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Newsletter - December 2015

Hello my flying chums

A while ago Tony Forrest suggested to me that you may be interested to know what the committee got up to trying to look after the club on your behalf.
So here are brief note of what we talked about at our recent committee meeting.
If there is anything you are not happy about feel free to tell us.

Regards to all, Roly

Club committee meeting 1 Dec 2015

This meeting was held to discuss recent club business and events and prepare for the forthcoming AGM,
(13th Jan. Ladock Community Hall. 7.30 pm)

Committee members present were :-
Peter Austin, Tony Mitchell-Harris, Roly Smith, Bob Allen, Graham Hooper, Paul Greet and Steve Miller.

Accounts to the end of November show that the club funds are a little better off than this time last year with sufficient reserves to meet any expected expenses.
This means that we can recommend the club membership fee remain the same as this year, £50 for seniors and £5 for juniors.
The BMFA fee for 2016 will be £33 for seniors, £17 for juniors and £13 for family juniors.
Five committee members are renewing their BMFA membership before our AGM to ensure our club’s continued affiliation.
Full audited accounts will be presented at the AGM.

Martin Glass has registered two domain names on behalf of the club, at a very nominal cost, to enable the club to proceed with it’s own website.
This should enable us eventually to bring together, under our own control, the two parts which are presently on sites shared with other people.
This will be recommended for approval at the AGM.
At the moment the running costs for the weather station are covered, at least in part, by voluntary contributions from some of us that use it.
It is recommended that this is replaced by a more formal arrangement with the club paying the running costs and members paying a small addition to their club fee, the amount to be calculated based on the number of people wanting access to the site.
Existing club members who do not wish to access the weather station will be given an opt-out.
Access could be password protected.
The technology behind the weather station is unique and there is an income potential from franchising it’s use.
Martin has already signed-up one club to use our system.
This income has been generously donated by Bob and Martin towards the running costs.
It is possible that the system could become self financing or even profit making.

There have been a number of incidents at the field recently of suspected radio interference and there is some evidence that signals generated by wind turbines and solar farms could be involved.
The BMFA is to be asked if they know anything of this phenomena and if not can they get OFCOM involved in it’s investigation. Other local club’s are to be asked if they have experienced similar problems.

We have been made aware that the BMFA club insurance cover has been extended, at no extra cost, to include our container and the contents.
Also someone, who shall be nameless, lost his key to the box lock and was so concerned that security had been compromised that he bought a new super strong lock for us.

Safety in the pits is becoming a concern.
During the day any initial organisation that may have existed seems to disappear and the pits turn into a shambles.
Members end up sitting together in small groups surrounded by people running up engines and with spare models strewn around.
It only takes a prop to fly off and there could be a serious injury.
Nothing serious has happened yet but we need to take action before it does.
Members are to be encouraged to establish the pit area in a line with models pointed forwards towards the open space.
The pit area is to be used only to prepare models for flight; engine testing, system checking, etc. included.
The sitting, picnicking, socialising area is to be behind the pits away from hazard and any extra models parked nearby, not in the pits.
Further, there have a number of incidents recently with runaway electric models in the pits.
No injuries have resulted but on one occasion there was serious damage to the wing of an adjacent model.
The club rules state that models must be restrained in the pits, no exception is made for electric power.
In future any electric model that is armed in the pits, i.e. the main power battery connected, must be restrained.

Photographs were shown of a super smooth runway, seen at another club, produced simply by laying landscape fabric over the grass. Little enthusiasm was show for us to investigate this for our own club.

Military drone activity is to take place at RAF St Mawgan during which civil flying is to be temporarily suspended.
The flight paths presently planned are out to sea so we should not be affected.

Inter-club events were discussed and in particular what was needed to generate more interest from our members.
A scale themed fun-fly day was suggested, possibly to take place in July after our field is cut.

Disappointment was expressed that despite our offer of help and the donation of money and equipment to the Cornwall Air-scout group no contact had resulted.

A number of larger IC engines of various types are being acquired by members.
Concern was expressed that these are, subjectively at least, noisier and care should be taken to avoid upsetting our neighbours.

The possibility of obtaining retrospective planning permission based on established use was discussed.
This would give us some protection from future noise complaints but the process of obtaining permission could perhaps result in objections from people who presently tolerate us.
The matter is to be investigated.

Club slope soaring outings were great fun and very popular a while back on days when it was too windy to fly at Trendeal.
It was suggested that efforts be made to resurrect them.

Roly Smith, secretary

Newsletter - August 2015

BMFA Achievement Scheme, ‘A’ tests

Hello my flying chums

As most of you know the club now has two BMFA Examiners.
Peter Coates qualified as an examiner earlier this year and he is keen to encourage and help those of us without an ‘A’ to get one.
To this end he wants to run some coaching sessions during our normal flying days the last two weeks in September and the first two weeks in October.
If you want to take part will you please let Peter or me know?

I’ve heard all the reasons/excuses for not doing an ‘A’ and none of them are valid so why not join in and at least find out what is involved?
As an incentive can I remind you that anyone who get an ‘A’ has £5 knocked off his membership fee for next year.

Going on from there, one big advantage now that we have two examiners in the club is that we can do our own ‘B’ tests. Many people have succeeded in getting an ‘A’ with Graham so if you already have an ‘A’ why not consider taking the next step and try for a ‘B’?
Graham and Peter are guiding a couple of members towards this already so are you interested in joining in?
I dare say that I could persuade Tony to knock £5 of the membership fee for anyone getting a ’B’.

Regards to all,

Roly

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Newsletter - June 2011

Letter from your Secretary

Welcome to the second Newsletter of 2011

May I start by thanking Bob Allen for stepping in and organising the March newsletter in my absence as a result of the death of my Mother in February.
I am pleased to report that I have now concluded her estate and will be out flying again shortly.

