Archive for September, 2011
This year’s Free Flight Forum takes place on Nov. 13th, the day after the 2011 BMFA AGM, at Barcelo Hinckley Island Hotel, A5 Watling Street, LE10 3JA, starting at 10.00 a.m.
Tickets are £9 and all proceeds help to fund the teams that represent Great Britain at World and European Championships.
There’s an even wider range of topics covered than usual, so come along and discover there’s a lot more to model flying than you may have thought.
Topics and Speakers
- Anodizing – Simon Dixon;
- Playing with Pistachios – Paul Seeley;
- Catapult Glider Technology – Phil Ball;
- Model Aircraft Technology – A Review of Invigorators as an Aid to Stable Flight – Neil Cliff;
- Printing Tissue for Models – Paul Seeley;
- Experiences with Electronic Timer Design and Use – Alan Jack;
- F1D Indoor Topics – Mark Benns;
- Model Aircraft Construction with an Emphasis on F1G – Neil Cliff;
- Model Construction Using Brown Paper – Ivan Taylor;
- Experiences in BMFA Electric in 2011 and the Rule Changes for 2012 – Chris Strachan;
- Rice Pudding Skin Pullers 2011 Rules for E30 – Peter Tolhurst;
- A Newcomer to Indoor – Allan Weighell/Tony Hebb.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, EXHIBITION AND ANNUAL DINNER/PRIZE GIVING
12th NOVEMBER 2011
This year the AGM will be held again at
BARCELÓ HINCKLEY ISLAND HOTEL,
Watling Street, Hinckley, Leicestershire LE10 3JA.
Signing in will be from 10am.
Exhibitions of models from the various Technical Committees will be on display.
Lunch will be available from 12 noon until 1.30 pm.
The AGM will start at 1.30 pm.
The Dinner and Prize-giving will be held in the evening commencing at 7.15pm.
Dinner Tickets will be £26 and the overnight room charges will be £52pppn for a single room and £80pn for a double room all including full English breakfast.
Dinner Ticket and overnight booking forms will be available from the BMFA office from the 20th September 2011.
Toasts and short after dinner speeches will be made and the presentation of the Society’s Trophies to the current years’ winners will take place. It is quite a spectacle to see all the gleaming trophies lined up – if you have never seen it, you do not know what you are missing!
After the excitement of the Award presentations, we adjourn to the music and dancing accompanied by a late bar to help things along.
The Free Flight Forum starts at 10am on Sunday morning 13th November, or you could visit the Sports Centre in the hotel, so why not make a weekend of it.
We look forward to seeing you there.
For your interest the Menu for the Evening Dinner is as follows:
Ham Hock and herb terrine, Piccalilli, dressed leaves.
Vegetarian Alternative: Seasonal Melon with passion fruit syrup
Supreme of chicken, creamy mushroom sauce,
baby roast and market vegetables
Vegetarian Alternative: Leek and brie tart served with seasonal vegetables
Raspberry cheesecake with fruit coulis
Freshly Brewed Tea or Coffee
Derek’s involvement with aeromodelling began as a result of his interest in early television and his National Service training as a radio mechanic. He built his first single-channel radio control set in the late 1950′s and shortly after joined the Hull Area Radio Control Society which then became Beverley and District Model Aircraft Club. He soon became involved with teaching new members to fly and climbed up the examiner ladder to achieve Chief Examiner status.
The engineering side of aeromodelling soon led Derek to fitting out his workshop with machine tools. He built several multi-cylinder glow motors and then progressed on to machining gas turbines. The photograph shows him with his scratch-built Druine D31 Turbulent with a scaled down VW flat 4 cylinder motor which he also built.
Derek was Chairman of the Beverley club for many years and was made President in 1996. His other interests were music, he played saxophone in a dance band, archeology was a passion of his, and painting where his landscapes were much admired. Son, Tim, is now flying is models. Derek will be sadly missed.
The Royal Aero Club (RAeC) Trust and Ancestry.co.uk have launched a worldwide search to uncover missing images of over 200 pioneer aviators.
Family history enthusiasts and local history communities are being urged to help find the images which accompany a number of Aviators’ Certificates held in the Trust’s extensive archive (www.royalaeroclubcollection.org), which includes over 28,000 index records and 34 albums, or “volumes”, containing about 13,000 photographs of early aviators.
Like a modern passport, these certificates were given to pilots who, in the early days of the First World War, successfully completed their initial training through the Royal Aero Club before joining the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) or the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) for active service. The licence required the submission of two photographs, one of which was pasted into the licence; the other was retained by the Club.
“Unfortunately, Volume 4 is missing, so volunteers from the Royal Aero Club Trust are busy compiling a “virtual” replacement album, drawing on photographs from other sources,” explains Andrew Dawrant, a trustee of the Royal Aero Club Trust. “Thanks to Cross & Cockade, the First World War Historical Aviation Society, we now have replacement images in about two-thirds of the cases. But nearly 200 photographs are still missing.”
“We are urging any budding history sleuths, or anyone with an interest or family connection with the early days of flying to go to http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/2011/08/08/help-find-the-missing-heroes-of-world-war-i/ or http://blogs.ancestry.com/uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/AeroClubTrust_Find-Missing-Heroes1.pdf and help us track these images down, whether they are from personal collections, school photos, newspapers or obituaries.
If you can provide a copy of one of these missing photographs, or if you have any ideas about where may be a good place to look, please email us at email@example.com. It is important for us to fill in the gaps in these records, both to commemorate the lives of those brave pilots, and also to provide a complete historical record.”