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May
27
Sun
Free Flight & Space British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
May 27 all-day

Download the 2018 Free Flight Nationals Entry Form

FREE FLIGHT & SPACE MODELLING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018  

INCORPORATING THE SAM 35 GALA

RAF Barkston Heath, May 26th, 27th & 28th

Once again, the Free Flight National Championships will take place at RAF Barkston Heath over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The BMFA Free Flight National Championships is the largest FF competition in Europe and surely the most diverse in the world.  Pre-entry is vital with a meeting of this size so make sure yours is received before 14th May on the form available to download on the BMFA website (or call the BMFA office for a copy – telephone: 0116-2440028).  The pre-entry for the SAM 35 organised Gala is included.  Pre-entry, which assists the management of the event, is preferred but not compulsory for Sam 35 classes, however, late and field entry for the BMFA Free Flight and Space Modelling competitions will incur a 50% surcharge for each class.

Camping, if required, is booked using the same form, which also lists the competition classes taking place each day.  On-the-day admission at the gate is £6 per day or £12 for the weekend.

Contest Entry and Camping fees are spread evenly for use of this wonderful venue and there is a £6 per day charge for sport flyers.  This sport flying charge is for those who are not taking part in BMFA or SAM 35 events.  However, this pass can be upgraded to a contest entry on the field.

 The Free Flight National Championships programme of competitions is basically the same as for 2017. With Free Flight and Free Flight Scale, the Space Modelling National Championship and the SAM 35 Gala there is plenty for everyone.

Radio Control.

The FAIR and SAM 35 competitions that permit the use of radio control will be the ONLY RC flying permitted during the Championships.  RC practice flying is restricted to entrants in these contests and all must use 2.4 GHz radio.

Space Modelling

The Space Modelling competitions are administered by FAIR, and comprise 6 classes, all to FAI international specifications, reflecting the spectrum of model rocketry from Scale to Boost Gliders, and including Duration, Payload and Altitude competitions.  The overall Champion from these classes will win the Baikonur Cup.

SAM 35

Once again, we welcome SAM 35 to the FF Nationals.  SAM 35 will be organising their own Gala within the FF Nationals framework with classes to suit most Vintage tastes.  Entry to these classes is via the official FF Nationals entry form.  Further details of the SAM 35 classes and the rules, can be obtained from ian.lever@ntlworld.com  http://www.sam35.org/rules

BMFA Competition Rules

The attention of entrants is drawn to the BMFA Free Flight rulebook, available for download at http://www.bmfa.org/publications/rulebooks/index.html

It is important to ensure compliance with current BMFA rules and model specifications.  Note particularly that all BMFA Vintage and Classic models must have valid documentation (random checks may be made).

There will be ad hoc scrutineering of rubber motor weights and towlines.  It is up to the entrants to ensure they comply to the rules.

ALL models must display a BMFA number on the wing in accordance with rule 3.1.1(c).

Overall Free Flight Nationals Championship

  • The Rubber Championship will be decided on the best three results from:
    BMFA Rubber, F1B Rubber, F1G Rubber and P30.
  • The Glider Championship will be decided on the best three results from:
    BMFA Glider, F1A Glider, F1H Glider and Classic Glider.
  • The Power Championship will be decided on the best 3 results from:
    BMFA Power, F1C Power, F1J Power. 1/2A power and SLOP.
  • The Electric Championship will be decided on the best 3 results from:
    BMFA Electric, F1Q Electric, E30 Electric and E36 Electric.

Points will be allocated in line with the Senior Free Flight Championship, Rule 3.1.11.  These are as follows: – 1st 9 Points, 2nd 6 Points, 3rd 4 Points, 4th 3 Points, 5th 2 Points, 6th 1 Point.  For contests with fewer than 6 entries, points will be awarded on a reduced basis eg: 3 entries:1st 3 points, 2nd 2 points and 3rd 1 point.  In the event of a tie, a count-back of placing will be applied.

Overall Junior Free Flight Championship

The Junior Championship will be determined by totalling a competitor’s score in all classes except the Women’s Cup, the Bowden Trophy, and non-championship classes.  In the event of a tie, fly-off scores will be included, and if still unresolved, a count-back of placing will be applied.

