I know I am still a cynic but don’t you think it has all gone very quiet? I wonder what gems ‘they’ have in store for us in 2022?
We recently had the Kings Lynn Club kicked off their flying patch of many years for basically the same reasons being put forward by The Dartmoor National Park Authority who have now decided that they want to stop gliding on the Moors with a load of totally inconsequential reasons being put forward by them. It never ceases to amaze how a body like this can get a bee in it’s bonnet due to some totally unfounded spoutings of some imbecile but when presented by evidence to the contrary to these spoutings by us we are ignored. In this day and age it does beg the question – Who is getting the back hander here? Sadly the powers that be will no doubt bow to an Association like this and the ban will be imposed. We have proven over the years that we are a responsible bunch on the whole, but this is seldom taken into account and we are deemed a nuisance to be gotten rid of. One of the reasons put forward is Cultural Heritage. Surely this should include the hundred year heritage of model aviation or is this too short sighted on our part?
We have managed despite the turmoil of this year to achieve our set goals and have completed the last task on our list with thanks to our host, Northrepps Airfield. We now have a Wi-Fi connection. This means we now have mains, camera and Wi-Fi at our caravan.
Infections are continuing to rise but the deaths and hospital admissions are fairly stable. I am sure we all see now that we will at some time get Covid and be confined. The great news is we should not die or be admitted to hospital with it now following the great vaccination program. It would be interesting to know if those that are dying now have had their jabs or not as believe it or not people are still refusing it. Ah well, had both of mine and will be head of the queue for the third top up one as well. Keep safe and keep flying.
We have been continually monitoring our risk assessment for Covid as required and have now made the decision to remove the rule of wearing face coverings at the field. Most if not all our members should have by now received at least their first vaccination so it seems the time is right to move forward. We have done what we could when needed to maintain the safety of our members and still let them fly if they so wished, as and when we were allowed to. We will re-open our doors to visitors as well, all we ask of them is that they honour the distancing rules. We still need to keep safe but we do need to now keep moving forward out of this troubled time. Hope to see you at the field soon.
We managed to get a couple of days flying in on the 30th and 31st March to break us in gently, then the weather deteriorated again, now that wasn’t expected was it? 🙂 Those that attended had a good session and all managed to keep their distances fairly well and had their face coverings as added protection. The bench spacings and protocols seem to work fine for us.
We cannot entertain visitors as yet but we can have potential new members as we are currently members only. Let us hope we are on the final road out of Covid.
Doesn’t time go slowly when you are waiting for something to happen. 🙂 Come on the 29th….. We want back in the air!!
Under the Governments release from lockdown strategy we are hoping that we can resume flying again on the 29th March 2021. Keep the fingers crossed that the idiot fraternity don’t screw it up for everyone.
The CAA may have found a little wisdom, they have dropped the minimum age requirements for Drones. Does this mean that someone has realised they are extracting the urine for a HOBBY that people have? The CAA website now states:
<QUOTE>28 January 2021 – The UK Government has now removed the minimum age requirement for remote pilots operating a UAS in the Open and Specific categories.
The competency requirements are unchanged, but from this date, the 12 years of age (Open category) and 14 years of age (Specific category) limits no longer apply.
Articles 9 and 9A of the UAS Implementing Regulation (EU 2019/947) have been deleted completely; the full details can be found in Statutory Instrument 2021 No. 10.
CAP 722, CAP 1789A and our factsheets (CAPs 2003-2008 and 2012) will be updated shortly.</QUOTE>
We live in hope! 🙂
The responsible actions of the host Airfield and the NMFC going into a full lock down state appear to have been fully justified by the continuing high number of daily infections and deaths and yet we still see people ignoring the rules in our local Towns. It really does beg the question ‘What is wrong with people?’