As most of you will know Bob’s main interest these days is gliders and as you will also know if you have seen him flying one at the field, hes rather good at it.
This is how good
Meeting has been moved as the weather for tomorrow is not looking good at all. It will now be Wednesday week 19th June when forecast is much better.
As usual our examiners will be on hand to help with any of the tests for the BMFA achievement scheme. If you actually want to take a test please advise Bob beforehand so he can make sure that he has the appropriate forms.
Thank you to the small squad that turned up to the work party today. Cleared an amazing amount in just a couple of hours. It was quite windy but we did not get rained on. Two of the work party are currently receiving cancer treatment, one has recently had major surgery on a wrist to fuse it because of pain and another is awaiting hip surgery.
Lane is at least a metre wider in places now.
The volunteers at work
Congratulations to Bob on the following achievements in the BMFA Scheme
In case you are not sure what a Chief examiners function is, I downloaded the following from the BMFA document “Guidance For Chief Examiners”
The job of a Chief Examiner is to “assess applicants for the post of Club Examiner and to promote and maintain the standards of the R/C Power Achievement Scheme by example and by visiting clubs who require their services”.
Updated list of Mandatory Questions.
To take in to account recent changes to the regulations that affect the flying of model aircraft the list of Mandatory questions has been updated to reflect the changes.
The new list is reproduced below and is also available to view on the achievement scheme website at https://achievements.bmfa.org/mandatory-questions the online quiz has also been updated to reflect the changes. See https://achievements.bmfa.org/quizzes/mandatory-questions-quiz
All the standards and guideline booklets on the Achievement Scheme Website have also been updated with the new question list.
All tests conducted after 1st May 2019 should use the updated questions.
Mandatory Questions List
Q(1) Who Regulates all civil flying activities over the United Kingdom, including model aircraft ?
Q(2) How are the rules and regulations for flying established in law by Parliament (statute) ?
Q(3) What does Article 240 of the ANO state, in relation to endangering an aircraft or any person in an aircraft?
Q(4) What does Article 241 of the ANO state, in relation to endangering a person or property?
Q(5) Who is legally responsible to ensure that a model is flown safely ?
Q (6) Which Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) relates specifically to the use of model aircraft, and for which specific purposes only?
Q(7) According to CAP 658 (as amended by CAP 1763), which model aircraft are required to have an operating failsafe and what is the minimum setting ?
As a minimum, reduce the engine(s) speed to idle on loss or corruption of signal.
Q(8) What does Article 94 of the ANO say about the responsibilities of the remote pilot of a small unmanned aircraft ?
Q(9) What does Article 94 of the ANO say about visual contact with small unmanned aircraft ?
Q(10) What is the maximum legal operating height for a small unmanned aircraft(a), and what is required before you can exceed it(b)?
(b) Within an FRZ, permission of the relevant ATC, or other relevant authority, Outside of an FRZ, permission is required from the CAA, either individually or via a published exemption. An agreed maximum altitude may be part of these permissions and unaided visual line of sight to the aircraft must always be maintained.
Q(11) What does Article 94 of the ANO say about ‘commercial operation’ for small unmanned aircraft?
Q(12) How is a flight for the purpose of ‘commercial operation’ defined ?
Q(13) How is ‘a small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ defined ?
NOTE: The provision of data solely for the use of monitoring the model is not considered to be applicable to the meaning of ‘surveillance or data acquisition’.
Q(14) What are the separation requirements of Article 95 – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – when operating over or within a congested area or organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons ?
Q(15) What are the separation requirements of Article 95 – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – in respect of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the operator or remote pilot of the aircraft ?
Q(16) Except during take-off and landing, what are the separation requirements of Article 95 – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – in respect to persons not under the control of the operator or remote pilot?
Q(17) What must be obtained before any flight within the ‘flight restriction zone’ of a protected aerodrome for any aircraft?
Q(18) CAA General Exemption E 4457 – permits FPV flight without a buddy box, but with a competent observer. (a) How must the competent observer monitor the flight and (b) What is the maximum mass of aircraft that may be flown under this exemption?
Q(19) Who has legal responsibility for the safety of an FPV flight a) conducted with a buddy box lead and b) conducted without a buddy box lead ?
A ) (a) The remote pilot (master Tx) who must maintain direct unaided visual contact with the model at all times. (b) The remote pilot, who must have a competent observer maintaining direct unaided visual contact with the model at all times.
Q(20) According to CAP 658 (as amended by CAP 1763) what are the 8 ‘Only fly if’ checks for an FPV flight of an aircraft over 3.5kg ?
Q(21) What is a Flight Restriction Zone (FRZ) and how would you find out if you were operating in the FRZ of a Protected Aerodrome?
Q(22) What is a Protected Aerodrome?
Q(23) What is the definition of a model aircraft – legally a ‘small unmanned aircraft’?
Having experienced a loss of interest in flying model airplanes, I thought perhaps that the purchase of a Hangar 9 CubCrafters XCub 60cc ARTF at the end of last year might Ginger up my enthusiasm. Unfortunately this has not proved the case, largely due to the poor design and presentation of the kit. The model is designed for electric use or petrol IC (Horizons 62cc Evolution) and having suffered one Evolution engine, I elected to go to my manufacturer of choice and fit the OS GT 60cc. This presented a problem regarding the position of the throttle servo, as the orientation of the carburettor controls is different from the Evolution. This has proved a bit of a hassle to say the least.
I tend to get quite bored putting planes together so generally only manage an hour at a time; so at only a few hours a week it’s taking awhile.
This is where I’m Up to so far.
I put the transmitter in the shot to illustrate the size of the tundra wheels.
The model comes with a tow release which I have fitted.
The tail controls are in a compartment in the bottom of the fuselage, probably so that they are not visible in the cabin.
The wing struts which are not fitted in the photo are not as well done as those on Hangar 9’s 1/4 scale Cubs which will make transportation difficult.
All in all I’m beginning to wish I had not bought it. I suspect it will fly well, so its just a question of if I finish it before the end of the summer.
Kevin East had his Futura scrutinised and got his certificate allowing it to be flown at the field, which he did. Great displays.
Thank you Don Fraser for the photograph.
Most of the usual Tuesday crew were present for a pleasant day although the wind got a bit chilly by mid afternoon.
The two Alans marked out the runways. Looks great, thanks chaps.
BMFC Thursday lunch club
Weather was kind and the event was well attended. I’m sure a number of people learned a lot and went away with a much better idea of what is required and how to do it.
Congratulations to Matt Epps who passed his ‘A’
Taylor Veasey was there, getting to know his petrol powered Wot 4 XL which he plans to use to do his ‘B’ when hes good and familiar with it.
Thank you to Bob Ryan, Steve Brett and Dave Warren for what turned out for them to be quite a long day.