With temps spiking last week we have had our kick-off into summer. It’s very likely we will not see much more rain for the next few months and the outlying field area is drying out fast. There is still a little green out there, but most of the growth has the consistence of barbed wire, so avoid it if you can – both with yourself and your aircraft! The pretty nasty brush fires in the county this week are a sign of things to come, please be prepared to respond in the event of fires. Also, there was a report last summer of a rattlesnake in the field, so if you do venture out there, go a bit slow to ensure you don’t startle something into biting you.
If you have not heard, a federal court recently shot down the requirement to register all model aircraft with the FAA. If you use your aircraft in a manner which involves any type of commercial use, you must still register – along with additional licensing. I doubt there will be a refund involved (sorry Dave…).
As I mentioned last month, fund raising is quite a bit down from last year as we were not the US host city for international drone day this year and as such have not received any sponsor donations this year. Our chance to get some money in the end of year banquet coffer is coming quickly. Jim has already started picking up some neat stuff for our 4th of July Raffle. Quan is donating the receiver ready Joker sport plane he won at the 2015 holiday banquet, as it is not his style of plane, to the raffle. We expect to start selling tickets mid-June. If you have any thoughts for fundraising, bring them to me!
A couple of things coming our way next month. On June 4th SeaWorld drive will be closed between 6:00 AM and 12:30 PM for the rock & roll marathon. Their course map https://rnr30-compgroup.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/sites/4/2015/04/SD17-Course-Map-5.8-Elements.pdf has runners coming up behind us to the boat ramp parking lot and then along the path towards fiesta island. With so many people about we are discouraging anyone from coming in at 5:00 AM to have the morning to themselves. Also coming up is the traditional father’s day swap meet in the back parking lot at Discount Hobby Warehouse. This seems to be the best one with more quality items being presented. Don’t miss out!
Please keep an eye out for full scale craft in our area. If they are within a half mile of us stay around 50 feet until they are well away. We continue to have pilot reports to the FAA that we are too high and that is not a positive thing for us.
This month’s fun fly event on the 27th will be Poker fly, followed by the club meeting, and our hot dog lunch, See you there and fly safe!
Saturday May 27th
Poker Fun Fly
Planes start flying and
cards start drawing at 10am
Meeting to follow
This past month we did fairly well regarding being safe, at least to my knowledge.
We did have have the gate check where you test your flight control surfaces, then pull the plane back, and actually CONNECT the wing servos ;-) Nice Save!
Also incase anyone was wondering, the Police Heli has a camera on it that can count the hairs in your nose from 2 miles away.....that also means they can tell how high you are from that same 2 miles. This is a headsup that when the Police Chopper is in the area, keep your aircraft much lower than you normally would. He can see you from the North side of Fiesta Island....Then fly to us and yell at a specific airplane that has gone too high.
I just picked up a new First Aid Kit, keep that in mind, they do infact get old and out of date. Please get one or replace yours as soon as possible.
Videomaster George Sullivan has created a new version of the SEFSD YouTube channel. Please click below and check it out.
-From an AMA Member Communication email-
By Bob Mosley
I shared this old photo with Steve Belknap showing a transmitter I scratch built in 1968 when I was in 9th grade and he asked if I would write up something about it.
I built the 3 channel transmitter from a schematic in MAN (Model Airplane News). I bought the electrical components from Shanks & Wright, Milo and Western Radio (they were located on Kettner Blvd and India St. and are all gone now). I measured the lead spacing and drew a PC board trace pattern on quad paper. I etched the PCB with ferric chloride after covering the copper with electrical tape and cutting it with a #11 and straight edge, then drilled the holes after etching.
by Bob Kreutzer
You may recall the article on “The Mighty PT-17” last year. What a great airplane. I literally flew the wings off of that airframe.
As the foam airframe is a natural shock absorber, I was left with an intact control and power system. It is just not right to throw away such an amazing radio controlled system that we used to dream of years ago.. Now, I’ll admit, I am a random type of person and for some reason I chose to make a Piper Tri Pacer with the leftover pieces. Some of you may recall that I once wrote a column called “Composite Corner” some two decades ago that highlighted some of the most advanced composite construction techniques as they related to model aircraft construction at the time. The times do change and this time I chose to go back to “old school” balsa construction for the Mighty Tri Pacer. As they say, “ a picture is worth a thousand words”, so I will utilize both picture and words to share the realization of The Mighty Tri Pacer.
