Monthly Event for July 24, 2021
July 30, 1924 – June 17, 2021
It is with sadness that we mention the passing of Martin (Marty) Engler. A club member, a friend to many, and an American hero. A member of America’s Greatest Generation, who rose to fight a true evil threatening our world in World War II.
Marty served as a pilot, flying P-47 Thunderbolts in Europe. He was shot down while scouting enemy positions and was rescued by an American armored column. Returning to his airbase, he continued flying combat missions during the Battle of the Bulge.
After his return on the QE II to the United States, he enrolled at Cal Poly. Soon after, he married his wartime sweetheart, Mary, the day after her graduation from William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA. They settled and started a family in San Luis Obispo while he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1950 he returned to San Diego where he worked for SDGE for 27 years…starting as a laborer and leaving the company as Executive Vice President. His accomplishments during that time paved the way for more success in Texas where he worked for El Paso LNG Company in Houston and later retired from their parent Company, El Paso Natural Gas. He enjoyed 25 years of fun restoring and flying antique airplanes. After Mary’s death in 2012, he settled back in San Diego with his daughter and his dog, Piper.
We actually had a pretty good Electroglide this past Saturday. Instead of having the predicted marine layer, we had clear skies at the ten o’clock launch. Winds were light from the West at 7 mph.
At first launch, four pilots took their gliders to the sky, three Radians and one Conscendo. Flight times were on the short side with Scott Vance having the longest flight at 4:44 minutes. Alex Sutton had the next flight time at 4:28 plus a 20-point bonus landing. Daric Knight brought his Radian back at 3:30 with a 200-point landing as well. I earned the Lucky Dog award at 2:40 minutes so my pitiful time score of 16 points was doubled to 32 points. Adding to that was a bonus landing of 10-points, leaving me a respectable 42 points over all. Successful target landings matter.
Second launch found us getting better flight times. Scott again found working lift to give him a flight time of 7:10 minutes with a 20-point landing. Alex was second with a flight of 6:47 minutes and a 20-point landing as well. Deric was third with a flight time of 6:32.
Third launch had Deric getting the long flight at 8:26 minutes. Scott came back at 4:19 minutes with a 20-point landing and Alex had a flight of 4:01 minutes and a 20-point landing.
Fourth and final launch had Scott fly the longest flight but unfortunately, he landed off field so that round was unscored. The longest scoring flight went to Deric at 4:30 minutes. I was second at 4:23 plus a 20-point landing. Alex earned the Lucky Dog at 3:45 for a score of 46 points.
Winners for the day, Alex Sutton at 200 total points earned first place. Second place goes to yours truly with 193 points and third place for the day goes to Deric Knight at 139 points.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for the pictures of the event!
Next Electroglide is scheduled for August 21st.
10:00 a.m. first launch.
See you there,
SEFSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
Quorum at 6:30 PM, meeting convened.
In-person participants: Brad, Steve N., Quan, Steve M., Eric, Jovi, Carl
Online participants: Steve B., Kenny
Not present: Jeff
Meeting held at Brad B.’s home.
Brad: Trailer tires replaced.
Steve B.: Has an expert helping with website.
Jovi: Considering Labor Day Raffle.
Next field meeting will include hotdogs.
Poker Fly event and field meeting the weekend of 24th of July.
Quan: 311 members as of 7/7/2021
Bank balance sufficient and financials available to club members upon request.
Reimbursement made for trailer tires.
Extra Porta Potty cleaning ordered for FAAST program cleanup.
Eric: I met a supplier at the field re: DG (decomposed granite) project last Wednesday.
I received an estimate for delivered materials of $18,210.
Another supplier was $700 more even with SD City reference.
The DG is bound with natural materials to satisfy city about permeability.
Contacted a contractor about install and expect call back after vacation.
I expect materials to be installed from east end.
I think the gate openings should be ramped to provide smooth transitions to field surface.
Motion to roll field seconded and adopted.
Water truck weekend of the 19th.
T-28 racing this upcoming Saturday at 10:00 AM – 7/10/2021.
Next Electroglide upcoming at 10:00 AM – 6/19/2021.
Next meeting date 8/12/2021.
Meeting adjourned at 7:46 PM.
SEFSD Secretary 2021
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