News

Barry Belcher  Feb 1933 – June 2019

It is with sadness that I report the passing of Barry on the 24 June aged 86 years. I suspect that many of you will not remember him. He was an active member of the club during the 1970’s and 80’s and into the early 90’s He served as a committee member and edited the club news letter for several years. In his later years failing sight curtailed his modelling and flying activities. Barry was a designer and builder of models as well as a proficient pilot. His designs were usually innovative sometimes ground breaking. My recollection is that all his models were called Bar followed by a number for example Bar4.

However that summary does not pay Barry justice, there is far more to his story. He worked as a researcher at Imperial College from 1956 and became a lecturer in 1962 in the Aeronautical  Engineering Department, this may give a clue to his success as a designer of innovative model aircraft, unlike many of us he knew and understood what he was doing! I recall that he had wider interests beyond aeronautical engineering. He designed and built the Clubs first Public Address system which we used at a succession of public displays. During the 1970’s and early 80’s the club provided flying displays at a number of local events. He also designed and built some innovative speaker enclosures as another of his interests. However Barry has one real claim to fame in the world of aeromodelling he designed and built Bar J the worlds first jet turbine powered to make a successful flight in 1983. Barry was a member of the team led by Jerry Jackman who built the first successful jet turbine engine. Many will say that Bar J looks like a Boomerang jet trainer, far more accurate to say that a Boomerang looks like Bar J. What ever the designs laid down the format for both engine and model design right up to the present day. Quite a legacy.

Barry is succeeded by a daughter Helen and son Mark and two grand children to whom we extend our condolences.

Martin Dance.

Reduction in membership Fees

With the mid-year reduction in the BMFA membership fee, we have also reduced the club fee so the fees are now as follows:

Adult members –£73 (£19 club + £29 BMFA membership + £25 joining fee)
Junior members – £20 (£ 7 club + £13 BMFA Insurance)

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.