By Quan Nguyen
SEFSD Board Meeting Minutes:
Called to order: May 12th, 2017 7:15pm
Present: Paul, George, Jim, Brad, Dennis, Quan, Brian
-348 Members as of today.
-Discussed purchasing AMA windsock. Deferred due to concerns about it getting stolen.
-Discussed raffle to fundraise approx $3k for holiday banquet.
-Motion to authorize $1,200 to purchase raffle prizes. Approved.
-Quan to donate Joker into prize pool.
-Reiterated charging a fee for admission to holiday banquet to compensate for decrease in revenue.
-Planning potential increase in dues for 2018 proportional to increased operating costs.
-Treasurer report. All is good.
- Discussed website & Porta Potty costs.
-Replacement keys $3 each.
-Previously expelled member submitted payment without application. Board to return payment.
-Field will be closed during Rock-n-roll marathon.
-Field condition. Discussed dust control additive after sweeping. Approved $1,000 to recondition field.
-May’s event is Poker fly
-Still working on letter of agreement with Lindbergh
-Meeting adjourned: 8:30pm
By Richard Felkins,
The plane is an Andrew Jesky, AJ Aircraft Laser 230Z, 115 inch in the Reflex paint scheme with a flying weight of 40 pounds.
The plane is using a NeuMotors 8038 142 Kv, the 7S 35C 14000 mAh batteries are from China and built to my specs (pack weight 10 lbs.).
After 6 minutes of a Sportsman IMAC sequence flown by Tim Attaway, I only put 7200 mAh back in the packs.
Currently the ESC is a 200 Amp HobbyWing Opto HV rated up to 14S that I am propping down to a 28x12 to stay at 200 Amps for now.
By Jeff Struthers,
It was a tough Electroglide this month what with the Beach to Bay Marathon restricting access to our field until 10:00 and the strong winds from the North West.
Lindbergh Field was reporting winds of 8 to 10 mph during our competition, it sure felt stronger at our field.
First launch happened at about 10:40 and six aircraft took to the sky. Jon Graber, flying an Easy Star 2 got it high and held it there for the longest flight at 5:43. Scott Vance had the next longest flight time at 4:36 and scored an extra 20-points on his landing.
Second launch saw a bit stronger winds with only four aircraft flight ready. Roger Ball had the long flight at 4:50 with a 20-point landing. Scott Vance came in second at 3:50 and earning a 10-point landing. Those were the only extra landing credits earned.
Third launch found the wind was the only lift out there. Five aircraft were pointed North West at various altitudes, slowly descending while being blown in a South-East direction. The only way to stay north of our runway was to dive a bit and gain some airspeed. Scott Vance had the longest flight at 3:20. Also managing to stay near the target circles, scoring 20 points on landing. Roger Ball came in next at 3:12 with a 10-point landing.
Fourth and final launch saw the same windy conditions but we were getting the hang of it. Scott Vance again had the longest flight at 4:41 and a 20-point landing. Roger Ball came in at 3:52, I came in at 3:27. Stephen Treger scored the only other landing bonus with 10-points.
George Sullivan flew his DJI Mavic during the competition and recorded some video of us trying to land in the target circles. Notice the club’s wind sock.
Yes, the wind made it tough. It also made us learn to fly better. Don’t Spill the Beans, Bomb Drop, Pop Wing and Quad Copter racing, any competition that pushes us has the effect of making us better pilots.
The next Electroglide will be held on June 17th at 9:30.
Here is a You Tube link that contains video of a portion of the competition. Club member George Sullivan recorded the video from a DJI Quad-copter.
Being in Minot to see my daughter Leah Graduate Minot State University we had an extra day not planned.
So I went looking for an RC field......no one there but the pres said if he was in town he'd have met me there.....
Sunday, June 4, 2017
Sea World Drive CLOSED
1. Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Meetings/Events, Electroglide, Float Flying, and Indoor Flying.
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