Planned Website Outage

Good Afternoon,

I am just letting you know that the club website will be down from 6pm Tuesday 20th July to 3am Thursday 22nd July. This is so we can change our hosting platform as the renewal has come round this month.

I am hoping the website to be back up for Wednesday 21st morning, but as a precaution in case the enormous tasks I have to do overrun into the following evening. The job is quite a massive one to undertake as we have a lot of scripts that utilise the database, and problems could arise in the database whilst completing the task which could take hours to repair.

If you could please all book your slots for the 21st and 22nd by lunchtime on Tuesday 20th, that would be appreciated. Any bookings made after that may be lost.

If you decide to book a new booking, or cancel/amend an existing booking whilst the website is down you can do so by emailing me at webmaster@wmac.uk – I will ensure I add the booking to the system for you.

Thanks for your co-operation, and your patience.

Cheers,

Sam Booton

Webmaster & Club Secretary

Second UKCAA Event

Hi everyone,

The committee have received a request from Martyn Kinder of the UK Classic Aerobatic Assc

His request is :

Would WMAC be prepared to help them out by allowing them to hold another flying meeting at Hanbury on Sunday September 26th  the same format as they did on June 6th last.

This group of vintage model enthusiasts hold meetings up and down the UK at their members club fields. We have two such members Simon and James.

Unfortunately one of their meetings has had to be cancelled as film work will be taking place at that particular field on September 26 and as they wish to still keep the meeting they have approached WMAC.

The committee agree in principal to make Hanbury available to them on that date but would like our members to express their views first.

All members would still be able to attend to see these guys in action and members flying would be still allowed.

It’s all very friendly and a BBQ would be laid on for all. Also by then there should be no covid restrictions in place.

Please express you views on this matteron Club Chat or to the committee via WMAC Email. Please respond promptly as Simon needs to answer the request yes or no

Kind Regards,

Dave Evans

Chairman

Rushwick Update

Good morning,

Following reports on the difficulty of using the Rushwick site David Evans, Bryan Howes and myself visited the site today and were later joined by our landlord, Matt Richardson.

Most will be aware that due to an invasion of ‘river grass’ the field had become difficult to use and last September. Matt decided the only remedy was to plough and re-seed the field. This also provided an opportunity to review the field layout.

Due to weather conditions being adverse in respect of too wet, too dry and too cold at various times, retarding the development of the new sward, the field is as good as we would would expect considering the conditions. A Max Thrust Riot was flown and with standard wheels demonstrated that whilst it was possible to fly it was far from ideal and we sympathise with those that have been doing their best to use the site. We did not feel the main problem was ruts but the fact that the field was seeded by drilling which creates rows of grass with soil in between creating a mini ploughed effect. This can cause aircraft with small wheels to trip. There is some evidence that the grass has knitted together in places elevating the trip hazard. Given the right conditions the whole runway will fill in to enable a smoother surface to emerge, this is more likely to happen later in the year. At the end of March we did roll and seed the strip but with little effect and during the dry period Matt rolled it with his heavyweight roller to try and improve matters.

Purchasing a quantity of topsoil has been considered, racking this in with grass seed to try and level the surface. However, it is thought that with dry weather the soil could become dry and disperse without any grass germination or should we have rain then we could create a mud bath, our landlord concurs with this opinion. You will be aware that when trying to create a lawn effect a critical part is regular watering and there is no possibility of this at the field.

The conclusion is the field is only suitable, in the short term, for aircraft with larger wheels or powered gliders until the grass develops further. If those with some horticultural knowledge feel there is a short term solution we urge you to formulate a plan and present it to the committee who will enthusiastically receive it.

With the runway moved out into the field we have unobstructed, flat approaches and can also avoid over flying the neighbours field. The runway is also wider than it has been before, enabling take off and landing at an angle if wind direction dictates. The parking area / pits will be moved to behind the bank on your left as you approach the field so it is nearer the runway.

We much regret the inconvenienced caused but still feel long term we will have an improved site. Hanbury is operating and with up to 30 people now being allowed there should be no problem with booking a flying slot.

