It’s going on five weeks now since the city shut down the beach areas, and subsequently our flying field. I have had people sending me messages with recommendations for hidden flying sites, and I’ve also had one member tell me he received a $400.00 ticket for flying behind a Target store near I- 805. If you absolutely have to fly, please be careful. I, for one have still been at work, and have been staying home on the weekends – working on an “Apocalypse project”.
Sad news this month as we have had two SEFSD members pass away recently (NON-COVID). Jack Hix was an active member when I first joined the club in 2003. He was heavily involved in the club from the late 90’s to early 2000’s, and his personable attitude is one of the things that brought me back to flying with an AMA club after a 10 year break. I haven’t seen him for a while, but I remember his smile and his friendly influence In the club at that time. Also, John Foster passed away recently. For the last 20 years John has been an institution of training at the club and he was always willing to volunteer his time with new pilots with both an intensive ground school preflight training program, and then hands-on instruction. I know a lot of current pilots who spent time with John Forrester as they were getting their wings. Steve Belknap had a chance to meet John’s son this week as he was in town settling affairs, and will also make some comments in this newsletter. John will be sorely missed!
With the exception of the homeless people using Mission Bay Park during the virus outbreak, there should have been little to no traffic on our site. I am hoping the rain has done its job of smoothing out the runway surface, and that no one has slipped in during the evenings to do donuts in the parking lot. I do expect a problem with weed control on the runway proper upon eventual return.
Just a quick note I’m carrying over from last month: When we do return to the site – we will need your used, but still serviceable lawn furniture, and any decent carpeting that you may have replaced while stuck at home.
Not much else to write about since we haven’t had any events at the club since our initial T-28 race practice day mid March, so instead I’m going to paste a couple of pictures in. I get asked quite often just how I store my airplanes, and what my garage looks like. When I purchased my home the garage was unfinished. I had the chance of hanging the drywall myself and chose to Hang it right to the bottom of the roof joists. The first image is of the open ceiling space after I completed the sheet rock. This gives me quite a large space in the overhead to the peak to mount angle irons with pool noodles zip tied to them from which to hang my planes. If you look at the attached pictures, right now I have 68 planes in the garage from micros all the way up to 40% aircraft. And I can still fit a car in there! If anybody wants more specifics, please feel free to email me.
Here’s to hoping things normalize in May and we can get back to enjoying our great Hobby!