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At the Annual General Meeting held on Thursday, 8th November 2018 a motion was under consideration to negotiate with the National Trust to allow the use of electrical assist for gliders up on Crook Peak for the gaining of height only. This motion was carried by the members present.

Subsequently, the National Trust were contacted and they agreed to allow the use of electrical assist in gliders. Below is the text of the agreement.

"The licensee agrees to use the site only for the purpose of launching, flying and landing of unpowered model aircraft. The licensee will be permitted to operate electric assist gliders when conditions require (i.e. light lift) on the basis that any electrical or motor assistance is operated in accordance with the Air Navigation Order (as amended in 2018) and BMFA guidance. The licensor reserves the right to rescind permitted use of electric assisted aircraft at any time during the licence period."

The WMSA committee then set about reviewing and updating the club rules and also added the risk assessment previously forwarded to the NT. On Thursday, 14th February 2019 these rules were the subject of an Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) and was passed by the members present. Therefore, from the 15th February 2019 the use of electrical assist for glider for the gaining of height in low lift conditions is allowed on Crook Peak.

For further information and link to club rules, please see menu option: Club Information->Club Rules or tap/click here.

From Bob Flook, WMSA Treasurer

Renewal of membership for the WMSA and BMFA for 2019 is now possible.

As discussed and approved at the recent AGM WMSA membership for 2019 will be £8 providing I have the subscription by the 31st December, 2018. The subscription after the New Year will be £10. There will be no charge for Life or Junior members, (under 18 on 1st January, 2019).

Again this year there is the category of membership of Partner. This is applicable to any partner of a member residing at the same address (as is the case with the BMFA Family Partner membership). This category of membership is £4 before the 31st December, 2018, £5 in the New Year and reducing to £2.50 after the 1st August.

The BMFA have now confirmed that their subscriptions for 2019 and are:

  • Senior Full Member £38
  • Junior Full Member £17
  • Family Senior Member £38
  • Family Partner Member £25
  • Family Junior Member £13
  • Non-Flying Member £17

Therefore, most members will pay £46 for combined WMSA & BMFA membership providing I have the subscription by the end of the year.

As you will know all flying members of the WMSA have to have current membership of the BMFA for insurance and National Trust licence reasons. I have to provide the BMFA with a list of all our members who are country members or members through another flying club and they conduct a check on these after the 1st March. For members not renewing through the WMSA please ensure you renew your country membership or your membership through another flying club before March.

Note - Non Flyers can be members of the WMSA without being members of the BMFA. However, the BMFA do have a non-flyers membership at a reduced subscription of £17 which will still allow you to receive the BMFA News magazine.

For any lapsed members who didn’t join the WMSA in 2018 the BMFA offer 13 months membership for the normal annual subscription after the 1st December, 2018. The WMSA also offer this facility so you can join both the WMSA and BMFA for £46 from the 1st December, 2018 through to 31st December, 2019.
I can accept payment by cash, cheque or on-line. If you paid on-line last year the account details are the same. Please send me an email to let me know when you have paid on-line.

I should be at the December club meeting to take payment by cash or cheque and give out membership cards. I'll also have membership cards with me when I visit the Peak in the next few weeks.

If you decide that you no longer wish to be a member of the WMSA perhaps you would be good enough to advise me by email to me the Treasurer (see Contact Us page for email address).This will allow me to take you off the circulation list so you don’t get unnecessary reminders in the future.

If you want to join WMSA, see here.

Bob Flook
 

As you may be aware we are intending to run a flat field event sometime. AMARC have been kind enough to allow us to use their field once again like we did last year

The original plan was to run the event on Sunday 27th May, but due to adverse weather forecasts was cancelled. A new day for the event has been scheduled for the 10th June.As usual you will be able to fly any type of powered model aircraft providing it complies with AMARC rules. Also we hope to organise some food and drink.

The Gordano site is located between Portishead and Clevedon. Directions to get to the site are as follows:

Arriving from the North

Leave the M5 at junction 19 and take the A369 to Portishead. At the Sheepway roundabout bear left. Continue to the next roundabout and bear left again, past the new school. Go over a mini roundabout and proceed on the B3214 to Weston in Gordano and Clevedon. At Weston in Gordano village, look out for a building on the left, obstructing into the road and coloured white. Cadbury Lane is here. Turn left into the lane and Weston Drove is 500 metres further down. Please observe the 10 mph speed limit. Continue right to the bottom of the drove, AMARC entrance is on the left.

Arriving from the South

Leave the M5 at junction 20 (Clevedon) and at the roundabout over the motorway, take the left turn onto Ettlingen Way. At the next roundabout, take the third exit, which is the Northern Way. At the next roundabout (mini), take the first exit going West on the Tickenham Road. At the next roundabout (mini), take the second exit that leads onto the B3124, Walton Road to Portishead. Continue along this road until you get to Weston in Gordano. Shortly along the road in the village you will travel though a ‘pinch point’ where no simultaneous two way traffic is possible. After passing through this section, look out for the white coloured cottage on the right. The position of the cottage obscures Cadbury Lane, which you must turn right into. Weston Drove is 500 metres further down. Please observe the 10 mph speed limit. Continue right to the bottom of the drove, AMARC entrance is on the left.

You may be aware that the BMFA and other model organisations have been in negotiations with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and Department for Transport (DfT) about the flying of model aircraft. This has led to the CAA issuing a 'Joint ‘Permission' that allows BMFA members (and other defined organisation members) to continue operating ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 7Kg at heights in excess of 400ft. Also an exemption’ has been given to BMFA members to operate ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 3.5Kg at heights up to 1000ft using First Person View. The BMFA article can be read here.

 

Udate: 28th November 2017

Please Note: This is an informal report of the Annual General Meeting held on the 9th November 2017.

Except for the Competition Secretary all pre-existing committee members were voting back in for the coming year 2017-2018. The Competition Secretary post is vacant. Committee member names and contact information can be found here.

Accounts were read and passed.

WMSA club membership fees for 2018 are to remain the same as for 2017. BMFA has now published their fees for 2018. See here for details.

Pat Teakle was presented with the League Cup for the year 2016-2017. Results of competitions can be seen here.

Steve Vincent received a special mention for all the hard work he has put in up the The Peak, clearing tracks and the 'runway' with his brush cutter.