The club committee met recently to discuss various matters. These included a decision to continue with the flying on Fridays during the months from November to April and I have agreed to speak to our Farmer to confirm he is happy with this arrangement.
It was decided that the club would purchase a supply of baseball caps which would have our name printed on the front and I visited a supplier recently with Tony our Treasurer for these to be made.
They will be available shortly for those of you who wish to purchase one or more at a cost of £8.
Finally it was agreed that a rota would be set up for cutting the grass and the list is now on the notice board in the shed.

It is coming around to the time when our shed would benefit from another coat of wood preserver if it is to last us.
Please could I ask for a volunteer to take responsibility for organising a working party to carry out this work.
It is not a big job and with just a few helpers can be done within a very short time.  

At the AGM a decision was made to increase the membership to 45 and I am pleased to say we have now reached this figure and should anyone now want to join they will have to go on a waiting list for next year.
May I therefore take this opportunity to welcome all our new members and look forward to meeting you out at the field.

I must thank everyone who came out to the field on Sunday 26th June to support those taking part in the BMFA aerobatic competition, especially those who came out early to help with setting up and subsequent clearing up afterwards.
From what I have heard everyone enjoyed the day and it has inspired some of you perhaps have a go at any future competitions we may hold.
I must also thank Graham Hooper, Bob Allen, Phil Winnett and Tony Forrest who represented our club in the competition, well done.
Finally you will be pleased to know that we raised £82 on the day which is being sent to our chosen charity, Children’s Hospice Southwest.

 Peter Austin.

Making Sure You Are Legal?

I recently read an article in the RCM&E magazine about making sure that your transmitter is legal.
This came about as a result of someone purchasing a 2.4GHz transmitter from Hong Kong that did not have the CE mark which confirms it is legal to use in this country.
Not only does this make the transmitter illegal but the governing body OFCOM could issue you with severe penalties.
However even worse is the fact that should you be involved in an accident then your BMFA insurance may not be valid and all liability could rest with you.
A sobering thought, especially if it involved personal injury or even worse.

What makes them illegal normally is that the power output is greater than permitted in this country and this could interfere with other equipment which uses the correct lower power output.
This applies not just to our radios but numerous other types of equipment that are on the 2.4GHz frequency.
I am not aware of anyone in our club who may be using one of these transmitters but it is something to think about before buying something from outside the UK or possibly off Ebay.
Please note this also applies equally to modules bought from abroad that can be plugged into the back of 35Mh sets to convert to 2.4GHz.
If you can’t find a CE mark or have any doubts I suggested you contact the supplier or manufacturer for confirmation that their radio is legal for UK use and ask for documentary evidence.    

Peter Austin

BMFA inter-club aerobatic competition

At the Truro & District Model Flying Club - 26th June 2011

Truro Club

There are more photos on our web site - Click Here to view

RESULTS

Winning  Order

Pilots

Round 1

Round 2

Round 3

Best of 2 rounds Total

1

Darren Mee

145.5

156

159.5

315.5

2

Steve Tremaine

133

138

141.5

279.5

3

Mike Till

117

121

142.5

263.5

4

Roger Kellow

123.5

130

129

259

5

Graham Hooper

117.5

120.5

125

245.5

6

Kingsly Martin

115

108.5

123

238

7

Bob Allen

89.5

106

110

216

8

John Stevens

72.5

109

105.5

214.5

9

Peter Smedley

104.5

95

105

209.5

10

Alan Lander

69.5

92.5

114.5

207

11

Mark Milne

97.5

75.5

108.5

206

12

Phil Winnett

77

85

102

187

13

Tony Forrest

49

86

90

176

A Note from Tony Forrest

Dear Bob and Club Members,

I just want to say to you and all club members how much I enjoyed the day on Sunday. 
My first thoughts on arrival were; Yeiks, too much wind!  but I was so determined to just have a go that I thought I'd just give it a shot. 
I knew my humble little foam Extra 300 would be battling with the strong breeze but the excitement of taking part was too much. 
My first test trimming flight was nearly my last, as some of you saw, but having got the silly thing down and sorted out, I just tried my best in the competition.

Having never flown in any kind of competition before, and with a model that was fighting the wind and also wasn't really set up right, I didn't expect a miracle!  
I was a little nervous to start but after the first round (which was a mess - I even screwed up a simple loop!) I settled into it and really enjoyed it all. 
There was a great atmosphere and the weather, apart from that wind, was nice. 
I was hoping not to come last in the scoring but, hey, we learn from mistakes. 
Then to be awarded "Best Flight" trophy at the end really made it worthwhile. 
I didn't expect this and was very happy to receive it. 
Thank you. 
My first aerobatic competition and I win a trophy!!  

That wouldn't have happened had I thought the wind was too strong or had I bottled out feeling that I wasn't good enough. 
Doing a competition like this helps your flying discipline immensely too.

Thanks to everyone who organised the event and to the judges - love you really! - for your kind words of encouragement after Round 3. 
I would urge anyone who thinks it's too scary or windy or whatever, to just go for it next time. 
The satisfaction of just taking part and supporting the event makes it well worthwhile and you will be really glad you did.  
If a relatively inexperienced pilot like me can get through the day unscathed with a feather-weight foam Extra 300 out of trim (!) you can do it too.

Model flying is all about having fun. 
Relax, put your name on the entry form and have a ball.  
Happy landings.


BOB THESE ARE MY INITIAL THOUGHTS AFTER SUNDAY. 
YOU MAY LIKE TO INCLUDE IT IN THE NEXT NEWSLETTER. 
IF NOT, DON'T WORRY, I DON'T KNOW WHAT THE CLUB RULES REGARDING THIS ARE BUT I FELT I WANTED TO SHARE MY THOUGHTS AS I ENJOYED IT SO MUCH. 
THE TROPHY WAS A BONUS!  THANKS TO EVERYONE.

