Daily Archives: January 23, 2020

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Chairman’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2020

We had another great holiday banquet this past Saturday! I saw a lot of you there and I know everybody had a great time. For those that missed it, I missed you! Banquet pictures should populate on the site within a couple of days. Dinner was outstanding as usual, the hospitality at the Harbor House was amazing, and the raffles were stellar! The ladies again appreciated the effort put forth to get raffle prizes more tailored towards them. Tony and I had a lot of fun presenting and holding the raffle itself. If you can manage it you should try to come next year.

Still no response from the FAA or Lindbergh Air traffic control about raising our altitude ceiling back to 400 feet. We continue to attempt contact, and Steve Manganelli is going to utilize his years of experience to attempt a dialog. Government bureaucracy at its finest! We are still better off than the Chula Vista club, which is currently shut down from flying RC airplanes until they work their letter of agreement with the Navy’s REAM field in imperial Beach. A couple of their members have joined our club over the last month, please continue to make them feel welcomed. I have put out the olive branch to their clubs electric flying members, and we will let them come fly at our field for a couple of weeks – as long as they have current AMA and one of our members explain the protocols involved with flying at our site… If it looks like their fight will be a long one, we will ask them to join our club.

Steve Neu is investigating a new airplane to use for our monthly race series which ended due to the non-availability of Popwings. He has also volunteered to be the race master for this year! Steve has an 800mm FMS trojan that he is using as a test mule, it is fairly inexpensive. If the trojan makes sense, and people are willing to buy them, we could have a race series starting again in March. More to follow.

 This past weekend Jeff Struthers initiated the first Electroglide for 2020, and it seems to be a success! A 10 second motor run keeps the planes just below 200 feet. It’s a bit more of a challenge to add minutes to your flight time while starting out quite a bit lower! Thanks Jeff, and the glider4 pilots willing to try the event with the new format.

Our president, Tony Blackhurst, is going to take custody of our barbecue equipment for the year, and Carl Cox will be the hotdog master. Please say thank you to Mark Davis for doing it this past year when you have a chance!

Ken Dresser your fun Fly coordinator, has finalized the list of meeting day fun place for the year, and it should be on the website calendar shortly. He is bringing back some old favorites, as well as new challenges, it should be a lot of fun! This months event one of Kennys favorites, limbo. The event should start at 10:00 AM and conclude somewhere between 11 AM and 12 PM. Afterword we will have the monthly club meeting at the field and our hotdog lunch. Hope to see you there!

The pictures I’ve chosen for this month are some of our younger members, and I want to thank everybody who has been mentors to these individuals. They are the future! Some of them are flying better than some long-time members…


President’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2020

Hey Pilots,

I would like to welcome everybody to a new flying year. We had a great time last year with all of our club events and flying adventures. We have an exciting year planned so please stay tuned for all the updates.
We had a successful holiday party at the Harbor House and l want to put out a big thanks to all those at the harbor house who helped make our event as wonderful as it was. We had a great raffle with plenty of airplanes chargers and batteries we also had gifts for the wives. I would like to invite everybody to attend next year’s party, it should be just as fun as this years. 
I would like to remind everybody that we are limited to 200’. I know it’s not ideal but we do have to stay at that limit until we get further authorization from the tower. We are working to get our clearance back up to 400 feet but it will take time so please be patient with us during this time of transition. Please be respectful of your fellow members and stay below that altitude. Anything over that jeopardizes the entire club and it would be unfortunate if you were the one that was the catalyst for Having our field shut down. If you are consistently not staying under the altitude limit, we will have no choice but to ask you not to come back to the field and jeopardize the other few hundred members we have at this club. 
The field is nice and hard. Please be aware that when it rains it does get very soft please don’t walk on it so that our other pilots can enjoy the field also. 
And last, but not least, I would like to thank Steve Belknap our editor for his tireless dedication to the club and maintaining our newsletter and all our club reminders. 
This is going to be an exciting year so please stay tuned for all the good clean fun. 

Tony Blackhurst. 

