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Member postings for David Ashby - Moderator

Here is a list of all the postings David Ashby - Moderator has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.

Thread: Daily Mail on-line article on model flying in the 50s
08/02/2019 06:25:17

Lovely pics, thanks Peter thumbs up

Thread: Sticky!
29/01/2019 21:02:21

Nice one Jerry. It's a cute little thing isn't it.

Thread: Ideas for articles in RCM&E
29/01/2019 18:36:38

I'm going to call time on this long nine year old thread. 

As I've said before, the editor, Graham always wants to hear reader suggestions and feedback, so please just drop him a line at

In that way your ideas will go straight to the person who commissions articles rather than rely on him finding time to negotiate a long thread. 

General feedback, critique can be made by starting or joining a thread relating to a particular issue.

Thanks again.


Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 29/01/2019 18:39:15

Thread: BMFA News Feb 2019
28/01/2019 11:01:55

Post deleted, be nice folks please.

Thread: Biggles' Mess (the renamed cafe!)
22/01/2019 20:38:02

Thanks for the thoughts folks. We knew we’d receive advice on this one but, just this once, that’s the way it’ll be. 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 22/01/2019 20:39:40

22/01/2019 18:50:39

In memory of our great friend Dave Burton (BEB), the cafe has a new name, we think he'd have liked that.

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 22/01/2019 20:39:07

Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)
21/01/2019 20:17:33

At the service today I handed two copies of the forum book of condolences to Owen (Dave's son) who was very grateful and expressed his thanks to everyone. Thanks go to Steve for preparing these. 






Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 21/01/2019 20:19:35

Thread: FHSS flavours
17/01/2019 10:24:09

Almost certainly that's a 'no' Shaun, unless specifically stated.

Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)
16/01/2019 21:21:33

The service for Dave is on Monday 21st Jan at St Andrews Church, Meols, Wirral, CH473AQ at around 11am.

Steve Hargreaves has prepared a book containing all the kind remarks on this thread and and we’ll pass this to the family on Monday.

Ken, that’s a nice idea, we’ll certainly do something to mark Dave’s Contribution to the forum. 



Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 16/01/2019 21:22:37

Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 16/01/2019 21:28:20

Thread: club drone ban
09/01/2019 20:56:33

Off topic posts deleted, forum language infringement deleted. Thread locked.

Thread: Dave Burton (BEB)
08/01/2019 13:34:24

On the charity side - Cancer Research. Dave's club chairman tells me that they had a charity auction last year and, at Dave's suggestion, donated to that charity.

07/01/2019 15:01:57

A fine tribute to Dave at the LJM University. Worth a read.



Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 07/01/2019 15:03:45

06/01/2019 20:38:50
Posted by Devcon1 on 05/01/2019 11:48:07:
If the family expresses any wishes for chosen charity donations I would be grateful to hear.


I should be able to find out at the funeral, possible before, so will report back to you all. I'll let everyone know about the funeral date and time as soon as I have it. 

Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 06/01/2019 20:53:40

04/01/2019 09:53:14
Posted by Tim Cheal on 03/01/2019 22:25:39:

Like many others I never met BEB, but always enjoyed his postings and his clear understanding, plus his articles in RCM and E. I have learnt so much from reading his work.

I wonder if anyone has considered letting this family have a copy of this thread as a sort of condolences book?



Yes and yes Tim thumbs up

31/12/2018 18:59:36


I'm sorry to say that Dave Burton, BEB as many of you will know him, passed away yesterday after his long illness. He was 62.

Given 12 months to live some 3 years ago, Dave defied the odds and showed incredible determination over this time, never letting his life be defined by his illness, living life to the full, maintaining his forum involvement, flying often and all with amazing good humour. 

Over the years he became a forum moderator but one of the main contributors here too, helping many people, or injecting a good dose of common sense and calm logic when needed. Either that or, as a professor of engineering, advice based on sound knowledge and experience.

Dave was a clever guy but one of the kindest I've met. Not only did he play a huge role in helping to steer this forum but was always there when technical advice was needed in relation to RCM&E magazine, for which he also wrote many popular articles.

He'll be hugely missed and I know forum members will join me in sending sincerest condolences to Julie, Owen and Laura.






Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 31/12/2018 19:06:13

Thread: Graupner Pep
27/12/2018 17:38:35

Hi chaps, a little video from a cold flying field today. Just iPhone footage but, hopefully, you can get an idea as to how it flies with a zippy set-up. 


Edited By David Ashby - Moderator on 27/12/2018 17:44:18

Thread: Christmas wishes
24/12/2018 11:32:57

Very nice, you know where to send the leftover crumbs... smile

I know Graham and Beth would join me in wishing all forumites a restful break and blue skies for 2019. May all your models be... retrievable teeth 2


Thread: Gatwick drone incident
23/12/2018 11:27:16

Morning all.

An emotive thread of course and, already, we've had to remove some comments owing to abuse/language, and one forum member has been permanently removed from the site.

Your moderators are busy with family Christmas preparations or a last-minute fly, and we'd rather not be enforcing the code of conduct and handing out formal warnings.

We all have our views on this matter, so please respect other comments, even if you don't agree with them.

Thank you,


Thread: FMS Hawk 80mm ,What is it like ?
13/12/2018 10:43:19

A few months ago, a club mate brought his Freewing Hawk down on the same day I had my FMS Hawk flying. Overall the FMS model is a tad better finished with oleo retracts (not wire) and gear doors. It's slightly larger too.

The Freewing was flying with a 6S 5000mAh and was certainly faster but it was heavier so needed to be. But I preferred the the 3300mAh 6S in my FMS version. It was still fast enough and slower - and more manageable - when landing. As Ian says, for grass runways the FMS version has to be preferable thanks to the shock absorbing retracts.

I've not flown the Freewing version but the FMS model is superb and, like Ian's, puts a smile on the face.


Thread: flight manoeuvre descriptions
08/12/2018 16:56:42

Quite a few articles in the ‘flying techniques’ section of this site’s features area. You’ll find lots of articles about how to perform certain manoeuvres.

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