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fly boy303/07/2020 12:01:02
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Hi all, In Wales the five mile driving rule is to be relaxed soon, so we may be able to start flying again. I have read all the precautions taken by people already flying, just wondered if they are still being used correctly, or a little re laxtion locally maybe.? Cheers

Steve Houghton 103/07/2020 12:27:11
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I live in the slope soaring country, in SE Wales where we have been sticking to the restrictions ridgidly. A few lucky people live within 5 miles of a slope and have been flying alone. I've managed some flat field soaring on a local field.

With travelling restrictions easing from Monday we are planning a socially distanced "Coronafest" for next Saturday, (weather permitting), at the Bwlch, between Nant Y Moel & Treorchi.

Nigel R03/07/2020 13:07:19
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My club is simply operating a 'first come first served' on the 6 people flying, if you are the 7th, then cannot fly.

We were doing slots a few weeks ago, but no longer, so some aspects of operating have been relaxed.

I note some fliers are better at remembering the 2m distance than others.

I have also noted that the 2m rule is another thing to remember and hold in your head - at a time when some folk are trying to concentrate fully on steering their creation around the sky; doing two things at once usually results in both being done badly.

YMMV.

J D 803/07/2020 13:43:30
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Problem now is the weather. Half a gale and driving rain here on the west Wales coast, and moe to come.sad

Steve Houghton 103/07/2020 13:49:31
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Posted by J D 8 on 03/07/2020 13:43:30:

Problem now is the weather. Half a gale and driving rain here on the west Wales coast, and moe to come.sad

Yep, it's like October instead of July. I should be up the top of the slope in brilliant sunshine with puffy cumulus clouds riding from thermal to thermal, with huge power dives and aero's between. Keeping my fingers crossed for next weekend.

Richard Clark 203/07/2020 14:32:58
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Our flying site is in England and is managed, though not owned. by a state organisation, one of the most environmentally damaging organisations in the entire UK.

It has lost interest in the coronavirus but has suddenly developed a great regard for 'rare' ground nesting birds, all of which are so UNrare that that they don't even warrant a conservation status, as they are merely locally uncommon, just like parakeets, humming birds, vultures, etc.

john stones 103/07/2020 21:30:51
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No covid rules at our club, other than bring your own chair, members have a post to read re hygiene, they've got on with flying, no issues to report.

SIMON CRAGG03/07/2020 21:43:34
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We have been operating a booking system via an on line diary.

Has worked 100%, and I have been at the patch at least twice a week from the start.

No joy this weekend due to the weather, back to the building board.

Frank Skilbeck04/07/2020 08:23:10
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So the new rules from 4th July say you shouldn't meet in groups of more than 6, but gatherings of upto 30 are OK (providing following CV-19 guidelines) and clubs can reopen.

So is the limit 6 or 30?thinking

Tim Flyer04/07/2020 09:18:43
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c81bd341-79ff-4357-9696-296046a8d415.jpegWe just applied the simple government hygiene and social distancing guidelines , allow only one member in clubhouse at any time, and maximum three on flight line. We also spaced out our flying tables . It has worked well.

Edited By Tim Flyer on 04/07/2020 09:25:12

Edited By Tim Flyer on 04/07/2020 09:28:31

Cuban804/07/2020 10:22:17
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Because of my wife's medical history and her shielding, I've not been flying since the lockdown. I've steered clear of supermarkets and local shops during busy times and we've generally kept ourselves to ourselves. A low risk to visit a flying field it's true, but after all the effort to minimise problems for my other half, it didn't make sense for me to go flying and take a chance for the sake of a few flights during the height of the infection. As far as I know, there's been no problems at either of my clubs and those that have been flying have managed OK with the few sensible rules to follow.  I'll resume next month when the sheilding ends. I hope to go to one of the Superbike races at Donnington later in the year - all outside so looking forward to that.

I don't know about club meetings and what's to be done with those. I'm not a regular pub user, so the relaxation of the restrictions today doesn't affect me - I'd not be happy to attend club meetings at a pub or hall for the time being, and I'll reserve judgement on club AGMs later in the year if they do go ahead depending on the virus situation. A while to go yet, so hopefully things will continue to get better.

 

Edited By Cuban8 on 04/07/2020 10:29:22

fly boy305/07/2020 14:16:54
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Thanks for your replies all. I always knew modellers and fliers were a sensible lot. Well done Cuban 8, you have said it all. Cheers

cymaz05/07/2020 14:24:05
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Members email me, I put them in the slot they booked. If it’s full, then it’s full. First come first served. Members are now used to the system. Max of 6 per slot 

Its easy to monitor and members can look on line to see what’s available

 

Edited By cymaz on 05/07/2020 14:24:48

Shaunie05/07/2020 14:53:53
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I’m very lucky, I have permission to fly from a field on the farm where I have an industrial unit. No prepared strip and not suitable for anything large but since the BMFA relaxed the don’t fly rule I’ve got in some stick time on foamies.
I am missing the camaraderie and banter from the guys at the flying field though.

Shaunie05/07/2020 14:53:54
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I’m very lucky, I have permission to fly from a field on the farm where I have an industrial unit. No prepared strip and not suitable for anything large but since the BMFA relaxed the don’t fly rule I’ve got in some stick time on foamies.
I am missing the camaraderie and banter from the guys at the flying field though.

Martin Harris05/07/2020 15:29:52
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If you're not all gathering together, do the 6 or 30 rules apply? We see it as club members exercising their right to fly in the open air as individuals in the same way that unlimited individuals or households can use parks or beaches if they respect the distancing guidelines. We're not organising meetings in any way although we've laid out the car park to encourage distancing and restricted clubhouse access to one at a time with sanitising rules to allow use of our solar charging facilities.

john stones 105/07/2020 16:16:53
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All our members know the score re Covid, they've heard all the bumf, they've been given the Government advice and the BMFAs advice, they've had sources of possible contamination removed and advice re the gate.

Meantime the pubs opened, and folk are doing what folk do with a drink down them, the 64 year old wife is now crowd control on pub/restaurant door.

Go fly folks (or not).

Brian Cooper05/07/2020 17:37:47
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We have been operating in much the same way as Martin's club. yes . . We don't restrict the number of people at the field but merely emphasise the 2 metre rule. We apply the rule to car parking too.

It works. Nobody complains. Common sense bubbles to the surface.

B.C.

john stones 105/07/2020 17:40:57
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I like common sense, one of my favourite senses. wink

Mike T05/07/2020 18:15:58
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Posted by john stones 1 on 05/07/2020 17:40:57:

I like common sense, one of my favourite senses. wink

And one of the rarest...

Several of us have been flying under the (Wales) 5 mile 'general' rule (measured as a radius, per the guidelines).

Some I know have stretched this, on the grounds that they are travelling to a specific location, rather than travelling 5-miles plus just for the hell of it.

From 6 July our more far-flung members will be able to rejoin us! We are an exclusive Club, so meeting social distance requirements is not a problem.

We've replaced our post-session pub visits with a couple of bottles on the field, as we watch the sun go down...

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