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The 2020 Scale Day

The Scale DayWith the bug obliterating the 2020 fixture list it was extremely heartening that the Scale Day ran in September.  CW words follow, together with a selection of his fabulous pics

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CW Words of WisdomWSRFC SCALE FLY-IN SEPTEMBER 13TH Under the twin threats of the ire of the Weather Gods, and the next-day clamp down of Covid restrictions, this event was pretty much star-crossed before it began. Imagine the all-round surprise, then, when the most favourable forecast in a decade was thrust upon us. 9-14mph, direct on the SW bowl, and no vertical dampness on any horizon!The Gremlins got in early, though, when the 150 or so emails sent out to declare the event very much On via the Mailchimp app, all seemed to end up in everybody’s Spam box. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, as a very healthy 20 or so fliers turned up for the festivities, comfortably below the statutory 30 max allowed by the soon-to-be outdated Covid regs. Of course, nobody was that surprised that the forecast had been overly optimistic regarding the reliability of the wind, so as far as the lift went, it was a case of ‘the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away… This kept a few gliders on the ground, but when the Lord Gaveth, he gaveth big, and some great flying was to be had. Pat Teakle’s masterful land out in ploughed field earned him the Sub-Standard-Hat-of-Commiseration. (The hat was sub-standard, not Pat) Everyone was well-behaved and most of the models went home in one piece so, despite the Sub-Standardness of 2020, not the best of years, at least this event gave us a glimpse of what-used-to-be…cw
before we get to the pics …..Thanks to CW and All for running the day and managing the ’30’.  

Thanks also to CW for volunteering to act as Scale Secretary Supremo for 2021

In case you haven’t seen it, there is a really useful CW article on aero – towing in the current issue of RCM&E, plus, the closing pics in the mag of some Petrels.

Am glad that the hats got some use, am guessing that CW is keeping the rest for future land-out commiserations.

Also good to hear that our new member, and examiner, Jonathan Smith has volunteered for future retrieval duties following his yomp to pick up Pat’s Skylark


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Level 3 Update – 17th September 2020

Revised Level 3 Flying Restrictions from 14/9/2020 until further notice

Your Committee have reviewed updated BMFA advice and advise the following for members and visiting fliers. This is in addition to the advice already supplied about ensuring your fitness to go to the Down and fly. 

It’s a game of two halves, everyday flying and competitions/events

Everyday Flying:

We cannot provide a person at the slope at all times to ensure compliance with social distancing with the result that the default number of people from different households allowed to fly at any one time is 6. In order for this to happen it is important that you email name, date, time in and time out to our track and trace email database at:


We will keep an eye on it and if it is looking busy we will try and let you know.

This data will be kept for 21 days for NHS use if there is an outbreak.  It is also important that you also email the above address if you develop symptoms after visiting the Down so that we can inform NHS.

Some members (actually, just Midweek Mike and me) have volunteered to be covid policemen at the time they are at the slope, so it may be possible to run two groups of 6 providing track and trace data and social distancing happens.

Given that social distancing is required at all times, we suggest a flight-line max of 4 people as this should ensure clarity of communication between fliers over the 6 metres

Competitions and Events:

We will do a number of things before hosting an event:

1/ Risk assessment

2/ BMFA questionnaire

3/ Provide a volunteer covid policeman/woman for the duration

4/ Make use of the tandt@whitesheet.org.ukto provide registration and track and trace address.

Once again, we will opt for a flight line max of 4 people and ask that any covid positivity post event is reported to the above email.

Please do use the WSRFC WhatsApp group to let other fliers know of your intended visit.

Please do look and follow the advice given by BMFA on their interweb, our advice, and of course the national orgainisations (Government/NHS/PHE)

Finally, as with any prospective flight, if in doubt – Don’t

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What 3 Words

The What3words app can be used to aid location in times of emergency. It can also be used for navigation by anyone who has the app on their phone or device. The relevant words for each of our main slopes will be posted, in this case, starting with the SW bowl, they are stressed.reinvest.clash

Had to chuckle as these words can describe some of the emotions that go through our minds when we are contemplating flying.

NE Slope – reforming.continued.tins

Morgans – to be posted

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Ho-Hum, back to level 3

6 Person Group – Changes to Regulations

Whilst we await further clarification from governing bodies, BMFA etc, it appears that we will have to adapt to a 6 person maximum Group on the slope from 14th September.

The obvious questions arise, including, is that many groups of six or just one? How does this affect F3F/Open Slopes etc? Only time and work will clarify these points.

The good news is that it is extremely rare for there to be six of us together at any one time, but for now please follow the various (if conflicting) guidance which has bought us back to where we were immediately after lockdown, i.e. the slope is open but keep to 6 person maximum and wait to set up until someone leaves if there are 6 there already.

We can use the White Sheet WhatsApp group to inform others if we intend to visit the slope.  This will give everybody a heads-up. If you are not already on it, text me with your name on 07711 824484 and I will add you to the group.  We also have a Facebook group that could do the same thing White Sheet RFC.

Our covid advice is on our interweb and is in addition to the latest social distancing and cleanliness advice elsewhere.

