Daily Archives: June 20, 2019

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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.

June’s Event: Bomb Drop

It’s that time again. Come out for the second Bomb Drop of 2019 on June 22 at 10am. Also if you have any payload releases on your plane you’re encouraged to bring them for some target practice before and after the regular event.  Click the pic for pics from the last Bomb Drop event.

FAA Closes Apollo XI Field

Please click the image below for the entire discussion:

This just in from Sepulveda:

“Just a small correction, Sepulveda Basin is open again but with restrictions:
1. Ceiling limit is 250 feet
2. Absolutely no smoke
3. Turbine aircraft are approved
4. No take offs or landings right to left. If wind is reversed then no flying
Barry Mattingly”

BOD Minutes for May 2019

Board of Directors Meeting

Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego

Meeting starts at 6:58 pm

For this month’s meeting we talked about fixing the broken tables.  Please do not sit on the tables as they will break.

As of today we have 294 members and we are on budget.  We also talked about the option of moving 50% of the clubs money into a 6 and 12 month CD.

Our current members are being checked with the AMA for upcoming expirations.

We also discussed and think it would be a great idea to paint a center line down the runway.  This would make landings and flybys easier to judge and execute.

Out next topic was discussing the idea of placing “No Parking” signs at the left side of the driveway before the Pilot parking.   Also, we touched on the idea of placing telephone poles on the back of the parking lot for visitors so they understand that the front is for pilots only.

For the 4th of July we decided, like every year, to make it a closed gate event.  Please close the gate behind you on the 4th.

For future club events we have asked Eric and Carl to collaborate and make things happen.  As Ian landed a new job and has his hands full.

And finally we talked about making more keys for the club.

We the Board of Directors thank you, the member for making this the great club it is.

Your Humble Secretary,

Ken Dresser

Meeting Adjourned at 8:49 p.m.

Electroglide Report for June 2019

By Jeff Struthers

One would assume that this being June in San Diego, the weather would not favor a glider competition. With overcast skies, a south-west wind of six mph and 67degree temperatures, nine pilots launched at the 10:00 a.m. start.

Arthur Markiewicz flying a nicely balanced Radian had a flight time of 7:12 with a 30-point landing. Scott Vance came in second with a flight of 5:54 and a 20-point landing. Eric Bird was third with a flight of 5:39. Alex Sutton picked up a 20-point landing and Neil Zhu had a 10-point landing. Not bad, considering the gloomy sky.

On second launch, pilots again found the lift with Arthur having the long flight at 9:55 plus a 20-point landing. Scott had a flight of 7:14 with a 10-point landing. Eric came in at 6:54, also with a 20-point landing. Alex Sutton and Jon Graber both picked up 20-point landings, and Stephen Treger had a 10-point landing. I’ll point out that Alex had a flight of 6:20 minutes and five other pilot flight times were at least five minutes long. So, the lift was there, we thought.

Third launch took place two minutes after Arthur landed and flight conditions had dramatically changed. Alex had the long flight at 4:20 with a 30-point landing. Scott came in second at 4:17 with a 20-point landing. Eric came was third at 3:31, also with a 20-point landing. Stephen and I both had a 20-point landing. There was no clear understanding of why the lift conditions so quickly disappeared, perhaps the wind.

Fourth and final launch was into pretty much the same conditions. Arthur had the longest flight at 6:34 with a 20-point landing. Scott came in second at 4:31 with a 30-point landing and I came in third with a 3:58 flight time and a 10-point landing. Neil, Stephen and George Sullivan all had 30-point landings.

Landing in the target circles is certainly a way to pick up extra points when the lift gets hard to find. So, congrats to the pilots who manage to land their aircraft in the circles at the end of each flight.

First place winner for the day goes to Arthur Markiewicz who earned 235 points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 214 points and Alex Sutton came in third at 186 total points. Nice flying guys!

Thanks to Frank Sutton for taking such great pictures of the event.

In closing I want to remind both glider and powered pilots to be aware of full-scale aircraft crossing through our flight area. The FAA is the boss of our airspace and will take it away if they see us as a threat to aviation. Just the way it is.

The Electroglide Competition will now have a spotter to warn of any approaching aircraft. This person will order all aircraft to quickly descend and land on the runway. We will then restart that launch when the airspace is clear.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for July 20th at 10:00 a.m.

See you there,


Safety Corner for June 2019 – MUST READ!

By Steve Neu

Some members may have heard that as a result of the newly signed FAA reauthorization bill that there likely will be some changes in how we operate and fly at Mission Bay. The AMA has some more details of what this might mean for our hobby flying. One of the items that in the near term that is needing our attention of your BOD is the requirement to have a “Letter of Agreement” (LOA) with the Lindberg tower. We have started the process and there has been some initial contact which has established which person we have to communicate with. The initial response indicated that there are some concerns that we as a club will need to address in order to get a LOA in place. We need to tighten up our flying and pay attention to the 400 foot altitude restriction as well as making sure we drop to below 100 feet when ANY manned aircraft approaches to within a mile of our field. Having a spotter by your side would be advised for pilots flying high performance models or gliders that operate further out.

