It’s been a bit of a funny year for flying, very windy at times and not always very nice. Let’s hope we get good weather for the scale day in August that Paul Gayford is running for us again. Paul has done a great job running this event over the last few years. This year it’s on Sunday 25th August and it will be all day long with a BBQ cooked by John Hicks, and a fine job he does too. I believe there’s also a table top sale (for model stuff only) so if you’ve got any bits and bobs knocking around that you would like to get shot of, bring them along to sell. There is a flyer that will be sent out a few times before the event, there are details on the ‘Upcoming Events’ page of the website and on the club’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1469613316514750/
The next club night will again be just a social evening, having a chat with friends and a beer. You may also fly a small indoor plane or do what l do and take along a quad to fly. It’s on 9th July at the EKCO CLUB from 8.00p.m. onwards. Don’t forget that the August meeting is a talk on drones, quads and FPV flying machines which is one not to be missed.
The mower needs some TLC which is being looked into. It will be done by a guy who looks after mowers and has a good knowledge of the one we have. He also has the tools to be able to do it. So yes it will cost a few pounds but it needs to be done as no mower means no field, so it’s got to be done soon. I will keep you all updated on this.
The field is looking nice and tidy so a big thanks to the guys who keep it that way. However I also see some tins and other items that will NOT BURN. PLEASE DO NOT DUMP THEM IN THE BIN. TAKE THEM HOME INSTEAD. How many more times do we need to tell you guys? Do not dump them in the bin as someone will need to take them away and dispose of them. We are in a wildlife area and we need to keep it as clean and tidy as possibly.
It has been noticed that members are not using the tables at the front of the pits area to ready their planes for flight. It’s very important to use the tables, especially if you’re flying electric, in case you knock the throttle to full power, which could be very dangerous.
Always remember to fly within the fly zone. Do not overfly or taxi in or out of the pits area. There are now notices in place to remind you. Even though the footpath north of the field has been removed, people still walk along where it was so keep your eyes open for members of the public walking around. There are notices in place now to inform the walkers about us flying but they do still walk across the far east corner of the field. We are replacing the notices around the field with bigger ones which Dick may well need a helping hand putting up. Also remember to fly according to the ANO guidelines. If you don’t know them please do look them up or ask. Also don’t forget to take your litter home, especially non-combustibles like tins, glass, Li-poly batteries and other metal objects, and bin them there. Keep your field clean and tidy. Remember wild life share our flying area.
Safe flying and happy landings
Pics from the past at Southend airport. Bottom one is from 1954. Have guess at the type.