Field Condition

The BMFC field has become so soft that driving vehicles on it has started to rut it badly. Until further notice, please only park on the hard standing at the entrance.

Beelsby MFC 2019 Helicopter Fly-In

Beelsby MFC hosted hosted it’s 2019 Helicopter Fly-In on Saturday 06-Jul-2019.

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Image Credit: John A (Beelsby Model Flying Club (BMFC) Facebook Page)

The fly-in was open to all RC helicopter pilots, including those who are not members of Beelsby Model Flying Club (though BMFA insurance was required).

In total, 12 pilots attended the fly-in, of mixed abilities. Some marked progression was seen in a few of the pilots from last year this year. Some of the more experienced pilots freely and tactfully passed on advice and tips which is very much in the spirit of the funfly.

Rain fell from 0700 until about 1000. After that it was overcast with a few sunny spells and wind speeds of 8 to 10 mph gusting 15 mph.

Overall, the fly in was successful and positive feedback was received from those who attended. The club hopes to host another helicopter fly-in in 2020; we’ll book better weather next year!

Special thanks to all those who attended, plus;
Mark B – For loan of his personal equipment (music system) and managing it throughout the day. Also promoting the club on the day. This worked very well this year as it did last year and was a great feature for the day.
Richard C – General assistance, supplying tea . coffee and sauces / condiments. Also loan of his personal equipment (cobb BBQ, hot drinks equipment) and doing some of the cooking for the day. Promoting the club.
Ron A – For donating the portable toilet to the club. This was donated by Ron to the club last year and was used again this year.
Beelsby Committee – We would like to express a thankyou to the committee for allowing the day to go ahead and use of the club flying field.
Club Members – We would also like to say thanks to the members for their support / understanding in loosing access to their field for the day. Both the efforts of the committee and its members is very much appreciated by all involved.

BMFA – CAA PROPOSES £16.50 ANNUAL REGISTRATION CHARGE – ACT NOW!

Please read the information below published by the BMFA. This proposed registration scheme and charge would apply to all club members.

Source: CAA PROPOSES £16.50 ANNUAL REGISTRATION CHARGE – ACT NOW!

Following the recent sudden announcement of Flight Restriction Zones around protected aerodromes capturing the operation of all unmanned aircraft of any weight and at any height (and the unreasonable three week notice period given for our clubs and members to comply), the CAA have dropped yet another bombshell on us with no prior warning.

They have today published a consultation (CAP1775) on their proposed charges for the registration of all operators of unmanned aircraft – which includes all of our members.  The fee the CAA is proposing is £16.50 per annum which is significantly more than the cost levied on model flyers in any other EASA country, something they have conveniently omitted from the comparison figures in the document.  An interesting direct comparison not included is France where their equivalent registration scheme is completely free and valid for five years.

It is accepted that the EASA regulations do mandate the registration of all operators of unmanned aircraft (including model flyers) in their country of residence, but also state that in terms of model flying ‘Associations may register their members into the registration system on their behalf’ which the CAA have made excessively onerous and also completely disregarded in their consultation document.  

There are some significant costs associated with the ongoing upkeep of the CAA registration system which they are expecting you to pay for.   We believe that their figures for the number of users registering in the system are also somewhat ‘optimistic’ and the consequence of fewer users could be even higher costs.  The BMFA did offer to make its new membership system available to the CAA at cost, but didn’t receive any response!

We believe that the proposals will be detrimental to the future of model flying in the UK and place requirements on us which are more excessive than those for manned aviation – despite the DfT/CAA acknowledging that model flying has established an excellent record over the last century.  Even in France where the registration scheme is free, the model flying community has already reduced by 10%.

The UK Model Flying Associations are strongly opposed to the CAA’s proposals and believe that they represent the worst excesses of ‘gold plating’ of regulations (something which the CAA are committed to avoid).  We would strongly encourage all members to respond to the consultation and register their concerns without delay (please encourage your club mates to do the same) before the UK Government/CAA destroy model flying in the UK. 

The UK Model Flying Associations will continue to work with the CAA & DfT and bring political pressure to bear to try and minimise the impact of excessive regulation on our members, but we need your support to show the strength of feeling, so please respond to the consultation. 

Full details of the consultation and how to respond can be found here: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/

The consultation will close on 7 June 2019.

2019 Spring Swapmeet

The first club event of 2019 (click here for details) and while not as well attended as last year, still proved to be a very pleasant and worthwhile occasion.

The weather (quite dense fog in places) seems to have been one of the reasons why some sellers and visitors decided not to make the pilgrimage. A shame but…..

Financially, I believe the club broke about even but its not just about the money that we hold this event.

Its always good to meet up and ‘chew the fat’ with other like minded people from other clubs and areas, particularly at the beginning of the season.

Thanks to Chris Caple for organising this event, Max Bradley (Grimsby Model Centre) for supporting it, and also, Ann and Sandy (my financial advisor) for supplying the constant flow of tea / coffee and biscuits for everyone on the day.

Tony
BMFC Chairman / Secretary

New Website

Welcome to the new Beelsby Model Flying Club website. Please feel free to look around and provide any feedback you may have via the contact form. Thank you for visiting!