Yearly Archives: 2021

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Chairman’s Corner for Oct – Nov 2021

Things are finally cooling off and recent rain has left the field in fine condition. It’s still pretty dry in the outlying area though, so please continue being diligent with fire safety. We continue to request the city keep our are safe by restricting access to non-members when the gate is closed. The city did respond by placing the railroad ties, but there are still determined people that move the boulders to access the field. There continues to be damage to the parking lot and people dumping trash on site. Our part in this is to lock the gate when there are no members on site. Please – if you are the last one out, Lock the gate behind you.

I have seen some distressingly unsafe things this past month that I would like to touch upon. With the nature of our hobby, we need to be extremely aware of what is happening around us. There were a couple more incidents of planes having an abrupt landing in the pit area or parking lot this month. While I generally get on the pilot for not warning others, I understand that they are busy trying to save their aircraft. If you see it, whether it’s your aircraft or not – please loudly warn others. Also, I continue to see people walking onto the runway without actually looking both ways to ensure it is clear. While some do call out that they intend to cross, they do not always call out loudly enough to be heard at all of the gates.  We HAVE to look and be safe! I had someone step out 10 feet in front of a 30 lb plane that was on final – at head height. His statement afterword? You guessed it – “ Well I said I was crossing! ”  The same thing goes for preparing to take off – Just saying “Taking Off” does not mean its ok to taxi out in front of people already landing, and in one case, two jets that were landing next to each other in formation when a trainer type aircraft slowly taxied out in front of them both… If you hear another pilot call out, and they are using their inside voice instead of their MAN voice, please feel free to pass it on in a louder manner so others are aware.

For those of you that remember our past club member Bak Kahn, or “Captain Bak” as he was affectionately known, I had a chance to visit him and his family in the Portland area late September. He is staying away from the drama in downtown Portland and is doing great things. He has attempted to find a local flying site, but seems to only find grumpy clubs. I’m thinking the friendly atmosphere he enjoyed at SEFSD may have spoiled him. I’m trying to convince him to visit before Christmas.

There will be some minor changes in the make-up of the Board of Directors for 2022. Most of the Board members have agreed to stay on for another year. THANK YOU TO EACH !!!  We will say Thank You and farewell to our current Secretary, Eric Shapiro – and will possibly shift a few current members around in positions. I have had one member say he would like to join the BOD ( Thanks Larry Kosta!! ) and am still awaiting an answer from 2 others ( Dave?, Larry? ) who made previous suggestive comments about serving. I will firm the possible nominations up and determine whether there will be active competition for any position – which will require a vote.  If seats are spoken for without challenge, there will not need to be a vote.

Quan is finalizing the details for the club banquet which will be held on Jan 15th. It should be an amazing event this year, making up for the one we missed last year. Once ticket sales are announced I recommend jumping on them, seating will be limited, and even alligator tears will not get you a seat once sold out…

The club meeting and fun fly at the field will take place on Saturday the 23rd at the field starting at 10:00 AM. Jovi has an interesting twist on the Bomb Drop that I am looking forward to! Following the fun fly, we will have Hotdogs provided by Fritz and cooked by Carl.

With the holidays coming this may be the last meeting at the field this year, so come out and join us!!

Have a great month and be safe!


President’s Corner for Oct – Nov 2021

Aloha, club members.  My wife and I had a great time on the Islands and it’s also good to be home! But the real fun was being able to sit in the captain seat of an Airbus A330 as you can see in the picture.  Naturally after that I had my Mai Tai…….and enjoyed the flight!  We have had some interesting weather of late, all which has been great for the field.  The lightning was amazing and something we San Diegans don’t see that often…unlike back east.  Then we got a good rain storm followed by some wind. The first storm caused us to miss out on our club meeting and Fun Fly “Bomb Drop”.    However, hot dogs were served, (Thank You Mark and Carl) and they were enjoyable!

We will get back to the fun fly, but now some club news.  I am happy to say that we will be having our annual gathering on January 15, so please mark your calendar.  We will have up to 125 tickets available in the coming months.  Entrance is $20.00 per person at the Edgewater Grill which is located in Seaport Village.  This will be a fun event and we are going to make up for the lost year. 

Our field looks pretty good these days.  Thanks to Dennis for keeping the runway smooth and getting rid of any footprints that may damage the runway.  And, as always, we are looking for more chairs, so if you have any old outdoor chairs please bring them to the field. 

There are still times at the field when pilots don’t call out “takeoff”, “landing” or “low flyby”.  Please, call out your intentions (projecting your voice) so that all pilots are able to hear you.  From the west gate to the east gate, you must be heard!  Thank You!

