We have been making good use of our new home at Dufferin and Van Buren, with incredible help
being provided by the City of Riverside Parks and Recreation
Dept. I urge all of you to take just a moment to email or send a
letter to the Parks and Recreation Department, thanking them for
the use of the field. Direct your letters to
Director of Parks and Recreation, as well as
Mike Butler, Park
Ranger, who was the key man behind getting us the field and
clearing it of for us. HEY! THEY DID THIS FOR US! SHOW THEM YOUR
Our club meetings are held on
the second Saturday of the month at our flying field!
From the Oval Office
HE DID IT!!!
Manny Gomez did it!!! Manny Gomez is the 2009 SC-2 Champion
and he led the entire season! What an amazing season for Manny.
He outright won 3 of the 8 contests for the year and scored 999,
990 and 989 to seal the deal. His feat caps a long list of ISS
winnings in the SC-2 championship run. Along with Manny taking
some winnings, Mike Lee took 2nd place with Steve
Garland taking third for the year….That’s an ISS top three
sweep! It is the best ISS finish ever. That’s not all; Ed
Stewart took 2nd in Intermediate Class with John Dora
in 4th place. The Sportsman Class has Les Ward in a
solid 3rd place, and Mike Lee took the 2-meter class
for the third year in a row. If that’s not enough, how about
the ISS took the top position for Club Team…another first! Just
a fantastic year for Team ISS!
came about by way of the final contest of the year at Torrey
Pines in San Diego. We had all of our players there, plus
Robert and Kerry Cavazos, Matt Garland, Alberto Dona, Rick
Pearson, George Gomez and Consuela Gomez. Having a good time in
Europe was John Dora, but we did miss him. This contest was make
or break for some of our pilots. Scores within the classes for
year-end bragging rights was tight. The weather at TPG was a
bit scary at first with low lying clouds and fog to greet us.
The first pilots up in a 6-minute round were not too lucky with
no lift for a bit of time. It picked up within 20 minutes, but
you had to work carefully to maintain the altitude. By 10:00am,
it was spotty but substantial, and if you got lift, it was not
long before you had company.
the local TPG pilots came out to this one, and that made for 51
entries on the roster. The good pilots always seem to rise to
the top of the crowd, and in this case, the top 17 pilots were
within 30 points in the raw scores at the end…that’s tight,
guys! Manny Gomez knew that as the points leader, the guys
chasing him would have to fly really hard to overcome a 39 point
deficit. That may not seem like much, but in the Expert class,
it may as well be 1,000 points! Manny would have to blow a
complete flight to lose. Instead, Manny put on a conservative
show, carefully choosing when to fly and nailing his landings.
Although he finished 11th in the class, remember that
the top 17 were within 30 points of each other. 2nd
place only caught up a mere 5 points for the season, despite
finishing 6th overall in the event. Manny was cool,
calm and deadly. He earned that top spot all the way! What was
also unique about this victory was that Rick Pearson, whom I
understand was the first pilot to win the SC-2 Perennial Trophy,
posed with Manny for a photo and is also a current ISS Member!
The SC-2 Perennial Trophy has a history of better than 25 years!
the winners, Ed Stewart took 4th in Intermediate
Class, Les Ward took 6th in Sportsman with Alberto
Dona in 5th and Kerry Cavazos in 7th.
Mike Lee did as good with his 2-meter as he did with his open
class bird, winning 2-meter over Ed Stewart. Speaking of Ed,
let’s talk about him for just a minute. Many of you know that
we re-named the Turkey of the Month Award to the Stewart Award.
And, just to reinforce the meaning and spirit of this award, let
me remind you that it is a safety reminder to you all, given to
the member who has goofed up during the month in a situation
that can and should be avoided. It is also given out for doing
something rather…uh, er… stupid…..dumb…dopey. So, just to
provide that example of something that wasn’t really a safety
issue, but definitely falling into other category of doing
something dopey, we have a Stewart Award going directly to…the
man himself….the person for whom this award is named after and
did Ed do to deserve his own award? It was a triathlon event
for Ed. While timing for Les at the SC-2 at TPG, he tossed off
the plane for Les, but failed to start the stopwatch until some
time later when Les asked about how much time he had flown.
