WE HAVE BOOKED MEETINGS FOR 2018-2019. 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.
COMPETITION SCHEDULE FOR SEASON 2018-2019 .
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 model which was introduced last season was a success, so this year, we will have a Bill Hannan design "Boxy Bipe" competition, powered by a 10 farad capacitor (instead of Electric "Hangar Rat"). Tom Crompton will make the plan available. Any motor train direct or geared, unmodified commercial plastic prop. "Osprey" was very successful last year, so we will run it concurrently with "Legal Eagle" (which will use the normal ROG rules). We will probably phase out "Legal Eagle" after this year to encourage new building of "Osprey". Precision/Duration will use a new model called "Pip II" 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" will be replaced with a new model "Stringless Wonder" built to plan (again from Tom C). Esaki, lite tissue or modelspan (or similar), No condenser or film. Any commercial unmodified plastic prop.
There will be a much-needed Tombola as usual in December to top up funds. We lost very heavily on the May and June meetings last year due to poor attendance. There will not be a June meeting this season.
The competition schedule is:
September - Legal Eagle and Osprey
October - 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 - 14g Bostonian
December - Freeflight "Boxy Bipe" electric 10f capacitor powered. It will all be about best use of power and trimming ability.
January - Kitscale and Peanut Scale
February - Precision / Duration using “Pip II” .
March - "Stringless Wonder"
April - Penny Plane
May - Legal Eagle and Osprey
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!
2018-2019 SEASON: SUNDAYS 11:00 - 5:00pm
September 2nd October 7th November 4th December 2nd
January 6th February 3rd March 3rd April 7th May 5th