Tony Forrest

Darren Mee, (the competition winner)

Hi Peter,

Thanks for a fantastic day yesterday, really enjoyed it.
As promised some pictures, link is here.

http://www.gbrcaa.org/smf/index.php?topic=2629.msg14524#new

Regards, Darren

Bob Hankin

On the competition day, Bob connected the weather station camera & photos were taken of the field throughout the day.
Click on the link below, and then click on Photo Library (top right of the screen to view them. 

http://www.trendeal.co.uk/ 

Write an article

Please support your club & write an article on any model related item for our next newsletter.

Don’t forget if you want any photos or videos added to our site, please let me have them.
They must be OUR CLUB related.
NB. The video must be in AVI format & the photos in JPG format and of good quality, as my brother Frank has to edit & reduce them for the site.

Good flying folks.                              

Bob Allen.  (Your editor)

Editor      E-mail    bob@allensmusic.co.uk
Secretary E-mail    p.austin51@btinternet.com

Congratulations to Graham Hooper

Graham went down to the Redruth club on Sunday, (3rd April), and passed the test to become a BMFA instructor and examiner.

This means he can instruct and subsequently examine anyone in the club who wishes to take their  “A” test.

He can also train anyone who wishes to consider the “B” test, although 2 examiners are required for the actual test itself.      

       

  Newsletter - March 2011

From your editor Bob Allen (Electric Bob)

Hi Flyers.
This month’s newsletter will be limited as our secretary has domestic problems.

He has made many visits to the Hospital to attend his ill Mother, and recently after being moved to a cottage Hospital in Falmouth, she died.
Therefore he has not been able to write this month’s newsletter, or attend the flying field.

I will therefore try inform you all of recent events that have happened over the last months

The Annual General Meeting in January

The annual members fee was reduced to £50 and the mower fund collected from flyers on flying days, remains at 50p.

BMFA. Insurance is £29 for seniors and £15 juniors.

Maximum membership was increased from 40 to 45.

The chairman, secretary, treasurer and president were re-elected, and a new member of the committee was added,  (Me).

Bob Hankin informed us about the progress being made with the weather station he and his son Steven are developing.
To date, things are looking good, with a web cam and compass up and running.
This is being developed in London in Stevens house and yet to be tested on site.
If thing go to plan, it could be up and running in a month or so.

Flying caps with a club logo was discussed and agreed, but due to Peter’s problems, these will be organised at a later date.

A long discussion was had on pit safety, and it was agreed that the pit position from the runway should be 30meters (recommended by the BMFA), and should be moved, if the wind direction changes. This may be inconvenient, but safety comes first.

Members Safety

 Dear Members,
                         As the club’s flying site safety officers please bear with us when we ask you to move the pit area from time to time.
We realise that it can be a nuisance but it is necessary for the safety of all members.
A few near misses have taken place and it is our responsibility to ensure that no one is injured.
                                  Many thanks
                  Peter Austin and Graham Hooper.

BMFA inter club competitions.     By Paul Greet.

Our various clubs in Cornwall have agreed to support and host a series of light-hearted competitions aimed at giving all club-standard flyers the chance to meet throughout the year.
Pilots will be asked to fly a series of manoeuvres from the options available, and the highest score on the day wins:
Over the series, a record will be maintained and at the end there will be a trophy awarded to the top scoring club, which will be competed for, on an annual basis.
The aim of this competition is to encourage inter-club relations and promote flying standards among club flyers.
A standard entrance fee of £2 will apply to all events, and proceeds will be donated to each clubs chosen charity:
All trophy and other costs will be met from our area funds.
In short, these are a round of three events where any flyer of decent ‘A’ standard or higher, can ‘have a go’ and enjoy a day of modest competition and fun with other flyers.
The first event is the scale day on 15th. May, at St. Austell, followed by our own event, aerobatics, on 26th. June, and finally the Fun-Fly round on 28th. August at Redruth.
Plenty of time to practice and make sure TRURO wins.

Paul Greet.

New members

May I give a warm welcome to our new members who joined recently.
Colin Gibb, Tony Forrest and Rod Kennish.
I look forward to seeing you all at the field in the near future.

Thanks to members

As some members know, I had a minor stroke at the field, and another one a week later.
I thank everyone’s concern and phone calls. At present I feel OK although I get tired a lot, and I am not allowed to drive yet.
However, this will not stop me from flying, so I hope to see you at the field on the next good flying day.

Friday flying

A reminder that flying on Friday ends this month. The last Friday we can fly will be 25th. March.
As this has been an experiment between the farmer and ourselves, let’s hope it will continue in the autumn.

Bob Allen

Write an article

Please support your club & write an article on any model related item for our next newsletter.

Don’t forget if you want any photos or videos added to our site, please let me have them. They must be OUR CLUB related.
NB. The video must be in AVI format & the photos in JPG format and of good quality, as my brother Frank has to edit & reduce them for the site.

Good flying folks.                             

Bob Allen.  (Your editor)

Editor      E-mail    bob@allensmusic.co.uk
Secretary E-mail    p.austin51@btinternet.com

BMFA Achievement Scheme

The scheme was set up to encourage model flyers to reach a given standard of flying ability and safety and to prove that standard to an Examiner. The two grades are:

a) The “A” certificate which may be equated to a safe solo standard of flying.

b) This is designed to recognise the pilot’s more advanced ability and a demonstrated level of safety which may be considered by an event organiser as suitable for flying at a public display. In addition, there are endorsements available to the “B” certificate in various disciplines for those flyers who wish to take their personal flying standards and achievements further.

Just recently we were visited by Andrew Hothersall (Chairman) and Ian Williams (Vice Chairman) of the Redruth and District Model Flying Club. Andrew is a BMFA Examiner and whilst with us offered to test anyone who wanted to take their “A” test. Although this was totally unexpected Phil Winnett and his son James both decided to have a go at the test and I am pleased to say that both passed which was an excellent result, well done.

