President’s Corner

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Chairman’s Corner for Sep/Oct 2022

Hello Club members, three more months and we have Christmas….maybe now is the time to start shopping….We are also coming up on our last two monthly meetings and events.  Oh that includes the Hot Dogs….So come on out this Saturday and enjoy a good time with our members and have a Hot Dog or two.

A few weeks ago, we noticed we had RC Trucks and cars running round our runway.  May I need to remind everyone that this is a runway and not made for RC Trucks or cars.  Somehow this happened, maybe due to the gate be left open and we all know to lock the gate as you are the last one out of the field.  And if someone else is parked and does not appear to be flying airplanes, I would recommend you drive over to them and inform that you are locking the gate.  Let us not presume that this person is a member of the club.   Now I know we have a few members who have RC cars and all I ask that you do not do what these people have done and think that its ok, well it is not!   Just remember to LOCK the gate as you are the last person to leave.   Thank You!

Folks, it is that time of year for new officers to step forward and be a club leader.   This is your club so come on up and run for President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasure.   For I will be ending my term as Chairman of the Board and will be leaving that role to Steve Manganelli.  However, it is possible that Steve will run for Treasure and if that is the case, then I am happy to remain Chairman of the Board.

I must apologize for my short article.  It happens to be that I am in Foley Alabama working on 787 Cowl Inlets.  This facility is the assembly factory, and it is very cool in how the engine cowls are built.

I look forward to seeing you all at the field on Saturday…..

Chairman of the Board

President’s Corner for Sep/Oct 2022

Shall we put the bad news at the top to get it over with? Sixty dollars; that’s what it’s going to cost to remain a member of SEFSD in 2023. With increases in Paypal fees, the port-a-potty, field rolling equipment and the Winter banquet, an extra $10 is what we need to break even over the current dues of $50. Thanks to Quan for putting together a budget forecast for us. I also received my AMA dues bill the other day which also went up $10 so the price to fly went up a total of $20. Compared with what most of us spend on models and batteries every year, an extra $20 is trivial. Included in that price increase was the Dust Down that would have been applied by now if not for lack of availability of a water truck! The “Hurricane rain” we had the other week helped a lot; just too bad we couldn’t get mother nature to add the dust down material to our rain.

Next up, I am sad to report the resignation of our Treasurer, Alan Issacs. Apparently too many lost models and inability to control them led to Alan’s conclusion that he might not be suited for this hobby. Thank you for your service to date Alan, you were an excellent Treasurer and are welcome to serve out the year in that capacity if you wish to. Our Vice President and previous Treasurer Quan Nguyen has stepped in to fill that void until next year, whereas I’m taking over as Treasurer! This leads into the next subject: succession!

Any thoughts or differences of opinion as to how the Club should be run? Do we want more events or less? Do we like the hot dogs that go with our Monthly Fun Contest and meeting? Do we like the Banquet at the Aerospace Museum (for $55 per person) or would we like it somewhere else at a lower cost? To have a say in these decisions, volunteer or run for a BOD position! Aside from Alan, we have (2) other BOD members whom will not be going forward into next year. I am pleased to announce that our previous President, Brad Bender will be returning to lead us: Thanks for that Brad, you are a great leader, definitely better than myself! This still leaves (2) open positions. Those continuing on the BOD are willing to shuffle around a bit to accommodate newbies. The “Member at Large” is a good place to get one’s feet wet. All you have to do is attend the BOD meetings on the nominally 2nd Wednesday of the month participate in discussion and vote on the outcomes. The secretary position requires attending BOD meetings and taking minutes, not too hard either. Please think about it. Any questions about roles and responsibilities, please shoot me an E-mail. I also wish to recognize our expert Badge Maker, Mr. Peter Kalenak whom took over for George Sullivan this past Spring. Peter is doing an outstandingly competent, no complaints job of it, which is all we can ask for; thanks for your service, Peter.

Have you taken your “TRUST” test yet? This is what I thought to be a silly FAA requirement to allow us to continue flying “recreational drones”. The FAA considers “Quad Copters” and fixed wing R/C models the same. I presumed with my 45 years of R/C modeling experience, the test should be a breeze, but in fact that experience had nothing to do with it! The test is all about how to follow the new FAA rules for recreational drones.  The bottom line is as long as you’re flying at our field, you don’t have to do anything different than you do now. The test does reinforce the requirement to maintain Visual Line Of Sight (VLOS) to control your R/C model (or drone), have a spotter for FPV google flying and a few other things that have been determined specifically for our site vs generically. Our altitude limit set by local FAA Air Traffic Controllers is 200 ft for our Class B airspace (in case you didn’t know our proximity to San Diego International Airport puts us in Class B airspace). For those that dabble in quad copters at places other than our field, there are more things you need to know and comply with. Since I also renewed my FAA credentials at the same time, I was required to identify at least one R/C model in order to do so. Let’s see: no transponder, manufacturer is myself and I named it “Generic R/C Model”.  Don’t forget to have your FAA Identification number on the outside of all your models.  At this time, the club is not planning on enforcing compliance with FAA identification requirements, but if someone from the FAA chose to do so, an established R/C field would be a logical choice vs trying to hunt down one drone flying in some park or field. Take the TRUST Test here : The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) | THE RECREATIONAL UAS SAFETY TEST (TRUST) TEST by AMA (modelaircraft.org) if you haven’t already.

We were finally able to attend our first Mission Bay Park Planning Meeting. Larry Kosta, Myself  and professional Planner Denise Larson attended the September, 2022 meeting of the Mission Bay Park committee at the Santa Clara Pt. REC center.  The first part of the meeting was briefed by SDPD representatives and centered on illegal parking, homeless/vagrants and enforcement of Beach Ordinances. They had plenty of funding, just not enough manpower, the overflow requirements staffed by over-time. Next, individuals representing various organizations pitched their plans for running races that involved road/parking lot closures and paths in and around the park.  They then ended that meeting and opened a “Park Improvements” meeting where the sole agenda item was a $56,000 repaving of a parking lot at “Sunset Point”. This was pitched by a City Staffer and approved with 1 NO vote. Our goal for the meeting was to understand the planning process and ascertain how we can be included in the Mission Bay Park “Master Plan” which by the way, doesn’t include us. At present we are considering presentation of a “Story Board” style introductory/history pitch of our activities highlighting our community service and charitable activities. At least the committee would have a face to our name and be aware of our history.

Do you have your club swag with custom SEFSD LOGO from LNN Custom Apparel? (via our Weblink: http://companycasuals.com/SEFSD)! We discussed the possibility of having a larger version of our logo silk screened on the back of a Tee Shirt. This is possible, but involves bulk fabrication with setup charges and the club would have to pick sizes and colors and then be at risk for any unsold merchandise. We’re still looking into it. At the last fun-fly contest I say Quan Nguyen’s logo embroidered polo shirt with his name on it: way cool!

I want to clarify something in Jovi’s Chairman’s corner. Though operating R/C cars on the runway is not allowed, if a club member wishes to occasionally operate an R/C dune buggy on the East end of the parking lot late in the day on a non-interference basis (at the present time at least) is okay. These things do kick up some dust so operators need to be conscious of their surroundings.  Non-club members should definitely not be operating R/C cars on the site and if it becomes an attractive nuisance the policy may have to change.  I’m told there is a site somewhere on Fiesta Island for R/C buggys.

Finally, the last fun-contest/hot dog cookout was a fun as ever. Master of ceremonies Jim Bonnardel began with an explanation of the simplest event yet as he described it : “Spot Landing Challenge” . You get (3) touch and go passes on the circles, the inner most one being 30 points, the middle one 20 and the outer one 10. Miss the circles but touch on the runway gets 5 points. In case of ties, fastest time wins. Anyone whom can add up 3 numbers (in multiples of 5) in their heads should be able to score this, right? Jim cleverly tagged Jovi with the 3 number adding exercise and Jovi in turn passed on the task of picking the winners and breaking the ties to me while he fired up the BBQ. Uhhh…well? How many very competent journeyman engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb and/or add up (3) numbers in their heads and adjudicate ties from the lowest time? More than (2) apparently as like last month we failed to get it right, arrghh!  I suggested the way forward is to award the prizes and then immediately use the scoresheet to light the BBQ, thus erasing any evidence of mistakes! Thanks to Jovi again for the hot dog cooking; Mark Davis is scheduled to reprise his role as master hot dog cooker this month and next month.  Welcome back Mark!   We’ll see you at this month’s Fun Event.

Steve Manganelli

Chairman’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2022

Hello members, as we get closer to the end of the year, yeah I know it sounds crazy talking about the end of the year, but here we are approaching the end of summer. Just a few reminders to mention that August, September, and October will be our last month meetings for the year as well as the fun-fly’s. Most of us have plans for Thanksgiving and Christmas so we will not be having our events. Come out this weekend for our event and enjoy the fun we have out at the
field.

I do want you to mark your calendars for January 13, 2023, for our SEFSD Annual Banquet will be held at the Air and Space Museum! So, make sure you get your tickets as soon as they come on sale. Prices for the event will be mentioned later in the Newsletter. We are going to have great prizes once again and prizes for our better halves, our wife’s!!!

Our parking lot is drying up and more dust is being produced when cars are traveling over the speed limit set at the field. Just a reminder to all members of the 5-mile hour speed limit. Let’s slow it down and keep the dust down! Thanks.

Remember the Red Bull air stunt that was done back in April of this year, well the NTSB came down with its final report on the Red Bull crash.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report regarding the crash of a Cessna 182 that was part of the Red Bull Airplane Swap stunt.

The stunt, which was streamed on Hulu on April 24, 2022, involved pilots and skydivers Luke Aikins, 48, and Andy Farrington, 39, flying a pair of modified C-182s.

The plan was to fly the aircraft to an altitude of more than 12,000 feet above the Arizona desert. The pilots would then put the aircraft into synchronous steep dives, bail out of their respective airplanes wearing parachutes, and maneuver in freefall in order to enter each other’s airplane. Once aboard, they would recover the aircraft from their descents and land normally.

The aircraft were modified with a range of equipment including aerodynamic brakes to keep them from gaining excessive speed in the near-vertical dive, and grab bars to help Aikins and Farrington get back into the airplanes during the plunge. The 182s each included a custom autopilot designed to maintain an unusually steep descent path.

What Happened

Video of the event shows the aircraft entering the nose down attitude and the pilots departing the cockpits. As Aikins departed the accident aircraft, the nose pitched up and it entered an inverted spin. Aikins was able to enter the other aircraft and fly it to the landing spot. Farrington chose not to attempt to enter the spinning aircraft and instead descended to the ground via parachute.

According to the NTSB, the probable cause of the crash was a ballast shift aboard the unoccupied aircraft that resulted in it exceeding the critical angle of attack. The aircraft entered a stall and subsequent spin from which it did not recover. Investigators noted the accident aircraft was equipped with a ballistic parachute that was designed to trigger at an altitude of 1,000 feet. The parachute did activate while the airplane was inverted, but it did not fully deploy. The aircraft hit the ground and was substantially damaged. It was noted in the final report that the NTSB did not travel to the site of the accident.

Because of the nature of the stunt, practice in advance of the streaming on Hulu was not an option, as Farrington stated on the Red Bull website: “There is no way to test it until you do it.”

