News and Information

 

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.

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Coronovirus - Update - All SAA Clubs to close.

 

The SAA Council would like to advise all members that in light of the statements by Boris Johnson and Nicola Sturgeon made on Monday 23rd March 2020 we are now in a lockdown situation. Under the terms of the lockdown clubs are to close till such times as the current situation is amended by the authorities.

 

SAA and Club Events 2020

 

Please note that all events, Competitions and Training previously on the SAA calendar are to be cancelled (at present) and the Events page and calendar are not available until further notice.

 

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The government’s latest update (Friday evening) is closing all pubs, restaurants, cinema’s, theatres, gyms, leisure centres, cafes. Their scientific person advised that social interaction should be kept to a minimum, but if you are out and with others social distancing should be paramount with the minimum distance now being advised at 2 mtrs. She also advised frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitiser, also you should not touch other peoples equipment.

 

In view  of this advice at this time, it is up to each member to decide if they wish to go to the flying fields and clubs and if they do they must follow the advice for their own safety. This applies especially to the over 70’s as advised by the government as they have a diminished immune system regardless of how fit they may feel. See the guidance below.

  

https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response

 

 

SAA Thermal Soaring Temporary Suspension

 

After having had  Covid 19  conversations with other League Organisers I have decided to Temporarily suspend competitions until further notice.

 

 

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The CAA have issued two safety notices on:

1 - water ingress. Safety Notice. This has come to their attention due to the AAIB, and involves the loss of control of multirotor small unmanned aircraft. The AAIB concluded that the cause in each case was a result of water ingress into the aircraft.


2 - flying directly over uninvolved people. Safety Notice. The investigation of several UAS incidents has highlighted a requirement to provide better guidance for remote pilots of small unmanned aircraft when flying over uninvolved people in accordance with Air Navigation Order 2016 (ANO) article 95

 

 

 

SAA DRES Registration

 

We would like to remind everyone to return their completed SAA DRES registration form (to the SAA membership secretary) as soon as possible please. The returns for 2020 have been less than expected and a number, unfortunately have missing e-mail addresses which is going to cause delays for those applicants. If you have trouble finding the form then it can be found below,

for the Word version,

https://www.saaweb.uk/…/o…/39527/SAADRESRegistrationForm.doc

for the pdf version,

https://www.saaweb.uk/…/o…/39527/SAADRESRegistrationForm.pdf

 

If you registered directly with the CAA then please still return the form to us for our records.

More information and guidance can be found on this SAA Website.

 

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Please send in your 2020 calendar event dates, see the "Events" page on

this website for details : email to EVENTS@SAAWEB.UK

 

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