As we approach the end of year, the club will just be holding the T-28 races to finish out the series.  As far as club meetings and Fun Fly events go, this month’s event and meeting will be the last one for the year.  It’s Thanksgiving and Christmas and I am sure a lot of members will now be able to enjoy the holidays since COVID 19 hit us.  I would also like to mention that this is the time of year that Board of Directors members are looking for new club members to join in the fun.  I would like to run for President again and I also invite any members as well who would like to be President to run.  Same goes with Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer.  If you are interested in any position, please advise any BOD of interest in becoming a BOD member.

Thank you all for keeping the gate closed and locked as you leave the field.  Along with the new railroad ties that were installed, it looks like we are keeping the riffraff out.  So, thank you club members.

We may have missed last month’s Fun Fly, but we’re not going to miss out this month.  The Fun Fly for this month is “Bomb Drop – Squadron Style”.  Each squadron has five pilots and your positioning is based on how you pick your ticket.  Each ticket identifies what squadron you have chosen with a number listing your position.  If you chose number 1 you are the lead pilot and the other pilots follow in the order they have chosen.

Two squadrons will be on the runway ready to go.  The first squadron takes off, one pilot after the other.  Continue to make final approach and each pilot will try to maintain some sort of controlled distance.  When the first pilot drops his bomb, the next pilot drops his bomb and then the next and so on.  When all five pilots land the next squadron takes off.  The altitude for the bomb drop will be the height of the wind sock, no lower or you will lose points if you are below.  Each pilot will have a spotter in helping to help them with flying, staying in formation and dropping the bomb.  Each pilot must keep an eye on their aircraft and not watch where the bomb drops.  A spotter will inform you of your drop.  If a pilot does not watch his aircraft and it veers off to the pits, you could be disqualified from the event and we don’t want that.  So, keep an eye out on your aircraft at ALL times!  The pilots who comes closest to the center of the target advance on to the next round.  Once the first round is completed, we move to the round of Squadron Leader.  From this round we will determine who the true Squadron Leader is.  Gift certificates are awarded based on how close the leading pilot comes to the target; the closer the better!

My last note is that you all should be receiving or have received the AMA voting ballot for District X.  Please make sure you vote for the candidate that you like.  So far we’ve had one candidate at our field, Greg Stone, and we look forward to meeting the other candidate(s) when they make an appearance.  I do believe Mr. Stone will be down for our monthly meeting this weekend since he, like we, were rained out last month.  So please make your vote count!  Voting goes till November 12, 2021.

Thank you all and looking forward to seeing you all at the field!

President, SEFSD 2021

October’s Event – Bomb Drop, Squadron Style

An exciting variation on the popular Bomb Drop

Bomb Drop Squadron Style,
Five pilots per squadron. Each squadron bomber takes off one after another, follows the lead pilot, turns final and drop their bomb. Tally the drop and distance to the center of the target for that squadron. Closest to the target gets to advance to “Squadron Leader round”. This is the same process for the remaining squadrons. 
More information in the “President’s Corner” above. 
$150 in Prizes awarded, 1st through 5th place.
 Monthly Meeting, and Hot Dog Lunch served afterward.

Electroglide Report for October 2021

The final Electroglide Contest for the year was held last Saturday, a beautiful San Diego Fall day.

With clear skies and a very light breeze, nine pilots got their gliders up on the first launch. Wind conditions were so light, the lift was hard to find.

All pilots had short flight times except Alex Sutton who found a narrow column of warm air rising just north of our runway. Alex was able to milk it out for a long flight of 9:26 minutes and pick up a 10-point landing. The second place flight was 2:53 minutes long and flown by Scott Vance, picking up a 20-point landing on return. Third longest flight was from Deric Knight at 2:38 minutes.

The large difference in the flight times between Alex and everyone else on that first launch, points to his skill as a glider pilot.

Second launch had a mix of pilots trying to find the lift where Alex had flown and others trying at the western end of our flying area, near the boat ramp parking lot. The lift was now even harder to find.  Bob Anson had the long flight at 4:30 minutes with a 20-point landing. Bob Stinson was second at 3:52 and a 30-point landing. Dennis La Berge and Deric Knight both came in third at 3:30 minutes, with Dennis picking up a 30-point landing.  I must confess to causing a mid-air collision and taking out Stephen Treger’s vertical stabilizer. He was able to land off field with no further damage. With a little CA glue, Stephen was able to compete in the fourth launch.

Third launch was again into light conditions with the longest flight generated by myself at 4:54 minutes and getting a 10-point landing. Bob Anson had the second place flight at 4:47 minutes, also with a 10-point landing. Scott Vance had the third place flight at 4:11 minutes, with a 20 point landing.

