Corona Virus information
Our Flying Field near Greatham is open again. The pits area has been adjusted to allow up to 4 flyers to prepare their models at any one time. Each modeller has his own bay to keep social distancing. As we are a small club we shouldn’t have too much of a problem.
Up to 4 flyers turning up at any one time should be ok, fly and stay as normal but remember to keep to the social distancing rules.
5 or more flyers turning up then all present should drop onto the BMFA suggestion of TURN UP – FLY – GO HOME to allow a fair use of the facilities. Please be prepared to turn up, have a flight and go home even if your intention was to stay the whole day.
Non Flyers – please try not to bring family, children or visitors to the field during these difficult times. If you do they need to keep to your area in the pits and away from others, this can be difficult with younger children.
The narrow Farm road leading to the site is used by horses, walkers and cyclists as well as frequent farm traffic so again we need to be careful driving along it so we don’t annoy anyone. PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY. When the summer growth of the hedgerows is high it means the farm road seems even narrower so please take extra care as there are a number of blind corners on the road.
In the winter access through the gate to get on the field is poor so take care. The gate area gets churned up with tractors etc. and there is little we can do, we don’t own the field and it would cost a small fortune to get hard standing big enough for the gate area and car parking even if the farmer was agreeable to this.
Please leave track and farm gates the way you found them and if any doubt leave them closed.
We have a walkway (about 180m long) from the car parking area on the left as you enter the field to the flying strip, you will struggle to see it from the road when the crops are high but it is there, please use it rather than flattening the farmers growing grass. NO cars are to be taken over to the flying strip, I know it’s tempting but we need the cars in the car park area. It won’t take much to churn up the field and we don’t want the farmer annoyed with us and risking losing the field
Can all flying take place with our backs to the Electricity Pylons. They are far enough away from us not to bother us however no one should be flying in the area between the gas pipe fenced enclosure behind the Pits area and the Pylons.
1 Do not fly low over any animals, have a lookout to warm you of their presence. Normal take off and landing approaches should be OK just have an animal awareness.
2 Rotary wing models of all types should avoid over flying the paddock. If the batteries / motor gives out you can’t glide out so best to just not go there.
3 If you have no choice but to land in the paddock or off the flying strip, pick your landing spot carefully, as far from the beasties as possible.
If we act carefully we should have no problems.