Having been flying for a few of years now, I have noticed a serious
lack of flying etiquette amongst both club flyers, and display
hobby allows us to fly highly sophisticated, sleek and agile machines,
whether they be "Powered trainers", "Turbine powered
jets", "Helicopters" or "Gliders". No
matter what the design or shape they may be, in the wrong hands,
these machines ARE capable of causing injuries of various severities,
and in very rare cases............death.
introduction of EPP foam into modelling was a major breakthrough,
as regards to damage limitation of aircraft. It has revolutionised
the way we learn to fly, and has helped to keep many modellers
interested in the sport. But as always, there are those individuals
who abuse EPP's most valuable asset, it's resistance to damage.
Combat has given modelling a new lease of life, but I have noted
there are some irresponsible people, who disregard the safety
Combating far too low (less the 20ft above the ridge)
Combating far too close in (less than 10ft out from the ridge!)
Combating over the pits!
People flying into other people, on purpose !!
is far more fun for everyone (if the days conditions allow) to
be done at height (around 100ft, up and 100ft out from the slope).
Not only is it safer for those flying and also the spectators,
but it also saves you having to go and retrieve your models every
couple of minutes!
over the pit area, at any height lower than 100ft, "on purpose"
SHOULD be regarded as dangerous flying, and the culprit reprimanded
if not grounded. Just work out how much hard earned money in sitting
on the ground, let alone the human cost if someone is injured!!
thing I've noticed, is a lack of co-ordination when there are
multiple aircraft flying, at both club and display level? I attended
a major model show last year, where I saw around 20 WW1 fighters
flying simultaneously during a display. All models were flying
a "Left-hand circuit" and all the pilots were cutting
each other up during the turns? Surely it's easier and safer for
a following aircraft, to pass BEHIND the aircraft it's following,
during a turn?
pilots never cut each other up, so why should model flyers be
owe it to ourselves, to be more observant when flying, and owe
it to other's, as not to endanger them or their machinery by our
We are all been honored with the gift of flight in its many fascinating
forms, but remember this................. it only takes a few
idiotic acts to shut down a club or lose a flying site.
BMFA work hard for us, even if we don't realise it. DON'T make
their job any harder!