FAA Revokes Pilot Certificates

The FAA noted that Aikins and Farrignton did not have permission to perform the stunt. In a statement issued to FLYING shortly after the stunt failed, the agency noted it “denied the organizer’s request for an exemption from federal regulations that cover the safe operation of an aircraft.” Aikin later admitted in an Instagram post that he had received the FAA denial but he did not inform Red Bull or his team members.

Following the failed stunt in May, the FAA issued an emergency revocation of both Aikin’s and Farrington’s pilot certificates. Neither one will be able to apply for or be issued a new airman certificate for one year. The FAA also proposed a $4,932 fine for Aikins for violating three regulations: FAR 91.105(a) flight crew members remaining at their stations, 91.113(b) the duty of the pilot to see and avoid other aircraft and 91.13 the operation of an aircraft in a careless and reckless manner.

DC-3 Update:

I do have good news that I was able to start working on my DC-3. I started the center section of the wing, which is not all glued in place, here I am just fitting the parts to make sure all fits perfect. Not only that, I had to create the mods on the parts to accommodate the retracts. I will have more of a write up come next month when I hope to have the main construction completed of the wing. So, for now I have this one picture of the center section of the wing.

Ok members I look forward to seeing you all, this weekend for the Monthly Meeting and Fun Fly!

Jovi,
Chairman of the Board!

President’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2022

By Steve Manganelli

Probably not the best leading story, but I’m compelled to announce that we will be having a dues increase for 2023. Inflation is generally rearing its ugly head (been to the grocery story lately?) and as austere as our expenses generally are, they are going up. The cost of the port-a-potty is increasing, the cost of renting the roller for the field has gone up substantially and the collaterally required water truck is just plain not available! Yes, the BOD recognizes the field has dried up to the point that an application of the dust down is needed but until we can secure a water truck, this can’t happen. Inflationary pressures are going to affect all R/C model clubs in town; we do expect to continue to be your best value club next year as well.

Inflation is also effecting our annual Holiday banquet. We are attempting to close that gap via divesting the Club Trailer, but even with that additional expected funding source, the ticket price is going to be higher. You wanted the Aerospace Museum again, we listened and now we have to pay for it. Oh yeah, the Museum raised their prices too! Let’s face it: a couple is not going to go into any decent restaurant, have hors d’oeuvres a couple of drinks, dessert and walk out of there for anything close to $110. Think of that comparatively when the banquet is formally announced and tickets are available. That $110 won’t give you a chance to win any airplanes either! If someone wants to visit a restaurant where a couple won’t get out of for under $300, let me know, I have a few suggestions for you!

Does your model have a story? I was recently treated to a fascinating tale of a warbird where the member started with an off-the-shelf foam ARF, then customized it to represent a particular aircraft in history. I believe there was some supplemental painting, custom graphics and specific serial numbers applied to make his model like no other out-of-the-box ARF. The full scale aircraft had a really neat story of it’s exploits in WWII. I never really thought about customizing an ARF to yield something historically significant, but it does sound like a really nice enrichment of our hobby where ARFs now prevail and something that needs to be written up in PEAKCHARGE! So if this sounds like something you did or would like to do, please share it with us! The article should state what R/C model you started with, where and how you obtained the enhancement graphics, paint, and any other customizing hardware and then a description of its full scale exploits including its pilot if known. I’d say we’d need at least one picture of the model with you in it as well!

I love my new SEFSD LOGO sunshield hat from LNN Custom Apparel! The beauty of this custom process is the large variety of items you can obtain with our logo on it. Clearly as a small business owner and given the size of “our market” we obviously can’t expect to have everything shown on the website in stock and in every color and size possible for immediate delivery. Rather, LNN must have a relationship with her suppliers to obtain the basic garment on demand and then she customizes it for us to our custom order!  This is so cool! I admired Alex Sutton’s hoodie sweatshirt with graphics the other day. I’m probably going to need one of those for when the weather cools. I also heard that you can have your name embroidered as well for a small additional fee; how doubly cool is that?

Finally, the last fun-contest/hot dog cookout was a fun as ever. Master of ceremonies, Jim Bonnardel, began with an “explanation” of Altitude Quest. You spin the dial, needle lands on a graphic showing 50 to 175 in 25 increments, fly to that altitude (without going over) Jim reads out your peak height from a small recording altimeter, closest to proscribed altitude wins! Easy, right? What if there’s a tie, Jim? Signup order prevails! Earliest sign up breaks the tie! Oh crud, everybody get out of my way while I sign up! What if you go over, Jim? “Under beats over in a tie!” OK, so 1 foot under beats 1 foot over, correct? “Yeah”. So does 1 foot over beat 2 feet under? “Uhhh…Yep”. So what if 2 people are one foot over and 2 are one foot under, does sign up order prevail? “Yep”. Hmm…now we need a super computer to sort out the scores! I was a mere foot over and anticipated being in the money. As the prizes were being handed out and my name wasn’t called, I chalked that up to not understanding the scoring formula. I recall hooting and hollering to not one, but (2) pilots whom hit it to the exact altitude, a pretty good feat. I figured there must have been 3 other pilots whom were just a foot under. In general, you’re higher than you think; most pilots shooting for 150+ erred on the high side. Found out later that I should have been in the money but there was an error in scoring, did I want a supplemental prize? No need, already won: smiles, chuckles and camaraderie with a great group of friends. Thanks to Jovi for the hot dog cooking. We’ll see you at this month’s Fun Event.

Vice-President’s Corner for Aug/Sep 2022

Vice President’s Message:

You can now order SEFSD shirts with your name (or whatever you want) embroidered on them for only $10 extra! Mine came in this week and it looks great. Check out sefsd.org for the link to the online store to purchase your club swag and show your club spirit. The shop also carries a plethora of other accessories like hats, sweaters, and jackets.  Click a pic below:

Quan

Chairman’s Corner for July – Aug 2022

Hello Folks, this month we had our event on July 2nd and I had to miss it, due to having Covid.  I will tell you this, it is not fun to experience. So, I won’t go into details.  And it took the whole month to get over it.  As of today, I tested Negative and have for over a couple of weeks now.   I still stayed home, just to be safe. But I did hear the 4th of July event went very well and the Tri-Tips Sandwiches were really good.  Thanks Jim, for putting together another successful contest together, glad all had a great time. 

I will see you all this coming Saturday for our July meeting and Jim has another great event planned for us.  “Altitude Quest”.  Closest to the target altitude wins.  Jim, of course, will have a lot more information to provide to us all on Saturday.     Our President, Steve Manganelli, will have some good information for us about our club in our monthly meeting.

Just a little reminder that I want to make sure everyone is up to date with TRUST and that you have your FAA # on your aircraft, Thank You all very much!

Since I was under the bug, and my new job, which has been cool so far.  I get to build engine cowls for Airbus, Boeing, and now, Gulfstream, though I was not able to get any construction on the DC-3.  I did however come across this:

Douglas DC-3 Flies Again After 13-Year Hiatus

The Air North C-47A conversion ‘Yukon Sourdough’ returned to service in its first step toward the airshow circuit.

With a bit of a crosswind at play, pilot Jim Sells and co-pilot Mike Macario climbed aboard Yukon Sourdough—a 1942 Douglas C-47A converted to a DC-3C. What lay ahead? The return to service flight of the airplane painted with a bold yellow-and-green livery—the colors of Air North in Canada—at the Hagerstown Regional Airport (KHGR) in Maryland.

The Douglas Gooney Bird hadn’t flown since 2009.

The Flight

The plan was to take the DC-3, N983DC, up for a short flight to test basic systems and the operation of its Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp engines. Everything went smoothly, according to Sells, and they stayed up a little bit longer than expected—about 40 minutes.

“We looked around for problems and we didn’t find any,” said Sells, save for an intermittent intercom. Macario, the group’s maintenance technician with inspection authority, wants to adjust the fuel pressures on the engines so they match, but that’s about it as far as squawks from the first flight after 13 years.

The aircraft is currently shepherded by owners Kent Casady, Malcolm Van Kirk, and Derek White—though White puts it well: “You never really own anything. You also can’t take anything materialistic with you when you die. We are just good stewards for Yukon Sourdough.

Though Macario’s typed in the airplane—and the team has worked on it consistently for the past four years—the group brought in Sells for the test flight and to help Macario and other pilots return to currency as well.

The History

The airplane was built at one of the Douglas Aircraft Company’s wartime production plants in Oklahoma City in 1942 for the U.S. Air Force, originally carrying U.S. Air Force No. 42-92464. The registration transferred over to the Canadian Air Force, where it flew as Dakota IIIU FZ675, then No. 960. Air North, a Canadian airline founded in 1977, operated scheduled service between the Yukon and Alaska, and the company purchased the airplane in 1982, registering it as CF-OVW, a Douglas DC3C-S1C3G. 

The airline painted on the DC-3’s distinctive tail art, for which it was christened Yukon Sourdough. It was sold in 1998, and its restoration was picked up by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in 2001. It was purchased from EAA by Stephen Van Kirk, Malcolm’s brother, before going to its current owners.

Once the airplane has been through its paces—and the pilots complete recurrent training—they intend to hit the airshow circuit with Yukon Sourdough as part of the D-Day Squadron’s participating aircraft.

In the meantime make sure you get all your equipment before heading down to the field, so you don’t have to go back home and grab the batteries!!!

Jovi Murek

Chairman

President’s Corner for July – Aug 2022

First things first : We were inspected by our Landlord (San Diego City Parks Management) on the 19th of July and we passed! This annual requirement is part of our Right of Entry Permit so we had a visit from Mr. Mike Rodrigues and his boss, Ms. Karolynn Estrada whom took the time to come out and not only conduct the inspection, but share their thoughts about relevant issues that are important to Parks organization.  Our great WEBSITE provided the ongoing answers to their advance questions about membership costs/procedures/requirements, Board of Directors composition and Bylaws.  Current documents about our non-profit status and site specific insurance were provided by Quan and forwarded on to Parks Management in advance of the meeting, thanks Quan! We received high marks for the field condition; it was tidy, neat and 100% trash free thanks to Dennis LaBerge. Most of their inspection criteria are generic and not easy to apply to us; we received some fast check marks for items that were sort of applicable (i.e. preservation of drainage for one).  Next, our discussion went on to my main issue namely how to respond to Commercial inquiries to rent/borrow/sub-lease the field to demonstrate some commercial product. The answer was curt and unambiguous : NO! We are limited to recreational use only and any/all inquiries to “borrow” the field for a commercial purpose should be rejected. <Note to Editor. Plz spell check Dennis’ name>.

The issues on the minds of Parks Folks were drones and homeless. The latter easier to explain. The Parks Department was recently directed to use the City’s “Get-It-Done” organization, (known more commonly as a downtown cleanup kind of thing) to remove homeless encampments in the Park. That takes coordination with SDPD, Parks folks and needs to have some kind of planned outcome for the person to be displaced (i.e. jail, drug rehab, etc.). Fortunately, Randy Wynant was with me to describe his efforts to both identify homeless encampments and close the loop on his past efforts to seek a solution via this Get-It-Done organization and the outcome therein. The Parks folks pride themselves on being responsive and were apologetic about their inability to do more. One thing completely within their jurisdiction is landscape maintenance. If lowering the bushes surrounding an encampment will encourage the persons to leave, they’re for it! We thanked them for them efforts.

