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Concorde flies at Whitesheet!

Pete Evans’ Concorde takes to the skies

Proving that it takes all sorts at Whitesheet and following on from the success of the Princess flight at the May Open Slopes event, Pete Evans’ brought a Concorde of all things to the Scale Event that ran last week. Here are a few snaps of it on launch

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Open Slopes June 11th Event

Great day’s flying with top people

Thanks to all for turning out to another good event today, coinciding with near-perfect weather at Whitesheet, for haring around the skies. Next event July 9th.

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Key Outcomes of the 2016 Whitesheet Radio Flying Club AGM

Dear All, Many thanks to those of you who attended the meeting last Saturday. Turnout was excellent and the meeting went very well with contributions from everyone, which was great. Thanks also to all of you who sent apologies – 21 in total – it made a big difference to know who was not coming and how you wished to vote on the electric assist rule change. The meeting seemed to run well in the Dolphin pub and an afternoon slot seemed to suit a good number of people. I am sure we will be using this venue again next year. Below is a summary of the key points that came up in the meeting. The full minutes will be written and circulated as soon as possible. I hope you all have an excellent winter with flying and or building – 2017 promises to be a good year for WSRFC – I look forward to seeing you sometime up the hill. best regards, Chris

Rule Book Changes

The new club rules and associated version of the club handbook were discussed and the matter of accepting the new proposal, to allow electric assisted flight, was voted on. The motion to accept the new handbook and rules was carried, with a unanimous vote for at the meeting, plus 21 further votes for and 1 vote against by proxy . This change has immediate effect and is simply a continuation, in permanent form, of the trial that has been running for many years. Please be extremely considerate and conscious of the fact that electric-assisted flying is permissible for height gain only and in general terms for the allowance of soaring when the lift is very light or when it is not on the slopes. What we as a club must avoid, is giving the impression to visitors and other non-members that e-flight in general is allowed at Whitesheet – which it is not. The club committee (and also the club membership) will continue to monitor the use of e-soaring in 2017 and the matter will be reviewed again at the 2017 AGM. Minor tweaks or rule changes can then be made if necessary. I very much hope that the changes will allow more soaring to take place at Whitesheet, more of the time. I also hope that these changes will encourage greater membership and better participation in future events at the hill, as our flyers will be encouraged to make the journey and meet up, knowing that the weather conditions have a lower impact on whether or not they will get some flying in. Let’s all make the most of this opportunity in 2017. Please note the new handbook which is now in effect is available to download here: http://whitesheet.org.uk/club-rules-constitution/

Club Funds

The club remains in a healthy state, financially. On the 7th November, the closing balance of the main club account stood at £5346.21. The balance of the road funds account stood at £392.87. It was agreed that in order to simplify the accounting burden on the Treasurer, the funds in the road repair account will be transferred to the main account. The road fund account can then be closed. The fund in the road repair account will however be ring-fenced in the club accounting documentation, to reflect that the source of this money was from donations specifically for the repair of the road. Should road repairs be funded by the club in future, this money will remain available for this purpose. The club had made more effort in 2016 to spend the money it received from subscriptions. This had taken the form of gratuities for land owners, stickers and posters for members and prizes for the competitions. Ignoring BMFA fees (which come in and go out of the accounts in equal measure) the club expenditure was £824.95 against an income from membership fees of £860. Some of the expenditure in 2016 (sticker materials, vagabond prize for example) will roll over to 2017 and these costs will not reoccur next year. The committee will continue to think of ways of using the club funds to benefit the membership in 2017. Anyone with good ideas are encouraged to get in touch. With the aim of avoiding further excess accrual of funds in the club account, it was generally agreed that the club was spending at around the right level, along with setting appropriate fees for the membership.

Committee

The following committee was proposed and voted for at the AGM:
  • Chairman – Chris Lamming (I’m afraid you are stuck with me for another year!)
  • Vice chair – David Bradfield
  • Secretary – Julian Yelliah
  • Treasurer – Ian Duff
  • Membership Secretary – Den Larking
  • Competition  Secretary – Stuart Wallace
  • Scale Secretary – Chris Williams
  • Additional Committee Member – Jess Nichols

Membership Fees and BMFA Renewal

The present fee rate of £10 for adult members and £0 for juniors was proposed and accepted. This will remain the fee rate for the forthcoming year. If you are intending on renewing your BMFA membership through the club (which is encouraged), please could you forward your membership fee and BMFA fee to Ian as soon as possible, preferably before the end of December. This makes the job of processing the membership applications with the BMFA much easier, in terms of the group-order/bulk purchase of membership. Please see the join page for Ian’s details: http://whitesheet.org.uk/application-for-membership-form-2/ Note that the BMFA have just announced that there are no changes to the renewal rates in 2017, see here for details: https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2421/BMFA-Subscriptions-2017-No-increase

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Proposed new Whitesheet Radio Flying Club Handbook and Rules – 2017

Download the new handbook and come to the AGM on November 12, 2016

Read the handbook!

