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Chairman’s Corner for April – May 2024

Hello members, it’s been some time since I have been able to write my part of the newsletter.  It seems all I have written was about the rules and how we fly at the field.  Even Brad must keep mentioning about the gate, last person out locks the gate.  Locking the restroom after each use and not leaving it unlocked. In which we recently had to replace the lock on the Porta Potty.  This is not what I want to keep talking about, it’s gotten old real fast.  Plus, I am tired of using my voice at the field and constantly writing about how we are to act as we fly.  I recently was in Arizona not too long ago and I had the opportunity to stop off at one flying site, “Sun Valley Fliers RC Flying Field” in Cave Creek Arizona.   This is a fairly good size club and has a real nice field, Asphalt runway.  Here, they get to fly any type of aircraft from Nitro to turbine.   This was my first time to see a turbine jet fly and I was quite impressed.  As I was watching them, one thing I did notice, no one was calling out their attentions.  They just took off when they felt like it.  Now before I go blast them, I did notice that each pilot, no matter what they were flying, had a co-pilot by their side.

I was unable to get close to the pilots since only pilots allowed by the gates.  And in this case, each pilot was close to the other pilots, not like how we are spread down the flight line.  But it is my guess that the co-pilots were watching out for other aircraft in the air.  A couple of times I did see pilots fly in the opposite direction.  Very possible that the communication was between the co-pilots, letting the pilot know what’s going on.  No midair’s happened, while I was at the field.  However, one jet lost power and attempted to land in the opposite direction.  Again, I never heard a call out and he never made back to the runway.  I do have to say, that I am happy with our group of flyers who do call out their attentions.  Maybe it would be a good idea for us to have co-pilots as well to help keep an eye on other pilots.  But I know I will get shot down on that idea, so why even try… I guess each club has its own way of controlling their flying field, whether it be a co-pilot or just using your “Manly” voice to call out your intentions.   Attached are few photos, of some impressive airplanes. 

As Chairman for this club, I have tried my best to make this a fun club and that did show last year in the events we held, though it was not an easy task. I must remember that everyone here is just volunteering for each position in the club.  Being Chairman or any other positions means no one works for us, it’s all volunteering!  How true is that!  (Oh, it’s not my expectations).  How this year plays out will be a different story.   I know this year we will most likely not be going back to the Air and Space Museum.  We had an issue and that seemed to cause a lot of problems within our club and the Air and Space Museum.  I hope all that attended the banquet got their pass to enter the Museum for this year only!  So, make sure you go.  Brad is once again spending his time to generate more money for the next year banquet by doing the 50/50.  Next year you will have a new MC to guide you through the banquet, my bet is on Steve Manganelli being MC.

Our field is holding up well due to the many hours that Dennis has put into it after the rains we are having, and it doesn’t seem to be ending soon. Has anyone really thought about how much effort Dennis puts in the field every year?  He’s out there everyday maintaining the runway, matter of fact, he maintains it the whole area!  If we did not have Dennis, then who would we have? Like I said earlier he is one who volunteers his time!  Phil has given Dennis support by being out at the field.  Thanks to both of you, we greatly appreciate your continuing contribution to the club.   You guys are making our field look great!  Thank You Larry for putting the Red Lock on before the rains hit our field.  Adding the Red Lock has reduced damage to the runway, great idea Brad!  As we move on to our Club meetings, Jim Bonnardel once again has a great line up for being our contest director each Club meeting, Thanks Jim, I also appreciate your contribution…   And we cannot forget Mark Davis for continuing to be our Hot Dog Man.  I know I have also asked this question, and no one seems to want to help Mark with the Hot Dogs.  All he is asking is for some help with the drinks.  Sure, would be nice if someone could step up and give him a helping hand!  Just asking you to volunteer.

Earlier this Month April 2nd, SpaceX launched a Falcon 9 Block 5 (what is a Falcon 9 Block5), it is a partially reusable two-stage-to-orbit medium-lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured in the United States by SpaceX. It is the fifth version of Falcon 9 Full Thrust, powered by SpaceX Merlin engines burning rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) and liquid oxygen (LOX).  The main changes from Block 3 to Block 5 are higher-thrust engines and improvements to the landing legs. Numerous other small changes helped streamline recovery and re-usability of first-stage boosters, increase production rate, and optimize re-usability.  Each Block 5 booster is designed to fly 10 times with only minor attention and up to 100 times with refurbishment.  In 2018, Falcon 9 Block 5 succeeded the transitional Block 4 version. The maiden flight launched the satellite Bangabandhu-1 on May 11, 2018. The CRS-15 mission on June 29, 2018 was the last Block 4 version of Falcon 9 to be launched. This was the transition to an all-Block 5 fleet. 

The launch shown in the pictures occurred out of Vandenberg just up the coast past Santa Barbara.  It was just around sunset when they launched.  It was a very cool launch, went right past San Diego as it was moving across the sky.  I was able to grab a few shots of the launch.  Something we don’t see often.  When able to on the next launch, make sure you got your camera to take a few shots.

Thanks for hearing me out and I hope to see you all at field one of these days!

Happy Flying.