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Forthcoming Legislation and how it will affect us, all.

Registration & Test

New regulations regarding all Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV)’s 250g -20kg come into force 30th November 2019

  • Everyone wishing to fly model aircraft will have to pass a test and complete a separate registration.
  • All drones and model aircraft will need to be labelled with the operator’s unique ID number.

Tests

  • Every three years UAV operators will need to sit, and pass, an online test.
  • Tests will be free.
  • Tests will be available from 1 October 2019.
  • For those without internet access a hard copy of the test will be available. (Details yet to be confirmed)

Registration

  • UAV operators must be 18 or over to register.
  • There will be an annual fee for registration as an operator. (To be confirmed)
  • Registration will be available from 1 October 2019.
  • Full responsibility for safe operation remains with the person operating the UAV.
  • It is up to individual operators to assure themselves of the accuracy of the data and comply with all UK drone rules and regulations.

More information

Please check the official CAA website for updates

You may find the following safety apps useful.

Download NATS Drone Assist app free…

Download Airmap free…

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BMFA Gala 2019 – July 22

Here is a note from Dave Smith, who is on the BMFA Southern Area Committee:

The Southern Area Gala will take place at Middle Wallop airfield on Sunday 14 July (see flyer). All BMFA members and their families are welcome. Please pass this around your club members.

Hopefully the weather will be kind to us and we look forward to seeing a good many of you on the day.

Best wishes,

David Smith (on behalf of the BMFA Southern Area Committee)

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Here’s an advert from one of our regular fliers, Richard Williams:

Advertised on 28/5/2019

Reluctantly selling my Tanga 3m F3B full carbon glider due to little use and needing funds towards more camera gear. It has a few very minor marks but overall in excellent condition. Flies incredibly well in both really light wind/lift to big wind days. Comes with hi-tec servos and brand new 2500 mah NiMH flight pack. 4 strips of lead ballast approximately 300g each that fit in to the wing joiner. Also comes with wing bags and a holdall for it all that is actually a snow board bag but fits perfectly. Can’t post due to size but willing to meet up if required. Price is £450 ONO Please contact Richard on 07843 231790

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Open Slopes 19th May 2019

The event was held despite an adverse forecast. A DLG day accompanied by brave F3F launches. Fabulous butties and cake courtesy of Mike. Oh, and Russell achieved both land-out and catch of the day with his DLG

Russell land out 2

Cake by Mrs Midweek may OS

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BMFA Call for Action – response from the Club

WSRFC, in response to the Call for Action from the BMFA, have sent the following letter to both the CAA and the Department for Transport. The text of the letter is at Call for Action Further and better information can be gleaned from the BMFA website news, in which they ask all flyers to express their views to the appropriate authority. David Bradfield 9th May 2019

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Brief History and Update on the Road from the Public House

It is a managed highway, the responsibility of Wiltshire Highways.(WH) The route clearly dates back centuries to Bronze and Iron Age times, but fundamental structure was provided under Roman rule. This historical road structure was ruined by Wessex Water when they created a channel in the centre of the road for the main water feed from the reservoir tanks by the SE bowl. The road condition continued to degrade as a result of erosion from use and weather that works on the weaknesses to the structure caused by the pipeline works. In recent years WH have maintained the road with major support from WSRFC (WS) (of around £5K which included crowd-funding via BARCS and donations from club members) Minimal contributions from NT and others, none from Wessex.  The outstanding undamaged piece of the work is the stretch from Morgans to the Kissing Gate that was basicilly provided by WS Current works by WH have improved road from the other side to the tanks, and some remedial work to storm run-offs on the hill to Morgans. The consensus of opinion amongst the committee is: Any monies that are donated by WSRFC will end up being washed to the bottom of the Hill unless they are invested in infrastructure like drainage,  which is unlikely to meet with NT agreement However, we do want to continue to be able to use the road so we should work with WH and report back to Committee and Members should the need arise to either update or seek funds. It was agreed at the Committee Meeting on 17th April that the remaining balance of the Road Fund (£392) be made available as a contribution to Wiltshire Highways for works recently completed. This facilitates WH application to the local parish for funding D Bradfield 21st April 2019

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Correction on the advertised dates for F3f and Scale in March, 2019

Minor correction to March Dates

Please note that the dates for the first scale event of 2019 and the March backup F3f date have been ammended and are not as advertised on the club events poster that has been sent out.

