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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.


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.

On the 3rd May 2017, some members may remember that we had a couple from America visit us up The Peak. They were Jordan and Valerie Kaplan from Tucson, Arizona - see picture below.  They were in the UK on holiday and had brought along some model gliders that were shipped over with them. They had a great time flying with us and eventually left the Peak around mid-afternoon. For a bigger picture tap/click on the image below.

When the main group went home later, a hat was found on the path back towards the car park. This was identified as belonging to Valerie Kaplan. Steve Vincent took possession of the hat and did some detective work. Subsequently, he managed to return the item back to the owner. Then on 26th October 2017 Steve received a parcel from the Kaplans by way of a thank you. That parcel contained a hat. Steve reckons that he is now such a sight to see. For example, whilst standing on a corner he saw a young woman in a flatbed truck slow down to take a look at him. . . . . . . . . . (Editorial Note: Personally, I think the woman thought it was a left-over scarecrow from the Draycott Scarecrow Festival or a Halloween roadside display). . . . . . . Anyway, here is a picture of Steve modelling the that hat. If you really need to see a bigger picture, tap/click on the image below - you have been warned.


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.

Because of a planned flying display  we have had notice of two  nautical mile exclusion zone centred on a point over the Bristol Channel just off Weston Super Mare beach. This is between 1030 hours and 1700 hours on 17th and 18th June 2017. This exclusion zone includes the prohibition of small unmanned aircraft (this means all types and sizes of model aircraft). Read about it here.

The original notification was for a 6 nautical mile exclusion zone (see here), but this has now been reduced to 2 nautical miles and thus does not now include Crook Peak. However, some of our members fly models in the Weston Super Mare area and they should take heed of this ban.