It has been quite a long time since we have been able to fly at Milton Creek, so we were glad to be back there today, and blessed with warm sunshine and a strong, blustery breeze. A good turn out from club members new and old meant we were able to put some colour into the sky.

Arriving at about midday, I found a queue waiting for me at the gates. Unfortunately we had a slight issue with opening the outer set of gates. Put it down to my pudgy fingers! Fortunately Laura has much smaller hands and was able to unlock the gates for us. So having gained access to the site we were able to park and get down to the serious business of kite flying. A steady flow of members came to join us during the afternoon, and we were also lucky to have a pretty constant flow of people coming to admire our kites, fly their own and even fly some of ours. The wind was a bit playful at times, and during the afternoon, a number of kites got tangled, or flew into the ground, or in a lull, simply drifted down. But none were damaged by the experience and all were quickly back flying again. Thanks to Barbara and Mike for helping to unravel the dragon and thanks to all who came along to fly kites and say hello.

Next week, Walmer I believe.

 

It has been about 6 months since I last managed to get out and fly some kites. October 2020, it was and a couple of days later, Kent went into level 4 restrictions, effectively lockdown, and has been there ever since. But restrictions are starting to ease, so I decided to try to get out and fly on a chilly but sunny Sunday afternoon. My chosen location was at Ditton Recreation Ground, about a 10 minute drive from home, so certainly complying with the "stay local" guidance currently in place.

One Sky One World is a day set aside for kite flyers across the world to fly kites to promote peace, understanding and friendship. It all started way back in 1985. Here is a proclamation from the official One Sky One World website

 It is clear that life on the planet earth is at a crossroads. The choice to turn from the path of self destruction from war, and environmental abuse; to love of self, others, and the world is before us. Increasing global awareness will lead to a widespread belief that anything other than peace and mutual concern is insensible, and will move us away from planetary cataclysm toward a better future. One Sky One World festivals will be held annually around the world to promote protection of the planet, peace, friendship and understanding between all people. Beyond this, One Sky One World does not endorse any ideology or political agenda.

News reaches us that Berck Kite Festival will not be happening in 2021. It is unfortunate, but totally understandable in the current circumstances. Obviously organising a festival that lasts 10 days, when France, along with most of Europe is still reeling from coronavirus is a thankless task. People are currently unable to make travel arrangements, travel into Europe from outside (including the UK) is currently heavily restricted. France is operating a curfew. All in all, it doesn't bode well. But we hope that 2022 can go ahead.

As a result of a state requirement, the CAA has introduced a complex of danger areas over the English Channel. These danger areas are in place from 31st August to 30th September, but will only be active when required. The danger areas are in force whilst remotely flown aircraft (drones) are operated out of Lydd Airport to monitor the English Channel. One area covers a circle two nautical miles diameter centred on Lydd Airport, whilst another includes the coast at Folkestone and Hythe.

The CAA will try to provide 24 hour notice of the activation of these areas via the notam system, and various aviation radio frequencies (including Lydd Traffic Control) will carry details. Full details of the areas affected are found on the National Air Traffic System website's Temporary Danger Areas page. The document includes a map of the various areas.