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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!


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!


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:   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 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,

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!


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: 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,


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


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.


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!


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!

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,


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!



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 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!

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!


Chairman’s Corner for July – August 2021

Hey guys! Hope everyone is having a good month, and staying out of the heat when able.
To start, I would like to thank the people who were on site into the evening on Independence Day. You helped keep our site secure from unauthorized users, while having a front row view of the fireworks at Sea World. I heard it was a good show, though some people wished the breeze had blown the smoke the other way – but you can’t have it all.
I would like to thank Quan for negotiating with the city managers for added security for our site. Some of you may have noticed the double railroad ties now in place between S. Shores Dr. and our access road. While the more motivated trespassers still seem to get through, it is a start in the right direction. Just a reminder to all, please ensure that if you were the last member leaving the site, you’re required to close and lock the gate behind you. If there are nonmembers / or people you don’t recognize on site, let them know that you are locking the gate and ask them to depart. If people leave their cars and wander away, LOCK THEM IN! They will figure it out.
As mentioned last newsletter, some of our chairs have wandered away to various homeless encampments, and we could use a few more chairs on site. If you have some old lawn furniture lying around, we could really use it at the field – instead of sending them to the dump. On the same note – if you’ve had renovations to your house, Office, or general workspace and have old carpeting you’re trying to get rid of, you can bring it down to the site instead of paying waste management or Edco to dispose of it. We will roll it out in the pit area on top of several years of carpeting to keep us from standing directly in the dirt.
The outer field area is extremely dry and likely to get worse as we head into August. I appreciate that most of you have extinguishers on site for emergency use. If there is a particularly bad crash, I would like to see one or two people heading out with extinguishers – just in case. Before moving on from issues caused by heat, we have had a few members nearly overcome by dehydration and heat exhaustion in the past. Please bring plenty of fluids and portable shade to the field if you need it. One member mentioned recent bouts of skin cancer, please cover the sections you want to keep!
For the last couple weeks the BOD has been discussing alternate surfaces for the main runway. We have a little bit of money in our account, and once we have a plan I may toss the hat out in a fundraiser to see if we can raise the difference with donations. For the first time in my memory we have a Mission Bay administrator who seems openly agreeable to our requests for improvements. We are getting estimates on tons of material and are pretty surprised at the prices we are quoted for the actual installation. If any member has a friend or relative that works with heavy machinery and may be willing to give us a deal as we contract improvement  work (with the approval of the city), please let our secretary, Eric Shapiro – or myself know.
  As part of the FAA Reauthorization act of 2018, the FAA has finally issued their Recreational UAS Safety test (TRUST). All recreational flyers must pass this aeronautical knowledge and safety test and provide proof of test passage (the TRUST completion certificate issued upon completion) to the FAA or law enforcement upon request. While our club has no designated persons to verify that members have taken and passed this test, our governing/insuring organization ( AMA) has requested all members take the test ( and pass!) and keep their certificate with them while flying at any AMA site. The AMA is an approved TRUST test administrator and you can begin the process here:
Right now we have 315 club members and two or three joining every week. I want to thank everybody for welcoming new members, and being welcoming to people visiting our site with questions. I appreciate that folks are warm and willing to help people that show up with a plane and a dream. Remember though, that all persons lofting an aircraft into the air at our site are required to have AMA membership. They can NOT be covered under your membership unless you are designated by the AMA as an IP INSTRUCTOR.  With AMA membership, a new pilot can get flight instruction prior to joining the club, but once they solo- they are required to join.
I would like a volunteer or two that would like to be designated as official flight trainers for our club. There has been a gap since Mr. Forrester left us. While a lot of people help out when asked ( Dennis, Randy, Brad A., and Dave come to mind), I would like someone officially willing to take ownership of the clubs training airplanes and buddy radios and also be willing to spend some time with new people getting them ready to solo. Please see myself or Jovi if this is you.
It looks like we may not be completely out of the pandemic woods as there are some virulent COVID variants starting to show up in Ca. Our hobby is still considered a safe outdoor activity. However, in efforts to not poke the bear, if you are not feeling 100% on a day you plan to fly- please feel free to practice social distancing by staying home for a couple of days.
It’s never too early to start soliciting for members interested in joining next years Board Of Directors in guiding our club through the perils of 2022. Nominations go out in September, with voting in November. A couple of you have recently expressed interest in joining. If you would like to attend a meeting or two to see what goes on, please let me know.
As we move to our 2nd in person monthly meeting at the field and Fun Fly event, I would like to thank our President, Jovi, for being FUNMASTER for the rest of the year by coordinating and running the events. Also, HOT DOG Lunch following the meeting will return this month, with a thanks to Jovi Murek, Mark Davis, and Carl Cox for doing the work.
This months event will be the POKER fly. Jovi may add a twist to keep it interesting, but any pilot that can safely control their plane should be able to compete for a total of $150.00 worth of Gift Certificates redeemable at Discount Hobby Warehouse.
Be safe and have a great month!

