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General Discussion / EASA Plans for Model Aircraft...
« on: 04/10/2016, 01:19:01 PM »

Obviously Greenacres MAC is not a political forum, however I believe that in this case, I am justified by making the GMAC Membership aware of possible changes to the European legislation regarding "traditional" model aircraft flying, as we all do.

Without going into the minute detail of the proposed regulations, there is a danger that if the wording or definitions of "unmanned aerial vehicles" is not changed or clarified, they could lump our models in with stricter regulations and / or registration of other types of aircraft, predominately "drones or quadcopters.

There is an online petition running to bring this to the attention of the UK Government.


The petition only requires your name, email address and postcode to register your concern...

General Discussion / Planes for sale...
« on: 22/09/2016, 10:26:06 AM »

We were visited by an ex-member of Greenacres, Henry Kendall, at the weekend.

Unfortunately Henry has had to give up flying models due to medical reasons, and is now parting with some of his beloved planes.

A family friend has forwarded me some photos of the planes, but no other details.

We have no prices suggested for these, but I will put them up here to see if there is any interest.

The planes for sale are Monocoupe 90A, Hanger 9 Toledo Special and a Super Cub. Sorry no details other than what I can see from the photos.

Monocoupe 90A

Super Cub

Hanger 9 Toledo Special

Unknown Monoplane? Also Toledo-like...

If anyone is interested in any of these models, please email Jim Mchugh at and I will give you details of the seller...

Aldridge Airport / Re: Gypsies on the field...
« on: 09/06/2016, 08:08:02 PM »
Update Thursday 09/06/2016

Been to the field again. Council has obtained an Eviction Order, which will be executed at 11:00 tomorrow, Friday 10th June.

We would expect that the field will be fit for use sometime on Friday afternoon.

Sorry that we have lost a good weeks flying, but that's how long the process takes...

The Eviction Order will stay in place for the next 3 months so any further visitors will be dealt with in short order!

Thanks for your patience...

Aldridge Airport / Re: Gypsies on the field...
« on: 07/06/2016, 06:55:24 PM »
Update Tuesday 07/06/2016

Walsall MBC has obtained and posted a Court Order / Notice of Eviction at the field today.

There is also a summons to appear in court scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

Once that court date has occured, the Notice of Eviction will be served (hopefully) by the police on Thursday evening...

Aldridge Airport / Re: Gypsies on the field...
« on: 06/06/2016, 06:32:57 PM »

Just been down the field again this evening.

Situation is the same as prevously.

Walsall MBC are actively trying to obtain Court Orders etc, but these things take a little time.

 Obviously, due to the wonderful weather, many of us are keen to fly in the day or evenings.

After discussion, the committee has to strongly recommend that GMAC pilots do not fly at Aldridge Airport.

Solo flying should be considered totally out of the question, as your health and safety would be in grave doubt.

Please think carefully before going to fly at the field.

Can you protect your transmitter, vehicle, equipment and aircraft?


Aldridge Airport / Gypsies on the field...
« on: 06/06/2016, 09:07:34 AM »

As some of you may already know, we have unwanted visitors on Aldridge Airport again.

18 - 20 caravans and associated vehicles are parked up in the middle of the field just beyond our show strip.

So far, the field does not appear to be badly damaged, but that situation could change if the "kids" start rallying their cars around.

Walsall MBC has been notified this morning, and they will now take steps to obtain the Court Order needed to evict.

Fingers crossed that they will not be around for long...

Nice flying weather this week?!

2016 / Greenacres May Fly In 2016 - Photos
« on: 02/06/2016, 04:02:39 PM »

I've collected together as many photos as I could for the May Fly In, and put them all up on the GMAC Website, also my own Gallery server.

Photo Credits: Danny Fenton, Dylan Reynolds, Morgan Goule & Sam Bates (Aerial Shots).Enjoy!

2016 / May Fly In: Jims Photos
« on: 23/05/2016, 01:57:28 PM »

Just the first dozen or so showline photos from my camera phone...

More (better) ones to follow...

