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Any Electric Only Groups or Clubs in the North West

Looking for an Electric Only Group within 50 miles Southport.

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Stearman6503/11/2018 15:17:09
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I've looked through the BMFA lists but can't find anything, are there any such groups?

Denis Watkins03/11/2018 15:27:40
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There you go Eric, there are about 90 affiliated clubs

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Edited By Denis Watkins on 03/11/2018 15:29:34

Stearman6503/11/2018 16:03:18
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Posted by Denis Watkins on 03/11/2018 15:27:40:

There you go Eric, there are about 90 affiliated clubs

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Edited By Denis Watkins on 03/11/2018 15:29:34

Hi Denis. As I said I had been through the BMFA list, but haven't found any Electric only clubs.

Regs Eric.

trevor wood 203/11/2018 16:12:20
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BATS at Bramhall in Cheshire is silent flight and electric fixed wing only.

Stearman6503/11/2018 16:24:39
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Posted by trevor wood 2 on 03/11/2018 16:12:20:

BATS at Bramhall in Cheshire is silent flight and electric fixed wing only.

Hi Trevor, Do you have any further info, I've done a BMFA & Google search but come up with nothing?

Regs Eric.

Whoops senior moment, found them.

http://batsflyers.bmfa.org/

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 03/11/2018 16:27:13

Percy Verance03/11/2018 16:37:32
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Where would these electric only clubs need to be Eric? Are you thinking of a particular area?

Stearman6503/11/2018 17:18:03
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Posted by Percy Verance on 03/11/2018 16:37:32:

Where would these electric only clubs need to be Eric? Are you thinking of a particular area?

Hi Percy

As I said on the heading, within 50 miles radius of Southport.

Regs Eric.

Steve Hargreaves - Moderator03/11/2018 17:46:18
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I'm intrigued...why Electric Only Eric?

Most clubs these days have a healthy mix of both IC & Electric power....wink 2

Stearman6503/11/2018 18:08:26
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Posted by Steve Hargreaves - Moderator on 03/11/2018 17:46:18:

I'm intrigued...why Electric Only Eric?

Most clubs these days have a healthy mix of both IC & Electric power....wink 2

Hi Steve

I cut my teeth on I/C, I'm now in my late 70's & like peace & quiet when I fly.

Regards Eric.

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 03/11/2018 18:08:51

Martin Harris03/11/2018 18:30:48
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They're all fitting sound systems these days!

Tom Sharp 203/11/2018 20:33:44
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If it's quiet your looking for what's wrong with a local farmers field.

Stearman6503/11/2018 20:45:45
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Martin & Tom

I assume you are younger than me? I wouldn't want to stand in the middle of a field alone, I still relish the repartee of a group of like minded people. I think it's only one group of people fitting sound systems, such as warbirds & scale civilian aircraft. I don't know if you've ever experienced, silent flight in a full sized glider, I have & it's magical. Just the sound of the wind rushing across the canopy as the world unfolds beneath you, magical. I also have to wear two hearing aids. which play hell with noise from model engines. Switch them off you might say? but then it would be artificial & could be dangerous if there was an emergency & I couldn't hear. Each to his own. mine's a bit of peace now.

wink

Eric.

Martin Harris03/11/2018 21:16:22
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I'm not sure I ever advocated going it alone - I'm a strong advocate of the benefits of club membership.

Although my comment was made with my tongue firmly in my cheek, we have electric models at our club (not the odd one with a sound system fitted) that are as noisy as some IC models (and one or two much noisier specialist F5b ones). Now that power outputs equal to IC engines are commonly available, propeller noise is just as significant.

In addition, a high proportion of engines used at most clubs are 4 strokes, which although registering similar levels to 2 strokes (assuming a club operates to the 82dB guidelines) are far less noticeable in the air - the days of screaming small engined 2 strokes at high rpm have largely passed us by at most clubs.

If you haven't already done so, it could be worth popping in to some local clubs to get a feel for the atmosphere.

Oh and yes, I spent many of my formative years in glider cockpits enjoying the sound of the air rushing past but much of it was spent listening to the audio variometer which rather removed any awareness of the wind noise. A glider cockpit isn't always a relaxed and quiet environment when you're scratching around at 600 feet over small fields!

