Daily Archives: March 26, 2015

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Brad’s Corner for Mar./Apr. 2015

Brad SpotWOW!,
What a great and busy month it has been! We started off on the 7th with the first swap meet of the year hosted by the Weed Whackers club in Lakeside. I saw a lot of you there and a lot of interesting purchases have shown up at the field in the weeks since. Some amazing flyers – some not so much, but all of them fun. 


Then on the 14th, we hosted the multi-rotor community for International Drone Day. The turnout was AMAZING! We had nearly 50 pilots show up with an incredible variety of flying machines. During our ” ALL-UP” at noon, we had 33 multi-rotors in the air at once – along with thousands across the country at the same moment. We fed nearly 250 hungry persons before having a great Raffle and finishing the event as scheduled around 2:00 PM.  MANY THANKS to Jim Bonnardel for doing the legwork in gaining sponsors for the event who all donated prizes to the raffle. A total of $2,750 dollars’ worth of prizes were donated by local vendors, and we sold enough tickets to make up the clubs investment and add a few dollars to our coffer towards future prizes!  The 21st saw another swap meet / estate sale at Franks house to raise funds for the Alliant indoor site. If you use the indoor facility routinely, make sure you state so in an e-mail to Jim and myself so we know who you are and it is easier to discuss Alliant funding in the future.  Also on the 21st was another installment of the Electro-glide competition. There were some great thermals and some impressive scores posted by participants. We are still hoping for someone to voluntarily take the torch from Jim and run this monthly event. Jim has done it for the last 6 years and would like to actually FLY in it for a change. If no one steps up, Jim will implement some changes starting the next electro-glide on Apr 18th, please stand by…


As usual the 4th Saturday of the month will be our club meeting and fun fly event. This month’s event will be the Poker Fun Fly. I encourage everyone with a flying machine to participate. All types of flyers as long as its RC (no kites or paper airplanes…).  This is a club favorite as our oldest flyer has the same chance to win as the youngest – as long as they fly a couple of times! Following the fun fly will be the club meeting, during which we will be voting to fill a member at large seat on the board of directors that was vacated by the exit of Ray Fulks – Then lunch will be served. 


Some last notes about happenings at the field: Guests can fly with a sponsor at our field as long as they have a valid AMA card. If they are not an AMA member, the only way they can fly is in a buddy box configuration in which the club sponsor (AMA member ) controls the “master” radio. BOTH sponsor and guest must sign the guest log. Guests can fly 3 times in a calendar year – then will be required to join the club to continue flying at our site.


If you sponsor a guest, YOU must be familiar with and instruct your guest on our field rules. Recently there was a guest Heli pilot flying 3D at the main flight line with members. I’m not sure who his sponsor was – the guest was the only one that signed the guest log. When asked to fly from the heli-pad he argued that he had “been told” that he could fly 3d as long as he was over the edge of the grass. This is not the case and he was asked to move to the heli-pad or stop.


Finally, the use of tobacco products is heavily discouraged in all publically accessible areas of Mission Bay (including our field). The smokers have been asked, and are doing their thing out in the parking area, but the chewing tobacco users have been slipping under the radar. It is REAL VISIBLE when you spit and hook out a finger full of chewing tobacco directly onto the carpet in the pit area. The same area where people let their young children play, and the rest of us kneel periodically to work on our models.  NASTY!!!  Dispose of the waste into the asphalt grindings or please don’t use it at our site!


See you next month!!


Ray Fulks

[Your Editor asked Ray to submit something about his tenure on the SEFSD BOD]


This is a brief sketch of the 10+ years I have served as our club`s liaison with the city of San Diego.


I have given up this position in order to travel in a different direction. About 10+ years ago several of us decided to make our club more visible after encouragement from a city planner. Back then, Steve Manganelli and I attended a city-planning workshop in Mission Valley for the purpose of informing city planners that we existed, and flew electric models in South Shores Park. In addition we attended many meetings of the Mission Bay Park Volunteer Committee, at times outnumbered 30:1 by the “dog owners” in the audience.


The result of these meetings was the issuing by the city of an ROE [Right of Entry] permit. [This ROE is to be distinguished from “Rules of Engagement“]. The 2014 ROE was due 9/14 but it had a “boilerplate” flavor that did not suit our club, so a revised permit will soon, if not already, be signed. This ROE comes up for renewal every two years and we are most fortunate to have the use of a multimillion-dollar airpark for a very reasonable cost.


After building good relationships with city employees, we have been able to extend our runway east, thus avoid flying over the blue gazebo. We have limited unauthorized use of our ground space by placing boulders and logs in strategic places, with erection of caution signage. The “Chief” and others, too numerous to mention, have constructed and installed functional tables and have made positive runway improvements.


So to conclude, the future will probably see us establishing a good working arrangement with Lindberg ATC, even in this age of crowded airspace.


Best to you all,

Dr. Ray Fulks

March BOD Meeting Minutes

By Quan Nguyen



Meeting March 12th  
In Attendance: Jim, George, Paul, Quan, Bob, Brad
Old Business:
-Discussed the status of Alliant. BOD still has a list of questions to be answered.
-Club Signage. Bob has made his introduction with the city. Will prioritize renewing our Right of Entry permit. Working on signage details.
New Business:
-International Drone Day. Thanks Jim for collecting some significant raffle prizes for the event on March 14th.
-Review Club By-laws. Some sentences need are out of date and need to be clarified, re-worded, or rewritten. Discussed retaining a legal counsel to assist.

Letter to the Board

In reading the bylaws it looks like the BOD is not following the procedures as outlined in the bylaws for making changes. The intent of Article 9 (below) is to inform and allow the membership enough time to consider and comment on the proposed changes.  I suggest that the vote be delayed until the procedures have been followed. While we are discussing changes it would be useful to members to know why the changes are needed—so in addition to just publishing the proposed changes, some background should be included so the members can make an informed judgement.

9.1. These Bylaws may be changed by amendment. The proposed amendment shall be read at a regular meeting, published and disseminated to all members, and shall be voted upon at the next regular Club meeting. The proposed amendment shall be ratified by a simple majority vote of the members present at said meeting. Absentee members shall submit their vote, to the Chairman of the Board of Directors, in writing prior to the meeting at which the vote is to be taken.

Steve Neu

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John Forester’s Comments to the FAA

I have submitted the following comment to the FAA:


I fly frequently with Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, a model aircraft club associated with the Academy of Model Aeronautics. Our field is about 3 miles north of San Diego International Airport, and is about 90 degrees from the single runway of that airfield. We obey the 400 foot maximum altitude limit. During any day which is suitable for model aircraft flying, we have ten to twenty pilots at the field, with a maximum of 6 planes airborne at any one time. The operation is a continuing operation, known to airport control and the pilots of police and Coastguard helicopters. I suggest that the regulation allow a permanent notice for such operation. I suggest that the following statement be added to the suggested provisional rule:

For model aircraft flying fields that are within 5 miles of an airport and are operated by an organization as specified in (b) above, the prior notice may be a long-term agreement between the organization responsible for operating the model aircraft flying field and the airport air traffic control organization.

John Forester, MS, PE
Bicycle Transportation Engineer
7585 Church St. Lemon Grove CA 91945-2306
619-644-5481    forester@johnforester.com