We are going to try the Spread Eagle at Stourton/Stourhead following the closure of The Somerset Arms at Maiden Bradley. Dates are:
November – pre AGM round-up – 12th
And of course, the AGM on Saturday 21st November at The Dolphin in Mere
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.
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 is CANCELLED, we now move to the reserve date of March 29th, Hopefully!
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!
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:
May 3rd, Fly-in on 17th
July 5th, Fly-in on 19th
September 6th, Fly-in on 20th
Last Hurrah, sport and scale – October 18th
All subject to weather calls
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com)
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.
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.
Here are a few images from our recent Scale and Open Slopes events.