Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all SEFSD members. “Christmas is the season of joy, of gift-giving, and of families united.” “Peace on earth will come to stay when we live Christmas every day.” “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree.” “Like snowflakes, my Christmas memories gather and dance—each beautiful, unique, and gone too soon. “
This has been a great year for our club. We did a lot this year and in all the fun we have had in our club events. I want to Thank all of those who participated in the fourth of July raffle as well as the 50/50 which made this year very exciting. With both events we were able to lower the cost of the tickets and get a few extra airplanes and I am proud to say, we have sold out the banquet. I look forward to seeing all who bought tickets at the January 12, 2024, banquet. I am looking forward to the T-28 races and looks like we are going to add in “Pop-Wings” for next year. Jim Bonnardel will conduct the race. Also, our Electroglide which follows the T-28 races the following weekend is going to continue with Jeff Struthers in our upcoming year. Our monthly meetings have had a great turnout with members coming down to field this past year and engaging in the events. I do look forward to the upcoming year and the fun will continue. Thanks to Jim Bonnardel, we will have a calendar with all the events happening in year 2024. We must also thank our “Hot Dog” man Mark Davis who continue to provide our lunch. Mark is still looking for extra help with drinks on that one day of the month, would be nice is someone could help him with this!
We have a lot of airplanes this year that will be raffled off with your get ticket that you will receive once you have signed in at the front desk of the Air and Space Museum. As a reminder all airplanes and the iX 14 Spektum radio are going to be given to our members. We also have a special set of prizes for our younger members that are being donated by Santa Claus, so look for that as well. Our wives and guest will have their own set of tickets and thanks to Steve Manganelli’s wonderful wife, she has put together a great selection of goodies! I want to remind you all who are coming to the banquet that your ticket you paid for allows you to the enter the Air and Space Museum anytime during the day. Just give them your name and guest name at the front window as you enter the museum, The banquet begins at 6:00 pm. You should be able to sign in just before 6pm to get your ticket. At around 6:30 to 7:00 pm will start the dinner process which will be the same as we have done in the past, one table at a time. During that time, yours truly will be hosting the event. Once we have all had our dinner being provided by Lisa Bender, we have a couple of short videos to present from last year. Here is a list of our prizes:
- Freewing Vulcan High Performance 70mm
- Freewing Vulcan 4S 70mm
- Freewing Banshee 64mm
- Freewing F-35 Lighting II V3 70mm
- Flight Line P-51 850mm
- Freewing F-16 Falcon 64mm
- Freewing F-22 Raptor V2 4S 64mm
- Skynetic Popwing Black 900mm
- Night Radian
- FSM T-28
- FSM Viper V2 70mm
- Spektrum IX 14 radio
As soon as all the prizes have been distributed out we still may have time to talk with other members for our event ends at 9:00 pm. The bar, which I forgot to mention closes before 9:00 pm.
I do have a subject to talk about when flying down at the field. With the increase of practicing the T-28’s and Pop-Wings starting up, we seem to be dangerously flying in the wrong direction when others are flying in the normal direction. We need to follow some simple rules and common sense. Our normal flight pattern is in the clockwise direction, Right to Left when the wind comes from the West. During the Fall time we get Santa Ana, winds, coming from the East. We then fly Left to Right and we are in the counterclockwise direction. If it is a calm day and our windsock is straight down, our flight direction is Right to Left, clockwise direction. And if the wind is light from the east, we still fly in our normal flight direction. Don’t change the direction if other pilots are flying in the normal direction. If all planes are down and you want to change direction due to the wind, CALL it out that you’re going to start flying so that others are aware and will fly in the same direction and we will prevent any possible midair’s. I also ask that you call out your intentions. Taking off, low flyby, touch and goes and landings. If you’re in the middle of the pits you just might hear someone at the west end calling, take off. However, if you’re at the east end and someone is at the west end saying take off, it is very difficult to hear. So please, gasp extra air and yell it out in a loud voice calling out your intentions. Does not matter is your west or east ends of the field YOU must call out your intentions.
And last, I have a few Inspiring Christmas quotes for you all:
“My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?”
“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.”
“I love the excitement, the childlike spirit of innocence, and just about everything that goes along with Christmas.”
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers. But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life, you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories. Those memories, good and bad, are really what help to keep a family together over the long haul.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
See you all at the field and on January 12, 2023, at the banquet!