Finally drones. The word “drones” is not in our bylaws, our runway sign or anywhere else on our documentation. To us it is synonymous with “quad copter” or “multi-rotor” the latter term is in our documentation and is sanctioned by our signs, fences, FPV race course and “Rotorplex” area. We explained the operational use difference between fixed wing, helicopters and multicopters. Randy helped explain the difference between a professional FAA Part 107 licensed operator flying with FAA sanctioned LAANC permissions and someone strapping a camera on a CraigsList acquired quad copter and flying around over a crowd to get some “cool footage” for their YouTube channel (and complaints to the Parks Dept. about privacy and/or safety hazards). The parks folks do know to send uninformed quad copter operators to us where we can get them set up with AMA, FAA, Club Membership, Field boundaries, etc. but from their standpoint, why would they want to do that if they just want to take pictures of some event happening miles from our field? The matter gets a bit muddier when you add FAA requirements and classes of airspace which do not differentiate between types of R/C flying vehicles  only that they are all kept away from man-carrying aircraft. Apparently, there is a small corner of the Park the FAA recognizes as having a higher ceiling than Class B airspace and thus uninitiated quad copter operators are often directed there. They also provided me some FAA documents they use to council drone operators which I believe are obsolete. The Parks folks asked for and received a copy of our Lindberg Field Letter of Agreement for their files.   

Do you have your new Logo fashion items on order yet? I do! The link is now very clear on the left side of our home page (not that it wasn’t previously as I never tried it before). I hope I’ll have my new sun-shield hat with our new logo before next week’s Altitude Quest Funfly. I also want to mention that the funds to replace the “disappeared chairs” have been received and turned into action which you’ll see on the field next time you’re there.

Our Independence Day celebration on July 2nd was a smash hit. The BBQ catered by Larry Kosta’s friend and club member Joe Zaitz (Smokin Joes BBQ) was delicious. The assemblage ate every bite of Tri-tip plus grilled onions and peppers plus potato salad and topped it off with Brownies made by Michelle Manganelli. We began the day with “Don’t Spill the Beans” (DSB) orchestrated by the Fun Contest Master, Jim Bonnardel. I need to apologize for suggesting that someone other than Jim was to conduct this contest per my last month’s column.  Turns out, this was Jim’s Birthday weekend and otherwise had us scheduled for the previous weekend. Jim very graciously changed his plans to be with us instead, Thanks for your commitment, Jim!

Steve Neu and I decided to “go to school” on DSB a week before the July 2nd event.  Without knowing what size cup or what size beans to use, we stuck a 2 oz (way bigger than the official DSB cup) on the top of the canopy of Steve’s Passport (10S, 11 lb, F-3A Pattern Airplane) and some random dry beans from Steve’s pantry and went for it. We were surprised and then amused to watch the beans appear to levitate right out of the cup (low pressure due to fuselage shape, probably) at the beginning of the takeoff roll. The beans were scattered to winds before the plane even left the ground!  This is going to be harder than we thought. I first tried putting the cup on the CG of my low wing Tucan necessarily off the center of the fuselage. This didn’t fair any better as the beans were certainly gone by the time I returned to the deck, never mind the loop which I intended to try only when the takeoff and landing retained the beans.  Steve only brought a sandwich baggie half full of trial beans which we were quickly running out of along with good ideas. Next I tried the Splendor which is a bigger airplane with a softer landing gear. Much easier to get a smooth takeoff and low but positive G climbout.  Still mixed results. Capitalizing on the low pressure theory, the cup was moved to the trailing edge of the wing (where the pressure should be higher…ish?) and as inboard as possible without interfering with the aileron : we have success! We were able to retain the beans without too much trouble. A good landing would save all the beans and goodish landing at least 2/3rds of them :  dollar bill bonanza here we come!

But wait, a new wrinkle arises : Jovi is unable to make it, someone else needs to bring the drinks in the club ginormous cooler. I realize that if I have to put that thing in my car I can’t fit the Splendor and well, poop! Steve N. thinks exactly the same thing, the Passport taking up most of his car as well, now what? So, we strike up a deal : how about if we each bring ½ the drinks in our own smaller coolers and we’ll still have room in the cars  for the smooth planes destined to capture the cash. Well…So, you know what happens to “innovations” as applicable to a supposedly fun contest? They get smacked down by the Man! It wasn’t considered cheating as the current rules don’t specify where to put the bean cup, but next year’s rules definitely will, dag nab it!  Next year we’ll be constrained to have the cup on the center of the fuselage. Well boss, you can lose the beans, divvy out the small but bulky fortune in $1 to others, but I’m keeping the smiles and the laughs to myself, OK? That’s the best part of it, really. I had one more big idea and announced to the crowd : “since you all have pockets stuffed with $1 bills, how about lightening up your load into Smokin Joe’s tip jar to show our appreciation for the fabulous BBQ?” He and his crew appreciated it I think enough to come back next year for some more great chow. In the meantime, we’ll  see you next month for altitude quest.

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.

Jovl

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

Chairman’s Corner May – June 2022

Hello Club members, I hope all members are doing well and staying healthy.  Here we are at the end of May and our club meeting is this weekend, so I hope a lot of our members come out and join us for this day.  We have a lot to discuss with our members on what we have for the future of the club.  This Saturday Jim Bonnardel who is our event coordinator will be having the famous Bomb Drop, so be sure you get out to the field and join the fun with rest of our members. 

This past month our field was closed due to the KOZ event and it appears that some of our chairs grew legs and walked away.  Unfortunately, we did not get them back.  The club asks if any of our member have purchased new chairs for their backyard, I ask if you can donate your old chairs and bring them to the field.  It sure would be greatly appreciated if you could.  Funny part of this, the blue chairs were not taken, that because they are heavy to move around, so at least we still have those.  We just lost all the smaller plastic chairs and the nice outdoor chairs.

Not sure if any of you heard about “Red Bull Airplane Swap” which did not work out as planned.  This event happened on April 24th.

Sunday’s, vigorously promoted Red Bull Plane Swap missed the mark in more ways than one. Not only did the swap fail, but the maneuver and resulting aircraft crash irked the FAA, which said it “will investigate Sunday evenings attempted Red Bull Plane Swap in Arizona.” 

The agency also said that on Friday it “denied the organizer’s request for an exemption from Federal regulations that cover the safe operation of an aircraft.”  In the planned swap, which was live streamed on Hulu, pilots and skydivers Luke Aikins and Andy Farrington were scheduled to fly two Cessna 182s to an altitude more than 12,000 feet above the Arizona desert, put the aircraft into steep dives, jump out, and maneuver in freefall in order to enter each other’s airplane. They would then recover from the dive and land. 

Both men were wearing parachutes.

The aircraft were modified with a range of equipment including aerodynamic brakes to keep them from gaining excessive speed in the near-vertical dive, and grab bars to help Aikins and Farrington get back into the airplanes during the plunge. The 182s each included a custom autopilot designed to maintain an unusually steep descent path.

Shortly after the 182s began their dive together, side by side, the airplane that Farrington was supposed to recover entered a spin, making it impossible for him to gain entry. Aikins successfully completed his half of the swap and landed the airplane safely. Farrington had to deploy his parachute. The 182 he was supposed to get into impacted the ground in a near vertical orientation in the desert. Officials reported no injuries.

It is unclear what caused one of the 182s to spin out of control. It is also unclear exactly where the accident aircraft—which reportedly was fitted with a Cirrus-style airframe parachute—wound up.   I wonder if they will try this again!!!!

Not too long ago I walked over to the Rotorplex field and saw that a couple of guys were getting ready to fly their drones.  I had asked if they were club member and they both said no.  I asked if they had AMA and one of them said yes.  I asked to see it and he then told me he had a pdf of the AMA card.  I said ok but I need to see it.  His next response to me was, what is AMA.  At that point I knew he did not have one.  What he did have was TRUST.  But we all know that is not enough to fly at our site.  I told them that if he did have AMA, I would allow them to fly as a guest.   Get your AMA and join the club then you can fly as often as you like, but since they did not have AMA, I told them that they could not fly.   They did pack they drones and stuck around for while to watch our T-28 races.  Steve Neu will have more on that in this newsletter.

Speaking of the T-28 races, Larry Kosta Jr was ready for his heat, so he took off and right away he was banking to the left, over the pit and what he did was hit my truck and did some major damage to the truck as you can see in the photos….Ok, I lied about the  major damage, but he’s got some polishing to on the shell and the bed of my truck to do……lol.

I hope club members have been following along my build of the DC-3 these past few articles and been enjoying the build as much as I have.  I would like to let you know that if you come out this Saturday to our club meeting I will be bring the fuselage for all to see the model.  The next few mouths the wing will be built and I’m not sure how much time I will be building on, since I just got a new job working for Collins Aerospace which begins this coming June 6th.   In the time I will have, I will be building up the wing.  

Thank you all and I look forward to seeing you all out at the field!

President’s Corner for May – June 2022

First, there’s something different about this issue of Peak Charge. Scroll back to the top and look again. See it? Yes Ladies and Gentleman, SEFSD has a new logo! The original logo was designed by old friend Brian Chan (of SF Bay area) around 1991 when the club was founded.  For the refresh, we have Larry Kosta and his professional graphic designers to thank. The board did participate in the design, giving stick and rudder to multiple draft versions before settling on this one. So you like it? Want it on a shirt? A hat? A hoodie sweatshirt? It’s all going to be possible. Larry not only has graphic designer connections but embroider connections. Standby for a Website that will have sizes, colors and types of a lot of different garments for your choice of custom order. For the record, the club is not making money off the logo apparel (for now anyway), instead we’re passing on the embroiders best price to you, to encourage taking the plunge!

I want to offer public congratulations to Alex Sutton whom recently soloed in a full scale glider. Not content to just  beat us up in Electroglide, Alex now takes to the skies in full scale gliders where I’m sure his competitive spirit will prevail. Proud papa Frank graced us with the pictures of the milestone event. Just don’t forget us down here on the ground Alex, we still like to chase you around in our T-28s…uh I mean with our T-28s! 

As of now, next years’ banquet is still up in the air! At the last members meeting, a straw poll preferred returning to the Aerospace Museum vs Phils BBQ Event Center. Please realize that last year’s largesse was the result of having 2 years worth of funding which is of course not available this year. Like everyone else, we have to live within our means. Right now, we’re trying to work prices and adjust buy-in costs so the Aerospace Museum is possible. Standby for more info. The 2nd event to watch out for is our annual 4th of July bash and raffle to be held on the 2nd of July (less traffic). In the past, the raffle has been unsuccessful as a Banquet fundraiser and with night flying no longer allowed…well just stand by for more on that.

Lastly, the week of June 5th has (2) unusual weekday events. Monday the 6th, the field will be closed for Hotliner/F-5B practice from 12:45 to maybe 5:00 P.M. and Friday June 10th,  in the A.M. the field will also nominally be closed for a local UCSD student competition. The latter should be some interesting spectating and we could use a few more proctors to assure everything is accomplished safely.

Steve M.

Chairman’s Corner for Apr – May 2022

By Jovi Murek

Hello Members and new members who I have met down at the field in the recent weeks, I welcome you to our club.  Here at the SEFSD you will find a lot of guys who are passionate about flying model airplanes and are extremely friendly in helping out with any questions you may have.  I invite you all to attend our monthly meeting which we hold on Saturday a week before the end of the month!   We have fun flys which are coordinated by Jim Bonnardel who puts on a great event.  So please join us! 

