not pro-rated and will not get cheaper if you milk it… On Feb 1st we will begin enforcing the “No Badge, No fly” policy. Remember, AMA and club membership are required to fly.  The badge style has changed slightly making it more obvious whether someone is wearing a 2017 vs. an older badge. 2 weeks ago a couple of fellows were flying with badges from 2014. When asked, they “didn’t know” that AMA and SEFSD membership required yearly renewal…   On that note please wear your badge at all times while on site and please understand when someone asks to see yours, or asks you not to fly if you are not currently a member.
As we move into the new year, please take a few minutes to ensure you are still familiar with the field rules posted on our web site, and the AMA safety guidelines posted on our frequency board at the field. The guest policy remains the same, but let me throw out a reminder that no one flies at our site without current AMA insurance unless they are holding a student radio in a buddy box configuration with the instructor having valid AMA membership. If you bring/sponsor a guest to our site please ensure they understand our safety procedures and flight boundaries.
As before, we continue to ask members not to use tobacco products on the carpeted side of the logs. The second hand smoke is disturbing to many, and kneeling next to a model right into a pile of Copenhagen spit is distasteful. In my monthly shout out to our buddy Skip – it is also recommended not to take a big swig out of someone else’s frosty beverage when you have a big wad of chew in your mouth!! For the smokers, I have noticed 60 – 70 white cig butts next to the logs between gates 2 and 4. These will take years to decompose and obviously stand out on the dark asphalt grindings. In an attempt to head this off before it gets worse, please bring/use some sort of container to dispose of these instead of leaving them lay.
We finally received approval from the city to mount the large sign at the gate that announces who we are to the public. This has taken quite a bit of effort, and if you like it as much as I do, please take a moment to look it over and tell Quan what you think of his design! Thanks to Randy and George for getting the sign up!


Due to rain the electroglide was cancelled for Jan, The Chula Vista Flyers swap meet was postponed until Feb 11th, and FPV racing was postponed until Jan 28th to occur alongside the clubs monthly meeting, fun fly, and hot dog lunch. There will also be an estate sale for Don Rice’s family on Feb. 11 and 12 in Mira Mesa with Frank Gagliardi as point of contact.   This month’s event will be FLYING FREAKS. If you have something wild, weird, or wacky bring it out and compete for a prize (one entry per pilot please) between 10:00am and 12:00pm. It should be a dry day at last!!
This month’s picture is again an example of a poor unattended plane being molested by a rascal…



Brad’s Corner for Dec/Jan 2016/17

Brad PicsHey Fliers! I hope you are having a great December, and Santa brings you what you want this year! I have been seeing plenty of hobby related sales popping up in the last few days, and there should still be some good ones from Thunder Power and Horizon on the way for those of you that still have some hobby budget remaining!


As most of you know, Jim and I have swapped our elected positions on the board of directors for 2017. I appreciate your trust as I start the year as club president! The main thing I would like to say is that the change should be transparent. We agree on 99% of every item we discuss. The club will remain member focused and will continue to invest in YOU when it comes to monthly events, and special series events that occur throughout the year. If you have been on the fence about participating I encourage you to get a wing, racing drone, or glider and join us in 2017 – There is a lot of fun to be had, and more than a little crap talk!


Talking about giving back to the members is the perfect segue into the holiday banquet. Remember, this is a bonus to 2016 members and our way of saying “Thank You!” for the teamwork and cooperation you displayed this past year. To re-state some items from last months newsletter, the club holiday banquet is set to occur on 14 Jan. at the Admiral Kidd club. This is on a Naval base in Point Loma, but Non-military people can attend as long as we get your name on their access list for the evening of the event. Like last year, we will be accepting a 5 dollar deposit to reserve your seats and get everyone who attends a ticket for the raffle. You will be able to either pay your deposit via the family/friend feature of PayPal, or with cash to any board member. Reservations will close on December 28th or when we hit 150 guests. I have to have the security forms completed and delivered by the 29th. There will be no late adds, if your name is not on the list – showing up with a slime will not get you in. As I write this, there are only around 40 seats available, so you should get on it in the next day or so. Also, I have received a few mails from people stating they plan to attend, but still have not sent their RSVP funds. Your names are not added until you pay. I was stiffed last year by people asking me to pay for them stating they would pay me back at the banquet, then they did not attend. That will not be an option this year. Remember we will have at least $1300.00 worth of raffle prizes and everyone gets a ticket!


