Free Flight & Space British National Championships

May 26, 2018 all-day
RAF Barkston Heath
Grantham NG32 3PZ
BMFA Office
0116 2440028

Download the 2018 Free Flight Nationals Entry Form



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

BMFA Competition Rules

The attention of entrants is drawn to the BMFA Free Flight rulebook, available for download at

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.

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Further information

For any further information contact the BMFA via or e-mail or telephone 0116 2440028.  The Free Flight Technical Committee can be contacted via the FFTC PRO, Ken Faux