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Engine Doctor03/05/2020 11:42:44
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One of our club members has really been affected by the lock-down

Its driven him to this !

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EFdOpaD_ftc

 

Edited By Engine Doctor on 03/05/2020 11:56:11

Mark Kettle 103/05/2020 12:23:21
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A better link for you Engine Doc, by the way - great vid. LOL.

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Engine Doctor03/05/2020 18:17:17
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Thanks for the link Mark . I tried for a while and gave up in the end.

Peter Miller03/05/2020 18:41:11
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THis afternoon was flat calm so I took my Eflite Aeronca Champion into the lane in front of my house and took it off and then stood in my car entrance for two five minute flights. landing it at my feet both times..

The odd passerby was interested just as they passed and one lady with her daughter and about three dogs made the usual comment "boys with their toys!"

But at least her dogs were polite and decidedly more intelligent.disgust

Edited By Peter Miller on 03/05/2020 18:47:19

Gary Manuel03/05/2020 19:45:59
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Posted by Peter Miller on 03/05/2020 18:41:11:

THis afternoon was flat calm so I took my Eflite Aeronca Champion into the lane in front of my house and took it off and then stood in my car entrance for two five minute flights. landing it at my feet both times..

The odd passerby was interested just as they passed and one lady with her daughter and about three dogs made the usual comment "boys with their toys!"

But at least her dogs were polite and decidedly more intelligent.disgust

Edited By Peter Miller on 03/05/2020 18:47:19

I bet you're waiting for the criticism of flying through the lock down aren't you Peter?

None from me, but maybe best not broadcasting it - dog's only bark for attention.

Geoff S03/05/2020 20:19:33
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Unfortunately the lane in front of our house is unsurfaced and full of pot holes (which suits me as it keeps traffic speeds down). It also carries quite a lot of traffic considering it's a Restricted Byway but the vast majoriy is people (mostly young women) going to the farm near its practical end to play with their horses (much like we play with our aeroplanes, I suppose )

There are also houses for the first 100/150 or so metres so I can't fly whilst standing in my drive.

Geoff

Peter Miller03/05/2020 20:55:52
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 03/05/2020 19:45:59:
Posted by Peter Miller on 03/05/2020 18:41:11:

THis afternoon was flat calm so I took my Eflite Aeronca Champion into the lane in front of my house and took it off and then stood in my car entrance for two five minute flights. landing it at my feet both times..

The odd passerby was interested just as they passed and one lady with her daughter and about three dogs made the usual comment "boys with their toys!"

But at least her dogs were polite and decidedly more intelligent.disgust

Edited By Peter Miller on 03/05/2020 18:47:19

I bet you're waiting for the criticism of flying through the lock down aren't you Peter?

None from me, but maybe best not broadcasting it - dog's only bark for attention.

No, I am allowed into the road to take excercise, even if that excercise is only two or three steps.

I am allowed to do things in my own garden including standing looking out across the countryside

What have I done wrong???

cymaz26/06/2020 17:11:14
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Dear All

If anyone doubts the seriousness of Covid, I’ve just been told we have had it in the family !

Our daughter Kate was required to have a blood test for Covid 19 prior to her beginning at new job at a Wiltshire hospital.

She was unwell with a temperature and cough in January ( as was Jo and I ). She came down in February for a day visit.

The blood test shows that she has had the virus.

What may be a cough for a fit young lady is a killer for an over 70 with underlying health problems.

Sobering thought.

Martin Harris - Moderator01/11/2020 00:20:05
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I've had a quick look at the new guidance for the forthcoming national lockdown and can't see any clear information relating to the exemption for covid-19 compliant sporting activity. I expect that the BMFA will update us with their advice after the weekend but does the panel think model flying can continue for the next 4 weeks after Wednesday - and if so, how responsible is it to do so?

