Yearly Archives: 2023

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Chairman’s Corner for Dec ’23 – Jan ’24

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SEFSD members.  “Christmas is the season of joy, of gift-giving, and of families united.” “Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” “Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. “

This has been a great year for our club.  We did a lot this year and in all the fun we have had in our club events.  I want to Thank all of those who participated in the fourth of July raffle as well as the 50/50 which made this year very exciting.  With both events we were able to lower the cost of the tickets and get a few extra airplanes and I am proud to say, we have sold out the banquet.  I look forward to seeing all who bought tickets at the January 12, 2024, banquet.  I am looking forward to the T-28 races and looks like we are going to add in “Pop-Wings” for next year.  Jim Bonnardel will conduct the race.  Also, our Electroglide which follows the T-28 races the following weekend is going to continue with Jeff Struthers in our upcoming year.  Our monthly meetings have had a great turnout with members coming down to field this past year and engaging in the events.  I do look forward to the upcoming year and the fun will continue.  Thanks to Jim Bonnardel, we will have a calendar with all the events happening in year 2024.  We must also thank our “Hot Dog” man Mark Davis who continue to provide our lunch.  Mark is still looking for extra help with drinks on that one day of the month, would be nice is someone could help him with this!

We have a lot of airplanes this year that will be raffled off with your get ticket that you will receive once you have signed in at the front desk of the Air and Space Museum.  As a reminder all airplanes and the iX 14 Spektum radio are going to be given to our members. We also have a special set of prizes for our younger members that are being donated by Santa Claus, so look for that as well. Our wives and guest will have their own set of tickets and thanks to Steve Manganelli’s wonderful wife, she has put together a great selection of goodies!  I want to remind you all who are coming to the banquet that your ticket you paid for allows you to the enter the Air and Space Museum anytime during the day.  Just give them your name and guest name at the front window as you enter the museum, The banquet begins at 6:00 pm.  You should be able to sign in just before 6pm to get your ticket.  At around 6:30 to 7:00 pm will start the dinner process which will be the same as we have done in the past, one table at a time.  During that time, yours truly will be hosting the event.  Once we have all had our dinner being provided by Lisa Bender, we have a couple of short videos to present from last year. Here is a list of our prizes:

  • Freewing Vulcan High Performance 70mm
  • Freewing Vulcan 4S 70mm
  • Freewing Banshee 64mm
  • Freewing F-35 Lighting II V3 70mm
  • Flight Line P-51 850mm
  • Freewing F-16 Falcon 64mm
  • Freewing F-22 Raptor V2 4S 64mm
  • Skynetic Popwing Black 900mm
  • Night Radian
  • FSM T-28
  • FSM Viper V2 70mm
  • Spektrum IX 14 radio

As soon as all the prizes have been distributed out we still may have time to talk with other members for our event ends at 9:00 pm.  The bar, which I forgot to mention closes before 9:00 pm.

I do have a subject to talk about when flying down at the field.  With the increase of practicing the T-28’s and Pop-Wings starting up, we seem to be dangerously flying in the wrong direction when others are flying in the normal direction.  We need to follow some simple rules and common sense.   Our normal flight pattern is in the clockwise direction, Right to Left when the wind comes from the West.  During the Fall time we get Santa Ana, winds, coming from the East.  We then fly Left to Right and we are in the counterclockwise direction.  If it is a calm day and our windsock is straight down, our flight direction is Right to Left, clockwise direction.  And if the wind is light from the east, we still fly in our normal flight direction.  Don’t change the direction if other pilots are flying in the normal direction.  If all planes are down and you want to change direction due to the wind, CALL it out that you’re going to start flying so that others are aware and will fly in the same direction and we will prevent any possible midair’s.  I also ask that you call out your intentions.  Taking off, low flyby, touch and goes and landings.  If you’re in the middle of the pits you just might hear someone at the west end calling, take off.  However, if you’re at the east end and someone is at the west end saying take off, it is very difficult to hear.  So please, gasp extra air and yell it out in a loud voice calling out your intentions.  Does not matter is your west or east ends of the field YOU must call out your intentions.

And last, I have a few Inspiring Christmas quotes for you all:

“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”

“I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence, and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.”

“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.”



Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

See you all at the field and on January 12, 2023, at the banquet!

President’s Corner for Dec ’23 – Jan ’24


As we close out 2023 I would like to throw out a “Thank You!” to each and every member.

It is your participation, and your efforts to keep drama at a minimum that makes ours a great club!

To start my newsletter for the month I will touch base on the Banquet. I was not shy last month when I mentioned that it would be best to buy your tickets early, so I am still surprised to hear people realizing just last weekend that the tickets have sold out.  There may still be one or two available the closer we get to banquet day as a few people may be under the weather or on unexpected travel when the party day arrives. I have asked Jim Bonnardel to be the front man for unused tickets, so please contact him if you may have an extra one or two, or are in need of a ticket. No Guarantees, but a chance is a chance.

For those that purchased early, Thanks for getting it done! All 100 available tickets were purchased by 04 December, which was a record timeline for ticket sales. The list containing Member and Guest names of attendees will be forwarded to the Air & Space Museum before the event so they will be able to verify you are actually part of the event, and your participation includes full access to the museum for the day. We will seat for dinner with appetizers and an open Bar at 6:00 PM, and after a few introductions will start our catered prime rib dinner. There will be a neat video by Jovi, and a scrolling photo presentation by Frank to accompany dinner. Afterwards, will be one of the best SEFSD raffles I have seen in quite a while. There will be specific prizes for the actual members, and special prizes for their guests. After the raffle and awards presentation, we will clean up and plan our exit around 9:00 PM.

I want to thank the players of the 50/50 raffles I held at the field on event days during 2023. There were numerous cash winners, and the club proceeds were sufficient to remove thirty dollars from the admission price for every ticket sold. A pure WIN/WIN in my book. A few people not only played the 50/50 but also directly supported the 50/50 endpoint with standalone cash or raffle prize donations, and I would like to share their names – and ask you to thank them when you have the chance:

Jon Vance

Laura LaBerge

Andy LaBerge

Phil Barlow.

 Also, as we end 2023, Membership renewals for Calendar year were available beginning December 1st. Quite a few have renewed already, but not as many as I have seen in previous years. There is nothing to gain by waiting. ALL 2023 memberships will expire at sundown on December 31st. You DO risk being asked to not fly and go home if you show up to the field with a smile – and no membership for 2024… About half of the club also needed to renew their AMA membership this month, Have you?

For those that have renewed, there will be several badge days at the field this year for you to pick up your 2024 badge ( If you have renewed).

Plan on badges being available for pick-up between 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM on the days listed below.

The first day will be 30 December, when I also plan to have several Pizzas on site for members who pick up first. Pizzas should arrive around 10:30ish. Follow on badge days will be 31 December and 01 Jan, and 06, 07, 13, and 14 Jan.  Badges may also be available at the sign in table the evening of the banquet.  As a quick note, Badges are not instantaneous. Peter does a great job. But if you renew your membership at 1:00 AM on the 30th, I hope I don’t see you at 9:00 AM demanding your badge (It Happens…) Any badges not picked up by 14 Jan will be mailed to members on or about 15 Jan. Badges will be mailed to the address you put on your membership application. If you are here for the winter, your badge may be waiting for you in your home mail box when you return there. Hopefully you either pick them up, or put a note in the comments section of the application on where to send your badge..

  A couple of people have been absent at the field this month, and I miss them. Their absence was caused by propeller injuries. I was asked not to scare people before Christmas by posting the grisly pictures, but I will say Thanks to Brent and Jon for prompting me to remind people of the dangers of spinning propellers. Fail safes and Throttle cuts do fail from time to time – don’t count on them100%.  Always be mindful of the sharp end of your airplanes. Always be watchful of what is happening in the pit areas and on the tables when you are walking the back side of the flight line. NEVER taxi any airplane in the pit area. AND, if you must work on a plane with the Motor/ESC energized, PLEASE take a few moments and remove that propeller. Electronics and people fail – and an instant can cause a lot of tissue damage and pain. A quick review of your first aid kits would also be a good idea as we start the year. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend even a basic kit as part of what you bring daily to the field. I would also like a few of you to re-think flying alone at our club. Not only can you be target by vagrants, but you could be in a position that requires help. Both of the gentlemen hurt recently needed assistance from others.