Speaking of our Monthly meeting that is happening this weekend, please come and enjoy the fun with our members.

It’s hard to believe but we are at the end of April all ready, man time is flying by so fast!  July 4th is coming up soon and the BOD is working on putting an event together.  However we will not hold it on the 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, kinda 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.
It looks like we just might be getting closer to improving our runway and I hope to have the final details for you by next month.  We do still need permission from the city and we are also working on getting our presentation completed in the next few months.  Again more information coming soon!
I would like to thank Alan Isaacs for taking on the position of Treasurer for our club.  Thank YOU Alan!!   It does look like we are in need of a Secretary role for the club.  Currently our President Steve Managanelli is subbing in for this duty.  I invite any member who would like to step up and be a member of the BOD.  If you are interested please see me (Jovi) or Steve Manganelli or our Vice-President Quan Nguyen.,  Speaking about Quan, he has re-upped our club membership with AMA.  Thanks for getting that done Quan.
The winds lately have been coming out of the east and then changing to the North-west or South-west.  It just comes in all directions.  We as flyers have to fly in either two patterns, If the wind is coming from the east we are in a take-off and landing counter clockwise, left to right.  If the winds change, so does our pattern. This does not mean that you can continue to fly in the pattern as if the wind was coming out of the east.  Please observe the direction before you decide to take off.  We don’t want flyers flying in the opposing direction and having midairs!
Safety note:  Our field is getting dry and we all need to be careful if we happen to crash our planes.  I urge everyone to get a fire extinguisher to have at the field.  I have two available that I can give to club members who fly often at the field.  IF you’re interested in having one come please see me!
UCSD is going to have an event at our field on June 10th from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm. This event is going to be a Scoring Function as a weighted sum of max speed and payload.  They will have 4 groups of 4 – 5 students and each group will build their own aircraft that are designed from scratch.  These aircrafts will have about 3 foot wingspan and will all have Cobra 1180 Kv motors with ESC along with a 3C (11.1) LiPo battery.  I invite you to come out and watch the event.  If they are in a down time our member may fly in that time, but once they are ready I kindly ask you to give them the airspace.
Last note we are going to change our Logo.  It’s been some time and many members as well as the BOD agrees to change it.  Along with changing our logo, we are also looking into getting Tee-Shirts and hats made too.  The final details have not been decided and we are getting a sample made.  Once we receive it, then we will have more details for you all.
Ok, I look forward to seeing you all at the field and hopeful at this month’s club meeting.   My DC-3 is currently under construction and I have more on that to share in this Newsletter.
Happy flying to all our Club Members.

President’s Corner for Apr – May 2022

By Steve Manganelli

Be careful what you ask for, you might get it! This silly phrase applies to the much celebrated field improvement we’ve been discussing over the past few months. Thanks to the hard work of Larry Kosta, costs are within our reach, but the actual logistics of getting it done are significant and the 500-pound-gorilla-in-the-room question is exactly what would be the long term benefit? Let’s face it: the field is dirt, it will likely always be dirt and adding decomposed granite (dg) is just more dirt! I recognized some sample dg material as that used under my artificial turf. When that was applied by professionals using screeds and compacted using a portable plate compactor it certainly formed an airplane happy smooth surface. It could be walked on (if you were careful) but without the turf topper is certainly nothing that would hold up to being say driven on, poked at with tools, or even walked on repeatedly and randomly. Prior to the turf install, but after the dg, animals significantly disturbed it in a few places illustrating just how fragile the material is. Perhaps if there was a binder additive, it would be better? The bottom line is, the BOD voted to defer action on the project until we can find a precedent for the application for a similar purpose as ours. In the meantime we’ll go forward with our usual “mid-Summer correction” meaning water truck, dust down, and rolling. If anybody knows of an R/C field topped with compacted dg please let us know!

The final epilog on our 2022 Winter Banquet was we had a grand time and spent a lot of money doing it! There were 341 members eligible (at the end of November 2021) to attend and 53 did so. The remaining attendees were family members and guests. Therefore with less than 16% participation, it is imprudent to spend a lot of Club funds on the banquet. As of now, we’re looking at Phil’s BBQ Event Center (same parking lot as Phils BBQ, Pt. Loma) with a per member cost of $25 and a guest cost of at least $30 and a lesser (but still attractive) prize budget. An anticipated turnout of 75 to 100 people will keep us in line with historical expenditures on the banquet. The event will be held early to mid January, 2023.

This Saturday’s  “3 Ring Circus” fun event, cleverly concocted by Jim Bonnardel will be recognized by 3 medals awarded for each sub-event plus the usual Discount Hobbies gift certificates. You won’t want to miss that one, however I will! The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design-Build-Fly (AIAA DBF) competition for teams of undergraduate College students takes place this weekend in Wichita KS.  Steve Neu (Pilot) and myself (Design Advisor) will be with San Diego State University with their “Quetzlcoatl” aircraft do to battle with Engineering Colleges from around the country and around the world. See this link for details AIAA Design/Build/Fly | AIAA.   Thanks to Chairman of the Board Jovi Murek whom will be conducting the member’s meeting this month.

We will start running the gates with super high powered “hot liners” on the Federation Aeronatique International (FAI) Class F-5B Motor Glider distance course in early May. Some details are contained in my last column but notably, the field and the drone course will be closed to sport flying while this is taking place. Closing the field to practice doesn’t mean closing the field to other members with “hotliners” wishing to try their hand at the course. We highly encourage that and will be happy to provide coaching on this challenging international event to all comers. This is done on a Sunday afternoon to minimize impact to sport flyers. Watch for the announcement blast.

Chairman’s Corner for Mar – Apr 2022

Hello Club members, I hope all members are doing well, better than me these days.  On March 16 I lost my job of 12 years with General Atomic EMS division.  EMS stands for Electro Magnetic Systems.  I use to work on the Launch and recovery systems on Aircraft Carriers.  I worked on CVN78, 79, 80 and 81.  It was a fun time while it lasted.  In some cases, the job was driving me up the wall.  Now all that stress has left my body I can be more comfortable when flying my planes.   In the long run, this is better for me.  Opportunities are out there, just got to find them.

Thank You Dennis for rolling the field, it looks really nice.  Thank You Jim for taking care of the rotorplex and getting rid of the weeds, much appreciated.  We may be getting close to placing a smother surface on our field.  The BOD still has a lot work to do to ensure we are doing the right thing to help our field and most of all have the city of San Diego behind us.  Will have more on this as time goes by.

Last weekend caught my attention to how our pilot’s fly.  It’s the position in which we stand as we fly.  Fredrick was the one who caught my eye.  This is something I am going to try to capture every weekend and post in our newsletter so beware you could be next!!!  I want to thank Fredrick for being the first victim.  You can see in the picture……

I have a field note to discuss.  Wednesday, I had a chance to go fly and it was good to see a lot members out during the week, my first time.  The wind was coming out of the east and changed many directions, east, north east, and even south east.  Ok, so we all know if the wind is coming out of the east, we takeoff and land in the same direction, in this case, left to right and that means the flight patter is counter clockwise.  On this day I saw pilots taken off and then flying in the opposite direction.  This is not allowed.  Please, let’s not do that, don’t want any midair’s, right.  I ask you to follow the rules out at the field.  Flying Left to right, is clockwise, Right to Left is counterclockwise.  Thank you all for you cooperation with our flight patterns.

This weekend we are having our club meeting. Also this weekend is the RCX Show out in Pomona running Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Steven Belknap our Editor, sent out a flyer out a few days ago in the morning, so look for it if you want to attend.  Just have fun!

All right club members, below is the start of the building of the DC-3, enjoy!

Jovi

President’s Corner for Mar – Apr 2022

By Steve Manganelli

Spring has sprung! Daylight savings time is back; birds are singing and we’re flying. Gotta love our San Diego weather, I can scarcely remember any Winter flying Sunday I missed for rain.  If you like the condition of the field, thank Dennis LaBerge.  We try our best to roll the field coincident with the last Friday rain storm of the year and “we” AKA Dennis pulled it off early last month; thanks Dennis! Dennis has the rolling technique down to a science. When I came to the field late Friday afternoon to offer support, I found the job complete and was offered the chance to take out any aggressions on the parking lot!  I also want to welcome aboard to our new Treasurer, Mr. Alan Isaacs whom has now fully assumed the duties from Quan Nguyen.

I next want to thank our humble editor, Mr. Steve Belknap whom was “scheduled” to receive a recognition plaque at the Banquet. Due to his other commitments, I was honored to present his plaque commemorating his 13+ years as our Newsletter Editor at the field at the end of February.  One of the potential make-up days Steve was busy, he and Frank Gagliardi raised $650 for the Club via an R/C Estate Sale! Thanks for that too, Steve. Keeping us in communication is a vital function of the club. Next time you see Steve’s classic 60’s black van parked at the East end of the runway, give him a shout of thanks for his service. Speaking of awards, (2) types of medals have been awarded at least once, so it’s time to show what you’re playing for.

“SEFSD Sports” with the T-28 depicted was designed by Frank Sutton and will be awarded for monthly T-28 Gold-Silver-Bronze cups and the monthly club meeting fun event. The latter only when there is some flying skill involved; the “Foam Frenzy” and “Poker Fly” don’t qualify. I have it on good authority that for April’s “3 Ring Circus” event, there will be 3 medals awarded for each sub-event. You won’t want to miss that one! We have Larry Kosta’s professional graphics designers to thank for the Electroglide medal design, thanks for that and production of the inserts, Larry. These are awarded at the Electroglide pilot’s meeting commemorating the previous month’s winners.

Up until the last Newsletter, I only knew Mark Davis as an ace barbecue man. Little did I know Mark knows his way around an Oscilloscope! Mark’s write up about glitches caused by long wires and digital servos (and how he solved it) is the kind of fantastic content that put SEFSD on the map. Thanks for that Mark. Servo Twitching in Large RC Airplanes

I’ve been involved with the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design-Build-Fly (AIAA DBF) competition for teams of undergraduate College students for the last 20 years. In most cases this is the first time students get to see an aircraft of their design take to the air.  This year, Steve Neu (Pilot) and myself (Design Advisor) are helping San Diego State University design an (R/C model) aircraft that carries and deploys simulated vaccine vials and syringes. What’s most interesting about the competition, is that the cargo/rules change every year so there can be no year upon year iteration. The competition took a Covid hiatus for 2020 and 2021 became a video competition, but this year we are back to a flyoff which will take place at Cessna’s field in Wichita KS, April 20th to 24th.  SDSU will be joining the top 110 schools invited to participate in the competition after submitting a design proposal at the end of October. I did not know there are more than 110 schools with UnderGraduate Aerospace Engineering Programs! There are only when you count the 30 or so entered from abroad. The SDSU

Students’ so named “Quetzlcoatl” prototype aircraft took to the air on February 20th and we’ve been doing flight and mission testing  most Sunday afternoons since. For more information, see here : AIAA Design/Build/Fly | AIAA . The SDSU Team is led by Jeremy Johnson (red sweatshirt, holding plane) and Systems Integrator Roberto Marquez (standing, 5th from the left).

University of California San Diego is having their own model design competition and up to (4) teams will be competing at our field on Friday, June 10th.  Don’t know much about it except it involves approximately 3’ span models.

