Croydon Airport Model Flying Club with great regret has to announce that the annual Southern Model Air Show will not be going ahead as planned on the 15/16 September 2012.
The Hop Farm, where the event was due to be held, have recently booked another event (Circo Loco music festival) for Saturday 15 September to take place in the adjoining field which would result in our aircraft over flying that event. This event is expected to attract some 5000+ people.
Over the past four days we have been working with the Hop Farm to try and reach agreement on ways of continuing with SMAS.
We have been in contact with the BMFA who informed us that on this basis they would not be able to issue a letter confirming extended BMFA insurance to cover our event as compliance to basic provision of CAP 658 would not be possible.
Croydon Airport Model Flying Club takes the view that safety is of paramount importance and it is with this in mind that this decision has been reluctantly taken.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that has supported us.