Woman’s Cup/Frog Junior

Separate flights must be made for these classes; “doubling up” with other classes is not permitted.  The Women’s Cup, the Frog Junior, and non-championship classes do not score points in the season-long British Free Flight Championship.

Free Flight Scale

The Scale classes are scheduled for the afternoons. As well as an event for any Scale Free Flight model, special events have been planned for models made from Kits and those made from plans published in AeroModeller and Model Aircraft magazines. Timings for the events will vary over the weekend depending on prevailing weather conditions. Keep an eye on the programmes that will be published at Control.

For further details contact billdennis747@aol.com

Further information

For any further information contact the BMFA via www.bmfa.org or e-mail admin@bmfa.org or telephone 0116 2440028.  The Free Flight Technical Committee can be contacted via the FFTC PRO, Ken Faux ken.faux@btinternet.com

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May
28
Mon
Free Flight & Space British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
May 28 all-day

Download the 2018 Free Flight Nationals Entry Form

FREE FLIGHT & SPACE MODELLING NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018  

INCORPORATING THE SAM 35 GALA

RAF Barkston Heath, May 26th, 27th & 28th

Once again, the Free Flight National Championships will take place at RAF Barkston Heath over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

The BMFA Free Flight National Championships is the largest FF competition in Europe and surely the most diverse in the world.  Pre-entry is vital with a meeting of this size so make sure yours is received before 14th May on the form available to download on the BMFA website (or call the BMFA office for a copy – telephone: 0116-2440028).  The pre-entry for the SAM 35 organised Gala is included.  Pre-entry, which assists the management of the event, is preferred but not compulsory for Sam 35 classes, however, late and field entry for the BMFA Free Flight and Space Modelling competitions will incur a 50% surcharge for each class.

Camping, if required, is booked using the same form, which also lists the competition classes taking place each day.  On-the-day admission at the gate is £6 per day or £12 for the weekend.

Contest Entry and Camping fees are spread evenly for use of this wonderful venue and there is a £6 per day charge for sport flyers.  This sport flying charge is for those who are not taking part in BMFA or SAM 35 events.  However, this pass can be upgraded to a contest entry on the field.

 The Free Flight National Championships programme of competitions is basically the same as for 2017. With Free Flight and Free Flight Scale, the Space Modelling National Championship and the SAM 35 Gala there is plenty for everyone.

Radio Control.

The FAIR and SAM 35 competitions that permit the use of radio control will be the ONLY RC flying permitted during the Championships.  RC practice flying is restricted to entrants in these contests and all must use 2.4 GHz radio.

Space Modelling

The Space Modelling competitions are administered by FAIR, and comprise 6 classes, all to FAI international specifications, reflecting the spectrum of model rocketry from Scale to Boost Gliders, and including Duration, Payload and Altitude competitions.  The overall Champion from these classes will win the Baikonur Cup.

SAM 35

Once again, we welcome SAM 35 to the FF Nationals.  SAM 35 will be organising their own Gala within the FF Nationals framework with classes to suit most Vintage tastes.  Entry to these classes is via the official FF Nationals entry form.  Further details of the SAM 35 classes and the rules, can be obtained from ian.lever@ntlworld.com  http://www.sam35.org/rules

BMFA Competition Rules

The attention of entrants is drawn to the BMFA Free Flight rulebook, available for download at http://www.bmfa.org/publications/rulebooks/index.html

It is important to ensure compliance with current BMFA rules and model specifications.  Note particularly that all BMFA Vintage and Classic models must have valid documentation (random checks may be made).

There will be ad hoc scrutineering of rubber motor weights and towlines.  It is up to the entrants to ensure they comply to the rules.

ALL models must display a BMFA number on the wing in accordance with rule 3.1.1(c).

Overall Free Flight Nationals Championship

  • The Rubber Championship will be decided on the best three results from:
    BMFA Rubber, F1B Rubber, F1G Rubber and P30.
  • The Glider Championship will be decided on the best three results from:
    BMFA Glider, F1A Glider, F1H Glider and Classic Glider.
  • The Power Championship will be decided on the best 3 results from:
    BMFA Power, F1C Power, F1J Power. 1/2A power and SLOP.
  • The Electric Championship will be decided on the best 3 results from:
    BMFA Electric, F1Q Electric, E30 Electric and E36 Electric.