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August Newsletter

In this Newsletter:- Open Slopes – 6th September
– Scale Day – 13th September
– English Open – Report and Pics
– Awards 2020 – Can you do any better?
– AGM – 21/11/2020
– “A” Tests – a game of three halves
– Avon – update
– Projects
– RC Hotel – Corfu

Here goes …….
Open Slopes – Sunday 6th SeptemberSubject to a weather and Covid call on the 4th or 5th, we will be running this, the second, Open Slopes since lockdown
White Sheet Scale Day – Sunday 13th September. Subject to a weather and Covid call on the 11th or 12th, we will be running this, the first, Scale Day since lockdown
English Open – 23rd August 2020The Club purchased some new timing gear which worked well. Thanks To Nigel and Graeme for running this event – Really difficult for them to run and compete in the same event – Well Done! Report from Co-CD – Nigel Witchalls -Well, that was a good comp to start us off, though not the easiest introduction back into timed flights.  The forecast rain delayed the start till 11.30, but gave everyone a good chance to catch up.  The wind was westerly all day, so was 15-30 deg crossed on the far end of the NW slope.The first round started sluggishly, but then picked up by the end to give the later group of pilots a flying start.  Mark Redsell set a time of 43s, well ahead of the others.  This trend of one or two fast times per round continued across the day, with round wins by Mark Redsell, Mike Evans, John Phillips, Mike Shellim, Mark Treble (twice), Mark Passingham, and Dave Rumble.  These were all in the low to mid 40’s.  The spells of very poor air meant that all except JP scored times in the late 50’s or early 60’s at some point.  There were many flights where conditions changed partway through the flight.  JP flew very consistently and was only edged into the 50’s a couple of times.The standard of flying was good across the whole field, especially considering the long lay-off,, and 15 of the 20 pilots finished with more than 900 points.  The top 3 had made their dominance clear by round 5, with JP’s lead only being really challenged by Mark Treble’s FTD of 40.69 in round 6, and only 30 points separated the top 3 in the end.  The rest of the field was extremely close as well, and continued to trade places all day – there were too many ups and downs to pick any out.  Any cuts or missed opportunities had their cost.

Graham Woods has a fantastic video of highlights of this event on BARCS.

Club Awards 2020 These are traditionally awarded at the AGM.  Still time to enter with current leaders being:

Land-Out – Graeme – with his 28 – a long way away at the NE slope
Catch of the Year – Nigel Witchalls – F3F – (where is last years’ winner!  Come on Tim!)
New Award – FreeFlight – Pete Cushion – Ahi – disconnected RX power lead
Tech Support – not claimed yet
Annual General Meeting 21st November 2020 Definitely an early reminder on this.  Andrew will no doubt be sending out the required documents in due course, but if you want to have your say, be on the committee or anything else, you have time!
‘A’ Tests – a game of three halvesMike Bleathman (vice@whitesheet.org.uk) has been sorting this and will make a proper announcement on dates.  However it’s looking like:
– First half – A Midweek test day with Midweek and the examiner – please let him know if you can make it in the week
– Second Half – A Saturday session

Oh, and the third half?  Jamie passed his A – fixed wing – at the RC Hotel in Corfu last week ( Yes it had a spinny thing on the front) Note the new White Sheet Cap (£10, incl.  £4 to Air Ambulance)
Avon HGPGCThe club were kind enough as usual to offer us the sole use of the rifle range for the English Open if we needed it.  We didn’t as it turned out.  I have had no further reports of difficult interaction with Avon since my last note.  Please do make contact with me or Vice if there is anything worthy of note
ProjectsMembers projects seem to be a bit thin on the ground recently, even CW is uncharacteristically quiet!
Both Russell and I are upgrading the radio gear on Alpinas.  Midweek has built and flown a Dream which is superb. He has just finished a new pina 2501 and is contemplating the fit-out of a Stormbird.
There must be more out there ….
RC Hotel CorfuWorth a brief note to recommend this fabulous vacation.  Whilst predominantly for electric power aircraft we were also to fly Electric Gilders from the RC Hotel Fleet into the booming thermals.  Aero-towing is possible using the fleet glider and tug.  Any questions?  drop me a line

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Open Slopes, Scale Days, F3F and Other Events

We have issued various advice since the start of lockdown, from “No Fly” to “Turn Up, Fly, Go Home” whilst always urging members to follow the over-arching advice that emanates from Government and other bodies.  Indeed the BMFA generated the “Turn Up …” which is still a good one.

We reiterate this advice and ask that people use their common sense in its application.  Health and safety both on the ground and in the air is a two way street. Whilst we will provide some sanitization facilities, it is also incumbent on members to follow social distancing and sanitization guidelines, including provision of your own PPE and anti-bac. This is particularly appropriate for touch points over which we have no control, the gates for instance.

At events prior to the bug we have always kept a log of attendees.  This continues and takes on additional relevance as it provides our track and trace information.  We therefore ask that you provide your name and contact telephone number to whoever is organizing an event (that includes you, Pike) 

We do ask that you observe proper distance when setting up your kit and communicating with other members. Clearly, another member, or their glider, is a touch point, so please exercise caution even if it is the latest bright, shiny scale or Baudis model!

Events are by their nature, Outdoors, and we understand this to currently entail a maximum attendance of 30 persons.  With many members shielding we have not got anywhere close to this number this year, but do not be surprised if the organizer suggests that we are at max and urges attendees to act accordingly.

It is important that any visitors to an event are made aware of the above, whether fliers or observers.

Anyhow – this is as of 2nd September, it could all change and we will endeavor to review accordingly.

PS – apologies for the z in sanitisation – Microsoft keeps thinking we are all American

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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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