The committee and all the members welcome you to the MHMAC and hope you have many years of enjoyment in the club.
The main interest of club members is radio controlled model aeroplanes, but members also have interests in helicopters, free flight, gliding, control line and electric.
2. The Committee
The committee is elected by the members to run the club and are always interested in members opinions and ideas for improvements. The committee members are:
Eric Bradley Chairman
Dave Ginns Secretary 01858 446804
Dave Ginns Treasurer
Pete Baldwin Comp. Sec. 01604 880477
Alan Parker P.R.O.
Derrick Ward Librarian
3. The Flying Fields
The club has three fields available for flying. The main field is situated in
4. Flying Field Etiquette
Don't switch on your transmitter until you have the peg for your frequency from the peg board to ensure no-one else is on the same frequency. Once you have switched off your transmitter, after a flight, return your peg to the peg board to allow others to fly on that frequency. Remember that your transmitter has a very long range so don't switch on to test things when you unload from your car. Don't assume that as no-one usually flies on your frequency that no-one will be flying on it today.
We are lucky in that where we fly it is fairly sparsely populated. However, it would only take one complaint to the council to start an enquiry that could cause the loss of the field. Make sure you choose an engine with an effective silencer. Use over-size propellers to reduce the RPM of your engine and the noise with it. It is unlikely you will notice any loss of power.
When you fly, ensure your plane takes off from the patch in front of the other flyers. Stand 10m away from the patch, with the other flyers, during your flight. Don't overfly the pits. Don't launch your plane from behind the other flyers and keep whistling it over their heads!
See the appendix to understand pilot location relative to flight line.
Remember that we only have this field due to the generosity of the farmer so be friendly to him and ensure you don't cause distress to any of his animals.
Ensure you are courteous to any walkers in the nearby fields.
When it is time to pack up, please can you help/ensure that:
· the electric fence is replaced and switched on (unless it is the time of year when there is no stock in the field)
· the shutters are closed on the portacabin and door padlocked.
The newsletter is issued quarterly and contains the future schedule of events, reports from some of the committee and articles from members.
6. How Can I Help?
· write articles for the newsletter
· cut the grass on the patch
· suggest new ideas
· find new members
· enter the competitions/turn up for the events
· train others to fly
· help organise the Fly for Fun day
· help run the Auction/Raffles
7. Learning to Fly
It takes a lot of commitment from you and your instructors to get you to a position where you can fly. You will not be able to fly after a couple of flights. You will need to turn up regularly for many months before you will be able to fly solo. In that time you will have many crashes and many enjoyable(!) evenings repairing your model.
The way to get someone to teach you is to turn up on Sunday afternoons and talk to one of the committee members who will either teach you themselves or point you in the direction of a competent teacher.
Remember that your instructor will have come down to fly his own model and if there are many people learning, you may have to wait around a while. If you want a flight, make sure you make your wishes known - don't just sit around getting frustrated waiting for someone to ask you!
If you are not patient enough for the free training, you could arrange for someone to meet you regularly on summer evenings and give you regular, uninterrupted training for a modest fee. If you want to do this, please approach the club secretary who will put you in contact with someone competent to teach you.
Once you can fly safely, you are encouraged to take the B.M.F.A. 'A' Certificate. It is recommended that you do not fly without an instructor until you have this certificate. After your skills have further improved you are welcome to take the 'B' Certificate through the club. Further details on these can be found in the B.M.F.A. Handbook.
8. Club Events/Competitions
The Comp. Secretary arranges many competitions in which you can participate during the year. These are mainly for fun, but there are cups to be awarded in the AGM for the top fliers. Competitions usually run are:
· Concours d'Elegance (for all types of flying model)
· Indoor Chuck Glider
· Control Line Balloon Burst
· R/C Limbo
· Scale Competition (for all types of flying model)
· Outdoor Chuck Glider
· Free Flight GRP
· R/C Glide & Spot Landing
· R/C Pattern
· BMFA Dart.
For further information on any of these, call the Comp. Sec. who will be happy to help you.
Other Events held are:
· Clipston Annual Fly for Fun where other clubs and flyers are invited to join us at Clipston Playing Fields for the day.
· Club Auction
· Video Nights
· Electric Round-the-Pole flying
· Guest Speakers.
For further information on any of these, call the Club Secretary who will be happy to help you.
A timetable of Competitions & Events is published in the newsletter.
Pilot Location Relative to Flight Line
Depending on the wind direction, there are pre-agreed positions for where the pits should be formed up, and where pilots should stand to take-off, fly and land. Here's how we arrange ourselves relative to the wind directions. Some discretion is needed for conditions when the wind is across the corner of the patch.
The diagrams are not to scale.