Oops! Luckily, Les managed to get enough flight time to make
the watch show all 6-minutes of that flight. Reality was that
the actual flight time was much longer. But, that’s not all.
He repeated this feat on the 8-minute flight for Les as well!
They say lightning doesn’t strike twice in the same spot, but
they don’t know Ed. But it’s not over yet. If you really know
Ed, you would know that Ed moves around a lot while flying. As
Les puts it, he dances. So, while this is not truly unusual
behavior, it was not expected by Les at the moment and while Les
took the time to read the stopwatch for Ed, our dancing pilot
danced a two-step towards Les and Les wasn’t ready for it. Mind
you, it was not a big bump he gave Les, but it was enough to
cause Les to hit the stop button on the stopwatch. Only fast
thinking and a step away from Ed saved Ed from flying another
10-minutes. Actually, now that I think about it, maybe he
should have reset the watch to make him fly longer! Payback is
just a beech! So, Ed has definitely earned his way to his own
award this month….but wait, there is another!
pilot should have known better. While allowing another pilot to
try out his E-Flite T-28 Trojan Trainer electric, this pilot was
quick to save the plane from killing a large eucalyptus tree on
the west border of the field. We all applauded this pilot for
the save and certainly gave him credit. However, only a few
battery cycles later, and on another day, this same pilot was
behind the sticks, bombing around the field and nobody really
watching him. Apparently, there was one live soul watching this
plane, and it looked just like the big eucalyptus tree on the
west border of the field. Well, that big fella reached out them
long tree limbs and just tore that planes to shreds! The
fuselage came down like a javelin and smaller foam parts came
floating down, but the wing remained property of the tree for
about a week. For first saving the plane from a tree kill while
in the hands of another pilot, but then hitting and killing the
exact same tree from virtually the exact same direction,
altitude and speed as the save he did, we award an Honorable
Mention and Junior Turkey to:
wish you a long and profitable career in flying, and just
remember that this won’t be the last time that you and a tree
will have this type of relationship… together.
News from the State of California
reading the news from our Governor, it appears that the Citrus
State Park is being hit with budget cuts. According to the
newspapers, their schedule will now be closed Monday through
Thursday every week through at least June 30, 2010. The park
office will be closed completely until June 2010. Now, I don’t
know how this will affect the employees, as you certainly can’t
just close the office and leave the park open on Friday,
Saturday and Sunday. But for sure, there will be a loss of
personnel. Grounds keepers will be retained to maintain the
place, and some Park Rangers will be retained…but which ones!
(Yes, that is an open question, based on speculation and
anticipated to be directed at one particular individual who will
remain un-named.) At any rate, this will also affect the
availability of the public restrooms we use, to some degree.
So, be prepared. I heard some talk about the City picking up
the Park, but this news article made no mention of such a deal.
Besides, the City has other things already cooking at other
to pick a date for our ISS Get-Together for the end of the
year. Some dates tossed about has been mid-December and another
one being the 2nd weekend of January, but that is
also the same date as the AMA Show. Please think about this and
let’s have an ISS Party!
time of year once again for club officer nominations. Yes, the
railroad is long and labored, with many officers having been
railroaded more than a few times. We have the following officer
President Mike Lee
Vice-President George Gomez
Treasurer Bill Hensley
Editor Annette Dora
Officer All of you guys!
Nominations are open
this month with elections taking place in December. For you
current officers….run! I see a train coming down the tracks
In closing this
month, I can’t say enough about our ISS Team. Not only for the
pilots who flew, but for the pilots who did not fly and
supported our events with their time and labor. No other club
that I know of has the cooperation and support of all of the
membership like ISS does, and that is what makes this club so
outstanding! It’s fun to be with you guys, it’s great to have
you as part of a team, and it’s a joy to be friends with such
fantastic people. I am honored to be part of this club. I am
privileged to fly with great people. Thank you, ISS! See you at