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The CORSAIR
March 2002

Club Officers Corsair Staff
Bob Rodenas, President............................(760) 967-6638 Paul Eigsti, Editor............................................(949) 582-3231
Pete Zenquis, Vice President.....................(760) 732-3167 Harold Hall, Prize Co-ordinator..........................(760) 757-4076
Tommy Head, Sec./Treasurer....................(760) 439-5354 Editor's E-Mail...................................peigsti@dslextreme.com
Field Marshals Flight Instructors
Senior Field Marshal: Jose Tellez................(949) 494-0403 Your name here...............................................
Field Marshal: Paul Eigsti ..........................(949) 582-3231 Your name here...............................................
P.R. Officer: Art Steinberg...........................(760) 726-6636 Your name here...............................................
HORNO O.D. (Officer of the Day).................(760) 725-7882 RANGE CONTROL (Long Rifle).........................(760) 725-4604

The upcoming JMRC meeting is March 26h 1900 (7:00PM) at Sharkey’s Club!

JMRC News Bits…..

In the event that you missed the November meeting and the Banquet in January, you may not know who our club officers & board members are for 2002. Bob Rodenas is returning as President (proving that yes… a sucker IS born every minute), with Pete Zenquis serving as Vice President. Tommy Head remains treasurer …. until we are broke or he runs off with all the club’s money. Paul Eigsti continues to serve as newsletter editor (another sucker). Art Steinberg is still your information officer… (at least that’s the information that he sent me), and Harold Hall remains as Prize Coordinator. Jose Tellez continues filling the undesirable job of serving as Senior Field Marshall for another term.

Daren and Dan Savage have done an outstanding job as our “intro pilot” instructors for several years. It is high time that they are relieved of this duty. We DESPERATELY need at least two flight instructors. If you are interested in volunteering for this rewarding and exciting position, please contact a board member ASAP.

We are in dire need of military members in our club. If you know of any active duty or retired gentlemen who may be interested in joining our group, please contact a board member for an application.

There has been talk of a Mall Show recently at the club functions. We certainly need to increase our Military membership, but it’s difficult to get new recruits interested in the hobby while we don’t have flight.


January 2002 JMRC Installation Banquet activities

For those that did not attend the 2002 JMRC Annual Officer Installation Banquet, you missed an excellent presentation by retired Aeronautical Engineer, David Katagiri. With the use of color slides and video, Dave shared with the audience his involvement in radio control flying which began prior to WW II.

He was in his late teens when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. Being of Japanese heritage, he and his family were relocated to one of the many intern camps. Dave said that while others brought their clothes, he brought his planes...and had slides to prove it. (He must have brought some clothes as none of the slides showed him flying naked.)

After a short period interned, Dave was drafted into the US Army and served in the European theater. With the end of the war and his tour of duty, Mr. Katagiri went to work for Boeing as a airframe designer. In his 35 years with Boeing he was able to merge his love of R/C flying with his work building and testing R/C drones. Although much of the work he did was classified, the public can see the results of his endeavors first during Desert Storm and today in Afghanistan in the form of cruise missiles and radio controlled surveillance aircraft.

Dave concluded his presentation by showing videos from a number of tests he conducted...some from the ground, some from a camera mounted on the airframe. The JMRC members thank Mr. Katagiri for sharing his experiences with us.

 

 

Sam Wright and Tommy Head preparing to hand out awards

Daren and Dan Savage receiving their awards for service as Flight Instructors

 

 

The Richard Martinez Trio performed beautifully and was very entertaining.

WOW!! Look at all those prizes!

 

 

The buffet was incredible!

JMRC Members and guests listening intently to Sam Wright.

 

 

Sam distracts Harold whil Jose appears to swipe something from the table.

The Savages and friends talking about what a wonderful job your NMRC editor does each and every newsletter, while Tommy is deciding which prize to "borrow indefinitely" from the table.

 

Later in the evening, we would discover that the table shown below proved to teh the "lucky table". An unbelievable number of prizes were won by people sitting there. I think Jack Read rigged the tickets somehow... Although no charges havebeen filed yet by the JMRC legal staff.



Senior Field Marshal Jose Tellez Says….

AN INCIDENT WORTH REPEATING:

Because this could happen to me or to you and because it could be most unpleasant, I repeat for you an incident with, in this case a happy ending to which I was a witness (no names).

One of our members at the far end of the flight line who was flying a fine example of one of our very modern and very expensive models and putting on an excellent show enjoyed by all of us present that day started to prepare for yet another flight. He walked to the opposite end of the flight-line and collected the corresponding frequency pin.

Being a very cautious person our flyer had a scanner which shows which channels are in use . Surprisingly, the frequency he was to use and for which he had collected the pin showed a signal!

A check down the flight-line soon revealed that the member who had last used that frequency and was done for the day, but sitting and enjoying the show, had accidentally forgotten to turn off his transmitter.

Thankfully no harm was done in this case; but simply think of the consequences had the scanner not been available (which is the usual case) and if the flight had been initiated.

The blame for whatever damage may have occurred might have clearly fallen on the person with the transmitter on. The damages could have been in the thousands of dollars and worse some serious injury could have resulted. Give this some serious consideration and be sure when you are at the field you only have the transmitter on when the proper pin is in Your possession.

Happy Flying!
Jose Tellez




The Editor's Corner...

As you have noticed, I attempted to interject some humor into this edition of The Corsair. All comments were made in jest, and not meant to harm anyone. I hope you enjoyed the new style. If you were offended by my attempt at humor, I’m sure that I’ll be hearing from your lawyer.

As always, all JMRC members are encouraged to submit articles for The Corsair. If you have some information to share with the club members, feel free to e-mail or postal mail the article to me.

I took the photo of these helicopters at the Las Vegas R/C Helicopter Fun Fly in January. It was a very fun event, and it gave me the opportunity to reunite with long lost friends as well as see a lot of new r/c equipment that I’d like to obtain. If you would like to see more of the photos I took at the event, please visit this web page:

http://www.wsrlracing.com/paul/lv2002/lv.htm

-Paul Eigsti






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