As per the previous update , the field will be open from this weekend provided the gov do not add any restriction that affect us .
IMPORTANT Covid 19 field rules PLEASE READ
If you feel at all unwell please don't come to the field or go home straight away
No toilet/portaloo is available during the present restrictions.
Members are responsible for supplying their own hand sanitiser /hand wipes etc. Please take used wipes etc home with you together with ANY other refuse. Wearing of masks. gloves etc is optional.
Please be thoughtful if pilots are waiting to fly. ie; don’t fit 2 gallon fuel tanks !! and fly for hours . Remember the peg hog of yesteryear ?
1.. Members must sanitise hands after opening or closing gates to the field . Usual opening and closing of gates apply ie; Top gate closed at all times. Last one out makes sure ALL gates are locked.
2…Only two pilots to fly on flight-line at any time. Pilots must keep 3 meters apart . One pilot per pilot box or two if they come from the same household.
3… Members waiting to fly must wait in or by their cars in parking area along fence. No cars in pit area after unloading gear.
4… Only models that can be flown / started/operated by one person to be used at the field . If a helper is required then model cannot be flown. This includes the flying of FPV models with a competent observer unless observer is from the same household.
5… No flying whatsoever while any grass cutting or field maintenance is being performed.
6… Training or use of buddy leads. A tricky one. Buddy Leads must be long enough to allow two meter separation for pilots or radio link buddy system used. This could be counted as one pilot box but pilots MUST still keep their appropriate distance.
7… Test flying other members models. This should be only be done if really needed and field conditions allow ie; no pilots queuing up and waiting to fly. Gloves should be worn and hand over of Tx should be done using social distancing. Gloves should be sanitised after handing back Tx etc.
8… No visitors on the field unless from same household then one visitor allowed
9…Children on the field. Only children old enough to be able to understand social distancing will be allowed.
10… Control line circle. This can be used in addition to the two pilots on the flight line for the hovering of quads or small helicopters. Anything more than hovering at low altitude then pilots will wait their turn and go to the main flight-line.
11… Any member who deliberately does not comply with these rules may risk losing their club membership
12… The committee reserve the right to close the field without notice if the Covid emergency rules require it.
PS. Please be sensible and if field is crowded which is unlikely please do not hang around but go home and cone back later
PPS sorry its a bit like reading "War and Peace " but all content is needed .
Posted by Phil F on 12:21 pm
Hello everyone . Just to let you know Our committee are discussing options for opening the field after the next Government review providing they don't close things down again.
If we can go ahead and open up there will be some strict field rules to adhere to re social distancing sanitising etc . It wont be like the club was before Covid 19 hit us for some time but lets make it work . I will put some notices on the gate and the shed with new rules and Ade will send them out vie e-mail
Until then please be patient .
We want to go flying as well
Don' take any notice of other forum sites of whether we are open or not . Read it hear , contact me or a committee member or wait until you get an e-mail .
Posted by Phil F on 10:59 am
The Medway Model Flying Club's flying field is to remain closed.Until next Government review.
PLEASE READ ON
Due to the complexity of the restrictions on gatherings of more than two people , your committee like many other club committees have made the hard decision to keep the field closed for another three weeks until the government reviews the situation on social distancing etc.
Please help us by sharing this with any club member you know.
Posted by Phil F on 7:59 pm
Heading Picture (memories)
Just looking at the heading pics and it brings home just how much our lives have been changed in the past few months ! I hope everyone is keeping well, keeping busy and applauding the vital workers on Thursday evenings ?
Keep well, Keep safe and Keep your distance .
Posted by Phil F on 12:04 pm
Our Flying field is still closed
Hi everyone . I visited the field yesterday for a security check as its near enough to come under exercise ! I was disappointed to see car track in the grass leading to the pit area . The tracks looked recent . So to whom it may concern the field is closed until further notice in line with government lock-down regs . Please don't bring our club into disrepute by ignoring the rules set out to help our already over stretched NHS.
other items to report :
The double lock on the main gate has gone missing probably due to the solar-farm personnel as they have been using the gates far more than us since lock-down .
The small pedestrian gate has been badly bent by some moron .
Finally the grass hasn't grown too much so we should be able to get it back in shape reasonably quickly when restrictions are lifted .
That's all folks
Hope to see you all in the not too distant future .
Posted by Phil F on 7:22 pm
Local model shops are still trading
No need to go crazy with boredom , you can still buy a kit or a supply of balsa or bits to keep amused while the lock down is in place .
I have just spoken to Justin at Rapid Rc , June at Weston Uk and Mark at Model world
They are still open for business although NOT for personal shoppers/callers .
(no entry into premises)
Items can still be bought Online , via Phone ,orders can be taken and paid for over the phone and posted or self collection if you passing while on an essential journey( Gov rule re essential journeys ) . Model World are doing local deliveries while they can . Collection and delivery is likely to change or be stopped under the emergency laws being rolled out..
Keep well, keep safe and keep you distance :-)
Posted by Phil F on 12:39 pm
COVID -19 NEW RESTRICTION ON MOVEMENT
As you are probably aware by now the government has increased its response to the Covid-19 threat to a near lock-down as of yesterday evening 23/3 .
The BMFA latest update IMO just confuses the issue as a simple "Stay at home unless its essential in line with Gov directive" would suffice.
I hope you all stay safe and well , that includes not breathing in too much balsa dust and cyano fumes , cough cough ,its different type of cough honest !;from your latest creation . Try and keep occupied as best you can and free plans can be found at ; www.outerzone.co.uk and probably more sites .
If you are in contact with any other members please inform them of the field closure .
Finally Anyone who has not paid their subs yet for 2020 can you please do so. A rejoining fee of £35 will be payable from the end of March If you have not contacted me . Despite the lock-down we still have to pay the lease on the field etc so please speak to me /e-mail me
If you want to deliver you subs to me at my home please make sure all of your details are included and are in a sealed envelope .
I will for the duration of this lock-down accept PayPal for payment but do make sure you gift it to avoid paying PayPal fees . ring me for details
If you DO NOT intend to rejoin MMFC then please be good enough let me know and return your key.
Until we meet again keep safe and well .Please do keep in touch on here or via the clubs Forum at;
Posted by Phil F on 11:32 am
CLUB DINNER POSTPONEDIt is with regret that the Club Dinner to be held at the Tudor Rose on Friday 27th March is being postponed to a date in the future, to be arranged.
The effect of the Covid19 pandemic is growing and the government advice will soon be to cancel gatherings and the real fears of those amongst us who will be vulnerable to the effects of the disease means that we really have no alternative.
Let us hope that we, after having seeing this through, can look at a get-together later in the summer.
Stay well, everyone.