Here is a list of all the postings Keith Lomax has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: August Nationals 2019|
Here is the perspective from those who run the camp gate ….
We opened the gate at noon. This is the earliest that the RAF allow us to do, and also as the gate staff will be working until around 10pm it would be unfair to ask them to do it sooner.
This year we only had to turn away about five who arrived in the morning wanting to get in, which is a big improvement.
We knew that we would not get the airfield until late afternoon, so we had about a dozen volunteers primed to marshal the holding area (under Andy Symon's organisation).
The initial flow was a trickle which is good, but it grew steadily as the afternoon wore on.
By about 4pm the queue to be parked in the holding area had reached back to the gate operation, and by 5pm it was queued all the way back to the junction with High Dyke / Ermine Street and for some distance in both directions. It even made the traffic report on local radio.
Airfield clearance was given around 5:30, allowing us to release the marquee company to set up the remaining trade marquees (they can't all be done in advance as they would restrict the view of the main runway from the Air Traffic Tower), and traders soon after.
Less than an hour later the campsite crew were ready to marshal the campers into their plots (this can't be done in advance as some of the infrastructure can't be setup with full size aircraft still using the taxiways).
The holding area was then allowed to disperse - but in a safe way and not a mad rush, and arrivals at this time could drive directly onto the campsite.
Within an hour the queues had been cleared, but arrivals continued at a steady rate until after dark.
As an aside, early afternoon, one idiot drove in the gate, went to the right of the "Keep Left" sign, crossed the line of traffic heading into the holding area, up onto the perimeter track, round to the CL Team Race area and turned left onto the secondary runway. I alerted air traffic and the SATCO (Senior Air Traffic Controller) went out to escort him back and give him a few harsh words. He claimed not to know that it was an active airfield and he tough it was only a campsite! Actions like this could cost us the use of this site.
My thanks go out to all of those who made this the smoothest Nats Friday for many years - including camp gate staff, holding area marshals, campsite crew and all other helpers, and especially the person who booked the weather!
Honorary Treasurer, Nats Treasurer, and general dogsbody.
Edited By Keith Lomax on 01/09/2019 10:16:03
|Thread: CAA registration consulation|
Also the document that says "The Government will work with model aircraft flying clubs to examine ways in which it may be possible to exempt members of model aircraft flying clubs with adequate safety cultures and practices from certain elements of registration and other educational requirements, or where their club will be permitted to undertake regulatory requirements on their behalf."
The issue is that the CAA issued a contract for a bespoke development, which is always going to be at the top end of pricing for any IT system. The BMFA had offered a solution based on the membership system which could have been easily adapted for minimal costs without the need for extensive ongoing support and a helpdesk being manned at the CAA.
It was offered.
£1 million of it is to the outsourced (private) company who developed and will run the system. I can assure you that the BMFA will not be spending even 5% of this amount on the new membership system that has much more functionality.
One point that I made in my response was
"Thirdly, it will only penalise the law abiding model fliers and drone operators. In the same way that people who use firearms to commit crime are unlikely to have a gun license, anybody planning to use a drone to disrupt airport operations or drop contraband into prisons will not register under this scheme."
|Thread: Six Nations 2019|
Scotland topping the table - a rare sight so enjoy it for a week!
|Thread: Another scam? Sinister this time|
This one is not about call rates. What they want you to do is to access their website and hand control over to their "tech support" department under the premise of checking out the problem, but will install a virus or trojan that watches your keystrokes and captures your passwords. Some of the more sophisticated ones also trap the cookies that store remembered passwords.
Several years ago, somebody who I know initially fell for this, and once she saw that he was trying to install something she tried to shut the PC down but every time the mouse got close to the menu button the remote user moved it away. She had the foresight to disconnect her broadband connection (pre- wi-fi) before any damage was done.
My answer to these is to ask which computer is causing the problem, and when they say "the Windows one", I say that we only have Apple products, or vice-versa. (Similar to the above poster changing his ISP).
I previously worked for a vehicle leasing company with a private customer base. We had a spate of calls from customers saying that we had disclosed personal details. On investigation, we narrowed it down to customers who had made insurance claims, so the insurance company's fraud department took over the investigation. They found that the common factor was the national chain of bodyshops that they used for most repairs - at this stage it was found that people (probably the delivery/collection drivers) in individual branches were noting details of customers' names, addresses and phone numbers and selling them on leading to calls along the line of "we are calling about your recent accident".