The FAA’s New Rule Proposal For Drones and RC Aircraft – PLEASE COMMENT

Seems the FAA just isn’t ‘Happy’ enough.  The following is from Model Airplane News:

“The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the proposed rule for remote identification of drones, which by strict definition include RC model aircraft. We encourage our audience to read the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking now in the Federal Register and share their comments.

The following regulations are in the proposed rule and would impact the RC hobby.

>It would limit the number of approved flying sites

>All flying sites must have internet capability

>Requires registration of every aircraft


Click here to comment and make your voice heard!”
Don’t Wait!


Below is the response from SEFSD member John Forester:



To: United States Senators and Members of Congress

The FAA has issued a proposed rule regarding model aircraft flying: Remote Identification of Unmanned Aircraft Systems: Federal Register Dec 31, 2019, pgs 72438-72524.

The proposed FAA system will destroy the present system for amateur, recreational flying of model aircraft. This contradicts the promises FAA has given to the public and to Congress that the present system for amateur, recreational flying of model aircraft will be maintained. It appears that Congressional action is required to force the FAA to keep its promises.

Present flying of model aircraft

At present, model aircraft may be flown within sight of the pilot on the ground, at low altitude,  anywhere except in specified spaces around airports where the model’s operation would interfere with the operation of full-size aircraft. The only means by which each model aircraft is identified is by a label that states its owner and his address. Such an aircraft requires a landing field that acts as its airport but may not be recognized as such by any other person. If that landing field is close to an airport, then permission to operate that landing field must be obtained from the airport operations office.

The FAA  has allowed certain community-based organizations to establish rules for the safe operation of model aircraft by their members. One such organization is the Academy of Model Aeronautics, of which I am a member (#523616). The AMA was started in 1936, has about 200,000 members, and is the only organization authorized to hold international model aircraft events in the USA. I, myself, am 90 years old, born in 1929, started making models in 1940 and started flying radio-controled models about 1970.

My local club is Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego, flying from a field near Mission Bay. Because this field, while two miles from San Diego Airport, is completely out of the traffic pattern of that airport, we operate under permission from that airport.  SEFSD has about 350 members, and we have members flying every day in which the weather is suitable (except when we are notified that all private flying is closed to protect an important person, say a visit by the President). Our runway is usually operated with westward traffic. The simplest flight is takeoff westbound, fly an approximate circle to return near the east end of the runway, and then land westbound. The most complicated flight would involve a complex sequence of aerobatic maneuvers (the kind of flying I like best). We allow up to six planes in the air simultaneously. Despite having this mixed pattern of simultaneous use, by keeping eyes open we have an acceptably low level of mid-air collisions. Continue reading

A Fun Ray from Multiplex Repair(ed) Experience

By Carl Murphy

In Which We Patch Up a New Fun Ray (Multiplex)

This is the first time I’ve had a fine quality Radio Ready (RR) to fly modern RC airplane in my hands, a current RC airplane as semi-hotliner (it came out seven months ago) which needed repairs before ever making a decent landing. Not including the 3S LiPo it cost €390/$440- in addition to which the new 3S LiPo was wrecked. What luck, we have two more LiPos sitting around ready. How much, materials cost and labor, to make an airplane out if it again?

More Foam RC Airplanes than the Law Allows

I have lost track of how many foam airplanes I have assembled, with the count for flying wings at fifty-five (I haven’t assembled any in a decade) and often assembling kits for others it is over a hundred. Until recently most of them had to be reinforced, as in Rhein-Main we enjoy flying close to home, without a mowed, free of rocks, grass as a crop landing zone and in SoCal I don’t usually have the Mission Bay (sandpaper) field to land on. All of my personal airplanes the propulsion was tuned. There were a couple of thousand carefree flying sessions, mostly airframes from Zaggie and Multiplex. Which included some duds (the Xeno flying wing, a single flying session, and a similar built up balsa) and a hard stalling semi-hotliner, the Blizzard (five and ten flights respectively). I issued a series of articles in which I bought up a used, owner assembled ARFs, dissected them, and, if they were worth it, fixed them (Twin Star II), or, discarded them (The Too Old Gemini, The P.O.Deleted DT-80, The Too Old First Generation Fun Glider, The Fun Glider).

