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December 2020


It has been my distinct pleasure to be your club President for the past three years. We’ve all enjoyed some great times and challenging times, together, too.

Thanks to all of you for inspiring me, to give me great ideas, some well-deserved criticism, much appreciated accolades, and patience. While the flying is great, the camaraderie is even better.

November 2020


It’s Election Month!

Get out and vote! The local, regional, and national vote is upon us! And, it’s time to vote for your club Officers and Board Members as well as the club Life Members this month.

You will soon be receiving your club membership renewal documents and ballot in the mail. Please mark your votes and make your payments via mail or bring to the club auction on November 21.

October 2020


The good news — I am delighted to announce the wedding of Joe Buko and his lovely bride, Susan. Joe and Susan were married at their home last weekend. Please join me in offering the love birds our congratulations. The best man? None other than Patrick Pranica.

Patrick brings good news, too, as he is on his way to recovery after a very difficult couple of months battling severe pain and illness.

The bad news — some dirty rotten scoundrel stole our gate opening electronics and controls on Tuesday  September 29. The crook took the most important controls for our beloved gate opener. The Board has already approved the repair of the gate (about $2500) and Joe Villarreal and Steve Kerrin and I will soon have the parts at hand to make the repairs. We will be reinforcing the security on the electronics to, hopefully, avoid a similar situation in the future.

September 2020


Thanks to all of you for continuing to wear your masks and observing social distancing. It’s the best way to avoid the potential of contracting or transmitting COVID-19. Because of your adherence to these safe practices, the Board has increased the number of people on the fixed wing flight line from 3 to 4. Remember, it’s important to not only cover your mouth with your mask, but your nose, too. It’s OK to remove your mask when on the flight line to avoid having your glasses fog. Be sure to immediately replace your mask when returning to the pits.

August 2020


Thanks to all of our members for doing a great job with the mask wearing and social distancing. It does make a difference! The recent surges in people contracting the virus and the associated death rate is alarming. Keep up the great work with wearing the masks and limiting the number of pilots at the field. Let’s protect ourselves and each other.

Our very own snake wrangler, James “Diamondback” D’Eliseo reports that he has grabbed another monster snake near the east end of the runway using his special “chin tickling” technique (yup, you read it right). James relocated the monster, who had been lingering at the same location for some time, to a safe location quite a distance from the busy areas of the flight field.

July 2020


Thanks to all of you that are wearing your masks and observing social distancing at the field.

Just a few words of caution — we have observed an uptick of rattlesnake sightings at the field and the weed growth is loaded with ticks. Should you have the unfortunate need to retrieve a plane that has gone into the weeds or jungle, be sure to exercise extra caution when retrieving your planes due to the snakes, ticks and squirrel and rabbit induced “mine fields” at the field.

June 2020

Thanks, to all of you, for your patience as we have taken steps to allow for safe flying conditions at the field. Your Board of Directors are meeting frequently to assess the State and County rules and to put into play revised rules to keep the field open, safely, with your cooperation.

We strongly recommend that you continue to shelter in place and avoid flying at the field if you are part of the “at risk” group. If you are not feeling well, please stay home!

May 2020

We’re all excited about getting Johnson Field open and enjoying our hobby, once again, as soon as possible.

The Board appreciates your patience and the many suggestions and comments that we have received during the pandemic.

You should know that we have been working hard behind the scenes to establish safe flying rules that include issues about the number of pilots that can fly at the field at the same time, social distancing, mask wearing, hand sanitation and other plans to help to establish the best safety for our members that we can.

April 2020

I hope that you, your friends, and family are doing well during this stressful time with all the news related to Corona Virus.

As you know, the field is still open, but it is critical, should you decide to fly, to insure that you keep a safe distance from each other, and hand wash and sanitize often. It is such a natural instinct to shake hands, hand each other transmitters, batteries, and other gear, but please refrain from doing so.

Many of the other flight clubs around the country and even here in San Diego have been forced to close. While we can, we will keep things open. All meetings, events, training, and contests are on hold for now. For the time being no visitors, guests or visiting AMA members from other clubs will be allowed at the field. Check the Transmitter, the website, and your emails for changes that may occur.

March 2020

Happy March!

It looks like most of the cold weather has passed, the rains have diminished (hope I am not jinxing this), and the roads are in good shape.

Pappas Investments, the owner of the land that we have enjoyed for so many years at Johnson Field, informs me that it will likely be more than two years before they will even start to draw permits on the development of the land for the proposed housing and shopping center that will eventually take place. That said, we need to contnue to investgate new field locatons for the future.

February 2020

All the news that’s fit to print!

The Pig Report
Well, our three little visitors are gone again. We don’t know how they got there, and we don’t know
where they went! Despite repeated attempts to have the County Animal Welfare team collect them,
somehow they simply disappeared. I suspect that the owners dropped them off only to collect them
again. Maybe pigs do fly!

Field Improvement
Two improvements are about to be started at the field.........

January 2020

Well we’ve had another fun, exciting, and successful year at Palomar Radio Control Flyers.

If you were able to attend the Holiday Party, it was a great one. Thanks to Barbara and Joe Villarreal and to my wife, Brenda, for hosting a great event. We had about 80 attendees this year and all enjoyed a great dinner and the abundant raffle prizes and awards that were given out. Special Recognition this year went to:

Our retiring Board Members, Chuck Riley, Scott Dedic, and Steve Kerrin who have done so much for the club over the years. Thankfully, Steve is staying on as Membership Chairman, one of the most important functions in the club.

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