The BMFA has responded to the tier 4 situation by the following statement on their web site.
"Whilst outdoor exercise is still allowed, either alone or with one other person, we are now no longer permitted to leave our homes to visit public outdoor places for the purposes of open air recreation."
The previous sentence comes from the BMFA and is their considered interpretation of the current law
We therefore have no option but to comply with the recommendations made by the BMFA and suspend all flying for the time being. We will reinstate flying as soon as we have been given clearance to do so. You can see the whole BMFA statement here.
Tier 4 restrictions came in with little notice and the Downs is in tier 4. Consequently, flying is limited to 2 people with immediate effect.
The restrictions have encouraged many more people than usual to visit the Downs, especially at the weekend. If the number of people is too many for safe flying then you must not fly. I realise this is a judgement call and that it must be based on your opinion but please remember that safety comes first.
Earlier this week the BMFA published the following news bulletin;
Further to the announcement from the Prime Minister on Saturday regarding new restrictions in response to the rapidly increasing cases of COVID-19, we must now update our advice for England to reflect this.
(The bulletin also contains information, not relevant to EDMAC, about Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland)
This afternoon Parliament confirmed the restrictions that will come into effect from 5th November.
We will be following BMFA advice and ceasing flying during the period of this second ‘lockdown’.
4 November 2020
While people have been flying model aircraft on Epsom Downs for many decades, the club has only been in existence for a few years. You can read the background to the formation of the club here.
Since the start of 2006 the Epsom Downs Conservators have required that anyone flying a model on Epsom Downs must be a member of this club. This requirement embraces all disciplines of radio control and free flight. Our membership application form can be downloaded from the Membership page.
We fly 7 days a week, except for horse race days, from 12 noon until 8pm or sunset - whichever is earlier. Free-flight and non-powered radio-control models may continue flying until sunset when this is later than 8pm. Models over 7kg. and those powered by jet, rocket or gas turbines may not be flown on the Downs. Control line models and catapult-launched models are also not permitted. These restrictions form part of the Byelaws, which along with the Club Rules and Constitution can be found here. Other restrictions also apply - this is just a brief summary of the main ones. See the Byelaws and Club Rules for full details.
The club is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA.)
This website will continue to be updated from time to time with news and information for current and prospective members.
I have pleasure in advising you that the 15th Annual General Meeting of the Epsom Downs Model Aircraft Club will be held on Monday 7th Dec 2020.
Due to the current pandemic situation the meeting will be on line using Zoom starting at 20:00 hrs. Further details will be sent to members shortly.
Personalised renewal letters for 2021 were posted on 9 December.
Please ensure that you renew both your EDMAC and BMFA memberships before flying (pandemic-permitting) on the Downs in 2021.
The quickest and easiest way to renew is to use your Internet or Telephone Banking service to make your payment direct to our account rather than writing and posting a cheque. Account details are on the renewal letter and you do not need to return the form.
Good weather at Epsom Downs on Saturday 3rd August 2019 made for a pleasant afternoon for us to join in the world wide mass launch of Cloud Tramps at 17:00 BST.
The Cloud Tramp is a simple, all balsa, rubber powered model, 20” (51cm) wingspan plane designed by Charles Grant and featured in his 1960s “How To” book.