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!
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 !!!
The electric fence system is back at full capacity and running well. Be aware that it now gives the cows a good shock if they touch it, and that goes the same for us humans !!! Please do not leave fences arcing (shorting) on the ground as this can damage the wiring. If you cause any significant damage to the wire, such as breaks to a wire or the handles etc, please effect a repair as best you can and notify either Gordon, Phil or Grant (see Contacts page) as soon as posssible thereafter. Also, the Fence Power Unit must never be turned off, likewise the battery must never be disconnected, or used for other purposes (eg charging batteries). We cant afford to have a faulty fence as the cows will walk right through it and the damage could pontentially be huge. Please take care to put the fence up correctly.
The last Person at the field must ensure the Electric Fences are correctly erected (put up) and working before leaving the flying site. Please do a walk around the entire electric fence before departing, to make sure it is completely up and working with no short circuits. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the electric fencing be left lying on the ground if there are no persons using the runway at the club site.