We have had quite a few membership renewals already and I thank those of you who got an early start instead of pushing the lssue. If you know you will be flying next year, why wait? Have you renewed your AMA yet? Even if your current AMA membership does not expire until later in the year, I encourage you to renew now so you are covered for the entire year to let us send you a badge for the entire year instead of a special one that expires mid-year. Remember, AMA Youth memberships are Free, and additional family memberships are $10.00 for youngsters that want to give it a try. There is no meeting at the field this month, but we would like to have “Badge day” at the field on the 31st of December between 9 AM and 12 PM for those who have renewed their membership. If you come down and pick it up you can save the club some postage, and get a slice or 2 of Costco pizza. Isabel and Paul will be on site for those who are unable to renew online and need to do it with a live person. As long as you have renewed your AMA, they can accept cash, checks, or credit cards.


At January’s board of directors meeting we will be finalizing our clubs event calendar for 2017. A lot of old favorites will return with maybe one or two surprises thrown in to keep it interesting. Again, we will attempt to keep our fun-fly events to 2 hours on meeting days so we do not take out the whole day. We will also start the new season of racing for the Popwings and Multirotors, as well as the return of Electroglide. January 14th (yes, banquet day) will be the first Popwing race and last years 1st-4th place winners will be at the field to discuss their set-ups and suggestions on what worked for them last year. Sharing this way stands to make it more fun for everyone, so please take advantage of this!


A couple more Items of interest for Jan, The AMA EXPO will be held between Jan 6th and 8th in Ontario, and the Chula Vista club on Dairy Mart road is having a swap meet on 21 Jan. Usually there is nothing between September and March, so if you attend, tell them Thank you for setting it up.


Finally, If you have a grievance at the field involving another member, please use the procedures outlined in the club bylaws. This way you have some time to think of what you want to say, put it in writing in an intelligent manner, and have us understand what you are trying to say.


Also, prior club member Mike Royer recently passed away, Please pass condolences to his family and friends.


Have a great Month!!


Brad’s Corner for Nov/Dec 2016

Brad PicHey Folks! I hope the month was as good to you as it was to me. The pictures I selected this month were from guys that may have had a bad day, but were having a good time while at it!


As we approach the end of 2016 I would like to thank all of you that have made this year one for the record books in many ways. The last time we checked, our current membership numbers put us at the 4th largest club in the AMA. Not too bad for a group of electric junkies with a dirt runway!


Seriously though, Thanks to all of you who made our club a welcoming place to visit for folks that want to see what it’s all about. Thanks to Jim for organizing and keeping track of the majority of our amazing events at the field. Thanks to Jeff, Chuy, and Scott for running the electroglide and FPV races. And thanks to those of you that participated in the events and made the competition so fun and lively! Thanks to Chief, Tom, and Dennis for their diligence in keeping the field and tables in good shape. Thanks to Isabel and Steve who volunteer to run membership and the web site. I don’t know how we would do this without them!


On a lighter note, thanks to Fred for greeting everyone with a smile and a piece of candy. Also a fond thank you to Lee, Dave, Eric, and especially Skip for the exuberance shown in keeping things interesting and fun!!