As a cautionary tale a long established flying field in L.A. was visited by the FAA people from the local tower in Van Nuys—they were told that until they got a LOA in place that there would not be any more model flying. The Apollo 11 field in the Sepulveda basin is shut down for now. The take-away for us is to be good citizens and make sure we do not do anything to get our operation noticed in a negative way.

That brings up another subject—DO NOT HARASS THE WILD LIFE! I have seen drone video of a FPV racer chasing and nearly hitting an Egret well north of the FPV course. I can’t stress enough how bad this behavior is! We are in the middle of an area that is rich in a wide variety of bird life and we must behave accordingly. Leave the birds and other critters alone!

“Mayday!” The Story of Alex’s Lost Radian

Later in the afternoon today Alex called out “MAYDAY” and held his transmitter high over his head – that is his signal informing me that he has an emergency! Alex lost connectivity/control of his Radian Sailplane! 
  We had not experienced such a loss of control in well over a year when, as we eventually discovered, Alex had a faulty transmitter and Horizon Hobby replaced it and a new Mini-Apprentice at no charge (we happened to have dash cam video of the flight and crash that we sent to Horizon Hobby and that probably helped us!). 
  Alex’s sailplane was flying itself very well for a while, but getting further and further away, and it flew out of bounds far away from the runway area and then sharply turned towards earth in a tight spiral down. We lost sight of it behind one of those large trees on the far north side of the runway. Alex ran across the SEFSD runway and field trying to locate the sailplane, and he found it too! It had flown completely over the open water between SEFSD Field and Fiesta Island, and was floating in the water just a few feet from the shoreline at Fiesta Island! He ran back to the van and we all took off (with Joan and Alex in the van as well) to Fiesta Island as fast as we legally could!
  When we got to Fiesta Island, Alex spotted the sailplane still floating in the water at the very edge of beach shoreline towards our left, and we let him out of the van and he took off running again towards his beloved Radian! 
  In the meantime, because traffic is one-way on Fiesta Island, Joan, Codey, and I had to drive all the way around Fiesta Island to get to where we found Alex waiting for us at the shoreline with his Radian, and we picked him up right there (a very bumpy ride through the sand too!). 
   Alex said he first disconnected the battery and couldn’t find the canopy, it must have sunk. Everything else was recovered and thankfully, the Radian appeared to have no physical damage at all – probably because it luckily landed in the water instead of the much harder sand! Of course, the entire Radian was soaked with salt water and covered with wet sand too, so Alex put the Radian in the van and we all headed to the Marina just down the street from the SEFSD Field where Alex gave his Radian its very first shower ever! I told Alex that fresh water would be better than salt water, so it couldn’t make things any worse for the electronics. Alex got some funny looks from a few folks there watching him shower off his sailplane! Ha!
  After returning to SEFSD Field with a freshly washed down Radian, Alex set it on the table to air dry and when we returned home, Alex put dry uncooked rice in the cockpit and engine compartment, then covered it with the canopy from his Electroglide Radian and taped it closed. I explained to Alex that the rice would draw out the remaining moisture from the electronics over a 2 – 3 day period and with a little more luck, his Radian will fly once again! We’ll know in a few days if the electronics are still good or not. We haven’t yet determined what caused the connectivity/loss of control though.  We were wondering how many Pilots over the years have (unwillingly) flown a plane over to Fiesta Island and successfully recovered it?
  Between the mid-air Pop Wing Race collision with Carlos (luckily neither plane was damaged significantly) and the Unscheduled Fiesta Island Flight, we’ve had some really fun and unique experiences today and I’ve said this before and I’ll keep saying it, we’re very fortunate to have found such a great group of friends and Pilots to fly with!

[Alex is now the newest member of SPLASH. . . – Ed]

A Plethora of New Pics

Click the pics for more pics:

Carl Lewellen the plane fixer,  during Electroglide….took his eyes off for 10 seconds, and UHHHwhere’s my plane??  He got it down after hitting Home Depot for some PVC pipe……

Randy’s Pics from Jet Day 2019

Frank’s Pics from May Electroglide and Open Flying

Frank’s Pics of Open Flying in June

Frank’s Pics of Popwing and Open Flying in June

Frank’s Electroglide and Open Pics from June

Frank’s Son Alex has Been taking Full Size Glider Lessons. 
I was on the ground with Joan and Codey the entire time. I shot the photos with the same cameras I use at SEFSD too. That one photo of Alex and Flight Instructor Jose coming in for a landing with the mountain in the background does look like it could have been taken from above, but it looks that way because Alex had the nose pointed down in preparation for the landing. One thing about those sailplanes, the Pilots have one opportunity and one opportunity only to land in the right place – there is no fly back around to try again! – Frank.