Points will be allocated in line with the Senior Free Flight Championship, Rule 3.1.11.  These are as follows: – 1st 9 Points, 2nd 6 Points, 3rd 4 Points, 4th 3 Points, 5th 2 Points, 6th 1 Point.  For contests with fewer than 6 entries, points will be awarded on a reduced basis eg: 3 entries:1st 3 points, 2nd 2 points and 3rd 1 point.  In the event of a tie, a count-back of placing will be applied.

Overall Junior Free Flight Championship

The Junior Championship will be determined by totalling a competitor’s score in all classes except the Women’s Cup, the Bowden Trophy, and non-championship classes.  In the event of a tie, fly-off scores will be included, and if still unresolved, a count-back of placing will be applied.

Woman’s Cup/Frog Junior

Separate flights must be made for these classes; “doubling up” with other classes is not permitted.  The Women’s Cup, the Frog Junior, and non-championship classes do not score points in the season-long British Free Flight Championship.

Free Flight Scale

The Scale classes are scheduled for the afternoons. As well as an event for any Scale Free Flight model, special events have been planned for models made from Kits and those made from plans published in AeroModeller and Model Aircraft magazines. Timings for the events will vary over the weekend depending on prevailing weather conditions. Keep an eye on the programmes that will be published at Control.

For further details contact billdennis747@aol.com

Further information

For any further information contact the BMFA via www.bmfa.org or e-mail admin@bmfa.org or telephone 0116 2440028.  The Free Flight Technical Committee can be contacted via the FFTC PRO, Ken Faux ken.faux@btinternet.com

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Aug
25
Sat
RC, Scale & Control Line British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
Aug 25 all-day

We are pleased to announce that arrangements to hold  the 2018 Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath have been confirmed. The Power Nationals will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th -27th August).

 

We would like to express our gratitude to the Commandant of RAFC Cranwell and his team for their assistance and cooperation in facilitating our continued use of RAF Barkston Heath for 2018. Further details will be made available in the BMFA NEWS and on the BMFA website in due course.

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Silent Flight British National Championships @ BMFA Buckminster
Aug 25 all-day

Silent Flight at the Nationals.

Although model flyers now have an almost unlimited number of radio frequencies available, it is impossible to fly all classes together on one site  at the Main Nationals, as the available airspace would be far too crowded for safety. For this reason, the Silent Flight Nationals has for many years been run at a second site during the Bank Holiday weekend. This year we are very happy to have the use of the BMFA Buckminster the National Centre for model flying, at Sewstern NG33 5RW, about 25 mins from Barkston. Visitors are welcome to watch the various Silent Flight competitions which will be taking place over the 3 days of the holiday weekend.

“Silent Flight” is a term which covers competitions where, although an electric motor is used to gain height in most categories, the vast majority of the flight is done in gliding mode and is therefore silent. Originally model gliders were towed aloft using a line, very much like a kite, then released to fly as a glider and while “towline glider” as a class still exists, most models are electric launched. Recent improvements in battery and motor technology have resulted in models as large as 4 metres wingspan being launched to 200 metres by a motor/battery/controller package weighing as little as 250gm.

The contests themselves take place on the same 3 days as the Main Nationals and comprise some 7 events. Usually 2 per day, flown simultaneously so there should always be something to watch and talk to the competitors about.

Provisional Timetable (to be confirmed)

Saturday

 F5B (“F” prefix indicates a class is being flown to International rules) is flown all day with pilots attempting to perform as many gliding laps as possible, up and down a 150m course, using as many as 10 very high power motor burns. Following this task they immediately do a 10 minute duration flight and a precision landing. 

100S Glider. This is a towline glider competition with span restricted to 100 inches and launch by means of an electric winch. After launch the models will try to seek out thermals in an attempt to achieve the maximum required flight time before making a precision landing for extra points. In this and most classes the winner gets a score of 1000points; the remainder proportionally less, this irons out the vagaries of the weather! This competition will finish by about 1pm, to be followed by…

2metre Electric Soaring. This competition starts about 1pm and is for 2m span models flying to 200m height under electric power for a maximum of 30seconds, then gliding for a total of 10 minutes before doing a precision landing. The models involved often weigh only 600gr and are used by many people as an introductory class for eSoaring.