Please check the dates on the calendar and F3f pages, before setting out for Whitesheet

The correct, revised dates are

March 10th – Winter league F3f

March 17th – Scale fly in

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Provisional Event Dates for 2019

Here are the provisional dates for 2019.  Further F3F Dates will be added in January. WSRFC – 2019 Event Calendar

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**** White Sheet Radio Flying Club 2018 AGM ****

 

White Sheet Radio Flying Club invite all members to the 2018 AGM 

THE DAY—>       Saturday 17th November

THE TIME —>      Commencing 2:30pm

THE PLACE —>     The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham. Dorset


 

Hello, fellow static aviators…

Hopefully you have all enjoyed a fabulous year flying in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside up on White Sheet Down.

     

<—Open Slopes events were very successful—>

 

Fortunately we were blessed with fabulous weather this year

     

2018 was a great year for “F3F” at White Sheet

Practising, competitions or just for the sheer enjoyment of flying the pinnacle of sailplane technology

     

Piloting skills are superb and the accompanying soundtrack of an

F3F airframe howling across the sky is quite exhilarating

 

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Organised events have all run very successfully in 2018,

with one exception…. You knew it was coming…

Scale !

 

What happened?

These guys don’t know…

 

When all the sky gods cooperate and scale birds get airborne,

 it is always a marvellous sight to see.

       

No! this gentleman is not relaxing.

Contrary to what this photo may suggest, actually,  this gentleman is navigating for a fellow pilot.

A very important job and proof that, yes, pictures do lie.  Honest…

 

We all wish you better luck with your scale events next year Chris

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TO BUSINESS,  LADIES AND GENTLEMAN.

2019 is fast approaching, and the winter season will soon be upon us again.

As always this signifies that it is AGM time once again.

Yes!

I am positive every one of you just shouted Yes…

   

Please add WSRFC AGM to your diary

 

As in previous years, the 2018 AGM will be held at

The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham, Dorset.                      Kicking off at 2:30pm.                                 Saturday 17th November 2018

       
       

How to find us …

For those of us who haven’t been before the postcode for your SAT-NAVs is —>

SP8 4HB

 

For those without all that newfangled pesky technology —>

 

The Dolphin Inn can be found on the B3092 on the outskirts of Gillingham Dorset.

If you drive through Gillingham on the B3092 looking to your starboard side and do not see The Dolphin Inn, turn around and drive back through Gillingham.

Once again, survey the starboard side and you will be sure to find The Dolphin Inn.

If not, turn around and repeat all the above until you do….

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The Agenda

(Revision 1*)

  1. Minutes of 2017 AGM.
  2. Matters arising.
  3. To receive an annual report from each member of the Executive Committee.
  4. To review an audited statement of the funds of the WSRFC. The audit shall be carried out by a member who is not on the Committee.
  5. Consider and adopt, WSRFC Handbook Amendments, for 2018-2019
  6. Approve charitable donation proposed at the previous year’s AGM.
  7. Select charity for support in 2019.
  8. To hold elections
  9. To set the Annual Subscription for the ensuing year.
  10. Consider proposed, WSRFC Handbook Amendments, for 2019-2020
  11. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 open slopes
  12. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 Scale meetings
  13. *Announce provisional dates for 2019 F3F competitions at White Sheet.
  14. Other Business
  15. To vote on motions listed on the agenda.
 

And finally,

Prize giving ceremony

Mike Bleatham has kindly agreed to be presenter for the 2018 Open Slopes Prize giving ceremony.

Thank you Mike.

 

CALLING ALL White Sheet Radio Flying Club Members

 

White Sheet Radio Flying Clubs AGM is YOUR chance to have a say in how YOUR club is run so please do come along.