Fourth and final launch had the long flight being flown by Scott Vance at 5:00 minutes, with a 20-point landing. Second place flight was by Bob Anson at 4:37, with a 20-point landing. Third place flight was by myself at 4:02 minutes.

First place finisher for the day was Alex Sutton with 190 points, Second place goes to Scott Vance at 175 points and third place was won by Bob Stinson with 159 points.

In totaling up the monthly points for the top pilots for this year, Alex Sutton came in first place with a total of 1140 points. Scott Vance was second with 979 total points and I was third with 741 total points.

We held a prize raffle for all this year’s pilots, with three pilots winning $ 100.00 gift certificates redeemable at Discount Hobbies.

Thanks to all Electroglide pilots who competed this year, it was a lot of fun. The Electroglide will be on vacation for November and December, returning to active competition on January 15th.  First launch at 10:00.

Enjoy the holidays,

Jeff Struthers

See more of October’s Electroglide pics here.

T28 Racing Report for October 2021

While we had a light turnout for this months T28 racing it did not mean we did not have some wingtip to wingtip drama over the race course!
The preliminary rounds were 5 laps and for the most part went without much drama aside from a few pilots cutting a pylon or two—or maybe 3? The results of the preliminary rounds was as follows with cuts factored in:
1) Brad B
2) Steve N
3) Steve M
4) Alex S
5) Otto D
6) Bob S (Tie)
6) Frank G (Tie)
The finals were as often is the case where the most excitement occurs—and this time was no different. 
The Bronze Cup was first up with Bob and Frank going head to head—Bob took an easy lead and never looked back for the entire 10 laps. It was clear that Frank needed some better batteries( later he won a new pack in the raffle). 
The Silver Cup was more crowded with  SteveM, Alex and Otto doing battle. Otto and Alex went head to head with each trying to gain the advantage—Otto crossed the finish first but did not get the medal because of a cut pylon turn.
The Gold Cup race was between Brad and SteveN. The entire race was wing tip to wing tip for 10 laps with at least one instant of a “bump and go” with no resulting damage. In the end SteveN crossed the finish slightly in front of Brad. There was some sad news that the course judges provided after the landings—SteveN had made 3 cut pylons and Brad had 6. In the end a good time was had by everyone! We had a raffle with various items for the helpers and pilots—most everyone was able to take home a prize.
The Weedwackers in Santee have invited us to run our next T28 race at their field on November 13th—the details and time are still to be worked out and we will send out a email to everyone as we know more of the details. For now we are planning on having our next race there. 
Stay safe and enjoy nice flying weather!
Steve Neu

Treasurer’s Report for Oct 2021

We have 337 members as of October. The Holiday Banquet is booked for Edgewater Grill in January 2022! Tickets will go on sale soon, so be on the lookout for that. Right now we’re looking at 100 indoor seats available, plus a few overflow in the patio section, so buy your tickets quickly when they are available. Elections are coming up. While I have offered to run for Treasurer again, if anyone else has any minuscule desire to run, I shall gladly provide necessary training, step aside, and run for other positions. 


BOD Minutes for Oct 2021


SEFSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Quorum at 6:43 PM, meeting convened.

In person participants: Jovi, Steve N., Quan, Eric, Kenny
Online participants: Steve B., Steve M., Carl, Jeff
Visiting member online: Larry Costa
Not present: Brad

Meeting at Steve N.’s home.

Steve M.: Considering chairman position since Brad stepping down.

Steve N.: Safety issues were few.

Steve B.: Website remains in good form.

Jeff: Final round of Electroglide this October

Carl: wants to remain as Member at Large

Jovi: Banquet discussion – approved, see notes below
Fun Fly cancelled last time due to weather (Bomb Drop)

Quan: 337 members as of 10/6/2021
Bank balance sufficient and financials available to club members.
Banquet reservations made.

Eric: Purchased 3 sets of gift certificates for future Fun Fly events.

Banquet funded to $3000 total for banquet prizes, $500 of which for the women.
Banquet meal budgeted to $5,500.
Total banquet budget to be $8,500.

Motion approved and seconded for above banquet budget.
Motion approved and seconded for $20 banquet tickets.

Upcoming events:

T-28 racing on Saturday, 10:00 AM on 10/9/2021

Electroglide on Saturday, 10:00 AM on 10/16/2021 (final round)

Bomb Drop rescheduled for Saturday, 10:00 AM on 10/23/2021

Banquet scheduled for 1/15/2022 at Edgewater Grill.

Next BOD meeting date 11/10/2021.

Meeting adjourned at 7:27 PM.

