WE HAVE BOOKED MEETINGS FOR 2019-2020. THEY ARE ON THE 1st SUNDAY IN THE MONTH, STARTING SEPTEMBER THROUGH TO MAY. WE WILL KEEP FEES AT CURRENT LEVEL DUE TO GOOD HOUSEKEEPING BY TOM CROMPTON AND EFFORT BY ANDREW WHITE. WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO INCREASE THE FLYING TIME FROM 4 TO 6 HOURS AND WE HOPE TO RESERVE THE FINAL HOUR FOR LIGHTWEIGHT DURATION MODELS ONLY.
EACH FLYER IS IMPORTANT AS WE HAVE TO HAVE A MINIMUM NUMBER AT EACH MEETING TO BREAK EVEN.
LAST SEASON WE LOST HEAVILY DUE TO POOR ATTENDANCE IN MAY AND JUNE. THERE WILL BE NO JUNE MEETING THIS YEAR.
I have finally managed to compile the championship table for last season. If I have anything wrong, please let me know. It was a particularly tricky year to compile.
COMPETITION SCHEDULE FOR SEASON 2019-2020 .
We have tried hard to make the comps as attractive as possible to more fliers, while retaining a challenge for the experienced comp fliers.. The Capacitor powered models have been a success, so this year, we will have a trial at a Penny Plane based Capacitor Duration Class. "Osprey" was very successful last year and resulted in the reduced popularity of "Legal Eagle" as they are so similar. Precision/Duration will use a new model called "BYO" which is a cute vintage design. Tom C to provide the plan.
"Penny Plane" will be run with an "expert" and "Clubman" class as last year and we have listened to the plea to change the "no touch" rule to apply only to fliers who have already achieved 4 minutes in a Clayton/NORWIND competition.
"A6 Foam" is back by popular request and "Tweety Bird" is an easy build tailess model, plan from Tom C.
There will be a much-needed Tombola as usual in December to top up funds.
The competition schedule is:
September - Penny Plane
After much thought, we have decided that time doesn’t allow us to fly PP to the rules which we initially set out. We also want to encourage less experienced fliers. SO.. the PP competitions will be run as follows:
Rubber .75g rubber + .75g ballast spacer. model 3.1g minimum. The competition will have 2 categories of fliers:
1 Anyone who has not yet achieved 4 minute flight (no touch) will be judged in the “Clubman” category. They will be allowed to fly without the “no touch” rule. IE. They can ceiling clatter!
Once 4 mins is achieved (and I have kept records), fliers must move into the “experienced” category for this and subsequent PP competitions.
2. Any flier who has achieved 4 mins or more will be judged in the “experienced” category,. The “No touch” rule must be observed.
3. Separate certificates will be awarded for each class to encourage “Clubmen”.
4. Any number of flights, best to count.
November - Osprey (round 1)
December -"Tweety Bird" and Tombola
January - Kitscale and Peanut Scale
February - Precision / Duration using “BYO” (Plan from Tom Crompton).
March - A6 Foam
April - Penny Plane and Capacitor Duration
May - Osprey (round 2)
This year, we are awarding the John Barker Memorial Trophy to the flier who improves most in Osprey over the NORWIND 2 rounds
ps there are still some regular fliers who have not given permission for us to hold their email address, etc. They have been removed from the mailing list. If you wish to be added, please mail me using the contact form on the website, giving your BMFA No., and a telephone No. (in case of sudden meeting cancellations).
We have tried to cater for all tastes and try to add some FUN to the meetings. The comps are serious however and we expect strict adherence to the letter and spirit of the rules. As I have said before, comps are won and lost by margins of less than a second, so “favourable timekeeping” or non-compliance with rubber/ballast/model weights, etc., will result in public disqualification if discovered. It is really tempting to add the extra bit of a second when a time falls short by a tiny margin, but it IS cheating!
Manchester Velodrome 2019-20
I've finally got confirmation of the Velodrome dates:
from 10am to 4pm,Funfly Meetings from 11am to 4pm.
Saturday 16th November
Saturday 7th December
Saturday 15th February 2020,
with half hourly slots for Free Flight and Lightweight Radio.
The BMFA NW Gala is booked for 7th March 2020
from 9am to 5pm,
and will be a similar format to previous, catering for duration models, and scale flying.
2019-2020 SEASON: SUNDAYS 11:00 - 5:00pm
September 1st October 6th November 3rd
December will be held on November 24th (due to exams in the hall )
January 5th February 2nd March 1st April 5th May 3rd