Daily Archives: June 23, 2022

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Chairman’s Corner for June – July 2022

Summertime is here so let enjoy the warm weather, Flying……and our upcoming event for the 4th of July.   Just to remind you all, that we will not have our club meeting this Saturday.  We are moving it to the July 2nd and combine our 4th of July with our Club meeting.   Our event will remain the same, Spill the Beans and I do believe Jim B will be our contest director for this event.  This is still a cash prize give away.   We are also going to have a Catering Truck (Smoken Joe’s) come out and cook up some Tri-tip sandwiches for us.  The club will provide water and sodas.

I wanted to mention that I forgot to say thanks to Jon for cooking up the hot dogs at last month meeting.  Thanks, Jon, for your help, Hot Dogs came out great!  I hope the club likes our new logo, I think it’s pretty cool and it was time to change.  Thanks to Larry K., he has been coordinating and I understand the web site is now open on where we can buy, shirts, hats, Polo shirts and many other items to choose from. Look for the website further in the Newsletter.

Thanks, Alan, for staying on top of KOZ for getting a reimbursement for our missing chairs and Thank You Jim for getting it resolved

I must apologize for this month I did not have a chance to build on my DC-3 this past month.  I was lucky and got a job with Collins Aerospace in Configuration Management.   This has been fun so far, get build to parts for airplanes, like thrust reversers, engine cowlings, etc.… I am hoping to get some work in the next month in which I hope to share with you all.    But here is something you might like is:

Electric Aircraft Flies Eight Legs Across Six States

Beta Technologies’ Alia test demonstrator completes a milestone mission from New York to Arkansas.

In a remarkable milestone for an electric aircraft, Beta Technologies has flown its Alia test demonstrator on an eight-leg cross-country mission across six states totaling 1,219 nm on June 3, 2022.

“It’s not something that I know has been done previously, and it will be the first time that our aircraft has done it,” said Beta flight test engineer Emma Davis in a company video. “So it’s a huge step forward showing that it is a viable future to have an electric aircraft that can travel long ranges, not just short hops.”

A single pilot flew each leg of the mission, Beta said, rotating between two flight-test pilots—Lochie Ferrier and Camron (Arlo) Guthrie. “We’ve done a lot of rehearsal, a lot of preparation, a lot of flying, a lot of simulating, and so we were really confident that we’re ready to go,” Guthrie said in Beta’s video.

The weeklong mission departed from Plattsburgh, New York’s Plattsburgh International Airport (KPBG) on May 23, making eight stops to recharge the aircraft’s batteries before landing in Arkansas, at Bentonville Municipal Airport (KVBT) last Monday. Total time in the air: 11 hours, 44 minutes.

“In three years, we’ve come from testing inverters in the corner of a hangar to actually flying across the country,” said test flight team member Manon Belzile in the video. “It’s like a dream come true.”

As a last note: 4th which is a Monday, we’re going to hold it on Saturday the 2nd.  This way we won’t have to deal with traffic and people parking in our lot, which if we did, the gate would be locked and our field would not be open to the public.  Now our members are more than welcome to come to the field on Monday July 4th to watch the fireworks, just remember to lock the gate as you come in.  The field is only going to open for Club members and families only.  If you do plan on having a cookout, just remember that charcoal BBQ are not permitted at the field as well as NO Alcohol or drugs which the city and the club does not permit. You’re welcome to bring a small propane grill, kind of like the one we use for our monthly meeting when cooking Hot Dogs!  And please be safe if you plan on coming to watch the fireworks.


President’s Corner for June – July 2022

Aloha members! Just returned from a trip to Hawaii, missed one BOD meeting, one T-28 Race and a UCSD student competition. Amazing how out of touch one can become in missing just a little over a week! I could have, but chose not to bring a model there. I managed to make contact with (2) different Big Island Hawaii groups whom otherwise would have been happy to fly with me except that some are “part-timers” whom wouldn’t be in Hawaii while I was and another whom only fly weekends, the nerve! I did get a look at their fixed wing field; ground up lava rock, made our dirt look velvety smooth! Also drove by a large mound in the middle of a coastal lava field they call “Cinder Cones” which would have been slope flyable with wind from any direction. I decided just the drive in looked a bit sketchy and since I didn’t even have an airplane…well, maybe next time.

Next, I believe we have the mechanism to begin procuring fashion items with our new logo! At the time I saw the Website, there were pictures of many types of garments with our logo and admonition to call for prices. So who’s done it? I eagerly await my chance to get a new sun-shield hat with the logo. Want to publicly recognize Felix, Larry’s professional graphics designer for our new logo. By now, we should also have the funds to replace the chairs that disappeared during the May Triathlon thanks to Jim Bonnardel for hitting up the triathlon organizers.

