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Member postings for Keith Lomax

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Thread: Electric Cars.
15/04/2018 10:35:03

There is a lot of financial good sense behind the three year cycle for those who drive new cars. The company that I work for has a fleet of around 600,000 (yes - really, about 10% of the UK new car market). Therefore it is in their interest to get the best deal for their customers. They have some very clever numbers geeks who model lifetime costs including depreciation, maintenance (including impact of warranties expiring and the fact that first MoT is after three years), cost of sale, etc.

Extending the lease to four years would add to the monthly lease costs.

Keeping it longer only makes sense if you plan to keep for eight to ten years.

Thread: Best bicycle tyres
15/04/2018 10:22:26

I cycle daily on my commute - not a huge distance as there is a train journey in the middle. I would estimate that I do between 1200 and 1400 miles annually, all on roads, with a full size folding road bike.

The bike came with Schwalbe Marathon Supreme and these last about two years on the front and one year on the back. These are folding tyres so could be easily carried. Last time round I replaced one with a Schwalbe Marathon Plus at not much more than half the price and it seems to be wearing just as well, but wouldn't be practical if you had to carry it.

I also don't wait until I get punctures - you can see when the tread is nearly worn away so change it then. It might cut the life by a month or two but saves a lot of hassle.

Thread: Richard Osborn-Brooks
06/04/2018 21:15:58

The significant difference with Tony Martin was that the burglars were already on their toes, and he was at no further risk of injury, but still chose to shoot the scrotes in the back. In the recent case, what has been reported is that it was the burglar who was armed, and pulled it on the householder, and got stabbed with his own screwdriver in the struggle.

Thread: Scam or what ?
25/03/2018 16:31:34
Posted by Old Geezer on 22/03/2018 14:01:31:

Same but different problem with BT - typical problem caller - poor line, caller identifies herself as from BT using an Anglo' forename, but with an accent redolent of the Indian sub-continent. My immediate reaction was "Here we go again" - well, it was the first one of the day, so I just put the phone down and got on with refurb'ing the J60. Perhaps another 4 of the usual automated wastes of time plus 2-3 benighted time wasters and or scammers who got either shouted at or the wee-wee extracted spending how I was feeling at the time. BUT - 3 days later I had a (legitimate) text message from BT - asking how I rated their employee. 😳 There might be a lesson for BT somewhere there.

Edited By Old Geezer on 22/03/2018 14:03:04

Even that text could have been a scam. The "reply to" could have been a premium rate text number. A relative had a similar one, and by replying signed up to a £10 per month service that eventually EE refunded.

Thread: Pete’s princess BFMA
11/03/2018 13:20:37

There is a link to the mag on the top left of the BMFA home page

I copied the link - below - but I suspect that this may not work with all of the % in it.

Thread: Down loading pics
04/03/2018 10:25:20

If you are using keystrokes, then CTRL A is select all. If you want all of the pictures together in a subfolder on the memory stick, take the whole folder using Paul's method, or just drag it between two windows of explorer (one for the PC and one for the memory stick.

If you want to move them to the root of the memory stick (may be necessary if you want to display them on a smart TV, for example) then go into the pictures folder and select all then copy - using either mouse or keystrokes - then go to the memory stick folder and paste.

Thread: Pedantic
01/03/2018 20:13:37

How about people who utilise (or utilize) four extra letters when they mean "use"?

There are two sorts of people that I can't stand, those who are intolerant of other nationalities, and Americans.

I sometimes confuse Aussies and Kiwis ..... by using long words.

Thread: End for Maplins?
28/02/2018 13:48:47

The problem is that they tried to be too many things. They were a great place to go for components and connectors, which didn't need much space or a town centre location. I used to visit their Southend shop down a back street.

Next came specialist electronic items and bits of PCs. The problem was that they needed more space and the sort of people who would be the main customer base probably knew how to use the internet.

Then to justify the costs of their new high street and retail park locations, they diversified into electronic toys, but the mainstream toyshops did so as well. They tried to get a USP by having staff who actually knew what was in the box. The downside of this approach was that they would happily demonstrate an item - which meant flying drones in the car park, which I have seen on at least three occasions in the public car park outside their Chelmsford shop.

Thread: Peter McDermott sale
04/02/2018 16:17:17

I'm sure that when PMcD sold it, it would have been for nowhere near that amount, so somebody along the line is seriously profiteering out of his skill.

Thread: Hobbico - files for Bankruptcy
24/01/2018 18:06:49
Posted by Frank Skilbeck on 15/01/2018 08:19:08:
Posted by Erfolg on 14/01/2018 21:30:47:

I have said I am surprised that Hobico has apparently continued trading when apparently with debts and liabilities, that appear to be insurmountable. Particularly as I understood that if that were the case, in UK it would make the directors liable for tall he debts at the point this becoming known.

But that's the whole point of Chapter 11 filing in the US, to allow a business to carry on trading while it works out a solution with it's creditors etc as it does allow companies to be rescued, previous examples of chapter 11 would include General Motors, Continental Airlines, Texaco. Several countries have similar schemes and it had been argued that the UK would benefit from something similar.

It also allows an inependant consultant with advantage of not having rose tinted spectacles to consider each part of the business. The likely outcome is that niche parts of the business will be sold off to buyers (or given to creditors in exchange for writing off debt) whilst the rump of the business folds.

Thread: BMFA NAtional Centre website launched
29/12/2017 20:13:32
Posted by Tony Kenny on 28/12/2017 21:49:44:

Just found this thread.... I've been to the centre a few times now, twice for the aerobatics training days which have been a fantastic learning opportunity for me and have really improved my overall flying skills.

Facilities are great, everybody I met there were friendly and helpful. I look forward to visiting each month and also look forward to the accommodation blocks being available.

