I hope you had a great October and that November brings quality flying time!
As we near the end of the year, we wrapped up our special events for 2016 this month. There were some great prizes won by the leaders in each group, and also some nice raffle prizes that all who participated had a chance to win. When you have a moment, please thank Jim Bonnardel for organizing the pop wing racers, Jeff Struthers for running electroglide, Scott Fuller with an assist from Chuy Wong for keeping the FPV Multi-racers on the track for victory, and Steve Manganelli for directing the F5B/F5D group. I really appreciate the guys who see an event they like and want, and step up to make it happen! There were some questions raised about starting a new parkzone Trojan race series, as well an attempt to re-instate EMAC precision contests. If you want to organize and run an event, let me know and we will see how many mad souls want to join you!! One common theme, as we closed out this years events, was the great support of our club by John Weaver, owner of Discount Hobbies. He stepped up BIG TIME and gave us a fairly large discount on gift certificates which allowed us to give larger prizes back to the members who participated! Please thank him when you see him in the store, and please keep sending business his way, his is the only family owned RC business in our area and a cornerstone of the industry.
Isabel reported our membership as 427 members a few days ago. For the new members, thank you for joining! There are still several quality months left in 16 to enjoy your membership and the camaraderie at our field! To all members, I will reiterate my appreciation of your willingness to welcome new people and willingness to talk about your planes and interests to people wandering in with questions. YOU are the reason our club continues to grow! Thanks Isabel for managing our membership for us and keeping us on track. She is looking into some new badges for next year that may change things up a bit. Due to the AMA’s shift last year from membership that encompasses the calendar year to a membership on a 12 month cycle, we have 4 members that have their AMA expiring at the end of this month, and 4 that expire at the end of November. You should know who you are, but I have asked Isabel to send a reminder just in case. Please do not fly if your AMA has expired. The rest of the current members are valid to 12/31/16, 12/31/17, with a few lifetime members depending on how you renewed, and a renewal now (If expiring in 2016)will keep you on a December cycle which will make things easier to manage ( I appreciate that!). The current plan is to disable the club membership and PayPal link on our web site around Nov 15th, load the 2017 documents, and open renewals for 2017 around December 1st. Please do not attempt to renew early! A blast will be sent to all members when we can process payments for next year.
Our Holiday banquet committee has been hard at work for you setting up our event for closing out 2016. More details will be posted later, but for planning purposes, the event will be on Jan 14th to get a better venue within our budget, and will be held in the Admiral Kidd convention center near the airport. It promises to be a great time similar to last year!
We have reserved the space for 150 people (members and family) and like last year I will be accepting 5 dollars per guest to RSVP their seat and add to the raffle prizes. I will start accepting the money on December 1st and will stop either on December 31st or when I reach 150 reserved seats. The 31st is the date we need to have all attendees listed and present the list to the naval base so you will be allowed access on the night of the event. Absolutely no late sign-ups for this one.
I would like to lay down a reminder that ALL members are empowered to ensure the safe and responsible use of our site. You DO NOT have to wait for a board member to say something if you see irresponsible use of our facility. If there in an incident, WE stand to lose the site, not just the 9 members of the board. Sadly, one recent incident involved a guest of a member - that was not given even basic safety instructions by his sponsor ( ? ), Flying an airplane next to the porta potty ( ? ) , and flying over the parking lot and in the space between the parking lot and SeaWorld Drive 9 ?) … It gets worse. Even though there were members standing right there, no one said anything. As Quan and I approached we noted the person in question standing next to a former board member, (who was the safety officer) who watched him fly and said nothing! His statement was that it wasn’t his job. I really dislike saying bad things at the field, and just instructed the guest and his sponsor and left it at that. Actions like this can get us shut down people!! Also, we have some members that fly with other local clubs. If you want to invite members of other clubs to come try our site out, I fully support that! However, please ensure they know our boundaries and the flying rules before unleashing them on us!
Pretty much every 2 months this year we have had VERY experienced pilots severely damage or completely destroy high value aircraft mainly due to the fact that they were distracted while assembling their aircraft which led to missing wing bolts, incorrectly connected servo wires, disconnected servo wires, or plugging in discharged batteries. This brings up 2 points. First, if you see your buddy/pal assembling their plane/multirotor for flight, please leave them be until they are done! Most any question can wait 10 minutes, A little distraction can be costly. Second, there are some checks that should be done before every flight. If you can turn wing bolts with finger pressure, they should be tightened. Check your battery voltage before putting them in your plane, even if you are SURE they are charged. And prior to advancing the throttle- do a control surface check while actually watching the surface move (don’t just listen for a servo sound). These small steps can save you a lot of grief!
