BURNABY LAKE NEWS - FLY BY WIRE - April 24, 2006.
Greetings Burnaby Lake Flyers,
Where to start here…whew, lots of
goodies to cover so without further ado lets get on
KEEP IT CLEAN…
off, I have one really large complaint to make with respect to members
crashing their aircraft and leaving parts behind on the fields.
Please ensure that you remove all your aircraft debris following
a crash. This includes prop bits, covering, balsa, foam and whatever
else may have broken off. Just because you’re peeved about
breaking your airplane or heli doesn’t absolve you from your
responsibilities of removing all the broken bits and I do mean “all”
of it. There are garbage cans at either side of the gate and this
is where the parts should be disposed of, not left lying in the
middle of the field for other users to pick up after you. Remember,
we share these fields with other users during the summer months
so it becomes even more important now. Otherwise we could lose our
issue I want to address is placement of the signs on the field,
both putting them up and removing them following your flying. There
are a number of issues here again folks so pay attention. We are
now in our Spring/Summer schedule (see below) so this means we are
going to be sharing our fields again. There are two layouts for
signage, one for full field, the other for our reduced field size
on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Because there are others allotted
to use the fields now we have to insure that we follow these rules
carefully as well as make sure that the signs are up before you
go flying and that the last one to finish flying removes the signs.
If any problems with the signs are encountered please let Dave Scoular
know, he’s become our un-official sign repairer… (Thanks
We also have
a new sign (yes, sigh another one…). This new sign is to be
placed at our entrance gate advising that anyone entering the field
area has to be either a member or an escorted visitor. This was
done following the expulsion of an undesirable member and at the
request of Burnaby Parks. It is a slightly different sign than all
the rest and easy to spot.
For full field coverage during our allotted times the correct way
to place the signs are as follows:
And for modified field
times (ie Saturdays and Sundays between 11:30AM and 7:00PM)
In the NEWS
new Spring/Summer schedule is now in effect. Please insure that
you observe others rights to the field if they have an allotted
scheduled event. Members disregarding this will be severely penalized
and could lose their flying privileges.
Friendly Advice for flying at
A member has
again brought up the need for there to be some cooperation between
heli flyers, 3D flyers and regular larger fixed wing aircraft before
an incident takes place. I’d hoped that common sense attitude
would prevail but unfortunately this hasn’t happened to date.
People have continually been advised that if other flyers are present
on the field there is to be NO 3D flying in and out of them. Adding
to the mix is the small heli’s that require they be flown
in close because they are so small they would be virtually invisible
if flying in the full circuit. For this reason, we are now asking
that all 3Der’s and micro heli’s not capable of flying
in the circuit fly on the upwind side of the flight line as far
as our boundaries extend. If the wind is coming from the south of
the field (clubhouse side) going towards the mountains this means
you fly at the extreme end of the field by the Cricket pitch. If
the wind is reversed and the wind is coming from the mountains it
means you would fly in the top corner of the field up tight to the
trees. BY cooperating with us on this you will prevent us from having
to add more rules to the clubs rulebook, something I wish to avoid
if at all possible.
Another item is calling
your landings and take-offs…this is very much a concern to
those who are also flying. It is also a courtesy to them as well.
Lets hope you can al remember to yell “Take-Off” or
“Landing” in a very loud voice so that all present on
the field can hear you in the future.
Recently I also
had an occasion to visit the flying field during the day…Much
to my dismay there were no flyers present BUT our Safety notices
were still up. Come on guys, it isn’t that much work to put
the sings up and take them back down when you’re finished.
Members caught not doing either will be penalized, so pay attention…
Both your MAAC and club membership fees were due
January 1, 2006 in order to continue flying right through into 2006
without any problems. Get your forms filled in now!!! Links for
Sprin/Summer Flying Schedule
These are our official, (scheduled) allotted times.
No one else may use the fields during these times other than flyers
and your executive worked hard to get these days for you, make sure
that they’re used!!!
4:00PM until Dark
Wednesdays: 4:00PM until Dark
Fridays: 4:00PM until Dark
Saturdays: Sunup until 11:00AM – 7:00PM until dark
Sundays: Sunup until 11:30AM – 7:00PM until dark
Upcoming Burnaby Parks Scheduled events
Apr 15 BC Disc Sports Tournament 10am-6pm 3,4,5,6
May 13, Burnaby Ultimate Corporate Challenge 8am-5pm
18 Bby Lk Flyers Fly In 8am-10pm 3,4,5,6
Jul 4-7 SFU Camp Soccer Camp 8:30am-4:30pm 3,4,5,6
Jul 10-14 8:00am-7:00pm 3,4,5, 6
Jul 14 8:30-12pm 3,4
Jul 14 K9 Cliffhangers Dog 12pm-5pm (set-up)
15,16 Agility 7:30am-7pm 3,4
(Requested 12pm Jul 14 thru to Jul 16 at 7pm)
Aug 10,11 SFU Camp Soccer Camp 8:30am-4:30pm 3,4,5,6
13 Bby Lk Flyers Fly In 8am-10pm 3,4,5,6
Flying Events Comming Up
May 13 – Kamloop’s High Country Flyers
invite all to attend their Grand opening of Dufferin Field (electric’s
only). Information from Roly at email@example.com
May 26 -29 - Chilliwack Annual Spring Fly-In. Contact
Ron Dodd at firstname.lastname@example.org
June 10-11 – Kelowna’s Ogopogo Modelers
2nd Annual Electric Fly-In. Contact Rod at email@example.com
June 18 - Burnaby Lake “Just to get the Cricketer’s”
Fly-In, start off the late spring season with a bang at our field.
Red Bull Flugtag
is coming to Vancouver: If you or anyone you know has a knack for
tinkering or creating, please forward this link to them and check
out the website to watch some video from past Flugtag's. http://www.redbullflugtag.ca/en/default.html
So you think
flying a heli is easy: http://www.hurtwood.demon.co.uk/Fun/copter.swf
Test your reflexes:
Here's a fun game to play. The object of the game is to move the
red block around without getting hit by the blue blocks or touching
the black walls. If you can go longer than 22 seconds you are phenomenal.
Reportedly, the US Air Force uses this for fighter pilots. They
are expected to go for at least 2 minutes. Give it a try! GOOD LUCK!!!!
As usual if
you have any comments or suggestions please contact me directly….
Doug B, President
Burnaby Lake Flyers