Membership Application Forms for 2019 have now been sent out to all members.
Email is not infallible, and the Secretary sometimes presses an incorrect key, so please
contact RIchard if you are a current member and have not yet got your form.
This year's Annual General Meeting will be held at the South Godstone Sports Club on Monday 15th October at 8pm.
An agenda will be sent by email to all members, together with a copy of the 2017 minutes and some background information to an agenda item. It would be nice to see as many of you there as possible. We try to keep proceedings as brief as possible!. If you cannot make it please send your apologies, you will then receive a mention in the minutes!.
The latest rounds in the 2018 Club Championships were flown recently at the field.
We were fortunate indeed to benefit from the expert eye of Bill Griffiths to judge the Aerobatic manoeuvres of 6 of our members. The winning flight was carried out by Ted who flew the intricate sequence with skill and care. Second came David followed closely in third place by Gavin.
The result of the carrier deck landing competition was also finely balanced. It was won with a very skillful landing (as is his normal practice) by David. Three other members shared the second place, Shaun, Gavin and Ian.
In an article on BMFA.org the BMFA encourage members to respond to the public consultation to help the government decide to recognise the clear distinction between our hobby and operating multi-rotors as a business. Its an interesting read even if you don't respond to the survey.
36 Members and Friends of the CDMCF gathered at 1700 on 4 August 2018 for
The 23rd Charles Hampson Grant Memorial International Mass Launch Of Cloud Tramps.
The event takes place each year to commemorate the contribution made to aeromodelling by Charles Hampson Grant,
Please see the official website http://www.endlesslift.com/the-23rd-charles-hampson-grant-memorial-international-mass-launch-of-cloud-tramps-2018/
A video clip of the event is available at https://youtu.be/VUwp1CSkuuI.
I have lifted this article word for word from the BMFA website, and make no apology for doing so. It important that we all know what is going on, Follow the link provided.
"The Government has today published their consultation ‘Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK’. The measures in the consultation are part of the Governments wider drones programme and strategy, and will help shape the content of a draft Drones Bill which will be published later this year, as well as other future measures.
The measures under consultation include:
- Proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off
- Additional powers for the police to enforce the law
- Using new counter-drone technology to protect public events and critical national infrastructure, and stop contraband reaching prisons
- Introducing minimum age restrictions for drone owners in addition to the new tests they will need to take
- Whether the 1km restriction around aerodromes, introduced as an amendment to the Air Navigation Order in May this year, is sufficient.
The Draft Drone Bill is clearly aimed at 'Drones' but inevitably encompasses all unmanned aircraft. There is a dedicated section relating to model flying which refers to the ongoing negotiations between the DfT/CAA and the BMFA, SAA, LMA & FPVUK.
You can find a link to the consultation here https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/drone-legislation-use-restrictions-and-enforcement and it will run until 17 September 2018.
This will provide all those 'keyboard warriors' within the membership an opportunity to channel their efforts in a useful direction, but we would strongly encourage all members to participate in this consultation. "
This Saturday at the field will see the Vintage and Retro day. There will be three competitions for those with a Vintage model including Precision Pattern, Spot Landing and Free Flight. A vintage model is classed as an aeroplane that is inspired from the early free flight era and converted to radio.
Please also bring along retro models from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Although there is not a competition for these models it would good to see them fly and stir up memories of the past.
This coming Sunday 15th July is the Avicraft Fun Fly day, held at the Bickley Club's fantastic field from around 10.30 onwards and we are all welcome to attend.
There is lots going on with a BBQ and tea van, a fun fly event and a mass fly off to end with. Any model will do, so it doesn't have to be an Avicraft design and the event is sponsored by the London area BMFA, usually with lots of prizes.
This will be a light hearted day of events that can be entered with virtually any model, so please come along and join in the fun.
The address is Church Road, Sutton at Hone, Kent, DA4 9EX
A sunny afternoon at the Concord field saw the gathering of 20 competitors from the 3 clubs Caterham, Croydon and Concord for the second of the three rounds this year.
3 different competitions were flown, Balloon Bursting Snooker, combining the skill of bursting balloons with the option of choosing which colours to "pot". Then triple triple thrash where three each of loops , rolls and spins were timed from take off to landing. This produced some really spectacular landings from the last of the 3 spins and some really exciting and close competition as competitors learned from each other’s attempts.
