Daily Archives: September 24, 2020

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Chairman’s Corner for Sep – Oct 2020

Hey Guys,

There are a couple of items to discuss this month so I’ll roll right into it.

With all of the fires in California this month, I would like to remind everybody to be extra careful, extra vigilant, and bring a fire extinguisher with you to the field. The entire area is extremely dry and one accident could take down the whole site. If a plane goes in hard off of the runway it is a good idea to bring a “just in case” extinguisher on the walk of shame to avoid having to run back for one in the event of a fire. If there is an incident that seems to be getting out of hand, I need the members actively involved and calling 911 to direct emergency vehicles to the scene. Officially, smoking is not allowed in Mission Bay Park. I know we still have some smokers in the club, please practice your activity well into the parking lot area where there are no flammable materials.

There are some people we have not seen since January, and some new faces that have come along after starting a new hobby while locked inside for a few months. For those that are staying home, we miss you! For the new members, welcome! If you are returning after an extended break or just entering the hobby, please ensure you talk with current members about safety procedures and authorized flight areas at our site. We have had some past members return to the hobby recently who claimed that in “their day” they were allowed to fly over the fence, pits and parking area. I have been with this club for quite a few years and don’t remember that!  [I have been with the club much longer than Brad and am sure that has never been true – Steve B.]

Please keep all flight activities over the runway and the field, but always staying south of the sidewalk and foot path near the beach. Also please keep all high speed activities north of the centerline. Failures and accidents do happen.

One thing I’ve noticed this month at the field is a number of 2019 members arriving and flying with their 2019 badges that have not renewed for 2020. While I do understand that Covid kept us away from the field for three months, we do still need to pay dues if we plan to use the site. Please catch up and pay your 2020 dues if you are expired and would like to continue to fly for the remainder of this year.  

We recently signed an updated copy of our letter of agreement (LOA) with air traffic control at Lindbergh Field. While we have not made progress and restoring or increasing our current altitude limit to go above 200 feet, there is some progress as once this edition of our LOA is filed – we will be officially listed as a recognized AMA flying club with the FAA. This will give us a little bit more ammunition as we fight in the future for more altitude. Thank you Quan for running this to ground for us.

As we approach the final quarter of 2020, it is time to start thinking about 2021 Board Of Director members. Quite a few of the current board members have stated their intention to run for the Board next year. That being said, all positions are open for competition. We are always looking for members to bring new thoughts and ideas to keep the club fresh! If you would like to become involved in guiding the club next year, please approach any of the board members or send me an email within the next month and I will announce nominations in the October newsletter. Voting for the Board of Directors will be held in November.

I will ask Quan ( Voluntold! ) to figure out some way for us to vote online because we will likely still be under social distancing restrictions.

While on the subject of social distancing, the Electro-glide contest is still on hold, as are our club meetings at the field and the monthly fun-flies. I am thinking at the moment that these will not resume until next year. Since we don’t have as many competitors as last year, pylon racing has resumed on the second Saturday of each month. We are not taking score so it is bragging rights only. Steve, our race master, has stated his intention to hold T28 races for October November and December this year. We are still hoping to have some kind of post-holiday Banquet this year, but at the moment the odds are getting worse.

The gate… I have really enjoyed not being blasted by dirt, dust, and asphalt grindings when random people roll in off of the street at 50MPH and realize they are in the wrong place. I understand how much of a hassle it is to open and close it with every entry/exit  and as of this newsletter will revert to leaving it open while members are on site. The last person out MUST take the responsibility to close and lock the gate. If there are empty cars on site, lock them in, they will figure something out. If we start having issues with an unoccupied site with open gate which leads to overnight theft and vandalism, we may have to reinstate the closed gate policy…

That about wraps it up for this month, I hope everybody stays safe and enjoys the rest of the month!