Finally, it’s about time to start running the gates! By that I mean fly super high powered “hot liners” on the Federation Aeronatique International (FAI) Class F-5B Motor Glider distance course. The aircraft have to climb outside the course and then glide between the planes of the course for 200 seconds. The 2 parallel planes of the course are located at our runway Gate 5 and parallel to the fence, 150 meters East of gate 5.  A judge is positioned at both gates and for safety precautions, both the drone course and the runway must be closed to sport flying when F-5B distance practice is taking place.

FAI-F5B is an international event with a World Championship scheduled to take place this September in Bulgaria. The USA Team consists of our own Steve Neu, Jeff Keasaman and Lenny Keer. Closing the field to practice doesn’t mean closing the field to other members with “hotliners” wishing to try their hand at the course. We highly encourage that will be happy to provide coaching on this challenging international event.  Watching a full on  7kW , 10 cell Avionic climbing at 150 mph is breathtaking enough, but really any 3S+ powered aileron equipped glider is capable of negotiating the course, so watch for an announcement soon and we’ll see you there!

Chairman’s Corner for Feb – Mar 2022

Hello Members of SEFSD, I hope all are well and all are doing fine!  How about our banquet?  Did that not turn out to be a fun event this past Friday, held at the Air and Space Museum.  We all were in the middle of the museum just about under a PBY.  It was protecting the Bar of course!!!  Special thanks go out to Quan for putting this event together.  At the last minute, Quan was able to find us a new location due to Edgewater backing out, so Quan got to work and got us to the Air and Space Museum and locked in a date for us, just that it was on a Friday and that did not seem to bother the folks who arrived.  Which sure was close to 100 people. It was great to meet our members as much as I could since I was MC for the banquet. 

The food provided by Lisa Bender was the best, from the meatballs to the roast beef and the salad and not to forget about the chocolate covered Strawberries…… it was just all amazing.   I was amazed to see how many prizes we had to give away.  Even our ladies, matter of fact, I believe all the ladies walked out with a gift which was also provided for us by Lisa Bender, wow that amount of work she put in for this was also just amazing.  Thank you both, Lisa, and Quan for all your efforts that you contribute to our club, Thank You so much!!!!

The prizes, for us guys, were also cool, however not everyone got a prize, not as lucky as our better halves that really do deserve it.   But we did have a great line-up of gifts, from Motionrc, Tower Hobbies, Hitec, Bee and from Steve Neu shops we had power supplies, chargers, and a couple of other items too.  It was fun to give out our prizes, it was fun to see the expressions on the person who won the prize, including George Sullivan who won a Hitec hat and took it in stride.  Same goes for Skip (our lawyer) who also won a hat from Hitec.  Ty won a power supply earlier but was lucky to exchange his gift when Steve Neu won which was a Timber and decided to give it to Ty.  Ty’s gift was given to a winner who won a charger. We had a couple of special gifts that were given to two people.  First one was when Claire Diffenback received a very nice set of flowers for her helping with T-28 races.  Congrats Claire, and to Brad Bender for his 12 plus years in supporting and keeping our club going in the right direction, he receives a very nice plaque that Steve Manganelli gave to him.  Thank You Brad for all you have done and congrats!    It over all turned out to be a lot of fun and was fun walking around the museum!   Thank You all for coming to our event!   The club looks forward to next year’s banquet. 

In the past couple of weeks, we had our gate tampered with.  They appeared to have cut the top bar to get the chain undone.  Since then, it has been fixed.  As a reminder, before you are the last one to leave the field, and as you start to drive away and you see someone, just go over, and let them know that they could be locked in once you leave.   Also, as a reminder that at the field, Please follow these guidelines:

  • Make sure you are always wearing your badge when flying your aircraft
  • Call out loud that you’re taking off, low fly by and landings.
  • Never fly over the Parking Lot and Pitts
  • And always fly on the north side of the fence.

As my last note for this month, I am in the midst of starting to build my Top Flite, Gold Edition DC-3 kit. As I have mentioned in my Chairman’s Corner: The nice thing about the Gold Edition DC-3 is that although it is a highly detailed scale model with all the goodies such as a realistic looking scale outline, built up tail surfaces, retracts and flaps.  The offset pinned hinge features the offset hinge line characteristic of the DC-3.   It is a model of a transport plane that is a stable model that I look forward to flying often!  Converting this kit into an electric airplane will have some challenges, but a challenge that will be fun!   I will also be sharing with the club the construction of this model with photos each month.  So let’s begin with a box full of wood turned into a DC-3.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all at the field and don’t forget your batteries, radio, charger, and most important, your airplanes and let’s go Fly!

Chairman

Jovi Murek

President’s Corner for Feb – Mar 2022

By Steve Manganelli

Oh what a night! The stars aligned to have our Winter banquet at the Aerospace Museum catered by Lisa Waln (Mrs. Brad Bender) this past Friday, February 18th. The food was fantastic, the ambience beautiful and the turn out awesome. I want to thank everyone whom bought tickets as early as 4 months ago, expecting a Saturday event for making it on a Friday. I had the privilege of checking people in and doling out tickets (with help from the  Mrs. Michelle M.) to what was certainly the best raffle we’ve ever had.  Congratulations to Larry (Lucky) Kosta and Mary Riney (also a pilot), whom both won airplanes!

I also need to thank the people whom worked selflessly to bring the banquet about. Our Chairman of the Board Jovi Murek did a fabulous job as Master of Ceremonies. He kept us entertained and on the edge of our seats anticipating the next airplane give away.  Jovi was also the procurer and selector of the airplanes in the Raffle (great choices Jovi!). Thanks also to Lisa Waln for procuring the Women’s prizes. Fortunately, that was long done before she knew she was also going to be the Caterer. Our Vice President and temporary Treasurer Quan Nguyen did all the arrangements with the Museum and the caterer to keep the bills straight, well done, Quan! Thanks to Steve Neu of Neumotors for providing a nice selection of chargers for the raffle at cost and to Jim Bonnardel for donating a Hitec charger and some Teeshirts and hats. Many thanks to Claire Diffenbach for drawing the tickets for the airplanes. The last person I want to thank had something to do with the banquet (there were rumors about the delicious appetizer meatballs…) but Mr. Brad Bender was called to the stage and recognized with a plaque commemorating his selfless leadership to the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego. Thanks to you Brad, for all you did officially over the last 9 years and what you continue to do for us unofficially.

Weekend before last, we had some outstanding weather for February.  Temperature was in the 80s and the field was packed for T-28 Racing : 16 participants, and all time high. I want to recognize and thank Frank Sutton for designing the new Medals and was proud to award him the first one as medal artwork designer. Frank is our “house” photographer and put out a fabulous 2021 retrospective in January’s newsletter. It is truly our year in pictures and urge you to go back to last month’s newsletter to find the link: https://www.sefsd.org/club-info/sefsd-memories-2021-video/.   Speaking of medals, they are also to be awarded to the 1st 3 places in our monthly Members Meeting/Fun Contest so even non-T-28 racers have a chance to earn one of these custom beauties. So come on out this Saturday and take your chances at the Poker fly and maybe pick up a medal!

If you are the last one out, it is important to close and lock the gate! Our permit with the City requires us to have the gate locked when we are not flying.  As a practical matter, if you are flying toward early afternoon on a weekend day and it looks you and only a few others remain, it is prudent to communicate among yourselves as to whom is to lock the gate. There have been situations that non-members are the last ones there and as non-members, do not have the combination to do so.  It is necessary and polite to warn any spectators in vehicles to be on the other side of the gate once you lock it lest they be locked in.  Most people that are there to spectate are in or near their cars to be warned to leave, but not always. The other week we had an unfortunate incident where an apparent locked in person, used a Sawzall on the gate latch fence to free his vehicle.

To preserve the operation of SEFSD, we need a new Treasurer as soon as possible and longer term, a new Membership Chairman. Quan Nguyen has done a fabulous job of keeping us in the black while George Sullivan has been selflessly printing and handing out badges for several years. The current office holders have honed these jobs to the minimum efforts required and will train you.

Lastly, I’d like to call your attention to Minutes of the February BOD meeting. The most important item therein is the possibility of having our altitude limit increased. It’s going to be a long row to hoe, but for now, it is absolutely vital that we adhere to current rule (200 ft) and 50 to 75 feet when full scale aircraft are passing over.  Our compliance to the current agreement will be a factor in any decision to increase our limit!

Chairman’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2022

Chairman’s Corner:

Happy New Year to all Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego!  I hope everyone had a great and healthy Christmas.   Well, here we are in 2022 and we still have COVID lingering around.   With the number of new cases every day, the SEFSD board elected to postpone our Banquet till February 19, 2022 (CORRECTION, THE BANQUET IS ON THE 18TH AT 6PM).  We are hoping that the conditions greatly improve by then.  If COVID still persists we will have to postpone another month.  I sincerely apologize for having to do this, but I want to look out for the safety of our members and I want all members who are attending to feel safe.   We still have plenty of room for indoor sitting, so I urge you to get your tickets.   This will be a fun event and I hope to see many of you at the banquet.  In the meantime, we will keep you updated on any changes that may occur.  I would like to say how great it is to see both Brad and Carl are doing on their respected surgery’s.  Both are getting better each day!  Congrats guys!    Hey, where’s Alan????

Membership renewal is going very well, and I cannot thank you all enough for your continued support of our club. As of January 15, 2022, the grace period for renewing your membership has expired.  The gate and porta-potty combinations have changed and the only way to get the code is to renew your membership today.  I would like to take a few minutes to let our members know that when out at the field we are to always display our badges.  The city requires that all pilots be members and the city manager may come in unannounced periodically and checks for badges on pilots.   I have seen a few pilots who have not worn the badges and I also know a lot of members may not ask if the pilot is a SEFSD member.  As I have said in my last newsletter, we are required to wear our badges while we are at the field and wanting to fly.  Anyone may come to the field and be with us for the day, but if you have no AMA or Club Membership you will not be able to fly at all.   If you are hosting a first-time guest that is AMA insured then he or she may fly at the field, but they are required to join the club if they wish to continue flying in the future. I also ask that if a member sees a pilot without a badge, you have the right to ask them if they have a badge or please bring this up to any BOD member and we will correct the situation.

Every three years you will have to renew your aircraft registration at FAADroneZone https://faadronezone.faa.gov/#/whether you fly recreationally or professionally. The FAA will send you an email requesting that you renew your registration before it expires.  Be aware that the FAA requires that you add all your planes or drones, known as “Devises,” to the FAA, as you are registering for the first time or renewing.  You may call your Devises any name you choose. Cost remains the same at $5.00

The FAA also has an expectation that you will take, and pass, The Recreational UAS Safety Test (TRUST) as part of flying at our Mission Bay site since it is an AMA sanctioned recreational facility.  While the terms “unmanned aerial system” or “drone” seem awkward, those are the terms used by the FAA to describe your remotely piloted aircraft regardless of type.  Web locations for FAA Approved Test Administrators of TRUST can be found here, https://www.faa.gov/uas/recreational_fliers/knowledge_test_updates/

These FAA requirements were signed into law in 2018 in order for the national airspace to remain a safe place for all users.  Fortunately, the test is short, easy and follows common principles we routinely use.