Finally a climb and glide event where the aim was to glide for as long as possible after a 20 second climb. This event favoured the powerful electric models who were able to climb almost out of sight.
Overall champion for the day was Caterham’s Neil. The Caterham club also won the club event as we had more competitors in the top positions than Croydon who came second and Concord who came third. Bob Ryan the former multiple BMFA Fun Fly champion also took part in the event as a guest competitor.
Our thanks go to the Concord club for a well organised event with a splendid Barbecue as well. We look forward to round 3 in the Autumn.
The CDMFC competition season has continued at pace with an encouraging level of participation from members with all levels of flying ability. A great deal of fun was had by everyone attending. Here is a summary of the results :
April saw the introduction of a new combined event and one that is becoming fast established as a favourite and the popular strategy event Blackjack.
In Water Carrying-Short Landing the number of drips of water remaining was combined with the distance taken to land. Neil came first, followed by Gavin , then James, then Colin, Ted, David, our Juniors Philip and Matthew, and finally Richard C and Shaun.
In Blackjack Gavin came 1st scoring his 21 points in just 39 seconds. He was followed by James with 48 seconds, then came Ted C, David C, our juniors Philip and Matthew, then Neil , Shaun, Colin and Richard C.
May saw the Spring Barbecue and two more events from the calendar Flying Scale and Limbo.
In Limbo, James came first with a score of 25 followed equally by Gavin and David with 20 each. Next came Junior Matthew scoring 11 jointly with Colin. They were followed by Graham, Neil and Richard C.
The scale competition was won by Gavin with one of the last flights of his Tigercat, followed by David with his Cub and Graham with his Focker. Next came Colin with his Pup, Neil with his Spitfire and finally Richard C with his Mustang.
June was time to dust off the Gliders and an entertaining day was had by all. Thank you to James for providing the Tug although most gliders taking part were self propelled.
First with a maximum score came David, followed by Colin, Andrew, Philip, Neil , Matthew, Gavin, Richard P, Don and finally Richard C.
Please note that the Inter Club Fun Fly event due to take place this coming Sunday 15th April has been postponed due to the wet condition of the track and pits.
We have re-scheduled the event for Sunday 29th April. Any members can attend and fly in the event.
On the BMFA Website there is a link to a Facebook post looking for Model Pilots to take part in a large filming event in June. Food , Accommodation and Model are all to be provided.
Follow the link below for details.
Finally, we have been able to run the second round of our Fun Fly competitions.
Firstly Roop. Competitors aim to fly as many as possible combinations of Loop and Roll in a minute with the wheels touching down as close to the minute mark as possible. Deductions to points were made for those under and over a minute.
We had 9 competitors and the scores ranged between 19 and minus 9. In first place came David Colley with a score of 19. Second place went to Neil Wallis with a score of 9 and in equal in Third place came Gavin Barden and James Gordon.
In the Left is Right Competition, 10 entrants took turns flying a Club aircraft on a Buddy Box setup.
The competitor flew with reversed ailerons and elevator. They flew 4 manoeuvres which were marked for precision, smoothness and consistency. First again was David Colley with a score of 64, Second was Gavin Barden with a score of 52 very closely followed by Robin Atkinson with a score of 51.
Congratulations to all who took part in this enjoyable round of the Club’s Fun Fly calendar.
Sadly the Roop and Left is Right Fun Fly competitions scheduled for this coming weekend have been postponed.
They are now to take place next weekend. Saturday 24th March.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has now published the Technical Opinion and Draft Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft. All of the documents can be found on the EASA website here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-012018
The BMFA have kindly explained the new draft on the BMFA Website.
14 members of the Club turned up on a surprisingly pleasant morning to our annual mulled wine and mince pie event. Several were able to take advantage of the conditions to enjoy some flying with free slope soaring lift being provided in great quantities by the strong breeze over the trees.
Many thanks to John for providing the goodies.
Come and join us at the field on Saturday 30th December for Mulled Wine and Mince Pies as we celebrate the passing of 2017 and hopefully, weather permitting, try out that new models that Santa brought.
