IMPORTANT: NEW LINK for the Gov. Consultation for Drones

IMPORTANT: NEW LINK for the Gov. Consultation for Drones

Cliff Whittaker (Head, Aircraft Performance at ESDU, IHS) has pointed out that there’s a link to a later BMFA page than the one I previously used. The new page has guidance for responding to the consultation, PLEASE RESPOND before 17th September! As Cliff says ‘There is power in numbers’

Last month the UK Government published their consultation ‘Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK’. Although this is primarily aimed at drones it inevitably encompasses all unmanned aircraft.  There is a dedicated section relating to model flying which refers to the ongoing negotiations between the DfT/CAA and the BMFA, SAA, LMA & FPVUK. Please click HERE to be taken to the BMFA page about it. Their page has a link to the consultation and the BMFA encourages all members to participate in the consultation.

Gov. Consultation For Drones – This could affect us all, not just drones

Last month the UK Government published their consultation ‘Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK’. Although this is primarily aimed at drones it inevitably encompasses all unmanned aircraft.  There is a dedicated section relating to model flying which refers to the ongoing negotiations between the DfT/CAA and the BMFA, SAA, LMA & FPVUK. Please click HERE to be taken to the BMFA page about it. Their page has a link to the consultation and the BMFA encourages all members to participate in the consultation.

New houses near the flying field

An application has been submitted to the South Down National Park Authority (SDNPA) to build another 24 houses on the old HMS Mercury site. These would be on the north side of Droxford Road alongside the 6 luxury houses already there, edging closer to our flying field.

The plans are for 3 three bedroom, 9 four bedroom, and 12 five bedroom houses to be built. The previous application was for 14 houses but it seems the developers now want to build more, lower cost homes due to the problems selling the original 6 very expensive homes.

The plans were drawn up following discussions between the developer and the SDNPA Design Review Panel, who believe that the scheme represents a “substantial leap forward from a landscape point of view”.  “The panel opened by saying there is an amazing opportunity here at this site, alongside the South Downs Way, to make something that truly represents the purposes of the national park”.  Really?!

For more details or to comment on the proposals: CLICK HERE

You may feel you wish to object to the scheme with comments along the lines of how inappropriate that site would be for an estate of family houses, and how it would represent a wholly undesirable urbanisation of the area, not compatible with the needs of a national park.

 

Save Wellesbourne Airfield

Many of you will know that Vulcan XM655 is kept at Wellesbourne Airfield, and that the club had a very enjoyable day visiting her some time ago. Wellesbourne Airfield is now under threat from developers (as are many other airfields around the country) and there is a Crowdfunder page to raise money to appeal a recent court decision.

Please visit the page HERE and read what it’s all about. If you feel willing and able please donate to the cause.

This is a link to the Airfield’s own website, lots of interesting stuff: CLICK HERE

And this is the link to the Vulcan XM655 website: VULCAN

If you’d like to help save the airfield, even if you don’t wish to donate, please support the airfield by signing any petitions you find on the sites and leave comments as appropriate.