On other news, we need a Treasurer for the club.  Our incoming Treasurer had a little more than was feasible and more commitments than expected.  As Quan stated in a flier that went out to all members Quan is looking for someone who: Treasurer responsibilities are as follows,

  • Attending monthly board meetings and includes 1 – 2 hours of prep time to prepare statements for the monthly board meeting.
  • Writing 1 – 2 checks per month and includes 1 – 2 PayPal reimbursements for member’s club related expenses to maintain our great field
  • Maintain club accounts with QuickBooks, 1 – 2 hours is required
  • Accepting and depositing membership checks, raffles, and banquet money.

We ask that if this something you can do, please don’t hesitate to step up and join the BOD for the continuing efforts for the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego.  Please contact any Board Member or Quan directly!

In the next few months, I will be building a Top Flite, Gold Edition DC-3 kit.  The nice thing about the Gold Edition DC-3 is that although it is a highly detailed scale model with all the goodies such as a realistic looking scale outline, built up tail surfaces, retracts and flaps.  The offset pinned hinge features the offset hinge line characteristic of the DC-3.   It is a model of a transport plane that is a stable model that I look forward to flying often!  Converting this kit into an electric airplane will have some challenges, but a challenge that will be fun!   I will also be sharing with the club the construction of this model with photos each month.   Well, this was enough for me to get my juices flowing, so time to get my other projects off the workbench, say goodbye to my significant other for a while that is and get ready to start building.  Expected date of completion could be a year but maybe by the end of the year it will make its maiden flight!  More to follow in the upcoming newsletters.

In the meantime, I look forward to seeing you all at the field and don’t forget your batteries, radio, charger, and most important, your airplanes and let’s go Fly!

Chairman

Jovi Murek

President’s Corner for Jan – Feb 2022

By Steve Manganelli

I’m Back! I have been your president for several terms in the past, including the first term back in 1993 when we formed the Club. Although our bylaws nominally prevent more than a few consecutive terms, I haven’t been there in a while, therefore, I’m good and am privileged to serve again!  I’d also like to congratulate new Member at Large, Mr. Larry Kosta whom has joined the BOD this year and thank our returning veterans Jovi Murek, Quan Nguyen, Steve Neu, Steve Belknap, Carl Cox, Jeff Struthers, Ken Dresser. You guys continue to do a great job and we can’t run the club without you. These folks have their titles engraved on their badges; when you see them at the field, seek them out and thank them for their service! Were also indebted to Eric Shapiro for his service ending in 2021.

The first thing I’ve noticed during the transition is the valuable and low key leadership of our former Chairman of the Board, Mr. Brad Bender. With poor Brad in the hospital recovering from major surgery, I read over December 2021’s “Bradless” newsletter and realized just how many important things that were left out without Brad’s usual input. Brad, thanks so much for your steady and real leadership. The BOD and myself will try to carry on without you and allow you to devote your time to your recovery and your non-administrative R/C modeling endeavors. By the way, in case anyone whom hasn’t been to Brad’s house and thinks they are a competitor for “he who has the most R/C (or other) toys wins”, let me assure you, there is no contest, you may go ahead and give up now: you can’t win over Brad!

The 2nd thing I need to mention is Leadership. Although our bylaws have a magnanimous definition of term limits and what have you, the reality of running SEFSD is it takes some work and some of this work needs to be spread around to more members.  To preserve the operation of SEFSD, we need a new Treasurer as soon as possible and longer term, a new Membership Chairman. Quan Nguyen has done a fabulous job of keeping us in the black while George Sullivan has been selflessly printing and handing out badges for several years. The current office holders have honed these jobs to the minimum efforts required and will train you. Which one of you doesn’t mind paying bills with someone else’s money and printing/mailing badges? Remember folks, they/we are all selfless volunteers; once your AMA and Club dues are paid, the signal is sent to print your new badge and get it to you in a reasonably timely manner. Please, give it a least a week or two before you think your renewal fell through the cracks.  We have 197 members as of last Sunday: thank you all for renewing promptly and continuing to recognize SEFSD as the best value in San Diego area R/C modeling. One more thing: in order to renew or obtain SEFSD membership for 2022, your AMA insurance has to be paid through the end of 2022. The AMA prorates dues, but we don’t: it is simply too much trouble to have to inspect people’s badges to see when they expire. If you bought a new twelve month AMA membership let’s say in October of 2021, it will expire in November of 2022. When you go on the SEFSD Website to purchase your 2022 membership, it won’t take because you aren’t a paid up AMA member through the end of 2022, make sense? You need to get with AMA to ensure your AMA membership lines up with SEFSD membership.

I’d like to call your attention to Minutes of our first BOD meeting for the year which should be elsewhere in the issue. I ginned up what I consider a “standard” format and intend to use it for year, hopefully our Secretary can champion it as well. The purpose of it is not only to focus the BOD meetings, but to provide a concise description of the topics that are on the BODs’ agenda and what decisions we made about them. One key decision we made is to postpone the banquet anticipating a safer Covid situation and more ticket sales. Further down, you see just what a valuable member benefit this is. We essentially had 2 years worth of banquet funds to allocate and for more or less historical reasons, chose a pretty fancy venue. I can assure you that 2023’s banquet will be 1) a more austere venue, 2) lower value prizes and 3) cost more per member out of pocket and likely more yet for spouses/guests.  Therefore if you need any more impetus to get in on the 2022 Banquet, this is it! Hopefully I’ll see you there; I know a good deal when I see it and bought my tickets as soon as they were available.

Chairman’s Corner for December 2021

SEFSD Members and Friends,
As 2021 comes to an end, so does my time as Chairman of the Board of Directors for SEFSD. I plan to continue being a presence on the weekends, and still offer assistance to all as needed. As I pass the Torch to Jovi Murek, please thank him and the other BOD members for stepping up when you can.
I would like to thank each of you for your friendship and open camaraderie over the last several years as that is what makes our club the best in Southern California. I encourage all to get involved with events to your liking, and always encourage members to sit on the BOD periodically to help guide the club in positive directions. This will keep our club growing dynamically, and increase everyone’s enjoyment. I am always proud to be a member when I see your friendly and helpful attitudes as you welcome people with dreams and a new plane as they arrive on site!
There are still several seats available for the yearly Banquet currently scheduled for 15 Jan at the Edgewater Grill. I highly encourage those that can attend to ensure you make this one!! Even though the cost of everything has gone WAAAYY up this year, The BOD agreed to absorb the increased Banquet costs to give you an amazing event with great dinner selections and LOTS of really great raffle prizes (for both the guys and the ladies). All while maintaining the same out of pocket cost-per-seat to members as in previous years. This value may not be available in the future as costs continue to rise – so strike while the iron is hot!! I really hope to see you there. [See below for banquet information]
Along with 2022 comes the requirement to renew your club membership – again without an increase in dues. ANOTHER BARGAIN!! Please remember that we do not pro-rate membership and all 2021 badges are considered expired on January first. Renewal is easy on the web site: www.sefsd.org as well as the purchase of your banquet tickets. Our membership coordinator, George Sullivan plans to be at the field this weekend (and possibly next weekend) with the new badges for members that have renewed their membership this month. Expect any badges not claimed by the 9th to be mailed to you. As a reminder, please wear/display on your person your current membership cards while utilizing our site. Your new cards will feature an amazing image selected by Eric Shapiro, and will have the 2022 combination to the locks at the gate and on the porta-potty, which will change effective 15 Jan.
As some of you know, I had a serious medical condition arise late November and have been away from the club since. I would like to put out a heart felt “ THANK YOU!” to all of the members that sent cards, texts, mails, and thoughts to me and my family. We appreciate it so much that words are hard to find. I am 2 weeks out of heart bypass surgery, at home, and getting better every day. I actually had my Physical Therapist (terrorist) tell be to slow down today as I am up to walking 3 hours a day and she thinks I am pushing myself too hard. While a month or two off of work is never a bad thing, I am still limited to lifting less than 5 pounds for the next couple of weeks so cant fly or even work on any airplanes. I do plan to come out for a few hours this weekend though. Randy offered to put on his “ driving Mr. Bradley “ hat and drive me to and from the site.
On an interesting note, just as all of this hit me I found and purchased a used plane I have been trying to locate for a few years, and of course – now I can’t drive…. If anyone has plans to travel to ( or halfway to ) the Phoenix area in the next 5 weeks and would be willing to accept some gas money to bring a plane back with you – I would greatly appreciate it!! It will be airframe only with a 96” fuselage.
While this will be my last submission as a Member of the BOD, I do plan to slip Steve, our Editor, an article from time to time. So should you!! I see some great machines every weekend and would enjoy knowing more.
Again, Thank you all, and I hope you have a great 2022!
Brad Bender

President’s Corner for Dec 2021

Merry Christmas SEFSD Members and family!  I can just remember when it was summer time, flying our airplanes all day long and it was great, then as quick as flipping a switch, here we are in December.  We have had an interesting year with the pandemic and I was happy how we all took the right steps to keep all safe!  Thank You Members!

“It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the AIR”

My Wish, For You

Is that this life becomes

All that you want it to,

Your Dreams Stay Big,

And your worriers stay small,

You Never Need To Carry More Than You Can Hold,

And while you’re out there

Getting Where You’re Getting To,

I HOPE YOU KNOW SOMEBODY LOVES YOU,

And wants the same thing too

Yeah, this is my wish.

Club membership is now open alone with our banquet tickets which are going fast.  We also have a great line-up of prizes that will be given away at the January 15, 2022, Banquet.   I look forward to seeing as many of you on the upcoming event. 

From MotionRC we have the following aircraft:

  • XK X520 VTOL 520mm (20.4”)
  • Flightline Hawker Sea Fury 1200mm (47”)
  • Freewing Avanti S 80mm EDG Ultimate Sport Jet
  • Frewing Vulcan High Performance 70mm EDF Sport Jet

From Tower Hobbies, (Horizon Hobby) we have the following aircraft:

  • MXS V2 Green PNP, 1100mm
  • Twin Otter 1.2m PHP, Includes Floats
  • ASW-17 EP Glider PNP 2500mm
  • Timber X 1.2m PNP
  • Night Radian 2.0 PNP

We are also going to have a bunch of smaller items:

  • iCharger X12
  • assortment of batteries
  • Related items.

And not to forget our spouses, I hear Lisa, Brad’s wife for those who don’t know, has fantastic prizes (lotions, etc.) from Victor’s Secret. This will be a fun event with great food and beverages.  So 2021 members get your tickets SOON!

We have had a situation in which a past member was flying out at the field without AMA or SEFSD membership. His last membership date was 2018…. The way this was found out and he has been flying at our field this year and all thought he was a member.  The way I found this out was, unlike the rest of us, calling out our intentions in “Taking-off, Low fly by and Landings”, he failed to do so, and he was asked many times to call out his intentions.  I approached the pilot and I noticed he was not wearing a badge. We are all required to wear our badges at the field, and I would like to invite any member to approach a pilot who may not be wearing a badge and ask to see the SEFSD badge or AMA.  You as a club member have every right to ask if the pilot is a member.   It is most important that everyone who flies in our field, must have AMA and be a member of SEFSD.  If you come across a situation with a pilot, I ask that you bring this to the attention of any BOD member so we can act accordingly.  We cannot have pilots flying at the field who are not members.  This can and will cause us to lose the field.   Even at the Rotorplex everyone must be a member to fly at the South Shores Park on Mission Bay.

