Further to our statement last week, it is clear that the COVID-19 situation has developed very rapidly in the UK and we must now update our advice to reflect this.
Members should continue to keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice. Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for the latest information.
Members are advised to follow the precautions provided by the NHS at all times details of which you can find here: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
The Government has introduced further restrictions this evening, which severely limit the reasons why people can now leave their homes.
Model Flying in the club environment
It remains the case that in general terms model flying represents a low risk due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain inter-personal separation (a minimum separation of 2 metres is advised).
However, the latest Government advice is that any form of group gathering (now defined as more than 2 people!) must be avoided and that everyone (no longer just those over 70 or with underlying health issues) should significantly limit their face-to-face interaction with others. We are also instructed to avoid all non-essential travel. Therefore, our advice is for members to stay at home and finish off that winter project or make an early start on next winter’s masterpiece.
The latest info on the new CAA rules for model flying
If you have an A certificate or LMA proficiency, it is just a matter of ticking a box to pay an extra £9 with your BMFA renewal fee. Then placing a number (supplied by the CAA) inside each model. If you do not have an A (why not?) then you must take the online test and pay your £9 directly to the CAA. In either case you will be given confirmation of your status by the CAA. It is hardly an onerous task, if a pointless exercise.
Failing to do this and then going flying then puts you at risk of a fine and possibly even prison, and a criminal record, so for £9 it is not even worth moaning about it.
A fantastic weekend was had by all who came to BMFA Buckminster.
The club booked a Friday and Saturday fly-in at BMFA Buckminster in 2019.
Free to Langar club members, there was a Midland Area Flyin on the Sunday to which we were invited.
This was a cracking event at a fabulous venue, with close cropped grass and all facilities. We camped from Thursday evening until Monday morning. Also a good number of club members popped down for days. Fabulous wildlife, with Red Kites, Buzzards and Kestrels flying around.
Next year is already booked! 10, 11, 12 July 2020.
If you have a key for the club hut, PLEASE make sure the lock is turned TWICE. This deadlocks it, we keep finding the lock only turned once. MAKE SURE THE GATE LOCK IS SECURE!!!! Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE clean up before you leave and put tops on coffee jars etc.
If you are last on site, PLEASE check that all doors, including the toilet doors, are locked. Twice in a week it has been left open.
Here is an interesting story from a US guy who visited Seagull Models factory. Bit of an eye opener, far from the sweat shop impression most of us get of far eastern model suppliers, this is a very professional organisation! Click here
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
A Riding for Disabled school is now operating at the far corner of the hedge at the back of the South field. Models doing reversals etc have been drifting over this area (and the road) and this has to stop. Please end all southerly circuits halfway down the field AT LEAST.
This is especially for large, fast aerobats and turbine powered models. This map shows the new NO FLY ZONE. Drifting over that area will cause problems for our neighbours and eventually the club. There is an abundance of room further North and East.
If the problem continues, we will have no choice but to move the pilots box further to the North, which inconveniences everyone, so please take notice, and also make sure anyone else flying is aware.
In order to bring us in line with the latest Data Protection laws, please read the ‘Privacy Notice’ link at the top of the page.
PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THAT NO HELICOPTERS, QUADCOPTERS OR FPV MODELS OR FREE FLIGHT MODELS ARE ALLOWED AT LANGAR.
LANGARMAC IS FIXED WING ONLY. Gas turbine, electric, glow and petrol are all used at Langar.