Daily Archives: November 23, 2021

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Chairman’s Corner for Nov – Dec 2021

I hope everyone enjoys a great thanksgiving this year with family and Friends!

Starting off for November, I would like to post the results of nominations/election for SEFSD Board of Directors to take us into 2022.

We did have a few nominees, but since they were unchallenged, we did not actually require a vote, just an acceptance.

Next year I will be vacating the Chairman position, and Eric Shapiro will be exiting as Secretary. Here is the BOD for 2022:

Chairman – Jovi Murek

President – Steve Manganelli

Vice President – Quan Nguyen

Treasurer – Dave Youssefi

Secretary – Ken Dresser

Safety Officer – Steve Neu

Editor – Steve Belknap

Member at large – Carl Cox

Member at large – Jeff Struthers

Member at large – Larry Kosta

Please say “THANK YOU!” to these folks for stepping up to guide the club next year. I encourage every member to take a year or more on the BOD to find out what is involved in keeping the wheels on with a club as large as ours.

“Thank you!”  also goes to the people who do a lot of work behind the scenes, without actually being on the BOD:

Dennis LaBerge

Mark Davis

Fritz Logan


Jim Bonnardel

Frank Sutton

As the year ends, we have finalized our plans for the SEFSD End of year banquet.  THANKS QUAN! It sounds like you have planned another GREAT event!  The event will be held at the Edgewater Grill in Seaport Village on Saturday, 15 Jan.  This is high end dining, and the club picks up the majority of the tab. Tickets will be $20.00 per dining patrons. Part of your contribution will go towards your meal, and the rest is applied to the raffle prizes. As before, there will be aircraft related prizes, and a selection of prizes for the ladies. Mostly lotions, cremes, and scents from Victoria Secrets. Their main dining room is a bit smaller than our previous venue, so the first 100 purchased tickets will be in the main hall, with the last 30 patrons being seated on the heated patio – get your ticket early!

Banquet ticket sales, as well as membership renewals for 2022 will commence the first week of December via the website ( SEFSD.ORG ) and will be announced via E-mail blast to members. As the close-out banquet for 2021, only 2021 members are eligible to attend. If you receive club mailings, but were not an actual member during 2021, you will not be able to attend. However… each year we have a member or two “ forget ” to renew membership who would still like to attend. Even though membership has officially closed for 2021 – and the link is currently disabled, Members can contact Quan at his mail posted on the site and can pay dues for 2021 for a couple more weeks.

As I mentioned, club membership renewals will open the first week of December, Dues will remain at $50.00 for the primary member, then $10.00 for additional members in the same household. Have you renewed your AMA? The system checks with AMA to ensure you are up to date before proceeding to payment. No, we do not pro-rate memberships – all 2021 memberships expire on Dec 31, 2021. As before, we will post dates to pick up your new badges at the field at the end of December/early Jan. The lock on the gate and porta loo will change to the 2022 combination on 15 Jan, and the new code will be on the back of your new membership cards. Eric Shapiro has provided the picture for the new membership badges.

Some club members attended the Veterans day fly in at the WEEDWACKERS Veterans day fly in on 13 November. It was a fun time, with around 75 attendees demonstration various aspects of electric, nitro, and gasoline flight. They had a fine raffle, and an inexpensive lunch to round the day out. Some of our clubs’ T-28 pylon racers put on race demonstrations for around 45 minutes. Maybe we will have some new racers next year?  If you live in east county, you should check them, out!

There will be no more meetings at the field for the remainder of the year as normal dates conflict with Holiday weekends. However, Steve is still hosting the T-28 series in December – on the 11th.  Jeff expects to Kick off the 2022 Electroglide on 15 Jan.

As I close out for November, I would like to thank all of the members for keeping the club drama free this year! You, and your participation in club events are what make our club fun for everyone.


President’s Corner for Nov – Dec 2021

When the leaves start falling and the shelves are stocked with pumpkin items at Trader Joe’s, that’s when you know that Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Unlike other holidays that are more gift-focused, Thanksgiving is centered on giving thanks for what we have and the special people in our lives. It’s a time to catch up with loved ones, sit around the table and share one of the most delicious meals of the year. Who doesn’t love endless stuffing and slices of pie.