Clive Maulden

Flying on Sunday 6th June

Good morning,

I hope you’re all enjoying the sudden change of weather over the past week! A couple of updates on the flying fields for this Sunday for you this morning…

Hanbury

Hanbury will be closed to members on Sunday 6th June 2021, due to a pre-arranged UKCAA event happening. As we are having to limit numbers this year, we can’t have more than 30 people there in total. This includes committee, organisers, photography, cooks etc… However, we are expecting only around 10 or so UKCAA members to attend. Therefore, after a couple of members of our committee are included in this number to cook and run the event, this will leave around 15 spaces or so for our own members to attend. 

You must book in, however not via the usual channels. The booking system on our website isn’t supported for this event as it is externally arranged, and instead you’ll need to contact Simon Ford on either smjaford@btinternet.com or 01386 751227. It is a first come, first serve basis so you’ll need to contact him quick! 

If you intend to fly, I’ve been asked to remind you this is not a fun fly, but for a specific type of model the UK Classic Aerobatic Association fly. The definition of the model type permitted I have been given is a model “which the design was published before 1996, for F3A pattern aerobatic flying, pre turn around era – Along the lines of Curare, pacemaker, kwik fli, blue angel etc”.  

If you’d like to offer your services as drone photography or DSLR photography, cooking or simply spectating please also contact Simon as the limitation will still apply. 

Rushwick

By unfortunate circumstance, Rushwick is also closed this Sunday. We found out last night that another motorbike event will be held on Sunday, and so we must not fly. Saturday afternoon there may well be people turning up in preparation for the event at Rushwick, so please bear that in mind whilst booking too.

Hope you all have a good weekend! 

Thanks,

Sam Booton

Club Secretary & Webmaster

May 17th Booking Update

Hello Everyone,

After some good news from Boris tonight, I am happy to inform you that we can now book 30 people per session per field as of May 17th!!

Evening and all day bookings shall also recommence, so you’ll have much more flexibility on when you visit the field.

You will still need to book to attend!

Coming later this week will be a revamped booking system (hopefully!), which will allow even more flexibility in your bookings and allow you to book multiple sessions per day (for example, AM and Evening if you wanted for some reason). It’ll also make it easier to see bookings, rather than a really long list if its a busy day. This will launch soon, and I’ll give out another email on that closer to the time to explain things better. For now, continue to use the current booking system – any bookings made will be migrated to the new system.

For now, it’ll only allow 6 bookings and AM or PM slots after the 17th, as the new system is due to replace this.

We are keeping the booking system for as long as test and trace is asked for by both the BMFA and the Government. This does mean we could potentially be booking for the long term, or we could suddenly see the end of the policy in June – who knows? If I had to make a guess, I’d say the Government may want to keep these systems running until we’ve seen through another winter, but hopefully not!! A small sacrifice though to have this freedom back to fly with large groups.

Cheers,

Sam Booton

Club Secretary and Webmaster

Worcester Model Aero Club

Booking System Review

Good evening everyone,

The booking system has been active for a week now tomorrow (Friday), and we have reviewed the current situation after looking at the trend of bookings.

It has been decided to remove the restriction of two bookings per week. There is now no limit on pre-booking your flying sessions at all. This has been done due to all but a couple of AM slots being available, and slots still being available on nearly all of the days in the PM. The initial rush thankfully wasn’t as large as anticipated, even with the perfect weather we had this week.

However, please ensure you are being fair to your other members and try to resist from large block bookings! If it is found this is occurring, we will have to look into reinstating the restriction. 

It is still only AM or PM, with no all day bookings and no evening bookings available just yet. This is always being reviewed each fortnight, and I’ll keep you updated on if there are any changes.

As before, if you have booked for an AM slot, and by midday there is enough availability for you to stay for the PM slot, you may do so but you MUST book in for PM slot whilst at the field on your phone/tablet. Otherwise, you won’t be able to stay and will have to vacate the field by 13:30. The times for AM and PM remain the same, and the restriction of no IC and a max of 3S electric between 9am and 10am and after 8pm persists. Rushwick has other limitations on IC, which are detailed on the website.

The limit of 6 per session per site also remains in place until at least May 17th.

Hope this can improve some things, and allows us to all enjoy flying a little more!

Cheers,

Sam Booton

Club Secretary & Webmaster

Booking Services have reopened!

Good Evening Everyone!

After now having confirmation from the Government that the 29th March is definitely going ahead, I am happy to be able to reopen the booking system as of 5pm tonight!

