Wednesday, 20 October 2021

LMAC Indoor Flying returns for 2021/22

A number of Indoor flying sessions have been booked for the 2021/22 season. The venue is once again the Sports Connexion at Ryton Coventry. The sessions will run on a Sunday evening between 18:00 to 22:00. For the most part, the large blue sports hall has been booked for the sessions.  Please keep an eye on this website, LMAC Facebook Group Page, and the LMAC calendar for any late changes to plans. 

The sessions will be £6 for flyers with Under 14's will be free along with spectators. 

Sadly, there will be no hot drinks or snacks, so please bring your own refreshments.

Sunday 24th October 2021 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Arena

Sunday 21st November 2021 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Hall

**** CANCELLED *****  Sunday 19th December 2021 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Hall **** CANCELLED *****

Sunday 23rd January 2022 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Hall

Sunday 20th February 2022 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Hall

Sunday 13th March 2022 18:00 to 22:00  Sports Hall




GBRCCA Open competition at LMAC 26th September 2021

LMAC hosted a GBRCCA Open Competition on 26th September 2021. The pictures provided by Nick Hammond and Matt Chamberlain show some of the stunning models that were competing on the day.

LMAC - GBRCCA Open competition - Sep 2021

Congratulations to Stuart Jones for passing the BMFA Helicopter A test

Congratulations to Stuart Jones who passed his BMFA Achievement Scheme Helicopter A test on Saturday 25th September.   On to the B test now Stuart!



Monday, 30 November 2020

LMAC - COVID-19 Update December 2020

The LMAC Committee met on Sunday evening and I'm happy to update you that we will be re-opening the field from Wednesday 2nd December 2020 in line with the latest Covid-19 Government and BMFA guidance (see below). Our local club Covid-19 guidance was reviewed and the only thing we decided to change on the basis of minimising the risk of transmission is to keep the Workshop closed. A further Government review is scheduled for the 16th December 2020 and we will again review the situation at that point.

Covid 19 Regulations Update
England
The Government have released updated guidance that comes into effect from 2nd December when local restriction tiers will replace the current National restrictions in England.
Based on this guidance, and subject to Parliamentary confirmation, Model Flying Clubs in all Tiers can re-open; however, you are expected to operate in a Covid secure way. See https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure
The rule of 6 also applies in all Tiers and you should not organise gatherings of more than 6 people. However, should more than 6 people independently attend a flying site this does not appear to be a breach of the regulations provided that they do not mingle.
Members should avoid travelling in to and out of Tier 3 (Very High Alert) areas.
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Please direct any new membership enquires through to lmacmembers@gmail.com or  admin@leicestermodelaeroclub.org.uk
New members are welcome and we would be happy to discuss how to join the club.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

24/03/2020 - Flying Site at Gumley closed until further notice due to Covid-19

All, following the guidelines put out by the BMFA on Monday (shared by John Payne via email) and the latest Government curbs on life including banning of public gatherings of more than two people. Unfortunately, we now have to close the flying site at Gumley immediately until further notice. Essential maintenance will still continue and will be coordinated by the Site Manager.

All LMAC calendar events over the next 12 weeks will be postponed and later reviewed when hopefully the situation has improved. These decisions have not been taken lightly, but I would urge all members to adhere to them. As a Committee, we will keep a close eye on updates and share any decisions with you then after.
Finally, please stay safe and look after yourselves during these very unsettling times for us all.

I look forward to flying with you all very soon. Take care.
Matt Chamberlain
Chairman

Sunday, 8 December 2019

New LMAC Chairman - Matt Chamberlain statement




Following on from the Leicester Model Aero Club (LMAC) AGM this week where I was honoured to become your new Chairman, I just wanted to share a few words for those members who couldn’t attend and to reiterate the points I made as we move into 2020.

Firstly, on behalf of the LMAC committee and the whole membership (past and present); I would like to extend a huge thank you to Andy Prime for his excellent stewardship of the club over the past 20 years as Chairman and 33 years spent on the committee. Andy has made many significant contributions to the club over this term – far too many to single out. Many thanks once again Andy and I look forward to flying with you moving forward.

As I stated at the meeting, I have no aspirations to make significant changes to the way the club is run in the short term. I really don’t think there is a need at this time. Having visited several BMFA events and other flying clubs over the past few years, we truly do have a premier setup at Gumley and, for me, it’s important to maintain and protect what we have.  As a committee, we will continue to look to improve the club and take on board new suggestions.  The club continues to benefit from a healthy financial position, but in such a low-interest-rate environment and with rising price, we will continue to keep a close eye on spending whilst maintaining a reserve/emergency fund.  As we have done in the past, monies will be invested where required for the betterment of the RC flying hobby and club in line with the wishes of the late Jack Marsh.

Over the past couple of years, we’ve seen legislation introduced in response to drones being used where they shouldn’t – obviously having an impact on ‘traditional’ RC flyers across the world. It is my hope that the introduction of the new CAA proficiency test will not put too many of these traditional RC flyers off from continuing with the hobby.  I’m happy to support any members with this as well as the continued push for members to attain BMFA achievements. As a club, we will be running some further achievement scheme workshops during 2020 and continuing with the training programme using the new equipment which has been purchased by the club to support this goal.

We will look to schedule some competitions in the event calendar for 2020 and I’m keen that we hold our annual Gala day in 2020 – it has not been possible the last two years due to poor weather. It has been encouraging over the last couple of years as part of the indoor flying to see a great crop of younger RC flyers progress. I think it is important that we look to encourage and recruit new members into the club. This is not always easy I know with youngsters being enticed by smartphones and games consoles, to the detriment of other hobbies and past-times.

I encourage all LMAC members of all RC flying disciplines to continue to enjoy the excellent facilities at Gumley and welcome any suggestions as to how we can continue to improve, whilst also maintaining a safe flying environment. Members are welcome to contribute to committee meetings and raise any suggestions with me personally.
Finally, I look forward to flying with you all moving forward and working with the whole membership in my new role as we look to improve and protect what we have at the excellent Leicester Model Aero Club.

Matt Chamberlain
Chairman

December 2019 AGM Update

New LMAC Chairman Matt Chamberlain presenting John Payne with the 2019 award of the Jack Marsh Trophy - John as LMAC Secretary continues to keep the membership updated with his excellent club updates and announcements.  Well done John!



As we continued to promote and encourage members to attain the BMFA achievement scheme certificates, certificates were presented on the evening to Rob Macskimming, Tom Barwick and Eric Toon who received their Fixed Wing A certificates.

People who were not at the meeting who also attained certificates were Alex Judea, a Fixed Wing A certificate and Kevin Sarson with an A and B Fixed Wing certificate.

Well done all!