Saturday the 28th is an important day for members, and I hope you show up at the fun fly and meeting. Not only is it Warbird day, and meeting day, it is also time to vote for your club officers to take us through 2017. Come out and support your favorite candidate! For those who have thought that they would like to help out in some way, but are reluctant to actually try for a position on the board, I encourage you to get involved in managing one of the monthly events next year, maybe take some of the load off of Jim…


The first week of December will mark open membership renewal for the club. Have you renewed your AMA yet? Steve will send out an e-mail blast when the forms are active on the web site and the PayPal account is set up to receive funds. Also starting December 1st , I will be accepting reservations for the club holiday banquet set to occur on 14 Jan. at the Admiral Kidd club. This is on a Naval base in Point Loma, but Non-military people can attend as long as we get your name on their access list for the evening of the event. Like last year we will be accepting a 5 dollar deposit to reserve your seats and get everyone who attends a ticket for the raffle. You will be able to either pay your deposit via the family/friend feature of PayPal, or with cash to any board member. There will be more specific info and instructions coming on the first, but one thing I would like to start stating now so there are no surprises: Reservations will close on December 30th or when we hit 150 guests. There will be no late adds as we are required to have attendee names to the military establishment by the 31st.


As I mentioned earlier, this month’s event is Warbird day. If it is a model of an actual aircraft used in combat somewhere, bring it and fly it for a chance at $150.00 worth of prize money! Around noon we will have the meeting/voting and finish up with a hot dog lunch.


Hope you all score some good hobby related deals this month!



Brad’s Corner for Oct/Nov 2016

BDHey folks!
 I hope you had a great October and that November brings quality flying time!
As we near the end of the year, we wrapped up our special events for 2016 this month. There were some great prizes won by the leaders in each group, and also some nice raffle prizes that all who participated had a chance to win. When you have a moment, please thank Jim Bonnardel for organizing the pop wing racers, Jeff Struthers for running electroglide, Scott Fuller with an assist from Chuy Wong for keeping the FPV Multi-racers on the track for victory, and Steve Manganelli for directing the F5B/F5D group. I really appreciate the guys who see an event they like and want, and step up to make it happen! There were some questions raised about starting a new parkzone Trojan race series, as well an attempt to re-instate EMAC precision contests. If you want to organize and run an event, let me know and we will see how many mad souls want to join you!!  One common theme, as we closed out this years events, was the great support of our club by John Weaver, owner of Discount Hobbies. He stepped up BIG TIME and gave us a fairly large discount on gift certificates which allowed us to give larger prizes back to the members who participated! Please thank him when you see him in the store, and please keep sending business his way, his is the only family owned RC business in our area and a cornerstone of the industry.

 I recently had a few members approach me and state that they no longer receive e-mails from the club. A while back we asked Steve, our  Editor to scale down on the group that we were sending to and a few people may have been mistakenly removed from our list. While it is still possible to read the newsletter online (as these folks stated they were), avid users of our field should still get the e-mail blasts which will indicate field closures due to airspace restrictions, area closures caused by events at Mission Bay Park and SeaWorld Drive, and important events that affect us such as the notifications for the monthly fun fly events, local swap meets and estate sales, and neat things happening at local clubs like the recent float fly at Otay Lake. Here is the link for non-members to get back on the mailing list if you were removed.  Please don’t use it if you already get the e-mails. Members not receiving the emailings should contact Isabel at:  While talking about our editor, I would like to throw a shout out and a personal thank you to Steve Belknap for the time and effort he volunteers to maintain our web site and to finalize and produce our monthly newsletter.

 Isabel reported our membership as 427 members a few days ago. For the new members, thank you for joining! There are still several quality months left in 16 to enjoy your membership and the camaraderie at our field! To all members, I will reiterate my appreciation of your willingness to welcome new people and willingness to talk about your planes and interests to people wandering in with questions. YOU are the reason our club continues to grow! Thanks Isabel for managing our membership for us and keeping us on track. She is looking into some new badges for next year that may change things up a bit. Due to the AMA’s shift last year from membership that encompasses the calendar year to a membership on a 12 month cycle, we have 4 members that have their AMA expiring at the end of this month, and 4 that expire at the end of November. You should know who you are, but I have asked Isabel to send a reminder just in case. Please do not fly if your AMA has expired. The rest of the current members are valid to 12/31/16, 12/31/17, with a few lifetime members depending on how you renewed, and a renewal now (If expiring in 2016)will keep you on a December cycle which will make things easier to manage ( I appreciate that!). The current plan is to disable the club membership and PayPal link on our web site around Nov 15th, load the 2017 documents, and open renewals for 2017 around December 1st.  Please do not attempt to renew early! A blast will be sent to all members when we can process payments for next year.