Sunday – 2 competitions both involving gliders up to 4 metres span

Open Thermal Soaring is a single event where various classes of winched towline glider may be used for launch before completing a 10 minute thermal flight.

Open eSoaring is also an event where models attempt to do a 10 min flight, this time after an electric launch to 200 metres.

Monday – 2 more events. One electric launched and one hand launched.

F3K is the hand launched class where pilots are required to do a number of different flight tasks during several rounds of competition. Launch is by hand in a discus-like fashion and is good to watch.

F5J is the newest of the classes for large electric gliders and require pilots to choose their own launch height to try do a 10 minute flight. The launch height is deducted from the time scored and the landing points, so a minimum height is the Holy Grail for a good score but it can be difficult for thermal detection!

Do please try and visit the Silent Flight Nats!

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Aug
26
Sun
RC, Scale & Control Line British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
Aug 26 all-day

We are pleased to announce that arrangements to hold  the 2018 Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath have been confirmed. The Power Nationals will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th -27th August).

 

We would like to express our gratitude to the Commandant of RAFC Cranwell and his team for their assistance and cooperation in facilitating our continued use of RAF Barkston Heath for 2018. Further details will be made available in the BMFA NEWS and on the BMFA website in due course.

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Silent Flight British National Championships @ BMFA Buckminster
Aug 26 all-day

Silent Flight at the Nationals.

Although model flyers now have an almost unlimited number of radio frequencies available, it is impossible to fly all classes together on one site  at the Main Nationals, as the available airspace would be far too crowded for safety. For this reason, the Silent Flight Nationals has for many years been run at a second site during the Bank Holiday weekend. This year we are very happy to have the use of the BMFA Buckminster the National Centre for model flying, at Sewstern NG33 5RW, about 25 mins from Barkston. Visitors are welcome to watch the various Silent Flight competitions which will be taking place over the 3 days of the holiday weekend.

“Silent Flight” is a term which covers competitions where, although an electric motor is used to gain height in most categories, the vast majority of the flight is done in gliding mode and is therefore silent. Originally model gliders were towed aloft using a line, very much like a kite, then released to fly as a glider and while “towline glider” as a class still exists, most models are electric launched. Recent improvements in battery and motor technology have resulted in models as large as 4 metres wingspan being launched to 200 metres by a motor/battery/controller package weighing as little as 250gm.

The contests themselves take place on the same 3 days as the Main Nationals and comprise some 7 events. Usually 2 per day, flown simultaneously so there should always be something to watch and talk to the competitors about.

Provisional Timetable (to be confirmed)

Saturday

 F5B (“F” prefix indicates a class is being flown to International rules) is flown all day with pilots attempting to perform as many gliding laps as possible, up and down a 150m course, using as many as 10 very high power motor burns. Following this task they immediately do a 10 minute duration flight and a precision landing. 

100S Glider. This is a towline glider competition with span restricted to 100 inches and launch by means of an electric winch. After launch the models will try to seek out thermals in an attempt to achieve the maximum required flight time before making a precision landing for extra points. In this and most classes the winner gets a score of 1000points; the remainder proportionally less, this irons out the vagaries of the weather! This competition will finish by about 1pm, to be followed by…

2metre Electric Soaring. This competition starts about 1pm and is for 2m span models flying to 200m height under electric power for a maximum of 30seconds, then gliding for a total of 10 minutes before doing a precision landing. The models involved often weigh only 600gr and are used by many people as an introductory class for eSoaring.

Sunday – 2 competitions both involving gliders up to 4 metres span

Open Thermal Soaring is a single event where various classes of winched towline glider may be used for launch before completing a 10 minute thermal flight.

Open eSoaring is also an event where models attempt to do a 10 min flight, this time after an electric launch to 200 metres.

Monday – 2 more events. One electric launched and one hand launched.