President’s Corner for July – Aug 2021

It was a great turnout of Club Members at our first Monthly Meeting last month. We also had a great fun fly, “Spill the Beans”, (I’ll have more on that here in minute, ok Alan).  Now comes our July meeting and get ready for Hot Dogs and soda’s.  The club is back in full swing! 

On other news, and I believe Brad mention this but we could use your old chairs out at the field.  Seems like some have walked away.  Sorry we missed out the Fourth of July this year.  Thought of doing something for Labor Day weekend??  Some thoughts would good!!!

FAA Safety team event went well and Thank You to Jim for putting the event together.  Great Job Jim!

Our First Fun Fly of the year (well over a year now):

 Spill the Beans was a good laugh for all.  16 participants took to the sky avoiding spilling any beans.  I took-off with 20 beans flight time (53sec) and came back with none, zero…Frank was up next, with his flying (46sec), he came back with 11.  Then we had Dave (45sec) and Bob (1:30) and both came back empty.  Next was Brad, of course his flight was smooth (49sec) um, came back with just 2 beans???   Dennis (used a glider) went up after Brad, (60sec) and came back with zero.  Eric took off did his loop and back down in 31 seconds.  Fastest to do the task, however, he too came back with zero beans!  Jeff was next (48sec), he came back with 5 beans.  Frank was looking pretty good so far for the lead.  Larry took his turn (43sec) and also had zero beans!  Frank was smiling.

Fritz took the stage on this flight (32sec) and had 13 beans.  Sorry Frank. Pressure was on Daric now (45sec) and come back with zero beans.  Alan, gets in his first club event for the first time.  Yeah, you know Alan, the one who flies into the gates and…. well, here’s Alan, flies in safe mode (yes it was approved to do so) takes off, gets ready to do his loop, (safe mode off to do the loop) and then he just gently fly’s around, getting his approach lined up and lands. (1:18) Bean count, are you kidding me, all twenty beans were accounted for.  Have you ever seen an, um, excuses me, old man dance on the runway, a site one would not want to see…?  Now talk about pressure on Quan to achieve the same Plato that Alan was riding.  Quan up (54sec) and lands with zero beans…Here comes Nick, all calm, no sweat takes off does his loop lands (51sec) and he, ties Alan with 20 beans…OMG.  Mike took his turn (48 sec) and he came with 13 beans.  George was the last contested (1:11) with no beans…

Congratulations to Nick for finishing in 1st with the time of 51 seconds all 20 bean and Alan taking second with the time of 1:18 and his 20 beans and I’m still having a hard time taking this in!!!  Coming in third was Fritz with 13 beans 32 seconds, 4th was Mike with 13 beans 48 seconds, 5th was Frank with 11 beans 46 seconds, 6th was Jeff with 5 beans 48 seconds and our 7th place winner was Brad with 2 beans 49 seconds. 

Special Thanks to the team of players who helped, Forest for being the official bean counter and Randy for keeping time and altitude.


Chairman’s Corner for June-July 2021

Hey guys, now that the state of California is officially open, I am seeing more and more of you at the field. I am really enjoying catching up and seeing a lot of you bring new planes to enjoy this summer! It was great to see so many of you at the Swap Meet at Discount Hobbies on Fathers Day!

Right off the bat, one thing I’d like to discuss is that we had an issue at the field with a homeless person. As Mission Bay had a decrease in overall usage for the past year, the homeless have really moved into the outer field areas. While I do understand that people have fallen on hard times, the mental states of some of these folks are questionable. Two of our members were injured in a confrontation with one of them early in June. He was arrested and charged with felony assault. Please attempt to maintain your situational awareness while on site, and look out for each other. Be extra vigilant if you are by yourself at the site. My thoughts are that it wouldn’t be a bad idea to keep bear spray/or pepper spray in your vehicle and handy if needed. Something to go along with your fire extinguishers. Again, please take care of each other on site.

One thing your president and I have been pinging on lately is the number of people who are currently flying, and appear to be progressing well until you find out that they never get out of safe mode. You owe it to yourself and the rest of us at the club to actually learn how to fly your aircraft!  If you accidentally turn it off in flight, or buy a plane without safe because “you have this!”  you increase the risk to us all and any spectators on site, not to mention what happens to your wallet. While safe mode can be a great tool to get started, please don’t rely on it as a crutch.

As the summer begins we have already seen some pretty heavy temperatures at the site. Please remember to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated, and limit your unprotected sun exposure as I keep hearing of members with bad sunburn and some skin cancer issues. Protect yourself!

Just a reminder on field etiquette, always yell loudly when you are crossing or stepping on to the runway. Please announce your take offs and landings so others have an awareness of the situation around them. I keep hearing people whisper to themselves, but I implore you to use your man voice! Also, as you place your planes on the field prior to flight, please think for a moment on where your prop/fan blast will throw the sand and dust. Quite a few people are getting the back of their SUV’s filled with sand and are asking me to make an official rule. For now it is just a note – please think about others!!