If you have anything you would like to propose please comment via the links below.

Any comments not relevant to the AGM agenda will be thoroughly ignored and deleted ….

Sensible comments & your proposals please, to your: 

Chairman  chairman@whitesheet.org.uk

Secretary    secretary@whitesheet.org.uk

 

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  The main event is the AGM but of course this is also an opportunity to meet with friends new and old, chat about this years interesting landings, the latest F3F technology, scale gliders or just about anything. There’s always something to talk about, and then there is, free food…

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Thank you for taking the time.

We hope to see you soon.

Regards,

Andrew Beaven

WSRFC Secretary 2017-2018





 

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Notice for all White Sheet RFC Members

  • This month’s club meeting, (October 2018) usually held at the Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley, will NOT take place.

Please note:

  • Unlike normal club meetings, generally scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month, Novembers meeting is scheduled for the first Wednesday of the month.
Please be sure to update your calendars accordingly.
  • Wednesday 7th November 2018, commencing at the usual time at or before 8pm, and the usual place, The Somerset Arms, Maiden Bradley.
Remember all White Sheet Radio Flying Club Members are always welcome to join us there.
  • Please continue to regularly check the website for updates.

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BMFA AGM

  Formal Notice Of The 71st Annual General Meeting Of The Society Of Model Aeronautical Engineers LTD
Patron:             HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG.           President:       Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Alcock.
British Model Flying Association,
Chacksfield House,
31 St Andrews Road,
Leicester.
LE2 8RE

Tel: (+44) 116 2440028.       Fax: (+44) 116 2440645.     Email: admin@bmfa.org

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The Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at the Jurys Inn Hinckley Island Hotel, A5 Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3JA (Junction 1 off the M69 signposted Hinckley/Milton Keynes A5), on Saturday 17th November 2018 and will commence at 1:30pm. Registration will be from 10:00am. The following nominations have been received for the vacant Elected Officer’s posts on the Council of Management:
  1. Chairman **                             (1 year term)      Ian Pallidter FSMAE
  2. Vice-Chairman                         (2 year term)      Peter Halman FSMAE
  3. Honorary Secretary                  (2 year term)      Mark Benns
  4. Competition Secretary             (2 year term)      Jo Halman FSMAE
  5. Records Officer                        (2 year term)      Simon VaitKevicius
  6. FAI Delegate **                        (1 year term)       Julie Fisher
** Co-opted at Full Council Meeting January 2018 until the AGM ON 17th November 2018. There are no ballots required for Elected Officer’s posts. There are no ballots required for Technical Committees. Biographical details of all candidates will be included in the BMFA News. PROXY FORM’s for the use of Fellows or Clubs who are unable to attend the AGM must be returned to the Chief Executive to arrive not later than 1:30pm on Friday 16th November 2018.  
  • Proxy Voting Form:                  Click Here
  • Prize Giving Dinner Form:       Click Here
  • Accommodation:                     Click Here
  • AGM Programme:                    Click Here
   

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Photos from the September Open Slopes

A fine finale for the Open Slopes Season

Nearly thirty pilots turned up for the last Open Slopes event of 2018

What better use of the mound on top of Whitesheet’s SW bowl

Once again we got very lucky with the weather, though the conditions at times were quite light, but a great day of flying and larks was had by all

See you for more next year!

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TVSF Day Out – September 2018

The Thames Valley Silent Flyers Association are organising one of their get-togethers, Thursday September 6

Here is a note from Graham Stallard, Chairman of TVSF

Finally the weather appears to be co-operating. I have left calling this on until closer to the time to save calling it off. The venue will be confirmed on Tuesday/Wednesday. However the forecast is NNE to NE so the probable venue is Watership Down NE bowl.

Attached is an updated brief (click here!) on location and directions.

Look forward to flying with you Thursday. Looks like a cracker so for.

Best Regards,

Graham Stallard.

