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Peter Garsden17/12/2019 11:23:01
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New Year is always enticing and I chew it over each year, problem is domestics often get in the way, and she who must be obeyed is not to be challenged, I can tell you. Will try to weave a cunning plan to get out of chores! Bad enough trying to get up to Leek on Boxing Day for the club meet.

That having been said, the JP needs maidening???

Edited By Peter Garsden on 17/12/2019 11:24:02

Andy Meade29/12/2019 10:30:12
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NYE looking less enticing currently, so I'm aiming for 1st and 2nd at the moment. Must sort out my insurance!

Harry Twist30/12/2019 20:47:50
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If the forecast (XC weather) stays as is, I'll be down on the 2nd.

John A H02/01/2020 23:58:30
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I few photo's of Pete's Jet Provost from today on the Orme. The light was very poor and the wind was blowing 60mph on the edge so my launch shots ended up as just a blur with the JP duplicating it's smaller scale brother's typical takeoff by ballooning upwards and backwards. I attempted to break pete's elevator trim switch while dialling in what seemed like 1,000 clicks of down for him. Once trimmed with a little more weight in the nose it flew well - I it had three of four flight before we were rained off.

The flying shots that we attempted were black silhouettes.

Launch party and pilot approaches the slope in determined mood.

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About to commit aviation

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Leaning into the wind

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Bob captures the action.

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Phil Cooke03/01/2020 08:20:06
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Nice photos John, great stuff! Glad to see the bigger scale JP on the slopes - well done to Pete for completing it so soon after the first kits were made available! Many more will follow Im sure!

Phil Cooke25/01/2020 09:20:15
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2020 PSSA Events Calendar now released

Many thanks to all those who've helped me confirm and commit these dates with local authorities or club committees - your assistance has been invaluable as always!

More details for each event can be found on the PSSA Website Events Page

Quick reference here for convenience!

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Phil Cooke19/03/2020 21:24:47
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PSSA Fly-For-Fun Events and COVID-19

As the flying season fast approaches, we have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have fully considered the guidance from the Government and the BMFA regarding the continuation of model flying events from the slopes.

Clearly the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly in the UK and we should each follow the precautions provided by the NHS – details of which are here: **LINK**

In general terms our model flying represents a low risk activity. Our PSSA events rarely attract a group of more than 50 people, we operate outside in the fresh air at remote locations and have ample opportunity to regulate our personal proximity with other flyers and spectators. It is considered the well-being benefits provided by model flying outweigh the potential risks if the NHS precautions are routinely followed.

Therefore at this time (and subject to any updated government advice/instruction) we see no reason not to continue to stage our Fly-for-Fun events at slope sites around the UK. As such, our planned events at The Great Orme 4th/5th April and at The Bwlch 9th/10th May will be staged for those who are able and wish to attend.

Stay safe, stay well all,

Phil Cooke – PSSA

Mark Kettle 120/03/2020 00:58:48
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Hi Phil,

Please rethink your communication, the reason being, in the last few weeks I've been on a couple job’s, trips that involved moving around Doctors and Laboratory types from Public Health England and Research Labs working on the Coronavirus and from the back of the car I was told how frightening Covid19 is! It consumes people and is life changing for them and their families.

Coronavirus is up to 20 times more infectious than the winter ‘common or garden’ influenza, and it can kill some, not unlike the types of people - the ones that visit and attend our meetings- .

Even though we are in the open air and you set up a boundary distance from each other why risk anyone in the PSSA group or visitors to it? And please don't put your name to such a meeting at this high risk time especially in the periods you have chosen.

In April in the UK we will be at the start of this countries rising numbers of this disease leading to the peak some time after. I say 'stay at home' and leave it 12 weeks from now it being March end 2020 and reassess it then at the end of June. By then the risk and knowledge of the Coronavirus will be better known by everyone, from expert's to lay people alike and how we are to deal with it.

For group meetings from June 2020 onward's I'm sure we can all choose what we want from life our livelihoods and our families and this of course will include when we want to go slope soaring.

A considered thread entry to a friend, please don't make me or others worry about something else, especially a simple slope flying event.

Don't add the activity of slope soaring to the bad numbers associated with Covid19, not this year please.

Kind regards Mark.

Andy Meade20/03/2020 08:39:09
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"..For group meetings from June 2020 onward's I'm sure we can all choose what we want from life our livelihoods and our families and this of course will include when we want to go slope soaring..."

