HMAC’s June 2017 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 June at the Beerescourt Bowling Club Club Rooms, 68A Maeroa Road (behind the tennis pavilion). 7.30pm – 10pm
Effective as of 14th March 2017 until further notice
This notice is to advise you of a “temporary change of vehicle access route” into the Hamilton Model Aero Clubs “Reekers Flying Field” on Collins Road Hamilton.
Due to serious damage caused by last weekend’s weather to the bridge part way along our usual access track, we are no longer able to access the field by that route.
We have been very fortunate to gain access through the neighbouring property until the issue is resolved. This could take some time though however.
Attached is a map of the alternative route to the field. Please treat this temporary access route with the utmost respect and be sure to give way to all farm vehicles and especially the Milk Tanker (drive into or back up into a gateway if necessary). Please keep your speed low, especially past the houses.
Please pass this message on to fellow club members if possible, to ensure everyone gets the message.
If you require further information, please contact a committee member or myself (Grant) directly.
Grant Mob 027-2737461, Gordon Mob 021-1252911, Chris Mob 022-3539231, Alan Mob 021-02593002
(Click map to enlarge for viewing)
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!
Calling out to all you Retired Grey Ghosts, Silver Foxes…or a term we affectionately prefer to use ‘ Ol’ Farts’
Head out to the HMAC field on a Tuesday mornng for a fly with your fellow Senior section of the club.
A chance for a social catch up, a cup of tea, scones and possibly even some flying !!!