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Photos from the English Open

Photos from the English Open Last Weekend

Photos below from the English Open F3f event last week – full report to follow! Photos by Mike Shellim and Chris Lamming Link to full set of Mike’s shots here, with a report of the event here

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July Scale Day A Great Success!

Finally a Scale Day ran this year in fine weather – here are a few pictures from the event!

Photos – Alan Brocklehurst, Geoff Crewe, Chris Williams and Chris Lamming

 

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July Open Slopes Photos

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Open Slopes June – Photos

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Open Slopes June 10, Weather Call – We’re ON!

June Open slopes is ON!

We are in for good, fine weather tomorrow, although the wind will have quite a bit of East in it, so it will be a chance to fly in some of the further reaches of Whitesheet Downs.

Bring along a floater and maybe an electric assisted model to make sure you have the best chance of some good flying on the NE slopes.

All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

David, Stuart and I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as we did last month, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

cheers,

Chris

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Club Privacy Policy

The club privacy policy has now been uploaded and can be downloaded on the club rules page, which has now been renamed ‘club documents’. Hopefully this is not too confusing!

Please go here to see the new policy

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Open Slopes Photos, May 2018

Open slopes a success again!

Sunday May 13th saw the return of the Open Slopes events, with the second scheduled event of the year running in absolutely stunning weather.

A good showing of twenty pilots over the day, together with around fifty models between them meant that the sky was filled with models of all kinds all day.

Free bacon rolls for all were very well received as ever!

Why not come along to the next event, to be held on Sunday June 10.

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Open slopes May 13, 2018 is ON

After a few months of dreary weather, we are in for a good day tomorrow, with a gentle breeze and no rain forecast for our second Open Slopes event.

All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as last year, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

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3 Way Club Day-Out – Thursday 19th April 2018

Thames Valley Silent Fliers Joint Event

It looks like we are at that time of year again and Thursday 19th April will be our multi-club slope day out again… weather permitting. TVSF will publish on the TVSF.co.uk web site as to what location will be likely suitable for the 3 way club get together.. and hope fully see you there.

See here on BARCS for more details.

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2018 Handbook now available to download

The 2018 Whitesheet Radio Flying Club Handbook is now available for download… HERE!

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Minutes of the 2017 AGM

The minutes of the 2017 AGM can now be downloaded and read.. HERE!    

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Weather call for tomorrow’s Open Slopes Event

Weather call – it’s ON

Apologies, not quite noon, but near enough for jazz. Weather tomorrow looks pretty good – we might get a spot of the wet stuff in the afternoon, but perfectly flyable in the morning with a good SW breeze. Hopefully see you there – I’ll be the one in the tent, on bacon butty duty. Please note we are NOT on the flat field – we are up the slope!

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Open Slopes Event 5/5 : Sunday September 10th

Plan change – Now a Slope Event up the hill

Due to the wind conditions and possibility of rain in the afternoon, this Sunday’s event has now changed to a slopeside event, either at Morgans or in the SW bowl of Whitesheet. A weather call will still be made around noon on Saturday, which will be mailed out, posted on barcs and put on the website here, but right now it looks like it will be a good day for the hill, if not for the original plan on the flat. I’m making this call early as this will give those who were kindly preparing food to bring a chance to change plans. I will be taking my camp stove up to Whitesheet as I did for the English Open, and will be supplying bacon rolls and tea/coffee.

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Open Slopes ’17 Event 3 of 5

Fly-in Event This Weekend (July 9th 2017)

Please come along to Whitesheet hill this Sunday and have a fly with like-minded pilots at the first of the 2017 social fly-ins.

All are welcome!

A weather call will be made on Saturday around noon, with the decision being posted both here and on BARCS: www.barcs.co.ukThe club has recently altered its rules with respect to power assist models – this means that only a gale or rain will prevent us from flying – just remember to pack an electric assisted model (motors are now permissible for altitude gain at the hill).

Please note that these events are taking the place this year from our usual competitions – the idea is just to get people together to enjoy the beautiful site.

The club and the hill looks forward to seeing you!

cheers,

Chris Lamming
WSRFC

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Concorde flies at Whitesheet!