For the last few months I have been asking for help from members in re-arranging the boulders along South Shores Drive to keep people from jumping the curb to use our site without being members. The response was crickets…Quan has been communicating with the city about keeping our site safe from interlopers that want to take advantage of the great conditions you pay for. Part of our written agreement with the city requires all pilots be members in SEFSD and AMA and to keep non-members from jumping the curb and using the site when no one is around. If they hurt someone, we know who will catch the blame. The city responded to Quans request by re-arranging the rocks 😊 themselves and adding some large heavy wood posts. Thanks Quan!!  See Randy’s video.

 On June 26 we will hold our first club meeting  at the field in 16 months. We will also have  a fun fly that morning.. The fun fly begins at 1000 and is one of our historical favorites, Don’t Spill The Beans. Bring a plane that you’re comfortable to fly and that lands nice. Anyone can play! Jovi and Jim will be running the event. There will be $150 in prize money. The club meeting will follow, somewhere between 11 and 12 AM depending on how many play the game. Sorry, we decided to wait to serve Hot Dogs until next month.

The Fireworks should be spectacular this year, and the view from our field is one of the best available.

We will not be having any actual event for the Fourth of July, however the field will be open for daytime flying from sun up to dusk. I’m going to have the members only sign posted on the gate and ask members to open the gate, pass-through, and close the gate behind them. In the past when we allowed a lot of general public persons on site into the evening they left nearly a thousand pounds of trash for us to pick up the next day. A closed gate-Members Only Fourth of July will help keep our site clean, and is one of the benefits of membership. Per our agreement with the FAA, there is no night playing allowed and class B airspace, which is us. This will probably never change. Feel free to bring gas barbecues and have lunch/or dinner on site, and also remember no glass beverage containers are allowed in Mission Bay Park. Exiting after the show can be simpler than people think. Instead of turning right or left on Sea World drive, going straight through the light puts you on Old Sea World Drive – and an immediate left will bring you to Friars road which can get you to I-8 pretty quickly.

 On a closing note, If you replace your lawn chairs or carpeting in your home, we can use your old items at the field.


Alex and Otto


Brad and Randy



President’s Corner for June-July 2021

Happy Days are Here Again!

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Hello fellow SEFSD members.  I am happy to say, now that the state of California is opening 100%, we are now open to continue our activities starting with our club meeting and a Fun Fly on Saturday June 26th.  Spill the Beans will be the Fun Fly! As far as serving hot dogs, that will happen on our July meeting – so just one more month to go for goodies.

This also means that everyone who is fully vaccinated should no longer need to wear a mask.  However, those remaining unvaccinated should continue wearing a mask until you are fully vaccinated.  SEFSD is not going to enforce this rule. Instead, you are on your honor to use best judgment while following state and local guidelines.

Since this is our first meeting of 2021, you will finally get to meet the new board members which include your new president, me, Jovi.  This is very exciting for me to meet all of you.   During the past six months I have met a few of you at the field on Saturdays (which is the only available time for me to fly, something that I am going to work on and try to get out more often).

So I thought I would give a brief description of who Jovi is.  So let’s get started:

I started with RC airplanes back in the mid 70’s. At that time, you had to build your airplane (Old School) and it took some time before you could actually fly.  My first club was the Torrey Pines Gulls.  I would head out to the glider port and spend a Saturday afternoon when the winds were blowing.   There were full-scale gliders (no hang gliders were around at that time) as well and it was fun.  The first glider I learned to fly was the Wind Ward with a KRAFT radio. The Hobie Hawk was my best glider to fly.  It was fast, it could climb in the thermals, it soared over the cliffs and if you did it right, catch your plane with one bounce to slow it down.  From the mid 80’s to mid-2000, I spent hours away from flying.

I was lucky to travel the world with the company’s I had worked for.  I spent 3 months in Korea working with Samsung’s D Ram chips.  The town I stayed in was called Onyang which had no American food to speak about.  I just lived off French fries and OB beer at this one watering hole. Half way thru my tour I found a restaurant that had steak and A1 sauce on the table. The steak was good!

I have been all over Europe, Brazil and even down in Malaysia!  I arrived in Kuala Lumpur at 3:00 am after a 22 hour long flight, needless to say I was ready to get out of the aircraft, but I was not expecting on the humidity at 3:00am and the heat…OMG.  During those times my mind was still on model planes and during the off times I would be building a TopFlite kit and would spend years building it.   But as the years went on I would fly here and there.  I would have a nitro airplane out in the sand dunes to go fly around. It was a challenge with sand, thick sand, but having balloon tires, a 90 size 2-stroke engine and a tune-pipe turned out to be no problem!  Out by Lake Mead they have a runway setup for models, but not many fliers would show up. Plus it was 100 degrees when I was flying, so it was nice to be the only one and having the background of the Lake Mead was sure nice.  Took my toy trailer out Lake Mead RV Village; yeah, those were the days!  The field is still there.  Today I work for General Atomics where we build the new launch and arresting gear for the new Ford Class Carriers using electromagnetic systems. To be exact, they are called Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG).   I invite you go online and check them both out, they are very cool.   Today, I’m back full speed with my RC planes and I am all electric – no more nitro.  I am a scale type person who just loves to fly straight and level, but I’m still working on loops and rolls!!!

