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


November 06, 2021 8:00 AM • Waegell Field
  • January 05, 2016 10:54 AM | Web Master (Administrator)
    Post on NFFS Web Site by JLorbiecki on Mon Jan 04, 2016 7:50 am

    After a long conversation with Dave Mathewson of AMA, I verified that Free Flight models DO NOT need to be registered. We, as FFers, are under the radar in this instance and it is best that we remain that.

    RDT does not institute a control device.

    So, I request that the membership does not contact any FAA officials in regards to questions pertaining to this matter. If there are questions, they should be directed to AMA.

    AMA has spent years with this process and they do have our best interests in mind. Dealing with a federal agency such as the FAA is very frustrating (Dave stated that just when they started to get comfortable with a member of the committee, that person would be replaced with another individual and the process would have to start all over again). We need to trust AMA.

    So, unless you are flying a radio assist model (radios controlling rudder, elevator, motor, and/or ailerons) we do not need to register.

    I hope this clears up the matter with our members. Please pass this information around to any free flighters that have not seen this.


    John Lorbiecki
    NFFS President
  • January 05, 2016 10:46 AM | Web Master (Administrator)
    The date for the Oakland Cloud Dusters Awards Banquet at Scott's Seafood Restaurant has been confirmed as Saturday, March 19th starting at 12 noon. Please look at your calendar and confirm by email to Fred Terzian whether you can be in attendance this year or not. Cost per person is $45 and checks should be made out to "Oakland Cloud Dusters".

    Payment can be made at our next club meeting at Hometown Buffet in Newark on Thursday, January 21st or, you can mail your check to Fred Terzian.

    Email address for confirmations: 


    Address for mailing the check: 

    Fred Terzian

    4858 Moorpark Avenue

    San Jose, CA 95129-2132

  • November 14, 2015 1:50 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Last OCD Small Field Contest of 2015:

    We have the last OCD contest of 2015 scheduled for tomorrow, 15th of November. According to the latest weather forecast, it will rain in the morning and be windy afterwards, not good flying conditions. Lagunita CD Truman Cross is planning to hold the contest anyway, and then have an auxiliary contest on the 29th of November, at Lagunita again. The two dates will be treated as one contest and the high score from either will be used OCD for points and trophies. To see the latest OCD trophies points status update, click here. The names in bold and marked with (W) have won already. There are a couple of close races in P-30 and HCat that may be decided by the upcoming contest set.

    OCD November Meeting:

    Our upcoming meeting on November 19 is our annual election meeting. This is where we ask for volunteers and then railroad the present officers for another term. We also vote on the David Lloyd trophy that goes to the OCD member who has done a lot of good for modeling and/or the OCD. Dick Douglas will take e-mail votes through the 19’th. His email address is amawam@sbcglobal.net .

  • November 04, 2015 9:08 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Reported by Dick Douglas, OCD Points Guy:

    "The summary page shows John Pratt with 181 points in Open Rubber.  He entered every contest so I had to delete his two lowest contest scores.  He was 100 points over second place.  In Open Power, Ed Decker brought out his 1970’s models to score 95 points.  Mike McKeever and Glenn Schneider both scored perfect 100s in F1H and 1/2A Gas, respectively.  Tim Batiuk came from behind to overtake Frannie Masterman in Hand Held Catapult.  In P-30, Ates Gurcan needed only three contests to place first."

  • November 04, 2015 9:04 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Excerpt from email by Harry Grogan:

    "Jim Bradley is negotiating with Lucien Miller, owner of Innov8tive Designs, to do a special order for the Cobra C2203/28. This motor is the strongest and lightest E-36 motor I have tested (other than the Hextronic 2730). If interested in buying one, it would help if you or anyone else you know to write to Lucien expressing your interest. Mention that it is for the free flight E-36/F1S event. A link to his e-mail is below.




  • September 16, 2015 11:44 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Click here for the results.

  • September 15, 2015 11:37 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    Four members of our club were at Lagunita on Labor day, to get their flights in for the Sky Bunny Postal contest. We tried without success to beat Bill Vanderbeek's 490 seconds which he got two days earlier, at the Waegell field on a flight which eventually went OOS.

  • August 15, 2015 11:21 PM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The results are here

    OCD Trophies Points status were also updated. Click here for the current status.  

  • August 01, 2015 12:46 AM | Web Master (Administrator)

    The results of the July 25, 2015 contest flown at Lakeville are in. Below are personal accounts of the day by Fred Terzian and Manuel Cisneros. 

    Fred's summary of the day was as follows:

    "The Lakeville site is in very good condition with minimal problems retrieving as in past years when the field was hard pan and rough to traverse when it was rototilled. Last Saturday, quite a few Cloud Dusters attended Jerry Rocha's Rubber contest. Some flew early and put in excellent scores. Those of us that arrived later encountered brisk winds that begin around 8 am. Many rubber flyers decided not to risk their delicate airplanes in those conditions, but that did not stop those with small gas models, hand launch and catapult gliders.

    Tim Batiuk put in two excellent scores in Hand Held Catapult before losing his airplane--the only one he brought as all of his other models were caravanning with Mike McKeever back to the AMA Nationals in Muncie. He "borrowed" Andy Bandy's "Eye Poker" Catapult which I was supposed to return to Andy, to put in his third flight.

    I was able to bring three grandsons to this contest: Giancarlo Cristiani (13), Nicolas Cristiani (10.5) and Kaeden Terzian (10). Kaeden beat out grandpa for second place behind Tim Batiuk. Pretty humbling to get a smaller trophy for third place! Kaeden managed an "out of sight" third flight with his catapult while Giancarlo tracked it with binoculars for five minutes as it headed towards Infineon Raceway. A great way to finish a contest!

    Besides those listed above, other OCD members in attendance were Manuel Cisneros, Roger Gregory, Ron Meckley, Jim Muther, Lynn Price, Brian Workman and Ding Zarate."

    Manuel had a slightly more eventful contest day, to say the least! Here's what he had to say about the day:

    "... just got back from  Lakeville.  Had a grand time despite the fact that I lost my brand new stretched wing Straight Up CLG _and_ my just converted HLG-to-CLG (which was flying great) _and_ my trusty old slow-climb P-30.  I also broke a motor on my Hotbox which trashed the rear of the fuse, but I am going to attempt to fix that.

    I also bashed my second backup P-30 by launching poorly and having it catch the wind which then proceeded to throw it into the ground.  Repairable.

    My desperation attempt to get a third official in P-30 resulted in another broken motor on my 24" BD-4 which put it out of commission, but it's also repairable.

    Oh yeah, I broke the wing of my Lagunita-Cat in half but it was a clean break at the dihedral joint so now I can add an extra couple degrees to the center joint and see if it helps he flight.  Fred said so so it must be true.

    All in all, three lost models, four broken ones, and I didn't even get a chance to try to fly my FAC Moth.

    But, I placed 3rd place in P-30 with only two official flights!  

    Also, I get to build more gliders and a new P-30!  Who could ask for anything more?


    We hope to see you all at Lakeville on August 8, 2015 at Lakeville for OCD's "biggest" Small Field contest with many events flown, including OCD Cat, Jr HH Cat, Sr/Open HH Cat, HL Glider, Open Rubber, Jr. Rubber, P-30, Mini Moffett, Gollywock, OCD Scale, 1/2 Coupe, E-20, 0.020.

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