As we put another April behind us all I can say is that we definitely live in a seasonal wonderland as far as our hobby goes. A couple of wet days and a couple of very warm days were the worst we had to deal with while other places in the country were snowing and flooding. Can't get much better than this!!
Talking about the rainy days. Thanks to most of you for staying away while the field was soft enough to accept footprints. Remember, following rain of ant consequence, if there is standing water puddles in the pit area - the field is too wet to fly/step on. I was at the field with a multi-rotor on Sunday the 10th after an all-night rain asking people to either save their flights for the late afternoon or the next weekend, showing them the standing water. I received a couple of interesting responses from " it's just a glider, it won't leave any marks" to one modeler telling me he would "take my concern under advisement" while continuing to assemble a plane. To the first, my response was "where will you land that doesn't require walking out to get it?". As for the second, all I can say is that I really don't like to have to identify myself as a board member specifically asking them not to fly. To be fair, there were a few members who packed it up no questions asked. All I can say is that a few moments of common sense will prevent months of having landing gear ripped off by fossilized footprints in our surface.
An incident was reported on Sunday the 17th at the rotor area. Sunday was an announced and on the calendar F5B - F5D practice day. On these days all flying at the main runway and rotorplex area is restricted unless specifically authorized at the discretion of the event director stationed at gate 5. On this day, a member arrived, set up his FPV multi-rotor, and commenced running the course without a spotter (REQUIRED!). The F5B event requires a person sitting in the field to provide timing and distance feedback. The FPV flyer repeatedly buzzed this person at distances of less than 5 feet at high speed. When he was confronted that it was unsafe - he laughed in her face. This is unacceptable - and the only reason this person is still a member of this club is that the victimized (attacked) member did not catch his name. If this type of action repeats itself EVER, that person will be immediately expelled from SEFSD FOR LIFE, and I will recommend the victim press charges and prosecute to the full extent of the law.
There is a lot of growth in the outlying field area. I sadly put one in last weekend and had to make the long walk out with others to gather the pieces. I carried my extinguisher out and back. Please follow this example if one goes down. Odds are that you won't need it, but if you do you will be real happy to have one! Please remember to take any crashed parts that won't fit completely in a trash can with you when you leave for the day. I know it sucks and you would rather leave the painful moment behind, but please don't pass your distress on to a park employee who has to pick it up.
Membership continues at a decent pace. The last couple of weeks have seen a few past members showing up asking to fly as guests. Guest privileges are extended to AMA holders from other areas that have never used and would like to try our site up to 3 times. After that membership is required to fly. Past members do not qualify for guest privileges.
Guest privileges do not renew into the next year. I believe we have the best club prices in the county, yet there are still people that would put $4,000.00 into a composite glider but can't won't pay a $45.00 membership. It's not as if it will be cheaper to wait until September to fly...
If you didn't look last month, check out our for sale by members section. A couple of planes on there now at decent prices. When you have a chance, please thank Paul Guidice and Steve Belknap for their efforts in making this part of the site easier to use and productive. There have been successful sales already!
If you have thoughts on how we can improve our site and you can assist with implementation, please contact Steve, myself, and Jim. If it makes sense, we will let you move forward and ask Steve to put it on our site. Please don't use this as a way to pass of a task for something you want done. I have heard suggestions that translate to this " It sure would be nice if the board would volunteer someone to spend a few hundred hours of their time for free to do something that would benefit me and the 3 guys I fly with!!" I want to hear your ideas, but be ready to own it!
On May 7th we will be hosting International Drone Day , the UAS4STEM by the AMA, and an IDD FPV Cup multi rotor race at our site. There will be events at both the main runway, in the outer field area, and at the rotor plex. These should last all day and standard sport flying will be restricted. The club will have a couple of BBQ's cranking out dogs - but as this is not a meeting day we will be asking for donations to cover costs. Any actual proceeds from lunch and the raffle will go towards the nifty transponder timing system for the Multi rotor racers and towards the 2016 holiday banquet. There are still a few things we could use members help with that day to keep people safe and control the parking area. If you would like to volunteer, please either step up at the meeting, or send in e-mail to Jim or myself. There have been some great raffle prizes both donated or provided at discount prices by local and national vendors. Scott Fuller is already collecting and issuing tickets. Don't miss this one!
I am calling out this weekend as Fred appreciation weekend! If you see our well-loved CandyMan at the field please take a moment to thank him for always arriving with a welcoming smile ( AND CANDY!! ) and being friendly to all! THANKS FRED DUFFY!
This month's event will be the FOAMY FRENZY between 10 and 12. Only foam during these hours. Bring something that looks like a plane - fly it in a plane like manner, and try to take home CASH!!. The monthly club meeting will follow, and we will return to open flying while enjoying the hot dog lunch provided by the Board of Directors.
See you there!
