Notices

 

Safety

 

  • The BMFA advise that if your transmitter is capable of Fail Safe then this must be used as a minimum to reduce the throttle to idle. This includes all 2.4 GHz sets. Remember with Spektrum 2.4 that if you move your receiver from one model to another then you need to rebind the receiver in order to reset the fail safe position.
  • 35 MHz Channels 55, 56, and 57 can no longer be used at the field and have been blocked off on the peg board.
  • Remember to take a first aid kit when at the flying field plus a mobile phone, and try to avoid flying alone whenever possible. That circular saw on the front of your plane can do a lot of damage.
  • Due to a number of cases where LIPOs battery packs have fallen from planes, the committee asks members to:
    • CHECK THAT ANY LIPOs ARE SECURELY FIXED WITHIN OR TO THEIR AIRCRAFT BEFORE EACH FLIGHT.
    • IDEALLY, FIX A 2FT LENGTH OF RIBBON TO THE LIPO BATTERY PACK. THIS WILL HELP TO SPOT THE BATTERY ON THE WAY DOWN AND TO LOCATE IT ON THE GROUND - ESPECIALLY WHEN THERE IS A CROP IN THE FIELD.
    • MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO LOCATE A MISSING LIPO BATTERY PACK AND REPORT TO A COMMITTEE MEMBER IF THE PACK CANNOT BE FOUND, WITH THE LAST KNOWN LOCATION.
    • PLEASE REMEMBER TO TAKE YOUR LIPO’s HOME.

Tall Crops - Good Practice

 

The Committee is concerned that, at times when the crop is high, a member searching for their plane  suffering from a medical condition or injury could be at risk. The following recommendations are made in the interest of safety:

  • Never enter the crop when farm machinery is in use.
  • Whenever possible do not enter the crop if you are alone at the field.
  • Take a mobile phone with you into the crop in case you need to summon help, and ensure you can describe the location of the field – an air ambulance or search & rescue may be the only way they could locate you!
  • Follow the perimeter and/or tractor tracks as much as possible to get near to your model.
  • Part the crop before walking through it to prevent damage.
  • Invest in lost model finder technology and/or get someone in the pits to waggle the sticks to improve your chances. You will often not see the model until you are on top of it (and it’s usually further away than you think!).
  • Prevention is better than cure … take efforts to ensure your plane is reliable and your flying good.

Andy K has obtained a carbon fibre pole that can be used as a flag so that you can be seen

Flying Field

 

  • The Summer Car Park and and vehicular access via the Track are closed for the winter.
  • Please remember to use the gate locking protocol at the field to prevent unwanted dumping.
  • Our neighbourhood specialist Police Officer is PC 40123 Tristan Barnet non emergency phone 101.
  • We can now fly in the sports field at our meeting hall on club evenings in the summertime. Quiet and safe flight only. No overflying adjacent property and no flying when the field is in use by others.

Standard Flying Times

 

Day From To
Saturday 10:00 17:00
Sunday 10:00 14:00
Monday No Flying
Tuesday 10:00 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 18:00 (20:00 BST)
Thursday 10:00 18:00
Friday No Flying
Quiet flight outside these times during daylight hours