This past year was a blast being your club president.  It was fun holding meetings, planning the events, giving out the prizes, talking with a lot of you and getting to know you even more.  This of course will not stop as being the Chairman of the Board, replacing Brad Bender who we all can say did one hell of a fantastic job in keeping our club safety and interest first and foremost.  Thank You Brad!   Steve Manganelli will be our President for the coming year.  Filling his position as Vice- Pres, will be our former Treasure, Quan Nguyen.  Taking Quan’s position for Treasurer is Dave Youssefi.  Replacing Eric Shapiro as Secretary is Ken Dresser.  Remaining as Safety Officer is Steve Neu.  Also remaining as Editor is Steve Belknap.

Special thanks to the Member at Large, Carl Cox (Chef Carl), Jeff Struthers (holding our Glider events, including marking the circle and the center line) and now joining the Member at large is Larry Kosta.   Also deserving Thanks are the following members:  Dennis LaBerge with all his efforts in taking care of the field and helping out a lot of new comers to the hobby.  Mark Davis and Fritz Logan with they help in providing the lunches we have at our meetings.  Jim Bonnardel will be our Contest Director for our Fun-Fly for 2022.  And we have Frank Sutton to thank for all the great pictures he has and will be taking!

 “It is Christmas in the heart that puts Christmas in the AIR”

Maybe that’s why it’s Christmas every day in this hobby!

Merry Christmas to all our members and to their family’s!

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

Nico

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.

Brad

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!

Chairman’s Corner for Oct – Nov 2021

Things are finally cooling off and recent rain has left the field in fine condition. It’s still pretty dry in the outlying area though, so please continue being diligent with fire safety. We continue to request the city keep our are safe by restricting access to non-members when the gate is closed. The city did respond by placing the railroad ties, but there are still determined people that move the boulders to access the field. There continues to be damage to the parking lot and people dumping trash on site. Our part in this is to lock the gate when there are no members on site. Please – if you are the last one out, Lock the gate behind you.

I have seen some distressingly unsafe things this past month that I would like to touch upon. With the nature of our hobby, we need to be extremely aware of what is happening around us. There were a couple more incidents of planes having an abrupt landing in the pit area or parking lot this month. While I generally get on the pilot for not warning others, I understand that they are busy trying to save their aircraft. If you see it, whether it’s your aircraft or not – please loudly warn others. Also, I continue to see people walking onto the runway without actually looking both ways to ensure it is clear. While some do call out that they intend to cross, they do not always call out loudly enough to be heard at all of the gates.  We HAVE to look and be safe! I had someone step out 10 feet in front of a 30 lb plane that was on final – at head height. His statement afterword? You guessed it – “ Well I said I was crossing! ”  The same thing goes for preparing to take off – Just saying “Taking Off” does not mean its ok to taxi out in front of people already landing, and in one case, two jets that were landing next to each other in formation when a trainer type aircraft slowly taxied out in front of them both… If you hear another pilot call out, and they are using their inside voice instead of their MAN voice, please feel free to pass it on in a louder manner so others are aware.

For those of you that remember our past club member Bak Kahn, or “Captain Bak” as he was affectionately known, I had a chance to visit him and his family in the Portland area late September. He is staying away from the drama in downtown Portland and is doing great things. He has attempted to find a local flying site, but seems to only find grumpy clubs. I’m thinking the friendly atmosphere he enjoyed at SEFSD may have spoiled him. I’m trying to convince him to visit before Christmas.

There will be some minor changes in the make-up of the Board of Directors for 2022. Most of the Board members have agreed to stay on for another year. THANK YOU TO EACH !!!  We will say Thank You and farewell to our current Secretary, Eric Shapiro – and will possibly shift a few current members around in positions. I have had one member say he would like to join the BOD ( Thanks Larry Kosta!! ) and am still awaiting an answer from 2 others ( Dave?, Larry? ) who made previous suggestive comments about serving. I will firm the possible nominations up and determine whether there will be active competition for any position – which will require a vote.  If seats are spoken for without challenge, there will not need to be a vote.

Quan is finalizing the details for the club banquet which will be held on Jan 15th. It should be an amazing event this year, making up for the one we missed last year. Once ticket sales are announced I recommend jumping on them, seating will be limited, and even alligator tears will not get you a seat once sold out…

The club meeting and fun fly at the field will take place on Saturday the 23rd at the field starting at 10:00 AM. Jovi has an interesting twist on the Bomb Drop that I am looking forward to! Following the fun fly, we will have Hotdogs provided by Fritz and cooked by Carl.

With the holidays coming this may be the last meeting at the field this year, so come out and join us!!

Have a great month and be safe!

Brad

President’s Corner for Oct – Nov 2021

Aloha, club members.  My wife and I had a great time on the Islands and it’s also good to be home! But the real fun was being able to sit in the captain seat of an Airbus A330 as you can see in the picture.  Naturally after that I had my Mai Tai…….and enjoyed the flight!  We have had some interesting weather of late, all which has been great for the field.  The lightning was amazing and something we San Diegans don’t see that often…unlike back east.  Then we got a good rain storm followed by some wind. The first storm caused us to miss out on our club meeting and Fun Fly “Bomb Drop”.    However, hot dogs were served, (Thank You Mark and Carl) and they were enjoyable!

We will get back to the fun fly, but now some club news.  I am happy to say that we will be having our annual gathering on January 15, so please mark your calendar.  We will have up to 125 tickets available in the coming months.  Entrance is $20.00 per person at the Edgewater Grill which is located in Seaport Village.  This will be a fun event and we are going to make up for the lost year. 

Our field looks pretty good these days.  Thanks to Dennis for keeping the runway smooth and getting rid of any footprints that may damage the runway.  And, as always, we are looking for more chairs, so if you have any old outdoor chairs please bring them to the field. 

There are still times at the field when pilots don’t call out “takeoff”, “landing” or “low flyby”.  Please, call out your intentions (projecting your voice) so that all pilots are able to hear you.  From the west gate to the east gate, you must be heard!  Thank You!

As we approach the end of year, the club will just be holding the T-28 races to finish out the series.  As far as club meetings and Fun Fly events go, this month’s event and meeting will be the last one for the year.  It’s Thanksgiving and Christmas and I am sure a lot of members will now be able to enjoy the holidays since COVID 19 hit us.  I would also like to mention that this is the time of year that Board of Directors members are looking for new club members to join in the fun.  I would like to run for President again and I also invite any members as well who would like to be President to run.  Same goes with Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer.  If you are interested in any position, please advise any BOD of interest in becoming a BOD member.

Thank you all for keeping the gate closed and locked as you leave the field.  Along with the new railroad ties that were installed, it looks like we are keeping the riffraff out.  So, thank you club members.

We may have missed last month’s Fun Fly, but we’re not going to miss out this month.  The Fun Fly for this month is “Bomb Drop – Squadron Style”.  Each squadron has five pilots and your positioning is based on how you pick your ticket.  Each ticket identifies what squadron you have chosen with a number listing your position.  If you chose number 1 you are the lead pilot and the other pilots follow in the order they have chosen.

Two squadrons will be on the runway ready to go.  The first squadron takes off, one pilot after the other.  Continue to make final approach and each pilot will try to maintain some sort of controlled distance.  When the first pilot drops his bomb, the next pilot drops his bomb and then the next and so on.  When all five pilots land the next squadron takes off.  The altitude for the bomb drop will be the height of the wind sock, no lower or you will lose points if you are below.  Each pilot will have a spotter in helping to help them with flying, staying in formation and dropping the bomb.  Each pilot must keep an eye on their aircraft and not watch where the bomb drops.  A spotter will inform you of your drop.  If a pilot does not watch his aircraft and it veers off to the pits, you could be disqualified from the event and we don’t want that.  So, keep an eye out on your aircraft at ALL times!  The pilots who comes closest to the center of the target advance on to the next round.  Once the first round is completed, we move to the round of Squadron Leader.  From this round we will determine who the true Squadron Leader is.  Gift certificates are awarded based on how close the leading pilot comes to the target; the closer the better!

My last note is that you all should be receiving or have received the AMA voting ballot for District X.  Please make sure you vote for the candidate that you like.  So far we’ve had one candidate at our field, Greg Stone, and we look forward to meeting the other candidate(s) when they make an appearance.  I do believe Mr. Stone will be down for our monthly meeting this weekend since he, like we, were rained out last month.  So please make your vote count!  Voting goes till November 12, 2021.

Thank you all and looking forward to seeing you all at the field!

Jovi
President, SEFSD 2021

Chairman’s Corner for Sep – Oct 2021

Hey SEFSD team! As the days get cooler we have been seeing more of you at the field. I have been enjoying catching up with some, and seeing the projects you have been working on while enjoying your air conditioned homes!

One thing I have noticed while watching folks returning to the flying field after a break is a rash of crashes that can be attributed to failing to pre-flight your aircraft.  Just because you have not flown it in a few months doesn’t mean it is in the exact condition as your last flight prior to putting it into “Lay up”.

 A couple of things to check every time you take a plane to the field are the condition of your clevises, and clevis keepers holding the clevis shut. Take a look at each control horn and ensure it is properly connected to the control surface, and tug firmly on each control surface to ensure the hinges are still attached as you expect. Also, give your battery connectors a good visual inspection. As you go up in voltage on bigger planes, there is an initial spark while connecting that will eventually cause failure – sometimes in flight.

When I bring planes out of a longer storage, I go through every nut and bolt to ensure it is how I expect. I check each hinge/clevis/and control horn. I look at glue joints visible in the airframe and add adhesive where necessary. I look at each servo to ensure there is no damage to the control arm and the screw is tight. Also I will carefully study the servo as it rotates for sign of gear slop or missing teeth.

Finally, I see people put planes on the runway and listen for servo noise while walking back to the gate. Then they take off without visually verifying each surface is moving as it should. Then they crash because something is reversed or not working. Your eyes are your best tool! Ensure it looks right before taking off!

Quan is looking at options for our end-of-year banquet. We missed out last year as the virus was limiting gatherings over 10 people.

As Quan is looking for banquet sites for our event, he is hearing that venues are limiting attendance to 100 people. That may change, but my advice to you is not to dawdle when we announce tickets for sale – as they will go quickly!  For newer members who have never been to a SEFSD Banquet – you get major bang for your buck! Quan is still setting up, so prices/venue/menu is still TBD, but in 2019, club members purchased a 20$ ticket for each family member attending, which got them a raffle ticket ( one per purchased meal ) for a chance at $1600 in prizes, and a sit down meal valued at around $55 per person.

We will have a few openings on the Board of Directors for 2022. If you are interested in assisting with the guidance of the club, we are looking for new blood and fresh ideas. Our next BOD meeting will be held on Oct 6th. If you would like to attend – either in person, or via ZOOM, please let a board member know.

This months club meeting at the field will be on the 25th, with the fun fly event starting at 10am and the meeting to follow around 12pm.  This months event is a club favorite – Bomb Drop. Compete for your chance at $150 dollars’ worth of gift certificates to Discount Hobby Warehouse – and Bragging rights!  One year, Eric and I were less than one inch from the center of the circle. We are all rusty now, let’s see how you do!

Fly safe,

Brad.