With the going rate for this level of detail and a definite accident, apparently they were quite lucrative, especially to somebody on minimum wage.
However, calls such a Geoff's wife's are usually just randomly called numbers and they don't usually actually have the name and address. My wife got one yesterday saying that they "were in the area doing soffits and facias for one of our neighbours", but then asked for our postcode!
As an aside, about 25 years ago I was at a friend's home, with a few others when he took a phone call. He played along to what was an obvious salesman, and got to the point of making an appointment for one evening the following week, and gave his address. He then said, when the salesman arrives, he should take the lift to the tenth floor. When the caller queried this, he replied along the lines of "if you are going to waste my time trying to sell me a conservatory, you should check your facts before you call".
Edited By Keith Lomax on 01/02/2019 10:35:25
|Thread: Model Transport|
What about the case that cricketers use for their gear (or even a golf bag?)
|Thread: In your late 60s or early 70s?|
One of the oddities if that if anyone in the household is old enough for a free license, or the discount for being partially sighted, then the rest of the household get the benefit. So a couple in their 50's both working have to pay it but if one of their parents then moves in they get it free.
|Thread: Gatwick drone incident|
Nor will an extended driving ban and a(nother) suspended sentence stop the unlicensed driver from driving.
Those saying that all drones should be fitted with technology to prevent and/or detect action such as we have seen over the last few days, could equally say that driving licenses should be chip and pin, and all cars fitted with a card reader so you can't drive without being in possession of your license. It wouldn't stop people disabling the technology and there would be a lucrative black market in stolen licenses.
|Thread: Can a drone fly at 10000ft?|
It is very unlikely that this technology would allow flights at 10,000 feet up
Whilst the range of 4G can be tuned to 5 miles or more, this is to cover areas such as in the US where population is sparse and roads are straight. To reach this range, the cell sites would have to be focussed into a fairly narrow conical beam.
In the UK, cell sites are more closely spaced and the range is configured (usually) into a 120 degree arc (ie. 3 actual cells on each mast) with a range of 2-3 miles horizontally and a few hundred feet vertically.
The mobile companies would not waste money creating cell sites to give coverage 2 miles up!
|Thread: BMFA mag's going a bit over the top?|
A full reprint costs around £30,000, so we try to do this around every four years.
|Thread: Club Website?|
Better still, make two memory stick copies, and give the second one to another committee member to store. This protects the club against both you leaving (for any reason) or something unfortunate such as a fire at your house. Buy a third memory stick so when you update you put the copy on there and swap it with the other committee member.
|Thread: BMFA SUBS|
Did you join the BMFA as a Country Member (ie. directly) or through a club? For country members the sticker should have been sent with your membership card. For club members, they are sent to the clubs to distribute along with the cards.
Or, you can keep an image of it on your phone (if you have a suitable device) then you always have it with you. The number of times that people turn up to other clubs and fly-ins etc. without the card should be reduced.
Fellows do indeed get 5 votes, but only in the specific case of a card vote at a general meeting (either Annual or Extraordinary GM). I have attended all such meetings since about 1989 (30 AGMs and 2 EGMs) and I can only remember a handful of card votes in that time; usually in relation to the subs. Most decisions are taken by a show of hands at the meetings and card votes are only called if the show of hands is close; we don't have five hands.
For the annual elections to Elected Officer and Technical Committee posts done by postal ballot (if there are enough nominations) we get the same one vote as all members.
There are currently around 40 Fellows, most of whom do not attend the AGMs, so the total combined voting strength (if all voted the same way) is less than a large club.
So, in conclusion, whilst the 5 votes per Fellow is historic and probably wouldn't be created if the Society was set up today, it has minimal (if any) impact in reality..
It would be nice if it was self funding, but the £158k is the net cost after less than £20k of advertising revenue. There is a new advertising agent and early indications are that the advertising revenue will increase (but not eightfold!).
Edited By Keith Lomax on 27/11/2018 10:58:46
For those looking at the increase as a percentage, I'm afraid it is not that simple.
The budget is set on the basis of starting with what we plan to spend, and then dividing by the expected number of members.
There are a number of factors that have contributed towards this:
- The loss of the insurance rebate has been discussed above and elsewhere;
- Fewer new members joined in 2018, and this trend is expected to continue;
- a deficit in 2017/18 and a likely one in 2018/19, covered from reserves but these should be replenished.
Edited By Keith Lomax on 20/11/2018 08:54:28
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