I think that's pretty much the same for the April meet, Mark - we can all make our own decisions on whether we travel or not - some of us are still attending offices every day with 50+ people in them!! A windy hill is far lower risk than that yes

Edited By Andy Meade on 20/03/2020 08:39:29

Martin Gay20/03/2020 09:07:09
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I agree with Andy. I plan on attending the PSSA events providing that the Government do not issue a ban on travelling and that I am fit enough (not displaying any symptoms) to take part. I will not be hiding under a duvet unless that turns out to be a cure!

Everything is very fluid at the moment, so I will be reviewing my decision on a daily basis, but fully intend to try and keep some semblance of normality during this pandemic.

McG 696920/03/2020 13:30:12
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Posted by Andy Meade on 20/03/2020 08:39:09:

A windy hill is far lower risk than that yes

I'm afraid I can't agree with that statement, Andy.

Our 'social distancing' rule - 1,5 > 2m - is based on how far a cough normally can reach without any 'help' from wind, for example.

A "windy hill" will certainly not be safer regarding the spread of the virus, in fact it will be worse... especially as the virus can survive up to 72 hours. no

I think that Mark K's approach is much 'safer' on several points. As Martin stated it's still extremely "fluid" at the moment.

Be safe all...

Cheers

Chris

Andy Meade20/03/2020 13:42:00
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You think a windy hill is more risky than a crowded office? strange. Isn't the 72 hour period dependant on it being on surface?

We're all big boys - self risk assess. If you don't feel it's safe for you, do as you require.

McG 696920/03/2020 14:03:26
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A solitary walk on a hill would of course be healthier and safer than a crowded office, but here the 'wind' is the enemy. together with your 50+ attendants...

And yep, the virus survival is depending on the surface ie. grass, rocks, paper, plastic, etc.

Regarding the 'big boys' and the 'self risk', this LINK could be of help to understand what we're up to with Covid-19 as it is quite well explained.

Sorry about having some probs to embed the video... blush

Cheers

Chris

Andy Meade20/03/2020 14:07:41
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50+? crikey, we'd be lucky to get into double figures in April laugh

Phil Cooke21/03/2020 12:30:21
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Mark, many thanks for your post, your concerns and guidance. I have carefully considered all your points and have discussed the situation with many other members of our group. I want to ensure we do the best thing for all.

Despite me last week following Government and BMFA guidance at the time and having carefully assessed the perceived risk in continuing with our small scale, outdoor event, my announcement is clearly causing concern related to 'non-essential social interaction'. Since my last comms, UK Government have mandated the closure of pubs, clubs, leisure centres and theatres for the exact same reason. Non-essential social activity increasing risk of potential exposure and transmission of the virus.

With the virus still yet to peak in the UK, and with the ever changing situation in our country at this time, I've reconsidered my stance and reluctantly I'm going to cancel the PSSA meets planned for April (Great Orme) and May (Bwlch).

June's Great Orme event is also in jeopardy as it falls within the 12 week window deemed necessary to control and correct our current situation. So June is currently on a watching brief. What I can say for certain, whether the June event runs or not, we will push the Sabre Mass Build element back to our planned September 2020 meeting. This enables us to run the event at full strength, with everyone wishing to take part hopefully by then free and able to travel.

So no formal PSSA event will be run on the Orme April 4th/5th, or at The Bwlch May 9th/10th.

The planned event at The Orme June 13th/14th is on a watching brief and it's running is dependant on how the country now reacts and controls our current situation. The Sabre Mass Build will move back - initially to September, but if that date later proves we still cannot welcome all participants due to enforced travel restrictions, we will defer the Mass Build further into 2021.

I hope you understand and appreciate the difficult decision I've had to take, reluctantly after a lot of work in readiness for the season, but this is clearly now the most appropriate cause of action for the PSSA.

I will set about now making the required changes to the 2020 events calendar on our website, social media, on forums and in the magazines.

Stay well all,

Phil

Edited By Phil Cooke on 21/03/2020 12:35:17

Phil Cooke21/03/2020 12:54:52
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McG 696921/03/2020 13:09:46
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Hi Phil,

If you allow me, even if it's not the easiest one to take, I'm convinced you took the right decision here.

The best to all of you.

Cheers

Chris

SR 7121/03/2020 13:33:51
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I think the people that insist on doing things against the advise of the experts and everyone else are very selfish and self centered, how will they feel when they take home the virus and it kills one of their family, its to late then to be sorry

Very good video Chris

Mark Kettle 121/03/2020 13:38:02
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yes ok received.

Martin Gay21/03/2020 15:02:39
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Unfortunately, I have to agree that you have made the correct decision, Phil.

In light of the government decree yesterday, it was the only thing to do.

Oh well! More time to keep working on the Mig-15 and Me109. 😁

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