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  1. Dear flyers at Whitesheet and those who visit, Please note that there has now been a rule change to the flying restrictions at Whitesheet Hill. Many of you will have flown at this wonderful site in Wiltshire (and may be members of the club) and will know that for most of its life, the site has been for unpowered models only. In 2009 a trial was started to allow electric power to be used for height gain only. Electric models in general terms were not permitted. Following this successful trial period of many years, the club has now ratified changes to the club rules to allow this change permanently. The matter was voted on at the AGM, following discussions and work with both the BMFA and the National Trust, both of whom fully support the proposed changes. With immediate effect, electric assist can be used at Whitesheet for height gain, with the following section added to the club handbook: The following definitions have been agreed by the WSRFC committee and will serve to clarify amendments to the rules on powered model flying: Glider A model sailplane with no form of propulsion system fitted. Any model designed to fly and climb solely by slope or thermal lift, falls into this category. Self-Launching Glider A model sailplane whose primary flight mode is unpowered soaring. Such a model may have an electric propulsion system used to gain altitude, at the beginning of a flight, when slope lift is insufficient or is not working on one of the available slopes. All other radio controlled aircraft This category is a cover-all for any flying model that does not fit into either the Glider or Self-Launching Glider definitions above. Types of model that may fly All forms of Glider as defined above may be flown from the Whitesheet hill, in the areas and slopes identified in the sections above. New for 2017, Self-launching Gliders will be permitted to fly at Whitesheet, within the rules of the club. It is vital that flying of such models be conducted with respect for the peace and beauty of the area and that the good reputation of the club, both with the National Trust and with the public, is maintained. Only electric propulsion may be used to gain altitude. Internal combustion engines or gas turbine engines are not permitted, in order to ensure the least possible noise intrusion from the power phase of a flight. Models that are designed to rely on the propulsion system for sustained flight are not permitted. This includes hotliners and other types of electric powered model that have not been designed to seek out and exploit lift. Undoubtedly, there will be a period of adjustment, where the above rule changes will require review. In the event of justified negative feedback from the public, from the National Trust or from other flyers, the allowance of electric power for climb out may be revoked. No model aircraft, other than those described as Gliders or Self-launching Gliders may be flown from Whitesheet hill. This includes (but is not limited to) multicopters, quadcopters and helicopters. The hope is that more flying can take place at Whitesheet, more of the time. I also hope that these changes will encourage greater membership and better participation in future events at the hill, as our flyers will be encouraged to make the journey and meet up, knowing that the weather conditions have a lower impact on whether or not they will get some flying in. If you have any questions relating to this change, please don't hesitate to contact me by PM or post here. For more details about the club, please visit www.whitesheet.org.uk best regards Chris Lamming Chairman, WSRFC
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