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P&DARCS BURLEY FIELD OPEN

 

OPENING OF CLUBROOMS

 

 

P&DARCS Radio Testing Report

P&DARCS Burley Field - Radio Frequency Testing

 

Due to some concerns raised by members, arising from a failsafe incident involving two model aircraft which had occurred at the club last year, the committee had agreed to allow for an internal investigation. It should be noted that this was an isolated case and there have not been any further repeats of this situation.


The radio testing was completed by Peter Cossins - Dip. Elec Eng. SMIREE (Ret), MIE Aust. (Ret) and Ray Cooper. Peter and Ray had recently performed radio frequency testing at the Mt Hollowback glider slope location near Ballarat, so it made perfect sense to approach them to conduct the frequency testing at our facility.


The flight testing was conducted over two sessions, with the first being on Wednesday 25th November and a subsequent test completed on Friday 4th December 2020.


Flight testing around the steel pilot safety fencing was satisfactory from all runways. The metal fencing on the Eastern runway is relatively low and the steel mesh grid is large enough to allow the propagation of 2.4 Ghz RF signals. All measurements made have led to a conclusion that it is very unlikely that the metal barriers will be a problem at P&DARCS.


The incident that occurred in May 2020, has been deemed an isolated case, given there have been no further events of the same type and seems unlikely to be related to the “field” as such. When these incidents occur, it is important to document them and conduct follow up range and failsafe testing of the equipment and systems. IE Tx/Rx Brand model, firmware (if known), ESC BEC or separate Rx battery, Rx antenna location, etc.


The above reported incident also serves as a timely reminder to club members the importance of correctly setting the “failsafe” on their transmitter/receiver equipment. What is set in the workshop may not be satisfactory after the aircraft has been flown and re-trimmed. Not all aircraft are the same and may require a different strategy to enable the failsafe to be set correctly. For example, an electric powered glider should have the failsafe setup to: Motor off, Spoilers/Flaps deployed (if fitted), a gentle turn (to minimize a fly away).

The full report can be downloaded below.

Kind Regards,
Peter Cossins Dip. Elec Eng. SMIREE (Ret), MIE Aust. (Ret)

   

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Voting at P&DARCS 2020 AGM

Voting for Committee Positions at P&DARCS 2020 AGM

 

As Usual The Committee has appointed an independent chairperson Greg Lepp to take the chair of the AGM to conduct the elections and the voting will be conducted by email and scrutinised by VMAA President Reeve Marsh.

 

The cut off time for voting to be received will be 20:00 Monday 5TH October 2020.

 

As usual any position where the candidate stands unopposed that person is automatically deemed to be elected and will not be subject to the email voting.

 

In contested positions the candidate that receives the most votes is deemed to be elected.

 

As some candidates are standing for multiple positions, their success or not in each position will not be known until all the voting is completed. In some circumstances this will result in some of the votes being invalid as the candidate may no longer be eligible for the second or third position for which they have been nominated.

 

To deal with this anomaly and ensure that all votes will be valid, where there are more than two candidates nominated, apart from the first position voted on (i.e. PRESIDENT), members will be asked to list their 1ST, 2ND and perhaps 3RD preference depending on the number of candidates that are nominated for the position.

 

The order of assessing each position is in accordance with the order as listed in the document P&DARCS Nominations 2020/21

 

Email Template

To aid members with this email below is an example of the details that need to be included. You can copy/paste this information from the Green block below

 


Send email to Reeve Marsh  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Subject: My Vote

email body:

My Name is (add your name)

Here is my vote for the P&DARCS Committee Positions

President
Add Name Here

Vice President (in order of preference)
Add Name Here

Web Manager
Add Name Here

Facilities Manager
Add Name Here

Safety Officer
Add Name Here

Ordinary Member (in order of preference)
Add name Here

 

Once you have wrote the email, send it to Reeve at the address above.


List of positions that need to be voted on.

President

Vice President

Web Manager

Facilities Manager

Safety Officer

Ordinary Member

P&DARCS Committee Nominations

 

Nominee

Proposed

Seconded

President

Bill Reynolds

Alan Coleman

Don White

 

Peter Harrison

Chris Caulcutt

Mark Smith

Vice President

Don White

Bill Reynolds

K Withington

 

Peter Harrison

Chris Caulcutt

Mark Smith

 

Paul Sommerville

Mike Smith

Keith Randall

Secretary

Ivan Chiselett

ELECTED

 

Treasurer

Peter Harris

ELECTED

 

Registrar

Rob Till

ELECTED

 

Web Manager

Daniel Jenkins

Rob Till

Don Klien

 

Adam Barker

Paul Sommerville

Craig Fitzsimons

Social Secretary

Don White

ELECTED

 

Field Manager

Craig Fitzsimons

ELECTED

 

Editor

Frank McPherson

ELECTED

 

Club Captain

Peter Harris

ELECTED

 

Facilities Manager

Norm Morrish

Peter Harris

Ivan Chiselett

 

Paul Sommerville

Peter Harrison

Mike Smith

Safety Officer

Brian Evans

Paul Sommerville

Craig Fitzsimons

 

Glen Cosser

Glen Burgdorf

Norm Morrish

 

Evan Bellamy

Chris Caulcutt

Adam Barker

Ordinary Member

Steve Malcman

Ivan Chiselett

Alan Foley

 

Adam Barker

Craig Fitzsimons

Paul Sommerville

 

Peter Harrison

Chris Caulcutt

Mark Smith

 

Evan Bellamy

Chris Eeles

Paul Sommerville

Recent Activity Feb-Mar 2017

Recent Activities around P&DARCS

Oh the 5th March we had the VPA All Stars at P&DARCS

Please click on an image to view more photo's

We also had a visit from some Bikies

And some Campervans

 

  • All photos courtesy of Andrew Mysliborski

It's Still Wet

It's Still Wet

Andrew M did a fly over the club a few days ago (around June 30) & got a great video of the area. As you can see, lot's of water still out there.

 

 

Link courtesy of Andrew Mysliborski

 


Alan Foley's Bird

Alan Foley's Bird

Recently Ern Hancock gave Alan an upgrade for his SK Lazy Hawk bird, namely an eagle makeover.

Video & pictures courtesy for Andrew Mysliborski. Click on an image to see full gallery & video.


 

The Rains Feb 2020

The Rains are here 14th Feb 2020

Great picture of the rains about to his the club on Feb 14th taken by Peter Hill (thanks Peter). We got 66mm for rain shortly after that & absolutely no flooding at the field.

Picture of storm clouds


Upcoming Events

22 Apr (Thu) - 25 Apr (Sun) Western Port Drifters Camping at P&DARCS
22 Apr (Thu) 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm Committee Meeting
01 May (Sat) - 02 May (Sun) VMAA Trophy (Darrweit Guim)
08 May (Sat) 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Club Meeting
15 May (Sat) - 16 May (Sun) IMAC Scale Aerobatics Field Open: Partial