Andrew subsequently invited our club to attend their training day on the 24th April at the club’s Hell’s Mouth site and I am pleased to report that both Darren Kinch and Bob Hankin were awarded their “A” certificates by the end of the day. Well done to you both.

Should anyone else in the club wish to consider taking their “A” or “B” certificates in the future please let me know as Andrew has offered to visit us again and carry out these tests.

Peter Austin  E-mail   :   Telephone - 01637 880 923

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 Newsletter - March 2010

     Agenda

    
1.General intro..
     2. A word from our secretary
     3. Any new rules added.
     4. Items from the members.
     5. Future events.
     6. Wanted & for Sale.
     7. Final comments

Hi Flyers.

Due to the bad weather, there has not been too much flying, but we all hope things get better. Unfortunately I could not attend the AGM but I believe things went well.
The Committee remains the same and it was agreed that, I and with other members, will create a newsletter to give information and tips for all our members. For those who do not have Internet access, a newsletter will be sent by Pony express (the P.O.). Please let Peter Austin have your latest e-mail address if you have changed it recently.
Also a small committee was elected to look into the creation of a web site for the club. My brother has agreed to develop a site for us, at no charge, once we know what is required.

(Electric) Bob. Your editor

Message from your Secretary -  Peter Austin

Welcome to the first Newsletter of 2010 and may I start by saying a thank you to Bob Allen for offering to be the Newsletter Editor. The future content is down to you so if you have anything you feel would be of interest to other members please let Bob know.

 I have been trying to decide on the topic for my first article and thought you might appreciate some pointers on covering using iron-on film so here goes:

1) If you can afford one buy a modelling iron. It is lighter to use than a domestic one, is smaller to get into inaccessible areas and has a rounded edge to the sole to avoid you damaging the wood underneath.

2) Use a cotton sock made for modelling irons. This protects both the sole of the iron and the covering from getting scratched. If you do use one however it will probably be necessary to turn up the heat setting slightly. 

3) Most coverings are temperature sensitive, especially those made by Solar film. If you overheat them they will damaged and then have a tendency to keep going slack. Therefore try to use as lower heat as possible to both attach and shrink the material. A useful gadget is a thermometer made for modelling if your iron does not have a temperature scale, but this is not essential.

4) Try to avoid using a heat gun. The temperature cannot be controlled and you risk damaging the covering and warping the airframe (especially wings). Although it takes a little longer I only ever turn up the temperature on my iron when shrinking.

5) Most films do not adhere to very well to hardwoods such as plywood. The application of Balsaloc or a similar product will improve adhesion.

6) Try to avoid using anything that seals balsa wood such as clearcote or sanding sealer other than around the engine bay or fuel tank. This causes problems with air bubbles, which get trapped under the covering and cannot escape. On bare wood air can often escape through the wood but not once it is sealed.

If you want any more advice on covering don’t hesitate to ask. If you have any other modelling related topics you would like me to write about then please don’t hesitate to let me know.    

Final comments

The Web site meeting was held at the Falmouth Inn, Ladock, on Thursday 11th.March 10, and it was agreed that a web site should be developed, and a brief outline of its format was discussed.
If any of the members have any videos or photos on my aero club site (http://www.warwickallen.com/aeroclub), and would like them removed, please let me know. This link will be used for the clubs new web site video’s and photo’s.

When the site is up and running, if you have any videos or photos you would like put up there, please send them to me. These must be associated with the members or models (not the wife or mistress).
Don’t forget, if you have any wants or for sale items, please send me an E-mail so that I can add it to our next newsletter, or get it on our web site, when its up and running.

If anyone any hints or tips, or even a topic they would like to write for the next newsletter, please let me have them.

Good flying folks.

Bob Allen.  (Your editor)

Editors E-mail        bob@allensmusic.co.uk
Secretary E-mail    p.austin51@btinternet.com

  

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Items & Information from our members

    The B.M.F.A. In the South West   By Paul Greet       B.M.F.A. Link

Although most modellers may only think of the B.M.F.A as “insurance”, there, is, actually, much more to our sports governing body than meets the eye!
      Our Society, the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers, has origins going back to the 1920’s, so it caused quite a stir when around twenty years ago the decision was made to adopt the working title of the British Model Flying Association. Although the title may have changed, the same operating principles have been maintained for many years, with a group of elected chief officers responsible for enacting the policies as agreed at various meetings (Council Meetings) held in Leicester. Representatives from various geographical “Areas” attend these meetings and vote on the items up for debate; this, basically, is how the various procedures and principles in you handbook have evolved and are produced.
       Until the early 80’s our county was part of a very large Area known as the Western Area, and our former treasurer John Kennedy used to travel to Bristol and London regularly to represent this club and county. With rising interest in the sport and increasing numbers of affiliated clubs in the region the decision was taken to divide the region, and the new South West covering Devon and Cornwall was formed in 1985, with this club a founder member. This club continued to be active in supporting Area activities, both hosting and attending events across the two counties; club members served at all levels and we plated a central role in maintaining an active Area structure for many years.
          However, by 2001-2002 the large number of clubs in Devon felt that Cornwall’s clubs had held the principal positions long enough and duly elected their own reps into office. With little interest in Cornwall or the promotion of the sport in general they pursued their one “flagship” idea of purchasing a site near Teignmouth, a grass airfield known as Little Haldon. This was principally pushed by Loris Goring, who lived nearby and knew the owner; after a protracted process of applications and appeals failed, at a cost of over £15,000 to Society funds! There had been a long-standing number of inter-club squabbles between Devon club reps and these continued to stifle any meaningful support for our sport. Matters came to a head at the Area A.G.M in December 2008 when, following a couple of fractious years, the clubs passed a vote of “no confidence” in their officers and no replacement candidates could be found. This, plus a lack of attendance by the Area rep meetings at Leicester finally led to the decision to suspend the Area last year to see if a resolution could be found.
       After consulting all clubs in Devon and Cornwall and meetings in both counties, it was decides that the Area would be split in two, each county having control of its own affairs, with a common representative to attend Leicester on our behalf. We now have our own identity in Cornwall and will meet regularly to help support and promote the sport in the county.
       This area structure provides the process for you all to have your say in how your Society/ Association is run; If you have any questions, proposals or complaints (surely not?) put them through your club.
      Country Members – consider renewing your membership through this club next time please – it will take nothing from you, but will give the club a greater voting strength on issues vital to you! What stops you from committing through the club?
 Hopefully the Cornwall Area of the B.M.F.A will be holding one or two events during the year support your sport, support the Cornwall area! Any questions or comments I’ll try to answer.
Paul Greet.