The rules are similar to before, but for a refresher they are:

  • Rule of 6 – no more than 6 per session per field (including trainees and instructors)
  • AM is 9am to 1:30pm, PM is 2pm until dusk
  • Between 9am and 10am, and from 6pm onwards is 3S electric only
  • Only two pre-booked slots per 7 days
  • If on the day you wake up and there are empty slots, you may book these in addition to you pre-bookings. This could mean you could fly 7 days per week if 5 of those days had availability on the day when you woke up
  • Instructors can pre-book as many slots as they like, provided they are teaching someone on the additional slots
  • This will be reviewed weekly

RUSHWICK

Please do not book for Rushwick on MONDAY 29th MORNING. We are preparing the site with rolling and mowing during the AM slot and flying will not be possible.

After the AM slot, Rushwick is open. However, it is a little rough at the moment after the resurfacing last year settles down and would recommend hand launch only.

Happy flying, and enjoy the nice weather next week!

Cheers,

Sam Booton

Club Secretary and Webmaster

March Chairman Update

Hello everyone,

I expect you are feeling as I do… beginning to get a sense of optimism about the prospect of going flying soon.

The committee are in countdown mode as we approach March 29th.

We have been speaking to our landlords this last week.  They are looking forward to seeing us again.

Committee members visited Hanbury in the last couple of days to check out the mower. It’s ok… There are sheep and lambs in our field there… David the landlord says they will be taken out of our field by March 29th.

Our landlord at Rushwick will be assisting us to get that field up and running during April by rolling and mowing a new runway. The committee will be organising a work party soon to include some committee and regular Rushwick users to stake out a new runway.  We will let you know when shortly.

You will by now all be aware of the new CAA article 16 regulations which  now define the legal requirements in respect of the operation of UAV’s  (un manned aerial vehicles) meaning Drones and Model Aircraft.

The BMFA have done a very good job for us modellers by ensuring that we can continue our activities very much as before.

Regarding the new regs.  A couple of members have raised the question of separation distances between our flying models and people passing by when we are flying. Bearing in mind that our runways have public footpaths or bridleways passing quite close to our runways.

The new regs do not mention proximity to public footpaths or bridleways.  What they do say is this; We must not fly within 30 meters of any un-involved person. This can be reduced to 15 meters for take off or landing.  They also state we must not operate within 50 meters of ASSEMBLIES OF PEOPLE

Note: CAA DEFINITION OF ASSEMBLIES OF PEOPLE IS PEOPLE OF SUCH DENSITY THAT THEY ARE UNABLE TO MOVE AWAY DUE TO THE DENSITY OF THE PEOPLE PRESENT. CLEARLY NOT AN ISSUE AT OUR SITES.

Our advice, backed up by the BMFA is that if you see a person approaching whether on a public footpath or otherwise you should if necessary land you’re model as soon as possible. And if necessary land  it away from the runway.

The committee have taken all mitigating measures to ensure public safety at out sites is in place with clear warning signs on gates and stiles

Our experience of flying at our current sites for over 20 years is that the use of adjacent public footpaths is extremely low. Hanbury for instance sees fewer than three people per week during flying times.  However we must at all times remain vigilant.

So that’s it.  We await the green light from Boris.  The Committee will keep you informed via the website as we approach the end of March.

See you at the fields

Regards

Dave

Booking System and IT Support

Good Afternoon Everyone,

We are hoping the Government will still allow us to begin flying again on March 29th. In preparation for this, we have implemented a new outlook on the booking rules to make sure fairness is key. We were concerned after such a long lockdown, and winter months, there may be a bit of a rush to book to fly. To make sure everyone gets a chance, initially we are being restrictive on how many sessions you can book per week. If it ends up being quieter than expected, this will get reviewed. The committee will discuss every week or so whether the current system is working, or whether it can be edited. Your input is also key to this, so let us know if you think it’s working by replying to this email, or emailing contact@wmac.uk when booking re-opens!

The rules will become:

Pre-booking sessions: You may book TWO booking sessions in advance of the current date per 7 days

On the day sessions: If you wake up and see free slots on the day, you may book these in ADDITION to what you have pre-booked. Technically, if sessions are always free each day, this means you could fly 7 days a week.

