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White Sheet and Covid-19 (LEVEL FOUR)

A return to the skies

Under Level 4, White Sheet is now open for members to return to airborne operations.

Please keep in mind and adhere to all government rules relating to the coronavirus, social distancing and use of PPE etc

Further to this, WSRFC recommends a flightline maximum of 4 people at two meters apart to ensure continual communication amongst those flying.

Stay safe, stay well and enjoy flying again.

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White Sheet and COVID-19

Coronavirus stops play – for now

Following on from the Prime Ministers announcement 23/08/2020 and the introduction of extreme measures severely limiting reasons why people can leave their homes. White Sheet RFC can no longer support anyone flying at White Sheet. From now until further notice all White Sheet RFC events are thus cancelled.

Please support us, yourself, and everyone, by adhering to all government rules introduced to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Be assured you will be the first to know when it’s safe to return to the skies at White Sheet.

In the meantime we strongly support the BMFA’s advice: Stay at home and finish off that winter project or make an early start on next winter’s masterpiece.

From us all,
Stay safe, Stay strong and Stay well.


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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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2020 Scale Days at White Sheet Down

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!

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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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TWO CAA exemptions are attached

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.

see:

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=9263

and

http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=9261

A and B exempt
BMFA will register with CAA exemption

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White Sheet Radio Flying Club

**** 2019 AGM ****

White Sheet Radio Flying Club invite all members to the
2019 Annual General Meeting



This Saturday

16th November 2019

14:30


The Dolphin Inn, Gillingham. Dorset



Agenda

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  1. Opening remarks/welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of previous AGM.
    Can be viewed via the following link:
    http://whitesheet.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/White-Sheet-Radio-Flying-Club-AGM-2018-Minutes-SW-edit-1-1.pdf
  4. Matters arising from the Minutes 
  5. Presentation of annual report
  6. Presentation of Accounts
  7. Set the Annual Subscription for the ensuing year
  8. Consider and adopt WSRFC Handbook Amendments for 2019-2020
  9. Select and approve charity for support in 2020
  10. Announce dates for 2020 Open Slopes
  11. Scale meetings report & Announce dates for 2020
  12. English Open F3F report & Announce date for 2020
  13. BMFA F3F report & Announce dates at White Sheet for 2020
  14. Elections of Management Committee/Office Bearers 
  15. Motions to be put to the AGM 
  16. Closing remarks


Followed by

White Sheet RFC 2019 Events “Qualifier’s” – Prize Draw

&

White Sheet RFC Annual AGM Prize Draw



And finally

just for fun:

The…….. White Sheet RFC “Vice Special” Annual Awards

Presented by your favourite awards presenter……
 

Mr…….


Mike
Bleathman

👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

Eat, drink and be merry…

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