The next event I missed was the UCSD’s Intramural Design/Fly Cargo/Speed Contest which scheduled for June 10th. Just prior to my trip, I made contact with a UCSD student scouting the flying field.  I was informed that the students were forbidden from test flying their models before the contest! Also, that few if any students had any R/C modeling experience and were relying on their academic curriculum as their design guidance.  Based on my experience with Aerospace Engineering students in the Design/Build/Fly competition, in no way, shape or form does an undergraduate engineering curriculum provide adequate background to design and build an R/C model aircraft from scratch. I hope the Professor’s goals were met by the event and hopefully not too hard of lessons were learned. I believe Dennis LaBerge was to be our proctor for the event; perhaps he has a story to tell? At least the field was intact and presume the trash cans were emptied between then and last Sunday when I last flew.

I believe next year’s Holiday banquet is still up in the air but our upcoming Independence Day celebration isn’t : Saturday, July 2nd starting at 10:00 A.M., we’ll have our usual monthly funfly a week later than usual, a brief talk by your’s truly and then a Tri-Tip Slider BBQ by a professional caterer arranged by Larry Kosta.  The BOD decided that food was more important than raffle prizes so there you go. Hot dogs are good, tri tip is better! This “month’s” week delayed fun flying event will be “Don’t Spill the Beans”  to be administrated by a BOD member that doesn’t know what he’s doing. This should make it all the more fun! Seriously, It’s all about a smooth takeoff, a smooth landing and a positive G’s loop, how hard could that be? Right…. Strap a condiment cup (size TBD) to your aircraft, pour in 20 dry beans (type and size of beans TBD) and go fly. When you land, get a dollar bill for each bean remaining! My strategy is to signup early to ensure there is some money left for my planned perfect flight (yeah, right). I’m told the “good guys” will save most of their beans and there may not be any $ left for those at the end of the rotation. We’re budgeting an extra $50 for the event ($200 vs $150) so there will be more chances to profit, but if you plan to fly lousy, sign up at the end of the rotation!

The last fun contest, the bomb drop was the most fun I’ve had flying in awhile. Though I did terrible, not being able to get a streamer equipped nut even on the field much less near the bulls-eye, watching and “coaching” the other pilots to their perfect drops (yeah, right) and listening to the “helpful coaching” provided by the peanut gallery had me mostly in stiches the entire time. And that’s what it’s all about right? A day in the sun with people you want to hang out with, some good chow and a silly distraction of a R/C model contest.  We’ll see you next month.

Steve Manganelli

Don’t Spill the Beans

This month’s club event is:

Don’t Spill The Beans

Any Airplane Can Participate.

Beans, and holder device provided.

Take off,  climb 100ft,  perform loop or roll and land.

$150 in Cash awarded to top winners! 

Saturday, July 2nd 10:00am

Club meeting, and Lunch to follow.

Long Distance Batteries:

Twin engine aircraft are generally capable of longer range flights than singles. As it is in the real world, so it is for radio control aircraft! Jovi is in the process of building a spectacular DC-3, or C-47, depending on his choice of the final exterior. It brought to mind some adventures I had with one of mine, a Hobby King DC-3 that is sadly no longer active. It threw a prop at about 25′ AGL. Before that unfortunate incident however, it showed it’s long legs:

Here it is leaving New York on a round the world flight.

Heading South first, it recharged its batteries in Rio De Janeiro, Brasilia.

It then turned West, climbed the Andes and eventually arrived at Sydney, Australia.

Continuing West, it stopped in Cairo to top off the battery pack, flying by the pyramids for a look.

The longest leg was across the Pacific, reaching America and finally flying over the Grand Canyon.

I do have to be honest, there were a few more recharging stops.
Bob Stinson

Our New SEFSD Logo

Please meet Felix Dang. Felix is the one who designed our new club badge.
After almost 7 revisions, the board members finally agreed to the version we have today.
Felix has worked for Advance Reprographics for over 3 years now and is our lead designer here.
Thanks Felix, great job!!!
Larry Kosta

OCMA Scale Squadron “Warbirds and Classics”

By Mark Davis
    On the weekend of  June 4th I went up to the Orange County OCMA annual “Warbirds and Classics” event.  From SEFSD field, it’s one of the closest events of this type.  I’m not sure how many pilots were there, but I would guess about 60-some.   They have a nice 60ft x 600ft paved runway, with a large unobstructed flying area.   The event is for scale airplanes, and there were a lot of very large ones there.