T28 Race Results and an Amazing T28 Racing Video – Sep 2020

Sept 12th T28 Races.
We had a good turnout with 13 pilots entering the September 12th T28 races. The first races of the preliminary round got going a little after 10am. We had preliminary rounds with the cumulative results determining the groupings for the Bronze, Silver and Gold cup races. There were a few causalities from CFIT(Controlled Fight Into Terrain) for various reasons—the good news was that in nearly all cases the planes were easily repaired and some were able to fly in later rounds. 

After a number of close and hard fought laps around the pylons the matchups for the finals were as follows:




Quan took first place in the Bronze Cup.

The Silver Cup between Alex And SteveN was likely the closest and most hard fought 10 laps of the day with both planes “cutting the grass” and trading places numerous times. In the end it came down to the last turn before the finish line with yours truly getting ahead of Alex by < 3 feet. 

The Gold Cup was anticlimactic  after the the Silver Cup drama—Both Otto and Frank put themselves down a lap by jumping the start or cutting a turn—which gifted the Gold Cup win to SteveM who coasted to an easy win by staying out of trouble.

We learned a few things and next time we will revise the audio file so as to make the countdown to the start clearer and easier for pilots to follow so as to avoid some of the late/early crossing of the starting line—also some of the sounds will be toned down a little.

In watching some of the flying during the races it was clear that several pilots had their planes setup for what I would call “sport flying” with way too much control travel for racing 6 feet above the ground—the last thing you need is to snap roll the plane while pulling a hard pylon turn. Go back and read some of the setup advice in the newsletters earlier this year. 

We have two races on the schedule for next month with the first on October 12th @ 10am and the second two week later on the 24th at 10am. get in some practice and get your planes trimmed for speed!

Steve Neu

Now for the video from Hobie Sutton Studios (Frank & Alex Sutton).  Just click

Glider Launch Vehicle

By Steve Belknap

About 20 years ago I put a cradle on my Sig Kadet Sr. to carry gliders aloft and release them.  Recently I pulled out the cradle and dusted it off.  Frank G. had a freshly made Goldberg Wanderer he had not yet flown.  So I rubber banded everything onto the Kadet once more.  Everything worked perfectly.  So far I have launched his glider 5 times.  On the last flight Frank measured the radius of one of the light standards using the leading edge of the glider.  All fixed now and ready to fly again.

Some of the members who were around then might remember my initial attempts to use this launch cradle.  They might remember when I launched a glider and the rubber bands released on only one glider wing.  The other wing stayed attached to the cradle.  It got ugly real quick.  Finally, the glider separated from the cradle.  The rubber bands did not let go but the glider snapped off the upper part of one side of the cradle.  Everything landed OK and the cradle was modified to prevent the rubber bands from not releasing.

Click the pic for a short video:

Treasurer’s Report for Sep 2020

By Quan Nguyen

SEFSD accomplishments in September included 291 members, a fresh runway, and an updated, newly signed LOA that will put our field on the FAA’s national AMA registry.

Elections are coming up, and all positions are open, including mine! While I enjoy being treasurer, having someone else in the position will allow me to focus on other aspects of continuing to improve the club. Feel free to throw your name in the hat. I promise to help make it a smooth transition.

I also want to give a plug for the club’s T-28 racing event series, and a shout out to several people that make the races great! Steve Neu, the race organizer, recognized some of the challenges pilots had with taking off, and was responsive and modified the rules appropriately to accommodate everyone, even clumsy pilots like myself. I appreciate Frank Gagliardi being quick to lend me a battery to do a trim flight when I forgot all my batteries at home. A big compliment to Wayne Walker for his mentorship on my first real race and making sure I finished. I think this intergenerational component of our club is critical to our club’s future, and its continued success. The spectators got to see a thrilling match-up between a young novice, Alex, nearly overtake seasoned veteran Steve. The fact that this happened in the midst of a pandemic shows what this club has to offer to strengthen a community in trying times.  The next year will be tough, with the club’s regularly scheduled events still uncertain. The club will use every available opportunity to build this unique community across all ages and skill levels.