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Club Night – 2020 dates

We are going to try the Spread Eagle at Stourton/Stourhead following the closure of The Somerset Arms at Maiden Bradley. Dates are:

January 8th

February 12th

March 11th

April 8th

May 13th

June 10th

July 8th

August 12th

September 9th

October 8th

November – pre AGM round-up – 12th

And of course, the AGM on Saturday 21st November at The Dolphin in Mere

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BMFA F3F and English Open Dates for 2020

No doubt Stu will add proper commentary to this, but in order to get the ball rolling, here are some additional dates for your diary

26th April – BMFA F3F at White Sheet

21st June – BMFA F3F at White Sheet

Last, but not least, over the weekend of 22nd and 23rd August 2020 WSRFC will stage The English Open! The Scale reserve day is now 16th August.

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2020 Scale Days at White Sheet Down

First a report from Chris Williams on 2019:

Obviously, as we all know, Brexit disturbed the Weather Gods to such an extent that they forgot to order the rain and sent only wind instead. With four less-than-perfect forecasts and one that was unbelievably good, it was of course the latter that saw the unexpected rain. Nevertheless, a record turnout on that day broke all the records for attendance, necessitating a 7-up rule to avoid the possibility of mid-airs. The downside of such numbers meant that we had to restrict the scale fly-in days to scale models only, for which I feel it necessary to apologise to those that do not fly scale models.

There was some epic fun during the season: vertical launches, tree perching, fuselages turning brown, and one inadvertent overflying of the pits that really frightened the horses!

I would like to nominate myself for the Person-Who-Forgot-To-Bring-The-Most- Glider-Parts this year: I doubt anyone can beat my tally…

Good to see that Geof Crew was awarded the prestigious “Launcher of the Year 2019” at the AGM – keep up the good work

With five of the six scheduled events run, this has to be some sort of record, and the great thing is, Bradders has chosen the dates for next year, so if normality returns I can dodge the blame. Let’s hope for his sake that this is not the case…

The Dates for 2020 are:

March 8th, reserve of 29th

April 12th, reserve of 19th

May 10th, reserve of 24th

June 14th, reserve of 28th

July 12th, reserve of 26th

August 9th, reserve of 16th

September 13th, reserve of 27th

That’s potentially 7 events!

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2020 Open Slopes Dates (and Fly-in)

Scale events had the best of the weather in 2019, but a few fab days flying were had. For 2020 we are also planning on running Fly-in days. We are still not sure what the difference between the two is, but just means more dates when we can meet up on The White Sheet!

Dates will be shown on the new 2020 calendar sent to everyone who renews, but for users of the interweb, here goes:

March 15th

April 5th

May 3rd, Fly-in on 17th

June 7th

July 5th, Fly-in on 19th

August 2nd

September 6th, Fly-in on 20th

Last Hurrah, sport and scale – October 18th

All subject to weather calls

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Tests, Committee and 2019 Awards

We suggest that members use the BMFA to comply with regulations, it is available at https://rcc.bmfa.uk/rcc Copy and paste the link to the browser on your interweb and away you go

To do the test you will need, your bmfa number, your bmfa portal email address and your postcode

1/ access the above link and take the test if you do NOT have BMFA A / B test certificates (or equivalent LMA etc)

2/ take the on-line competency test via the above link.

3/ The on-line system gives you a list of any incorrect answers together with suggested corrections.

4/ Once passed, an email will be sent to you with a copy of your pass certificate.

5/ Download the certificate and then upload it onto your BMFA portal under the achievements section

If any members are experiencing difficulty, or can’t, do the online test, please let me know and we will do our best to assist.

We will have also to do two online opt-ins on the portal at some stage so that the BMFA can upload our data to the CAA.

Then pay your £9 registration fee to the BMFA together with your membership renewal, which remains unchanged from this year.

Mike Bleathman will send out a mailchimp email later to announce the dates/plans for the ‘A’ test day(s) to be held at White Sheet.  Whilst we won’t get this done before the competency deadline of 30th November, it should obviate the need for repeat on-line test in the future.

Mike can be contacted at vice@whitesheet.org.uk

Committee changes

After much sterling service, Chris Lamming stood down as Chairman at the AGM, with Mike Bleathman now fulfilling the role of Vice Chairman and me picking up the Chair position. (contactable at chairman@whitesheet.org.uk)

We are extremely fortunate that Chris Williams, Den Larking, Ian Duff, Jess Nicholls and Stu Wallace offered themselves for re-election in their existing roles.  

Full AGM minutes will be posted on the WS interweb in due course.

In other AGM news:

  • the 2020 calendars were available and given to members at the meet
  • The Ahi prize for 5 event attendances was won by Jeff Crew, who kindly put it “back in” and the next name out of the hat was Pete Cushion
  • Some beanies and caps were also raffled
  • The 2019 Vice awards were as follows:
  • Launcher of the Year – Jeff Crew
  • Land-out of the Year – Richard Edmunds
  • Fastest Time /F3F award – William Fourie
  • Last man standing – Andrew Beaven
  • Catch of the Year – Tim Brocklehurst
  • Bacon of the Year – Mike Bleathman
  • Cake of the Year – Mrs Mike

Last but no means least – Tech Support 2019, at the request of members, the Tech Support was awarded to Graeme Mahoney for the help and knowledge that he gives to all fliers.

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TWO CAA exemptions are attached

One allows registration via the BMFA membership and portal. The other allows exemption from proficiency tests if you have passed BMFA ‘A’ or ‘B’ tests.

see:

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=9263

and

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=9261

A and B exempt
BMFA will register with CAA exemption

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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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