Eric Shapiro
SEFSD Secretary 2021

Chairman’s Corner for Sep – Oct 2021

Hey SEFSD team! As the days get cooler we have been seeing more of you at the field. I have been enjoying catching up with some, and seeing the projects you have been working on while enjoying your air conditioned homes!

One thing I have noticed while watching folks returning to the flying field after a break is a rash of crashes that can be attributed to failing to pre-flight your aircraft.  Just because you have not flown it in a few months doesn’t mean it is in the exact condition as your last flight prior to putting it into “Lay up”.

 A couple of things to check every time you take a plane to the field are the condition of your clevises, and clevis keepers holding the clevis shut. Take a look at each control horn and ensure it is properly connected to the control surface, and tug firmly on each control surface to ensure the hinges are still attached as you expect. Also, give your battery connectors a good visual inspection. As you go up in voltage on bigger planes, there is an initial spark while connecting that will eventually cause failure – sometimes in flight.

When I bring planes out of a longer storage, I go through every nut and bolt to ensure it is how I expect. I check each hinge/clevis/and control horn. I look at glue joints visible in the airframe and add adhesive where necessary. I look at each servo to ensure there is no damage to the control arm and the screw is tight. Also I will carefully study the servo as it rotates for sign of gear slop or missing teeth.

Finally, I see people put planes on the runway and listen for servo noise while walking back to the gate. Then they take off without visually verifying each surface is moving as it should. Then they crash because something is reversed or not working. Your eyes are your best tool! Ensure it looks right before taking off!

Quan is looking at options for our end-of-year banquet. We missed out last year as the virus was limiting gatherings over 10 people.

As Quan is looking for banquet sites for our event, he is hearing that venues are limiting attendance to 100 people. That may change, but my advice to you is not to dawdle when we announce tickets for sale – as they will go quickly!  For newer members who have never been to a SEFSD Banquet – you get major bang for your buck! Quan is still setting up, so prices/venue/menu is still TBD, but in 2019, club members purchased a 20$ ticket for each family member attending, which got them a raffle ticket ( one per purchased meal ) for a chance at $1600 in prizes, and a sit down meal valued at around $55 per person.

We will have a few openings on the Board of Directors for 2022. If you are interested in assisting with the guidance of the club, we are looking for new blood and fresh ideas. Our next BOD meeting will be held on Oct 6th. If you would like to attend – either in person, or via ZOOM, please let a board member know.

This months club meeting at the field will be on the 25th, with the fun fly event starting at 10am and the meeting to follow around 12pm.  This months event is a club favorite – Bomb Drop. Compete for your chance at $150 dollars’ worth of gift certificates to Discount Hobby Warehouse – and Bragging rights!  One year, Eric and I were less than one inch from the center of the circle. We are all rusty now, let’s see how you do!

Fly safe,


President’s Corner for Sep – Oct 2021

Hello members, we had a great summer of fun flies for 2021!  To continue the fun for 2021, get ready for “Bomb Drop”.   We continue to have great turnouts with Flyers, planes in hand and ready to fly and it’s good to see you all.  Our last event was “Altitude Quest”!  We had 22 members join the fun.

Altitude Quest. Object of this event was to see who could come closes to the altitude, that they choose with the Altitude Quest Spin Box.  Each member had a chance to push the button on the Altitude Quest Spin Box. Chooses were: 100, 125,150, 175, 150 x2 and 200 x2.  The x2 was not to your favor.  If you were off by 8 feet, it became 16 feet. A few of us got the x2, Jim R choose 150, his actual was 361 which became + 422 feet.  Bob B, choose 150 and he reached 122 – 56.  Then came Frederich, he chose 150 and he reached 133 feet, that came to -34 which was good for 4th place.  I chose 200, I was off by -240 feet…

It was fun to watch fliers reach an altitude in which they think they reach the altitude they chose.  The altitude was never called out, it was a secret.  So, guys were just flying.  It was a delight to see.  Thong Le chose 100 feet he reached 62 feet, short by -38 feet, good for 5th Place.  As mentioned before, Frederich came in 4th.  Daric chose 200 feet and he reached an altitude of 172 feet and was off by -28 feet, good for 3rd place.  Jon V, chose 150 and he reached 131 feet, that was off by -19 feet, good for 2nd place.

The club’s been open for some time now and we had a lot member come out.  There was a time I was not showing up and most of it was due to my Fairchild flipping over all the time and the repairs were getting to me, so I took some time off.  I believe I was gone for a few weeks.  However, this younger gentleman comes out during that time, but once I got back, he does not show up until Altitude Quest Day, he and his mom show up!  And to my surprise how grown-up Neil Zhu has changed.  He is now taller than his mom……. Neil chose 100 feet, takes off, shoots straight up, he calls it and lands.  When Denise showed me the altitude, I knew who was going to win this event.  Young Neil reached 99 feet, yes that’s off by -1…Congratulation to Neil for putting us all in our place!!!!    

