Mike T

When using the main entrance track to the flying site, it may be advisable to retract wing mirrors if able. The sheep fence posts have been positioned on the track itself, off the grass, and can clip the mirror on that side. I’m sure members would not like to scratch their expensive ‘limos’.

Colin’s SE5A maiden flight

Monday 14th September Terry Mason John Jackson myself and Sue my wife went up to the LMA flying site near Warrington to test fly the SE5A. We went there for the first flight because the field is much larger than Chelford, so any problems we could land almost anywhere. We had two flights and I’m image mimage image imagepleased to say all went well so we will be flying the model at Pmac soon. Thanks to Dave and everyone at the LMA site for inviting us there

Hi from a new member

My name is Tony O’Brien and, as a new member, it was suggested that I introduce myself.

I retired last December after running a guest house in Paignton with my wife for a little over 10 years. Previously, I was a Duty Manager at the Manchester Velodrome for 15 years and, prior to that, I was a litho printer from leaving school.

I had a go at control-line flying as a teenager but after a disastrous start, crashing and breaking the aircraft, I very quickly gave up. I came back to it in the early ’80s and, having met up with a couple of model helicopter flyers near Bury, got the bug and tried to fly the R/c Kavan Allouette helicopter that I purchased off one of them.  I have always loved helicopters (rather than fixed-wing) but am proud to say that it was in the air (albeit only 3″ off the ground) for a full 1 & 1/2 seconds before I completely bottled it and put it down in one piece.  Moreover, the aircraft was pointing in the same direction as when it took off without spinning around in a circle. The Allouette has a tail construction similar to a Bell 47 and I really didn’t want to have to set about a potentially major rebuild of the tail frame soon after the first attempt to get it airborne. Sadly, I gave up and the helicopter became a loving ornament until I sold it to a much more competent r/c flyer.

Three years ago, I became fascinated with the photographic possibilities of camera-based drones and after a lot of conscience tugging, I purchased a Mavic Air (now a Mavic Air #1). I have about 15 hours total flying time, having had the opportunity to use a rugby field adjacent to the guest house in Paignton but, as you all know, there are a few who have created a situation that may all-but destroy the drone hobby. Having returned to the north-west, the last thing I wanted to do was give up and sell the Air – especially as I live in close proximity to Manchester Airport.  I’m really pleased to be able to join the club in order to meet similar-minded folk, give the batteries a good run after far too long and sharpen up my flying skills.  And, what a lovely bit of countryside to do it in.

I have no great desire (mainly because I know I can’t afford it) to fly anything else but, if my first visit a couple of weeks ago to the club field was anything to go by, I know I will enjoy sitting back and watching the other members fly their aircraft.  It would be a bonus to have more of the weather we had to ‘suffer’ during the recent lockdown.

Pete Wilson

Pete Wilson would have been 88 today and as a tribute to him Rick brought one of his models to the field and flew it. Pete was a wonderful person and a real gentleman. His scale models were second to none. We miss Pete down at the field but we will never forget him.image