I would like to take a minute and talk about safety when flying and this happened a few months ago, but it still worth mentioning:

Heads-Up”, which has three meanings:  Adjective – showing that you are very aware of what is happening around you and it also goes for heads-up football.   Noun – a message that tells or warns someone about something that is going to happen as an example, gave him a heads-up that an investigation was pending.   Interjection – used to tell someone to look up because of possible danger or to clear a passageway.   Out of the three definition of heads-up we are more commonly known as to Interjection.   There are times out at the field, you hear heads-up and sometimes we just don’t look because someone say heads-up, especially when the voice projecting heads-up is not all that loud and, in most cases, we keep our conversation going with a fellow pilot until we hear from other pilots on what just happen.  Aircraft down….

As part of the club’s safety, we need to Shout Out heads-up when your aircraft is in danger and you are over the pits or parking lot.   The end of March there was an incident, well names don’t need to be mentioned……Ok, fine it was me and I was flying my Hawaiian Air.  Take-off was perfect, then 30 seconds into the flight I was in trouble.

One of my favorite old movies is “Animal House” 1978, starring John Belushi as Bluto and in the movie is this one seen where Bluto and D-Day were helping Flounder getting revenge for having Flounder cleaning out the horse stalls and doing push-ups over a horses surprise.   D-day hands Flounder a gun and Flounder goes into Dean Vernon Wormer office where the horse is and as Flounder is squinting his eyes pointing the gun at the horse, which he then points it, in another direction and fires the gun.  But the sound of the gun, killed the horse.  The prank-related accidental death of a horse belonging to Omega member and Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadet commander Douglas C. Neidermeyer.

Bluto and D-Day run into Dean Vernon Wormer office and the first words coming out of Bluto mouth was, “MERRY CHRISTMAS”.    D-Day goes and says, “There were blanks in the gun”, Bluto again says, “MERRY CHRISTMAS”.   Those same words came out of my mouth when I was in trouble and I yelled it for all to hear.  As I got some control over my Hawaiian Air I again yelled out “Christmas”.  With seconds I had Dennis coming over.  I hear Brad in the background, “you in trouble Jovi” ……Yes was my response.  Dennis got it under control, gave it back to me and still, I was as nervous as I have ever been.  Brad finally took control and landed her safely for me.  Happy was I.  I needed oxygen after that ordeal.

Mark came walking by me and he mention to me how effective I was in yelling “MERRY CHRISTMAS” and how everyone was alerted of the situation at hand.

Here is what happened to me, I relied on the gyro.  When I took off, I thought I had the gyro on, but as I was heading downwind and when I turned base, that is when I notice I was in trouble.  My Airliner was climbing and I’m looking straight up in the sky and flying over the parking lot and Sea World Dr.   I was able to get back over the field.   I have learned that I cannot depend on the gyro all the time in which I did depend on it. It’s a nice feature to have but something that one should not always rely on. So, I am going to learn to fly without the gyro and just keep it for safety…if that makes sense.

However, the morel of this story is when you’re in trouble, it is most important to be yelling out loud heads-up or Merry Christmas!  Remember you must stay north of the fence line at ALL times.  You should never be flying over the Parking lot or the Pits, for the safety of our club members and guests!

On my bench I have the Top-Flite Bonanza which I started back in late 1998.  This was built to take a Satio 120 four-stroke.  Wingspan 81” and the length, 63.6” also included are the following:

  • Robart Air Retract w/scale Robart Struts
  • Scale Navigation lights that work off two 9-volt battery’s
  • Scale Interior Cockpit that is all removable

As time went by, I really never complete my Bonanza.  But as of late, I got my hands back into it.   She is almost ready to go, however I have a few things that need to be done, one is to replace my flap servos.  I had to replace the v-tail servos.  When I was moving them, I notice that the servo arm was going around in oblong circle.  Not good.  Change them to newer Hitec servos and were back to perfection.   Theses retracts are old and not holding pressure.  It is holding pressure for a good 10 minutes in which I only need about 6-7 minutes…. Maybe some risk here…I’ll keep working that problem.

The biggest task I had was figuring a way to change batteries without taking the wing off like I have to do with my Cessna 182.   The Canopy is bolted down with four socket head cap screws, problem with that was getting to those bolts.  I removed them and now I have a quick latch to remove the Canopy.  You’ll see what I mean in the pictures.   It’s actually very cool how this works.  I can put the wing on and I don’t need to hook up the connectors or the air lines.  Once the wing is bolted, flip the Bonanza, unlatch the Canopy, remove the interior and I have access to everything in the aircraft.  Hooked it all up, connect the airlines and place the interior back into place.  Where the fuel tank would have been are where the batteries now sitting.

