Below are excerpts from letters which appeared in the November 27 edition of the Daventry Express.
I want to express my thanks to the very decent and honest person who found and handed in my BBC identity badge last Friday.
I believe it was lost in the car park behind Aldi, but I wasn’t aware I’d dropped it until later in the evening.
I didn’t think I’d see it again, but someone made the effort to take it to the Post Office, for which I am grateful.
I was reunited with it thanks to the power of local people – by chance, one of the Post Office staff knew my family and was able to get the message to me that my ID badge was safe.
I would never have thought to look for it there, as I knew I hadn’t been to the Post Office on Friday.
If it had happened in any other town I don’t believe I would ever have got it back, but Daventry is a special place!
Thank you again to the person, or people, who made the effort to hand it in. And the boss is blissfully unaware that it ever went missing…
BBC Radio Northampton’s Lunchtime Programme
I read your article ‘Residents anger over peace broken by powered parachutists’ and would like to respond with some facts. There are two issues raised by your article; noise and disturbance of residents and livestock.
Noise is most clearly understood by reference to Decibels. A domestic refrigerator operates at about 30 decibels (dB), normal conversation is at 60dB, a domestic strimmer at 100dB, a car at 50mph 50dB, and a shotgun at 169dB. paramotors operate at 85dB at takeoff and 79dB at cruise.
Apparent noise reduces by three decibels for every doubling of distance so a paramotor at about 480 feet distance will appear to the hearer to generate about 55dB, which is equivalent to being in the same room as a domestic washing machine and quieter than having a conversation.
The local villages are bisected by the A361 and so are effected by significant road noise. Most farmers, when not operating their noisy machinery, like to shoot (169dB) and Edgecote Estate enjoys large shooting parties firing as many as 700 shots in a day a (I was a member of the Edgecote syndicate for many years). Disturbance comes in two forms, apparent and actual. Apparent disturbance has been cited in your article as pilots looking into peoples lavatory windows etc. Any pilot will readily inform you that operating a flying machine in three dimensions is a labour intensive task and the closer one is to terra firma the greater the workload. Any pilot will also tell you that land objects rapidly become insignificant when viewed from height. As paramotors travel at about 35mph or 51 feet per second no pilot has time to gawp.
Of course, the further away the paramotor is from the observer the slower he appears to be moving. The same is true for the pilots, when we are at 500ft we feel as if we are moving quite slowly, at 2,000ft it feels as if we could walk faster.
All pilots, of any aircraft, are always aware of the possibility of engine failure, the closer to the ground the more cautious we are. So overflying a property, livestock or trees is only safe at considerable height.
Livestock are not concerned by mechanical noises for they live with the bedlam of noise created by our society and by their own farmers machines. What these herbivores do not like is the sight of what appears to be a bird of prey heading for them. Being sensible creatures they monitor the flight of aerial objects and only become concerned if the object appears to be swooping on them. No responsible pilot would willingly put himself in that position.
For the residents of the area of the flying club, then, their greatest noise and disturbance enemy is their local shoot and their neighbours lawnmowers, strimmers and vehicles.
Remembrance: record total for Air Cadets
Air cadets for the Daventry Sqn were busy out and about over the Remembrance weekend supporting the Royal British Legion.
Air cadets sold poppies around the town on the Saturday collecting £1,186.19, which is the highest the unit has ever collected. Cadet Slavin said: “It was my first year and it’s great to know we have helped raise funds to support servicemen and their families.”
Air cadets also proudly took part in the annual parade and Act of Remembrance at the war memorial.
Daventry Air Cadets