The Electroglide for May was held last Saturday and unexpectedly, was quite fun. The weather conditions didn’t look favorable; 61 degrees, a 10 mph wind from the Southwest and overcast skies. At the pilots meeting before the contest, we debated then voted to begin the contest anyway. A little after the 10:00 start time, seven gliders took to the skies.
Surprisingly, the lift was there, high and slightly westward. The Southwest wind crossing the San Diego river channel, created some lift that the Radian gliders could make better use of.
Scott Vance, flying a Radian, was able to get the long flight of 6:26 minutes. Neil Zhu, flying a Conscendo, had the next longest flight at 4:43 with a 20-point bonus landing. Dennis LaBerge, also with a Radian, had the third longest flight at 3:26. I was able to pick up a 20-point landing.
One pilot had his glider get away from him and end up in Mission Bay. A thank you goes out to the friendly jet skier who returned the swimming aircraft to the pilot waiting on shore.
On the second launch, the secret was out. Most of the pilots headed to same high west spot that worked so well for Scott and Neil. Dennis made good use of the lift, flying for 7:06 minutes. Scott had a flight of 4:48 with an excellent 30-point landing. Alex Sutton came in third with 4:04 minutes aloft and a 20-point landing. Both Neil and I picked up 10-point landings.
Third launch had Scott again winning the long flight at 8:30 minutes. I was second at 8:21 with a 20-point landing and Neil was third at 4:40 minutes. Bob Anson nailed a 30-point landing and Dennis had a 10-point landing.
Fourth and final launch had the fun lift disappear on us. The long flight was earned by Scott at 3:16 with a 20-point landing. I had the next long flight at 1:59 and third place is shared by Dennis and Alex at 1:48. Dennis, Scott and Neil all picked up 20-point landings.
I would like to point out that getting any extra landing points via the target circles was a hard thing to do, what with the Southwest wind and ground turbulence.
Good flying everyone and kudos to those who made the small 30-point circle.
Thanks to Frank Sutton for again supplying the event photos.
Next Electroglide will be on June 18th. Ten o’clock, first launch.
See you there,
Our May T28 races were held May 14th with most of the usual suspects in attendance. Racing got underway at a little after 10am . Larry had some bad luck starting out when his plane decided to make a hard left turn after takeoff right in to the side of Jovi’s pickup truck—most of the damage was limited to Larry’s pride but the crash put him out of the rest of the races. After that most of the races were mostly without drama—there were a number of very tight races with planes crossing the finish line wing tip to wing tip. Several of us got tagged by eagle eye Jovi at the starting line for crossing early—protests proved pointless:)
April’s Club Event:
3 RING CIRCUS!
We are doing something new for April
A 3 Ring (event) Circus!
Ring #1: Limbo Loops
Ring #2: 30 second power to dead stick landing
Ring #3: Figure 8 Taxi race
For March’s 3 Ring Circus, we will use the typical, 3-cell airplanes under 50″
wingspan. Trojan, Cub, Timber, Visionaire, Apprentice, Extra 300 etc. No motor-
gliders, no drones, fixed wing only. 3 Cell, 2200 mah battery aircraft is desired.
Limbo Loops = Looping around a limbo ribbon 10ft AGL
30 Second to Dead Stick = Power on for 30 seconds. At power off, timer is
started. Longest glide to scored landing using Electroglide target. Off runway
landings do not score.
Figure 8 Taxi Race = 3 laps around 2 cones without leaving the ground.
We had a pretty good time at the first Electroglide for this year. The weather was much better this time around; we had clear skies, a Northwest wind of 3 mph and a temperature of 64 degrees at first launch.
Although the wind was light and the sun was shining, thermal lift was very hard to find. As a result, fight times on all launches were on the short side. The scoring points were being made on spot landings as opposed to flight times.
On the first launch in the Radian class, Alex Sutton had a bull’s eye in the target circles, earning an extra 30 points. Bob Anson picked up a 20-point. landing and Scott Vance scored a 10-point landing.
In the open class, Denis LaBerge, Bob Stinson, and Derik Knight all scored 20-point landings.
Flying in the Radian class, Scott Vance had the long flight at 2:32 minutes and Bob Stinson had the long flight of 2:12 minutes in the open class.
