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On Sunday, 12 April 2015 there will be an open cross country for gliders on Crook Peak, Somerset, BS26 2HW. There is a £5 entry fee and non-members must provide proof of 3rd party insurance. Meet 10am in the car park on The Webbington Road. Car park is roughly half way between the Webbington Hotel and Compton Bishop. Alternatively see you up The Peak. There is more information on our Open Competitions/Events 2015 web page.


The current website is undergoing changes that aim to make it more mobile/tablet friendly. The original design is based on personal computer (PC) usage and this can cause problems when accessing the same content on a smart phone or tablet – particularly smaller types. On a PC, the display is sub-divided into multiple parts (modules). The main module is where a page of information is displayed that the user has chosen to view, e.g. home page, club information, pictures, etc. Other modules display such things as a banner picture of Crook Peak, menu, weather link, latest news, search tool, font size tool, navigation arrows and copyright notice. In general it is the multitude and variability of modules that can make the site ‘unfriendly’ to smart phones and tablets. The main problems identified are as follows:

  • Some pages can be quite large and a mobile device may take some considerable time to load the required page. For example just the banner picture of Crook Peak is nearly 300 Kbytes. Typically, mobile friendly sites aim for a total webpage size of no more than 20 Kbytes.
  • Some displayed pages have elements that are too close together. Users of mobile devices generally make selections by using their fingers – a significantly blunter instrument then a mouse pointer.
  • The current viewport is fixed to PC architecture. There are a multitude of different screen sizes across phones, “phablets”, tablets, desktops, game consoles, TVs, even wearables. So it is important that our site adapts to any screen size, today or in the future.
  • Font sizes may be too small for some mobile devices. On a PC, the downloaded web page defines a default font size, but it is a relatively simple matter to change this size. However, the font size may be too small on mobile devices and changing it can be awkward. Best practice is to allow the mobile device itself to choose an appropriate font size.

Solutions to these problems vary as does the cost in both in time and money. We run this website on a very low overhead (time and money) and so this impacts on any solution.

The new design keeps the current content, but displays it differently depending on the device that accesses our pages. On a PC there will be very little difference detected from the previous system. On smart phones and tablet (Android, iPad, iPhone and Kindle Fire) devices, page displays will be much simpler. The main view will only contain the requested web page and navigation arrows. All other modules that are seen on a PC display of the same web page will be missing, i.e. no banner picture, weather, menu, news, search, font change or copyright notice. At the top of the screen will be the application bar that has a green background and displays our club’s name. On the left side of the application bar is a ‘side’ navigation button. When this is tapped the main page will slide to the right and the web site menu will be displayed. Choosing a new menu option or tapping the ‘side’ navigation button will cause the main screen to slide back into full view. An example screen shot of the web site when accessed from a small mobile is shown below. Click on the image to enlarge.

As ever, if you have ideas and/or constructive comments, please contact me. We can talk or send me an email via Webmaster link. See contact page.


Please Note: This is an informal report of the Annual General Meeting held on the 13th November 2014.

All pre-existing committee members were voting back in for the coming year 2014-2015. Their names and contact information can be found here.

Accounts were read and passed.

WMSA club membership fees for 2015 are to remain the same as for 2014 – see here for details. However, BMFA has not made public their fee for 2015. Therefore, Bob Flook requested members to delay paying their WMSA membership fee until the outcome of a BMFA meeting in early December is known.

Bob Flook was presented with the Winner of Club Competitions 2013-2014 trophy. Full results are here.

At the 11th December club meeting it was decided  to postpone the Xmas Cross Country planned for 14th December.  This is due to forecasted bad weather on that day. This event will now take place on Sunday, 11th January with a backup of 18th January.

Update 12th January 2015: We intended to hold the Xmas Country on the 11th but were thwarted once again by bad weather conditions. There were about a dozen intrepid fliers up 'The Peak', but a westerly wind was strong with very strong gusts. After generally consulting it was decided the conditions were too difficult for the a club competition and so it is postponed until the 18th January.

Due to a NATO meeting being held in Newport Wales on 3rd to 5th September, NATS has placed a flying restriction over a wide area that encompasses our flying site on Crook Peak. The BMFA have confirmed this flying restriction includes model flying. Click on this link to read the BMFA notification.

The link to the PDF document detailing the restriction on BMFA, BBC, ITV, etc. is broken. However if you click on this link: NATS Aeronautical Information Service website, a list of flight restrictions can be viewed. Look for the title: “North Atlantic Treaty Organisation Summit, Newport, Gwent – 3rd to 5th September 2014.

To see if your other flying activities fall within the restricted area, please look at document on the NATS website.

Please note this restriction is not optional it is the law.