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Nightflyer05/09/2019 13:18:06
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I am surprised at the intolerance of some people over the fact that we get to use an active RAF base for our model flying activities. Despite notices as to limitations before site admittance there are always people who feel that if they get there early that they have a right to early access.

Please consider the fact that this is an operational RAF airfield. The station has to go through a number of activities many that may not be visible to the uninformed before they can release the site to us. Aircraft activities have to finish, the site made safe and also anything to do with security (and not just the perimeter fence and gates). At the same time please consider the fact that we have use of the site through the permission of the Commanding Officer, and that he is placing a great trust in us that we will treat the site considerately especially regarding rubbish and anything that is FOD that could affect aircraft (and crew safety), which the BMFA have to rigorously check before handing back to the RAF after the event. I have seen an aircraft lost because of a penny coin (and crew killed) while the pilot of another aircraft managed to save an aircraft and himself despite a piece of metal being ingested by an engine!

I know the weather was hot this year and that people probably wanted to get set up (campers and traders), but such attitudes by impatient people have the potential to dissuade the generosity of the RAF and the Station Commander. In other words do not take the site for granted. RAF and MoD personnel also have access to the gripes and moans that do get feedback.

The RAF and MoD have a duty of care for the site and operations and so do we.

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