Balancing was next, I did a rough balance and she seemed to be good with the batteries mounted up front.  Out at the field on T-28 Race’s, April 10, was the day she was going to maiden!  Complete check out was preformed and she was now certified to fly.

Brad did the maiden flight!  She took off like an F-14 Tomcat heading towards the Sunset as seen in “Top Gun”.  As he was trimming her out, he was noticing the balance may be off.  She acted very weird.  He flew her around and she look very nice up in the sky, you think it was a full-scale Bonanza.  Time was running out and Brad was preparing for landing.  She came and touch down and just rolled down the runway.  I was happy, but the next flight, I am going to dial in the balance and hopefully that helps out, which it should!

Ok, I have made enough noise!

Grab your planes, batteries and radio, and let’s go Flying and looking forward to seeing you all at our Monthly Meeting!


Chairman’s Corner for May – June 2021

Hey Modelers, I hope you are having a good month!

For the last two years we haven’t seen much of the marine layer that contributes to the traditional May Gray and June Gloom…  Mother nature is making up for that already this year with some pretty dark days that remain heavily overcast past sunset.

In conditions like these it can be very easy to loose aspect orientation on our aircraft. Even looking away for a moment can leave you confused as to what your aircraft is doing, since most colors just present as dark in the gray sky.  I, myself lost a fine 80mm ducted fan model just over a month ago and will confidently state that camouflage works extra well on an overcast day.

I replaced the model, and made some changes to its color scheme to help with orientation. One or two people commented on it’s less than scale appearance, but If I can see it, I will fly it. If not, it becomes another garage queen…

I used paint, and self-adhesive trim sheets to add some color to the models in the pictures. I can see them now!

The Covid situation continues to improve in the country. Our hobby is still considered a safe outdoor activity. California will continue to require masks for outdoor gatherings of 30 or more people not in your family. Even though we currently don’t cluster much, I encourage each of you to continue doing what you feel keeps your family safe. Current indications are that the mask/gathering guidelines will expire on June 15. If we continue in that direction there is a very good chance that we will resume our monthly meetings and fun fly events in June. We will listen to progress and make a decision at the Jun BOD meeting and send info out at that time to allow people to get their dusty fun fly planes ready to go.

A couple of members donated wind socks to replace our deteriorating ones. A Mystery member installed the one at the west end, and Fred Daugherty donated the mid-field sock. Thanks guys, for your support of SEFSD.

Also, Thank you to Nico G. for his work in painting the “No Parking” signs on all of the telephone poles headed towards the gate, and to Dennis L. for some extensive work with his weed whacker at many on-site locations. I’m still in need of a “fresher” member to take over the duty of keeping the boulders which protect our site from curb-hoppers in place. There seems to be determined folks that want to fly from our site who would rather not pay membership. I just cant move the heavy stuff like I used to and really need a volunteer (preferably two people to work together).

Hackers have again been relentless in attacking our public web-site. They have had some limited success in deranging our “for sale” area, so if you asked Steve to post something for sale and it is no longer there, please send it again.  Also, No Board member will EVER text or e-mail you asking you to send “emergency” money. The criminals are pretty good and can make a spoofing mail look like it comes from someone you know, especially if you use your phone as your primary mail handler.

Please be careful!

Be safe, and remember : It’s easy, but fleeting to fall in love with your favorite aircraft. You risk heartbreak when it’s gone.

Instead, fall in love with flying, That affair will last a lifetime!


Chairman’s Corner for Apr – May 2021

Hey fellow Flyers!

April has been amazing for flying, and summer is almost upon us. Enjoy the cooler temperatures while you can.

This month Jovi and I are going to talk about different sides of a couple of similar items.

  We have received our signed copy from the City of our right of entry permit to enter and use our flying site in Mission Bay Park for the next 36 months. A couple of things I have to mention: article 27 in our permit clearly states that our premises shall be utilized and operated in a Smoke, Vape, and drug-free environment. The permit also states that an inspection can be conducted at any time, without notice. Please take the stated activities ( NO Drugs!) into your personal vehicle if you have to do them on site, and not in any outdoor areas of Mission Bay Park. Our permit also requires us to ensure that all persons utilizing our site are a full member of the AMA and a SEFSD club member that has signed the city of San Diego waiver of liability with SEFSD. Sometimes we get the occasional Lawyer who tells us that they don’t need to join the club to fly, and we have it in writing that they do.

