And yet another ‘A’ certificate.

This time it is congratulations to none other than Steve Fleming, our Membership Secretary, who gained his ‘A’ certificate last Saturday. Well done Steve and thanks also to his trainer, Dave Grey.

AGM meeting minutes.

Minutes from this years AGM now available – see under Committee and Meeting minutes for 5th Dec 2017.

Use of failsafe on R/C systems.

You need to be aware that it is mandatory to set the failsafe if it is fitted to your radio system, That means all 2.4Ghz radios and any 35Mhz systems using a PCM Rx. The minimum setting required is that the control surfaces hold their last position and the throttle is closed to at least idle. Those of you preparing to take the ‘A’ achievement test will be asked to demonstrate the operation of the failsafe as part of your pre-flight checks. Further to that you should test your failsafe on a regular basis and certainly following any program changes to your models. To demonstrate the operation of the failsafe the model must be restrained, the motor/engine RPM set above idle (but not necessarily full throttle) then the TX is turned off, at which point the motor/engine should go to idle.

FPV flying at Thames Valley Park.

Many of our day-to-day rules have evolved through custom and practice. For example, low flying and high speed low passes with fixed wing and helicopters (although not specifically banned) are considered to be high risk and therefore not carried out.

The recent growth in the use of multi-copters and FPV flying have given rise to a new set of safety considerations. By and large multi-copters are flown lower than most other model types. There is also an interest in racing and obstacle course flying. By their very nature these activities take place at low level, typically between 1m (3’) and 5m (15’). The reason of course is that it is difficult to erect and keep in place obstacles at greater heights.

It should be obvious that flying FPV on our site at theses low levels poses a considerable risk. Obviously much of this flying is taking place at around chest to head height and members of the public, as we know, are notoriously unobservant and will wander into the path of models. Equally many of the dogs are capable of jumping into the path of a FPV model in an attempt to catch it. Both could have serious consequences for everyone.

Therefore, can I ask members who are flying FPV to remain above 3m(10’) except on take-off and landing and to always have a dedicated spotter by their side to keep them informed of any hazards, this is after all a legal requirement.