We’ll try not to talk about how your president did not have your prizes available at the time of our event.  Nice copy of an award was given out.   But even when the actual gift certificates were available, there was still a mix-up.  I had given Thong Le, 5th place winner 3rd place prize and to Deric I gave, I mean Brad gave him 5th place certificate.  That was all my bad for not remembering or bring the list of winners with me.  So, beside the Hot Dog in which I own him, he will receive the complete amount he won. 

At the time I am writing this I am also packing for Hawaii.  I won’t see all of you till our monthly meeting and fun fly at the end of this month.  Enjoy flying and see you all at the Clubs Monthly Meeting!



Event for September 2021 – Bomb Drop

It’s that time again. Come out for the Bomb Drop on September 25 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 a recent Bomb Drop event.

BECs Explained

By Mark Davis

There is much discussion on RC hobby bulletin boards about BEC’s.   It is popular to remove stock BECs and replace them.   Is this necessary?  Is it helpful?   Can I hook up two and have redundancy?  When do I need to disconnect the red wire from the ESC?   Well, it depends on the situation.   This article is to give a high-level model of the two main kinds of BECs, so you can understand the considerations that might apply to your situation.

What is a BEC? 

One option is to run your receiver directly from an auxiliary battery, as in Figure 1.  The other option is to steal a little power from the high voltage batteries that run your motor, and use that to run the receiver instead, as in Figure 2.   Since the motor typically uses a high voltage, this requires a voltage regulator, to regulate the high voltage down to a lower voltage that doesn’t blow up your receiver and servos.  Such a regulator is called a “Battery Eliminator Circuit” or BEC, because it “eliminates” the need for a receiver battery.  The term “BEC” is used only in RC.  To the rest of the world, it is simply called a “voltage regulator.”




Types of BECs

There are two main types of regulators:  Switching and linear (sometimes called “LDO”).

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T28 Race Report for September 2021

See the racing pics.

See crash video here:

We had another fun knock down drag out series of T28 races on Saturday 9/11. Prior to the start of racing at 10am we had a very nice flyby with Larry Kosta flying his Piper Cub towing an American flag as remembrance of 9/11.

We had a good turnout with most of the regulars in attendance. We followed the regular format with the preliminary rounds being 5 laps followed by the finals with 10 laps. It worth noting that the overall quality of flying for the T28 races is improving with this set of preliminary races having very few cuts and accidents.

The Bronze and Silver class results came in as follows:

1st) Daric Knight
2nd) Mark Davis
3rd) Ty Thompson

1st) Steve Manganelli
2nd) Bob Stinson
3rd) Alfred Ramirez

Things got a bit more aggressive with the Gold Cup heat races with more cuts and yours truly trying to shorten the course by flying through the west end pylon! The winner it turns out was the one who stayed out of trouble —no cuts or pylon clipping!

1st) Quan Nguyen( zero cuts)
2nd) Alex Sutton (second most cuts)
3rd) Brad Bender( had the most cuts)
4th) Steve Neu( got pole position)

For those getting a new T28 ready to race and are looking for the APC prop adapters see me and I will give you one–I had a batch machined. They are is no cost for these. Also for those new to our racing series I encourage you to look at the SEFSD web site and read the various articles from the last year and a half—there you will find some useful tips for racing and setting up your plane.

Our next race is set for October 9th at 10am. I understand that a new shipment of FMS 800mm T28s should be arriving soon—so for those who have been looking, the drought should be ending soon!

Last thing—if you don’t have a pilot number yet please email me with your request—FYI most of the numbers below 20 have been taken already! The number you pick should be < 99.

Steve Neu

San Diego Bay Boat Racing Videos & Pics

Randy Wynant sent in some boat racing links.

“Here is the H1 Unlimited Video, none of which is mine….Just the last Race – If you watch, there is a costly MISTAKE at the start.

T-28 Racing……T-BOAT Racing both have a “Flying Start”…….. DON’T CROSS the line early!!!  And Lots of sound…just not the V12 open class sounds…..”


“Here is my aerial footage of the same race, just a short clip”


“Google Photos of the south end of the course”

Electroglide Report for September 2021

 The Electroglide went pretty well this past Saturday.   At the start, we were dealing with partly cloudy skies with 7 mph winds from the North West.  Eight pilots were on hand with five Radians, two Conscendos and one Easy Star.

