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Mar
4
Sun
Scale Indoor RC British National Championships @ RAF Shawbury Sports Hangar
Mar 4 all-day
Apr
15
Sun
Scale Indoor Free Flight British National Championships @ Walsall Campus, University of Wolverhampton Sports Centre
Apr 15 all-day
May
26
Sat
Free Flight & Space British National Championships @ RAF Barkston Heath
May 26 all-day

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.

Further details coming soon.

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

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.

Further details coming soon.

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

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.

Further details coming soon.

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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 new BMFA National Flying Site, 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 competition ns 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 4metres wingspan being launched to 200metres by a motor/battery/controller package weighing as little as 250gr.

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 tminimum 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 new BMFA National Flying Site, 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 competition ns 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 4metres wingspan being launched to 200metres by a motor/battery/controller package weighing as little as 250gr.

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 tminimum 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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