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Nov 08, 2019, 08:38 PM
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Setup and Tuning Model Sailplanes by Paul Naton


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Paul Naton - Setup and Tuning Model Sailplanes (44 min 30 sec)


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm Pacific Standard Time Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at the main Saratoga Fire Station.

Paul Naton of Radio Carbon Art is probably the most viewed resource on all things associated with Thermal Duration, Slope Soaring and Discus Launch (DLG) gliders. Most all of us in the hobby have seen at least one of his videos and owe Paul a debt of gratitude for bringing professional level video training on most any aspects of sailplane flying. Taking advantage of his latest work in sailplane tuning (see Precision Tuning Techniques) our next Wednesday Program will cover the following subjects via FaceTime video:
  • New concepts in flight tuning
  • Importance of mechanical setup
  • Optimizing snap-flap, camber and elevator mixes
  • Finetuning aileron differential
  • Mixing ailerons and rudder
  • Testing CG (center of gravity) without a dive test
  • How to fly with CG set further aft
  • How to flight test your plane
  • Troubleshooting setup and tuning problems


If time allows Paul will touch on some of his latest work in advanced air reading to help your thermaling. Please join us and learn how to get more performance out of your glider while reducing your effort to fly.

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

Sorry this meeting will not be broadcast as a Web meeting, however it will be recorded and posted to our the South Bay Soaring Society YouTube channel.
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Jan 05, 2020, 12:35 PM
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SBSS Silent Auction For Great Sailplanes and Parts


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm Pacific Standard Time Wednesday, January 8th, 2020 at the main Saratoga Fire Station.

Itís that time of year when you can clear out your closets of the detritus of your hobby. Remember one manís junk and another manís gold. Bring in your models and model parts that might be useful to other members of South Bay Soaring Society. In that past we have auctioned off:
  • Model sailplanes
  • Sailplane kits
  • Building materials such as balsa-wood, carbon fiber cloth, and tools
  • Components such as servos, batteries and motors
  • Radio transmitters and receivers
  • Other hobby gear such as nylon line, hi-starts, and carrying bags


The rules are simple. Sheets will be supplied where the seller can list the starting bid and then attendees can write in their bid. 20% of the winning bid price will be paid back to our club by the seller. Donít forget to bring small bills since many items go for a song.

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070. The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

Sorry this meeting will not be broadcast as a Web meeting, however it will be recorded and posted to our the South Bay Soaring Society YouTube channel.
Feb 08, 2020, 05:49 PM
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Comments on New FAA Rules for RC Sailplane Modelers with Lawrence Tougas


All are invited to South Bay Soaring Society's next program at 7:45pm Pacific Standard Time Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at the main Saratoga Fire Station.

Lawrence Tougas, Vice President of the Academy of Model Aeronautics representing District X (AZ, CA, HA, NV and UT) will be discussing with Bob Smith on how the new FAA rules may affect RC Sailplanes. These rules (see https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FAA-2019-1100) would affect all sailplanes less than 8.8 oz and would require them to have a transponder and fly only at FAA approved sites below a 400 foot ceiling. These rules are open for multiple comments until March 2, 2020 at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=FAA-2019-1100. Lawrence and Bob will discuss ideas on how to best make these comments and other concerns about these new rules. You can see the 16 comments of our sister club - Torrey Pines Gulls member Gary Fogel https://www.regulations.gov/docketBr...=FAA-2019-1100

Bob Smith will also lead a local discussion after the discussion to form an action plan appropriate for SBSS members.

The South Bay Soaring Society Program is held every 2nd Wednesday of the month at the main Saratoga Fire Station at 14380 Saratoga Ave, Saratoga, CA 95070 (except December and January). The business meeting starts at 6:30pm and the program begins sometime after 7:45pm. Anyone is welcome to attend either meeting and you can bring friends.

Sorry this meeting will not be broadcast as a Web meeting.
Feb 08, 2020, 06:10 PM
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I believe the maximum weight for UNaffected UAS is .55lbs or 8.8oz or 249.4758g. Beyond that, we are all in the crosshairs of the FAA.
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