Daily Archives: January 31, 2014

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By Tim Attaway

As you may remember, last year we got a call from Physics/Engineering teacher Scott Swaaley asking for excess equipment that members of SEFSD no longer needed. He planned to develop units around RC technology at Pt Loma Hi Tech High.  The science section of the school has 500 students and 40 plus teachers. The school has been in existence for a dozen years or more and lucky for both parties Scott is teacher and member of SEFSD.  He developed the first unit on RC boats, floating their creations at vacation village pond.  The follow up unit was a 5 day intercession conducted Jan 6 through the 10th and was attended by 25 students.  They looked at a variety of short term projects within their 3-4 person groups and the experience level varied from no RC experience to a medium amount of experience.  Five teams choose the Cessna 180 project.  You may remember that Sean Belknap did a build thread on SEFSD website for this aircraft and you may also remember our esteemed president now Chairman of the board Frank Gagliardi gave away a ton of these basic kits last year and I saved 5 complete kits for just this kind of project.  


Scott received an avalanche of old motors, broken planes, servos, radio equipment, batteries which were donated by Neu energy and the AMA actually sent him 4 Hitec Zebra radio systems on 72 MHz  As January 6th approached you saw a call for small servos in an internet blast to our club membership.  I got several calls  but the key one was from Dick Hatch.  I went to his house in the AM of Jan 6th to pick up what he wanted to donate.  Dick’s incredible generosity included more than 100 servos, 20 motor/speedcontrollers combo’s receivers, solo motors….way over 1000.00 dollars in valuation.  I was amazed at his gift to this cause and Hi Tech High is so appreciative for this donation.  Thanks Dick!  BTW this is a tax deduction for 2014.  


As you will see from the pictures that were taken during construction period Monday –Thursday I was joined by SEFSD member extraordinaire Pedro Brantuas and together with Scott we tried to guide construction of a broad spectrum of aircraft but predominantly Cessna.  The classroom pictures show a screen that had a simulator going non-stop every day with students trying to learn to fly on the program that was donated also by someone in SEFSD. Much balsa was ruined and I just had to keep my comments to myself at times because discovery in working with balsa is a process.  The tail feather production out of balsa with hinging and shaping and attaching horns and so on was a sight to see.  Locating servos, motors and propellers and then there was the landing gear that had to be invented….it was fun to watch what they came up with and all was not good or useful.


We planned a day at SEFSD and the Cessnas, T-28, Easy Stars, foam slab construction of a twin motor aircraft that was about 90 % complete and other assorted flying Delta aircraft showed up with 30 students and many parents that provided transportation on Friday Jan 10th to our Flying Site.  They arrived at about 9:20 AM and we assembled down at the safe East end of the runway.  I went through the safety rules and gave them a spiel about being very deliberate with all of their activities so as to keep safe from mishaps.  For the most part we had few incidents to worry about.  John Forester stepped in the biggest way by offering to take the students up for a flying lesson so I began sending 3 students at a time to him and he took them up on his Twin Star trainer.  Thanks so much John….you saved me by helping out with this project.  Our club owned Mentor system, which we earned through the Civil Air Patrol program last year, was put into service by Pedro Brantuas with multiple students doing quite well.  I took a couple of groups up with the Club Easy Star and they were quite capable of keeping the aircraft in control.  Then we began to attempt to fly the creations of the week and that was exciting at times.  Maiden flights of Cessnas began and other aircraft came out to the flight line and some carnage did happen but some flew successfully and the students rejoiced when they saw their project slip through the air with the greatest of ease.  It was intense, a little wild at times….it was not boring.  A lot of learning took place…..that was what this was about.


The BOD of SEFSD approved the funds to buy lunch and Hebrews came out and were consumed with great gusto, with the group making them disappear quickly.  We cleaned up took the group pictures which are included herein and the class was over for the day at around 1 PM.


Thanks again Pedro and John I really appreciated your assistance on this project and it will help us in our securing the Gold Leader Club status for 2014.  Scott……it was interesting and I enjoyed being in a classroom again and I look forward to more in the future.

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The Proper Flying Pattern at Our Field

By Quan Nguyen, Safety Officer


As our club grows and the skies get crowded, it’s important for us to follow the simple circular flying pattern at our field to avoid mid-air collisions. The
pattern is a circular path into the prevailing wind when approaching the runway. On most days, this means a clockwise direction of flight.  I get questions like, “well isn’t that kind of boring if we have to fly like that?” Absolutely not!  The important thing is to keep two distinct lanes for opposing directions of
flight. If you’re flying from east to west and into the wind, then try to stick as close to the runway as possible without flying over it. When flying in the
other direction, use the “back” of the airspace- the north most end of our field. Personally, I think an aerobatic maneuver looks nicer anyways when it’s
done in a straight line parallel with the runway, rather than in a random, unpredictable heading. Just come talk to me or email me if you have any


-Quan Nguyen

Treasurer’s Report for 2013

By Paul Guidice


We began the year with a bank balance of [removed] and ended the fiscal year (end of November) with an account balance of [removed]
We ended the year with 339 members. Total membership income was [removed] and expenses were [removed]. Our net income minus expenses for the year was a negative [removed]


Please feel free to contact me for a complete accounting of our income and expenses.
Be safe at the field and have fun! Paul Guidice, Treasurer