A goal is not so much fly the Fun Ray at our home (farm) fields so much as those great places we keep reading about in Southern Tirol, Bavaria and Austria. Get the hang of it here and go fly there. So far though, its been hanging out with the locals as there was no wind. With a Fun Ray he’d have taken to the air. To date my personal slope soaring (zu Deutsch Hangflug) is mostly a distant memory of Estancia in Costa Mesa CA (before the trees wrecked the lift, nobody slope soars there anymore) and a single session at Point Fermin CA (difficult landing) decades ago. An alternative would be Torry Pines in San Diego CA. The Fun Ray is tough enough to land at Point Loma, until the drones got us run out of there. Our nearest slope soaring to our west end of Rhein-Main is in Appenheim. Three sessions for the other pilot, were enough to wake up his interest. Me, at a three hour round trip drive my two times there was no wind.

This is an original how to article, mostly to stay in contact with a friend with vastly better legal skills, made available to the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego this year 2020. Were this a typical motor mounted at the rear, wonderfully built up out of balsa, plywood and iron on plastic covering, after planting the nose from a thirty-three feet up (ten Meters) there would be nothing to fix. With the motor front mounted to a combination of fiberglass and plastic reinforcement joined to impact resisting Elapor foam, it got a second chance. Continue reading

Safety Corner for Jan. 2020

By Steve Neu
We have a couple important goals in the coming year to continue to operate safely and to work on reducing the restrictions that were imposed on us in the LOA that was we signed with the Lindberg tower. I expect that this will take sometime to make a favorable case to the Lindberg tower. Our new VP Steve Manganelli has agreed to spearhead this effort.
At this point Electro Glide is the most affected but I  think with some adjustments that the long running event will be able to continue even with the altitude restrictions. 
Keep in mind that the most important thing is to make sure there are no conflicts with manned aircraft. If a manned aircraft comes in to within a mile of SEFSD descend to 50 feet or less and stay there until the manned aircraft has left the area. Remember that in all cases the manned aircraft has priority!
On another subject—Racing may be back at SEFSD. At the last BOD meeting the subject came up regarding a replacement for the Pop Wing racers.  For some reason I volunteered to look into options, The popular Horizon 1.1 meter T28 was discussed but I found it is no longer in production. I kept looking and found that the FMS T28 is available for $109—it has a 800mm span and runs on 2 or 3 cells. the plane comes as a “PNP” with all the servos, motor and controller installed. It took all of 15 minutes to assemble. I will be doing some testing in the next couple weeks and if it handles well. It might be our new club racer. The race format would follow what has been done with the previous series with the only difference being that the planes will do a runway takeoff.
More after I get some flying on this plane.

Hawaiian Air

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By Jovi

Thanksgiving Day, all the relatives were in the kitchen helping out in prepping the turkey and the many other goodies going with it, grabbing samples, my wife is in the middle of making egg rolls and it was smelling good.  Me, I was sitting by the TV watching football, my Kona Brewing Hanalei beer next to me, computer in hand and I was feeling pretty good that day.   With my computer, I’m doing the massive internet searching and watching the football game.  I like to check out Motion RC for their aircrafts (to my opinion) look pretty cool, for a foamy.  I have had my eye on this one very cool looking aircraft, it was the Flight Line B-24 Liberator Olive Drab. 