Finally, I would like to talk about how we fly, and the need to get along at the field. 18 years ago we were having issues with improving technology allowing Helicopters the ability to fly 3D and stay in the air longer than 2 or 3 minutes at a time. They were flying 3D directly over the runway for extended periods and making it difficult for plane pilots to safely land. After several accidents, We pushed them to the rotor-plex area. Most complied 12 years ago, MultiRotor aircraft became the Hazard while hovering over the field and in the flight pattern. After several accidents, We pushed them to the rotor-plex or to the outer field area. Most complied.

Recently, light profile aircraft have come into their own as extremely light, rigid planes combined with powerful small motors and batteries are able to achieve nearly a 4 to 1 power to weight ratio. One problem is that they are fairly small and to really wring them out, you need them close in to see their quick responses. Several normal plane pilots have voiced concerns of midair crashes as they fly the normal pattern and attempt to land. I have had a chance to speak with 3 or 4 of the profile pilots and DO NOT want to push them to the rotor-plex area. They are flying fixed wing planes and we need to get along. They have agreed to fly near the north edge of the runway when others are in the air, and to listen when others announce taking off and landing so they can clear the area. HOWEVER – they ask that you CALL OUT LOUDLY your intentions to do low, high speed passes, and LOUDLY announce when you are landing.  We can work together – but communication is the key. If you hear someone whispering their intention to land and the 3d planes are not moving – repeat their intention in a loud voice for them.

Remember, if you feel uncomfortable with the way someone flying at the same time as yourself – YOU can land and save it for a few minutes.

Or, if you see someone flying like DAVID, YOU can make the choice to save your plane and watch his/their madness.

There are certain people that I NEVER risk a valuable airplane to share the sky with.

If you see someone flying in an unsafe or uncourteous manner, YOU as a member of this club, have the power to approach them and explain how to do it right. Quite often they just don’t know and will appreciate your interaction.

Finally, as a person that likes to throw my planes around as much as anybody – If you are flying outside of the pattern and doing advanced maneuvers – it is YOUR responsibility to have situational awareness as to what the other planes are doing. DO NOT do a vertical up-line directly in front of a ducted fan, DO NOT do a low, high speed pass as someone is on final to land.  Common sense and communication has always been keys to success in our club – let’s not lose sight of that.

The field will be open flying with no organized events until Saturday, 13 Jan which will see the return of the Monthly T-28 Racing Series, and also the reintroduction of Popwing racing.

 I hope everyone receives what their hearts desire for Christmas, and also for 2024.

Love you guys!

Be safe.


SEFSD Blanket Donation

by Quan Nguyen
Each year, SEFSD donates 40 blankets to St. Paul’s PACE, a Medicaid program serving lower-income seniors. Many of these seniors live alone, have no family nearby, and these blankets are sometimes the ONLY gift they get the entire holiday season. On December 5th, Quan delivered two bundles of blankets to the non-profit for distribution to the seniors.

The Gallaudet Seaplane Project, Pt. 4

by Allan Flowers


The cockpit shroud was formed from aluminum sheet over a wooden form, annealed and bullied into shape with a dowel. It’s not perfect (first attempt was a failure) but the cockpit combing will hide the worst of it .

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BOD Minutes for Dec 2023

Public Memorandum to Club Members

Subject: Board of Directors Meeting, December 6, 2023

The board of directors convened 12/6/2023, the meeting was called to order at 6:38pm and adjourned at 8:00pm. The following board members were present: Jovi Murek (Chairman), Brad Bender (President), Quan Nguyen (Vice President), Brian Glensky (Secretary), Steve Manganelli (Treasurer), Steven Belknap (Editor), Steve Neu (Safety Officer), Larry Kosta (Member), Phil Barlow (Member)

The following business and items of interest were discussed during the board meeting:

Old Business:

1) All information has been provided for the 2024 membership badges; the membership coordinator expects to review a few samples before placing the final order. They will be available for pick up at the airfield December 30, 31 and January 6, 7.

2) A ‘Freeze Fly’ event will take place January 1, 2024; badges will also be available for pick up.

3) Reminder a new gate and Porta-Potty combo will be in effect on January 14, 2024.

