Portsmouth & District Model Aircraft Club

News

29 March 2021
The club has resumed flying activities again inline with government policy and BMFA guidance.
  • Please continue to use the flight slot booking system. This allows other people to see who's going to site and for how long. It will also assist the track and trace process if ever needed.
  • By operating in a COVID secure manner the gathering limits (rule of 6) do not apply.
  • Continue social distancing when at the site. Ideally maintain at least 2 meter separation where possible.
  • If you feel unwell, please keep your bugs to yourself and stay at home.
  • Minimise touching objects/surfaces others might touch. Consider using gloves or hand sanitiser.
Fly safe, enjoy being outside in the fresh air and try not to crash.

5 January 2021
In line with government policy to curb COVID-19, flying is suspended until further notice.

Stay safe, stay at home and continute working on your next masterpiece.

26th December 2020

In light of Hampshire moving to Tier 4 on 26 December we have to change the flying site rules again. Under the new Tier 4 rules PADMAC is still open for flying (this is consistent with the BMFA guidance), but members should strictly observe the 2 people meeting outside rule. The committee suggests that in order to comply we should limit ourselves to 2 people close together, i.e. still at 2mtrs distance, unless they are from your "bubble". Other groups of 2 may be present but should stay well away from the other groups. This would be the similar to rules imposed at golf clubs for people playing a round.

In short;
  • Please continue to use the flight slot booking system.
  • Continue social distancing when at the site.
  • If you feel unwell, please keep your bugs to yourself and stay at home.
  • If you live outside a Tier 4 area, remember the rules for moving between tiers.
  • Also please keep in mind any other travel restrictions the government may introduce at short time.
Fly safe, enjoy being outside and try not to crash.

1st December 2020
In-line with the new COVID-19 tiers sytem announced by the government and BMFA guidance, the club will be resuming flying activities from 2 December as follows.
  • Only two groups of up to 6 flyers/spectators in each group are allowed on site at any one time, with a clear divider between them to discourage mixing. Decide who you wish to socialise with on arrive and stick with that group.
  • All site visitors must ensure that they are on the flying site booking system, by either using the application, asking a friend, or emailing Ken to make an entry. This allows other people to see who's going to site and for how long. It will also assist the track and trace process if ever needed.
  • Ideally maintain at least 2 meter separation where possible. If 2 meters is not possible, then follow the 1 meter plus social distancing rules/guidance.
Fly safe, enjoy being outside and try not to crash.

3rd November 2020
In-line with the recent government lockdown announcement and BMFA guidance the club will be suspending all flying activities between 5 November and 2 December.

Stay safe, stay at home and make an early start on your next masterpiece.

13th September 2020
In line with the changes in law, the committee have decided to implement the following rules for the foreseeable future;
  • Only two groups of up to 6 flyers/spectators in each group are allowed on site at any one time, with a clear divider between them to discourage mixing. Decide who you wish to socialise with on arrive and stick with that group.
  • All site visitors must ensure that they are on the flying site booking system, by either using the application, asking a friend, or emailing Ken to make an entry. We have noticed that this has dropped off lately. This allows other people to see who's going to site and for how long. It will also assist the track and trace process if ever needed.
  • Ideally maintain at least 2 meter separation where possible. If 2 meters is not possible, then follow the 1 meter plus social distancing rules/guidance. 
Please follow these simple rules to stay safe, the committee do not want PADMAC to be the source of 'you' getting COVID-19. Collectively we need to make the rules work, otherwise the committee will have to bring in tighter rules, e.g. 6 people max and a strict no-book no-fly policy to control the risk and stay inside the law.

16th July 2020

Members are to apply common sense to how may people can be at the site at any time. This means that everybody needs to take personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of others. The guidance on social distancing remains as before, maintain at least 2m separation where possible, otherwise follow 1m plus distancing rules. The club strongly recommends that members continue to use the flying slot booking system, so that everybody can see when the site is busy/quiet and plan their flying activities accordingly.

26th June 2020

From 4 July 2020 
in line with the continued relaxing of government policy to curb COVID-19 the club will operate as follows;
  • Maximum of six people from different households at the site.
  • Maintain at least 2m separation where possible.
  • If 2m is not possible, then follow 1m plus social distancing rules/guidance.
  • Continue to use the flying slot booking system.
1st June 2020
In line with the relaxing of government policy to curb COVID-19 the club is increasing the number of members that can be at the site at any time to a maximum of six. Continue to use the booking system to get a flying slot.

13th May 2020
In line with the initial relaxing of govenment policy to curb COVID-19 the site is available to use again, but with a limit of only two members using it at a time. Use the booking system to get a flying slot.

23rd March 2020

In line with government policy to curb Coronavirus, flying is suspended until further notice.