Pete Evans’ Concorde takes to the skies

Proving that it takes all sorts at Whitesheet and following on from the success of the Princess flight at the May Open Slopes event, Pete Evans’ brought a Concorde of all things to the Scale Event that ran last week. Here are a few snaps of it on launch

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Open Slopes June 11th Event

Great day’s flying with top people

Thanks to all for turning out to another good event today, coinciding with near-perfect weather at Whitesheet, for haring around the skies. Next event July 9th.

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AGM Reminder

AGM Reminder

The 2016 WSRFC AGM is being held this coming Saturday, November 12th at the Dolphin Public House in Gillingham. The meeting will start around 230pm. The Dolphin Peasemarsh Gillingham SP8 4HB 01747822758 All attending will be entitled to a free drink and food will be provided. So far I have received 5 apologies with proxy votes in the proposed vote on the handbook changes. Please make every effort to attend this important meeting or instead register your vote on the handbook changes. Please email your vote to me using… cpglamming*at*googlemail.com. Or call me on 07833 680723 if you prefer. If you wish to remind yourself of the wording proposed for the changes, the new version of the handbook can be downloaded here: http://whitesheet.org.uk/proposed-new-whitesheet-radio-flying-club-handbook-rules-2017/ For the AGM to be quorate we require 15% of the membership to turn up – please do your best to be there.

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21/07/2016: AGM and Rule Book Changes

Proposed Rule book changes on Electric Assisted Flying

You may be aware that the club has been working on negotiating with the National Trust on new rules for electric assist (for climb-out) at Whitesheet Downs. The committee will soon be issuing the final draft of the proposed changes to the handbook, that will outline what these rule changes mean and how it will effect the way the hill is used.

In essence, we now have full support from both the National Trust and the BMFA to make a permanent change to our club rules, that will allow electric power for the purpose of height gain only. This has been possible on an on-going trial basis since 2009 and it is now time for the club to choose whether to incorporate the change to our handbook or to stop the trial and all electric flight from this year’s AGM onwards.

I am presently working on the final draft of the handbook and hope to send it out well in advance of the AGM in November. Full details of the AGM will also be issued in the same notice and you will be invited to express your views on the changes. Expect something similar to last year’s AGM, with an afternoon or early evening start, with a free drink and food provided.

For those not able to attend the AGM, which is now likely to be held on Saturday November 26th, there will be an opportunity to vote by proxy on this important change. Additionally, all members not attending the AGM will have the opportunity to make a statement, for or against the change, prior to the vote and there will be an organised discussion on the matter before we finally decide.

Please make every effort to attend the meeting (full details to follow) and to take part in the vote.

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4/7/16: Who on Earth is David Bradfield?!

WSRFC Vice Chairman shares a bit about himself

Following various attempts at rubber-powered free-flight and chuck-gliders at an early age, I evolved to control-line at around 10 with a KK firebird and E.D. 246, prior to learning to fly RC at Ivinghoe with the inevitable Veron Impala at around age 12. This was using the MacGregor Digimac IV (ed:a what?!).

Various airframes followed, with the usual phases, algebras and an Alpina. I had a stint with the Hemel Hempstead MFC on power and also spent some time flying various Laser powered models with the Laser team (Neil Tidy) including a twin mosquito which was great fun! Have flown with the LMA and also put floats on an Acro-Wot.

My preference has always been for slope-soaring and it is a pleasure to be a member of WSRFC and fly at such a fabulous site.

My son, Jamie, is also a member and he improves each time we fly, having gone solo on power at Frome MFC site and working up to do the same at White Sheet.

The things that stick in your mind?

Ah, camaraderie, the smell of dope drying, balsa cement, fingers stuck together with cyano, the smell of castor oil from a four stroke, the nerves on the first flight of a new model, climbing trees to correct a bad landing, the dustbin bag of bits, the THWACK as they go in.

bradders

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5/6/16: Test post – articles

An article about F3x perhaps… just what the hell is F3x?

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