Daily Archives: March 23, 2023

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Chairman’s Corner for Mar – Apr 2023

Spring is in the air and so is this rain we’ve been having as of late. I have to say I am done with this rain. I really understand that we need the rain, but let’s get real here, why so much?? The field is still in good condition thanks to Dennis, patting down the footprints and  implemented the Red Lock on the gate. I want to thank the members for not flying and allowing the field to dry out. We are expected to get more rain next week and not sure when this “Pineapple express” will stop. Good news, reservoirs are getting filled up in California. Without a doubt, we needed it. The club will send out notices when the field will be closed and when it reopens. I have received a few emails asking me about the field condition, but I ask you all to use a little common sense. If you see that it’s raining, raining hard, the field will be closed. Light rains in the morning, field should be open. Be careful, that if you get your plane stuck in the mud on the north side of the field, DON’T walk THRU the field, walk around. It’s for the good. And in the meantime, we will evaluate the field, send out a notice when appropriate, letting our members know when the field is open or closed. Thank you all for your patience with this issue.

We going to try to have our monthly engagement this month along with our fun fly, if the weather permits. This weekend is looking good for flying and I am sure Jim has something special for us all to compete in. I will be your chef for the day, coving for Mark because he is in Japan. Who knows maybe purchasing a new airplane???? One can only imagine… We wish Mark a safe trip. He’ll be back again next month cooking up the Dogs.
Upcoming engagements planned for the 4th of July. This also will include a Raffle in which we are going to Raffle off a New iX 14 Spektrum Radio. The reason for the Raffle is to generate more money for our Banquet on January 12, 2024. Yes, we will be back at the Air and Space Museum for our 3rd consecutive time. Being underneath the PBY is one very cool experience. We are working very hard to reduce the cost to our members for the Banquet and hoping this will bring more of our members to enjoy the festivities. This Raffle will be a tremendous boost for the banquet, alone with Brad’s, 50/50 which we play every T-28 Race, Electrogilde and our monthly meetings. Each time, we play 50/50, I have seen many happy members walking away, thrumbing thru the cash! The Raffle will begin on April 22, 23 and goes all the way up to July 1, 23. 4th of July is on a Tuesday this year and we will celebrate the 4th on Saturday July 1st. Every Club Member may purchase a raffle ticket, each ticket will cost a Buck. Yes, that is $1.00 to win an iX 14 radio. Each member may purchase as many tickets as they choose too. I know I’m going to get a bunch of tickets for iX 14 radio…. OMG. More will be detailed in next month newsletter so stand-by! Once again, I must apologize for this is all I have for now.
Happy Flying!

President’s Corner for Mar – Apr 2023

Hey Guys,

I hope none of you were flooded or washed away this year! The great thing is that we are officially out of the drought, at the cost of missing out on quite a few flying days. Nearly a month ago I initiated a “Red Lock “ initiative at the field. The intent is to keep members from using our field during times that usage is counterproductive to maintaining a smooth surface. I will claim that it has been a success. The amount of member induced damage to the runway has reduced to zero. While we cannot control the periodic non-member from walking across the muddy runway for some reason – at least it’s not us being the problem. As we near the end of the rainy season, any problems we cause on the clay surface will still be an issue in July. The red lock has also assisted us in enforcing the recent NOTAM flight restrictions that were in place for 2 days while the President was traveling throughout our county by air…

For now the field is in great shape, and with the rain stopping Thursday, I hope it will be dried out to support our club meeting and fun fly event this Saturday. If not, Life will go on, and we will fly when we can.  Thanks to Dennis Laberge and Scott Vance who made liberal use of the approved weed abatement spray in the few days that were dry. They spent numerous hours around the field, in the main pit area, and Rotor-plex pit area. Without their efforts the vegetation would be well on its way of conducting a hostile takeover of our site.

