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Update: This exclusion zone has been reduced to two nautical miles. Read about it here.

We have had notice of an Aeronautical Information Circular that will likely apply to the WMSA on 17th and 18th June.  There will be a six nautical mile exclusion zone centred on a point over the Bristol Channel just off Weston Super Mare beach. This exclusion zone includes the prohibition of small unmanned aircraft (this means all types and sizes of model aircraft).  Crook Peak is 5nm from the centre of the exclusion zone, so we will be included in this prohibition.  The times that will apply will be notified by NOTAM nearer the dates, so the best we can hope for is maybe an hour or two window in which we will be grounded, but it may be for the entirety of the two days.

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P.S. The 18th June is the planned date for our Flat Field Day at AMARC, which is unaffected by this exclusion zone.

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.

We plan to run the event on Sunday 18th June.

As usual you will be able to fly any type of powered model aircraft providing it complies with AMARC rules and hopefully aerotowing can be arranged. 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 cream. 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 cream 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.


More details to be provided later.


With aim of providing another form of communication between WMSA members a ‘group’ has been set up on the WhatsApp Messenger service.

WhatsApp Messenger is a free messaging application for smartphones. Using the internet it primarily provides voice and messaging services. Also photographs and videos can be shared. Communications can be one-on-one or via a group. If you are a member of a group and you send a message to that group, all the others in that group will receive it. It’s likened to a forum or chat room. We can use it for informing others that you are going flying, giving an onsite weather report, sharing a photograph or video, item(s) for sale, etc.

As already stated the app uses the internet, so there are no phone charges (phone, text SMS). However, WhatsApp Messenger may incur data charges. If you have Wi-Fi access – at home or in a free ‘hot spot’ – this would be of no cost, but if you are for example up The Peak, internet access will be provided by your phone company, If you then go over you data allowance, charges will apply.

To use WhatsApp Messenger requires the installation of the app onto your phone. You can read about the app and download it on the WhatsApp website. Note: phones currently supported are Android phones, iPhone, Windows Phone, Nokia S40, Nokia S60, BlackBerry and BlackBerry 10.

Currently, the WMSA group is administered by Bob Flook and Andy Davey, so once you have installed the app onto your phone or already have it and now want to become a member of the WMSA group, please contact one of them and you will be added to the group.  Note: You also do need to be a paid up member of WMSA.

We have had the first report of a tick infection. This was by Pat Teakle, who found it on his arm after wandering around on the West slope looking for a lost glider on Sunday 23rd April.

Ticks can cause Lyme disease,  this is an infection with a bacterium called Borrelia. Symptoms of Lyme disease are: a typical rash called erythema migrans and flu-like symptoms like tiredness, general aches and pains, headache, fever, chills and neck stiffness.

It is advisable to check all over your body after visiting the countryside, especially all those little nooks and crannies in the skin where they can hide away, it may well need the attention of another person to assist in the search.

Be aware that some people recommend unwise removal methods. For example: fire/heat, Vaseline, petrol and alcohol. These techniques may actually ease removal of the tick, but the problem is that the tick, in its distress, may vomit back into the bloodstream of its host thus increasing the risk of a nasty infection. The only recommended way is to pull it out with tweezers, thread or a special tick removal tool. An example of a special tool is the O’Tom Tick Twister.
For further reading and advice see:

NHS: Lyme Desease

Lyme Desease Action (LDA) website

And now the Wood Tick Song.


Below is a editted copy of an email from our Treasurer (Bob Flook) that has been circulated to WMSA members Re. Annual membership subsciptions.

Renewal of membership for the WMSA and BMFA for 2017 is now possible.

As discussed and approved at the recent AGM WMSA membership for 2017 will be £8 providing I have the subscription by the 31st December, 2016. The subscription after the New Year will be £10. There will be no charge for Life or Junior members, (under 18 on 1st January, 2017).

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, 2016, £5 in the New Year and reducing to £2.50 after the 1st August.

The BMFA have now confirmed that their subscriptions for 2017 are unchanged from 2016 and are:-

  • Senior Full Member £33
  • Junior Full Member £17
  • Family Senior Member £33
  • Family Partner Member £22
  • Family Junior Member £13
  • Non-Flying Member £17

Therefore, most members will pay £41 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 2016 the BMFA offer 13 months membership for the normal annual subscription after the 1st December, 2016. The WMSA also offer this facility so you can join both the WMSA and BMFA for £41 from the 1st December, 2016 through to 31st December, 2017.

I can accept payment by cheque posted to -- Content removed - see email for address ---. I can also receive payment 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 Treasurere (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.