President’s Corner for Sep – Oct 2021

Hello members, we had a great summer of fun flies for 2021!  To continue the fun for 2021, get ready for “Bomb Drop”.   We continue to have great turnouts with Flyers, planes in hand and ready to fly and it’s good to see you all.  Our last event was “Altitude Quest”!  We had 22 members join the fun.

Altitude Quest. Object of this event was to see who could come closes to the altitude, that they choose with the Altitude Quest Spin Box.  Each member had a chance to push the button on the Altitude Quest Spin Box. Chooses were: 100, 125,150, 175, 150 x2 and 200 x2.  The x2 was not to your favor.  If you were off by 8 feet, it became 16 feet. A few of us got the x2, Jim R choose 150, his actual was 361 which became + 422 feet.  Bob B, choose 150 and he reached 122 – 56.  Then came Frederich, he chose 150 and he reached 133 feet, that came to -34 which was good for 4th place.  I chose 200, I was off by -240 feet…

It was fun to watch fliers reach an altitude in which they think they reach the altitude they chose.  The altitude was never called out, it was a secret.  So, guys were just flying.  It was a delight to see.  Thong Le chose 100 feet he reached 62 feet, short by -38 feet, good for 5th Place.  As mentioned before, Frederich came in 4th.  Daric chose 200 feet and he reached an altitude of 172 feet and was off by -28 feet, good for 3rd place.  Jon V, chose 150 and he reached 131 feet, that was off by -19 feet, good for 2nd place.

The club’s been open for some time now and we had a lot member come out.  There was a time I was not showing up and most of it was due to my Fairchild flipping over all the time and the repairs were getting to me, so I took some time off.  I believe I was gone for a few weeks.  However, this younger gentleman comes out during that time, but once I got back, he does not show up until Altitude Quest Day, he and his mom show up!  And to my surprise how grown-up Neil Zhu has changed.  He is now taller than his mom……. Neil chose 100 feet, takes off, shoots straight up, he calls it and lands.  When Denise showed me the altitude, I knew who was going to win this event.  Young Neil reached 99 feet, yes that’s off by -1…Congratulation to Neil for putting us all in our place!!!!    

We’ll try not to talk about how your president did not have your prizes available at the time of our event.  Nice copy of an award was given out.   But even when the actual gift certificates were available, there was still a mix-up.  I had given Thong Le, 5th place winner 3rd place prize and to Deric I gave, I mean Brad gave him 5th place certificate.  That was all my bad for not remembering or bring the list of winners with me.  So, beside the Hot Dog in which I own him, he will receive the complete amount he won. 

At the time I am writing this I am also packing for Hawaii.  I won’t see all of you till our monthly meeting and fun fly at the end of this month.  Enjoy flying and see you all at the Clubs Monthly Meeting!

Aloha!

Jovi

Chairman’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2021

Hey flyers,
Right off the bat I would like to touch on the pandemic status in San Diego County. As most of you know, there has been an upward trend of positive cases over the last 2 months. The number of fatalities has thankfully remained low. There were never statements that the vaccines were 100% effective, so even vaccinated persons can still contract and spread Covid 19. Reliable medical officials state that vaccinated persons generally do recover faster with less of the serious side effects that unvaccinated persons are still suffering from. The Pfizer Vaccine has recently received FULL FDA approval, I hope this helps if you have still been on the fence… Please do what you feel is necessary to keep your loved ones, and associates safe. As before – stay home if you feel sick.
 We are halfway through summer, with potential for another 90+ heat wave or two expected before things start to cool off. I do notice people drinking lots of water on site and am happy to see that. During previous summers I have seen numerous folks get shaky from heat exhaustion and dehydration. Since we spend several hours on site at a time, portable shade canopies and beach umbrellas are still recommended along with Minimum SPF15 sun block to protect you from harmful rays. There are a couple of members having biopsies on “questionable” moles this month. At least we could attempt to wear a hat.
Along with the suns effects on us, the outer field area is EXTREMELY dry. The tiny bits of moisture we have seen this month was of no help. I have recently seen a few members carry extinguishers into the field when a crash occurs ( Thanks Jovi and Jeff! ), and suggest we continue this practice for the remainder of the year.
 Thanks go out to Quan and Dennis for procuring and driving the equipment to wet and roll the main runway this month. Dennis was on the roller for 7 hours straight – like a BOSS! Quan also had the water tanker driver soak the parking lot area, which will reduce the dust from the ‘Andretti’ like persons speeding through our lot. While thanking Dennis, I would also like to highlight him for the hours of weed abatement and random trash removal he does for us. On top of all of this, I see him helping others with their projects for hours at a time – sometimes not getting in a single flight on his own planes all day. Such sacrifice!! Thanks again Dennis!!
We continue to look at ideas for improving the surface of the main runway. We thought we had a way ahead with stabilized decomposed granite, and the park manager was agreeable with the idea. Sadly, once the local contractors found out we were attempting to upgrade city property at Mission Bay, they assumed we were funded by the city and the cost estimates became astronomical. While we would all like a more consistent surface, the BOD will not bankrupt the club to do so… Steve Neu and Carl Cox have recently approached some contractors that are friendly, so there is still hope of reasonable resolution.
 Quan has again volunteered to head up the end of year banquet committee. If you would like to join him in planning efforts, please let him or Jovi know. While the pandemic kept us home last year, the years prior were stellar events – also coordinated by Quan. Sadly the Harbor House is no longer available as a venue, we are looking for alternative locations. In the past we have enjoyed dinners that were served as well as buffet style. We are already discussing some pretty awesome raffle prizes, more to follow as we finalize plans.
Membership is close to pre-pandemic numbers and we should end the year with around 350 members the way things are going now. As people tend to ask this time of year – Sorry, we do not pro-rate membership rates. The $50.00 initial fee and $10.00 family member fee applies no matter which part of the year you join. I feel there is incredible value if you participate in the monthly events, and especially if you attend the banquet! 
 On a safety note we have some newer members that are now good enough to be dangerous. That being said, while you have the ability to do high speed passes directly over the fence, please refrain. While you have the confidence to come in at 90 degrees to the runway – aiming directly at the pit area at full throttle, with the plan to yank it away at the last possible second…, please refrain. One wrong input or a failed servo has the potential to put your plane into a fellow member, spectator, or vehicle. Some people may remember past BOD member, Scott F. – he took one to the temple a few years ago. It happened so fast the pilot had no time to react. You could see the specific cuts the full throttle propeller made to the bill of his cap as it hit him. Luck was with him, and he didn’t need to be hospitalized, but the potential was there. Please consider the safety of all while determining your flight path! I saw another near incident last weekend when two pilots were flying from gates one and two. The gate two pilot called “landing” way early. While gate two pilot was still on his 3 minute landing approach, the gate one pilot landed in the weeds at the end of the runway. He failed to notice the other guy was ( finally ) on final – and stepped out directly in the path of the plane now 10 feet away and headed directly at him. While he stated he called “on the runway”, if the guy at the next gate can’t hear you – you need to find your “ Man voice”. A few take aways : Please call landing when you are actually on final – not 2 or 3 passes away. If you need to go around – call it so others know what is happening ( they may need to land and could be waiting for you). Also, LOUDLY announce any time you are stepping on the runway surface AFTER (AFTER) carefully looking in all directions to ensure it is safe to step out. As a final safety note, if you are losing control of your aircraft – YOU should be the one warning others with a loud “HEADS UP!” announcement. 
 There will forever be homeless people in Mission Bay Park. There are no fences to keep people on foot and on bicycles out of our area. No matter how many e-mails I receive stating that it is somehow my responsibility to get them out of the field, the reality is that it is beyond my control. Periodically the city comes through and moves them out, but they come back within a day or two. There was an incident late in July where a homeless individual loudly approached a lone drone pilot screaming at him for “ spying on him “. The pilot quickly packed his items and left, which is what I recommend if you feel at risk. Again, if you are there alone, it is your decision to fly or wait for others. If you fly FPV, you are required to have a spotter at all times anyways – so you should never be ‘under the hood’ while by yourself. There are commercially available items such as pepper spray that you can keep on you or in your flight box if needed. Immediately call 911 if you or your property is injured or damaged in any way. A picture of the aggressor is recommended if possible.
It looks like efforts from our editor, Steve – and his tech support, Quan, have our For sale by members area of the website operational again. If you would like to sell items to make room for more ( of course ) please send your submissions to Steve at editor@sefsd.org. Include a description if the model, components, condition, price, contact information, and a pic or two.
3 or 4 of you have personally mentioned that you were thinking of nominating yourself for a position on the Board Of Directors for 2022. We will start taking nominations in October with voting in November. If you would like to sit in on a meeting let any BOD member know. The next meeting will be on September 8th
This months Fun Fly event and club meeting at the field will be this Saturday, the 28th and will start at 10:00AM. Jovi has been going a great job of selecting and running events since we re-started them. If you have a fun idea, let him know maybe your event will make the calendar! For August, the event will be Altitude Quest, which is a favorite because any pilot that is past solo stage can play and it’s fun to see how accurately people can judge their height. Thanks go to Jovi, Mark, and Carl for coordinating and executing the hot dog lunch to follow the meeting.
See you there!
Brad

President’s Corner for Aug – Sep 2021

Welcome to the Dog days of Summer.  August club meeting is just around the corner and what a fun time our last event was, Poker Fly (more soon).  I was also happy to see how many members showed up, great to see you all and as always looking forward to see more of you out at the field.  Thanks Mark and Carl with prepping the Hot Dogs and all the goodies that came with it.  Looking forward for our August meeting!!!

A few notes:  The surrounding area around the field is very dry.  If an aircraft goes down, I know we slowly walk out to it, thinking all is good, which in most cases has been good.  Let’s not take it for granted.  Fire Extinguishers are more important to have now with the field being dry.  Costco had them on sale, not sure if they still are sale.  Please, if you’re able to, bring a fire extinguisher with you.

In the last meeting, we had this one question come up a few times about the gate and being the last person and I just want to make sure (no names mentioned here, right Alan) very member is aware of…. You’re the last one out, Lock the Gate behind you as you leave the field!  This will maintain the integrity of our field!

Poker Fly

28 members joined in the fun.  All were able to draw their first 3 cards.  Just like in Vegas, you get a lousy first three cards, some got a pair like Ty with pair of Kings, good for fifth place, way to go Ty!  But even with a pair you still need to collect your two remaining cards.  Right after receiving your three cards, it was time to fly, come back get your fourth card.  Fly come back for your fifth card.   Then you had the opportunity to discard a card, fly receive a card and if you still needed too, discard a second, fly get your last card and hopefully you got the had you wanted.  So, without further delay here are the winners:

  • As mentioned, congrats to Ty for taking fifth place with a pair of Kings – $10.00
  • Fourth place went to Scott with two pair threes and sixes – $20.00
  • Third place went to Nick with three eight’s – $30.00
  • Second place went to Jia with three nines – $40.00
  • First place went to George Horper drawing just five cards with a Flush, Hearts! – $50.00

Congratulation to you all!

This Month it’s Altitude Quest.  Here is how it’s going to go.  Any airplane may play.  No Drones allowed.  You will be able to drawn, spin to get you altitude anywhere from 25 to 199 feet.  A device will be mounted on your plane and will record the altitude you are to achieve.  You are going to be judge on your height your aircraft achieves.  The closer you are to you mark, wins.  Prize will be TBD.

Looking forward to seeing you all at the field!

Jovi