Second launch had Alex again scoring a 30-point landing, joined by Dennis flying open class. Bob Stinson, and Derik also flying open picked up 20 and 10-point landings respectively. Bob Anson, flying Radian class scored a 20-point landing, Fritz Logan (Radian) picked up a 10-point landing. The long flight in the Radian class was earned by Scott Vance at 3:27 minutes and in the open class it was Dennis LaBerge at 3:40 minutes.
Third launch again had Alex parking his Radian in the 30-point circle, joined by Scott (Radian) and Bob Stinson (open). 20-point landings were made by Dennis and Derik, both flying in the open class. The long flight for Radians was by Scott Vance at 3:44. The long flight for open class was Dennis LaBerge at 3:10.
Fourth and final launch had everyone missing the bull’s eye but still, there were close landings. Alex and Fritz (Radian) both had 20-point landings. Bob Stinson (open) also had a 20-point landing. 10-point landings were earned by Scott (Radian) and Dennis (open class). The long flights were flown by both Scott Vance and Bob Anson (Radian) at 4:12 minutes and Dennis LaBerge (open) 2:34 minutes.
We didn’t have much in the way of thermal flying this time but all the scoring in the spot landings, despite a Northwest wind, showed good skill among all the pilots. Great job guys!
Thanks again to Frank Sutton for the event pictures. Next Electroglide will be on March 19th. First launch at 10:00 a.m.
See you there,
– Jim Bonnardel will return this year as our SEFSD Contest Director. –
What are we starting with? For 2022, we are starting with one of the easiest games we have, the:
Spot Landing Challenge
pilots meeting starts.
$150 in prizes!
An exciting variation on the popular Bomb Drop
This month’s Club Event:
Saturday August 28, 10:00am
One of our easiest games to play,
Simply spin the game spinner to get an altitude target,
then take off and try to fly your plane
as close to that altitude as possible.
We use the JollyLogic Altimeter One device
to see how close you get!
$150 in Prizes awarded, 1st through 5th place.
Monthly Meeting, and Hot Dog Lunch served afterward.
It was a great turnout of Club Members at our first Monthly Meeting last month. We also had a great fun fly, “Spill the Beans”, (I’ll have more on that here in minute, ok Alan). Now comes our July meeting and get ready for Hot Dogs and soda’s. The club is back in full swing!
On other news, and I believe Brad mention this but we could use your old chairs out at the field. Seems like some have walked away. Sorry we missed out the Fourth of July this year. Thought of doing something for Labor Day weekend?? Some thoughts would good!!!
FAA Safety team event went well and Thank You to Jim for putting the event together. Great Job Jim!
Our First Fun Fly of the year (well over a year now):
Spill the Beans was a good laugh for all. 16 participants took to the sky avoiding spilling any beans. I took-off with 20 beans flight time (53sec) and came back with none, zero…Frank was up next, with his flying (46sec), he came back with 11. Then we had Dave (45sec) and Bob (1:30) and both came back empty. Next was Brad, of course his flight was smooth (49sec) um, came back with just 2 beans??? Dennis (used a glider) went up after Brad, (60sec) and came back with zero. Eric took off did his loop and back down in 31 seconds. Fastest to do the task, however, he too came back with zero beans! Jeff was next (48sec), he came back with 5 beans. Frank was looking pretty good so far for the lead. Larry took his turn (43sec) and also had zero beans! Frank was smiling.
Fritz took the stage on this flight (32sec) and had 13 beans. Sorry Frank. Pressure was on Daric now (45sec) and come back with zero beans. Alan, gets in his first club event for the first time. Yeah, you know Alan, the one who flies into the gates and…. well, here’s Alan, flies in safe mode (yes it was approved to do so) takes off, gets ready to do his loop, (safe mode off to do the loop) and then he just gently fly’s around, getting his approach lined up and lands. (1:18) Bean count, are you kidding me, all twenty beans were accounted for. Have you ever seen an, um, excuses me, old man dance on the runway, a site one would not want to see…? Now talk about pressure on Quan to achieve the same Plato that Alan was riding. Quan up (54sec) and lands with zero beans…Here comes Nick, all calm, no sweat takes off does his loop lands (51sec) and he, ties Alan with 20 beans…OMG. Mike took his turn (48 sec) and he came with 13 beans. George was the last contested (1:11) with no beans…
Congratulations to Nick for finishing in 1st with the time of 51 seconds all 20 bean and Alan taking second with the time of 1:18 and his 20 beans and I’m still having a hard time taking this in!!! Coming in third was Fritz with 13 beans 32 seconds, 4th was Mike with 13 beans 48 seconds, 5th was Frank with 11 beans 46 seconds, 6th was Jeff with 5 beans 48 seconds and our 7th place winner was Brad with 2 beans 49 seconds.