This Month’s Club Event
Our tribute to foam aircraft
6 Catagories to win:
Military Scale, Civilian Scale, Sport, 3D, Aerobatic.
And, the FUGLY !
Fly your foam aircraft in front of judges for the best score possible, flying as that aircraft should fly, whatever its category!
1 winner in each category takes all, 5 prizes total.
Judging begins at 10:00 and we fly with judges until 12:00 or we finish, then we will have our regular meeting then lunch.
By Scott Fuller
FPV Sign - As many of you have seen, the FPV sign is in use. Don't be surprised if you go out on a weekend and see FPV cards posted all over the thing. The use of FPV equipment is not limited to just the RotorPlex. Flights can take place at the main runway as well. We need to do our best to coordinate frequency usage between any parties sharing channels. Also don't forget you can also change your channel. It just requires coordination between everyone out there. If you don't know how to change your FPV channel, talk to one of the FPV guys. They'll help.
Please take your FPV cards home with you! Folks have been leaving them in back of the sign. While this is alright to do.. That guy sleeping under the table might find them as treasure and steal them. Right now the FPV cards are free. Later, replacements might incur a monetary value. #JustSayin!
Track Gates – Up until recently what we call 'The Turtle' was looking more like a 'Sad Panda'. There's been a few iterations of the track gates out at the field. One thing that was noticed was 'The Jungle Gym' has been standing up strong. This consisted of four stakes placed in the ground. Then four candle sticks with the hoops going inside of them. To replicate this I've modified all the gates to a similar format.
You'll now find each gate is staked into the ground. This prevents it from being moved. It has a PVC pipe sleeve over the stake. From there the hoop is placed into the pipe. Hopefully this resolves some of our gates that were becoming limbo bars.
After IDD and our Club Race in May, the track will change once again. Please shareyour track ideas with Kyle, Ian or Scott.
Race Timing System – In preparation for International Drone Day, thanks to the generous sponsorship of local San Diego companies Aerial Mob and 5D Robotics, the board has purchased the iLap timing system. This consists of transponders and receiver units. The system is pretty well known throughout the drone racing community. About 90% of the folks signed up for the IDD Race already have a iLap transponder unit.
The club has also purchased a batch of transponders. We'll be lending them out for folks to use. The transponder need a 5v source. You'll put the transponder on before the race and take it off after. I'd suggest you check out RCLapCounter.com and purchase your own iLap FPV Drone Transponder from them. As we'll be using the timing system more frequently at our monthly races..
I understand the monthly club races are a gentleman's Sport. The timing system offers a lot more efficiency and statistics. As an example we have folks running 15-16 seconds on the inside course. It also allows us to be a world class facility. Over the next couple months you’ll see a format change to our races. Namely as we work with the software and find what works for us. Over the next couple weekends I’ll be out at the Rotorplex with the timing system. Allowing folks the ability to test it out and get a feel for it.
By Quan Nguyen
It was brought to the board’s attention that last Sunday afternoon, there was a multirotor pilot that deliberately flew at an unsafe distance from a spectator. This is a serious offense in violation of AMA rule 105§B6 stating “...no powered model may be flown outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual...” I know from spending lots of time at the field that our members are rule abiding, fly safe, and use common sense. The people who reported this incident, unfortunately, were not able to get the identification of the pilot. If you have information that would help shed some light on this incident, please let me know.
Now on to more general matters. I’ve noticed some people flying on the northern edge of the runway against the pattern. Be mindful of your distance from the runway when you fly east. I know I’ve unintentionally flown eastbound too close to the runway before, and have been rightfully called out for it! For me, the problem was judging distance when transitioning from a larger, 72”, thick-fuselage model to a smaller, flat park flyer, which I tend to fly closer to compensate for its smaller size. (I could think of 5 innuendoes for the last sentence I just typed, but I have no better way of saying it)
Finally, the recommended area for multirotors is at our “RotorPlex” (It’s the area where the helis fly). If you choose to fly a multirotor in the General Flight Area, remember that fixed wing aircraft have a right of way, and I highly do not recommend you hover on or around the runway.
UP & Away
By Jeff Struthers
It was a beautiful Saturday morning for flying in San Diego. At 9:00 a.m., the sky was a clear bright blue with no clouds showing. The sun was out warming the earth and blacktop near Sea World.
By 9:30 we could feel the wind coming from the west and were ready for the first launch. The only problem was presented by the police helicopter flying a holding pattern east of our field. After about 5 to 8 minutes, the helicopter flew off eastward and the first launch began.
Seven gliders powered up into westerly breezes bringing us the first warm air of Sea World’s parking lot. This should have created some thermals for us, but they were hard to find. Only Jim Shelton and Bob Stinson found the lift. Jim had a time aloft of 6:00 minutes and Bob a time of 4:33.
