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 Christmas Party Dec 2

Join us for the social event of the year. See what your fellow members look like dressed up and meet their family. Great food, great raffle. Advance sales only, no sales day of event. Please order by Nov 19.
$20 per person, no host bar, 11:30am Monrovian Restaurant MAP

See a board member, mail to PO Box 93 Duarte CA 91007 or
just pay with PayPal (CLICK HERE)




Anyone have pictures to share?


The weather could not have been better - sunny with beautiful clouds, little to no wind, few people in the park, not even any geese. Everyone got in lots of flying with some exceptional aircraft. Lunch was great, lots of families and kids. A few boat recoveries but no real devastating crashes. Thanks to all who helped and participated.




Magnum Engines Available Again


Since the closure of Hobby People, modelers have come to appreciate the value and performance of the Magnum line of glow engines. They are well designed, with excellent finish, performance and value. Examples have been selling briskly on sites like RC Groups and Ebay.

Aware of this, longtime Hobby Shack / Hobby People employees John and Mike Greenshields have revived the Magnum engine line for sale. They have all the popular sizes from the hot .15 to the mighty 1.60 flat twin. And they have repair parts. The company goes by the name of Mike Goes Flying, and is located in Victorville. Welcome news for us "glow heads". Check their website HERE



Pop Up Sunshades - Unclear on the Concept





Membership Application / Renewal Form Available On Line
Renew your membership for 2018 the easy way. Click the image below to access the Online Application and Renewal Form. After you submit it we will email you payment options. Don't forget your AMA has to be renewed also. Renew early and avoid the rush!







Email us at SFDRCM@HOTMAIL.COM of you have problems.



Drone Talk: Drones and the Legal Landscape

Available to watch on YouTube - CLICK HERE


Useful information for all hobby and commercial RC pilots.
All must be aware of Federal and local laws regarding RC flying. Some of these (especially local laws) do not distinguish be "drones", hobby aircraft or commercial use. Know before you fly!
Hosted by Kat Swain, Jared Allen, and Justin Barkowski, and moderated by Chad Mayer



 "Monrovia Landing" Shopping Set To Open; Commemorates Monrovia Airport; Mural PreservedMonrovia Airport


Investment and development company Warner Pacific Properties has worked since early last year to update and fill the 98,000-square-foot retail building, called Monrovia Landing. Location is on Huntington Drive between Mountain and Shamrock.


Monrovia Landing is part of a larger retail center, referred to as the Shamrock Center, which includes a 24-Hour Fitness, Yoshinoya and Taco Bell. O’Reilly Auto Parts store and Michaels are in the same larger building.


“It has been incredibly rewarding to bring an old building back to life, and recycle structures instead of demolishing them,” said John Odell, principal and co-founder of Warner Pacific Properties.


The mural on the former Albertsons’ building that pays homage to the Monrovia Airport that once existed across the street from 1928-1953 has been preserved and included in the updated shopping center.






Float Fly will be at the location of our last float fly, just east of our usual Area 5 location. We liked the additional shade, and pilot stations were on more of a point. It is a little farther from the restrooms, and a little closer to the island, but overall the pilots liked it.






Snap Maneuvers add "Snap" to your flying


If you want to achieve a good snap roll, practice is mandatory. The snap roll is an autorotation maneuver in a stalled condition. During a snap, one wing is stalled while the other is accelerated about the roll axis. This creates a sudden roll-rate acceleration that you can’t obtain by simply inputting aileron. To achieve this condition in a model, several inputs must be given, including elevator, rudder and aileron.




The simplest snap is known as the “inside snap.” This maneuver is performed from the upright position and is induced by adding elevator, rudder and aileron. Before you try this maneuver, be prepared for your plane to rotate at least twice as fast as it does during a typical aileron roll. You probably won’t even see your plane perform the maneuver because it happens so quickly. Instead, you will barely have started your control inputs when you’ll immediately have to think about recovery.


Make sure that you have enough altitude to allow mistakes! Now take the airplane to a comfortable altitude at least 100 yards in front of you, parallel to the runway. Enter the aerobatic zone and fly to the center of the box at mid throttle (not full throttle). From level flight, perform an inside left snap by simultaneously applying up-elevator, left rudder and left aileron for 1 to 2 seconds.



Get More Satisfaction from your Flying

Why just fly around doing random (and sloppy) maneuvers? Use your flying time to improve your skills. Click on the link below to access the Senior Pattern Association pattern judging guide. It is a Power Point presentation that details the correct - and incorrect - ways to perform the pattern maneuvers. Give it a try.


Senior Pattern Judging Guide link



 MECOA Buys Assets of Fox Manufacturing and
Macs Products


Both companies fell on hard times with the loss of their founders, and downturn in demand for nitro engines. I understand that MECOA (of Irwindale CA) will not manufacture their products (engines and mufflers / pipes) but may have old stock available.





Float Fly July 8 Report

Fortunately a steady breeze held the heat down at the lake, on what was in many areas a record hot day. Many attendees had come a good distance, and enjoyed a mostly successful day of flying. Unfortunately, early on, Scott Popjes



Meeting Time & Location Information
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
Arcadia Red Cross on Methodist Hospital campus
376 W Huntington Dr
Arcadia , CA 91007  map it
7:30 Second Wednesday each month


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