Two recent instances:
Just want to tell you about what occurred at the field this past Saturday Aug. 21st.
Upon landing my Maule, (a perfect landing of course) one of the main landing gear wheels came off. The wheel is held on by a very, very small c-clip, (Jesus clip) which because of the hub design is difficult to get back on. Watching me struggle with it Jim, Rick, Jovi, Other Brad, Fredrick, and a few others I can’t remember right now, came to assist me and get the wheel reinstalled.
This may sound like a small thing but it highlights how our club members are always ready, willing, and able to help a member out. This is one of the things that makes SEFSD such a fantastic flying club.
I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Brad who mentored me back into being a fairly competent RC pilot with the assistance of Jovi at times.
A group of us fly at a place with lots of obstacles. One is a kin to Charlie Brown’s “Kite Eating Tree”. On a windy day recently it reached out and grabbed my UMX Waco. Naturally it was about 25 feet up. Everyone stopped flying and came to the rescue. A few of us fashioned a long stick that we used to whack and coax the recalcitrant Waco from the clutches of the tree. We beat poked and prodded. Seemed everyone was keen to get a turn at whacking my poor little plane. During this time I suggested we use Bob’s car to ram into the trunk of the tree and try to shake the plane loose. If that didn’t work then we could back the car up and try again, and again, until it fell out. Bob was not sure he liked the idea. The Waco whacking continued until it slowly got lower and lower in the tree. Finally, Bob stood on Jim’s tailgate and beat it with a metal pole until the completely thrashed little plane fell into Randy’s arms. Thanks guys for your help! It probably took a half hour to get it out. Modelers really are the best. A very short video: