The year is taking shape as I write this article. The important elements are as follows. A number of club member participation events are being proposed by Jim Bonnardel, our VP of Fun. They will generally take place on the last Saturday of the month. Our budget is solidifying for the year thanks to our treasurer Paul Guidice. Isabel, our membership chairperson, reports that we are at 282 members and counting. Chief Griffin’s team has completed the parking lot improvement and Jim has groomed the runway to make it nice for awhile. More tables are on the way thanks to John, welder – door provider and Don the iron man with his installation crew. These are the key things we need to be grateful for as club members…these people are working hard to allow this club to excel.
We have been approved for AMA Gold Leader Club Status for 2014 with some elements remaining to be completed. We thank Frank Gagliardi for getting this special recognition going in 2013 and from here on it is a matter of sending a report of what we are doing to maintain this status of excellence.
The board has done fine work at looking at various elements of our club to see what can be done to improve the experience at Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego flying site. Some important policy changes at SEFSD flying site are the following.
Number 1 …all events must be approved by the SEFSD board and no field closures will be allowed unless the board has approved of the closure. Process is to contact a board member 30 days or more in advance of event to seek closure for special purposes.
(Note: the events now in planning stage for each month at this time are Electro-glide on the third Saturday of the month for roughly 1 to 1 and 1/2 hour at it’s normal time. It will be on the calendar as it has been approved. The other field closure will be on the days we have a General Meeting (the last Saturday of the month) and that would include some type of general fun fly activity in the morning concluding with a meeting at 11:30 AM and usually refreshments of some type.) Other happenings may be placed on the calendar to be noted by club members. This decision about scheduling events and closing the field was thoroughly vetted by Jim when he asked for a committee to form and give inputs a number of weeks ago and the board reviewed his findings and voted unanimously to have a policy of Board approval of all field closures. This new policy is in the board meeting minutes for all to review. With nearly 300 members….. field closures need to be judiciously planned in advance.
Number 2….the guest flying privileges policy, which does not formally exist, is now being formulated. A proposal for how to handle flyers that come down to SEFSD regularly and do not have membership with SEFSD or AMA is now being written and then a review will be conducted by the Board of SEFSD for a final policy declaration. It should be clear to most that if you wish to enjoy this SEFSD quality flying site on a multi-million dollar piece of Mission Bay that the price of membership is a pittance. Wearing a club badge when at the field or having it in your possession or available to see by others is a rather easy way to assure that we are in compliance with the AMA and the San Diego City Right of Entry Permit. All members should be aware and watchful for individuals that seek to take advantage of our site as “free-loaders.”
Number 3….the SEFSD board is continuing to be concerned about flying outside our designated area specifically over the palm trees along the walking path and gazebo and it is in everyones best interest as club members to maintain a healthy distance in altitude when anywhere near this area. Please….no erratic flying low over in this sensitive area….it is very much appreciated and if you like to fly low aerobatically then move to the East end of the pit area so that the larger open area is your flight area. Finally, our adherence to the 400 foot altitude restriction and our consistent awareness of the SDPD ABLE helicopter has resulted in no known complaints in these past few weeks. Good Job and keep it up.
The first event of the year is now being promoted…..The First Poker Fun Fly of 2014 SEFSD….Jim is running the event with helpers and food will be coming from Costco and the event will start approximately at 10 AM on Saturday March 29th. Any aircraft qualifies and there will be 100 dollars in Discount Hobby certificates and or product up for the top poker hands. The meeting will be conducted by Jim at 11:30 AM following the event. You get three cards when you sign up and one additional for every flight there after. Don’t miss it. Sorry I will be away in Yuma AZ competing in an IMAC contest with fellow board member Ray Fulks but we will expect a full report about the fun time we missed.
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