With all of the rain, vegetation growth at the field will be out of control for the next 5 or 6 weeks. The weeds ( AKA pretty flowers… ) will likely be head height by mid-April. This generally will attract a lot of people to the field area for pictures. I understand that having people randomly walk on the runway and into the flight area can be difficult to deal with. Please be patient and remember that they are attempting to enjoy Mission Bay Park in their own aspect. Please don’t scream at them, or get close to them with your aircraft. If you feel it is unsafe, I expect you to hold your flight until they have departed and you can fly safely.

Around this time of year I like to ask people to double check the safety equipment they use at the field. Fire extinguishers should be checked for charge. First aid kits should be checked for expiration dates and validation that they are still effective. Recently a member gave another member a large Band-Aid that was almost 4 years old and it was about as sticky as a sheet of paper. It’s also the time to ensure you have some good sun screen in your kit. I keep seeing members with interesting bandages where melanomas are removed – PREVENTION is key here. It is also time to remember planning to bring plenty of drinking water for yourself and guests. Now that the days are longer and potentially getting warmer, I don’t want to risk anyone getting dehydrated and sick. Along that note, please don’t “count” on the charity of others in this regard. Some of us have medical conditions that are severely aggravated by dehydration and always have water with them. If you know they bring water and ask them for a bottle, you may get it – but at the cost of them having to pack up their stuff and leave… I had one member actually tell me a few years back that I had ruined his day because I did not bring enough water for his children. Most of us are fully grown, please don’t put this onus on others.

We had a slow month for the 50/50 raffles as we were mostly washed out. I had one chance last weekend and with the logistics of completing and doing the maiden flights on 2 large planes, the raffle slipped my mind.

I will continue this weekend and attempt to keep it on track. Again, the idea is to have one lucky club member win on each event day – and have the rest of the donations go towards next years banquet. I intend to reduce banquet ticket prices for attendees, and add valuable raffle prizes.  Tickets are $10 each and the Members benefit from each dollar collected.

This months Fun Fly event will be Altitude quest, Another club favorite. Expect the fun to begin on the 25th at 10:00 AM. This is a club favorite that can be enjoyed by all and usually lasts about an hour and a half. It will be followed by the monthly club meeting and hot dog lunch. There will be gift certificates to Discount Hobby Warehouse for the winners. John Weaver, owner of Discount Hobbies, Gives us certificates at a discounted rate – allowing us to offer more. He is appreciative of a “thank You” from club members when the chance presents itself.

As the weather levels out I hope to see all of you at the field more! The ( only ) nice thing about all of this rain was a chance to get a couple of plane projects in the air. I hope to see you with a new plane or two!

Have a great month,


It is the new 104” Edge 540 from Flex innovations and uses the StinGR 150 belt drive power system.

One Gloomy Picture

This is the only pic I got from our photographer Frank this month.  Either Frank was sick or the event was rained out.  It shows a dark full overcast, South wind, puddles, mud everywhere and not one flyer.  That pretty much sums up the month.  We hope this weekend is a lot dryer.

T28 Racing & Safety Report for March 2023

The rain gods decided that they would work overtime —the result was a very wet race day with the field being closed and locked to prevent damage to the soft runway by people walking on it. Our next scheduled race day will be  April 8th starting at 10AM. If you need a racing number please contact me by email.

For those new to or interested in more information on our T28 racing series follow this link to additional information and rules: https://www.sefsd.org/club-contests/t28-racing/t28-rules-information/

The series of rain storms that have come through San Diego in the past few weeks have required us to limit access to the field for a day or two after we have heavy rain. This is done by an additional lock that is painted RED. Until this lock is opened  the field is closed to all flying. The reason is to limit damage to the runway surface from people walking on it before it has had a chance to dry. 


Thank You
Steve Neu

BOD Minutes for March 2023


SEFSD Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

Quorum at 6:42 PM, meeting convened.

In-person participants: Steve N., Brad, Jovi, Steve M., Quan, Eric, Carl
Online participants: Steve B., Nick
Not present: N/A

Meeting held Steve N.’s home.


