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Tom Crompton Dave Whitehouse Tom Tomlinson
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The price of hiring such a good hall is high, but we usually manage to just about balance the income/ costs, providing we get support from regulars. Flying charges are kept to a minimum (currently £10 per day) and we have tried to build a small buffer for meetings where we don't cover costs. Spectators and juniors are free.
We are in unanimous agreement about retaining the style of the meeting as primarily being for indoor freeflight, but that we would welcome micro radio, if flown thoughtfully with respect to fragile freeflight models.
As the meetings are now 2 hours longer, we would like to try the following format to see how it goes:
We will run the competitions from 11:00am to 2:30pm This gives 3.5 hours to get a good competition time in. It also means results and prize giving would probably done before 3.00pm This leaves a fair amount of time for general flying before a 1 hour lightweight duration slot at 4.00pm. Size and weight of models should be within the NORWIND rules (ie. max wingspan 24" max weight 28 grams)
4.00 - 5.00 Lightweight Duration only (P/P, F1L, F1M, F1D, etc.).
See the "About Us" page for information re types of models flown at NORWIND
Indoor model aircraft flying took place at Clayton Green for many years, well before indoor radio flying was a real possibility. The group is made up of like-minded model aircraft fanatics who come together between the months of September to April to have FUN! For many years, the cost of the meetings was underwritten by Derek Hardman (Mr. Solarfilm). After Derek, Chris Fouweather organised the meetings before moving away from the area.
When Chris moved from the area a few years ago, the meetings were set to close, as there was no alternative organisation. Tom Crompton, Dave Whitehouse and myself , decided that we would underwrite any financial loss incurred and would try to set Clayton off on a sound footing for a few years to come. In April 2017 flying at Clayton Green was no longer possible (see the notice below)
THE NAME NORWIND WAS CHOSEN BY THE MEMBERS AS A TRIBUTE TO JOHN WHO WAS A MEMBER OF THE GROUP AND PROBABLY THE BEST FREE FLIGHT COMPETITOR THE UK HAS EVER HAD. JOHN RAN THE ORIGINAL NORWIND GROUP FOR MANY YEARS AND INTRODUCED MANY CURRENT MEMBERS TO INDOOR FLIGHT
JOHN O'DONNELL (14.8.1932 - 18.4.2017)
AFTER 25 YEARS, WE WERE INFORMED THAT WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO BOOK CLAYTON GREEN AS OUR FLYING SITE. THIS COINCIDED WITH THE SUDDEN DEATH OF JOHN O'DONNELL WHO WAS A REGULAR MEMBER OF THE GROUP AND A MUCH RESPECTED AEROMODELLER
JOHN RAN THE ORIGINAL NORWIND GROUP IN WIGAN FOR MANY YEARS AND OUR NAME CHANGE IS A MARK OF RESPECT TO JOHN.
Thanks to the members of the group for their support.
The 2019 - 2020 Velodrome meetings are on the Velodrome Meetings page
Maps of the new hall, Lowton school, location on the maps page.
The address is:
Lowton C of E High School
Newton Road, Lowton
However access to the School is via Mayfield Drive.
We sent this out as an email to members in late April 2020:
Dave, Tom and Myself thought that it would be useful to keep in touch with you to let you know what our thinking is about NORWIND post virus lockdown.
The first thing to say is that we hope that you are all keeping safe and well. I'm on total lockdown and Dave and Tom are looking after themselves sensib
We have had a virtual discussion and came up with the following ideas, which we thought we could put to you for your comments/ ideas:
We have talked about keeping things going with Norwind.
At this years prices, 4 hours costs £140 and 5 hours £175.
We have been averaging 18 flyers a session this last season. Prices always go up, so we may not be able to afford 5 hour long sessions.
It depends if people want them and are prepared to pay a little more, if we can't attract more flyers.
We are assuming (and hoping) that you have all stayed well and that we will not lose members due to the enforced break.
I know that Reg has decided to "retire" after a very long period as a modeller. He has contributed massively to aeromodelling in both scale and in duration flying. Reg did a lot of work to make the "Larrabee" propellor outline available to modellers in a range of pitch/diameter/ blade width settings. Most efficient props are based on this work (or a derivation) in duration flying.
My own duration models have had some success and Reg has contributed greatly to this. My very efficient Penny Plane prop is based on a "developed" Larrabee form. He also developed a program which enables you to put in parameters which would give a predicted duration. I designed my Nationals winning F1M using this and it is still serious competition for anyone flying F1M.
I will miss Reg and his lovely wife Joan who have kept me company on many journeys to and from flying meetings (although I have a standing invitation for coffee and scone which I intend to take up at the earliest opportunity!).
Reg was an Aerodynamicist and on the way back from meetings I would sometimes ask him for his opinion on something (like the effect of moving the CG back 1/4"). He would usually respond with an equation! So I would pretend that I understood and then say "But would the model fly better or longer?"
I think I can speak for all of the members when I say Reg is one of the nicest people you could meet and we will miss him greatly.
On other matters, it is worth noting that the Velodrome meetings also happen because of the work that Dave Whitehouse and Mike Colling undertake, so any threat to the existence of NORWIND would also threaten the Velodrome meetings.
We thought it was a good idea to cut the NORWIND hours down a bit.
Early starts can be a problem for long distance travellers and Tom was suggesting 11am to 3pm.
Dave Crompton has suggested 10am to 2pm. Early finishes have the advantage of driving home in the daylight, which is good for bad weather.
With regard to starting, we won't know until details of the release from lockdown are given.
Lowton isn't used by anyone else at the moment, so Dave is sure we can get back there.
He will talk to CJ the "manager" once we have an idea what people want.
The other consideration is the staff on duty.
We are pretty sure they are there for football in the mornings anyway.
Dave is also going to contact Rochdale to see if there has been any change in the situation there which would allow us to move back.
We agreed that we ask the group for their thoughts in an email, so comments please!
With regard Competitions, we suggest that we follow the same as last year, once we get going, possibly doubling up for the missed ones. We have also carried over the second round of Osprey for the John Barker Trophy, which goes to the most improved flier over the two rounds.
Just to remind you that NORWIND has a fairly lively WhatsApp group up and running. If you would like to join, let me have your MOBILE phone number.
Happy building and keep safe.
Tom, Dave & Tom