NEW MEMBER GUIDELINES
(v8 27th June 2022)

 

1. Welcome

The committee 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:

Chairman                            Eric Bradley

Secretary                            Dave Ginns    01858 446804

Treasurer                            Dave Ginns
Competition Secretary     
Pete Baldwin  01604 880477

P.R.O                                   vacant

Librarian/Newsletter Ed.   Derrick Ward

 

3. The Flying Fields

The club has three fields available for flying.
1: The main field is situated in Welham Lane near Great Bowden and is available for flying any day after 11.00 AM.
2: We have another larger field suitable for R/C gliders and free flight models at East Carlton
3: A slope soaring sight at Jurassic Way, Honey Hill near Cold Ashby.
These last two are also used by other model fliers.
The exact position of the fields is shown
on the location webpage here.

To fly at any of our flying fields you must:
a: be a paid up member of Market Harborough Model Aircraft Club - see here.
b: hold a valid CAA operators license for your model - see here.

c: ensure all models flown are correctly marked with your valid CAA operators license.
d: to fly solo you must hold a valid BMFA 'A' certificate for the type of model you are flying.

 

4. Flying Field Etiquette

Radio Transmitters (applies to 27 and 35MHz only)
The peg board is stored in the club hut.

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.


Parking

Parking is allowed in the field when the sign at the field entrance gate indicates OPEN.

When CLOSED please park in the farmyard without obstructing the farmers access.

 

Noise

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.


Position

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!

 



Courtesy

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.


Going Home

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.

 

5. Newsletter

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?

You can:

         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 and on the website.

 

 

  

ENJOY YOURSELF!