PANDAS Chairman Club Member Updates January 2019
Dear PANDAS Member,
I hope everyone had a good Christmas and are looking forward to a happy, healthy and prosperous 2019.
The club website will continue to be the main source of information for club matters, with details of upcoming events and any other news. Below is a quick precis of the latest news:
- The insurance claims, relating to the break-ins at the club cabins last year, have now being settled and the money is in the club accounts.
- Up to 11th January 2019, 119 members have joined PANDAS for 2019.
- The dates for most of the events, that are being hosted at the PANDA’s flying site for 2019, have been added to the club events page. Check the page for details.
- The first event is a scale day on Sunday 21st April 2019.
- The next event will be the Electric Fly-In and Retro Single Channel Event, held over the weekend of Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th May 2019.
- At the April 2019 club night, we will be holding a ‘Bring A Model Event’ (full details to follow shortly). This event is being kindly organised, by one of our club examiners Jim Brown.
- Repairs to the club cabins are progressing and hopefully the welfare cabin will be available for members to use, in the next month or so. (Thank you to Allan Marshall and one or 2 others, for their work on the cabins).
The club events and club nights do not run themselves and I hope that members will try to attend and may be even offer to help, to run some of the events, to enable all of these events to be a success.
The latest incidents relating to drones allegedly flying near to airports, has attracted much adverse publicity. The usual ‘Social Media Experts’ & ‘Facebook Warriors’, have been very active, telling everyone what will be coming in the future (online tests, aircraft registration etc), with the proposed government legislation, due in November 2019. Unfortunately, most of this information is inaccurate or in most cases simply wrong. The simple answer is no one knows yet, what will happen. In my role as a BMFA director, I have regular contact with Dave Phipps (BMFA Chief Executive). Dave is the lead negotiator, holding regular meetings with the CAA and Department of Transport, representing the interests of model aircraft flyers. It is hoped that much of the proposed changes, will not apply, to the normal club flying environment (in a similar way as the 400-foot flying rule does not apply to most fixed wing flyers), flying as members of recognised bodies (BMFA LMA etc). The simple facts are, that no one knows yet, what will happen. As soon as I have any accurate information, I will let members know. There is the latest government response on the BMFA website (link below). It is 60 odd pages.
Saturday 26th January 2019 is the first ‘No Flying Day’ of the year (cross country race in the park). The other ‘No Fly Days’ are on the club website.
If anyone has any problems or matters, they wish to raise, please feel free to phone or email me. I do not have all answers, but I will do my best to resolve any problems or issues.
Mobile: 07802 725 231