 Next, I want to touch on the use of gyros, and the impression of confidence they can instill.  Jovi has a good story about his RC airliner. Recently we have had quite a few new members show up with aircraft that have safe receivers installed. While I appreciate the way new pilots can use SAFE technology to understand the basics of flight and resolve initial orientation problems, some pilots are continuing to rely completely on the Gyro to fly the airplanes, some on their 4th or 5th plane. If something happens and the Gyro is disabled, or they think to themselves that they are “ FLYING MASTERS” and buy a plane without a Gyro and take to the skies – then there’s an accident in the making. It would be a shame to destroy an aircraft, or hurt somebody.  Once you understand the basics of how to fly, please get one or two mistakes high and turn SAFE mode off and learn to fly without it. Use it as a tool, not a crutch.

Covid. Please continue to do what you feel is necessary to protect yourself and your family! As positivity rates and people suffering severe sicknesses continue to decline in the county, we will be considering returning to a more normal event routine. This month saw the return of your Electroglide contest, and we just had our fourth T 28 pylon race of the year. Stand by for more information about a possible event in July, and restoration of club meetings at the field with fun flies. Jovi is considering what event to kick off with when it’s determined safe to gather outdoors in groups potentially larger than 50 people.

One last note, as you are calling out your activities on the field such as taking off, landing, or on the runway, please ensure that you are communicating loudly enough so other pilots in the air can hear you. Sometimes I hear people whisper to themselves, and then takeoff without looking and nearly caused a catastrophe. Don’t be that person, loudly announced your intentions! If you hear someone weakly call out, feel free to pass on their information in a loud voice for them. On Race day we had a member use his child voice to say ( quietly) “emergency landing”, then come in a few feet over Franks and Brad A’s head as they were on the runway at the time.  SAFETY has to be first in our thoughts guys!

It’s again time to think about replacing your ailing lawn furniture before summer, please think of us and bring your less than ideal looking – but serviceable- old chairs to the site.

I am looking for volunteers to help me keep the perimeter rocks properly arranged. We often have people move rocks to gain access when the gate is locked and we need to keep that under control. I seem to keep hurting myself moving the rocks alone, and would appreciate help!

Thanks to Dennis for some great Weedwacker work this month, and Nico for painting NO PARKING onto the poles as you head towards the gate.

PLEASE Lock the gate if you are the last member leaving. If someone is there and you are not sure if they are a member, please take the initiative, and ask. Tell them you are locking the gate. Most of them will leave.

I have included pics of my 5th 40% plane and the motor installed. Size is no longer a limiting factor for electric flight, and Big flies better. Feel free to contact me if you want to start a big project and would like some suggestions.

Have a great month, and get your flying in before it gets too hot!


President’s Corner for Apr/May 2021

Club News:   We have received our three-year Special Use Permit to continue to operate out of South Shores of Mission Bay Park.   Special thanks go, to Quan Nquyen for renewing the club’s insurance and Special Use Permit for operation.  Thank You Quan!  I had created a Facebook account so I could post some weekend flying on the clubs Facebook page.  However, upon making my post, I immediately got locked out of Facebook and I am no longer able to get in.  So please bear with me, for when this nightmare is over with, I will continue to keep you all informed on happenings of our club activities.

COVID 19 is still continuing to shut us down for our Monthly meetings and most of all, our club Hot Dogs.  Can’t forget Mark’s Salsa sauces.  But it does look like there is a light at the end of the tunnel.   That is as long as you can get an appointment.  It’s been a little frustrating in getting that appointment.  But you will get it!  Easter was great, just happened to be lucky and got our appointments.  Both my wife and I got the J&J vaccine, one shot only.  First 24 hours, just my wife got headaches during the night, next morning she was good. Me no problems.  State wants to achieve at least 70% herd immunity of Californian’s being fully vaccinated, then we just might be able open up our events fully, like our monthly meetings.

“Heads-Up”, which has three meanings:  Adjective – showing that you are very aware of what is happening around you and it also goes for heads-up football.   Noun – a message that tells or warns someone about something that is going to happen as an example, gave him a heads-up that an investigation was pending.   Interjection – used to tell someone to look up because of possible danger or to clear a passageway.   Out of the three definitions of heads-up we are more commonly known as to Interjection.   There are times out at the field, you hear heads-up and sometimes we just don’t look because someone say heads-up, especially when the voice projecting heads-up is not all that loud and, in most cases, we keep our conversation going with a fellow pilot until we hear from other pilots on what just happen.  Aircraft down….

As part of the club’s safety, we need to Shout Out heads-up when your aircraft is in danger and you are over the pits or parking lot.   The end of March there was an incident, well names don’t need to be mentioned……Ok, fine it was me and I was flying my Hawaiian Air.  Take-off was perfect, then 30 seconds into the flight I was in trouble.

On my bench I have the Top-Flite Bonanza which I started back in late 1998.  This was built to take a Satio 120 four-stroke.  Wingspan 81” and the length, 63.6” also included are the following:

  • Robart Air Retract w/scale Robart Struts
  • Scale Navigation lights that work off two 9-volt batteries
  • Scale Interior Cockpit that is all removable

As time went by, I really never complete my Bonanza.  But as of late, I got my hands back into it.   She is almost ready to go, however I have a few things that need to be done, one is to replace my flap servos.  I had to replace the v-tail servos.  When I was moving them, I notice that the servo arm was going around in oblong circle.  Not good.  Change them to newer Hitec servos and were back to perfection.   The retracts are old and not holding pressure.  It is holding pressure for a good 10 minutes in which I only need about 6-7 minutes…. Maybe some risk here…I’ll keep working that problem.

