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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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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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……………7th July 2019 Open Slopes is ON……………

Ahi of Ivan or Richard

10:00 to 15:30

DLGs, Electric assist etc. Be prepared for anything.

As the present forecast is not looking ideal for the slope, we are preparing to run Open Slopes

as a part flat field event at White Sheet Down this Sunday, with electric assist and DLG’s etc.

Hopefully we will encounter thermals or wave lift off the slope as the day progresses.

Everyone is invited, with anything that glides, no hotliners please.

Assist to height only.

Don’t forget your sun cream, sun glasses, hat and water.

See you on the hill

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Correction on the advertised dates for F3f and Scale in March, 2019

Minor correction to March Dates

Please note that the dates for the first scale event of 2019 and the March backup F3f date have been ammended and are not as advertised on the club events poster that has been sent out.

Please check the dates on the calendar and F3f pages, before setting out for Whitesheet

The correct, revised dates are

March 10th – Winter league F3f

March 17th – Scale fly in

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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 Open Slopes Photos

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