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Newsletter - June 2010

Hi Flyers.

We welcome our new members who have joined since our last newsletter.
Please use the website for general information, weather, photos, videos & wants or sales.
I’m a little behind sending photos & videos to my brother for the web site,, but I have been engrossed in building my Avro Lancaster (sorry), but hopefully I will get them sorted in a few weeks.

I was informed today that a new model shop will be opening in Truro, in about 2 to 3 weeks.
IMPERIAL MODELS. 5, Quay Mews, Truro. TRl 2UL by Rob Davies. 07814 408024.
Email: Imperialmodels@btinternet.com
I will keep you informed when I get more info.

(electric) Bob. Your editor

Letter from Peter, (your Secretary)

Welcome to the second newsletter of 2010. The first in March was well received and I am sure you will join with me in thanking both our Editor Bob for all his hard work and also his Brother Frank for helping to set up the Club website which has also been very well received.

I am pleased to report that the grass has now been cut in our flying field and once again we have access to the whole field rather than just our mown patch in the centre. Having recently spoken to our farmer John Richards he was not sure if he would try and grow it again for another cut later in the year or put the cattle back in but has promised to keep me informed if the cattle are to return so we can put up the electric fence.

We also discussed the drainage area around our shed and he confirmed he has not forgotten about this. His plan is to run some drainage pipes close to the shed and to fill in the track with some hardcore. He went on to say that they had recently found the remains of an old quarry on his land and would therefore be able to take the stone from there to use on the track. Finally he has said he would arrange to put some additional gravel chippings on the parking area in the autumn to help with the mud that occurs in the winter.

The last item concerns a potential noise complaint. A lady was driving past recently and stopped to mention that they were moving some cattle on a nearby farm and to keep an eye open in case any escaped and came our way. It appears that her farm is north-east of our field and down in the valley. Although she was not directly complaining about us she did mention that she had thought some of our models were noisier than she had noticed previously.

We therefore need to take this as a gentle warning and to do everything possible to reduce the noise from our engines. In most cases this probably only means a change of prop, either in diameter, pitch or make. Going up in diameter helps to reduce the speed of the tip of the blade and going to props made by manufacturers such APC and Bolly can all help to reduce the noise. Please therefore explore what steps you can take to help reduce the noise generated from your model and if anyone needs advice then don’t be afraid to ask me or other club members. Sharing advice on what works can help us all so if you find something useful don’t keep it a secret. The obvious tip is not to run the engine at maximum revs all the time once airborne but to throttle back slightly if possible. Finally if you think your model may be too noisy and you want it checked to be sure then let me know as I carry a decimetre in my car normally and will be happy to test it for you. 

Hopefully the recent spell of good weather will continue for the rest of the summer and I hope to see as many of you as possible out at the field and enjoying your flying.    

Items & Information from our members

Flying Down Memory Lane or Control Line flying  by Tony, (our Treasurer)

My very first knowledge and experience of model flying was control line flying. I was about 12 or 13 and our paper boy (modeling has out lived paper boys)  who was about 2 years older than me and had bought an engine (ED Bee 1 cc) and a control line plane with his wages, invited me to come and watch him. From that moment (I was the launcher) I was bitten by model planes and still am 50+ years later!!!! (It also spawned my early career when I went into the aero industry to be trained)  He did give me a go on the handle later on and I did not crash it!

 My next control line memory was when my grandmother bought me a DC .75cc engine but I don’t remember the plane. I eventually lost my engine in a Mamselle free flight that disappeared over the horizon, so that is why I enjoy my Mamselle now.  I built various flying wings and small CLs and that got my son interested when he was about 12 or 13.

He has now got me back into it having invested the vast sum of 7$ in two Cox .049’s and a plan of a ½ A team racer and an e-mail to me asking me to build him one.  It was good fun going back to basic’s carving Balsa, making  bellcranks, stitching hinges and making a fuel tank out of an old baked bean tin.  (This is real modelling not your ARTF stuff).

 Onto the difficult stuff, flying! The first flight was manic, I didn’t realize how potent the Cox was despite building the plane heavier than the plan, plus upping the fuselage cross section to get the tank in and increase frontal area and putting on a proper U/C to increase drag. Our first flight took place in France where my son  lives, on a football field with a few curious local onlookers plus grandsons puzzled by the whole exercise and even more stunned to see what they thought was a drunk flying it after he fell down when the plane sort of landed after some 15/16 high speed laps!!! It is still in one piece after several flights and number 2 has been built, flown and crashed (bin bag job, as plane was mistakenly launched with engine going backwards). Plan has now arrived for Dad to build no 3, a profile Mustang.

It is really good fun as the connection to the plane is closer than with a radio and my next installment will be our first efforts at loops and wing overs and hopefully when Graham gets his engines going on his two CLs.


Club Visit to RNAS Culdrose by Roly Smith

You may recall at the last AGM Graham Hooper offered to organise a club outing to RNAS Culdrose if anyone was interested. There were a number of takers so a visit was arranged for April 19th.