BOD Meeting Minutes for Jan 2014


Ranger update – Lease to be renegotiated in Sept, $600 for 2 years. New chief ranger as the old is retiring. (Approved)
Trailer Update – Jim sent email about the trailer spot being moved. Rate still $80. Need to secure gas can for blower. Board has combo and space location. Frank, Tim, and Jim has access to trailer as needed (Approved)
Hi Tech High – $52 for hotdogs for the kids. Four days building across 26 students. Cessna 180’s were chosen as the projects. Tim asked for RC electronics and Dick Hatch donated a batch of about 100 servos, brush-less motors, receivers, and ESC’s. Pedro helped for 2-3 days. Three groups had planes ready and a couple flew. Two flew really well. Flew the Mentor as well. ($52 dollars approved by the board)
Dirt Blower – $430.52 for the dirt blower. Need the small gas can. (Recap)
Badge Day – There were 90 badges were picked up, mailed out 110 on the following Tuesday. Issues with forms should have been resolved or fixed. You still need 2 year AMA for 2 year renewal / membership. Must have full AMA (Not park pilot). Coffee and Bagels were ~$90. Paypal is simplifying things. Discussed Paypal fees and how to handle it next year. Membership ~233 members currently. ~$11,000 has been collected. Discussed sending email out to members that still haven’t renewed and getting new folks on the mailing list. Isabel will talk to Steve D about forms. (Approved)
Alliant Venue – Discussed How much support? Tim and Ray talked to 12 different club members. About half are for/against, the other half would like to collect data of attendance. Blocks are 2 months w/o set dates. Six is more preferable. If we don’t do E-Fest the price will change. Discussed sponsors and charging a fee. Club has supported the event for 3 years. Steve B discussed pros and cons about having the event. On average ~20 folks go to the event (some days more some days less). Discussed if members should be charged considering their dues have already paid for it. Discussed would it be worth charging to ‘pay it forward’ for future events. Motion for full funding 9 months for members until November 15. Non members will be be $10. Sign up sheet will be there to keep track of who attended. (Voted and Approved) (Approved)
Field Maint – Bench construction @ $112 and 12 have been created. Discussed Don Griffin for field Marshall and $50 for weed killer. Asphalt grinding, at ~$500 a truck load and might need eight truckloads (~$4000). Would like to get it all the way down to the Heli’s. Discussed cost of projects from last years. Discussed equipment needed to move grindings around. Motion to spend up to $4000 on grindings to cover the dusty areas parking lot. Discussed going from Heli and work toward the gate. Tim will talk to Don about grinding providers. (Voted and Approved). (Approved)
Logs (aka phone poles): Don is still working on logs. Logs will be arranged to fence us off. (Approved)
ABLE – Steve Nelson (FAA FSDO / Club Member) was contacted. ATC Linberg controls the airspace. Steve Nelson said we should talk to the CO of ABLE. Strategy meeting Tuesday @11:30a next week near MYF. Discussed air traffic in that area and looked at air charts. Tim displayed the ATC/SEFSD info packet we have ready to go. Would like to have one or two board members on hand for the meeting. Strategy meetings first only! Ray would like to be there when we go to the CO. (Approved)

New Business:
Treasure – Paul provided us with the treasures report. Most expensive was filed repair, mostly on capitol improvements. Tim asked for a projected report for 2014. Paul will be filling out the charter here shortly. Financial history since 1998 was displayed. Paul proposed we accept the final 2013 budget. (Voted/Approved). Steve B will publish the treasurers report. (Approved)
Member report – Discussed earlier ~233 members
Hosting F5J – Discussed (Tabled)
Events Committee – Things are on hold due to ABLE. Jim is looking for helpers for events. (Discussed)
Newsletter – Will be done next week. Always looking for stuff. (Discussed)
Aliant – Superbowl Sunday.. June and July dates. Paul will contact Aliant. Efest Aug 6th or Aug 20th. We might get 20% of the profit. (Discussed)
Ben Polley – Tim will take care of it (Discussed)
Safety – Quan will do an article. Please don’t buzz the pits. (Discussed)
Meeting closed.

New Videos for Jan/Feb 2014





Boeing P-26 Peashooter



Mustang & Spit


Video taken at Duxford RAF and USAAC Museum in England is terrific!!
Two of the greatest WWII fighter planes of their era….the American P-51 Mustang and the British Supermarine Spitfire. Both equipped with the powerful Rolls Royce Merlin engine……which emitted that wonderful sound that became known to many as ‘The Sound of Freedom’ during the 1940s.
P-51 pilot does a great job staying in position as he has more power and is faster than the spitfire. They must have done more than a little practicing!!



Crazy Horst 3


More Crazy Horst’s Antics.



Drone on Carrier


X-47B UCAS Carrier Operations.



Paper 777


A 777 made of paper.


Paper 777 Gear


Videos of the paper 777 construction.





SR-71 Blackbird



RC Flyover


At Arrowhead Stadium Sunday, October 13, 2013…. As you know the budget cuts have eliminated the military flyovers at large events.  Well, there’s a group of guys in Kansas City who do some formation flying in their own planes and decided they’d volunteer to pick up the slack.  They invited a couple of other groups to join them and before they knew it they had 48 guys with their homemade RC (remote controlled) airplanes signing up to join in.  If they had more time, they probably would have gotten an even larger group as people kept joining and a 49th was added near the event.
One additional feature of the flyover was the use of pink smoke for cancer awareness.  The folks from the Guinness Book were there and are expected to confirm it as the largest formation flight ever.



Jim's Aerial Vid


Aerial Video from Jim Bonnardel.



Red Bull


Otto’s Flying Red Bull can.





Otto’s flying Santa.





Otto’s flying Dumbo.



Hover Fly Guy


Otto’s Hover Flyguy.