The biggest task I had was figuring a way to change batteries without taking the wing off like I have to do with my Cessna 182.   The Canopy is bolted down with four socket head cap screws, problem with that was getting to those bolts.  I removed them and now I have a quick latch to remove the Canopy.  You’ll see what I mean in the pictures.   It’s actually very cool how this works.  I can put the wing on and I don’t need to hook up the connectors or the air lines.  Once the wing is bolted, flip the Bonanza, unlatch the Canopy, remove the interior and I have access to everything in the aircraft.  Hooked it all up, connect the airlines and place the interior back into place.  Where the fuel tank would have been are where the batteries now sitting.

Balancing was next, I did a rough balance and she seemed to be good with the batteries mounted up front.  Out at the field on T-28 Race’s, April 10, was the day she was going to maiden!  Complete check out was preformed and she was now certified to fly.

Brad did the maiden flight!  She took off like a F-14 Tomcat heading towards the Sunset.  As he was trimming her out, he was noticing the balance may be off.  She acted very weird.  He flew her around and she looked very nice up in the sky, you think it was a full-scale Bonanza.  Time was running out and Brad was preparing for landing.  She came and touched down and just rolled down the runway.  I was happy, but the next flight, I am going to dial in the balance and hopefully that helps out, which it should!

Ok, I have made enough noise!

Grab your planes, batteries and radio, and let’s go Flying!


Chairman’s Corner for Mar – Apr 2021

Spring is finally upon us! Longer days mean more flying. While we have managed to get a little bit more rain this month, forecasts predict a dry summer. Please take a few moments to ensure your safety equipment and fire extinguishers will be up to the task this year. As a reminder, the KIDDE fire extinguisher company has offered free replacement of their extinguishers that have a plastic vice metal head. Their contact info is on the extinguisher labels. We had failures involving the plastic heads last year. Scot watched his Heli go up after a battery failure – the damage would have been minimized had the on-site extinguisher ( plastic head ) operated properly.

I would like to WELCOME our editor, Steve Belknap, officially to the Board of Directors for SEFSD. He has long been a valuable member of the club as its webmaster and newsletter editor and now he has volunteered more of his time to help guide the club. THANK YOU Steve!!

As vaccinations continue to roll out in San Diego county. Life is beginning to see some normalcy. Who could have guessed last March that the year would have progressed as it did? While the infection rate is down, along with the associated fatalities, It’s still too soon to relax our posture on site. Please continue to wear your masks when you are within 6 feet of others, and take care of yourself and your family. If you don’t feel 100%, please stay home.

Membership is coming along well, with numbers at a pre-virus level. Please ensure you are visibly wearing your badges while on site, and don’t get upset if another member asks to see your badge if it isn’t visible. If you have not renewed yet, please complete the process, This year is only going to get better.

There have been quite a few instances lately of the gate being left open overnight. This has led to more trash being dumped in our parking lot, and more intelligent people doing burn outs in the lot. Remember, our agreement with the city includes locking the gate when the last member leaves to stop unauthorized use. There are many times when non-members are on site and the last member just leaves them there and the gate open potentially overnight. If you are nearly the last person on site, ask the others if they are members and inform them you are locking the gate – they will leave. If there are empty cars left in the lot, lock the gate – they will figure it out.

T-28 Racing is coming along great! If you have any interest, stop by before 10:00 am on April 10th and watch the fun. The FMS 800mm Trojans are inexpensive and provide a challenge while you go fast and turn left!  Not 100% yet, but we may resume electro-glide in May. More to come. As situations improve, I will resume the monthly meetings and fun fly’s, and eventually we may get back to enjoying hot dogs.

The Weed Whackers Swap Meet is on for April! Click <<HERE>> for info.

Have a great month!