There were nine in the party in the end and the event began in the best TDMFC tradition with lunch. Not the usual windswept picnic huddled for shelter beneath the big umbrellas but a proper indoors sit down affair with hot food and knives and forks. We needed to rendezvous somewhere. We travelled in three cars starting from different places but had to present ourselves en mass for the Culdrose security formalities. Also the timing of the visit, starting at 1.00pm, meant that it was too early to eat before leaving home. So Graham’s brainwave was to meet for lunch at the May Tree on the new Helston by-pass. And a most enjoyable time it turned out to be, good food, convivial company and lively conversation. “We must do this more often” was the chorus at the end of the meal. This was just the start; there was more good stuff to come.

Our small convoy was met at the Culdrose main gate by our host and escort, Wilf Mannian. Wilf took us through the security post which turned out to be a remarkably casual process considering we were entering a military establishment and we were even allowed to take our cars on to the base. Hardly any formalities, questions or checks, most surprising considering the supposed “terrorist threat”.

I didn’t really know what we were going to see at Culdrose but it didn’t matter to me. It is such a large establishment with a vast range of activities, I’m sure any of it would be interesting. It turned out that we were visiting the Merlin Deep Maintenance Facility where Navy and RAF helicopters are overhauled.

The MDMF is housed in five small hangars and deals with the Merlin Mk1 (the type used by the Navy) and the Mk3 (the type used by the RAF). The Mk1 and the Mk3 are basically similar except that the Mk1 is adapted for use on carriers. The Mk1 main rotor blades can be folded back to stow beside the fuselage and the rear end of the tail boom and tail rotor hinge forward to lie beside the front part of the tail boom thus enabling storage of the aircraft below deck. The role of the two types is totally different. The Mk3 is used as a general workhorse by the RAF but the Navy have theirs stuffed with a mind boggling array of electronics and submarine hunting gear. The maintenance schedule for the choppers is a bit like car servicing intervals, except that it is based on operating hours not miles, with a general service at something like every 6000 hrs and a major every 30000 hrs (these figures may not be spot on because Bob didn’t ask me to do a piece about the visit until afterwards by which time I find that I have suffered a ‘senior moment’, likewise there won’t many technical facts and figures, I would have paid more attention or taken notes if he had mentioned it beforehand). The Mk1 is serviced more frequently because it is considered that operating conditions over the sea are harsher. I thought this a bit surprising because when you see pictures of helicopters operating in the desert conditions of Iraq or Afghanistan the cloud of crap that they blow up on landing makes Icelandic volcanoes look like a little puff of talc. Still, I expect they know best.

Note. The idiots guide to Merlin spotting. Mk1s are painted grey, Mk3s are painted green. You never know who you will impress with facts like this at your command.

On arrival at Culdrose the helicopters, complete with accumulated sand and debris from the last deployment, are wheeled into the first hangar where stripping of mechanical parts and inspection begins. The avionics are not normally removed, just tested before the aircraft goes back into service. On a ‘major’ it seems that almost everything mechanical that can be removed is, including floor panels and fuel tanks, almost down to the last nut and bolt. Most of the interesting bits, the three engines, main gearbox, rotor head, tail rotor and drive shafts are located on top of the fuselage and we were allowed to clamber over it all and peek and poke at anything we wished. All of our questions were answered; it really was no holds barred. Incidentally, something that surprised me, nearly all the staff are civilians although quite a few are ex-service, hardly a uniform to be seen. Once the fuselage is laid bare it is inspected, minor repairs are done in house but if it needs any major work it is transported by road back to Westland’s.

Quite a large number of fuselage bits and pieces such as cowls, ducts and fairings are made from composites ranging from mundane glass fibre to the more exotic Kevlar and carbon fibre. The second hangar is the composite repair shop, which we didn’t visit, but one sniff of curing resin is much like the next so I guess that we didn’t miss much. The third hangar is the spray shop and we didn’t go there either but visiting a spray shop is a bit like err… watching paint dry.

During the maintenance process of stripping, cleaning, inspection, refurbishment and rebuild the aircraft are moved through from one hangar to the next. By the fourth hangar the main component inspection and refurbishment and aircraft rebuild stage is reached. Everything which we saw stripped off in hangar one has by now been passed as fit for further service, or renewed, and is painstakingly reassembled. Meticulous records are kept to ensure that nothing is missed off, that everything is correctly fitted and every nut and bolt is torqued up to spec. Having the usual box of bits and pieces left over at the end, which we all end up with when doing a car job, apparently isn’t an option.

Lastly comes the avionics check and prep for flight testing. The aircraft has a fly-by-wire computer controlled system. Black boxes all over the place, miles  and miles of wiring harness and electronic servo control of just about every function. If I understood correctly it is virtually impossible for the pilot to make a mistake. That is a mistake relating to aircraft systems, not looking where he is going is still possible. I noticed that there is a very interesting colour code system on the wiring harnesses, every single wire is white. So it is white goes to white and white goes to white and so on, quite straight forward I don’t think. Must be a nightmare if anything goes wrong. When all the bells, whistles, flashing lights and gizmos are checked the aircraft is readied for flight test. This includes refitting the main rotor blades. I didn’t notice at what stage in the procedure these blades are first removed. The first aircraft we saw in hangar one had already had them taken off so they may be removed before going indoors. It makes sense because they are unexpectedly huge. You get no idea of scale when they buzz around above us but there are five blades and the tip chord of each is about the same as my height. I would quote the exact figures, rotor diameter etc. if they hadn’t drifted off into the ether. The Mk1’s sub hunting gear is also reinstalled at this point.

The big disappointment of the visit was that there was a chopper in the hangar which we were told was at least ready for engine run up, if not flight test, and it was expected to be wheeled out that afternoon but unfortunately it didn’t happen while we were there.

