Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego Operational Field Rules Revised 4/2013
1. The SEFSD club field is restricted to electric powered model aircraft only.
2. All pilots will fly within current AMA regulations, and have their AMA membership card in their possession, and wear/display club badge when flying.
3. Frequency control is used for all non 2.4 GHz. radio systems. Use clothespin tags with your name on it to reserve the frequency you wish to use. Place the pin on the board before you turn on your transmitter, and remove the pin when you are done.
4. Entrance to the field is through the gate from South Shores Parkway. The gate is to remain closed and locked when the field is not in use.
5 The field is open to flying 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, unless closed by the City of San Diego for events or any other reason.
6. All pilots shall be positioned at assigned flight stations during flight operations.
7. Flight area boundaries:
A. Flying will be north of the north edge of the runway except for soaring flight in the south east and south west soaring areas and helicopter hovering in the designated area.
B. The West Limit is the tree line east of the sidewalk.
C. The North Limit is the palm trees and sidewalk, unless above 150ft in altitude. Do not fly over the area of the blue patio cover near the sidewalk.
D. The eastern limit is 100 feet west of Sea World Drive E. The southern limit 100 feet north of Sea World Drive with the following additions:
1. Models south east of the pit area must be above 150 feet
2. There will be no flying over the pit and parking areas.
F. All low flying shall be done north of the runway except for take off, landing, and touch and go operations.
8. Take off and landing shall be into the prevailing wind and shall be announced by the pilot.
9. Helicopters and multicopters shall fly from any of the runway flight stations when they are flying the same pattern as fixed wing aircraft. Extended hovering and 3D acrobatic flight must be done in the helicopter/multicopter area to not obstruct the runway.
10. Aircraft shall yield to all wildlife. Do not fly directly at or near any wildlife.
11. Pilots or callers will announce all take offs and landings in a strong voice. Any person needing to cross the runway shall also call out “On The Runway” and “Clear” when necessary.
12. All airborne model aircraft must immediately descend to 100 ft or less if any manned aircraft enter or approach the flying area.
13. Club officers and board members have the authority to enforce safety and operational rules.
14. Operating model aircraft under the influence of drugs or alcohol is not permitted.
15. First person view flight (FPV) will meet all of the requirements of AMA Document 550. Visual line of sight must be maintained and flight must be maintained within the clubs flight boundary’s.
16. Advanced autopilots using failsafe and stabilization may be used that meet all of the requirements of AMA Document 560. Except aircraft that are being flown by preprogrammed set of waypoints are not allowed. Failsafe systems that return to a safe position when radio contact is lost are allowed.
Visitors with a valid AMA card may fly with a club member sponsor. Both the visitor and the club sponsor will sign the visitor logbook agreeing to the club and city rules before the visitor can fly. The club sponsor must stand at the flight station with the visitor for the first flight to make sure that the pilot is flying consistent with the club rules.
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By Jeff Struthers
This has been a fun project, giving a new “Lease on Life” to an old airplane.
The aircraft in question is a Multiplex Sonic Liner and was only available years ago. I liked the look of it then, but as I was just starting out in R.C. Flight, I knew I would crash it. Eventually Multiplex took the aircraft out of production. Bob Stinson and I think this was around 2007.
I pretty much forgot about this airplane until early this year, when I was in Discount Hobby. I decided to walk back where the new boxed aircraft were to see what was there and wow, here was a Multiplex Sonic Liner. Still in the box, with a $ 46.00 price tag on it!
We have all felt the rush of finding a cool aircraft that fits within our budget, but how about for $46.00? Way cool. So, box in hand, I found the store owner John and asked about this. He said a customer had it sitting around for years, unbuilt and it was missing the battery / upper hatch cover. The cheap price was reflective of the missing part which John and I both thought could be made from Home Depot styrene insulation foam.