The only thing I would add is, that given the average age of people in the hobby and given how far it is by road from the nearest town, I'd be tempted to install and AED (defribrillator) in case somebody experiences a cardiac event whilst on site. The difference, statistically, is taking survival rates up from 6% to 96%, provided of course, that they're not flying alone and somebody sees them go down within a couple of minutes! Maybe a fund raising event for that separately? I take it the air ambulance wouldn't have much problem finding a spot to land!


This is already in hand - authority was given for the purchase at a meeting of the Centre Steering Group in November. This was prompted by the successful use of one (by the first aid team) at the August Nationals that probably saved a competitor's life.

Thread: Well Done Harry Hill........
26/12/2017 10:25:22

I live in a small town in central Essex (Witham). I don't do social media, but SWMBO saw two separate entries in Facebook of people who have lost drones locally, both flying in housing estates.


Thread: Legislation Proposal at last
11/12/2017 19:13:45
Posted by Peter Christy on 11/12/2017 15:40:50:

I thought we'd settled the definition ages ago!

"If it is capable of controlled flight while out of LOS of the pilot, then it is a drone. If it is NOT capable of controlled flight out of LOS of the pilot, it is NOT a drone."



What about a fixed wing model with FPV? A multi rotor without FPV?

Thread: why we don't fly drones over crowds
10/12/2017 19:12:32
Posted by ChrisB on 10/12/2017 18:21:49:

The CAA, EASA and DFT could also learn a lot from model aeroplane flyers and their established rules and procedures!

Unsurprisingly, they do - The CAA meet regularly with representative of the larger model flying associations (BMFA, LMA, SAA, BARCS, and when there are relevant items FPV-UK). EASE have been in dialogue with representatives of several European model flying bodies, including the BMFA, and now the Euro Model Fliers Union in which BMFA is a leading player, and have massively redrafted their proposals as a result. Less established, but DFE, HSE and DFT also have ad-hoc meetings with BMFA representatives.

Thread: BMFA Classifieds Scammer Alert
10/12/2017 18:59:43

As BMFA Classifieds is restricted to members, I suggest that you email webmaster <at> bmfaclassifieds <dot> org with the details and he can check out / block this user.

Thread: Legislation Proposal at last
27/11/2017 19:16:09

It is likely (it is in the current EASA proposal but not certain in the UK until the actual legislation is published) that membership of an association that is recognised by the CAA will constitute "registration". These include BMFA, LMA, SAA, BARCS - at least.

Thread: Good News from the BMFA AGM
25/11/2017 18:34:45

Posted by Percy Verance on 24/11/2017 21:27:17:

Well Andy, they could have joined you to show commitment to the cause perhaps? And put themselves on show for those countless hundreds of members whom might otherwise never get to meet them in person. Not everyone lives in the Southern half of the country.

I have no bone to pick with you Andy. At least you were there. The others, to many of us, were just faces in a magazine.

Edited By Percy Verance on 24/11/2017 21:30:57

You have to remember, Percy, that Dave, Manny and Andy are both employees and model fliers. They have a day job to do, and can't be expected to work every weekend. Most of the stands around the country are manned by volunteers, usually people who have elected posts on either Council or on Area Committees.

For example, would you rather that Dave gave up his own time to fly to Germany to negotiate with EASA and protect the rights of all Aeromodellers in Europe, or went to a show and met a few dozen or at most a couple of hundred members?

Manny and Andy meet the members by doing club talks, at the invitation of clubs, and will go anywhere in the country to do so.

I'm not sure where you get the concept of a North-South divide, either? The only show in the South that I can remember any of these three guys coming to this year or last is Wings and Wheels (which I normally do but was in hospital this year, so Andy covered for me at short notice), but Andy has done several in the North each year.

Thread: BMFA A thread for off topic posts
24/11/2017 14:18:10
Posted by Andy Symons - BMFA on 24/11/2017 12:06:20:

As fas as I am aware Barkston is 900 acres.

Using Google maps, it is almost square, and both the South and East boundaries are pretty close to one mile. A square mile is 640 acres. If anything, BH is slightly less.

Thread: Good News from the BMFA AGM
24/11/2017 13:11:10
Posted by Cuban8 on 24/11/2017 13:01:04:
Thanks for the info re the hangar Keith. (predictive text turned off this time). The issue with the doors is what I heard, and it's a shame that a way around it can't be found.

I fully agree. From the perspective of the facilities it is a big loss. It also hits the finances as we have to hire a huge marquee for the bar and the bar concession pays us less because their turnover is down.

24/11/2017 12:43:16

To those who have been questioning the relationship with the sponsorship ...

There are two main companies involved in the insurance arrangement - a broker who negotiate and administer the deals and an underwriter who provides the cover. The underwriter determines the premiums, by negotiation, and then pays a commission to the broker. This is how virtually all insurance works. A few of the bigger companies combine both roles for consumer insurance, but anything big enough to be individually negotiated uses a broker.

The broker then chooses to return an element of their commission to us as sponsorship. They do this with a criteria that that it is used for developments and not to support the core activity. The theory is that development furthers the objectives of the Society/Association, and therefore ensures the longevity of the arrangement.

They are partly able to do this because at least 90% or the administration of claims is carried out in the BMFA office, so they don't need to employ staff to do it.


To the poster who suggested a £25k pay rise to the Secretary who donates it back to the NFC.

- the Secretary (I assume that you mean the Honorary Secretary) is a volunteer position, as are all of the directors.

- if you meant one of the permanent employees, then the cost to the Society to do so would be higher due to employers NI and pension (approx. another £3k - £4k). The employee would then have to pay NI and income tax on the money received so would only get about £15k to donate.

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