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BMFA Membership to go up

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.

SWEETS.

S– Sun – 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?

SMART

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.

-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.

 

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Photos from the September Open Slopes

A fine finale for the Open Slopes Season

Nearly thirty pilots turned up for the last Open Slopes event of 2018

What better use of the mound on top of Whitesheet’s SW bowl

Once again we got very lucky with the weather, though the conditions at times were quite light, but a great day of flying and larks was had by all

See you for more next year!

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TVSF Day Out – September 2018

The Thames Valley Silent Flyers Association are organising one of their get-togethers, Thursday September 6

Here is a note from Graham Stallard, Chairman of TVSF

Finally the weather appears to be co-operating. I have left calling this on until closer to the time to save calling it off. The venue will be confirmed on Tuesday/Wednesday. However the forecast is NNE to NE so the probable venue is Watership Down NE bowl.

Attached is an updated brief (click here!) on location and directions.

Look forward to flying with you Thursday. Looks like a cracker so for.

Best Regards,

Graham Stallard.

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Photos from the English Open

Photos from the English Open Last Weekend

Photos below from the English Open F3f event last week – full report to follow! Photos by Mike Shellim and Chris Lamming Link to full set of Mike’s shots here, with a report of the event here

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July Scale Day A Great Success!

Finally a Scale Day ran this year in fine weather – here are a few pictures from the event!

Photos – Alan Brocklehurst, Geoff Crewe, Chris Williams and Chris Lamming

 

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July Open Slopes Photos

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Open Slopes June 10, Weather Call – We’re ON!

June Open slopes is ON!

We are in for good, fine weather tomorrow, although the wind will have quite a bit of East in it, so it will be a chance to fly in some of the further reaches of Whitesheet Downs.

Bring along a floater and maybe an electric assisted model to make sure you have the best chance of some good flying on the NE slopes.

All are welcome (members and non-members) to join in and chuck something off the hill.

All flyers must have appropriate 3rd party insurance to fly as is the requirement of our National Trust license. All non-members will be asked to confirm this is the case and may be asked for evidence, such as a BMFA membership card.

Tomorrow is a hoodie-sticker qualifying event, so don’t forget to bring your membership card and get your first “I was there, man” sticker!

David, Stuart and I will be there, setting up the bacon butty station from about 10:00hrs, as we did last month, these will be given away free of charge to as many as possible, until we run out!

cheers,

Chris

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