Training day for A & B certificates

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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.


Message from Alan Cooper about invaders

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Today up the field at 14.30 we had a quad bike with 2 masked individuals on it trying to get onto our field. Myself and malcolm D were flying at the time of our first sighting of them. They could not get across our ditches. But they did get into the locked part off our road. Because by this time I had landed and was moving towards our car park they turned right towards our locked gate. They can get into our car park, our cars where open and stuff on the grass. It would be a good move to warn members not to leave cars open with stuff on the grass, they will return at some point. We also had 2 solo motorcycles tearing up the farmers field most of the time we were there. Pic shows there entry point. We should consider 2 posts with rusty razor wire strung between them to fill the gap. Alan

The flying field

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Popped up the field yesterday to watch Jon fly his Stearman. He had made some adjustments and found that it flew much better.

The grass looks marvellous after the work that the Alans did on it last Friday. All the grass has been cut with the runways clearly defined by being shorter than the remainder, but in truth you could land or take off anywhere except with something with very small wheels.

It was boardering on hot with little or no wind, very comfortable watching in just a tee shirt and jeans.


DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order.

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The good news is that our flying field is not affected.

Flight restriction zones

On 13 March 2019 the drone flight restriction zone around airports and airfields changes. The government has introduced a new rule stating that the 1km restriction from the airfield boundary is replaced by a restriction using the airfield’s existing aerodrome traffic zone, which has a radius of either two or two and a half nautical miles and then five kilometres by one kilometre zones starting from the point known as the ‘threshold’ at the end of each of the airfield’s runways. Both zones extend upwards to a height of 2,000 feet above the airfield. It is illegal to fly any drone at any time within these restricted zones unless you have permission from air traffic control at the airport or, if air traffic control is not operational, from the airport itself.

A map detailing the flight restriction zones at each protected aerodrome in the UK can be found at www.

Car Park

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Whilst the majority of our field drains exceptionally well and never gets muddy, unfortunately the car park can get a bit boggy at this time of year. Not bad enough for cars to get stuck, but tyres can rip up the surface and damage the grass. With this in mind as the car park is currently a bit soggy, we ask that you park on the road if possible, or if you have to use the grass, keep to the area near the road and drive with caution so as not to cut up the surface.

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