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Greenacres (Aldridge, West Mids) had 39 aircraft flying at the allotted time during our fly-in today and amazingly with no mid airs.... Normally if only two are flying some evasive action has to be taken!!

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On any "normal" flying day there would be perhaps at most half a dozen cars parked down the lane!
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Basecamp established.

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A big thank you to all those involved in providing us all with some very good food and great company.
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After the mass event we were treated to a display by @Peter Jenkinswho flew his pattern ship in fine style, much appreciated by many.
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After the main event it was back to normal club style flying.

 

I for one had a great day, relaxed, well organised by @Ron Grayand the whole day went like clockwork.

 

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Excellent photos @Kevin Fairgrieve- up to your usual high standard and thanks for the credit but there were at lot of others involved too, there was a lot of organisation!

 

But that bloke with the red and white jumper really does need to eat more!

 

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We had 12 aloft at my club. Variety of ic and electric planes and some drones which doubled as camera ships. Perfect timing too as the rain came shortly after we were done!

 

Very positive comments from the guys who took part as most had never flown in such a large group before and they found it rather exciting. 

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A total of 32 successfully in the air at noon in the North Leeds club - 21 RC fixed wing, 4 quads and 7 chuckies.

A magnificent day organised by Nigel, Jeremy and Bruce, marshalled by Bruce and Steve.  A few pics to start, will try to add video later...

Quote from organiser Nigel, as sent to the BMFA:

 

21 fixed wing planes, 4 drones and a handful of chuck gliders all in the air at the same time from one fairly small runway surrounded by rough moorland. What could possibly go wrong??
 
Well in fact nothing did. After a call to arms thirty-two pilots and several ground support staff volunteered to participate. The free BBQ and talk of a bottle or two after the event obviously had nothing to do with the high response rate. Not to mention the fame fortune and pride that was sure to follow.
 
A plan was drawn up with models divided into four groups, powered gliders with long duration, large petrol models with long duration and good visibility at altitude, general sports models (glow and electric) and light foamy type models. Each group would fly at different altitudes with a flight director and his assistant directing operations. Then there were separate autonomous groups of hovering drones and a few balsa chuck gliders.
 
Two fairly young, fit and sensible ‘fetchermites' were press ganged (sorry volunteered) to clear models from the runway. A BBQ master was installed and a couple of people looking important in high vis. jackets were deployed on the nearby road to warn any horse riders or nervous humans of possible short lived high noise levels and falling debris.  Our recently retired club doctor was at the ready to administer medication to over excited members and the gathered throng of admiring spectators.  I might be exaggerating a bit...
 
A practice session with a high turn out was held a week before the big day and we refined the plan. It soon became obvious that we could get all models into the air in much less than the 10 minutes we had envisaged. We also found taxiing the models off to the side before cutting throttles and engines was a very effective safe and quick way to clear the strip. Fetchermites were only required for models encountering problems.
May the 15th 2022 duly arrived and models were checked, test flown and at the ready. The pre-flight briefing went well with a surprising lack of questions or opinions. No more excuses, takeoffs commenced at 6 minutes to midday and the last model landed at 6 minutes past. A faint mizzle hung in the Yorkshire air but we are tough. The only incident was a dead stick (after midday) suffered by a glow powered Acrowot which landed out with no damage. Blinking was a dangerous occupation as each fixed wing pilot kept their beady eyes glued to their model. Several people with IC engines suffered dead stick paranoia!!  It was surprisingly hard to be sure that yours was definately running with so many engines on the go! The sky seemed very crowded.
 
The call to a group photo came immediately after the last glider arried back on terra firma as the smell of freshly BBQ'd burgers drifted over the runway like an invisible magnet, not to mention the popping of a cork or two (not for designated drivers or those intending to fly later of course).
 
The event most definitely brought us all together in the planning and execution of a safe and satisfying day. In fact it was the first big club get together since the start of the pandemic and we look forward to defending our record in the future against the rest of the world.
 
Models downwind...
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and upwind...
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Aplogies for the legs...
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Successful!
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An impressive turnout from all the clubs.

 

My view is that the record should exclude chuck gliders from the total claimed for the record as it will be only too easy for someone else to arrange a whole lot of paper darts to be flown and steal the record.  For example Putin or Kim Jong Un could order all his army to chuck paper darts at noon and 'nick' the record!

Be far more difficult to arrange thousands of RC models as all the clubs now know having just done it.

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56 minutes ago, kc said:

An impressive turnout from all the clubs.

 

My view is that the record should exclude chuck gliders from the total claimed for the record as it will be only too easy for someone else to arrange a whole lot of paper darts to be flown and steal the record.  For example Putin or Kim Jong Un could order all his army to chuck paper darts at noon and 'nick' the record!

Be far more difficult to arrange thousands of RC models as all the clubs now know having just done it.

 

Hi KC,

 

I do see your point however my original aim was to engage as many BMFA members as we could at local club level to come together and set a new record. It appears that we have achieved this and I am very impressed with the effort made by all of the clubs who participated.

 

Many clubs have restrictions on the number of models in the air at one time so to allow for maximum participation darts were allowed. I wanted this to be an activity all could take part in.

 

There are specific records for paper darts.

 

Simon Vaitkevicius

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2 hours ago, kc said:

An impressive turnout from all the clubs.

 

My view is that the record should exclude chuck gliders from the total claimed for the record as it will be only too easy for someone else to arrange a whole lot of paper darts to be flown and steal the record.  For example Putin or Kim Jong Un could order all his army to chuck paper darts at noon and 'nick' the record!

Be far more difficult to arrange thousands of RC models as all the clubs now know having just done it.

I made an earlier suggestion that perhaps multiple records could be claimed e.g. RC, IC, EP as well as the grand total - maybe not too late for the organisers to collate?

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30 minutes ago, john stones 1 - Moderator said:

I see youngsters and ladies involved

That was an important part of our planning, it helped hiring 2 Portaloos (one specifically for ladies) for the occasion.

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I would suggest a record for the most mid-air collisions within a 10 minute period but, from reading reports, there were none.

 

My club (Concord MFC in Kent) achieved a total of 17. Would have been 18 but one pilot had radio issues and landed a couple of minutes before 12.00.

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