To round off the afternoon we visited the West Wings factory shop. You will have heard of West Wings kits. Their factory is on a small industrial estate (Gilly Gabben) situated on the edge of Culdrose airfield furthest away from Helston. Take the road to the Lizard, turn left at the island  and Gilly Gabben is on the left. West Wings is on the corner by the road. Not only do they sell their own kits and balsa but have recently expanded to stock engines, radios, fuel, other makes of kits, covering materials and accessories (I’ll stop before I start to sound like an advert). It’s probably too far to go if you live in St. Austell, especially with Paul’s emporium on the doorstep, but worth a visit if you are in the area on a day out. And we were in the area on a day out. Some looked around but spent nothing, some of us made modest purchases of necessary materials, others made purchases of the ‘I could just do with one of those’ type and a couple, who will remain nameless, must have been spending their kid’s inheritance. All in all a satisfactory conclusion to an enjoyable day.

To finish I must say that the day was an unqualified success and on behalf of all who went I extend a huge thank you to Graham and Wilf, and to all who were unable to go commiserations, you missed a treat.

P.S. Going back to the “We must do this more often” chorus. We really must. Anyone got any ideas or contacts for a suitable day out or visit? If you can’t organise it don’t worry, someone will help or do it for you. Just come up with suggestions. My own preference would be a pie factory or a brewery.

Trendeal Automatic Weather Station by Roly Smith

Don’t you just hate it when the weather at home is fine and the forecast is good so you charge up your batteries, load up the car and drive all the way to Trendeal only to find that it’s blowing a hoolie. Or worst still. The omens don’t look good so you don’t bother going, only to be told later by some more intrepid soul that you missed a perfect flying day. And the weather forecasts aren’t much help, there seems to be no consistency between any of them and none seem to be able to judge the apparently unique conditions that exist on our flying field.

What we need is a system that will tell us, in real time, exactly what the weather is at our site before we leave home. Think of all the wasted journeys and missed flying days this would save.

The good news is that there is technology available that may be able to do this. A remote, self contained weather station that can be accessed by a home computer or a suitable mobile phone that tells exactly what conditions are like at our field NOW.

The bad news is that no one seems to have done it before. All the separate bits of technology already exist but as far as can be ascertained they haven’t been used together before. There is absolutely no reason why it shouldn’t work but no guarantee that it will. Young Bob Hankin (dear of him) has contacted the BMFA hoping that they would know of other clubs who have done this and could offer guidance. They think it is a wonderful idea but as far as they know no one has done it before and do please keep them informed of progress.

So we would need to be trailblazers. What an opportunity this gives us, for a small club like ours to be leading the way, pioneers at the cutting edge of development, showing others the way to the future. We could be famous. OK cut the bull shit and down to the nitty gritty.

We would need a simple weather station, a micro computer, a battery and a PV cell to charge it and a dongle (don’t ask me what a dongle is, I had a sheltered upbringing. Young Bob can tell you all about dongles but try to be discreet). Actually a dongle is just a device which connects the computer to the mobile phone network. According to Bob, who to his everlasting credit has done all the research, a recent check of prices suggests that this lot would cost from £500 to £800 tops plus a subscription of about £5/month for the dongle. As with all electronic gizmos the costs may come down with time, remember how much mobile phones used to be for instance.

£800 may seem like a lot of money but to put it in perspective it is only a smidge over £22 for each club member and with the price of fuel these days it doesn’t take many fruitless journeys to the field to waste £22. You could say that the system would pay for it’s self in no time at all.
I know there are questions still to be answered, such as where to site it and security. Also I can’t believe that there aren’t many other organisations that need weather info from remote locations so an off the shelf system may already exist if we look for it. But the most important question has to be ‘Does anyone else think having such a system is a good idea?’ If there is a positive response we can think about the outstanding issues so let’s have some feedback. What do you think?

For Sale


Someone must have something for sale.
Too many models, gear, motors, bits and dabs, that’s taking up valuable space, (to replace with NEW stuff)
Please contact me and I will get them on our site.

Wanted


 ?               BETTER WEATHER PLEASE

Final comments


If anyone any hints or tips, or even a topic they would like to write for the next newsletter, please let me have them.

Good flying folks.

Bob Allen  (Your editor)

Editors E-mail        bob@allensmusic.co.uk
Secretary E-mail    p.austin51@btinternet.com

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   Newsletter - September 2010

Hi Flyers.
The end of September already, & still the weather limiting our flying; lets hope for an Indian summer this year.
At last I got my Lancaster airborne; one day I might get the retracts to function correctly, (Any suggestions?)

Peter Austin & Graham Hooper have written an article about their visit to RAF Cosford.
Photos have been posted on our site.

Please support your club & write an article on any model related item for our next news letter for Nov / December issue

Letter from Peter, (your Secretary)

Welcome to the third newsletter of 2010.

In my last report I mentioned I had spoken to our farmer John Richards and that he had said he would do something about the drainage problem in front of our shed. Well I have just had another meeting with him and he brought up the matter of the drainage and confirmed he had not forgotten about this work and he plans to carry it out shortly. He also plans to replace the gate, which has recently broken by the hinge.

Earlier in the year the committee had spoken about whether it might have been possible to have had another day for flying during the winter in view of the limited daylight and very often bad weather which limits the time we are able to fly. I therefore asked John Richards if this was possible and I can confirm he has kindly allowed us access from the 1st November to the 1st April as during this period the cattle presently in the field would have been taken in for the winter. The committee has therefore taken the decision that flying can also take place on a Friday only during these winter months on a trial basis and the matter reviewed again next year.

Also at our last committee meeting the question of mobile phones being taken onto the field was raised and the potential for radio interference. It was agreed I would speak to the BMFA for their advice, which I have now done. They referred me to the Handbook which confirms that although there is no direct evidence of interference there is some evidence that there can be interaction with microprocessor controlled transmitters. In the ideal world they should not be brought onto the field at all but the committee accepted that they are essential to some of our members. It has therefore been agreed that if a member has to have a mobile phone switched on then it must be kept in the pits area at all times and never taken out onto the flight line.

Can I take this opportunity to thank everyone who turned up recently to help paint our shed. It has considerably improved the appearance and if possible it is hoped we can put on a second coat before the winter to help extend its life.