Then my eye caught sight of this airliner, Freewing AL37 Airliner Twin 70mm EDF, I’m like really, that just looks so cool and so was the price, $499.99.  I still had to see what this was, watch some videos and as I was doing that, drinking my Hanalei beer and I was getting excited (PG). At this point I had to get some eggrolls so I paused.   Picking my eggrolls, I start taking to my wife, Phi, (pronounced like paying a “Fee”) about this new airplane that I just found on the internet and of course she says back to me “Oh Jovi, here goes more money”.    I said with a smile, you need to see it later……. Here’s the good stuff on the AL37:

  • Wing loading: 110g/dm2
  • Wing Area: 39 dm2
  • Length: 78.74 in
  • Wingspan: 72. In
  • Motor: 3048-2150KV O/R Motor
  • Servos: 9g MG digital servo (6pcs), 9g Hybrid digital servo (4pcs)
  • ESC: 60A with 5A BEC (2pcs)
  • Ducted fan: 70mm 12-blade fan (2pcs)
  • Weight: 7.385 pounds (w/o battery)

Also included were, Electric Landing Gear, with doors, scale LED lights and best of all the two pilots figures, why who else was going to fly this bird????   The Li-Po Battery needed, 6S 4000-6000mAh.

Phi, my wonderful wife gave me the go-ahead so when we got home from our Thanksgiving trip in Arizona, I got to Motion RC web site and “Pushed the Button”, it was order, now, patients for the deliver day.  When order, I was told this was a pre-order, should ship mid-December.    

Meanwhile while waiting for the Jetliner, I had asked Randy if he know of anyone who could make decals and I was looking to make my airline look like Hawaiian Airlines, my favorite way to go when heading to the Islands.   Randy mentioned Callie Graphics.  Found their web site so I left them an e-mail with my request.  Couple of days later I got a response back with “heck yeah”.  Again, I got excited… (PG).

Here it is December 10th and I got the e-mail; your order has shipped……Oh Yeah!!!!!   A day later, Callie Graphics advise me that my order had shipped as well.  This was great, very thing is falling into place.  Besides having the problem with Fed-Ex and there so call on time deliver, my was delayed by three days.  The decals arrived and I was very impressed with the way they came out.  I was also surprised on how large these decals were.   Well finial on Sunday evening the package arrived.  I was like, box is not that large and I could not believe how light the package was.  Open it up and was happy seeing how the packaging was very well done; each piece was well place in a cradle that was created in its shipping box.   Once I look at it, I got amazed on how large of a Jet this really was….

On Monday right when I got home from work I started to work on AL37.   Putting the fuselage together was really easy and it goes on straight.   Now came the time to put the decals on.  If anyone has done this, you know to use Luke warm water and some soap.  This really helps in putting the decals on and getting them as straight as possible.   I took the rest of the week to get it done.

December 28th, it was ready for flight.  Randy was very kind to help me get it in the air.  Check it out and soon it was in the air.  This aircraft fly’s really fast.   Randy flew it for about 4 minutes and then wanted to bring it down.   And he did.  It hit hard and had some damage.  All could be repaired.  By the following weekend the AL37 was ready for flight.   This time Brad was at the field.  I don’t how much I can thank Brad for taking the time, about over an hour and spent the time setting up my radio and making sure that AL37 was perfect.  He check it out from top to bottom.   Now it was time to fly.   Brad got it up, flew it around trimmed it out and it flew great, hands off.

Then the moment was mine, with a freshly charge battery the AL37 was ready for flight again.  This time I took control.   Powered up, she started to roll, increasing the power she started to lift off the ground, I was excited….I flew her for about 4 minutes and let Brad have the last minute to bring her back.   He brought her back on a very nice approach and he landed it very gently.    WOW this is one fun airplane.

Without the help of Brad and Randy, I don’t think I could have done this on my own, got to take it home in one piece……Thanks again for the help you both provide me with my Hawaiian Air.

Electroglide Report for Jan. 2020

By Jeff Struthers

Woo Hoo! On Saturday the 18th, we had blue skies, sunshine and no wind. We also had a maximum altitude limit of 200 ft., so this event was a test of this limit’s effect on the Electroglide itself. I’m happy to report that we can still have a fun time flying within this altitude restriction.  

Seven pilots were on hand for the first launch. Aircraft included four Radians, two Conscendos and one Easy Star. After a brief pilots meeting, with the announcement of a ten second motor run time, we started the contest.