The second launch had flight times increase dramatically for five pilots who found the lift just west of our runway. Flight times now came in at 5 to 6 minutes. Dennis LaBerge was flying at about 70 ft. above the western end of our runway when his Radian flew into a thermal. With careful flying and tight turns, Dennis made a flight time of 5:37 out of what should have been half that amount. Bob Stinson got up high and stayed there for the longest flight of 6:45.
The third launch again had aircraft in thermals with flight times above 5 minutes. Jim Shelton had a first place time of 7:43 with Tom Erickson coming in at 6:14. Vince Gonsuwski scored a Lucky Dog by landing first, turning a 3:46 time into 7:32. Sorry Tom, Vince got second for that launch. Winds were now picking up, forcing pilots to pay attention to the downwind leg on their landings. Four pilots, Vince, Dennis, Jim and Bob were able to earn extra points by landing in the target circles.
The fourth and final launch of the morning was into increasing winds. Lindbergh field was reporting a southern breeze of 5 mph at 10:00. But we were just a short distance away and saw winds from the west at closer to 10 mph. This pretty much blew the thermals away, so any lift was wind generated. Bob Stinson got the longest flight of 5:55 and a 10-point bonus landing. Tom Erickson came in second with a flight of 5:37. With the stronger winds, spot landings were much harder. Everyone managed to land on the runway with only Vince Gonsuwski and Bob Stinson scoring extra landing points. Vince ( 20 ), Bob ( 10 ).
Totaling up the scores:
Vince Gonsuwski was first with 200 total points.
Jim Shelton came in second with 177 points.
Bob Stinson came in third with 171 points
Good flying everyone, it was great to see your airplanes climbing into a clear blue sky. Next Electroglide will be on May 21st.
By Scott Fuller
7:15pm to 8:45pm
Jim, Brad, Quan, Scott, George, Dennis, Paul, Tim, Randy
• 351 Members currently
◦ Went over who didn’t renew their AMA for 2016
◦ Registrations are coming in. Paul and Julie is receiving funds
◦ UAS for STEM - David Story and Quan will be Safety
▪ Dragons will be judging for the event
▪ There will be different waypoints
▪ Need objects to put in the field
◦ Dennis - Will do food. Scott will bring his portable grill and big tank.
◦ Tim - Sanction
◦ Extra Outhouse for that weekend
◦ PA, Easy ups, stuff, bringing the trailer
◦ Vendors are signing up
◦ Raffle - Club will donate aprox $500
◦ Race Administration
▪ Limited it to 20 per Class (3s or 4s)
▪ George, Ian McK, and Kyle will help with Race event
◦ Track - Need to allocate funds to replace current wilting gates. Will come up with a budget.
• Track Timing System - Going to allocate aprox $1000. Agreed to buy.
• Homeless is blowing up the bathroom. It’s costing us to fix it.
• Tables at Helicopter Pad - Not before May
• FPV Frequency Control - Second iteration is done. Will share the files with the AMA?
• For Sale area of the page is working. About 140 people have viewed.
• Foamy Frenzy
◦ Membership is coming in
◦ No REALLY big expenses
◦ Taxes will be done this weekend
◦ Field Maint
• Next board meeting - May 4th
The Multiplex Solius and Heron Buildup(s)
Part Two of Three
Assembly, Modify the Propulsion
By Carl Murphy
This is Part 2 of a (3) part series of original, year 2016, article(s) for the Silent Electric Flyers of San Diego (SEFSD) covering equipment selection and use for the carefree, durable, Solius and Heron impact absorbing foam/composite airframes from Multiplex if you didn’t take advantage of the Radio Ready (RR) factory complete version(s). In keeping with carefree flying and the initial price of around four hundred dollars for the RR version a goal of not much more than two hundred over that and maybe double the number of landings if owner selects components to assemble a Solius or Heron from a kit. Economics at each selection(s) are covered.
And there is a history recount of electric powered motor-thermalers about how we got this far.
Part 1 was a discussion of what the Solius and Heron are and what they may be expected to do. Part 3 shall be the adventure of RC flying as we use them enough to establish the weak and strong parts. The author’s incessant fiddling with propulsion results will be accounted for. This is Part 2, the stuff left out of other reports. As such, since your reading elsewhere deliberately omitted much of the following discussion, many readers will not be able to follow. Go over it anyway as it answers why my seemingly identical airplane flies better and lasts longer than yours at a less net cost per time in the air.
1. Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Meetings/Events, Electroglide, Float Flying, and Indoor Flying.
2. The Torry Pines Gulls have their outstanding newsletter available online.
3. Please check out all the other great items for sale in our "For Sale by Members" area.
4. Make sure you renew for 2016. No badge - no fly.
5. Please check out these fine newsletters from other clubs:
The Harbor Soaring Society has a wonderful newsletter here.
6. There is now a complete list of club instructors under the "Resources" tab.