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Silent Flight Nationals 2013, provisionally to be at Cranwell with all classes together, on the August Bank Holiday.

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Austin

Silent Flight Nationals 2013, provisionally to be at Cranwell with all classes together, on the August Bank Holiday.

 

Back to the old days, super!

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Robin Sleight

There is an SFTC meeting on March 9 when I anticipate details of events for the SF Nats and the schedule will be agreed.  It is likely to provide for 100S, F3B, F3K, F3J (two day team selection event), eSparing Open, eSoaring 2M, F5B and F5J over the three says of this Bank Holiday weekend.

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Bernie Jones

Now Now Robin are you sporting a new class, sounds like it could be fun 'eSparing Open'

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Fozzie

really good news that the nats are to be held at cranwell again its been along time since we flew there and theres a great pub just around the corner.

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Gary B

I've got my Barkston pass and camping tickets with comprehensive site instructions (application and payment was very slick) but there is no mention of the silent flight nationals at Cranwell, perhaps the BMFA could post details to the entrants?

 

GB

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Robin Sleight

As I am sure you have found out by now, it was decided by the SF Nats organisers to make the entry paperless for this year.  The details and entry form are of course on this site, the main BMFA site and FlyQuiet.  Works fine except of course for the isolated individual with no internet access but even they will have friends who have such access.  I would anticipate that the same procedure will be used in future years - be good if we can retain use of Cranwell.

 

Robin

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Gary B

It is a good idea, just a few small details missing at the moment.

 

Location of the flying site (I think Cranwell has multiple grass areas)

 

Confirmed 35 mhz frequency from a choice of two that I gave for 100S (I'd like to change the crystals before the event if possible and do a range check).

 

Start of flying session times.

 

 Cheers

 

  Gary

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Robin Sleight

Hi Gary,

 

Strictly for SF Nats related questions the guy to ask is Mike Proctor the overall organiser of this event.  However the entry form promises that final details (presumably including event times) and frequencies will be supplied to entrants by email a week before.  I agree it is good to be able to get the crystals in beforehad, but a week before should work.  Historically these events tend to kick off by about 10.00.

We are using the main airfield at Cranwell (which is on the south side of the college with the A17 forming its southern boundary.  I understand that we will enter via an auxilliary gate (probably with a combination padlock on it) off the road which runs north from the A17 towards the college and which borders the eastern side of that main airfield.

 

Robin

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Gary B

That's fine thanks Robin.

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Robin Sleight

Herewith aan update from Mike Proctor (via Bernir Jones and copied over from the flyquiet site.

 

Robin

 

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Hello Again

Thanks for the entries which are already in and paid and those still in the pipeline, awaiting processing.

Some info for those still thinking about entering.....

The normal entry fees apply up to and including, Fri 9th Aug.
After that the "red" fees apply, so book now to avoid fiscal difficulties.

Final email out to competitors, with event and access information for Cranwell, is scheduled to be done on Sun 18 Aug. It follows therefore that final date on which entries will be accepted is Friday 16th at 16:00, giving the BMFA Office time to complete their work on the forms.

More by email to registered competitors in a week or so

Regards

Mike

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EssexBOF

As there is only a week to go, when do we receive details of the schedule?

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Bernie Jones

Should know by now Brian that Gliding is a laid back hobby it will all come be ready on the day here is a note from Mike chief cook and bottle washer for the silent flight Nats, one man against the world.

 

Hello All

Just a quick update on the Nats situation.

First email with info will be going out tonight to registered entrants.
It may have all the frequency details ( not all are on 2.4!!) if not, that will follow later.
The gate key pad code for Cranwell access from Rauceby Lane will certainly be issued late by email for RAF security reasons.

Regards

Mike

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Bernie Jones

Hi All

 

If you have entered the S/F Nats and paid you should now have received an e-mail with details of Gate, freq, and area map

 

gate codes and any further updates will follow towards the end of the week

 

Cheers

 

Bernie

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Gary B

Thanks Bernie,

 

 Looks clear to me.

 

Something we used to do after the RAFMAA Championships finished was taking BMFA badge tests which I thought was a nice touch.

 

Would there be any examiners present and willing to take tests in the evening?

 

I only have an 'A' power badge, quite poor for a chairman of a club! I guess most comp flyers could be (and are) instructors.

 

 Just a thought. Cheers

 

   Gary

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satinet

Hardly anyone is a silent flight instructor in my experience.

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Gary B

Perhaps we should start a separate thread on that. I would put myself forward as a club examiner (power and silent flight) but I would need to hold a B badge in both disciplines for a minimum of six months first according to the good book.

 

GB

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Bernie Jones

Hi Gary

Would be happy to take your silent flight test, best way is with a powered glider but any will do, I can do your A but would need to rope in another examiner for the B can be a power examiner if that's all that available, I'm sure we can do something, but remember to have a good read of the BMFA books as that's where most people fail the flying is the easy bit

I'm not 100% sure but I think as long as you have had your power B for six months, you can become silent flight and power examiner if that's what you club wants, having taken the silent flight A and B, find a friendly chief examiner to check you out as a club examiner

Will throw the test pack in the motor home as well (another thing for my poor old brain to remember)

Bernie

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Robin Sleight

What is needed of course for tests are SF examiners (not Instructors) and I would believe many clubs with significant SF interests have such people.  My own club has two - myself plus one other but, due to the logistic difficulties  involved in arrngements (especially for the slope), we have done hardly any testing.  As such I believe there will be SF examiners on the field at Cranwell but getting people to prior commit to staying on for such testing (either as examiners or examinees) is likely to prove hard as people will want to clear off to Barkston or wherever once their event is over.  If set up in advance such testing might just be on for the 100S flyers as (given no weather probs) that comp is likely to be over by just after 3pm.

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