26th November 2019
AGM Outcome:
Bob Weller was elected as the new club secretary after Paul Grinyer stepped down. The 2020 membership fee will be reduced to 25 for seniors and 12.50 for juniors + BMFA. All members are to renew their BMFA membership via the membership portal, or the Leicester office. The club will provide advice to help members stay legal with the new drone and model aircraft registration requirements.

27th November 2018

AGM Outcome:
The existing committee have been re-elected. The 2019 membership fee will be reduced to 30 for seniors and 15 for juniors + BMFA.

22nd November 2017
AGM Outcome:
The existing committee have been re-elected. The 2018 membership fee will be reduced to 35 for seniors and 17.50 for juniors + BMFA.

28th November 2016

AGM Outcome:
The existing committee have been re-elected. The 2017 membership fee will remain at 40 for seniors and 20 for juniors + BMFA.

24th November 2015

AGM Outcome:
The existing committee have been re-elected. The 2016 membership fee will be reduced to 40 for seniors and 20 for juniors + BMFA.

6th September 2015
BBQ at the flying site.
September 2015 BBQ

14th November 2014

AGM Outcome:
The existing committee have been re-elected.

Chairman  Dave Tanner 
Treasurer & Membership Secretary Ken Webster
Secretary Paul Grinyer
Safety Officer Bob Farr

The 2015 membership fee will be reduced to 50 for seniors and 25 for juniors + BMFA.
Tim Richardson has accepted the role of helicopter supervisor.

6th July 2014
Summer BBQ.
Summer 2014 BBQ

17th January 2014
AGM outcome:
Dave Tanner and Paul Grinyer and been elected to serve on the committee.
The members agreed that the 2014 membership fee would remain the same as last year at 60 + BMFA.
To try and widen the club's appeal, it has been decided that we will allow electric helicopters and multi-rotor aircraft to use the site on an experimental basis.

8th November 2013
AGM outcome:
Bob Farr was elected as the Safety Officer.
The AGM will be reconvened in January to address the outstanding agenda items.

5nd November 2012

AGM outcome:
PADMAC 2013 subs will remain at 60 for seniors and 30 for juniors.
Dave Tanner was elected as Secretary, the other committee members were re-elected.

Chairman  Lee Sheppard
Treasurer & Membership Secretary Ken Webster
Secretary Dave Tanner
Safety Officer Terry Scott

2nd November 2011
AGM outcome:
PADMAC 2012 subs will be 60 for seniors and 30 for juniors.
BMFA membership has increased to 31 for seniors and 16 for juniors.
The existing committee have been re-elected.

17th November 2010

AGM outcome:
PADMAC 2011 subs will remain at 50 for seniors and 25 for juniors.
The existing committee have been re-elected.  

13th November 2009

AGM outcome:
PADMAC 2010 subs will be 50 for seniors and 25 for juniors.
BMFA membership has increased by 1, to 29 for seniors and 15 for juniors.
The existing committee have been re-elected.

27th September 2009

A good turn out at the September BBQ.

PADMAC September 2009 BBQ

26th February 2009
A light hearted concourse model show was held at the club night. Models were judged by the members present. The scale winner was Mike's Chipmonk and the sport winner was Robin's Quaker Flash.

Concourse Models

27th November 2008
AGM outcome:
PADMAC 2009 subs will be 80 for seniors and 40 for juniors.
BMFA membership remains unchanged at 28 for seniors and 15 for juniors.
The existing committee have been re-elected.

8th June 2008
A pleasant BBQ has held at the flying site.

8th March 2008
The flying patch has been cut, rolled and extended by another 20m. There are no excuses for not being able to land on the patch, other than pilot error.

29th November 2007
AGM outcome:
PADMAC subs to be 70 + BMFA subscription.
The existing committee have been re-elected.
The committee plans to promote the club to increase the membership numbers and improve the flying site.

29th September 2007
The flying site is available for use, now that the Foot and Mouth disease risk has decreased. The second planned BBQ has been cancelled. There will be a club night on 25th October at the Royal British Legion Cosham, details will be announced shortly.

15th September 2007

Due to the second Foot and Mouth situation this year, our landlord has requested PADMAC to stop using the flying site until further notice.  The planned BBQ on 23rd Sept has been postponed.

13th August 2007
The flying site is available for use now that the Foot and Mouth disease risk has decreased.

8th August 2007
Due to the current Foot and Mouth situation, our landlord has requested PADMAC to stop using the flying site until further notice. 

10th June 2007
PADMAC held a BBQ at the flying site with members enjoying a pleasant afternoon's flying session.

22nd March 2007
Ken Gale brought some of his helicopters, including a gas turbine model to the club night. He talked about how to operate and fly a gas turbine helicopter and his plans to transplant the turbine into the Jet Ranger body. The night was rounded off with running the gas turbine helicopter in the car park.

17th March 2007
The flying patch has been cut, rolled and extended by 20m. Thanks to all those that turned out to help


Portsmouth & District Model Aircraft Club Last Updated 29/03/21