Oakland Cloud Dusters
Free Flight from the San Francisco Bay Area and Beyond


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  • January 22, 2020 1:38 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Bernard Guest of Hummingbird Model Products will be at Lost Hills for the FabFeb events. If you would like to pre-order goods for pickup at Lost Hill, you can reach him through his web site:



    I am going to be flying at the Fab Feb FAI events and will be bringing some product with me that is of interest to AMA and SAM FF guys (mainly balsa strippers, band burner timers, small battery chargers, and electric ff timers). Last year I got some feedback from the AMA guys flying in the Ike Winter Classic events that they would be interested to know ahead of time If I plan to bring products to the contest that would be relevant to their interests. So, this is me reaching out to a California club to let you all know that I will be at the contest and folks who would like to test a band burner timer and/or buy a balsa stripper should drop by. I will be in one of the RVs on RV row (with Tony Matthews and Ladi Horak). If folks want to see the product line they can use the website link below. 


  • December 11, 2019 11:51 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Wishing you happy holidays and a wonderful New Year. Best wishes from Oakland Cloud Dusters.

  • December 10, 2019 9:36 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    In late 2000, the Friends of Waegell fund was established to financially secure the preservation of what we have had for the last 60 years or so. This is the only field currently available in Northern California suitable for holding free flight contests. After a letter was sent out that established the Fund and explaining how membership in the Fund would help to ensure the use of Waegell Field, the response was outstanding. The first year, 70 people contributed $50 each to the Fund and became members for the year of 2001. In succeeding years many continued to contribute, (some for much more that $50), and many of whom never flew a flight at the field but contributed to help support a sport they've lived and loved for a lifetime. This is even more important as the field rental has gone up $500 to $2500 a year. We need to keep a cushion in case of any serious downturn in members, (now standing at 37 in 2019), as well as for possible mowing and other site work. For example, the stiles, which allow easy access to the North field, designed and partially donated by Ed Decker. George Waegell seems to be happy with us being there; just keep the gates closed as usual. Since we do not have a real sense of how many will renew their membership each year, the decision was made to start the membership at $50 and review each year. For 2020 the first increase ($10) has been added. The FWF fee now stands at $60 and as before, members fly free and non-members will pay a field rental fee of $5 at each contest.

    As a result of the very generous gift of many motors and a large number of assorted kits by the late Craig Stout, the Council now has a special fund which stands at $5783.35. At the time Craig had asked Doug Galbreath to dispose of the Motors and kits on E-Bay. After a lot work on Doug's part this was accomplished along with some assistance from Walt Ghio and Fred Terzian.

    With membership in the Fund slowly decreasing, it was decided that clubs would pay for their porta-pottys during 2019 and this resulted with income and expenses holding much closer to even as opposed to the $2000 drop in 2018.

    Our change to Category III seemed to work well with the slightly longer maxes (two minutes from 90 seconds) resulting in slightly longer retrieves, mostly felt by some of our older members; but now we are on the "same page" as everyone else. Flyers are extremely grateful for the support of the "Friends of Waegell Fund: As before, checks for 2020 membership are to be made out to the SIERRA EAGLES (not FWF fund or Chris Borland) and mailed to: Chris Borland, 1520 - 40th St. Sacramento CA 95819.

  • December 09, 2019 10:25 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The NCFFC contest calendar for the 2020 flying season is published online. Below are shortcuts to all contest flyers. 

    Feb 29, 2020 - 022920_SGMA_Spring_Contest_2020.pdf

    Mar 28, 2020 - 032820_Sierra_Championship_2020.pdf

    May 1-3, 2020 - 050120_31st_Annual_NorCal_2020_OD.pdf

    Jun 6, 2020 - 060620_Western_States_Championship_2020.pdf

    Sep 12, 2020 - 091220_SGMA_Combo_Contest_2020.pdf

    Nov 7, 2020 - 110720_SGMA_Fall_Contest_2020.pdf

    Hope to see you all at the Waegell field. Please remember to pay your "Friends of Waegell" membership fees, and help us to keep the field accessible for free flight use for years to come.

    Thermals and gentle breezes!

  • December 08, 2019 11:55 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Congratulations to the winners! 

    Click here for the results.
  • November 27, 2019 9:24 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Malcolm Campbell in Australia is the current editor of the great quarterly publication called "Free Flight Down Under", the newsletter of the Australia Free Flight Society. The publication contains many pages of free flight activity, all in color. He is offering an online PDF copy for free to international (meaning us) customers. If you'd like to be included in the distribution list, please send an email to Malcolm at actrain@ozemail.com.au.

    Here's Malcolm's original email:

    I’m taking details from interested parties to receive a quarterly free flight newsletter I produce called Free Flight Down Under. Our national body, the AFFS, have decided to make it free to international subscribers. Here’s the September copy.

    If you like it, I can add you to the international distribution list – remember, it’s free."


    Malcolm Campbell
    77 Freshwater Circuit
    Phone: +617 3278 7164

  • August 23, 2019 9:07 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    OCD club member Ates Gurcan has run static thrust test on an E-20 electric propulsion package and summarized the results in a document and a video

  • August 21, 2019 12:36 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    On July 25th, 2019, OCD Honorary Member Hank Cole was a guest speaker at the monthly meeting of SAM 21, in Saratoga CA. He talked about his professional experience and involvement with full scale aviation and with the Apollo Space Program, and his personal and professional association with Neil Armstrong. Click the link for the complete video. The handouts Hank shared in the meeting are available here

  • April 14, 2019 10:53 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    For those of us who have ordered a Chieftain kit or decided to build one from the plans, SAM-27 published their tentative schedule of flying days, as listed below.

    • April 18, 2019 Trimming (Weather Permitting)
    • April 20, 2019 Trimming (Weather Permitting)
    • April 25. 2019 Trimming (Weather Permitting)
    • April 27, 2019 Trimming (Weather Permitting)
    • Every Thursday starting May 9, three flights of one minute.
    • Also will fly at Jerry Rocha’s small model contest and Oakland Cloud Dusters combined event.

    Suggestions received gladly.

    Rod Persons

  • April 07, 2019 9:37 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Charles "Chuck" Dorsett

    10/14/27 – 3/23/19

    The Dorsett family cordially invites you to services we have planned in honor of our beloved father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Chuck, on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Military service with Navy honors will begin at 9:30am sharp and end at approximately 10:00am at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon, California. A reception will follow at the home of Chuck and Dorothy Dorsett, 2645 San Benito Dr., Walnut Creek, California, from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. If you are planning on attending the military service in Dixon, please carpool if possible due to limited parking, and arrive approximately 15 minutes early at the administration building to allow enough time for parking and proceeding to the ceremony site. We very much look forward to seeing you.

Check out the Upcoming Events page, for a listing of meetings and contests.  Please register for the event in order to receive a timely email reminder.  The reminder email will also contain any last minute information which may be helpful.

The site also manages the membership.  With your paid membership, you can access the members-only section.  As a member, you will be able to:

  • View & update your member information
  • View the names and contact information of other members
  • View club contest scores and overall standings
  • Purchase free-flight items at-cost (Badge Timers and FAI rubber)
  • Access members-only plans

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