Here is a list of all the postings Andy Symons has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: BMFA - Is the 'A' for apathy?|
No business was raise under AOB at last years AGM, there are no AOB items allowed at the AGM, all proposals have to be submitted in advance so they can be included in the AGM notices that go out
No problem at all with "having a go at the BMFA" for its own good, I think there is a responsibility to find out the actual situation before having a go at specifics though.
All well and good but sometime you have to accept that it can't be done!! AGM at the Nationals can't be done, not enough hours in the day, nowhere to hold it, you can't get all the required people there because most of them are already tied up for most of that weekend, not all at Barkston either, I suspect you would get less attendence anyway as there are too many distractions, oh its also totally the wrong time of the year to hold the AGM. Its not a case of accepting the "Status Quo" in this matter its a case of accepting reality.
I agree that improvements should always be looked for and I don't believe anyone is standing still and yes more shouting about achievements is required!!
Whatever the BMAA's reason for holding their AGM at the Flying show is irrelevent with regards to holding the BMFA AGM at the Nationals, it is simply not possible to hold the BMFA AGM at the Nationals.
For info, AOB items are not allowed at the AGM so suggestions they are slipped in the back door are somewhat wide of the mark.
I'm bowing out of this discussion now.
|Thread: When does a fly-in become a show for a B cert?|
Really? So all you want is insurance? I suspect there are some that only want to pay for insurance but are happy to take the other benefits too such as representation where it matters.
The majority of show organisers are BMFA clubs and BMFA members so its a service supporting BMFA members and clubs. Big commercial shows, not that I can think of many but Wings and Wheels is one, organise there own commercial insurance to cover the event.
If you email the BMFA office for attention of me on firstname.lastname@example.org I will send you a copy of the Display Organisers Handbook which explains everything, it also includes the display site assesment forms which event organisers can fill and return and then subject to the details being acceptable event organisers get a letter by return confirming extended insurance for the event all at no charge!!
Just another service included in the incredibly reasonable BMFA subsciption.
|Thread: BMFA - Is the 'A' for apathy?|
whether the BMFA should be providing flying facilities is a matter of opinion. However there is a substantial amount of time, effort and resources that goes in to flying site protection. Currently there are a number of legal challenges against affiliated clubs which are being assisted by the BMFA, there are usually about a dozen clubs going through the planning process at any one time that are being assisted by the BMFA. There have been a number of clubs that have lost their sites this year that are back on them thanks to assistance from the BMFA. One club was assisted to prevent a residential development nearby that would have been likely to severely restrict if not stop their activities. There are always ongoing noise issues that clubs face that are being assisted with. Always disputes going on that the BMFA assist in resolving. They are all things that allow members to just get on and fly. Not to mention the all the events organised up and down the country. Then there are the countless telephone calls and emails dealt with everyday where help and advice is given.
then there's the education program, representing model flyers with official bodies, achievement scheme etc etc
the BMFA just insurance? Look just a little bit closer!!!
The best aero modellers insurance package, along with the assurance of assistance to help you keep flying and representation where it matters too.
All for 61p a week!!! Bloomin' bargain!!
Edited By Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 24/11/2012 11:56:46
You are correct BEB, the highest payout was due to an incident with a chuck glider. The majority of claims are also from your normal club sized models too.
Perhaps Rob should be asking why jet and large model fliers should subsidise him??
As to holding the AGM at the Nationals, well everyone is a bit busy... err organising and running the Nationals
It's £32 Pounds for 2013, cover is £25 million for third party liability, the insurance element in total costs about £10 but that includes the personal accident cover which is about £1.50 of that £10 hence £8.50 for the third party cover. However joining the BMFA is a lot more than just insurance and you are correct it's very reasonable and the extra support is very good indeed.
I suppose it's a matter of opinion but you would struggle to convince me that about £8.50 per year for £25 million pounds worth of third party liability is high. It's amazing value!!
Im sorry, but that is entirely incorrect. There is no way the BMFA can stop clubs contacting each other. Proposals to the agm can (and do) come from clubs, fellows or directors they do of course have to be notified in advance so all are aware of any proposals.
With regards to the "BMFA Committee" being self perpetuating, firstly I assume you mean the BMFA council which is made up of directly elected officers elected by a voting slip in the BMFA news for 2 year periods and also a representative of each area elected by the clubs in that area for a 2 year period. How is it self perpetuating?
As regards to clubs not being present so could not vote, that is a matter for the clubs, if they wish to send someone they can, nothing is stopping them, they can also arrange for proxy votes too.
|Thread: Encouraging young people|
The BMFA have always covered the cost for CRB checks at affiliated clubs.
The CRB system has changed very recently too, It's now DBS instead of CRB (Disclosure & Barring Service) It's early days but it appears a more sensible system if it all works as they say. You will no longer need a check for each activity.
The theory behind the changes is that the individual applies for the DBS check not the company/association and the company/association who then needs to ensure the individuals checked gets the certificate from the individual and can check online if there are any changes to the certificate since it was issued. Therfore only one DBS check required for multiple activities. There is also some changes (relaxation possibly) in what is regulated activitiy too. The repurcussions are still being investigated but in gneral it should be a more comon sense approach.