4) Charitable donations (blankets) that were received to the club have been successfully discharged to the St Paul’s PACE organization. Thank you, Quan, for making the arrangements.

New Business:

1) As we have been renewing membership for 2024, it has been noted that several members’ AMA memberships expire at the end of 2023. As a reminder, an active AMA membership is required to fly at our club; please review your AMA membership for required renewal to prevent lapse in coverage.

2) Treasurer confirmed funds to purchase 36 competition medals for 2024.


1) Please be sure to follow the established take-off direction and flying pattern, avoid cross pattern take-offs, and have a look around before take-off to understand the environment. Be courteous and respectful to your fellow flyers already in the air. 

2) If you are a member hosting children or other adult trainees, please ensure you are providing the correct level of supervision/assistance necessary to that person’s skill level.

3) A couple of members were injured in the last month from propellor strikes. When performing troubleshooting take the time to remove the aircraft’s propeller, and always remain aware of prop arcs when connecting batteries.

Treasurers Report for December 2023

By Steve Manganelli

Greetings and Happy Holidays from the SEFSD Treasurer’s desk. Our planned expenditures and income for our Fiscal Year (FY), completed 30 November, was perfectly in-line with expectations and plans to execute 100% of FY revenue without dipping into reserves. A new budget based on FY2023 actuals with appropriate adjustments for inflation was approved by the BOD in November, resulting in no increase in dues necessary for 2024. The BOD felt that not increasing the 2nd household member dues last year was simply an oversight corrected this year. We have President Brad Bender and Chairman of the Board Jovi Murek respectively, to thank for 50/50 raffle revenue and 4th of July transmitter raffle revenue. This allowed both largesse in Banquet raffle prizes and a significant reduction in Banquet Ticket prices in spite of higher food costs and more high-end food selections.

Each month, the BOD sees a Cash Flow ledger showing actual income and itemized expenditures for the past month plus our net worth. As our Website is fully public, specifying actual dollar amounts historically invited fraud/phishing and other scam attempts, so we avowed to no longer do that. However, if any member wants to know specifics of our financial situation they make arrangements to meet me on the field and I’ll be happy to show them details of our financial plans.

T28 Racing Report for December 2023

Click the pic for all the racing pics

We held the final T28 race of the year on December 9th. We had a strong turnout with 12 pilots battling it out . Several of the races were very tight with less than 5 feet between first and second places at the finish line.  After the battles of the preliminary round matchups and results for the finals were  as follows:


1) Jeff
2) Larry


1) SteveM
2) Corry
3) Carl
4) Fritz


1) Max
2) SteveN
3) Glen
4) Brad

Next year we will be continuing with the same successful rules and format. For those new to our T28 racing please read about the rules here:

All planes should display their 2 digit number as per the rules—if you need a number please contact me at and we will get one assigned to you.

Also if you have any questions about setting up or trimming your T28 feel free to see me at the field( most Sundays) or by email at the above address. There is no secret tuning or tweaks to the T28 planes, motors/props or controllers that make much difference in speed—all planes are very close. The differences have to do with trimming and practice. Settings for sport flying usually result in a plane that is difficult to fly smoothly 10 feet off the ground—spend some time on setup!

For those looking to acquire a T28 there will be 4 given away at the annual party in January!

The January T28 races will be followed by the return of Pop Wing racing. Be sure to bring lots of charged batteries!

Repeat after me “ go fast and turn left” !

Steve Neu

Editor’s Note:

Happy Hollidays to everyone.  I apologize for the lateness of the newsletter this month.  My computer went belly up a week before Christmas.  I got a new one and I now have it just enough housebroken for it to be useful.  See you all soon.  – Ed.

Chairman’s Corner for Nov – Dec 2023

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!



Banquet for January 12, 2024

We are quickly approaching our Banquet, it’s just right around the corner, right after Christmas which is only a few weeks away, hope you all got your letters to Santa……. Starting December 1st, you can renew your membership for 2024 and once you have done that you can get your banquet tickets.  We did in fact lower the cost for the tickets compared to last year’s price. Tickets this year are $40.00 per person.  Here is what you’re going to get for $40.00.  First of all, we are limiting guests to 3 per member to allow members to get their chance to join the engagement instead of potentially being shut out.  If you are thinking of bringing more guests you will have to get approval from Brad and Quan.  No exceptions!  As a reminder, there are only 100 tickets available, and I encourage you to get them soon and not wait till the end of the month, for they will be all gone.  We won’t have any extra tickets, 100 is all we’ll have.

