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Devon and Somerset Microlight Club Annual General Meeting Wed 23 March 2011 Dunkeswell – “Home of the Brave” Membership Survey - Summary.

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1 Devon and Somerset Microlight Club Annual General Meeting Wed 23 March 2011 Dunkeswell – “Home of the Brave” Membership Survey - Summary

2 DSMC Membership Survey 15 responses(less Chair and Vice Chair): The macro-profile is: – Age between – Flying under 15 years – Average total hours = 280 – Annual average hours = 42 per year – Majority Availability - “semi-flexible” (weekends, evenings, & the odd day off) Comfortable with the amount of flying and cost Aircraft location: – Somerset Microlights at Dunkeswell (6) – Other hangers at Dunkeswell (2) – Own strip (1) – Shared strip (4) Avg Dunkeswell Landings per year (Circuit session count as 1) – More than 36 landings – landing 50% – Landings 25% – Less than 18 landings 12% Dunkeswell Microlight Landing = £5 36 landings = £ landings = £100 8 landings = £40 Widely dispersed membership The Old and ‘not so’ bold

3 Why are members members? If an item was removed from the membership package? Landing Fees 8 members would leave, 6 would remain Barbeque 1 member would leave, 13 would remain Talks 2 members would leave, 12 would remain Sunday Fly Out 2 members would leave, 11 would remain Tours 1 member would leave, 12 would remain Xmas Dinner 1 member would leave, 12 would remain VeryLimitedNotRanking Important ImportanceImportant Access to Safety Officer General Affiliation45319 Landing Fee at Dunkeswell35328 Talks26508 Fly Outs26418 Tours25327 Barbeque24706 Club Kit00670 Policy implication: Do not mess with landing fee arrangement. Keep low profile. If Westward raise the fee the Club Income/Expenditure will be unbalanced

4 Club and Committee 60% state they do not attend AGM because they are satisfied with the way the DSMC is run. 100% approval of the DSMC Web Site. VeryNotNo Satisfied Opinion Value provided by club membership5702 Current Activity Offered by Club5603 Leadership and Administration provided by the Committee6503 GreatlyNoSlight Improved ChangeDecline Change over past four years2812 Policy Implication: Steady as she goes Invite and support any member proposal for improvement. Expectation of ownership from proposer.

5 Finances Fees: Fee is too high23.1% (3) Fee is about right 38.5% (5) +1 Fee is far too low30.8% (4) Fee is far too low 7.7% (1) Appropriate cash Reserve? £7507.7% (1) £ % (5) £ £ % (4) £ % (1) Club House: £1500 capital and £1000 running cost (2005 estimate) Needs a club house; this cost acceptable23.3% (3) + 1 Needs a club house; this cost acceptable 23.1% (3) Does not need a club house53.9% (7) Might there be a reason for a one off surcharge? 50% For and 50% Against Amount of surcharge? £40- £50 65% approved £30- £10 35% approved Paid Speakers 100% approved committee paying speakers 80% approved surcharge fee to members 85% approved fee for guests to paid speakers 50%/50% on fees for guests to non paid speakers Policy Implication: Currently the need is not enough to justify cost and effort of own club house. There is a potential scenario that a need will arise. Preserve a cash reserve of £1500. Balance annual budget. Excess to reserve.

6 What do members want more of? Talks on anything aviation, by anybody. Member “short Talk Evening” – Over 80% supported. – 30% were prepared to speak Sunday Flyouts – 100% supported this type of event and would participate. Tours – 80% supported this type of event But only 50% said “Definitely” or “Probably” to outline event/dates 60% did not wish to cross more than 40 miles of water in a pair. Policy Implication: Maintain current programme, within budget

7 Alternative Venue for meetings DefinitelyHighPossibleLowNeverBest Probability Dunkeswell Exeter Willand Taunton Yeovil Plymouth Barnstaple Policy Implication: Events to remain at Dunkeswell Consider Exeter for premium speakers when public can offset the cost.

8 “DSMC has not had the support it deserves from the airfield owner, therefore it is not recognised or appreciated enough by other organisations at Dunkeswell. As indeed years gone by, the Club will struggle to gain a standing at Dunkeswell. The airfield is not the ideal location for such a hard working Club. It should look for a new venue, where it can grow and flourish.” With regard to student membership, I would support a much reduced membership fee, say £10 per year, upgradable to full membership on Qualifying. Would the club paying for actual landings at Dunkeswell work out cheaper than paying a flat fee every month?? Be interesting to see how many club members fly in each year. I suspect we pay the equivalent of many times more than those landings to Brendon? If you hanger at Dunks you're already paying for landings in the hangerage, so effectively pay twice. Points raised by Members Discussion: An alternative “Home of the Brave”? Policy Proposal: No data to evaluate effect. Continue 1 year. Decision. Dunkeswell Microlight Landing = £5 36 landings = £ landings = £100 8 landings = £40 Conceptually: Yes. But those who hanger here have historically lived with this. Access to Safety Officer is 1 st most important reason for membership. Dunkeswell Landing fee is the 3 rd most important reason from membership. 8 members (of 14 responding) stated that its loss would cause them to leave.


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