Archive for April, 2011
Great news from Plenary, Oliver Witt has been awarded the first CIAM
£1,000 GIVEN TO DEVELOP YOUTH PARTICIPATION IN AEROMODELLING
The Royal Aero Club Trust (RAeCT) has today announced the award of £1,000 in bursaries to help develop the flying ambition of young people within aeromodelling.
Awards were made to Shahid Banglawala (21, Stansted MFC) and Richard Smith (16, BMFA NE).
Bursaries of this type, which are part of the Trust’s ‘Flying for Youth’ (FfY) program, are awarded annually to UK residents aged between 16 and 21and fall into two categories:
1. Flying Bursaries/Grants for those wishing to advance from one recognised level of air sport to the next higher level and wish to upgrade their existing qualifications;
2. FlightSim Bursaries/Grants for Computer Flight Simulation enthusiasts wishing to gain practical experience of flying or an air sport.
The scheme and the bursaries cover a huge variety of air sports and aviation-related activities including: paragliding, gliding, hang-gliding, parachuting, microlight aircraft, helicopter, fixed wing aircraft and the designing, building and flying model aeroplanes.
The bursaries include the President’s Scholars worth up to £1,500, the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000 and the Bramson Bursary (£500).
“I am delighted to have been chosen to receive this prestigious bursary,” says Shahid.
“This award will definitely help me develop myself as an aeromodeller and I intend to use the money to purchase equipment for the 2011 F3P-B Masters event.”
“Every year we are impressed by the calibre and huge number of applicants for the Flying for Youth bursaries, and 2011 was no exception,” says David Bills, bursary administrator at the RAeCT. “A wide range of air sports organisations are involved and it is great to see a whole new generation of enthusiasts coming into the sport of aeromodelling, it makes us all the more excited and confident of their success in the years ahead. We look forward to following their progress and achievements closely.”
Application Forms for 2012 bursaries will be published on the RAeCT website in September. Those interested in applying for bursaries for 2012 should visit http://www.royalaeroclubtrust.org/bursaries.html
It is with sadness and regret that we have to announce the passing of our Club Secretary, Tony Salisbury MiFireE MIIRSM.
Tony’s first job was as a policeman. This did not represent the challenge that Tony required and he migrated to the Fire Service. He must have been inspired by this, because after a long career in the Fire Service he became Deputy Commander of the Fire Service College under Commandment George Clarke. Tony travlled all over the world helping set up Fire Service colleges in other countries.
One of Tony’s main interests was sailing his catamaran named ‘Catmando’ He entered the annual ‘Round the Island Yacht Race’ every year since 2006 and won his class in 2009.
Although born at the height of the Battle of Britain, Tony only took up aeromodelling in 2008 but threw himself into it with his usual enthusiasm that drove him in everything else that he did. Exclusively an electric flier, Tony did not let that prevent him from exploring the full range of model aeronautics. His models went from small ‘Extra 300′ aerobat to a 1/4 scale Piper Cub, and taking in twins and Telemasters on the way. His ‘own design’ models usually featured a ‘pop bottle base’ used as a cowl; this became his trademark at the field.
When he became Club Secretary at the AGM in 2009 for the 2010 season he attacked that duty in his usual organised and thoughtful manner. In the short time that we knew Tony, he never had a harsh word to say of anyone. Despite the usual hectic club atmosphere, his manner was always calm, measured and, dare i say, professional.
Not to say that Tony lacked humour, he had a sharp wit that was not always appreciated at the time of saying, but crept up on you when you weren’t thinking about it. His job as a fireman came in useful because Tony’s models had an unusual attraction to the trees on the south side of the club field; he frequently had to take to ladders to rescue them. We have photographs!
Our heartfelt condolences to Tony’s wife Sheila, their children and grandchildren.
Tony, the club will miss you, I will miss you. It is so rare this day and age to meet a true Gentle Man. Rest in Peace.
Shropshire Model Flying Club