Having said that the old system, certainly for BMFA clubs wasn't at all onerous, fairly straightforward and free, I could never really understand anyones particulary objections.
Edited By Andy Symons on 16/11/2012 09:14:17
Edited By Andy Symons on 16/11/2012 09:14:36
What I.C. discipline being tested? There isn't an I.C. specific achievement scheme test, the power type in the fixed wing power tests is irrelevent!!
|Thread: The BMFA.......|
In terms of insurance there is no difference at all between being a club member and country member for the individual. I have no idea where the "being treated unfairly" comes from.
The club should carefully consider the effects of not being affiliated, the extended insurance benefits to the committee, landowners and other club principles will be lost. Also the employers liability cver is lost.
In relation to the club flying site rules that is purely a matter for the club the BMFA can advise but not impose them on the club. As long as the clubs and members activities are lawful and recognised BMFA activities the insurance is in place. (By lawfull I mean the law of the land, not club rules or BMFA guidelines)
It sounds very much like the club has got hold of some misinformation and based a decision that appears detrimental to the club.
With regards workload for the secretary, there may be a bit of saving, not a huge amount though. As an aside many clubs have a specific "membership secretary" who only deals with the membership.
If someone joins through the club the club know the member is insured immediately they receive payment, otherwise they have to check with each member to ensure insurance is in place.
I suggest the club secretary contacts the office for clarification on the concerns, perhaps also arrange a club talk from the Development Officer, Manny Williamson or myself.
BMFA Club Support Officer
The BMFA changed insurers to come into effect from the beginning of 2012, the premium is not particularly cheaper however it is better value due to better benefits and increased limits.
The AGM is next Saturday when the fees will be set. The proposal from the treasurer and council is for £1 increase, however it is the clubs that are represented that will decide what what. Make sure your clubs send a representative!!
|Thread: Why boost Tx power?|
"Why boost TX power?"
There is no reason at all to boost TX power in the UK, unless you are planning on flying illegally.
Edited By Andy Symons on 30/10/2012 17:10:03
|Thread: November 2012 Editorial|
I haven't read the editorial but thought I would comment from my own experiences both from my learning experiences ages ago and many many hours instructing others.
Personally I think you never stop learning to fly so perhaps before discussing whats best for learning to fly it's best to define what your end goal is going to be, be it comfortably stooging around the sky or perhaps getting to A cert and beyond. I learnt to fly in the club situation and most of the instructing I have done was in club situations. Over the years I have also introduced structured training programs and training days/evenings at a couple of clubs. So im going to be considering the scenario of getting to "BMFA Fixed Wing power A cert and beyond".
Every learner is different so by neccessity I'm going to have to be fairly general in what I say.
Before even getting to power source choice you need to consider a model suitable for the task in hand, so as we're looking for something that will get us to A cert and beyond, as a minimum, it needs an undercarriage and to weigh more than 1kg. Ideally it needs to handle on the ground reasonably easily and taxi and track reasonably straight on the ground. In the air it needs to be responsive enough to respond to stick inputs in a reasonable time but be reasonably stable too. It's helpful if its capable of handling a bit of a breeze too.
So I would recommend, bearing in mind the stated aim of A cert and beyond, your fairly standard 56" ish span high wing aeileron trainer with a trike undercarriage, nosewheel fixed or with only very small movement.
As for RC gear, 2.4Ghz, any manufacturer if you have 2 tx's and a buddy lead, or whatever manufacturer your instructors have got.
So we can now consider power source, well it doesnt matter, it needs 2 qualities though, be reliable and easily refuelled in a reasonably short period of time.
Stick time is what is important, and reasonably regular stick time too, I would suggest if a learner wants to progress reasonably quickly to "A cert and beyond" training sessions where you could get say 6 x 10 minute flights in say a 2 hour period would be just about perfect.
Electric power and only 1 or 2 flight packs isn't good enough, neither is an unreliable IC engine.
Electric power and 4 - 6 packs, or a reliable IC engine is the way to go. Fly land, flight debrief, few minutes rest, refuel and repeat!! 6 x 10 minute flights once or twice a week and in general the learner will be at "A cert and beyond" level reasonably quickly.
When instructing over the last few years the learners, in general, that have progressed the best have been those flying models as above, usually but not exclusively IC power. So at the moment I would still recommend a standard trainer, IC powered.
Please note these are my personal thoughts and should not be considered the official position of any body or association!!
|Thread: Models found under unusual circumstances!|
had this across my desk this morning.
|Thread: House/Contents Insurance.....|
Think of a nodding dog saying "Oh Yes!!" and great WW2 leaders! Should be all the clues you need!!
Thats exactly what the new insurance does!! **LINK**
link address is http://bmfa.doodsonbg.com
There are 2 policies available, one for club equipment and also one for an individuals modelling stuff too, covers at home, in secure storage also accidental and fire damage.
Edited By Andy Symons on 12/10/2012 15:31:54
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