Happy New Year to all.
I hope everyone has enjoyed the festive season and the start of 2019 has gone well for you.
If I may, I’d like to take you back to 2018 for a short time to tell you a little about your clubs AGM.
For anyone interested a detailed account of the 2018 White Sheet Radio Flying Club AGM, what was said and done, can be accessed from the link at the end of this page.
For a brief account of the day read on.
As always, every member is invited to attend White Sheet’s Radio Flying Club AGM, and many do.
We also understand that many of you have other commitments especially as the festive time of year is imminent.
One example is that the 2018 AGM fell on the same day as one of the many F3F competitions that are held throughout the year.
F3F, a class of competition for radio-controlled model gliders, administered by the Fédération Aéronautique International. The competition involves flying 10 consecutive laps of a 100m course as fast as possible. Why not come along to one of the F3F events held at White Sheet and see what it’s about. There is always plenty of people willing to talk to who will be pleased to explain what is going on and demonstrate the gliders being used.
White Sheet has a solid core of F3F participants and given the choice of AGM or flying, understandably, for most, flying won the day.
The exception was our honourable competition secretary Stuart Wallace. Who’s dedication to the club is genuinely apparent. He carried out his club duties, very honourably, putting his own desires aside, and attending the AGM, over what must have been a very difficult and compelling choice of flying and competing in the F3F competition.
We know this must have been a very difficult decision and we commend Stuart in his actions.
We wont talk about another member of the committee, “he who must not be named” as the individual chose, not to, attend the AGM, in favour of traipsing miles across the country to some event where, one unruly gang of men fight another unruly gang of men to posses a synthetic, waterproof, bag of air! I haven’t finished… After all that effort, when they’ve got the synthetic, waterproof, bag of air, what do they do? put the synthetic, waterproof, bag of air, back on the ground!
I know,go figure,as they say in the America. 🙂
Only jesting, Dav… woah! I nearly slipped up. As in the world of Harry Potter we had better refer to this person as “he who must not be named”… Who knows what magical terror would befall us, if revealed. 🙂
Overall the meeting was a very friendly and relaxed affair. Everyone has a chance to contribute and many do.
Our honourable chairman Chris Lamming captained the meeting in a friendly and progressive manner, making sure we covered all required areas whilst continually encouraging participation by everyone.
After the AGM agenda was presented and signed off by committee and members, Mr Mike Bleathman volunteered to take centre stage as presenter, of the 2018 “White Sheet Radio Flying club Presentations”
This was an entertaining part of the days proceedings, as Mike spoke about the awards, contenders and winners. Finally finding the ultimate award winner was himself. Mike continued with professionalism and modesty, remaining humble, as he presented the 2018 Arborist of the year award, to… himself!
Well done Mike. Keep practicing. The 2019 Arborist award could also be yours…
Chris Lamming wound up the days event by presenting White Sheet Radio Flying Club 2018 promotional Hoodies to those who qualified. We must express deepest commiserations for Mr Ian Duff, our honourable treasurer, who missed out on his White Sheet hoodie by one,, little,, tiny,, round, sticker. I’d like to say, for Ians benefit, that the hoodies weren’t all that great, quite awful really, but… unfortunately Ian, the hoodies are of a superb design and quality that I’m positive will be unmatched this side of the South Pole!
Finally, to remember the day, a group photo of attendees was taken, by our multi talented chairman Mr Chris Lamming.
After close of the AGM, many remained to talk, laugh and cry, with friends new and old.
From the mixture of mingling chatter and laughter in the room it was apparent that White Sheet Radio Flying Club has a knowledgeable and amiable association of members that, I, myself and I am sure all of you are proud to be part of.
It was apparent that the days events were very successful and a credit to all our committee and club members. Those present on the day, and those away, who also contributed to the event in their absence. Notice I didn’t reveal “he who must not be named” 🙂 Mr, Master, Sir, Vice Boss, Big D…d, thank you for all the hard work and contributions that assisted us minions with the smooth running of the 2018 AGM.
For a more detailed and a slightly more sensible account of the days proceedings you can access your clubs AGM minutes from here:
Thank you all, for your continued support of the wonderful White Sheet Radio Flying Club.
I wish you all many fun filled enjoyable hours flying on the hill in 2019, as Buzz Lightyear says, to infinity and beyond…
Andrew Beaven (club secretary)
Disclaimer: only prescribed drugs were used whilst writing this account.
IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE FOR ALL MEMBERS
Nationally there has been an increase in claims on the BMFA insurance resulting in an increase in premiums for 2019.
Other than an emergency caused by equipment failure this should not happen if members are flying in accordance with club rules and the safety guidance provided by the BMFA.
In particular pilots should:
Only fly when standing on an agreed flightline for the conditions on the day.
Stand within communication distance of each other when flying.
Do not fly over or behind the flightline.
Do not fly over the pits, people, or parked cars.
Before each flight check that the failsafe for your particular Rx is correctly set and consider the SWEETS and SMART Acronyms.
– Where is the sun in relation to where you will be flying? Will it affect your flight patterns? What actions will you take if you accidentally fly ‘through ’ the sun? Should you be wearing sunglasses? Remember that low sun in winter can be a particular problem.
W – Wind
– Consider the wind strength and direction. How will this affect your flights? Will you have to modify your normal launch and, especially, your landing patterns? From your local knowledge, will there be any turbulence with ‘this’ wind direction and strength? And how bad might it be?
E – Eventualities
– What will you do if you hear or see a full size aircraft or helicopter flying at low level near the slope? What if the landing area is suddenly obstructed when you are on finals to land? What will you do if members of the public enter the slope.
E – Emergencies
How will you warn other field users if you have an emergency?
T – Transmitter Control Are you familiar with the system and understand how it works?
S – Site Rules
– Are there any specific site rules you should be aware of? Most importantly, where are the no- fly zones or dead airspace areas on the site?
Before Connecting Drive battery or starting engine check:
S – Switches ON (Tx before Rx)
M – Model selected is correct.
A – Aerial secure / extended if appropriate.
R – Rate switches all in correct positions.
T -Transmitter voltage good and Trims all in correct positions.
Apologies if this is seen as teaching an elderly female relative to suck eggs, but it is in all our interests to ensure that we operate and fly our models in a safe manner and that we maintain our excellent safety record..
WITH THANKS TO DAVID BRADFIELD AND FROME MODEL FLYING CLUB.
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…
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:
Chairman ** (1 year term) Ian Pallidter FSMAE
Vice-Chairman (2 year term) Peter Halman FSMAE
Honorary Secretary (2 year term) Mark Benns
Competition Secretary (2 year term) Jo Halman FSMAE
Records Officer (2 year term) Simon VaitKevicius
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.