Caterham & District Model Flying Club Presentations 2017
At a fun filled and well attended presentation evening on 18th December, and in the presence of special guests South East Area Chairman Stuart Willis and Area Vice Chairman Robert Richardson, James reported on the year’s events and awarded certificates and trophies in the following categories:
Fun Fly Championship comprising the following events:
Loops and Land, Triple Thrash, Mastermind Just a Minute, Roop, Blackjack, Water Carrying, Limbo, Touch & Go Bang, Short Landing, Tangerine Drop and Skittles.
Fun Fly Champion 2017 James Gordon.
Fun Fly Runner Up 2017 Gavin Barden
The awards for Non Fun Fly Events went to:
Left is Right James Gordon.
Photography Colin Ruffell
Precision Pattern James Gordon
Chuck Gliding David Colley
Ladies Chuck Gliding Alison Langham
Junior Chuck Gliding Avia Colley
Rubber Endurance James Gordon
Gliding Neil Wallis
Vintage Precision Graham Harrison
Vintage Spot Gavin Barden
Vintage RC Free Flight Gavin Barden
Overall Vintage Champion 2017 Gavin Barden
Concours d'Elegance James Gordon
Static Scale Neil Wallis
ARTF Gavin Barden
Flying Scale James Gordon
Equaliser Awards Racing Gavin Barden
Thermaliser Award Graham Harrison
Wrinkly Champion 2017 (Wrinkly Plate) Neil Wallis
Junior Champion 2017 Matthew Barden
Championship Winner 2017 Neil Wallis
Airframe Trophy 2017 Malcolm Thomas
Unluckiest Pilot of the Year 2017 Shaun Dale
Pilot of the Year Phillip Langham
Given to the member that we feel that has improved the most, or achieved a notable goal, or done well in competitions and events or has been a real asset to the club.
Brian Gordon Club Spirit Award Neil Wallis
In memory of Brian Gordon and awarded to the member that most generously gives their time and effort for the benefit of both the club and its members and this award is left to James Gordon to come up with a worthy winner.
It seems to have come racing around again. Christmas Club Night is almost upon us again.
If you have not been before, and even if you have, please come along and bring your partner, grandparents or next door neighbour. Recognition will be given to those who were successful in our wide ranging 2017 calendar of events, one of the most closely contested seasons for many years.
Amongst the awards handed out will be the the highly contested award for Chuck Gliding, in the male, female and junior categories and trophies will also be awarded to our Unluckiest Pilot and the 2017 Pilot of the Year.
Our Christmas Raffle is always good value for money, but one reason for coming trumps all the others. Your Chairman and Treasurer slave to prepare a delicious buffet which means no one goes away hungry. See you there I hope and please bring some cash for the raffle. That chap who sells the raffle tickets at club nights will be there.
Emails have been sent to all members with a copy of the membership renewal application. They need to be returned by no later than 31 January 2018 to ensure you have a place in the Club next year.
If you have not received yours, please contact Richard A.S.A.P. on firstname.lastname@example.org and he will arrange for another one to be sent.
Well I hope you've all been enjoying the great weather recently and getting some quality flying time. Apparently the field was packed to capacity last Wednesday and the pits filled up with models - just wish I hadn't been at work! Still there have also been plenty of great weekends too, so all is good.
This Saturday 15th July is our Vintage and Retro day at the field from 12pm. I'm really looking forward to this as most of my collection falls well into this category! Retro is basically anything from the 60's, 70's, 80's or even early 90's, so have a look in your attics and see what's lurking up there and bring it to the field on Saturday, flyable or not! It would be great to step back a few decades and see what we used to fly back then...
There will also be competitions for vintage models over the afternoon, which will be Vintage Precision Pattern, Vintage Spot landing and Vintage R/C Free Flight! Should be a nice relaxed afternoon, so hope to see you there.
This coming Monday 17th July is Club Night and will be an ARTF competition for any ARTF model, but hopefully with some modification or personalisation. John will be handing round voting slips for you to vote on your favorite. It will also be a Bring a Model Night for any model that you would like to show us - the more the merrier! There will also be the usual raffle, so prize donations are always very welcome.
Following this week's committee meeting, I thought I'd just bring you up to date with some other club news....
- Mike's model show at Caterham on the Hill a few weeks ago went very well, with perfect weather and a good amount of spectators watching us. We flew pretty much non stop for about 3 hours and flew all types of planes including some balloon bursting, glider piggy back, scale and skittles, which I can report gets quite exciting when your ball gets caught in a tree!! Thanks to Mike for arranging the day and thanks to Dave B for his usual superb commentary and thanks to all of you that supported the event. A very well done also to Phillip for his first public demonstration with a superb flight that must have surely inspired some other kids into hopefully starting in our wonderful hobby.
