The BAeA UKaerobatics e-mail exchange forum
The Association has an excellent e-mail
exploder to provide a forum for the publication and exchange of
aerobatic information through the internet. This uses the title
UKaerobatics, is hosted via the
eGroups web-site at www.egroups.com
and furnishes similar facilities for all manner of sporting and other
groups around the world. Ours is a "closed" group, that is it
is only open to members of the British Aerobatic Association or other
aerobatic folk known to us. The process is very simple, requires only
that you have an email address, and is ideally suited to our
Association. To join just submit your email address using the gizmo
below, and you'll get a response (by email) from Steve Todd at
- he's the system moderator.
If your name is not on the current BAeA membership list then we suggest that you initially visit the BAeA membership pages here and become at least an Associate Member. This of course provides a range of other benefits - not least the annual BAeA Contest Information Booklet and the bi-monthly Aerobatic News Review.
When you are a member of the BAeA section of eGroups.com you are automatically sent a copy of every email submitted to the site, ie. sent to the exploder by other members of the closed BAeA group. In this way we all receive a copy of all the "correspondence", and by simply "replying" to such an email, or submitting one yourself, your own material is circulated to everyone else. In this way discussions, arguments, queries, requests for technical or flying technique help, anecdotes... all are distributed amongst the electronic membership and anyone can dip-in and state their piece.
About half of the current BAeA membership have email addresses, and have been invited to join the exploder group. If this is seen as an intrusion then it is equally simple to leave the group - just log onto the E-groups site and the way to withdraw is explained.
For those of you not "in the know" there's a similar IAC (International Aerobatic Club - the somewhat larger USA version of the BAeA) exploder that is equally easy to join, although this one is open to anyone who wishes to become a subscriber. Their web URL is at www.iac.org and as usual the instructions on how to join are all there. Regular users of this much larger exploder group have often found that the considerable level of non-aerobatic small-talk and occasional personal outbursts of poor netiquette do lower the tone somewhat, but take the rough with the smooth and you may find it interesting.