Peter Jenkins01/11/2020 01:13:41
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Martin, the only thing I can see is that you can travel (no distance mentioned so far) for recreation and meet one other person not from your household. As we have to use a spotter when flying as we share a full size strip, I am wondering if that will allow us to continue on the basis of 2 people, socially distanced of course, being able to fly together with one being the spotter. As you say, we will have to wait until more details appear and whether Parliament will want to make any changes to the proposed legislation.

Eric Robson01/11/2020 07:40:27
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The way the weather is at the moment I think we will be unable to fly for sometime here in the North East. At least I have enough projects to see me through the winter and lock down.

Jonathan M01/11/2020 09:14:53
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Its currently forecast to be perfectly flyable down 'ere on both Wed and Thur.

Weather forecasting... now there's a science we can usually really rely on pretty well these days!

PeterF01/11/2020 10:07:31
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The most detailed advice so far on gov.uk does not answer things exactly but it does not sound good.

From that website

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,

The detail at this stage can not be expected to cover each and every case, however, the intent to close organised outdoor sport / recreational facilities is clear, and I expect that we fall under that guise. I fully expect that the exemptions for COVID secure sport will not apply during this semi-lockdown.

Then there is the catch all "stay at home except for essential travel".

I am sure the detail will emerge over the next few days.

Engine Doctor01/11/2020 10:26:01
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Posted by Jonathan M on 01/11/2020 09:14:53:

Its currently forecast to be perfectly flyable down 'ere on both Wed and Thur.

Weather forecasting... now there's a science we can usually really rely on pretty well these days!

The lock down will start ... if parliament can agree and dont do a brexit at 00.01 hrs on Thursday so forecast may be irrelevant sad

leccyflyer01/11/2020 10:34:01
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Posted by PeterF on 01/11/2020 10:07:31:

The most detailed advice so far on gov.uk does not answer things exactly but it does not sound good.

From that website

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close. These include:

  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,

The detail at this stage can not be expected to cover each and every case, however, the intent to close organised outdoor sport / recreational facilities is clear, and I expect that we fall under that guise. I fully expect that the exemptions for COVID secure sport will not apply during this semi-lockdown.

Then there is the catch all "stay at home except for essential travel".

I am sure the detail will emerge over the next few days.

If the advice is for all to stay at home except for essential travel then I'm really struggling to see how a trip to the flying site qualifies as essential travel.

Former Member01/11/2020 11:15:42
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SIMON CRAGG01/11/2020 11:16:37
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We are struggling with this.

Probably wait and see what the BMFA have to say about the subject on Monday.

BackinBlack01/11/2020 11:32:12
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Posted by Doc Marten on 01/11/2020 11:15:42:

Don't overthink it and stop looking for loopholes works for me, leave that to the professionals.

Well said. People spread Coronavirus, so if you don't want it, keep away from other people wherever possible. If you HAVE to be close to others take precautions. Simple isn't it?

buster prop01/11/2020 11:40:22
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I agree with Doc Marten and leccyflier. We had this discussion last time and the rules seem pretty clear to me. There can’t be a set of rules that cover every possible scenario, they would be like War and Peace and no one would ever read and understand it all. People always have to look for loopholes and contradictions, then complain that the rules are confusing. It’s only for a month and the weathers’ terrible anyway.

Bob Cotsford01/11/2020 11:42:17
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Posted by BackinBlack on 01/11/2020 11:32:12:
Posted by Doc Marten on 01/11/2020 11:15:42:

Don't overthink it and stop looking for loopholes works for me, leave that to the professionals.

Well said. People spread Coronavirus, so if you don't want it, keep away from other people wherever possible. If you HAVE to be close to others take precautions. Simple isn't it?

You would think so but I've just watched them on the BBC debating the merits of making an exception of Christmas day if the lockdown is extended, in order to enable families and friends to get together for the day, and whether or not this should be applied to major celebrations for other faiths. This week I've heard several people stating their intent to meet up on CD regardless of the lockdown status at that time!

With regard to flying, I would look to the guidance for activities like golf clubs, which to me means no flying clubs or other similar outdoor pursuits during lockdown.

 

Edited By Bob Cotsford on 01/11/2020 11:46:12

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