I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year and got some nice modeling stuff. I did. I got some nice servos and l treated myself to a Para motor that I’m looking forward to flying when it warms up a bit in the spring……hopefully. I have always wanted one, something different to try and fly, and I do like a challenge.
The AGM went well l feel and I hope you all enjoyed it. Nick from SEMAS came along and joined us too, so he was on hand to answer any questions on us two becoming one. There were a few questions that were aimed at Nick that he was happy and able to answer for us. The buffet was up to its normal high standard and there were some very good prizes, plenty of them in fact. See? We do try! Some of the raffle prizes were donated by Andy of Active Scale Models so many thanks to Active Scale for their continued support.
The committee for 2020 is the same as last year so at least you know them all by now. As you will probably know by now, the fees are up this year with the CAA registration. The fees for this year are £74.00 and you can also buy an ID card for an extra £3.50 if you so wish. If you have not rejoined yet you are not insured to fly. Also you are not registered and, if caught, you could be facing a fine from the C.A.A. so make sure its not you!
Ok moving on with nicer things now, a fine job has been done to the mower and l believe it’s working really well now. It will need a running in period and the only way to do that is to use it, so the field will be looking nice again this year, probably even better.
We are kicking off club nights this year with a social evening on the 14thJanuary at the EKCO Club. You can pay your membership, have a beer and fly indoor quads if you wish. If anyone has any ideas for this year’s club nights please do ask us and we will see if we can do it for you. Things like setting up radios, building tips, covering tips or anything like. Don’t forget it’s your club so come on, come up with some ideas as it will be great to try something new.
Also indoor flying restarts at the end of the month. All the building work at the school is now complete so there’s full access down to the hall that makes life easier and there’s no problem bringing in your gear to fly.
To all members can you please let me have you your name, BMFA number and Date of Birth as it’s needed for the registration scheme. You can send it to my e-mail at email@example.com post it to me at 108 Warwick Road, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 8TF. Yes it is a plain in the bum but the BMFA need these details before they can process membership so thanks for your corporation on this matter.
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
A couple from yester year we knew how to make them back then.