Special Thanks to the team of players who helped, Forest for being the official bean counter and Randy for keeping time and altitude.
Monthly Event for July 24, 2021
Don’t Spill the Beans!
The single time during the year
You can win CASH MONEY!
Any Airplane Can Participate.
Beans, and holder device provided.
Take off, climb 100ft, perform loop or roll and land. You get 20 beans, and each bean is worth $1. Quan your treasurer, has lost his beans and will buy each bean back for $1.00 each after your flight! He only wants beans that have flown!
$150 in Cash awarded to top winners!
Saturday, June 26th 10:00am
Club meeting to follow.
Sorry but there will be no meeting or event this month. Let’s see how April goes. We’ll let you know.
The event for the February 22nd meeting is Altitude Quest.
Event Begins at 10:00 Meeting and lunch to follow.
The club event for January is ‘Limbo’. Details TBD.
This Saturday, November 23, 2019.
Bring down all your warbirds for this pilot choice
fun fly event.
Pilot meeting at 10 a.m. + or – 10 minutes.
If it flew during a conflict, then it’s a warbird.
Any questions contact: Ken at (858) 405-0421
Where skill and luck come together in a fun, crazy day full of prizes.
1. First event, take off and land as many times as you can without going around.
2. Second event, take off and do as many loops as you can without going around.
3. Third event, will be take off and do formation fly by as many times as possible.
Followed by Club Meeting and Hot Dogs.
The above is NOT a demolition derby but here is a fun video anyway
This Month’s Club event is:
Bring your scale airplanes (Military or Civilian) down and fly for a chance to win a raffle prize, or to take the awards for Best Scale Flight
Any scale airplane, glider, helicopter or drone (we have full scale drones now) .. fly scale .. optional formation flying.. show your airshow stunts.
1. Static event, people will mark their favorite airplane based on static scale looks. One mark per member. most marks wins static event. 1st and 2nd place wins gift certificates.
2. Flying event. take off, fly by (optional scale stunts) , landing. pilots will be judged on scale looks. 1st, 2nd, 3rd place wins gift certificates.
3. Formation flying. pilots will form groups any size any type of aircraft and fly formation. groups will be judged on scale flying. 1st Group will have surprise gift.
Scale Event Begins at 10:00
Meeting and lunch to follow.
Typical 3S 2200 style airplanes will probably do best.
How low can you go? Points awarded, $150 in prizes!
UMX Flea Circus
Come one, Come ALL to the SEFSD FLEA CIRCUS !!
Saturday, July 27 Events start at 10am
Bring your UMX or Ultra Micro Aircraft and play in this 3-ring CIRCUS!!!
There will be 3 different events scored, and the top 5 scores will win the appropriate Gift Certificate to Discount Hobby Warehouse
There will be 3 stations:
1- UMX Looper
2- UMX Spot Land
3- UMX Glide
Points for each flight, total high points wins.
Details at the pilot meeting.
Come on down and FLY FLY FLY
Meeting and Lunch to follow the event!!
May’s Club Event is:
Assuming the field dries out in time we will be having Jet Day on Saturday the 25th. Bring them if you got them! Between 10 AM and Noon the main runway will be reserved for jets only. Carl and Eric are making a plan on how to award the monthly prizes. Following the fun fly there will be a club meeting at the field and the customary hot dog lunch. Hope to see you there!!
[ ] Smooth scale take off
[ ] Scale turn from take off
[ ] Smooth level flight. Maintain altitude.
[ ] Aileron roll.
[ ] Scan your area of patrol. A smooth high G turn like blue angels for example.
[ ] Perform a round loop. The rounder the better.
[ ] Low high speed pass. Below flagpole from end to end smoothly gets extra points. Hitting the ground loses points and hurts airplanes.
Will be giving out Gift Certificates.
Sincerely, Carl Cox