No matter the distance between you and your loved ones this Thanksgiving, remember to share how much you care about them.  So, before you get to carving the turkey or passing the gravy, send a card or text message to those that you are grateful for from my list. I am sharing greetings that are perfect for friends, coworkers and even for families that won’t be seeing each other this year due to the pandemic. However you spend Thanksgiving, be sure to show your gratitude with those you are most grateful for having in your life!

Thanksgiving Wishes for Friends –

  • Thanksgiving is a time of reflection for all our blessings. Your friendship counts for so much. Have a joyous Thanksgiving.
  • Friend, wishing you Thanksgiving moments that are as sweet as pumpkin pie.
  • Sending good wishes to you this Thanksgiving: Good food that fills your table, good health as you work hard and good times with family and friends. May you have all the best airplanes in life. Happy Thanksgiving!
  • Wishing you hope, joy, peace, good health, favor and love on this Thanksgiving Day! Your friendship is indeed a great blessing to me.
  • My friend, Happy Thanksgiving to you! May all your hard work bring color to your life and take you to the highest peak of success.
  • November is the time to be thankful, a time to remember and to embrace those who enrich our lives. I’m thankful for a lot of things, but I’m most thankful for you!
  • Happy Thanksgiving. To my awesome friend, I send warm wishes your way and hope you and your family have a fantastic Thanksgiving Day!
  • Happy Thanksgiving. Thinking of you on this special day and hoping your Thanksgiving is as wonderful as you are.
  • Happy Thanksgiving! Out of everything I am so very thankful for this Thanksgiving season, our friendship is at the top of the list.
  • I hope your Thanksgiving table is full of your favorite food and surrounded by your favorite people.
  • May your Thanksgiving be full of peace, love and joy.
  • Don’t bother counting calories today, just your blessings. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving!
  • May your Thanksgiving Day be full of excitement… except for a couple of hours in there when you want to work on your planes.
  • This Friendsgiving, let’s enjoy the laughter of friends, mouth-watering aromas and cheer that we’ll remember for years to come.
  • Here’s a wish for a happy, joyous and fun-filled Thanksgiving to all SEFSD Club Members.

Thanksgiving Poem –

Take a turkey, stuff it fat,
Some of this and some of that.
Get some turnips, peel them well.
Cook a big squash in its shell.
Now potatoes, big and white,
Mash till they are soft and light.
Cranberries, so tart and sweet,
With the turkey we must eat.
Pickles-yes-and then, oh my!
For a dessert a pumpkin pie,
Golden brown and spicy sweet.
What a fine Thanksgiving treat!

                                        Happy Thanksgiving to all SEFSD Members!


Bomb Drop Squadron Style –

The last Fun-Fly turned out to be a very interesting event in which the game was changed to Squadron Style of flying.  We had three squadrons, “Electronic Attack”, “Fighter Squadron Composite” and “Unmanned Patrol”.  Each squadron had 4 pilots. The Electronic Attack had the following pilots, Frite, Dave, Tom and Quan.   Fighter Squadron Composite had these following pilots: Roy, Paul, Ty and Jim.  Unmanned Patrol had Richard, Eric, George and Brad.

Electronic Attack took off, all four planes in the air.  It was fun to watch the first group get in the air.  Frite was the first to drop his bomb. He was close to the circles but was on the center line.  Dave dropped his at the East of the circles.  Tom was unable to get his smaller plane off the ground with the bomb.  Quan was very far to the west end of the field; he was way out there!  Winner of the Electronic Attack was Frite.

Next squadron was Fighter Squadron Composite.  In this squadron, Roy was first and his bomb drop was right on the center line close to the circles; good for best.  Paul was next and he dropped his bomb north of the circles in the weeds.  Ty was next and he too was north of the circles and in the weeds.  Jim’s drop was about a foot away from Roy.

Last squadron was the Unmanned Patrol.  Richard was in the air and he was making a number of passes and just could not get the bomb off his plane.  Then I heard and I even said “do a kamikaze style” just jokily and then I hear it.  Richard flew his plane in the ground and was the closest one to the circles.  Next was Eric, he too was north of the circles and in the weeds.  George at least hit the runway but was too far from the circles.  Then comes Brad. H flies his plane, drops his bomb and it lands in the 50-point ring (second circle)! Actually, he was the only one to hit the circles.

