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« on: March 04, 2022, 12:57:28 PM »

Hi all

Please see the attached 'screenshot'.  Whatever form the BMFA's FF and 'Power' Nationals take this year - they are not going to be taking place at RAF Barkston Heath, unfortunately. Sad

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« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2022, 02:49:43 PM »

I got the letter this morning.... very disappointing.

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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2022, 06:09:21 AM »

Hi all

Please see the attached link, for details regarding the BMFA's 2022 'Free Flight' Nationals https://freeflight.bmfa.org/2022-nationals-2.

I seem to have read something somewhere recently about 'permits' for North Luffenham and Salisbury - but I can't remember where I read this.  Anybody know where I might have seen this, please?

Salisbury is too far away for me - but North Luffenham is 'doable'.  I would probably be only spectating though, and have never been there before.  A quick look on a 'map site' reveals a 'Thor Missile Site RAF North Luffenham Permanently Closed' - which I am presuming is the venue?  If it is the venue, could somebody in the know please indicate on the attached 'screenshot' where the site access is.

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Jez Wilkins      
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2022, 06:26:00 AM »

If it is the venue, could somebody in the know please indicate on the attached 'screenshot' where the site access is.    
It's 3mm above the t in MOD North Luffenham but there will surely be signs.
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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2022, 06:35:15 AM »

Hi Bill

Thanks very much for the rapid response.  So, very near the junction of Manton Road, Normanton Road and Edith Weston Road, then. Smiley

Anybody know anything regarding details about 'permits' to access the site?

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Jez Wilkins
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« Reply #5 on: March 21, 2022, 06:56:14 AM »

Anybody know anything regarding details about 'permits' to access the site?

See page 18 of latest BMFA news magazine.
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« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2022, 07:05:29 AM »

Anybody know anything regarding details about 'permits' to access the site?

See page 18 of latest BMFA news magazine.
I doubt you will need a permit just to attend the Nats only at Luffenham
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« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2022, 07:10:29 AM »

Yes a shame but on the bright side good for Buckminster which it will help financially I trust and as I understand the August Nationals originally made a substantial loss each year that will help with the finances as well.  Also from my point of view the Scale FF Nationals will apparently be at Sculthorpe so that is a plus.  I hope it does not deter entrants however.  It is not so “tidy” of course as Barkston but has runways that are useable  and the grass is generally longer.   It can be a little breezy however and it is slightly higher than the surrounding area.  I think to that accommodation and eateries are slightly more available than I recall of my days at Barkston.
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« Reply #8 on: March 21, 2022, 08:13:36 AM »

Anybody know anything regarding details about 'permits' to access the site?

See page 18 of latest BMFA news magazine.
I doubt you will need a permit just to attend the Nats only at Luffenham

Thanks for the details RalphS. Smiley I knew that I'd seen this somewhere recently - just couldn't remember where. Roll Eyes

Hi again Bill.  Whilst you could be correct - I (and I guess you, also) know what 'assuming' anything could result in, especially as far as the MOD is concerned.  It would be comforting to receive an authoritative answer from somebody (Ken Faux?) that a person turning up on 29 May 2022, to just spectate, would not be turned away by the Army at the Gatehouse, because they do not have a 'permit to fly'.

I note that the cost of a permit for North Luffenham is £35.  If a permit is required to just spectate, then this could effectively make this part of the FF Nationals this year a 'competitors only' event?

Cheers again,

Jez Wilkins   
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« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2022, 08:42:48 AM »

Jez, the permit is for people who want to fly at Luffenham throughout the year - not this meeting. If you want reassurance write to Mike Woodhouse at the FreeFlight Technical Committee.
And you won't need to go anywhere near the guardhouse; the road in is to the housing.
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« Reply #10 on: March 21, 2022, 08:45:32 AM »

Jez, You only need a permit for flying outside of competition days. Here is a quote from the FFTC Permit drop-down.... " Free Flight Competition days are open to any BMFA free flight flier."
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« Reply #11 on: March 21, 2022, 08:58:09 AM »


Jez, the permit is for people who want to fly at Luffenham throughout the year - not this meeting. If you want reassurance write to Mike Woodhouse at the FreeFlight Technical Committee.
And you won't need to go anywhere near the guardhouse; the road in is to the housing.


Jez, You only need a permit for flying outside of competition days. Here is a quote from the FFTC Permit drop-down.... " Free Flight Competition days are open to any BMFA free flight flier."
Ron

Thank you both very much for the clarification. Smiley

Cheers,

Jez Wilkins
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« Reply #12 on: March 21, 2022, 09:06:05 AM »

I think you will find that the permit you refer to is a year flying permit. If you go to https://freeflight.bmfa.org/2022-nationals-2 this is on the free flight technical committee page under the heading Nationals 2022 I believe. It’s only £10 to enter so hopefully will be free to spectators. Enjoy
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« Reply #13 on: March 21, 2022, 08:32:24 PM »

Thanks for the reply and information WayneB. Smiley

Cheers,

Jez Wilkins
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« Reply #14 on: May 11, 2022, 12:56:13 PM »

Hi all

I have started a new topic here https://www.hippocketaeronautics.com/hpa_forum/index.php?topic=26618.0 regarding the venue for the Team Race, Combat and Aerobatics part of the BMFA's CL 'Nationals' for 2022.

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Jez Wilkins
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« Reply #15 on: May 11, 2022, 06:20:17 PM »

Midweek nationals might affect numbers.
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