This month’s meeting will mark the opening of nominations for the Board of Directors that will drive the club for 2017. The election will be held at the November club meeting. The majority of the current board has agreed to run for another year with a few changes of position, and a couple have announced their intention to vacate. There have been a few people step forward to self-nominate. I am going to beat a dead horse here and ask each of you to determine whether you feel your experiences, knowledge, and possibly desire to change something you may not agree with is justification to run for a position. I still hear the comment that some people just “want to have fun” but don’t want to get involved…
We will accept nominations between October 22nd and November 26th – the day of the vote. We will send out a blast at the end of October so you can see the nominees up to that point.
Our fun fly on the 22nd is the popular BOMB DROP. We are looking for Challengers! If you can solo your plane, you can play this one! As usual, there will be prizes for the winners followed by the club meeting/nominations. This month the Bonnardels will be bringing Subway sandwiches to give me a break from cooking dogs, and I am looking forward to seeing YOU there!
Have a great month!
October’s Club Event:
That’s right one of our favorite events,
the bomb drop is back
This month, lunch is from:
Any fixed wing can play! Bomb Drop Devices Provided.
October 22nd, 10:00am
Meeting and lunch to follow
Officer Nominations at the meeting.
This is your chance to get involved.
By Quan Nguyen
Our field is getting quite busy again, so I’d like to remind everyone about our flight boundaries. It’s imperative that pilots fly within the Flight Area marked on the sign at the gates. This means no flying past the line of palm trees. Not only is there a pedestrian walkway beyond that, but there’s also a sandy shoreline a little further out where beachgoers hang out and sun bath. The last thing we want is a model plane going down there. Flying over the water is an absolute no no. Equally important is to not fly over the parking lot, pit area, and porta-potty area. When in doubt, study the sign posted at each gate.
The next issue is aircraft setup. Beyond the mundane things like making sure wing bolts and aileron wires are attached, I noticed many pilots who maiden their aircraft have way too much control surface throw. This results in an aircraft that is difficult or impossible to fly. One such incident resulted in a jet being ditched in the shoreline… a major safety issue. For most aircraft, a nudge of up elevator throw, 7 to 10 degrees, is enough. No need to make it swing like a door.
Lastly, I’ll be stepping down as safety officer, and running for secretary. It’s been a great two years, and I appreciate you all making my job easy.
Popwing Results - Final Score
By Jim Bonnardel
What a fitting end to a great season! The last race had all three of your top points leaders battling it out for a great finish.
2016 was the third season for PopWing racing, and I am pleased to tell you that it is growing and becoming more popular because it is just so darn fun.
This season we had return pilots, as well as plenty of newbies joining in on the controlled chaos that is pylon racing with a near-disposable, very durable, low budget aircraft.
PopWing racing requires cooperation as well as a competitive spirit. It succeeds because we all want to race, but we all want to help others race too. Each month, I witness people helping other racers keeping their wings race-ready. Whether it is giving someone an O-ring, a prop, or fixing a break with some CA glue, everyone works together to keep the races going. PopWing also requires people to work together as callers and turn marshals. PopWing racing also allows you to sharpen your skills when flying other aircraft as you soon learn how when the race timer goes “DING”, you need to control your nerves to stay on a clean line through the course.
PopWing racing was designed to bring club members together for some common fun, not close the field for a full day, and give back to the participants. This year due to our 400+ club member totals, we were graciously granted the largest value ever for end of year prizes and awards. Trophies, gift certificates and airplanes were given out. Most of the prizes were raffle-based, so anyone that participated in 2016 had an equal chance to take home some goods. In a slight twist to the usual “must be present to win” raffle, all the racers present for the last day agreed to include EVERYONE that participated during 2016 season into the raffle, not just the members present for the last day. That actually worked out well as some of the goods were awarded to members not present or participating at the last race.
Scoring will have a slight tweak next year, we will be awarding 1~4 points for qualifying positon as an incentive to not sandbag during qualifying runs since main event points are the same across all the mains. We will also hold a “PopWing Clinic” before our first race in 2017 on Jan 14th. Be sure to plan accordingly so you can learn some tips, tricks and secrets to tuning your PopWing as a worthy racer.