The winner of this first round, from Electronic Attack, was Frite. Fighter Squadron Composite had two winners, Roy and Jim.   Unmanned Patrol winners were kamikaze pilot Richard and Brad. Those five pilots took to the skies for the deciding round. Roy came in fifth place ($10.00) and Jim came in fourth place ($20.00).  Both pilots were outside the circles.  Inside the circles was third place Brad ($30.00), second place Frite ($40.00) and first place Richard. Richard had a second plane to fly and with it he dropped his bomb closest to the center circle and became top pilot of Bomb Drop Squadron Style ($50.00).

Thank You all for participating in Bomb Drop Squadron Style.

Last minute notes.  Membership renewal is coming up starting in December. So, make sure you also have renewed your AMA membership prior to renewing your SEFSD membership. Membership for SEFSD remains at $50.00 for the year, so please renew.   Mark your calendar for January 15, 2022 for our annual banquet.  We are going to have a lot of goodies to be given away on the 15th for both our flyers and our beloved wives who support our hobby!

T28 Race Report from Weedwackers Field for November 2021

We were asked by the Weedwackers to run a demo race at their Veterans Day fly in at their field in Santee. Flying at the Weedwackers club on a nice smooth paved runway was a treat for those of us used to our Mission Bay dirt patch. We had seven veteran T28 pilots show up to represent SEFSD with batteries charged. We only had a limited time window to fly which limited up to flying 3 preliminary rounds and no finals. The hope is to get some interest going within their club which might lead to bit of fun with a cross town rivalry.
We had two flight groups in each round. Randy had a little bad luck in the first heat of the  first round–he found a pole near the far pylon which turned his T28 1 piece wing in to a  two piece wing putting him out of action—but as it turned out Quan who arrived late was able to fill the open slot in the flight order for the rest of the rounds without interruption .
The rest of the rounds had less drama with only one minor equipment failure when Otto’s motor quit running at the start of the third round. With no finals racing we decided to save the awards for the December race—so we will reconvene for the year end T28 race on December 11th at 10am. Bring charged batteries and be ready to battle for bragging rights and some electric flight goodies in the raffle!
It looks like the long awaited shipment of the 800mm FMS T28 might be close to arriving in country—The Horizon web site now allows you to actually order the planes. A fresh crop of planes would be great!
Steve Neu

Pics and Report from the Weedwacker’s Veteran’s Day Fly-In & T28 Pylon Races

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Reports from Frank Sutton:
 I can tell you we certainly had a very fun time with the one exception of Randy’s T-28 crash into one of many fences out past the runway.  It was quite challenging I think for the SEFSD Pilots to be flying in a much smaller flight zone and with so many obstacles to crash into if flown too far out or too low (as Randy unfortunately discovered on the first lap of the first T-28 Race!).  I didn’t get a shot of the crash, by the way, but I did get a shot after the crash.  Their runway was outstanding though, and the covered pit area was crowded but nice.
     Brad won a beautiful trophy for the Judges Choice Award, and Alex won an airplane from the raffle.  The T-28 Races were closely watched by all the Weedwacker Pilots, and the close racing action had the crowd cheering!  They were also cheering for Super-Otto flying through the air with its improved thrust!  WOW – I’ve never seen it fly so well before, Otto has definitely made some great improvements!  SEFSD can be very proud, our Pilots put on one heck of a good show for the Weedwackers and everyone had a fun time too!
Quote from IFLYAMA:  SEFSD Pilots attended the Weedwackers Aerosquadron’s Veterans’ Day Fly-In on 13NOV2021; what a FUN time for all! SEFSD Pilots demonstrated T-28 Pylon Races and Otto flew his “Super-Otto” for the Weedwackers Pilots and Families to enjoy – and they were enthusiastically cheering loudly! We’re hopeful that we may someday enjoy some racing competitions between our two clubs! The Weedwackers hosted an outstanding event, excellent lunch, a salute to all the Veterans, and they helped raise some $$ for the Marines’ Toys for Tots in the process! Thank you, Weedwackers Aerosquadron of Lakeside, CA!