HMAC’s February 2018 Flight Lines Newsletter is now online and ready to read under the “Newsletters” Tab of our web page http://www.hamiltonmac.org.nz/.
Don’t miss our next Club Night Meeting which is scheduled for Wednesday 14th February at the Beerescourt Bowling Club Club Rooms, 68A Maeroa Road (behind the tennis pavilion). 7.30pm – 10pm
Club Night Topic: This evening we have our Annual General Meeting. This will be followed by an update of members antic’s over the Xmas period, some news from the Model Flying NZ Nationals Competitions and a general roundup of interesting bit and pieces.
As of Saturday 21st October 2017, HMAC’s vehicle access to our Reekers Field Flying site at 231 Collins Rd returned to normal (ie, as indicated on the “Location” web tab above)
You are now able to use the normal access track at 231 Collins Road, as used prior to the bridge wash out back in April of this year. As always, please keep your speed on the track under 30kph and give way to all farm activities, tractors and especially the Milk Tanker.
A very special “Thank You” to the management and farm staff at “Pengxin Farms” who have accommodated us with the use of an alternative access through the middle of their property and allowing us to continue to get to our Reekers flying site over the past 6 months, you people really are awesome. Also a huge thank you to Jan Reekers for organising all of this on our behalf 🙂
Report update: 14 August 2017
Thanks to all those that managed to make the “short notice” HMAC Working Bee at the Club Flying field on Sunday. The worst of the holes in the runway caused by stock damage were filled and some grass seed sown. The runway has been rolled and hopefully it will get rolled again soon. So the field is now usable again for most Aircraft, although something with bigger wheels would be a wise option. Remember, we are still accessing the field via the neighboring farm track, so please exercise due care.
Report dated: 25 June 2017
Unfortunately, due to farm stock gaining access onto the Clubs Flying Field Runway over night this weekend, there has been considerable damage to the Runway Surface.
The field would currently be classed as un-flyable to any Aircraft requiring a smooth takeoff or landing surface.
You are still welcome to fly anything you consider appropriate, eg Glider, electric or hand launch models and possibly very light fun fly models. (Just something without wheels!)
We intend to have the field rolled and worked on as soon as possible, but this will be totally weather dependent. We will likely be calling on members help with a working Bee at some point as well. Look back here for future updates
Air Traffic Control Zone Change
As mentioned in the presidents November 2016 bulletin report, the Hamilton Airport Air Traffic Control Zone boundaries have now changed. These boundary changes came into affect from Thursday 10th Nov and will have a direct affect on HMAC activities.
The requirement for members to phone the Control Tower prior to and on completion of flying activities has now ceased (as from 10th Nov). The signage on the field will be removed in due course.
Important issues to note that arise as a result of the boundary change:
- Full size aircraft will no longer be notified of our flying activity.
- Full size aircraft were usually over 1000ft passing over our field, this is no longer controlled by ATC and they may be lower.
- Full size aircraft can pass over our field as low as 500ft. This means that the separation between our model flying ceiling of 400ft and full size is only 100ft.
- Aircraft can now approach us from any direction (previously this was predominantly an east/west traffic pattern)
So what does this mean for us:
- The role of the observer will be far more critical in both identifying incoming aircraft and relaying information about it’s height and track.
- Our maximum 400 ft height limit will be closely monitored and must be strictly adhered to by all fliers.
- Pilots must have current wings badge (and for the model type they are flying) or be under supervision of a wings badge holder.
Note: Altitude recorders and live altitude telemetry systems are options available to assist learning to effectively estimate how high 400ft looks like.
Those are the key points, remember to play it safe and fly low or land whenever full size aircraft are in the area, we don’t want any accidents!