Edited By Martin Harris on 03/11/2018 21:22:59

Stearman6503/11/2018 22:39:14
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Martin

Check the link to Bats, it sounds like my kind of club. That's the last I have to say on the matter. Apart from, this

it's a section in their constitution.

(a) Any electric motors may be used. Internal combustion engines are NOT permitted.
b) The energy source must not be more than nine nickel cadmium cells or 3-cell Li-Po or equivalent.
c) Flying conduct will be with the intention of duration flying.
d) Fast F5 types; hotliners, pylon racers etc. are not permitted.
e) It must be possible to switch off the motor from the transmitter. Fail-Safes (if available on the radio system) should be set.

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 03/11/2018 22:43:51

Martin Harris03/11/2018 23:24:14
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Sounds ideal for you. You should enjoy some relaxed flying there!

I hope they will let you fly your models though - they appear to be a glider (and powered glider) oriented club.

Edited By Martin Harris on 03/11/2018 23:32:05

Percy Verance03/11/2018 23:36:31
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Most of that seems fine enough. The bit about the failsafe seems redundant. If your radio is fitted with a failsafe, I think the law requires you to have it set, irrespective of a club constitution. Still, some may not be aware of that.

They're obviously out to promote a gentler more relaxed style of flying, or so it appears. Trilby hats along with gin and tonics anyone? It's a sort of aeromodelling version of walking football.......

Give it a go Eric. If you don't like it you can always walk away, but slowly mind........perhaps an amble?

 

 

Edited By Percy Verance on 03/11/2018 23:44:03

Martin Harris03/11/2018 23:48:36
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Unless it's changed recently, the wording regarding failsafes is "should", not "must" - suggesting a strong recommendation rather than a requirement.

Edited By Martin Harris on 03/11/2018 23:49:22

Stearman6504/11/2018 13:19:47
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Posted by Eric Shepherd on 03/11/2018 22:39:14:

Martin

Check the link to Bats, it sounds like my kind of club. That's the last I have to say on the matter. Apart from, this

it's a section in their constitution.

(a) Any electric motors may be used. Internal combustion engines are NOT permitted.
b) The energy source must not be more than nine nickel cadmium cells or 3-cell Li-Po or equivalent.
c) Flying conduct will be with the intention of duration flying.
d) Fast F5 types; hotliners, pylon racers etc. are not permitted.
e) It must be possible to switch off the motor from the transmitter. Fail-Safes (if available on the radio system) should be set.

Edited By Eric Shepherd on 03/11/2018 22:43:51

Just delved further into the club constitution & the electric sport model size is limited to 56 inches, which rules out my proposed Top Models CZ Challenger.sad

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Denis Watkins04/11/2018 15:05:01
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Eric,

Over 40 years, in order to fly our inordinate Climate

I have ready 6 foot span and over I/C for most weather

Slope Soarers for those days the wind direction is that way on our slope

Foamiies and Electric Balsa in 20" twitchy class that gives me great satisfaction building and flying in calm

And 50gram to 100 gram for Indoor

Your program does appear to limit your flying time somewhat in the UK

Could you not compromise? And yes my club is in your age group as I too, and hearing aids left in the car for use at lunchtime in deckchair chatter

Edited By Denis Watkins on 04/11/2018 15:06:33

Stearman6504/11/2018 15:20:35
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Posted by Denis Watkins on 04/11/2018 15:05:01:

Eric,

Over 40 years, in order to fly our inordinate Climate

I have ready 6 foot span and over I/C for most weather

Slope Soarers for those days the wind direction is that way on our slope

Foamiies and Electric Balsa in 20" twitchy class that gives me great satisfaction building and flying in calm

And 50gram to 100 gram for Indoor

Your program does appear to limit your flying time somewhat in the UK

Could you not compromise? And yes my club is in your age group as I too, and hearing aids left in the car for use at lunchtime in deckchair chatter

Edited By Denis Watkins on 04/11/2018 15:06:33

Hi Dennis

Which club?

Another plus for BATS which is now off the list incidentally, was the subs, under £40 + BMFA.wink

Regards Eric.

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