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 Passing of Long Time Member

Norm Tessier, member for over 30 years has passed away. He regularly attended meetings and club activities, although not so active in flying in recent year. He was always helpful and personable, and had the endless pocket full of wrapped mints to hand out. We do not have details on services at this time.

Pictures from January Float Fly

Thank you to Frank Ross of sending these pictures.
Thanks Don Bangle for pizza. 

Thanks Nature for great weather.

Click HERE for album

It Flew Well

Hobbico, Parent of Tower Hobbies and Great Planes, Files for Bankruptcy



Hobbico, Inc. Files Petition for Chapter 11 Relief and Pursues Sale of Company
Seeks Protection from Creditors to Restructure and Attract New Capital Investment;

Operations Continue Throughout Bankruptcy Process


Hobbico “has determined that it may be necessary in the near future to permanently close and discontinue all of its operations in connection with a bankruptcy case to be filed under chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code,” wrote human resources Director Howard Salazar in a letter dated Wednesday obtained by The News-Gazette.


Hobbico also recently announced it will close its 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in Reno, Nev., on Feb. 28.


CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – January 10, 2018 – Hobbico, Inc. (“Hobbico” or “the Company”) announced today
that it has filed a petition for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code while it seeks
an orderly finalization and implementation of its comprehensive restructuring plan. The petition was
filed today with the United States Bankruptcy Court – Wilmington of Delaware In conjunction, Hobbico
also announced its plan to sell the company.

Since 1971, Hobbico has grown in to one of the largest United States distributors of radio-control and
general hobby products. Built up over time and with the best intentions to further grow its business,
Hobbico’s debt has added too much leverage for the Company, and it has been unable to successfully
restructure to help meet its financial obligations. With the added impact over the last few years of an
increasingly competitive industry, market headwinds and a series of one-off events with key suppliers,
Hobbico’s current financial position is unsustainable.








 FAA Registration Reinstated
The requirement that all unmanned RC aircraft weighing over 250 grams has been reinstated by act of Congress. If you registered initially and did not request refund and cancellation, you need take no action. If you did not register, you now must register. One registration covers all your hobby aircraft. Commercially used aircraft must be registered individually. AMA and FAA numbers must be posted on the aircraft. Clubs will not be required to enforce FAA registration.

For more information, go to the AMA website



Classy Way to Display FAA and AMA ID Numbers


RC Parts for Less is selling FAA ID Tags so you can have all of your contact information on your plane. Laser engraved plywood, 3/4" x 2".


1 for $1.00 10 for $7.50 20 for $12.00 For additional quantities, please contact me at

To place an order please go to and click on the FAA ID Tag tab.



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
And JR Radios


JR radios and lots of other products are available at



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.


 "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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