Happy wet week SEFSD!
As 2024 kicks off, there is quite a bit I would like to touch on.
The 2023 close-out Banquet went Spectacularly! Thanks to those that participated and purchased their tickets early. It was a full house event without an empty seat. Many thanks go out to the Board of Directors for their efforts this past year to make this event possible. Those that participated in the July fundraising raffle, and the 50/50 ran throughout the year, helped us finance the event and are already participating in fundraising for this years party. The only part of the banquet that will count as “ unplanned” was that the Air&Space Museum chose that week to hang a new display in the entrance – finishing late Friday on the day of the event. This prevented our members from having full access to tour the venue as expected. Since attendee admittance to the museum was part of our price to rent the event center, the Museum has agreed to share 100 adult passes with SEFSD so that party goers still have that chance. More info will be coming on How/When to claim your passes.
As we closed out 2023, and during the first 2 weekends of 2024, Myself and Brian held multiple Badge Days at the field. Pizza day on December 30th seemed to be the most popular. By my count, nearly 220 members renewed early, and half of them came to personally pick up their 2024 membership cards. Thank you, not only does it save the club on postage, and save our membership coordinator, Peter Kalenak, a “death of a thousand cuts” from having to lick all of those envelopes – It allows me to get a face to face hello with quite a few members. All remaining badges have been mailed to members at the address listed on their application. Renewals from here on will be mailed Bi-weekly.
For those that have not renewed their membership yet, I can only ask “ why not?”. We do not pro-rate, there is no advantage in waiting. You pay the same dues on Jan 01 as you will on Nov 30… Non-members cannot participate in any club events or monthly raffles ( members only ) that use membership funds to give the winners gift certificates or prizes. The site combination locks have now changed. Paid members have the combinations. I have asked all paid members not to share the combo with non-members. Please wear your 2024 badges at all times while on site.
The Red Lock was in use again this past week – for good reason. The whole premise is to reduce damage to the main runway when the surface is too wet to walk on. Believe me, I have heard all of the excuses : My plane doesn’t leave tracks / I Never walk on a wet runway / I fly drones/ I drove here to fly, so I should be able to – no matter what… All of which culminates with a damaged surface. As I exchanged in a mail with a member recently, one of my priorities as President is to keep the runway in useable condition for the majority of flyers to use. Every time I have trusted members to do the right/reasonable/common sense thing, I have been sadly disappointed. Notable this month is the member in the white truck that jumped the curb on 01 Jan with his child, and flew on the muddy runway surface, leaving around 300 DEEP footprints – and the Flyer in the white SUV who flew on Sunday the 21st with his 2 children. He slipped in during a short break in the rain ( Common sense –remember?) and left about 150 footprints in the mud before I could get there and put the red lock in place. I get lots of drama about the red lock – but more pain and alligator tears are inbound when the surface is destroyed for months by selfish members who can’t let it go for a few days to benefit the majority. On average, the red lock is placed about 20 days a year. Please accept that. If it has rained within the past 24 hours – or flooding conditions had occurred within the last 48 hours, please count on the field being unusable and stay away.
There are quite a few new members so far this year. Lately they seem to show up, park away from everybody else, and put aircraft up without asking even the basic safety questions at our site. People in the state of California seem to line up when figuring out how to sue people. This is the reason you sign a waiver with the city when you join. The flight boundaries are in place to keep the general public, and you, safe. I will state a few need to knows, which will be reminders to most members. All flying must be conducted North of the fence line at the main runway, and Northeast of the fence line at the rotor plex area. There is no acceptable reason to fly over the pit areas, the tables, or the parking areas – EVER. Never fly over SeaWorld Drive, or South Shores Parkway. For the drone area, Never fly within 100 feet of any roadway or foot path. Do Not fly within 50 feet of persons or animals in the field area. Never “BUZZ” people. That would equal an immediate expulsion from the club for safety violations. The North end of our field is bordered by a foot path, just past the palm trees. Familiarize yourself with this area and don’t fly past the trees. Please do not conduct high speed passes between the runway centerline and the fence, one servo failure and your plane can cause unnecessary damage to people and property. If your plane is not responding to your control, or is going down, ENSURE you call out to the other members on site that you have an emergency so they can maybe avoid taking a hit.
T-28 and Popwing racing has resumed. T-28 is following the past process of qualifiers and mains while the Popwing master, Jimmy B, is developing the rules and point system for the Popwings. The next race day will be Feb 10th at 10:00 AM. Electroglide, the longest running powered glider contest in the country, has also resumed. Thanks Jeff S for again being the Glide Coordinator, and keeping the lines painted on the runway. We are looking for a reliable person to take over running the Announcer/Timer Tasks which the pilots rely on when scoring the flights. Basically you will be calling the competition on the 3rd Saturday of every month between 10:00 and 11:30 AM. For more information, please see myself or Jeff Struthers.
Jimmy B. has populated both the website and Facebook calendars with our monthly fun fly competitions for the year, Please take a look and ask questions about anything you do not understand. This months event will be POKER Fly on the 27th beginning at 10:00 am, followed by the monthly meeting, and hot dogs.
Here’s to a GREAT year!