  Our Holiday banquet committee has been hard at work for you setting up our event for closing out 2016. More details will be posted later, but for planning purposes, the event will be on Jan 14th to get a better venue within our budget, and will be held in the Admiral Kidd convention center near the airport. It promises to be a great time similar to last year!
We have reserved the space for 150 people (members and family) and like last year I will be accepting 5 dollars per guest to RSVP their seat and add to the raffle prizes. I will start accepting the money on December 1st and will stop either on December 31st or when I reach 150 reserved seats. The 31st is the date we need to have all attendees listed and present the list to the naval base so you will be allowed access on the night of the event. Absolutely no late sign-ups for this one.

  I would like to lay down a reminder that ALL members are empowered to ensure the safe and responsible use of our site. You DO NOT have to wait for a board member to say something if you see irresponsible use of our facility. If there in an incident, WE stand to lose the site, not just the 9 members of the board. Sadly, one recent incident involved a guest of a member – that was not given even basic safety instructions by his sponsor ( ? ), Flying an airplane next to the porta potty ( ? ) , and flying over the parking lot and in the space between the parking lot and SeaWorld Drive 9 ?) … It gets worse. Even though there were members standing right there, no one said anything.  As Quan and I approached we noted the person in question standing next to a former board member, (who was the safety officer) who watched him fly and said nothing! His statement was that it wasn’t his job.  I really dislike saying bad things at the field, and just instructed the guest and his sponsor and left it at that. Actions like this can get us shut down people!!  Also, we have some members that fly with other local clubs. If you want to invite members of other clubs to come try our site out, I fully support that! However, please ensure they know our boundaries and the flying rules before unleashing them on us!

  Pretty much every 2 months this year we have had VERY experienced pilots severely damage or completely destroy high value aircraft mainly due to the fact that they were distracted while assembling their aircraft which led to missing wing bolts, incorrectly connected servo wires, disconnected servo wires, or plugging in discharged batteries. This brings up 2 points. First, if you see your buddy/pal assembling their plane/multirotor for flight, please leave them be until they are done! Most any question can wait 10 minutes, A little distraction can be costly.  Second, there are some checks that should be done before every flight. If you can turn wing bolts with finger pressure, they should be tightened. Check your battery voltage before putting them in your plane, even if you are SURE they are charged. And prior to advancing the throttle- do a control surface check while actually watching the surface move (don’t just listen for a servo sound). These small steps can save you a lot of grief!

  This month’s meeting will mark the opening of nominations for the Board of Directors that will drive the club for 2017. The election will be held at the November club meeting. The majority of the current board has agreed to run for another year with a few changes of position, and a couple have announced their intention to vacate. There have been a few people step forward to self-nominate. I am going to beat a dead horse here and ask each of you to determine whether you feel your experiences, knowledge, and possibly desire to change something you may not agree with is justification to run for a position. I still hear the comment that some people just “want to have fun” but don’t want to get involved…
We will accept nominations between October 22nd and November 26th – the day of the vote.  We will send out a blast at the end of October so you can see the nominees up to that point.
  Our fun fly on the 22nd is the popular BOMB DROP. We are looking for Challengers! If you can solo your plane, you can play this one! As usual, there will be prizes for the winners followed by the club meeting/nominations. This month the Bonnardels will be bringing Subway sandwiches to give me a break from cooking dogs, and I am looking forward to seeing YOU there!
  Have a great month!