South Cotswold Soaring Association: Minchinhampton


 
Minchinhampton common:
this is owned by the National Trust.  They have given permission for electric launched gliders to be flown there, they will not object to small park flyers  
Powered models and "drones" are not allowed Drone ban

National Trust Iinfo

Directions:
between Minchinhampton and Stroud, near Tom Long's Post, on the road to the Old Lodge GL6 9AQ
Google map

Flying:
plenty of room, we fly on the approach road to the old Lodge see video and this video

Noise:
 there have been complaints from residents about noise.  This has come from models with IC engines and electric Zagi-type models, also concerns about safety. The warden will be making visits and, if needed, enforcement notices will be issued against those who do not follow the rules.  The local Environmental Protection Officer is also now involved, and this could end up with us losing the facility altogether

The following is from the NT web site,  http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/knowledge-bank/view- page 52

In 1998 two precedent agreements were established between the Trust and the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) for affiliated and non-affiliated clubs.

i. the point of launch of control-line and model aircraft with limited engine-run should not normally be closer to any noise-sensitive premises than 300 metres;

ii. the point of launch of radio-controlled models with continuous engine-run (which range over a greater area) should not normally be nearer to any noise-sensitive premises than 500 metres;

iii. models should not be flown closer to any noise-sensitive premises than 200 metres.

So please, no noisy models, and respect the other users of the common.