- Speaking of Phillip, the BBC filmed at our field a couple of weeks ago, following up on Phillip's progress since his 'Dengineers' programme. I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the whole afternoon and I think the programme will do a lot to promote model flying and the club. The weather was perfect and the field looked great and the whole crew were very complimentary about Phillip and the club. They filmed Phillip flying as well as Gavin flying his Sea Fury and Mega Fusion and Mike W put on his usual first class display or 3D flying. Matthew also put on a very professional demonstration that was a credit to his continued hard work and his obvious skill. We then had to try and teach the programme's presenter, Lauren to fly a model on the buddy box. I was at the end of the buddy lead and Gavin had the job of instructor...let's just say Lauren found it slightly more difficult that she first thought and according to the producer, the footage is 'tv gold'! The best part was after our best efforts and some quite epic saves, Phillip then took the transmitter and pulled off a perfect landing having never flown a Fusion before! I can't wait to see the finished programme, though Gavin's not so sure! I will of course let you know when it's due to be transmitted. I've attached a couple of pics taken by Phillip's Mum Alison. Thanks to Phillip and his family for involving the club in his programme too.
- The Bmfa News arrived this week and hopefully you will have seen Gavin's great article on the Nationals Fun Fly competition that we as a club run at the August Power National Championships. We've already had some enquiries about the Nats and one person asking where we got our club flag from!! If you haven't been to the Nats before, it's something you really should do at least once. It's the only place where you can see every type of model flying in one huge airfield and is pure modelling heaven. Also the evening free flight jamboree is legendary and has to be witnessed. This event is in doubt for future years, so this year might be your last chance to see this amazing event as it is. Come and join us for the weekend, you won't regret it!
- Another part worth reading the the BMFA news is Manny's part on setting failsafes on page 4 and your legal responsibilities on setting your failsafe on any model. We will be doing some spot checks on failsafes at the field for safety's sake. There is also an update on page 6 on the ongoing EASA regulations and what it means to us.
- Lost Property - While strimming behind the benches at the back of the pilot's box, I found a large carbon tube, which I think must be a wing joiner. If you're missing one, please let me know.
- We have received the new contract for the field this week and are in the process of signing it and sending off the cheque!
This is always a relief to get that done and please do keep up the good work in looking after our wonderful site by making sure the field is always secure and keeping noise to a minimum.
- Unfortunately we have had a couple of complaints from members about engines running for long periods in the pits. We obviously don't want to stop anyone running engines, but to try and keep everyone happy, we have decided that if you want to run an engine in a model for any length of time, please take it out of the pits. There will be an area mown just the other side of the far west end of the pits where you can run models that will hopefully not be a distraction to the flyers or people just wanting a quiet chat in the pits. This will be done this week.
Also apparently some members are still carrying running models or live electric models through the pilot's box. This is extremely dangerous and off putting to anyone flying and must stop. End of moan 😊
- Also at the field, you will see that Gavin has constructed two more new benches for us, so a big thank you to Gavin, they really do look great! Neil has also donated a garden bench too, so thanks to Neil as well.
That's about it for now apart from reminding you that next weekend (22nd/23rd July) is the Scale Weekend at the fabulous Old Warden. If you haven't been to Old Warden before, you're really missing out. It's a magical place and these modelling weekends are just so relaxing and a joy to be at. Next weekend is mainly scale but anything else can fly as well. A B certificate is required to fly, but if you are flying vintage then an A is fine. As well as the model flying when you feel like it, there is a good selection of model trade and second hand items for sale of the type you don't see anywhere else. There is also of course about seven hangers housing the unique Shuttleworth Collection of aircraft ranging from the earliest examples of aviation up to the end of ww2 and all the collection's aircraft do fly! There are lots of us camping there for the weekend and it is a lovely place to camp, so why not join us for the weekend or even for a day - you really won't regret it.
If you want any more details on Old Warden or anything else, please do get in touch. Please also keep Saturday 5th August in your diaries for our big annual family Barbecue at the field. More details will follow soon!
Hope to see you on Saturday or for club night.
Cheers for now,