F3K is the hand launched class where pilots are required to do a number of different flight tasks during several rounds of competition. Launch is by hand in a discus-like fashion and is good to watch.

F5J is the newest of the classes for large electric gliders and require pilots to choose their own launch height to try do a 10 minute flight. The launch height is deducted from the time scored and the landing points, so a minimum height is the Holy Grail for a good score but it can be difficult for thermal detection!

Do please try and visit the Silent Flight Nats!

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Aug
27
Mon
RC, Scale & Control Line British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
Aug 27 all-day

We are pleased to announce that arrangements to hold  the 2018 Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath have been confirmed. The Power Nationals will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (25th -27th August).

 

We would like to express our gratitude to the Commandant of RAFC Cranwell and his team for their assistance and cooperation in facilitating our continued use of RAF Barkston Heath for 2018. Further details will be made available in the BMFA NEWS and on the BMFA website in due course.

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Silent Flight British National Championships @ BMFA Buckminster
Aug 27 all-day

Silent Flight at the Nationals.

Although model flyers now have an almost unlimited number of radio frequencies available, it is impossible to fly all classes together on one site  at the Main Nationals, as the available airspace would be far too crowded for safety. For this reason, the Silent Flight Nationals has for many years been run at a second site during the Bank Holiday weekend. This year we are very happy to have the use of the BMFA Buckminster the National Centre for model flying, at Sewstern NG33 5RW, about 25 mins from Barkston. Visitors are welcome to watch the various Silent Flight competitions which will be taking place over the 3 days of the holiday weekend.

“Silent Flight” is a term which covers competitions where, although an electric motor is used to gain height in most categories, the vast majority of the flight is done in gliding mode and is therefore silent. Originally model gliders were towed aloft using a line, very much like a kite, then released to fly as a glider and while “towline glider” as a class still exists, most models are electric launched. Recent improvements in battery and motor technology have resulted in models as large as 4 metres wingspan being launched to 200 metres by a motor/battery/controller package weighing as little as 250gm.

The contests themselves take place on the same 3 days as the Main Nationals and comprise some 7 events. Usually 2 per day, flown simultaneously so there should always be something to watch and talk to the competitors about.

Provisional Timetable (to be confirmed)

Saturday

 F5B (“F” prefix indicates a class is being flown to International rules) is flown all day with pilots attempting to perform as many gliding laps as possible, up and down a 150m course, using as many as 10 very high power motor burns. Following this task they immediately do a 10 minute duration flight and a precision landing. 

100S Glider. This is a towline glider competition with span restricted to 100 inches and launch by means of an electric winch. After launch the models will try to seek out thermals in an attempt to achieve the maximum required flight time before making a precision landing for extra points. In this and most classes the winner gets a score of 1000points; the remainder proportionally less, this irons out the vagaries of the weather! This competition will finish by about 1pm, to be followed by…

2metre Electric Soaring. This competition starts about 1pm and is for 2m span models flying to 200m height under electric power for a maximum of 30seconds, then gliding for a total of 10 minutes before doing a precision landing. The models involved often weigh only 600gr and are used by many people as an introductory class for eSoaring.

Sunday – 2 competitions both involving gliders up to 4 metres span

Open Thermal Soaring is a single event where various classes of winched towline glider may be used for launch before completing a 10 minute thermal flight.

Open eSoaring is also an event where models attempt to do a 10 min flight, this time after an electric launch to 200 metres.

Monday – 2 more events. One electric launched and one hand launched.

F3K is the hand launched class where pilots are required to do a number of different flight tasks during several rounds of competition. Launch is by hand in a discus-like fashion and is good to watch.

F5J is the newest of the classes for large electric gliders and require pilots to choose their own launch height to try do a 10 minute flight. The launch height is deducted from the time scored and the landing points, so a minimum height is the Holy Grail for a good score but it can be difficult for thermal detection!

Do please try and visit the Silent Flight Nats!

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Sep
14
Fri
Indooor Duration Nationals @ Thames Valley Athletics Centre
Sep 14 all-day

Please note dates and venue are currently provisional

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Sep
15
Sat
Indooor Duration Nationals @ Thames Valley Athletics Centre
Sep 15 all-day

Please note dates and venue are currently provisional

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