Two of our members, Nigel & Lindsay, attended this year's Coffs Harbour Helifest. By all reports it was a fantastic event with plenty of action, both day & night & lots of new products on display from various vendors who sponsored the event.
Two of our members, Andrew and Lindsay, attended the Helis on the Clarence - Grafton Fun Fly held last weekend. The hosts did an excellent job of planning, preparing the field, organising on site catering and ensuring everybody had a fantastic time. From all reports on the net, this was one of the best fun flys to be held in this country yet! Both of the boys were amazed at the skills, equipment, knowledge, friendliness & helpfulness of those who attended.
This is one event on the calendar NOT to be missed!
We are having a short working bee happening next SATURDAY (28th).
It would be great if we could as many people out as possible to help, as they say many hands make light work! And the faster we finish the more flying we can do afterwards. There's a bbq at the field so bring your meat and drinks and we can eat afterwards while admiring our handiwork.
We're putting the posts in for the shade cloth to go up and installing the other gate so there's more room for everyone to get in and out with their machines and gear.
If you don't feel up to installing some posts (there's only three of them so it will take no time to put them in as long as we have enough people to lift them into place) bring a mower so we can get the runway done. An hours work for one person, faster with more people!
Gary is bringing out some paint so we can paint the posts and the sleepers down at the edge of the runway. An hours work for one less with more people.
REMEMBER:- The more that turn up the faster it all gets done and the better the field will look for everyone. You don't have to stay the whole time, you can leave when you want. The important thing is you were there to help while you could.
See you all there around 8-8:30 or when you can manage to get there.
Thanks in advance to those of you that can make it.
No doubt most members would have heard about the tragic death of at least one model Helicopter pilot in recent times. There have been two in the last month, one in the USA and the other in Switzerland (pilot was flying alone).
When MAAA carried out a safety review several years ago, the distances in which model helicopters and fixed wing F3D models were operating from the pilots, was identified as an area of high risk. Consequently a nine metre safety distance was a imposed as a requirement within the MAAA MOPs, MOP014 General Rules and Guidelines for the Operation of Model Aircraft Paragraphs 6.4 and 6.5.
Following the recent tragedies, and as a timely reminder, the Helicopter Subcommittee have produced the attached 'flyer'. It is requested that through the State Associations, the Safety Reminder is distributed to your clubs for information by way of printing the 'flyer' and placing it on club notice boards as well as including it in newsletters where possible.
MAAA would like to thank the State Associations and Clubs for their support with this.