NEW HINTS & TIPS PAGE
If you have some good ideas or anything you would like to share with your fellow modellers please submit them to the Chairman by e-mail and they will find their way onto this new page. To get things started I have posted one on aircraft storage. Something close to all our hearts. Why not have a look? All feedback welcome.
PANDAS MOWER & FIELD IMPROVEMENTS
As a member of PANDAS your committee are interested in capturing your views on a number of issues important to the club.
- We would like to purchase a used mower spending no more than £5000 from our funds on the asset and trading in the current Little Snapper mower. With around £6000 in total available this should be enough to get a good quality used 3 cylinder fold away mower, similar to what is used to maintain a golf fairway. With a 6 foot cut it will take around an hour to cut the airstrip and pits area instead of the current 3 hours. You may be wondering why we didn’t purchase this type of mower instead of the Snapper. The honest answer is we are cutting a lot more grass now than ever before. The airstrip has been increased in size to 110m x 40m and we also have to keep short areas for rotary wing and control line flying as well as car/caravan parking on event days.
- We would like to begin a programme of strip levelling and improvement. This will entail weeding and feeding the airstrip and dressing the depressions with a mixture of sand, soil and grass seed until they are level. This will take a number of years but a gradual approach means we will not lose the use of the strip at any time. This is unlikely to require a great deal of money at any one time, more a drip feed throughout the year to keep on top of things.
- The pot holes on the access road do need attention. I think if we set aside £1000 this year for materials we can make some lasting improvements. If you can help in any way in this area, either with sourcing materials, plant equipment or just plain and simple labour that would be of great help.
- If we are to accommodate a larger mower we will have less room in the current container. We already have permission from Wakefield Council to install a second cabin next to the existing one. What we have in mind is a welfare cabin, similar to ones used on building sites, vandal proof but able provide heat, shelter and kitchen facilities as well as some storage. We already have a generator and some solar power at our disposal. We have not begun much research as yet but need to know if it is worth pursuing.
Please consider all of the above, all are within our grasp and can be delivered provided the majority of us approve. Please take the time also to respond either to me or the Club Secretary Geoff Quinn detailing what you are for or against A.S.A.P. so we can action this at the next General meeting in March.
on behalf of the committee
On Wednesday 7/2/18 it was just hard enough due to the frost to cut the grass on most of the airstrip and all of the pits. Although there is still standing water in the usual places at least half of the strip is dry and cut short. White lines have also been placed to mark the seating area, pits, start line and flight line. You will see an additional dotted line about one metre behind the start line. This area should be kept clear to allow those on the start line room to restrain their models and post flight check them. It takes around 3 hours to cut the strip and pits areas with our current mower. If you are unlucky enough to turn up wanting to fly you may have quite a wait until the strip is prepared. With this in mind the committee are considering purchasing a larger mower and trading in the little Snapper. A 6 foot cutter would do the job in an hour and also cut much closer. The machines we are considering are all used but of the type for maintaining golf courses – triple cylinder mowers, ride on with fold away cutters so they will fit in the cabin. You will all be contacted very soon by e-mail or other means detailing what we want to spend on the asset so that your views can be captured. If there is sufficient support we will put the matter to the next general meeting to make progress as soon as possible. If you are reading this and want to make your views known to me now please e-mail me (Chairman) using the contacts page on this site. I look forward hearing from you. If you have any issues at all with how things are running at the club I would like to know. Our intention this year is to give you the best flying site in the region to enjoy year round. There is work to be done still on the access road and also levelling areas of the strip. We will appeal for help as and when required so please watch this space. It’s your club, the more you put into it the more you will get out of it so please help when asked.
October 19th 2017
Sadly John Bunting passed away on Thursday 17th August 2017.
John will be missed by many for his enthusiasm towards aeromodelling and his exceptional piloting skills. He was a member of PANDAS for many years and served on the committee as membership secretary.
In recent times he built some vintage scale models with exceptional detail and latterly taught himself how to sew in order to re-upholster his classic Rolls Royce, this he achieved to concours standard.
Rest in peace John and our condolences to his wife and family.
Wednesday 6th September at 2pm Wilson Street Methodist Church Featherstone WF7 5BH and at 3pm at Pontefract crematorium. Family flowers only please but donations can be made to Cancer Research.
3rd August 2017
on 3rd SEPTEMBER 2017
The next BMFA Examiners Workshop is on the 3rd September and is being held at the Huddersfield Club. If any Pontefract examiners or instructors who haven’t already attended one of these workshops, or any trainees thinking of taking a test who would like to know what standards are required (you can also take your test on the day if you wish), then further information can be found on the BMFA Achievement Scheme Website.
25 July 2017
The Dewsbury & District Model Aero Club (DDMAC), is 51 years old this year. The club was formed in September 1966.
We are holding a club open day and informal Fly-In to celebrate this anniversary and would like to extend an invitation to your club members, to join us for the day.
The event will be held on Sunday 17th September 2017, at the DDMAC Flying Field (details below), commencing at 11.00am and concluding around 5.00pm.
I would be grateful if you could circulate this email to your club members.
The event will be run on a safe but informal basis with some fun flying events for people to try. We are hoping to have our carrier deck landing platform ready for the day. Come along and see if you can land and take off from the carrier deck.
We do have a limit of no models over 7kg, to be flown down at our field. We do not allow turbines and have a noise limit of no models over 82db measured at 7 metres.
We have a separate section on our club forum (link below) giving full details of the event.
Any updates will be placed on the club forum, including nearer the time, confirmation the event is going ahead, or cancellation details, should we have to postpone the event, due to any adverse weather conditions. Full details of the fun fly events and timings will follow nearer the day.
DDMAC 2017 Anniversary Fun Fly Forum Link: http://www.dewsburymac.org.uk/forumforsale/viewtopic.php?f=96&t=1851
DDMAC Flying Field Location Link: http://www.dewsburymac.org.uk/flyingfield.html
DDMAC Main Website Link: http://www.dewsburymac.org.uk/index.html
If you require any more details, please feel free to contact me (details below).
DDMAC Membership Secretary.
17th May 2017
The Passing of Mac
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don McWalter on Tuesday 16th May.
Mac as he was affectionately know has been a member of PANDAS for over 20 years, nearly always seen in the company of Terry Lee.
Mac was an exceptional model engineer and will be greatly missed.
Rest in peace Mac, and our condolences to Ellen and his family.
14th April 2017
REPAIRS TO RUNWAY
Repairs have now started on the air strip to fill in some of the large water logged holes that have appeared over the last few years. The holes are being filled in with soil and re seeded.
Our flying site, as some people will know used to be a tip and it was capped off with clay and soil, over the years the area has settled which has left our airstrip uneven, the work that we are now carrying out will not rectify this and the best that we hope to achieve is to get rid of the holes and not the uneven surface.
5th April 2017
Congratulations to Jim Brown our new fixed wing examiner. Jim passed his BMFA examiner certificate on Wednesday 5th April 2017. The club now has 7 fixed wing examiners.
5th February 2017
‘A’ Certificate (Daniel Mortimer)
Daniel passed his ‘A’ certificate today. Well done young man!
22nd January 2017
New B Cert
Congratulations to Peter O’Keeffe for passing his Fixed Wing B Cert on Saturday 21st Jan 2017.