Calling all Scoresheets.
By Jeff Struthers
What started out as an overcast and cool morning changed into some great weather conditions for the final Electroglide of 2016. A slight breeze was blowing in from the east at 8:30 am. Lindbergh Field was reporting N.E. winds of 5 mph by 9:00. By 9:30, and the first launch, the sun had come out and the wind had shifted to N.W., with the wind speed increasing only slightly.
On the first launch, eight aircraft charged into the sky, most headed to the north west. Three of us kept our Radians high enough in the transit to find lift in the far north west corner of the flying area. It was a solid lift; we could see our aircraft climb, even on the downwind leg in the circling pattern. I had the longest flight at 9:22 with Bob Stinson close behind at 9:19. Roger Ball came in third with a flight of 6:24. I picked up a 30-point landing bonus, Bob scored a 10-point bonus and Rich Rogers got a 20-point bonus.
For the second launch, the word was now out about the location of the lift. All of us tried for the north west corner, but the lift was up high. This meant the climb out on launch was critical. Keeping our aircraft from pitching up too much and stalling while still heading west in that 20 second motor run time, was difficult. Four of us found the lift in that same north west spot. George Sullivan had the longest flight of 9 minutes, 50 seconds. Bob Stinson came in at 9:48, Roger Ball was at 9:46 and I had a flight of 9:22. Bonus landing points were earned as well, as Roger, Steve Gobele and I each picked up 20 points. Bob and Fred Daugherty picked up 10 points each. A fun round!
The third launch had us all heading north west again. The lift we had just experienced on the last round was a bit harder to stay in this time. Bob managed to stay with it, earning the longest flight of 9:08. George came back down at 8 minutes even, Roger flew for 7:39. Bob and myself earned 20 point landings, Fred and Rich Rogers both earned 10 point landings. Another fun round.
The fourth and final launch had almost all pilots finding the lift, seven of us having flight times above 8 minutes. Fred had the longest flight with a time aloft of 9:42. Bob came in with a 9:28, Steve and I both had a flight time of 9:15. Bob and I both had 20 point landings. Roger, Fred, Rich and Jon Graber all picked up 10 point landings. A really fun round on a great glider flying day.
After some hurried totaling of this day’s scores with the year’s totals, the first, second and third place winners were announced. Some nice gift certificates were about to be handed out.
Bob Stinson whooped us all with a year’s total score of 1250 points. That represents individual contest scores in the mid to high 100’s and competing in all but two of this year’s contests.
In going over the scores again later that day, I realized I had made a mistake in totaling the scores for second place. Scott Vance actually had amassed a total of 897 points putting him in second place. Vince Gonsowski came in third with 723 total points.
We also held a free raffle for all Electroglide pilots. In addition to the larger gift certificates that were awarded for first, second and third place, there were four $ 40.00 gift certificates handed out to the winners of the raffle, with one going to Roger, Fred, Jon and Bob.
The Electroglide contest will now take a vacation for the months of November and December. Mark next year’s calendar for January 21st, the third Saturday of the month and the first Electroglide for the 2017 contest year!
By Scott Fuller
Jim, Brad, Quan, George, Paul, Scott, Isabel, Randy
Jim handed some receipts to Paul in regards to the banquet
Jim talked to KOZ events about road closures
Jim talked about Weed Wackers membership drive video
Hire a professional to do a video for us for $500
4 - Yes votes, 2 - No votes, 1 - Abstain
Sign at the entrance at the gate. Folks were asked if they want to help make a sign. No one came up with one. Move the 5mph sign.
FPV Racing Budget for next year - Scoring Software, Flags, Bags. $500 for next year.
Runway - Talked about conditioning options. More wetting of the runway next year. One or two rollings.
Paul went over the Budget
Paying for Banquet items
Keys need to be made
428 New members
Talked about Board dinner
Next meeting - Friday Nov 4th
Randy Wynant sent this in:
These are step by step, and certainly can help many who might be considering going AS3X of some kind.
There are at least 14 vids, all very short and to the point! Helpful.
Searching on: Spektrum AS3X Step 1: Transmitter Setup (Initial Setup) in you tube gets you to the first one.
Or here: https://youtu.be/LnYiKgrL_bU
As one completes, it should take you to the next one in line...2, 3, 4 etc
We have a new photo viewer for club pics here.
1. Please check the calendar for the new schedules for: Meetings/Events, Electroglide, Float Flying, and Indoor Flying.
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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.