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
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
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.
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 (email@example.com) 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
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.
Everythree years all USAV operators (Unmaned Small Aerial Vehicles) need to sit, and pass, an online test to qualify for a Flyer ID
Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present.
For those without internet access a hard copy of the test will be available. (Details yet to be confirmed)
Exemption from the Test for those holding a BMFA proficiency scheme “A” Certificate has been agreed.
Important information for BMFA members
BMFA members will not be required to take the DRES test with the current online system. With permission an alternate online DRES test will be offered through the BMFA direct at a later date. (Details yet to be confirmed)
For those without internet access a hard copy of the BMFA DRES test will be available at a later date. (Details yet to be confirmed)
There is an annual fee for registration as an operator of £9.00
Operators will be issued an Operator ID
Label any drones and model aircraft you’re responsible for with your Operator ID
Important information for BMFA members
BMFA members are not required to register as an operator with the current CAA online system. With permission the BMFA will administrator Registration and the annual £9.00 p.a. fee for its members. This will take place initially by 31 January 2020
White Sheet Members
You may choose to register and take the test independently with the CAA online system but please be advised, your membership of the BMFA is a condition required by White Sheet RFC to maintain compliance with the National Trust.
As it stands today, as members of the BMFA you can choose to delay your DRES registration and test process in favour of completing requirements through the BMFA with your annual BMFA membership renewal. (Full details of this service are yet to be announced)
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.