On the first launch and such a short motor run time, pilots seemed to need more time to adjust to this lower altitude and yet still find some lift. Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3 minutes, 47 seconds. Daric Knight came in second at 2:30 and Alex Sutton came back at 2:22 with a 20-point landing.

For the second launch, pilots now were finding great lift. Daric had the long flight at 9:30, with Scott almost as long at 9:29 and picking up a 20-point landing. Alex came in third at 8:06 and picked his first 30-point landing for the day. All three pilots flying Radians. Neil Zhu flying a Conscendo, had joined Scott, Daric and Alex in that tight thermal column slightly north east of our target circles. Neil had a flight time of 7:46 plus a 10-point landing. As most pilots know, the Conscendo is not as good a floater as the Radian, yet Neil was keeping his aircraft aloft in a very competitive flight. Dennis LaBerge also had a 10-point landing and Bob Stinson picked up a 20-point landing for that launch.

Third launch had pilots returning to the same lift area, but the lift had diminished a bit. Longest flight was earned by Alex at 5:59 with another 30-point landing. Scott came in second at 5:35 aloft, plus a 30-point landing and Daric came in third with a flight of 4:00 minutes, plus a 20-point landing.

Forth and final launch had pilots finding strong lift again with Scott staying aloft the longest at 9:11, plus a 30-point landing. Daric came in second at 8:37 and Alex came in third at 7:44, while picking up his third 30-point landing for the day.

Winner for the day was Alex Sutton with 257 total points. Second place goes to Scott Vance at 250 total points and third place goes to Daric Knight with 153 total points.

To be sure, last Saturday’s weather made flying a glider a fun experience. The warm sunshine coupled with no wind allowed the thermals to form in several areas close to the runway. In the cool months ahead, we may have some days when no lift is generated, and the winning points will be made with the spot landings. As for the 200-foot altitude limit, it doesn’t seem to be a hindrance to us having a fun Electroglide competition.

Thanks to Frank Sutton for the event pictures. Next Electroglide is set for February 15th at 10:00 a.m.

See you there,


Treasurer’s Report for Jan. 2020

Thank you to the 115 members and guests who attended our winter banquet last week. I would especially like to thank the three members who chose to put their prizes back into the “youth raffle” to encourage young pilots to participate in the hobby! Also thanks to Brad, Lisa, and Tony for helping grab some more prizes, and putting together the finishing touches for the event. We are currently at 225 members for 2020.

Photo Albums for January 2020

Please thank Frank and Alex Sutton for their outstanding contribution to our photo library.  Pretty much everything that happens at our field and other events is captured in the lens of their cameras.  Make sure to show them your appreciation. 


Below are just a few of their latest albums:

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Twas the Weekend Before Christmas


Twas the Weekend After Christmas


Freeze Fly 2020


General Flying and New Jets –

“Don’t know if you heard or not, but Alex flew his Motion RC Airliner and no problems on the  Maiden Flight, but it was a near-disaster Miracle 2nd Flight. Alex lost connectivity and the big bird pitched over and did a nose dive at full speed and seemed to start leveling off just above ground towards Sea World. We lost sight of it for a brief moment and we all thought it was a hold in the ground full of foam, but miraculously, that Boeing 737 flew up and away and Alex did an emergency landing!
  We believe the problem is with the new receiver, and we went up to the hobby shop in Corona yesterday and got the same type of receiver that is in the Hawaiian Airlines Boeing 737. Hopefully, we won’t have another near-disaster like that again. Alex has already tested the new receiver, and we look forward to flying his Motion RC AL37 again this weekend! I intend to write an article about this too, with details on the receiver types we’ve used and have now to help anyone else avoid this disastrous situation. I’m also going to be informing our new good friend and Motion RC Technician, Andrew, on what’s happened. I have a few photos too of Andrew and Alex troubleshooting his Motion RC AL37 and will be sending those photos with my article within the week.  Included are photos of the Maiden Flight, and GoPro Video of the Miracle Flight.” – Frank