Chairman’s Corner for Feb – Mar 2021

Hey guys, as we finish up February I want to personally thank all of you for your continued safe practices when it relates to social distancing and personal safety while at our field. As vaccinations proceed across the country, safety margins are increasing – but we will likely be under Covid protocols for the rest of 2021.
I am seeing a lot more members returning to the field now, and I am really enjoying catching up with them. Last week I managed a visit with Lee Norton. He and his wife Rosie are doing well, but still isolating for their safety. He wanted me to pass on “Hellos” to everybody for him.
Along with prior/current members returning and flying their aircraft, we have had a large influx of new members join in the last couple of months. I have seen members from Miramar, Chula Vista, and Chollas RC clubs on recent weekends. Each of these clubs have had interesting challenges this year between FAA regulations, Site issues, and drama between members, and members are looking for alternate flying sites. I have heard some pretty odd claims on what is acceptable safety wise at other sites so I am going to restate some of our best practices, and our safety procedures for all users at SEFSD.
To start with, Our flying site is situated within a 50 foot altitude restricted area in accordance with the UAS Facility Map for the San Diego Area. Our current agreement ( Dec 2018 )with the FAA and US western Division of Air Traffic Control has given us up to a 200 foot altitude limit. There is no one out there with a tape measure, but most people have a fair idea of where 200 feet is. If you think you are close, ease down a bit. If you are “close” too much, expect a personal discussion. We have engaged the AMA on our behalf in attempts to restore our previous limit of 400 feet, but just hearing back from government bureaucracy can be a chore.
Along with the altitude limitation came a restriction on night flying. flying is not allowed at our site between dusk and dawn any day of the week.
The FAA also requires UAS recreational pilots ( US ) to register with them and place our registration number in a visible location on EVERY aircraft. While the club itself will not check your planes for registration #s, there has been an FAA enforcement officer at our club in the past with stern talk of a $2000.00 fine for every aircraft on site without a registration #. In the changing Remote ID environment, it is best to not be labeled as “outlaws…”
At our site we are surrounded by the community at all times, no fences. That means that we have random people walking across the runway and outer field by themselves and with pets. Do not harass people or animal in the outer area!  If they are on the runway you can tell them it is not safe and ask them to move on. Always maintain an absolute minimum of 50 feet from any living creature. If you are flying a drone that can go over 50 mph at less than 50 feet altitude , be especially cognizant of pedestrians. Our outside boundaries are posted at every flying gate and at the Rotor Plex area. Please be familiar with the boundaries prior to each flight. Most importantly, do not come within 50 feet of the cement pedestrian pathway by the beach or get within 100 feet of any road bordering the outer field area.  Do not fly over the water, and definitely do not fly to Fiesta Island. All Flying must remain within Line of flight – within our boundaries. Just because your drone can go 3 miles doesn’t mean you can…
In order to minimize mid-air, head to head collisions, we promote the use of a standard pattern while flying airplanes from the main runway. Over the runway or near the runway passes should be conducted into the wind. Downwind passes should be conducted 75 to 125 feet out over the field. The air space above the runway is reserved primarily for aircraft taking off and landing. If you desire to do a high speed pass over the runway, loudly call out your intention so other pilots know, and make every attempt to keep your high speed pass on the far side of the centerline ( I did a high speed pass with a jet on the near side of the centerline a few weeks ago – and needed to apologize to a few startled pilots -sorry..).
NO flying over the fence or the pit area. If you are out of control and pass over the fence line YOU are obligated to call out a warning to other pilots and family present.
If you need to step onto the runway or cross the runway for any reason, please loudly announce your intention to do so. Also pause and look both ways to ensure there is no one in the landing pattern before stepping out.
Pilots must loudly announce take offs and landings so others on the flightline are aware. Whispering it to yourself does absolutely no good. Make sure you are heard!
VTOL aircraft such as Helicopters and drones are allowed to fly from the main runway as long as they are flying in a scale like fashion. If they are in the pattern just like an airplane they are good. If they are out over the field away from the standard pattern they are good. No extended hovering or loitering on the field or directly in the airplane pattern is allowed – get it moving or move it to the Rotor Plex Area. We strongly discourage Helicopter 3-D over the main runway. The only exception to this is if there are no other aircraft in the sky at the time. If you intend to fly your helicopter in a non-scale manner and planes are utilizing the main runway, you must use the Rotor Plex area to avoid collision.
Mission Bay Park is designated as a non-smoking, no alcohol allowed area. Absolutely no smoking or drinking in the pit area is allowed. If you must smoke, please do so away from the parking/pit area and be downwind so your smoke doesn’t blow and everybody else’s face.
Mission Bay Park is also designated as a no pet area, and citations have been issued by rangers in the past to people with pets outside of their vehicle. Be careful with your animal.
A few more notes, and I’ll bring this book to an end…
T-28 Racing has started for 2021. It is held the second Saturday each month and starts at 10:AM. The FMS 800 MM Trojan cost $110.00 and are available from Discount Hobbies and Horizon.
I expect electro glide to resume in the next couple of months, a mail blast from Jeff will announce the exact date.
As positivity rates continue to decline, the Board of Directors will be watching and will determine a safe time to resume meetings at the field and fun-fly events.
I’m going to ask a favor from each person using the main runway over the next few weeks. The slight rain we received last month didn’t do much but uncover a lot of small rocks on the runway. If people take 5 minutes each day they fly and pick up a few handfuls of rocks to throw into the weeds or the parking lot, that will help set us up to wet and roll at the end of March.
Finally, the homeless have been extremely active again and are stealing all of our chairs rapidly. If you plan on replacing your lawn furniture this season, please bring your old chairs to the club – we can use them!

Stay Safe!