Each ticket will get you into the Air and Space Museum any time during the day and allow you to walk around the museum.  Starting at 6:00 pm is when the doors will open for the banquet and the banquet will last till 9:00pm.   Brad Bender will have the menu which is being provided by his wife Lisa Bender.  This year we have upped the menu and it is going to be a good one!  The main course will be prime rib and chicken picatta.  I hear Brad has tried both and he had a smile on his face, so get ready for a great meal. As always, we will be having a raffle for our guests and club members. Prizes for the members will be announced in the December Peak Charger Newsletter. Also we will have a surprise for the younger members this year.

As my last note, we all know to appreciate each and everyone who flies down at the field, treat all with respect!

Happy Thanksgiving


Chairman of the Board of Directors

President’s Corner for Nov – Dec 2023

Hey team!

I hope everybody had a really great Thanksgiving with family and friends. As a group I believe we all have a lot to be thankful for.

I will kick off this month’s letter with a quick discussion on safety. We had a member take some severe cuts from an energized airplane this month. Luckily, he has no permanent damage, even though he still is in pain and will show some scars. It’s always important to remember that any propeller in a powered on airplane can jump and possibly bite you. if you are working on your plane at the field or at home, or working on the plane’s ESC or receiver programming, it is always the safest to remove the propeller before getting into the project. 30 seconds to remove the spinner, and the prop would have been better than weeks of pain. Another member almost gave himself a vasectomy 2 weeks ago as he was carrying his plane to the flight line and bumped the throttle. Throttle cut is an important tool, but will not save you if you don’t use it. Also, you should ensure your model is set up for throttle off while in failsafe mode. One thing to think about if you’re generally flying by yourself is what type of plan you have in case of emergency. I personally don’t like to fly by myself, but if I do, I ensure people know exactly where I’m at and that I stay in contact regularly so that if something happens I’m not experiencing a medical emergency without a chance.

On to Something fun!

Our end of year banquet will be held at the Air & Space Museum in Balboa Park on January 12. Banquet tickets, along with membership renewals, will be available to purchase on December 1, look for the club email with the links to purchase your tickets. This year’s banquet will be bigger, better and stronger than before! For dinner, we will have main dish choices between Prime Rib, and Chicken  Piccata.  There will be appetizers, several sides, and a dessert will be served.

Just like last year, there will be an open bar for patrons over the age of 21. If you arrive early, your names will be at the ticket booth allowing you and your paid guest to tour the museum before dinner.

After dinner we will have a raffle with some great prizes for members and guests. There will be hobby related prizes for the members, and some fun – but not airplane specific prizes for the guests. As mentioned, we are limiting the number of guests to 3 per member to ensure other members have seats available.

Even though the cost of the venue has risen, the cost of the food has risen, and we have spent more on raffle prizes than EVER in the club’s history, we have been able to reduce the cost of banquet tickets to $40.00 each thanks to those that participated in the 50/50 raffles that were held on event days at the field this year. Many members walked away with cash in their pockets, and had fun while helping offset the banquet costs. Thanks again! 

The Board of directors has been set for 2024.

Current members leaving the BOD at the end of December will be: Eric Shapiro, Carl Cox, and Nick Anton. Please thank them for their service when you see them. It is important to bring new blood in periodically to get fresh ideas.

For the 2024 BOD we will have:

Chairman: Jovi Murek

President: Brad Bender

Vice President: Quan Nguyen

Treasurer: Steve Manganelli

Safety Officer: Steve Neu

Secretary: Brian Glensky

Editor: Steve Belknap

Member at Large: Larry Kosta

Member at Large: Jim Bonnardel

Member at Large: Phil Barlow

Please thank them for the service they provide to keep your club a great place!

Along with coming back to the BOD, Jim Bonnardel has again agreed to be the FUN BOSS for next yeat to ensure our monthly fun fly games are enjoyable and something we can all participate in!

