The 2021 BMFA Silent Flight Nationals will take place from the 28th to 30th August 2021 at the BMFA National Flying Centre, Sewstern Road, Buckminster, Grantham, NG33 5RW.
Entry is now available via this website using the link below.
At this time of angst in the Coronavirus Pandemic, many of us are feeling bored and without many opportunities to fly our models, and that means more time on our hands. So here is a chance to catch up Uncle Sydney’ Gossip Columns, running over the years from 1998 through to 2019.
Before starting let me thank Jojo Grini who has maintained a web diary of all my reports in Norway and sent it round the world. Thanks also the Austin Guerrier who helped me to reach websites in UK and USA and other continents. And other F3J pilots told me that they enjoyed my Gossips.
To read, type the following address: www.f3x.no/f3j/gossip/index.htm. Be warmed it takes a long time to read it in full.
Recently a thread on the forum sparked an interest about the formation and early days of our Association.
This prompted correspondence with one of our earliest members, Martin Garnett membership number 5, who has provided the following very interesting information. He writes:
I may be a lapsed BARCS member but I still keep an eye on the website to see what’s going on, and I see from the BARCS forum that the actual formation date of BARCS has arisen.
I attended the inaugural meeting at Aylesbury in 1972, along with Colin Thompson and became member no 5 only because I was the 5th person to sign the attendance register. I recollect that there were 11 or 12 of us at the meeting, and I think that Dave Hughes was no 1.
I attach some pdfs, relating to BARCS and its early days, and perhaps the RM Apr 1972 gives the best indication as to the first meeting. Allowing for publication deadlines, I guess this would have been in the March/April time, but I can’t find anything better than that in my archives.
I went back through those Soarers I still have, and thought you might to see the attached pdf. Although not specifically mentioned inside, I assume that the 11 people on the cover were those at the first meeting. Sadly, many no longer with us, but I have the advantage of having been a uni student back in 1972 so a lot younger.
I did some lateral thinking and checked my 1972 RCM&E back issues, as Geoff D wrote the thermal column in those days.
See attached pdfs – the March 1972 edition gives the date as Friday 18 Feb 1972 for the inaugural meeting. This was followed up with a report in May 1972, interesting showing that 22 people attended. Perhaps BARCS membership nos 1-22?
Martin has provided a few more pdf's dated after May72 which I will post later.
Any more memories and info will be good to add here.
RM Jul 1968.pdf
RM Jan 1972.pdf
RCM&E Mar 1972.pdf
RM Apr 1972.pdf
RCM&E May 1972.pdf
eScoring is a way in which a competition pilot or their helper can use a smartphone to upload their score to a cloud server after each flight.
For a longer introduction, have a look at the eScoring explainer escoring_explainer.pdf
eScoring is attracting particular attention during the pandemic, as a way to preserve social distancing and minimise risk from handling score cards – no need to approach the CD or pass bits of paper to enter scores.
For this reason, BARCS is launching a new Covid and eScoring forum – check it out and post your experiences or questions there.
Escoring is a part of the splendid GliderScore software, developed by Gerry Carter in Australia and used widely in the UK and all over the world. To honour Gerry’s achievement, BARCS was very pleased to award him at its Dec 2020 AGM the prestigious Eppler Trophy.
Read Ian Nicholls’ appreciation of Gerry’s work in proposing him for the award eppler.pdf
After due consideration from the BARCS Committee we have decided to cancel the 2020 Radioglide Weekend at Buckminster due to be held in
It is unlikely we will be able to reschedule. However, we will liaise with the BMFA when more is known about the ability to hold larger gatherings at flying fields.
We will keep you posted as and when we have more information to act on.
Sorry to have to write this post.
I wish you all good health in the coming months.