Finally I have recently booked Ladock Community Hall for our AGM. The date is Monday 17th January 2011 but I will arrange to remind you all again nearer the time. Although the committee has yet to agree the fees for next year it looks unlikely to change from the £55 you paid this year so start saving now.

Hopefully we will have an Indian summer shortly and we can all get some flying in before the cold and wet weather arrives. Fingers crossed I will see you all out at the field.

Proposed visit to the RAF Davidstow Museum

Following a visit to RNAS Culdrose earlier in the year it was suggested that we might arrange club visits to other aviation / model locations in Cornwall. With this in mind I wondered if there was any interest in a club visit to the aviation museum at Davidstow.
I have not been into the museum but I have checked out the location and the opening times which are 10:00am to 5:00pm, 7 days a week. Entry cost is £4 or £3 for senior citizens. The only full size complete aircraft which is outside appears to be a Fairey Gannet but they also have various fire engines parked up around the site and I imagine they must have a collection of aviation related items in the various buildings that make up the museum.
My suggestion would be to go on a non-flying day during October so picking a day at random how about the afternoon of Monday 11th October? For anyone interested in eating first they have recently opened a new Travel Lodge at Wadebridge and they are presently offering two main meals for the price of one. We could therefore have a meal as a group in a similar way to when we went to Culdrose.
Please let me know if you are interested and I will happily arrange to coordinate a visit.
Finally do you have any suggestions for a future club visit? If so then don’t be afraid to mention it so we can see if other members would also be interested.
Peter

Items & Information from our members

RAF Museum Cosford  by Peter Austin

In July, I attended the Large Model Association annual display at RAF Cosford near Wolverhampton. This RAF station is also home to a collection of 70 full size aircraft ranging from the Mignet HM14 Flying Flea to the Avro Vulcan and everything in between. The Museum is open daily from 10:00am to 6:00pm except over Christmas and a few days in January. Entry is free; you only pay for the car park, which is up to £3 maximum.

The displays are situated in four hangars each with their own theme. Hangar 1 is dedicated to transport and aero engines and features such aircraft as the Short Belfast, Vickers Varsity, DH Comet and the Armstrong Whitworth Argosy. Hangar 2 is the Cold War and includes an Armstrong Whitworth Meteor NF15, Gloster Javelin, Hawker Hunter, Canberra PR9 and all three “V” bombers namely the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant, which are all, suspended from the ceiling as you enter. Hangar 3 features Warplanes from both world wars and includes the worlds oldest Spitfire. Finally hangar 4 is given over to test flight and experimental aircraft and as such they are the only one to have ever existed.

From a personal point of view the most interesting hangar to me was the Cold War museum. To be able to walk under a “V” bomber is quite amazing and it makes you realise just how big these aircraft were. They don’t just feature RAF aircraft but planes from all over the world, especially those from Russia with displays of a MIG-15 and 21. Missiles are also not forgotten with the largest being a Thor missile that was capable of travelling up to 2300 miles. They also have a display about the Berlin Airlift and the numerous aircraft used such as the Avro York, Douglas Dakota and Handley Page Hastings.

As you can probably gather I was in my element and spent most of a complete day walking around the various hangars and never ran out of things to see. If you ever find yourself anywhere near this museum I can thoroughly recommend a visit.

Link to photos on our site.    http://www.warwickallen.com/tadmfc/cosford.html

 

Large Model Rally at RAF Cosford June 2010   by Graham Hooper

On Friday 16th June the weather was checked - it looked fine, a “b and b” was found only a mile from RAF Cosford and with pasties hot from the oven we set off. We had a pleasant journey up in spite of some rain, found the b and b and set out that evening to find the airfield. It was already busy with people, caravans and tents arriving for the weekend. We noticed a large engine Chipmunk towing full sized gliders and stopped for a while to watch the very high standard of flying by both the Chipmunk and glider pilots. A short drive to nearby Bridgnorth meant that we also managed to see the steam locomotives of the Severn Valley Railway.
           After a good breakfast on Saturday we joined the crowds heading for Cosford. We went straight to the flight lines – trade stands could wait until later. We had made arrangements to meet Pete and Cathy Austin and we weren’t there long before they turned up. The 1940’s “War Birds” both British and German gave a very good display. When the “Dawn Patrol” (First World War) was in the air two of the thirteen aircraft were unfortunate – one had a radio lock out and the other a possible engine cut resulting in a heavy landing.
           For me the highlight of the day was a wonderful display by a huge Vulcan with a 20-foot wingspan and a Valiant from the same era. Maureen liked the huge Comet and the twin engine Easyjet Airbus (hope Stelios helped with some sponsorship!) A very fast pylon race by 10 large GB racer aircraft was stunning. A very large C30 Hercules gave an impressive display with four 50cc Zenoah engines. There was a large number of other aircraft particularly jets too numerous to mention individually.
       A real treat in the afternoon was a superb display by a full size glider towed up by the Chipmunk. Rolls, loops and coloured smoke from the wing tips made it quite spectacular. The pilot made a very low down wind pass, winged over and brought the aircraft to within a foot of his starting position.
          During the afternoon we were fortunate enough to be able to visit the Aircraft Museum on site. After a pleasant dinner in a nearby pub - guess where we ended up again? Back at the airfield observing the full size gliders again…!!!
        On our way home we were lucky enough to spend a few hours at a Steam Rally in Bridgnorth. A great weekend.

Link to photos on our site.    http://www.warwickallen.com/tadmfc/cosford.html

Don’t forget if you want any photos or videos added to our site, please let me have them.
They must be OUR CLUB related.
NB. The video must be in AVI format & the photos in JPG format and of good quality, as my brother Frank has to edit & reduce them for the site.

See you at the field.

Good flying folks.

Bob Allen  (Your editor)

Editors E-mail        bob@allensmusic.co.uk
Secretary E-mail    p.austin51@btinternet.com

 

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