AM/PM/All Day pre-booked: Due to the anticipated rush to fly, we are restricting to booking AM or PM, and not any all day bookings and no combining AM and PM to create pre-booked all day bookings.

AM/PM on-the-day bookings: If you have booked an AM slot, whether that’s a pre-booking or on the day, you may book a PM slot to make it all day and remain at the field IF AFTER 12PM (midday) on the day there are free PM slots left. You will obviously need to check the booking system on your phone, and you will need to book.

AM/PM flying times: These are 9am until 1:30pm, and 2pm until dusk. Remember the site rules though, where before 10am is 3S electric only and after 8pm is 3S electric only. This is 5pm on Sundays at Hanbury, whilst no IC is allowed at any point on a Sunday at Rushwick.

Field Conditions: We are arranging to visit both sites to ready them for the 29th. More updates on this will come, but hopefully both sites are flyable on the 29th.

We are hoping this makes it fair for most members. We are trying to find the right balance between having slots available for everyone, but equally not allowing empty slots to go to waste if someone wishes to use them.

The rule of 6 is expected to be still honoured, so as before you will need to book and restrict it to 6 per session per site. We also ask if you have the NHS Test & Trace app, to please scan in at the fields and maintain social distance outside of your chosen bubble.

All of these rules are written out now on the booking page, but the booking system will remain offline until we have official confirmation that we can resume flying on the 29th March.

To address quickly to those querying about flying as of today (8th March) – the BMFA have sent an email out saying the government allow people to fly with 1 other person, but this is not on sites people have to pay for. So if you have a field or some land and are allowed to fly for free, this is legal. As we pay for our sites, we are therefore classed as a facility and so must remain closed until at least the 29th. So please don’t fly at Hanbury or Rushwick before the 29th!

The website is also coming back online today, but over the next week or so you may notice a couple of things ‘looking a bit weird’ whilst more updates are implemented.

IT Support:

We have implemented a new system to gain IT support from the webmaster. You will need to log in, and expand the ‘Members Menu’ and click ‘IT Support’. Upon doing that, if you need to raise a new issue, click the red ‘new ticket’ box and submit your problem / query. Ongoing tickets will be held in the window on that same page, and will be private between you and me. You will be able to see and send more replies in that window by clicking onto an existing ticket.

We have had to do this as a couple of members thought it acceptable to send hundreds of messages late into the night on WhatsApp, so to counter this and to push back operation of the website to my development business we are operating a ‘Support Ticketing System’. It is also to log any issues to record common problems, in order to allow easier recognition where website improvement is needed.

Emailing may now mean your query gets missed, plus not logged, so it’s best to use the ticketing system for the quickest response!

Thanks, and hopefully see you all down the field soon!

Sam Booton

Webmaster & Club Secretary

Confirming your details and your CAA Number

EDIT: The WMAC are asking you to provide the number to the committee, not the BMFA

Good Afternoon Everyone,

I have been speaking to the BMFA, and we have been informed that there may be an insurance issue if flying without a CAA Number. A term and condition for your BMFA insurance is to be flying within the law, and obviously since the new ruling came into effect on being registered with the CAA that requires registration immediately. Without an Operator ID, insurance is invalid on models over 250g.

We have been advised to capture all the member’s CAA numbers, and store them on your online profile on our website. This is so the club have record of everyone covered, so we have covered all bases should an incident occur. If an accident is had without a valid CAA, the model club can say we did all we could and have shown due diligence in ensuring all of our members are operating legally whilst covered by insurance.

We will soon be implementing a club rule that requires anyone flying anything over 250g has an Operator ID, and this ID is sent to us and is shown upon your model following CAA guidelines and must have insurance.

Your number will have been emailed to you from the CAA, and will look similar to “GBR-OP-ABC123D4”.

The form below also asks you to confirm your details to us, to ensure we have the most up to date information on file and to gain your permission in securely storing this information. It is important we get this form back from everyone.

The form you need to complete is available at: https://forms.gle/vh2LaiGuWHUcYEXZ9

If anyone struggles opening the form, or completing it, please contact me at webmaster@wmac.uk

If anyone does not have CAA cover, please log into your BMFA account and purchase it if you require it (anyone flying anything over 250g), or contact the BMFA.

Many thanks in advance to you all for filling this form!

Kind Regards,

Sam Booton

Webmaster & Club Secretary