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New Committee Member – Will Annison

by Ben Blackburn

BFPVRA Role: Event Safety and Technical Director

The BFPVRA would like to welcome Will Annison as a new addition to the committee. Will has joined us in a dual role as both technical wizard on all things drone racing including the Live Time software and also as Event Safety Officer

BFPVRA Responsibilities: keeping drone racing safe and fun, producing the safety rules to achieve that and helping clubs with the technical side of the timing and event software so they can run the best possible events.

A little bit more about Will Annison

How I see BFPVRA benefiting drone racing: Growing drone racing, enabling clubs to put on the best events they can for all pilots at all levels. More packs flown equals more happy pilots!

Favourite racing moment(s): Realising I had somehow made it to the A final and looking at the pilots I was up against thinking I have no hope here… and then not coming last in the final crossed the line in 4th best result ever such a good day!

Best memory of a crash: Doing a lot of race control means I get to see lots of crashes but one that has stood out was Jacob Blakemore trying to victory powerloop the finish gate… and ploughing into it at full tilt.

Any other drone related hobbies: whoops, wings, cars… if I can strap a camera to it and fly / drive it I’m going to do it! I also love tinkering and making stuff and FPV is an inspiration for this.

Scottish Secretary Votes

by Ben Blackburn

Once again thank you for all the nominations for the Scottish Secretary of the BFPVRA. We have 2 nominees standing for the position. Your choices are either Ian Petrie or Gavin Syme.

We are accepting votes from the members of the Scottish drone racing community, to be eligible to vote you must be a member of one of the Scottish fpv/drone racing groups on facebook.

You will need to format your email like the example below :

I <your name>, from <facebook group name> wish to vote for <your chosen nominee name> to be the Scottish Secretary of the BFPVRA.

All nominations need to be sent to our temporary email address scottishvotes@gmail.com before the 25th October 2018. We will confirm receipt of your vote.

British Championship Qualifying Event Points System

by Ben Blackburn

Having reviewed the points system used for the 2018 season we would now like to introduce our proposals for a new points strategy to be used for 2019. During the last season points were awarded based on how many pilots you beat at an event. If you went to a 36 pilot event you could score 36 points by coming 1st, if you went to Weston Park you could score 66 points due to the amount of pilots competing. This means for those that couldn’t attend or who did attend but didn’t do particularly well at a larger capacity event would always remain out of reach of the top positions of the British Championship Qualifying Event Leaderboard. The new proposed system still recognises that pilots must still be rewarded at the larger events but not by so much that it puts the top pilots out of reach for the whole season.

With the new points system LESS points is better. The pilot with the lowest score will be at the top of the British Championship Qualifying Event Leaderboard. The new points system is still going to be based on the results from your best 3 ‘British Championship Qualifying Events’. If you do not attend 3 qualifying events for the 2019 season you will be awarded the maximum 100 points for each. The formula for working out the amount of points you earn at an event is :

(a*100)/b

a = your position
b = the amount of competitors

Then we round the sum to the nearest 0.5

So for example if you came 6th from 36 pilots : (6×100)/36 = 16.5

This formula works regardless of how many competitors are at the event, to see a points spreadsheet for the most common pilot numbers then please look at this example.

 

Both pilots and race organisers do not have to worry about the maths as this will be calculated for you by us when we are adding your ‘Qualifying Event’ data to the new official British Championship Qualifying Event Leaderboard.

We welcome any comments and feedback for these new proposals either through our facebook page or by emailing chairman@bfpvra.org

 

Scottish Secretary

by Ben Blackburn
 
Due to an unknown issue with our email it has become apparent that at least one nomination was never received. This email has been verified as sent over a week ago to the correct address.
 
For this reason we now have at least 2 willing nominees for the position of Scottish secretary, Ian Petrie and Gavin Syme so a vote will be required, however we will allow a period of 48 hours for any further ‘missing’ nominations to come forward before the voting begins.
 
We have set up a temporary email address to use scottishvotes@gmail.com and you can also message us though the facebook page. If you previously nominated someone other than Ian or Gavin before the official nominations closed then please let us know before the weekend is over.

BFPVRA New Committee

by Ben Blackburn

Following the BFPVRA Annual General Meeting held at BMFA Buckminster on Saturday the 22nd September 2018, a new committee have been voted in:

Chairman – Benjamin Blackburn
Secretary – Julian Whitfield
Treasurer – Lee Robinson
Membership Secretary – Matthew Evans

Additional supporting positions will be

Technical Standards Director – Eric Li-Koo
Public Relations : Richard Rowland
BMFA Liaison Officer – Christopher Morley

The new committee members would like to take the opportunity to thank their predecessors for all the hard work that has gone into the association over the last 12 months

We have some great ideas and are looking forward to putting these into action over the course of the next few weeks & months.