    I took my OV-10, and found there was another guy with the same ARF.  The ARF comes as an OV-10D, but he had 1000 hours in the OV-10A in Viet Nam, and so he had kitbashed his into an A version, and made it an exact replica of his plane.   He had a lot of interesting tips and information about the full-scale plane.

   Tony Quist and several other Horizon Hobbies staff pilots were there, flying several of the other Hangar 9 models also.

   I only met a small fraction of the attendees, and missed the evening dinner.  But it was a fun time.  I would highly recommend it.   They do it at the beginning of June every year.   Below are some random photos from the event.

Launch of a Falcon 9 Rocket.

WOW! We just watched a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch at Cape Canaveral! This was the 13th flight for the 1st Stage Rocket which landed successfully in the Atlantic minutes after separation from the 2nd Stage! It was traveling over 27,000 MPH as we lost sight of it above! It’s mission: deliver additional Starlink Satellites! Thank you, Elon!

Electroglide Report for June 2022

 For the Electroglide this last Saturday, we had a South wind at 8 mph, and a temperature around 64 degrees. From these conditions you would expect short flight times and few extra points earned by landing in the target circles.

 The pilots did much better than that with flight times up to 6:20 minutes and scoring several 30-point spot landings.

 After a brief ceremony of handing out 1st, 2nd

and 3rd place medals for last month’s winners,

the contest began.

 First launch had Scott Vance flying the longest flight with a Radian, at 4:25 minutes with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson, flying a Conscendo, had a flight of 4:00 minutes with a 10-point landing. Stephen Trager, flying a radian, came in third at 2:30 with a 20-point landing. Neil Zhu also picked up a 20-point landing.

 Second launch had Neil, with the longest flight, at 6:23 with a Conscendo in the Open Class. He also picked up a 10-point landing. Scott came in second at 6:10 with another 30-point landing. Daric Knight, also flying in the open class, came in third at 5:30 with a 30-point landing. Bob Stinson also picked up a 30-point landing.

 For the third launch, the south wind picked up and disrupted the lift, so the flight times dropped. Scott had the long flight at 3:41 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson, flying a Conscendo came in second at 2:30 and Stephen came in third at 2:20 with a 30-point landing. Neil and I both picked up 20-point landings.  Bob Stinson and Daric picked up 10-point landings.

 Fourth and final launch had Scott again with the long flight at 4:05 with a 10-point landing. Bob Anson came in second at 3:40 and Daric was third at 3:00 with a 20-point landing.

 Winners for the day:

Open class:

Neil Zhu, 167 points.

Bob Stinson, 148 points.

Daric Knight, 145 points.


Radian class:

Scott Vance, 192 points.

Stephen Treger, 79 points.

Jeff Struthers, 76 points.


 With the strong south breeze, there were several “off field” landings but as you can see from this report, also many extra point landings in the target circles.  

 Congrats to all the pilots for making do with the weather conditions, flying for good aloft times and getting extra landing points. This is what makes the Electroglide so fun.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for July 16th.

See you there,

Jeff Struthers

T28 Race Results for June 2022

June T28 Race Report
The June edition of SEFSDs T28 racing series went off on Saturday the 11th with a good turnout. We had aa total of 10 pilots in spite of several regulars not being in attendance. We had an out-of-town visitor from Kansas(Daniel) flying in his first T28 race with a “rental” plane provided by Steve Neu. 
The preliminary rounds had some drama with one plane hitting the ground due to some confusion just before the start of the race with the needing some TLC as a result. The results of the preliminary rounds set the groupings for the finals. 
The Bronze class results:
#1 Fritz
#2 Carl
#3 Quan
Daniel jumped the start for the Bronze race and he elected to do a quick 360—as it turned out a little too quick resulting in an unplanned landing—so he did not finish the race. I think he will be back for revenge.
The Silver class results:
#1 Bruce
#2 Mark
The Gold class results:
#1 Otto
#2 Brad
#3 Steve
The Gold class had some serious drama just as the three planes crossed the starting line when my plane tangled with Brad’s plane—the net result was my plane listing 3 propeller blades and Brad’s plane sporting some bite marks on the stabilizers along with a souvenir propeller blade embedded in the stabilizer. Brad continued to race his wounded plane and finished the race although the resulting drag slowed the plane making easy for Otto to get the win.As a consolation I managed to land back on the runway with no marks on my plane as a result of the tangle.
I will remind T28 racers to review the suggested setup tips for racing a FMS 800mm T28. Pay close attention to control travel suggestions—many problems that people tend to have are related to too much control travel. Follow this link:https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/
Steve Neu