Charles has reported that Eddie our grass contractor has done the first cut of the year so the site is in good condition.
Re motor bikes. Depending who of the farm personnel prevails there should be no bikes on the site from now on, or at the least, they should not come near our area when we are active. I can’t guarantee that action has been taken so please let me know if you see them. If they are there it is probably unwise to approach them while the situation gets resolved.
The bikers were active again on Saturday and Terry advised me by email that they had permission. When they rode up to me and Pete Wilson, we tried to have a word but they spun round and went over to the far side of the farmers land. However they continued to ride under our flying area and the track alongside the hedge cut out. Terry confirmed that he would be re-confirming with the Farmer that the bikers would be advised to come no closer than the large tree furthest to the right of the hedge cut-out and as such, if any of us witness repeat activity, we could politely point out this agreed proximity limit to them. I agree with this course of action, as we shouldn’t fly within 50m (30m on take off or landing) of them at any time and risk contravening our own rules and terms of our insurance cover etc.
The farmer has been contacted about the motor bikes that have been seen a couple of times on the site. When he next sees them he is going to ask them to stay away from our flying area. If you see them please let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org). Not a good idea to approach them, unless you have serious problems, in case it results in ‘non productive conversation’. If you really have to, please stay polite and we can then sort it out by further discussions with the farmer.
The ground was very wet when Colin and I visited this morning (Friday) but I did manage to skim over the area of grass that I cut last Sunday. As it is forecast to be dry, hopefully it will be better over the weekend.
Going down to the field Monday 7th. March if weather ok around 11.30 Mike
Nearly finished product
Follow the leader
The Team at work (Mandy, Dave and Geoff following our leader) – Nearly finished product (Photos courtesy of Anup)
Our Charperson, Terry M was busy cutting the grass at the club with his electric lawn mower. Mandy, Dave and Geoff were his helpers.
The strip now looks really good. Well done Terry.
The day was beautiful for flying. Geoff stayed up to 1:30 but I stayed on for another hour. No other soul to be seen. Much later Peter W came but did not fly.
I managed to fly on Thursday …. the weather was even better. Flew my Spitty and Mentor and thoroughly enjoyed flying. And then on Friday…. heavy snow !!!
CurrentDude aka Anup
One notable thing about the Macchi MC 72 is that it was effectively twin engine. Two V12’s one behind the other with contra rotating props. It eventually achieved a speed 100mph faster than the S6B. See following if you are interested —