Welcome to the 2017 National Championships
By Chris Moynihan Chairman of the British Model Flying Association
I extend to you a very warm welcome to the 2017 BMFA Nationals. Having been unable to secure the use of RAF Barkston Heath last year, it is really delightful to be back for 2017. For this a big ‘Thank you’ is owed to the Commandant of RAF Cranwell and his team who have welcomed us back. Thanks are also due to the senior management of the company Ascent, to whom the RAF have contracted their operational flight training at Barkston.
For many years now, the annual British Model Flying National Championships are deemed to be the biggest and most varied anywhere in the world and as such you have available to you an exciting and varied range of model flying activities. These models, of all types, are flown by some of the best model pilots and their skill levels in displaying their models can be breathtaking.
On the Airfield map you will see marked an area called ’Airshow’. Unlike the rest of the airfield where competitions are taking place, here you will see highly skilled flyers exhibiting their models for purely demonstration purposes; these models can range from third scale WW1 models through classic examples of WW2 machines to current fast jets and even turbine powered half scale gliders. Try not to miss them.
Helicopters, pylon racers, scale models, control line combat and team-racing models all have their devotees and I am sure you will find much to fascinate and entertain you. Another attraction of the early evening on Saturday and Sunday is the free flight ‘jamboree’ when all comers gather on the upwind side of the airfield to fly together in a celebration of pure free flight enjoyment. If planning to witness this amazing spectacle, please do follow the instructions of the stewards who will be doing their very best to ensure everybody stays safe.
As well as the all day flying events, please take time out to visit the trade areas where a huge variety of traders will be offering their model flying goodies to you, often at specially low ‘show’ prices. One of the largest marquees there will be the BMFA’s information area, so if you fancy getting involved in model flying in any way, please ask your questions there where our PR people will be on hand to help you. In the same trade area, there will be a selection of caterers offering tempting food and drink to keep you going and energised throughout the day.
On Sunday morning, a large part of the airfield will be given over to a ‘Swapmeet’ so if you want to pick up an aeromodelling bargain, that will be a ‘must’ for you. Please be aware that the airfield has to be handed back ready for flying operations by first thing Tuesday morning in pristine condition. So please do not drop litter anywhere on the airfield; take it home with you or use the litter black bags provided. Safety marshals are on duty at all the events , especially during the evening free flight extravaganza; they are there for your safety so do heed their instructions. I do hope you enjoy your visit to these ‘Nationals’.