Club night chat / May Clubnight: Manny Williamson
« on: 23/05/2016, 11:49:09 AM »
 Just a quick post to remind you all that we have a talk by Manny Williamson, BMFA Development Officer, on the role of the BMFA in supporting model flying clubs.

Manny will be presenting at clubnight on Wednesday night, 25th May, from about 7:30 – 8:00 onwards for an hour or so.

By all accounts Mannys’ talks are very interesting and entertaining.

Hope you can attend…

2016 / May Fly In: THANK YOU ALL!
« on: 23/05/2016, 11:47:00 AM »
Just wanted to say a big "THANK YOU" to everyone that helped set up, break down and generally attended the May Fly In this past weekend.

Even with poor weather on the Saturday we had an excellent turn out, and many very happy visiting pilots by the close of play on Sunday.

There we quite a few pilots that were "discovering" Greenacres for the first time, and the repeated theme was:

"Why didn't I know about these shows before? They're ace!"

We also saw a good attendance from the public, with many Aldridge area families bring their kids along and having a look at the plane and trying their hands at flying models on the BMFA Simulator, which IMHO is exactly what these shows should be about.

I am very proud of our club and our members for staging such an excellent and positive event!

Thank you all...

Kits / Re: Free Flight Indoor Nationals 2016
« on: 26/04/2016, 09:47:19 AM »

Looks really nice mate!

If the weather "up north" is looking lousy, then I'll definitely be there.

I have a SWMBO approved weekend flying at Winterton Model Clubs show, so if the weather is OK, then I *must* attend...



Club night chat / Changes to Clubnight Calendar...
« on: 23/03/2016, 09:20:02 AM »

Just letting you know about a few changes to our Clubnight Calendar over the next few months...

Danny Fenton has kindly agreed to move his lithoplate or glassing demonstration from the May Clubnight to the June Cubnight.

This is to allow us to host Manny Williamson, the BMFA Development Officer, to give a talk on the BMFA role in supporting model flying clubs. Some of you may have already seen Mannys talks at other Midlands flying clubs, and by all accounts this should be an interesting and amusing night!

To summarise:
  • May Clubnight - Wednesday May 25th at 19:30 - Manny Williamson
  • June Clubnight - Wednesday June 19th at 19:30 - Danny Fenton
See the full Clubnight Calendar here:

Flying chat / Greenacres MAC in Phoenix RC Simulator
« on: 18/03/2016, 09:58:27 AM »

Great joy! You can now fly at the Greenacres Practice Strip any time you want, in any weather, simply by downloading and installing the "GMAC Sunny Sunday Afternoon" flying site for the Phoenix RC Simulator...

Download here:


General Discussion / Electric Indoor Masters 2016
« on: 15/02/2016, 12:12:22 PM »

Myself and Morgan (and Becky) went up to Barnsley at the weekend to the Electric Indoor Masters competition. This is run by the Great Britain R/C Aerobatic Association (GBRCAA) in association with the BMFA.

We were there to a) see what the event is like and b) support Greenacres member, Alex Ames, who was flying in his first major indoor competition. Chris Moseley was of course also in attendance providing pit support.

Alex was competing in multiple disciplines: F3P-C (C Schedule Precision Aerobatics), Solo Freestyle Aerobatics, Solo & Team Aeromusical and the Indoor Pylon.

The equipment used were:

  • Twisted Hobbys Edge V3 Super Light for Aeromusical
  • Elanor Feather 2014 for F3P (C Schedule)
  • MT Foamies EIM Racer for Pylon racing
Here's a few photos:

Alex about to go for his Solo Aeromusical routine...

Before the Pylon Racing first round...

Before the Pylon second round (final)...

And on the second step of the podium after the Pylon Finals. Fantastic!

Alex also picked up an excellent 3rd place in the F3P-C (C Schedule Precision Aerobatics)...

For Alex's first major indoor competition, not a bad prize haul!

From all at Greenacres, well done Alex!!!

PS: We also took some video of the Aeromusical routines, here at our new YouTube Channel...



Plans / Re: Chipmunk - Denis Bryant plan
« on: 10/02/2016, 07:28:52 PM »

Looking most excellent!

Videos of control-line maiden an absolute must...

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