Who would have thought that it's been almost 3 years since the last major website upgrade? Soooo much has changed at Watts in that time. And no: I promise not to bore everyone yet again by listing the goings-on at the airfield.
January 2017 seemed like a really good time to get down to work and give the Watts Web a major theming makeover, add functionality to the existing pages and provide some very real enhancements to the site in general.
Firstly: The site's theming. As I am sure (or hope) you have already noticed there has been a major visual makeover. The look and feel of the site is clearly contemporary, with graphics, typography and a colour scheme most suited to the presentation of aviation activities and events.
The site's navigation has had a major boost with the addition of a Navigation Panel at the foot of every page. The Footer Menu minimizes the amount of tedious vertical scrolling which was previously required to move from page to page. The Main Menu's greater use of "fly-out" sub-menus makes the ever growing site content much more readily accessible.
And finally, a brand new site entrance welcomes first time visitors (and repeat offenders) with a scrolling display
of aircraft selected at random from the 100's which have attended the many fly-ins and airshows conducted at Watts Bridge.
As the Watts Bridge airfield community has grown it has become increasingly difficult for everyone to get to know each other and to have an effective, open and wide ranging discussion on all aspects of the airfield's activities. With the increasing use of the internet for almost everything, a newly elected BoM looking for a more effective means of communication and with a website upgrade already being planned, a member's discussion forum was an obvious major addition for the website. And so here it is - ready to roll.
Members of the airfield can now openly discuss the airfield's past, present and future directions, important issues such as airfield events, governance, membership requirements and fees, home base group activities, future planning, flying, aerobatics, the list just goes on and on! Although the forum is administered by Watts Bridge, the BoM has stated a very "hands-off" approach, with a team of moderators, independent of the BoM, reviewing the forum posts to ensure the overall goodwill and intent of the forum is maintained.
So how to get started??
My recommendation is to simply select [Member's Forum] from the the menu to be automatically logged on as a Guest. A number of start-up Forums have been created for topics which will be of interest to many members. As a Guest you can read each of the Forum's "sticky" "Welcome Posts" to get a feel for what's on offer.
If you're interested in registering to become a Forum Member read the 4 posts in the first Forum
[Member's Forum - Introduction and Information **READ FIRST**] which explains the registration requirements, the forum features and rules and the assigned roles of forum administrators and moderators. Registered members can create new topics on a forum and add posts to existing topics. Private messages (PM's) can be sent to and received from other members. In-line images and a variety of file types can be attached to posts and PM's.
Once your registration has been approved, the next step would be to review your Profile and become familiar with the User Control Panel. If you wish, you can upload an avatar image to add personality to your forum posts. And now you're good to go ahead and contribute to the discussion. Just remember that everything you post is visible for the whole world to see, so please, play nice and always respect other forum members.
For a whole variety of reasons the final report and photo gallery for the Brisbane Valley Airshow and Red Thunder 2016 never quite made it to the website. Somewhat belatedly this has all been put right with complete pages for both events now freely available.
If you use Google Chrome as your web browser the new site pages may not render correctly. In particular the Heading Fonts may overlap each other and not fit within the frames. This is caused by Chrome's pathalogical use of its cache, which sometimes is not updated as it should be.
First try holding the [Control Key] and press [F5] several times
which should force a complete page reload.
If that doesn't do it press similtaneously [Control]+[Shift]+[Del]
This should open a window similar to the one shown at left.
Select [Cached images and files] then click [Clear browsing data]
which forces the cache to be cleared.
MAC Users, sorry I don't know if it is the same as Windows.
Chrome is a great browser, but the cache can be a real pain!!
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield is strongly committed to a "Fly Neighbourly" policy ensuring good working relationships with other land owners in the district.
Pilots are requested to download the Fly Neighbourly Chart to be aware of and avoid where operationally possible, noise and over-fly sensitive locations adjacent to the airfield.
Watts Bridge Memorial Airfield requests that all members and visitors using the airfield's internal roads adhere to the signposted maximum Speed Limit of 20kph.
The Speed Limit maximises safety for all motorists and pedestrians, significantly reduces damage to the airfield's roadways and minimises the generation of dust which has an adverse affect on aircraft, buildings and human health.