 First Launch was briefly delayed due to my mistake with the speaker system. Quickly fixed however and we started the contest. The longest flight for that round was flown by me for 3:32 minutes. Scott Vance had a flight lasting 3:12 and Alex Sutton had the third longest flight 2:53 minutes, picking up a bonus landing of 20-points as well. I’ll point out here that Alex was the only one to hit the target circles on that first launch. The rest of us were down field or off field due to the winds.

 Second launch was again into poor conditions with the only lift being wind generated. Flight times were the short side. Again, I had the longest flight at 3:39 minutes with a 20-point landing. Scott was second with a flight time of 3:26 minutes and a 10-point landing. Deric Knight came in third at 2:59 and hit a 10-point landing. Bob Stinson also figured out the windy conditions and picked up a 10-point landing.

 Third launch had Scott flying the longest at 3:23 minutes. Dennis LaBerge came in second at 2:50 and I was third at 2:49 with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson also picked up a 30-point landing.

 Fourth and final launch had almost all of us flying less the three minutes except for Deric Knight, who found the lift far to the West. With a flight time of 8:00 minutes and a 10-point landing, Deric showed us how to fly a glider. Scott was second with a flight time of 2:50 and a 30-point landing and I was third at 2:40 minutes. Alex Sutton picked up a 30-point landing and Bob Stinson got a 20-point landing.

 It was a tricky flying day but it was impressive to see so many pilots adapt to the windy conditions and land in the target circles. Congrats to all of you!

 Thanks to Frank Sutton for the event pictures.

Next and final Electroglide contest for the year will be on October 16th.  There will be a club sponsored raffle for all of this year’s Electroglide Pilots after the final launch and recovery.

See you then,

Jeff  Struthers

BOD Meeting Minutes for August & September 2021

By Eric Shapiro

For August:


SEFSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Quorum at 6:35 PM, meeting convened.

In-person participants: Brad, Steve N., Quan, Steve M. Carl
Online participants: Steve B., Eric, Jeff, Jovi
Not present: Kenny

Meeting held at Steve N.’s home.

Brad: Will need to buy more Dust Down.
Jovi and Quan joining forces to plan yearly party.
A couple members have stepped up to be flight trainers.

Steve M.: F5B between 12:30 and 5:00 PM 8/15/2021

Steve N.: Looking into more grindings for parking area.
T-28 racing clinic 1-hour before event.

Steve B.: Posted old R/C videos on website from the olden days.

Jeff: Will restripe field.

Jovi: BOD dinner 5 PM Saturday.
First post-Covid club meeting went well.
Will need other members to help cook hotdogs.

Quan: 325 members as of 8/12/2021
Some funds transferred to high-yield checking account.
Bank balance sufficient and financials available to club members upon request.
Field water/rolling service performed last weekend.

Eric: Surface Improvement Project
The material costs are right in the range of: $16,200 < n < $18,900.
The labor cost is estimated to be $34K+.
All in costs without borders is $50K+
Retention borders add additional costs.

Motion and seconded to buy more Dust Down. Ayes have it.

Upcoming Events:

T-28 racing this upcoming Saturday at 10:00 AM – 8/14/2021.
Arrive 1-hour early for race clinic being hosted by Steve N.

F5B between 12:30 and 5:00 PM 8/15/2021

Next Electroglide upcoming at 10:00 AM – 8/21/2021.

Club Meeting to be held on 8/28/2021.
Fun Fly event to be announced.

Next BOD meeting date 9/8/2021.

Meeting adjourned at 7:34 PM.

Eric Shapiro
SEFSD Secretary 2021


For September:


SEFSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Quorum at 6:37 PM, meeting convened.

In-person participants: Brad, Steve N., Quan, Steve M., Eric
Online participants: Steve B., Jovi, Carl
Not present: Kenny, Jeff

Meeting held at Steve N.’s home.

Brad: AMA may reimburse a small amount of field upgrades.
New picture needed for next year membership card.
Eric has 2 pics for submission.

Steve M.: Our club made it into the AMA magazine.

Steve N.: Nothing out of the ordinary.

Steve B.: Website is working well.

Jeff: Will restripe field.

Jovi: Club meeting went well.
Next month’s event – Bomb Drop

Quan: 329 members as of 9/8/2021
Bank balance sufficient and financials available to club members upon request.

Eric: Will submit 2 pics for badge.
Will purchase gift certificates.

Motion and seconded for Eric to buy enough gift certificates for 4 events.

Upcoming Events:

T-28 racing on Saturday, 10:00am on 9/11/21

Bomb Drop on the last Saturday of the month, 9/25/21

Next BOD meeting date 10/6/2021.

