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Field Closure Saturday October 10 12:30 PM - 7:45 PM 

FAA has issued a TFR affecting our field. No flying allowed from 

12:45 PM - 7:45 PM Saturday October 10.

(It's going to be over 100° anyway)

Thank you for your cooperation.


Former Club Member, President, Passes Away

Robert 'Bob' Hadloc has passed away after an extended hospital stay. He we a very active member in the 1980s and 90s and a prolific model builder. He served as club president and other offices. He was never at a loss for sharing his knowledge - and opinions. Information about services is pending. 

Submit your AMA Ballot

You have recently received your AMA ballot. Our District X VP is up for re-election. Incumbent VP Lawrence Tougas has been very responsive for our club and the hobby. We urge you read your ballot materials and give Lawrence Tougas your serious consideration.



Pictures from EAA 96 Fly In and Model Expo

Click on picture for album. Please email any pics you may have.

EAA 96 Fly In from Phantom Click HERE for pictures taken by Gogian Yee

SFDRCM Open House Fly In

October 24

to benefit Wounded Warrior Project

Please download, print and share flyer

NMAD 2015

 Latest App for Phantom 3 Quadcopters Adds Features

Lets pilots record waypoints, circle around Points of Interest, and Follow Me.

Expanding on an already impressive list of features, DJI has updated its Phantom 3 quadcopter application to include popular features:

1) Point of Interest. Fly over and select an object or locaton. You can then chose to circle around it, with the camera always pointed at it. You select altitude, distance and speed. Stop and resume. Take video or photos.

2) Waypoint. Fly a course and select waypoints on that course. Choose speed and flying style. Up to 99 waypoints per route. Record and refly the route at any time.

3) Follow Me. Will follow you (or actuall your transmitter) at up to 22 mpg. at a minumun altitude of 10 meteres.


Best tutorials are at Toms Tech Time on YouTube.

Follow Me

Governor Brown Vetos "Shoot Down the Drones" Bill

Would Have Exposed First Responders to Other Legal Consequences.


 Saying that this and other laws were creating excessive "particularization" of crimes, he vetoed SB168, and other drone related bills passed by the legislature. Certain California legislators feel it is necessary to criminalize or make civilly liable activities done with sUAVs that either are already regulated in other ways, or are allowed by any other activity. Maybe these vetoes will make them slow down and think about addressing real problems and not blindly attack new technologies.


This article is the opinion of the editor and may not reflect the views of any other group or individual.


Loss of Control Incidents at the Field;
Incident Report Form Created


We had a number of incidents of unexplained loss of control on the 2.4gHz systems and created a report form. Since mid-July we haven't had any more formal reports. 


If you experience a loss of control or other anomaly during a flight, please complete and submit an

SFDRCM Interference Report

 supplying as much information as you can. We will analyze reports and take necessary action.





Ed Flaot

 Lots of new Swap Shop Ads

If you haven't looked at the Swap Shop lately, check it out. Lots of new ads today - heli, EDF, gas, etc.


 Special DX9 Black Edition Raffle!


Thanks to our friends at Pegasus Hobby, we are having a special raffle of a Spektrum DX9 Black Edition radio system. This includes carrying case and receiver, and is valued at $599. Intuitive and powerful. Infinite model memory.

Special red raffle tickets are $5 each and available from any board member. Drawing will be at the Christmas party December 12. (No tickets for this will be sold at the Christmas party so buy your tickets in advance.)


 New Gate Installed to Curb Trespassing at Field


Photo credit: Tom Traeger

Thanks to President Rich Rannis for spearheading the effort to install a gate on the northern entrance to our field. Since Gold Line Extension work began last year, the normal Duarte Road gate has not been locked, leading to increased trespass at our field, including graffiti and car and ATV tracks and burnouts. Hopefully the gate will reduce this significantly. The design of the gate is one side for club use with one club lock, and the larger side for other utility use with the usual multiple locks. Center post is removable when both gate are unlocked. Also thanks to Gary Stevens, Tom Treager and Wayne Brown for financial donations toward the project. And this should qualify for the AMA Field Improvement Fund award program.


SFDRCM License Plate Frames

If you can't make it to the meeting
to order online - same price

Laser engraved, anodized blue, very attractive, appear to glow!  $14, 2 for $25

Let use know at




SFDRCM Open House and Sale April 11 Report

Report moved to Event Reports page


 12 V Power Supply from Old Computer Power Supply

Need a 12 volt power supply (or an extra one) to charge your batteries at home from a DC charger? How about recycling one from an out of service computer for next to nothing? And save ewaste from a landfill? Win Win! The few parts needed are available at Orvac Electronics 1120 Shamrock Ave Monrovia (or maybe Radio Shack).

Click THIS LINK to find out how

12V Power Suppy



 New to Radio Control? Get a Quad, Heli, or Airplane for Christmas?
Don't risk a crash. Free setup and flight instruction!
Contact us at

Didn't get one but want to get started?
Contact us at


 Know Before You Fly

 Christmas Gifts


Find more about Weather in Duarte, CA
Click for weather forecast

See event reports on EVENT REPORTS page

Newsletter On Line
We will now be delivering the newsletter only on line. See the Club Newsletter tab above to access current and past newsletters. Those requesting newsletter by mail will receive a meeting reminder postcard.


Float Fly May 2014 video by John De La Cueva, including Ed Villanueva's custom rescue boat.

 Aeromodeling Pioneers: The Good Brothers Video Uploaded

When the Cindy Good and Mallory Nelson, daughter and granddaugter of RC pioneer William Good visited, they left a DVD that was a very interesting documentary of about the innovative Good brothers. I have been able to upload this to YouTube for all to enjoy. This is fascinating and inspiring look at RC history, with interviews to preserve the presence of these brothers. As with many modlers, their interest in model aviation was coupled with significant technical achievements in other areas. Let us all be inspired by their work and their enjoyment of this hobby.

Video as approx 26 minutes - thank you to YouTube for permission for the extended length upload, and to Mallory and Cindy.

Good Brothers 



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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