To download the proposed 2017 Handbook, please clink the link below and save to your computer. WSRFC_handbook_2016AugustEdit1.pdf

Your vote counts!

Acceptance of the new rules and handbook will be covered as the first item in the 2016 AGM – please make every attempt to attend or submit your vote by proxy. Details on how to vote by proxy will be sent to all WSRFC members by email.

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21/07/2016: AGM and Rule Book Changes

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.

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4/7/16: Who on Earth is David Bradfield?!

Previous WSRFC 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. bradders

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4/7/16 July Fly In a Great Success!

Scale fly-in photos from Sunday

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30/5/16: Competition Report – Loops and Spot

What a glorious day, wall to wall sunshine, rolling country side bursting with spring life, full size gliders being tugged to stratospheric height, most of the Phillips house hold all the way from Eastbourne and a north easterly breeze to keep us cool. What more could we have asked for? Whitesheet members, that’s What! I arrived at the top of the hill at 10.00 shortly to be joined by JP, Wendy and Olivia. We exchanged pleasantries, loaded ourselves up and headed for the slope. I’m sure the NE facing slope moves further away each year! We set up base just as our esteemed chairman Chris arrived and that was it? No one else arrived, not a sausage! Well, we had enough pilots, Trophies had been polished, points needed to be earned for the Tallis wining Vagabond, Vino needed handing out to the Victors and conditions were improving.

Round 1

JP was up first flying his Wildthing and in the slightly iffey lift conditions he went for the further out approach to start his loops. John completed 9 loops and landed 11 mtrs from the spot. Olivia was up next flying her Wildthing and obviously was going to follow Dads idea by flying safely away from the slope ( I think I need to go to spec savers). Olivia managed 1 loop and landed 10.5 mtrs from the spot. Chris, flying his ELF dlg gallantly forced his model through the by now increasing breeze to pull 13 loops and land 16 mtrs from the spot. Joe, Flying his trusty McMeekin Predator completed 16 loops and landed 1 mtr from the spot.

Round 2

JP Now went for the ‘lets try high approach’ with 14 loops and 1.5 mtrs from the spot. Olivia sticking to the (flying in the next county) approach upped her loops to 5 and landed 18.5 mtrs. Chris beat us all in this round with the most loops at 18 and landed at 5.5 mtrs (actually he landed a lot closer but the wind caught his little Elf and flipped over before we could measure it) Joe, managed to gain some great initial height before doing 17 loops and land at 2 mtrs.

Round 3

JP, Now going for the ‘ lets see how low we can go and still recover to the top’ popping in the most loops for the day at 19. Then worked way back up to land at 2 mtrs Olivia, Upped her loops to 8 and gracefully landed 3.5 mtrs from the spot. Chris having now switch models to his Mark Drela Allegro (broken fin on the ELF) pulled 8 loops and landed at 10.5 mtrs. Joe, trying the close in approach managed 15 loops despite landing at the bottom of one! And managed to land at 3 mtrs. So there you have it, a great day socially, fending off inquisitive cattle, fresh coffee with shortbread supplied and served by Chris and we all agreed that trying to identify the various light aircraft that passed by during the day must be Spitfires!

Final results

  1. Joe Cubitt
  2. John Phillips
  3. Chris Lamming
  4. Olivia Phillips
Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!
Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each. Perfick Joe WSRFC comp sec

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26/5/16: Fantastic day of scale flying again

Last Sunday (May 22) saw the second of our club Scale Fly-ins in 2016. The event was very well attended by scale flyers from far and wide, many of whom were visitors to the club for the first time – wonderful to see. Despite a little interruption from the wet stuff, the sun broke out in the afternoon and a great day of thermal chasing was had by all. Thanks to Chris Williams for organising and running a very friendly and safe event and for providing the first-class photos below The next event is on Sunday July 3rd – why not come along and join in. Free tea and coffee to all from the club chairman’s trusty camp stove!

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First Scale Day of 2016

Sunday, April 24th gave great conditions for the first Scale meet for 2016. Below is a few pictures from the event.

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