Monthly Newsletter

March 2019

Wow what an end to February with all that nice record breaking weather, but do you remember it? It was so nice l was even down at the field flying. Who was at the last club night?  What a night! It was a great evening. We had four flight sims going for the new members giving them a big insight into flying a model aeroplane. Reg was there with his new purchase, a lovely World War Two D.H. Mosquito that he had started and brought along for us to look at. There was a lot of interest in it. He’s doing this as an electric project which l feel is the right way to go. It’s a large model and you want reliability with a model like that. John also had his FW190 there that really looked the part. Thank-you guys for bringing your planes along for us all to see, it all helps to make a good club night.

It’s also getting near to the start of the season. Lets hope the weather is kind and we get a nice lot of flying in. So get your planes out of the shed or garage and give them a good look over. Most importantly make sure to check the batteries. They are very important bits of kit and at only a few pounds to replace them it could save a nice model. Give the linkages a look over and if in doubt replace them.  Again it could save your favourite model from going home in a black bin bag.

We have a good club night coming up in May; a talk on the Vulcan that is based at Southend Airport. As you know, we put on static displays for The Vulcan Restoration Trust throughout the year and one of their members gives talks on the Vulcan. All he asks for is a donation to the Vulcan Restoration Trust and it should be a very good evening. Families and friends are all very welcome to join us. It has been arranged for our May club night on Tuesday 14th at the ECKO club at 8.00p.m. Make a note of that one as there’s a lot of interesting history with XL426 and it’s a night not to miss.

We also have some other interesting club nights in the pipeline; one will be a First Aid course for anyone who may be interested and with all the rule changes and things going on with drones we are planning a talk on drones and quads. So watch this space!!!

Safety time.

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.

The cabin is also being left unlocked at times. So if you have a key, even if members are still around, lock it up please otherwise someone will need to go over the field late in the evening to do it. Many thanks guys.

Safe flying and happy landings

Del boy

 

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    Colin Bliss

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