Meeting adjourned at 7:43 PM.

Eric Shapiro
SEFSD Secretary 2021

Treasurer’s Report for September 2021

We had 329 members as of September, and ample funds in the bank. The club has authorized $1,000 to purchase Dust Down for dust control whenever it comes back in stock. We are cautiously planning out the holiday banquet, knowing that public health orders may change. Tentatively, we hope to host the event on January 15th, 2022. We are finalizing the venue, and should have that info soon. The venue may be a little bit smaller than the previous one, so when tickets are available, purchase it quickly!

Chairman’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2021

Hey flyers,
Right off the bat I would like to touch on the pandemic status in San Diego County. As most of you know, there has been an upward trend of positive cases over the last 2 months. The number of fatalities has thankfully remained low. There were never statements that the vaccines were 100% effective, so even vaccinated persons can still contract and spread Covid 19. Reliable medical officials state that vaccinated persons generally do recover faster with less of the serious side effects that unvaccinated persons are still suffering from. The Pfizer Vaccine has recently received FULL FDA approval, I hope this helps if you have still been on the fence… Please do what you feel is necessary to keep your loved ones, and associates safe. As before – stay home if you feel sick.
 We are halfway through summer, with potential for another 90+ heat wave or two expected before things start to cool off. I do notice people drinking lots of water on site and am happy to see that. During previous summers I have seen numerous folks get shaky from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Since we spend several hours on site at a time, portable shade canopies and beach umbrellas are still recommended along with Minimum SPF15 sun block to protect you from harmful rays. There are a couple of members having biopsies on “questionable” moles this month. At least we could attempt to wear a hat.
Along with the suns effects on us, the outer field area is EXTREMELY dry. The tiny bits of moisture we have seen this month was of no help. I have recently seen a few members carry extinguishers into the field when a crash occurs ( Thanks Jovi and Jeff! ), and suggest we continue this practice for the remainder of the year.
 Thanks go out to Quan and Dennis for procuring and driving the equipment to wet and roll the main runway this month. Dennis was on the roller for 7 hours straight – like a BOSS! Quan also had the water tanker driver soak the parking lot area, which will reduce the dust from the ‘Andretti’ like persons speeding through our lot. While thanking Dennis, I would also like to highlight him for the hours of weed abatement and random trash removal he does for us. On top of all of this, I see him helping others with their projects for hours at a time – sometimes not getting in a single flight on his own planes all day. Such sacrifice!! Thanks again Dennis!!
We continue to look at ideas for improving the surface of the main runway. We thought we had a way ahead with stabilized decomposed granite, and the park manager was agreeable with the idea. Sadly, once the local contractors found out we were attempting to upgrade city property at Mission Bay, they assumed we were funded by the city and the cost estimates became astronomical. While we would all like a more consistent surface, the BOD will not bankrupt the club to do so… Steve Neu and Carl Cox have recently approached some contractors that are friendly, so there is still hope of reasonable resolution.
 Quan has again volunteered to head up the end of year banquet committee. If you would like to join him in planning efforts, please let him or Jovi know. While the pandemic kept us home last year, the years prior were stellar events – also coordinated by Quan. Sadly the Harbor House is no longer available as a venue, we are looking for alternative locations. In the past we have enjoyed dinners that were served as well as buffet style. We are already discussing some pretty awesome raffle prizes, more to follow as we finalize plans.
Membership is close to pre-pandemic numbers and we should end the year with around 350 members the way things are going now. As people tend to ask this time of year – Sorry, we do not pro-rate membership rates. The $50.00 initial fee and $10.00 family member fee applies no matter which part of the year you join. I feel there is incredible value if you participate in the monthly events, and especially if you attend the banquet! 
 On a safety note we have some newer members that are now good enough to be dangerous. That being said, while you have the ability to do high speed passes directly over the fence, please refrain. While you have the confidence to come in at 90 degrees to the runway – aiming directly at the pit area at full throttle, with the plan to yank it away at the last possible second…, please refrain. One wrong input or a failed servo has the potential to put your plane into a fellow member, spectator, or vehicle. Some people may remember past BOD member, Scott F. – he took one to the temple a few years ago. It happened so fast the pilot had no time to react. You could see the specific cuts the full throttle propeller made to the bill of his cap as it hit him. Luck was with him, and he didn’t need to be hospitalized, but the potential was there. Please consider the safety of all while determining your flight path! I saw another near incident last weekend when two pilots were flying from gates one and two. The gate two pilot called “landing” way early. While gate two pilot was still on his 3 minute landing approach, the gate one pilot landed in the weeds at the end of the runway. He failed to notice the other guy was ( finally ) on final – and stepped out directly in the path of the plane now 10 feet away and headed directly at him. While he stated he called “on the runway”, if the guy at the next gate can’t hear you – you need to find your “ Man voice”. A few take aways : Please call landing when you are actually on final – not 2 or 3 passes away. If you need to go around – call it so others know what is happening ( they may need to land and could be waiting for you). Also, LOUDLY announce any time you are stepping on the runway surface AFTER (AFTER) carefully looking in all directions to ensure it is safe to step out. As a final safety note, if you are losing control of your aircraft – YOU should be the one warning others with a loud “HEADS UP!” announcement. 
 There will forever be homeless people in Mission Bay Park. There are no fences to keep people on foot and on bicycles out of our area. No matter how many e-mails I receive stating that it is somehow my responsibility to get them out of the field, the reality is that it is beyond my control. Periodically the city comes through and moves them out, but they come back within a day or two. There was an incident late in July where a homeless individual loudly approached a lone drone pilot screaming at him for “ spying on him “. The pilot quickly packed his items and left, which is what I recommend if you feel at risk. Again, if you are there alone, it is your decision to fly or wait for others. If you fly FPV, you are required to have a spotter at all times anyways – so you should never be ‘under the hood’ while by yourself. There are commercially available items such as pepper spray that you can keep on you or in your flight box if needed. Immediately call 911 if you or your property is injured or damaged in any way. A picture of the aggressor is recommended if possible.
It looks like efforts from our editor, Steve – and his tech support, Quan, have our For sale by members area of the website operational again. If you would like to sell items to make room for more ( of course ) please send your submissions to Steve at Include a description if the model, components, condition, price, contact information, and a pic or two.
3 or 4 of you have personally mentioned that you were thinking of nominating yourself for a position on the Board Of Directors for 2022. We will start taking nominations in October with voting in November. If you would like to sit in on a meeting let any BOD member know. The next meeting will be on September 8th
This months Fun Fly event and club meeting at the field will be this Saturday, the 28th and will start at 10:00AM. Jovi has been going a great job of selecting and running events since we re-started them. If you have a fun idea, let him know maybe your event will make the calendar! For August, the event will be Altitude Quest, which is a favorite because any pilot that is past solo stage can play and it’s fun to see how accurately people can judge their height. Thanks go to Jovi, Mark, and Carl for coordinating and executing the hot dog lunch to follow the meeting.
See you there!

