Scottish Aeromodellers Association

 

CAA Registration

 

Dear all, the second bulk upload for the CAA has been sent from the SAA, therefore members wishing to register will need to visit the CAA website directly. There are no further bulk uploads planned by the CAA at this point in time.

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Covid Lockdown ease update 28th May 2020

 

 Hello,

             After today’s speech by the first minister it is good to be able to say to you that you can open your flying fields again from tomorrow. We as a council have some information (below) and Guidelines for your clubs to consider, they are not direction but guidelines that you can tweak to suit your club location and needs. We have also attached (below) the governments route map out of lockdown as it breaks down how we will move forward out of this situation. So, if you can pass on this to your members it is appreciated.

 

Covid-19-framework-route-map.pdf

 

 

BEFORE THINKING ABOUT GOING FLYING

 

If you have a cough or are unwell in any way – or indeed if you have been in contact recently with anyone else displaying these symptoms. Any member who has had the virus, or thinks they might have had it and recovered, should consider whether they should be at the field in the first place. We need to keep in mind the governments guidelines on travel for leisure and exercise. At the moment they say you should stay in your local area and that should be broadly 5 miles. So that is up to individuals to check if their flying field is BROADLY in a 5 Mile radius of their home. I am in contact with the government trying to get a better definition than Broadly. They have advised that although it won’t be illegal to travel further than 5 miles they ask that we do not. Permitted to travel short distances for outdoor leisure and exercise but advice to stay within a short distance of your local community (broadly within 5 miles) and travel by walk, wheel and cycle where possible.

 

Club Guidelines

 

 

Safety and Protection

 

 

1

Each member should have their own PPE with them. This should include hand sanitizing gel, and may include gloves and masks as they see fit.

 

 

2

Disinfectant spray will be in the peg board cabinet. First person on site can spray the gates. Or use wipes brought with them.

 

 

3

All wipes gloves and any other rubbish must be taken home by each member.

 

 

4

Each member needs to bring their own first aid kit as access to the container is not available.

 

 

5

It is recommended that a mobile phone is on your person at all times whilst at the club during these times. Please have your ICE contact setup.

 

 

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Container

 

 

 

No access to the container except for maintenance operations.

 

 

 

Car Park

 

 

1

Main gate to be closed but not locked to prevent visitors

 

 

2

Cars used as shelters and parked one car width apart. Social distancing rules apply so perhaps 2 car widths.

 

 

3

The picnic benches have been resited to give 2 mtr separation allowing them to be used.

 

 

4

The number of people on site will be from 2 households, as most members are individuals that for most times will be 2.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equipment

 

 

1

Each member must arrive at the field fully equipped so no equipment is shared. This means ensuring you are fully prepared for all eventualities.

 

 

2

Ensure model is ready for flight: do not arrive at field with radio not

bound, controls not set up/adjusted, fail safe not set, etc. as no

physical help will be available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site Protocols

 

 

1

Only club members on site, no visitors. Any members of the public who may try and visit should be asked tactfully to leave, and return after the complete lifting of the lockdown

 

 

2

Only one set up bench is used at a time.

 

 

3

Only alternative bays on the pits are used.

 

 

4

Only two flyers allowed on the pilot stance two metres apart

 

 

5

Pilot’s stance is marked out with paint to ensure distancing.

 

 

6

Starting tables will be located sufficiently far apart: all activities must maintain 2m separation (allow room for manoeuvring around model etc) Using one table at a time should cover this.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Training

 

 

1

Training can continue but only on buddy leads or wirelessly. As we have at this point in time been advised 2 households can meet, in response to Mark W him and Arran can attend.

 

 

2

Instructors can have the slot after their training slot to allow them access to a flying session.

 

 

3

No simulator mornings until lockdown lifted

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Complete check list:

 

 

1

a)         Pack sterile hand wash/disinfectant wipes/disinfectant spray. Required

b)         Protective gloves, Optional

c)         Emergency contact details in flight bag. Required

d)         First aid kit. Required.

e           Mobile phone.Required

f            Please setup your In Case of Emergency contact on your phone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAA Insurance Update

 

Dear All,

 

There is a rumour going around that SAA members insurance has been cancelled during the Covid -19 outbreak. The SAA would like to make it perfectly clear that this is incorrect.

 

There are also members who are not understanding the government guidelines and are trying to find ways to get around the guidelines to visit a flying field, we have now checked with our insurers and their response is below.

 

Our insurance is still under the same conditions of DRES i.e. you will be insured as long as you are in compliance with all the laws pertaining to our activities. At this time the police have the power to stop and ask you your reasons for travelling, travelling to a model flying field is not regarded an essential journey as it is like driving to a location away from your house to go a walk. Neither is flying model aircraft regarded as exercise, on a further note from the insurers, should a modeller whilst flying infect someone else with covid 19 there will be no insurance cover for that.

 

Please also read the "News Updates" page !

 

 

The Scottish Aeromodellers Association (SAA) was formed over seventy years ago providing a NonProfit Scottish body dedicated to the maintenance and support of the internationally recognised sport encompassing all model flying disciplines. The SAA exists as an Association of Scottish Aeromodelling Clubs and provides a variety of services, events, competitions and knowledge base for its members. The SAA is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), allowing clubs and their members access to a great number of publications relating specifically to aeromodelling in the UK and internationally through the BMFA's affiliation to The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.

 

We are the central body in Scotland dedicated to the support and maintenance of all  model flying disciplines in the internationally recognised sport of Aeromodelling. See link below for a short introduction video.

 

Scottish Aeromodellers Association