ALL 2023 memberships will expire on December 31st, no exceptions. Each year we have a few members swear that they paid for a 2 or 3 year membership – but we only process one year at a time. As I looked at member statuses recently, I saw that over 100 AMA memberships are set to expire next month. Did you forget? Remember that you cannot renew at SEFSD if your membership is about  to expire. Steve Neu has picked a new design for next years membership badge and is working with Peter, our membership coordinator, to ensure it’s just right.

There will not be a club meeting and fun fly for the remainder of the year to allow maximum family time (or flying time) to members.

I hope everyone has a great month, and remembers to purchase their banquet tickets early. 100 seats is the number available. There will not be extra tickets because you forgot…


Let’s Give Thanks

I was going through old pics and came across this one of long time SEFSD member Carl, taken in 2011.  It reminded me that we should give thanks, not just for what we have, but for our Veteran’s who have sacrificed so much so that we have a life we can be thankful for. 

Thank you for your service Carl.

The Gallaudet Seaplane Project, Pt. 3

by Allan Flowers


Because of the unique power system, the rear fuselage must be supported on the central tube that the propeller hub rides on. A fiberglass tube is glued into the wooden structure to engage with the aluminum tube.

A narrow hatch gives access to the rudder and elevator servos and the linkages to two jackshafts that drive pull-pull cables to the control surfaces. It also provides a place for a bolt that prevents the rear fuselage from rotating on the tube.

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T28 Racing Report for November 2023

We had a good turnout with 10 pilots signing up to guide their FMS T28s around our race course. We had near perfect sunny and warm weather with calm winds making for some very close flying. We flew our usual 3 qualifying 5 lap races followed by the 10 lap finals. The results of the finals were as follows:
1) Artie
2) Larry
3) George
1) SteveM
2) Carl
3) Fritz
1) SteveN
2) Glen
3) Brad
I notice that many T28 pilots follow the FMS instructions in regards to control throws—which is way too much when you are trying to fly less than 10 feet above the flowers/weeds. Think about the amount of roll and pitch control that you really need to fly a smooth course. The plane moves from wings level on the straights to knife edge —this is a gradual change taking no more than 0.25 inches  of aileron travel—elevator takes even less to get the job done. In my setup I pull full aft stick when rounding the pylon—makes it easier to keep the plane on the right flight path without over controlling. You might want to set the racing travel rates to your flight modes or dual rates to get you enough travel for fun flying and landings. Expo is also useful to tame things down. One last suggestion is  to check and adjust the CG—I have found with the standard 1000mAh battery in the nose it takes some weight on the tail to get the pitch response I want. I usually add a quarter to the bottom of the horizontal stab.
Anyone who wants some help with trimming their T28s just ask and I will be happy to help—I am at the field most Sundays from 11:30am to 2:30pm. If there is enough interest we can arrange a “tips and tricks” clinic.
For those that want to use the APC 7x6E props let me know and I will give you an CNC machined adapter and washer—I usually have them with me so just ask. They are free.
Some pilots are flying without numbers—if you don’t have a race number email me with your  3 favorite numbers between 1 and 99—most of the low(<20) numbers have been taken already. Numbers need to be displayed on the planes to assist in ID at the turns.
Our last race of the year will be on December 9th at 10am. 
Steve Neu

Alex Has Solo’d the 172

“Great news here!  Alex has solo’d a Cessna 172 this afternoon!  He made three takeoffs and three landings solo!  Of course, we’re very happy for Alex, he’s making his aviation dreams come true and SEFSD has played a large part in making it happen!” – Dad

Chairman’s Corner for Oct – Nov 2023

Greetings Members, yes, I am back though I have not really left the past two months, I just had a lot on my plate, including a much-needed vacation last month.  Yes, my wife and I had a great time on the Hawaiian Islands.  Best part was seeing our granddaughter after 12 years, that is another story, perhaps another time.   During my absence, before writing my part of this article, I was able to give a tour at Collins in which a good number of folks came down.  In the tour I was able to show, an Engine Pod for a L1011, Thrust Reverser for a couple of different Nacelles and 787 inlet.  Everyone enjoyed the products that we make for the Aerospace industry.  For those of you who missed out, not to worry, for I will organize another tour come next year, sometime in the first quarter.