President’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2021

Welcome to the Dog days of Summer.  August club meeting is just around the corner and what a fun time our last event was, Poker Fly (more soon).  I was also happy to see how many members showed up, great to see you all and as always looking forward to see more of you out at the field.  Thanks Mark and Carl with prepping the Hot Dogs and all the goodies that came with it.  Looking forward for our August meeting!!!

A few notes:  The surrounding area around the field is very dry.  If an aircraft goes down, I know we slowly walk out to it, thinking all is good, which in most cases has been good.  Let’s not take it for granted.  Fire Extinguishers are more important to have now with the field being dry.  Costco had them on sale, not sure if they still are sale.  Please, if you’re able to, bring a fire extinguisher with you.

In the last meeting, we had this one question come up a few times about the gate and being the last person and I just want to make sure (no names mentioned here, right Alan) very member is aware of…. You’re the last one out, Lock the Gate behind you as you leave the field!  This will maintain the integrity of our field!

Poker Fly

28 members joined in the fun.  All were able to draw their first 3 cards.  Just like in Vegas, you get a lousy first three cards, some got a pair like Ty with pair of Kings, good for fifth place, way to go Ty!  But even with a pair you still need to collect your two remaining cards.  Right after receiving your three cards, it was time to fly, come back get your fourth card.  Fly come back for your fifth card.   Then you had the opportunity to discard a card, fly receive a card and if you still needed too, discard a second, fly get your last card and hopefully you got the had you wanted.  So, without further delay here are the winners:

  • As mentioned, congrats to Ty for taking fifth place with a pair of Kings – $10.00
  • Fourth place went to Scott with two pair threes and sixes – $20.00
  • Third place went to Nick with three eight’s – $30.00
  • Second place went to Jia with three nines – $40.00
  • First place went to George Horper drawing just five cards with a Flush, Hearts! – $50.00

Congratulation to you all!

This Month it’s Altitude Quest.  Here is how it’s going to go.  Any airplane may play.  No Drones allowed.  You will be able to drawn, spin to get you altitude anywhere from 25 to 199 feet.  A device will be mounted on your plane and will record the altitude you are to achieve.  You are going to be judge on your height your aircraft achieves.  The closer you are to you mark, wins.  Prize will be TBD.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the field!