Proposed Rule book changes on Electric Assisted Flying
You may be aware that the club has been working on negotiating with the National Trust on new rules for electric assist (for climb-out) at Whitesheet Downs. The committee will soon be issuing the final draft of the proposed changes to the handbook, that will outline what these rule changes mean and how it will effect the way the hill is used.
In essence, we now have full support from both the National Trust and the BMFA to make a permanent change to our club rules, that will allow electric power for the purpose of height gain only. This has been possible on an on-going trial basis since 2009 and it is now time for the club to choose whether to incorporate the change to our handbook or to stop the trial and all electric flight from this year’s AGM onwards.
I am presently working on the final draft of the handbook and hope to send it out well in advance of the AGM in November. Full details of the AGM will also be issued in the same notice and you will be invited to express your views on the changes. Expect something similar to last year’s AGM, with an afternoon or early evening start, with a free drink and food provided.
For those not able to attend the AGM, which is now likely to be held on Saturday November 26th, there will be an opportunity to vote by proxy on this important change. Additionally, all members not attending the AGM will have the opportunity to make a statement, for or against the change, prior to the vote and there will be an organised discussion on the matter before we finally decide.
Please make every effort to attend the meeting (full details to follow) and to take part in the vote.
Competition: This Sunday (July 24th)
This Sunday will see a scheduled competition at Whitesheet. I have heard from Joe that the weather is due to be ok (perhaps not as hot as earlier this week) and good for flying. He has asked me to invite you all along as always and to note that there may be a change to the scheduled competition (Slalom) to the postponed event – Nominated Manoeuvres.
Please arrive at the hill around 1000am for an 1100am start
WSRFC Vice Chairman shares a bit about himself
Following various attempts at rubber-powered free-flight and chuck-gliders at an early age, I evolved to control-line at around 10 with a KK firebird and E.D. 246, prior to learning to fly RC at Ivinghoe with the inevitable Veron Impala at around age 12. This was using the MacGregor Digimac IV (ed:a what?!).
Various airframes followed, with the usual phases, algebras and an Alpina. I had a stint with the Hemel Hempstead MFC on power and also spent some time flying various Laser powered models with the Laser team (Neil Tidy) including a twin mosquito which was great fun! Have flown with the LMA and also put floats on an Acro-Wot.
My preference has always been for slope-soaring and it is a pleasure to be a member of WSRFC and fly at such a fabulous site.
My son, Jamie, is also a member and he improves each time we fly, having gone solo on power at Frome MFC site and working up to do the same at White Sheet.
The things that stick in your mind?
Ah, camaraderie, the smell of dope drying, balsa cement, fingers stuck together with cyano, the smell of castor oil from a four stroke, the nerves on the first flight of a new model, climbing trees to correct a bad landing, the dustbin bag of bits, the THWACK as they go in.
Scale Fly in, Sunday July 3rd
From our Scale secretary, here is an update about tomorrow’s meet:
So, we have a light but predominantly SW wind, XC says dry, the teatime BBC weather forecast says the rain and drizzle should only give us a glancing blow…The White Sheet Scale Fly in is…ON! (Make sure you pack a floater if you have one.) Electric assist is permitted, but no E-hooners or hotliners!!!!
Beware the bovine at Whitesheet Downs!
A man slope soaring a bull yesterday
Went down to Whitesheet today to be confronted by the bull, full on snorting, slavering and raking the ground, thankfully he started before I went through the gate and he reminded me how nice it is flying roundway at this time of year. I know he’s normally ok but there is now another one on the other side of the track and they seem to be winding each other up. Maybe its worth letting people know. I’ve always wondered what the deal is with him, I thought if the land is used by the public only bulls under 10 months were allowed.
Rich Bull yeah I know, hilarious : )
Items for sale.
Multiplex Cockpit SX transmitter. This is dual 35Mcs and 2.4Gh as it has the Multiplex ‘add on’ 2.4Gh unit and also the additional Telemetry screen. All is in working order. All user manuals are included. £110
Multiplex ‘Cularis’ powered glider. 2.61M span. Rudder, elevator, ailerons, flaps and motor control. Servos, batteries and a Multiplex 35Mcs 7 channel synth receiver are included. A unique feature is the simple plugin wing attachments with integral electrical connections making for quick and simple rigging for flight. The build manual is included.This machine has been repaired following some damage and is ready for flight subject to check. Hence only £90
nch Algebra Glider. This old, but high performance machine features, rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps. Servos, battery and a 35Mcs receiver are included ready to fly. £50
Contact Roy Procter.