It has been noticed that someone decided to use our field for a dump site.  Funny part of this, it very well could have been a member who had access to the field when the gate was closed and locked.  I don’t believe it happened when the field was open because we would have notice it, plus people like to do it when no one is around!  May I remind everyone that our site is NOT a dump site and is now more of a fire danger with the dried brush left behind.   I ask you not to use SEFSD flying site as a dump site.  Take your brush or trash to the Miramar Landfill.  It would be cool if that person came back and picked it up.

I do want to bring up a subject that happened at the field on September 23, 2023. This happened to be the clubs fun fly and meeting day.  Our event was Civil Scale in which the participants had to do a scale take off, coordinated turn, level flight, low fly by, (which I added into the event) and of course a scale landing, each task was worth 5 points with a total of 25 points. I will list the results at the end of my article.  But back to my subject.  One of our members was flying his airplane and had a little problem with controls.  He had high rates on and over controlled his plane, it went down.  As the member was walking over to his aircraft, I notice smoke and yelled out “Fire”.   I was very impressed with our members who were out at the field that day.  Quite of few of them and I apology for not naming everyone who ran out to the crash site with fire extinguisher in hand.  I was able to give my fire extinguisher to Ty, while I called the Fire Department.  As I was calling the fire department, our members were able to get control of the fire and contain it before the Fire Department got to the site.  I am so proud of our members that went out to contain the fire and keep it from growing larger.  Once again, I thank you ALL who step up to put it out!  Job well done!

On the same note, Costco has a good deal on Fire Extinguishers, I highly recommend you go and spend the $29.99 on getting one these fire extinguishers.  They are refillable in which I am going to get mine refilled and purchase a second Fire Extinguisher.  Highly recommend you get yours too!  Just a reminder for using a fire extinguisher.  A simple acronym to remember when putting out a fire: PASSPull the pin, Aim the extinguisher at the base of the fire, Squeeze the trigger, and Sweep across the flames at the base.

It is that time of the year where we need new members to step up and be a part of the Board of Directors.  Every position is up for grabs, and I ask our members to be part of this great organization.  It’s your club and it’s time for you all to take part and give your ideas on how to make this more exciting club with your thoughts and energy and to bring in more members to our site.   If any of you are interested in becoming BOD members, talk to me, Brad, or Quan.  I know I have talked to couple of you, and I am looking forward to hopefully seeing you as part of the BOD.  Carl Cox, a member at large, who will be stepping down for next year and I want to thank Carl for all his contributions to the club this past year, Thank YOU Carl!

On another note, Mark Davis has been doing a great job with being our Hot Dog man, but he could use some help with this every month.  It would be nice if one of our members would gather up the drinks for our monthly meetings.  This would relieve Mark of this task and it would not be much of a task for the new member to take on.  Please if you are interested in helping Mark, go up to him or me and let us know that you are willing to help.  It’s a task that is done only 10 times during the year (November and December are the only two months we don’t have meetings).  Thank you for considering in helping Mark out!

We are also getting closer to the end of the year which means it time to renew your membership and get your Banquet tickets for January 12, 2024.  It once again will be held at the Aero & Space Museum and Brad’s wife; Lisa will be catering for us this year again and we are going to up the menu to this year’s engagement.  I know that you all enjoyed the time we have had the past couple of years.  Yes, we will have gifts for our better half’s, our wives and everyone gets a ticket for a chance to win a prize.  Like we have mentioned before, the top prizes will be going to our members.  I’ll have more on that come the next newsletter.

DC-3 news:

I have not forgotten to finish up my DC-3.  I’m still at the point I need to build up the nacelles and I should be able to start it up again here shortly!

Here are the results from last month fun fly, Civil Scale:

1st.  Jovi w/24 points

2nd, Ty w/ 23 points

3rd, George Sulivan w/ 20 points

4th, Fritz w/ 18 points.  There were two other pilots with 18 points (Bob Anson and Larry Kosta), tie breaker was the order in which they signed up, giving Fritz the 4th place winner.


Thank You all and Happy flying,

See you all at the field,


Chairman of the BOD.