18 January 2016

lost comrade

Eric called earlier with the very sad news that David passed away this morning.

David had a penchant for building the more unusual of sloping implements and
even in midst of failing health, he still had several projects on the go.

In memory of the consummate gentleman that he was, here is a rare moment
of sweariness as he battles with the Hols der Teufel in less than ideal lift...

You will be sorely missed Sir.

05 January 2016

a further call to arms

In case you haven't already heard......

Ireland's new regulations

American UAS registration

If similar rulings were to be implemented in Britain, they would destroy our hobby.

Take action now and contact your local MP.

Make it clear that-

The models we fly are not 'drones', they are carefully constructed aircraft that take great skill to fly and build.

They require 'line of sight' visual contact at all times.

The hobby is one that is shared across the generations.

The hobby encourages innovation and the learning of a wide range of practical 'hands on' skills, especially among younger participants.

The hobby encourages many people from different backgrounds to socialise.

The hobby is healthy and environmentally friendly and encourages people to spend time outdoors in locations which, for decades, have hosted model flying events without incident.

With multi-copters (or drones as they are commonly referred to) becoming widely available, the 'off the shelf' technology allows people with no experience to fly straight away. This can often lead to irresponsible behaviour, especially when used in conjunction with the 'on board' cameras that allow beyond 'line of sight' control.

The rulings in Ireland and the USA effectively outlaw the hobby we have enjoyed for decades.

We require their assistance in protecting our position should any rulings similar to those in the USA and Ireland, be proposed in Britain.

Contact the BMFA stating-

Your utmost concern regarding the developments in the USA and Ireland.

You require a clear response as to how the BMFA (as your representative) intends to help block any similar rulings that may be proposed for Britain.

Ask that the proposals for the 'BMFA National Flying Centre' be put on hold until it is clear that the flying freedoms we currently enjoy will be fully protected.

27 December 2015

call to arms

"Park on Birling Hill at the junction with Holly Hill.
If you are facing up gradient, the slope is on your left
through the gaps in the hedge.

Please park considerately and tuck your vehicle well
into the verge . Despite having the appearance of quiet country lane,
Birling Hill can see a lot of traffic with many drivers
showing little regard for safety.

Please bring an empty carrier bag or bin bag and collect any
litter in the vicinity before leaving, whether you dropped it or not.

It may also be wise to bring some light weight rope and / or roach
poles (or similar) to help retrieve any models that decide to 'nest'.

detailed directions about half way down this page"

Please note that attendance and participation is entirely at your own risk.
This is an informal gathering and not in any way an organised event.
It is not affiliated to this website, or any person appearing in, or
involved with this website......fly safely, take responsibility for your
own actions and behave like a grown-up. Most importantly though- enjoy yourselves!

21 December 2015

Christmas Combat

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09 December 2015

Meanwhile in da 'hood....

08 December 2015

the force takes a snooze

As the sun hugs the horizon (resting in readiness for next year's day of warmth)
let's cast our minds back to an era before these dark times.....

It's an elegant weapon from a more civilised age...

The force is strong with this one.

Red Five standing by...

Commence primary ignition...

I'm going to make the jump to light speed.

She's got it where it counts.

 This is the glider you're looking for.

Look at the size of that thing!

22 November 2015

knocking one out

That pinnacle of current affairs journalism 'The One Show' reports
on something close to all our hearts.
Click on the green text, only available for 27 days from 19th November.

The action starts about 13 minutes in....