Brad: Raffle budget $1300?
The funds collected from t-shirt sales given to treasurer.
Continuing w/FRIA application discussion.
(FRIA – FAA Recognized Identification Areas)
Purchasing superior locks for Red Lock program.

Jovi: Banquet fund raiser proposal and discussion.
Raffles potentially for July 1 and September 4.
Red lock program protected field nicely.

Steve N.: Nothing new.

Steve M.: Bank account remains adequately funded.
Membership at 245 currently.
Forms filed with IRS to keep club status up-to-date.

Steve B.: Web site continues to function well.

Larry K.: Is going to look into main sign material estimates.
Working on AMA Leader Club form. Brought to meeting and finished then.

Nick: Nothing new.

Eric: Will help Quan with main sign design.

Carl: Nothing new.

Quan: Will set up automated process for upcoming raffle.
Main sign is in poor condition.
Charter renewed at AMA.


Raffle vote taken and the “ayes” prevailed for $1,300 budget towards raffle prizes.
Raffle to be held on July 1st in celebration of July 4th which lands on Tuesday

“Gold Leader” pins voted on and the “ayes” have it. We will purchase 100 pins.


Field condition remains good, but please stay off the field when it’s rain soaked.
Park Master Plan to continue being addressed. We are discussing how best to preserve this site into the future.
Droneplex maintenance to spruce up area remains forefront of mind.


T28 racing at 10:00 AM Saturday 3/11/23 as dictated by weather.
Electroglide at 10:00 AM Saturday 3/18/2023 as dictated by weather.
Weedwackers Swapmeet 7:00 to 11:00 AM Saturday 3/18/2023.

Organized field events will now include 50/50 raffles to help fund club banquets and other events. The organized events include Electroglide, T-28 racing, Bomb Drop, Don’t Spill the Beans, etc.

Next BOD meeting 4/5/2023 @ 6:30 PM.

Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Eric Shapiro
SEFSD Secretary 2023

Electroglide Report for March 2023

 Considering all the wet weather we have been receiving lately, it may be hard to believe that we had some excellent flying weather last Saturday.

 The sun came out and warmed up our very green flying area. The winds were light with a slight south west component; things seemed primed to generate thermal lift.

 Seven pilots were on hand for the first launch, six Radians and one Conscendo took to the blue sky on first launch. Scott Vance, (Radian), had the long flight at 5:55 minutes. Stephen Treger, (Radian), was second at 5:15 and a 30-point landing. Neil Zhu (Conscendo), was third at 4:47 and a 20-point landing. Bob Anson, (Radian), also picked up a 20-point landing.

 Second launch had the pilots finding some great lift, North West of our runway. Stephen had the long flight at 9:56 with a 20-point landing. 10 minutes is the cut off for flight time scores, so Stephen timed that one perfect. Alex Sutton, (Radian), was second at 9:46 with a 20-point landing and Bob was third at 9:37 with a 10-point landing. Scott and Neil both scored 30-point landings.

 Third launch had the lift disappear on us with Scott getting the long flight at 4:12 with a 30-point landing. Stephen was second at 4:03 with a 20-point landing and Bob was third at 3:32 minutes. Neil and Alex both scored 20-point landings.

 Fourth and final launch had the lift tease us a bit, Scott had the long flight at 7:55 and a 20-point landing. Stephen was second at 6:51 minutes and Bob was third at 3:46, also with a 20-point landing. Neil scored a 30-point landing and Alex scored a 20-point landing.

Winners for the day

Radian Class:    1st. Place  Scott Vance at 248 points

                        2nd.Place  Stephen Treger at 237 points

                        3rd. Place Bob Anson at 180 points   

Open Class       1st.  Place Neil Zhu at 203 points

 A fun (dry) day in San Diego, congrats to all the pilots for scoring so many bonus points with the landing credits and the great long flights on that second launch.

Thanks’ to Spring Tong (Neil’s Mom) for the event pictures.

Next Electroglide is scheduled for April 15th. 2023

See you then,

Jeff Struthers