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Thread: Gogglefest! A new event
10/07/2017 21:37:46

Something for the FPV flyers out there! A fun and relaxing weekend
of drone racing, wing racing and FPV pylon racing. Also a line of sight multi-rotor flying area, plenty of camping available July 29th/30th.
Come and have a go. All abilities welcome, never tried flying round a course? Now is your chance to have a go without the pressure of a full race.

Thread: BMFA British National Championships Camping and Spectator booking
27/06/2017 18:13:14

After an enforced year off for building work we are returning to RAF Barkston Heath for the 2017 Nats!!

For those who prefer to save a little cash and pre-book for day entry and camping the form is now available to download from **LINK**

See you all there!!

Thread: Leicester sites?
22/06/2017 19:37:28
National Centre is ?6 for a day ticket midweek or ?8 at weekends. Or ?60 for a season ticket. Then its pretty much turn up and fly subject to any centre event bookings. You would need to check the site status box on the website to see whats on.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 22/06/2017 19:38:11

22/06/2017 14:32:14
North East of Leicester and maybe a bit further than you want to travel but worth it for a full day of flying with excellent facilities.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 22/06/2017 14:33:04

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Blog
21/06/2017 12:32:53

To keep everyone up to date on site developments and news of events we are posting regular blog posts on the National Centre website at **LINK**

The latest June blog with details of some recent events and the progress on the new runway (which is looking awesome) is available at **LINK**

For Facebook users there is also a dedicated page for BMFA Buckminster.


Thread: BMFA Buckminster Early Summer sport fly-in
08/06/2017 15:40:19

Anybody coming along can arrive anytime from 10am tomorrow (Friday)

Don't forget the swapmeet Sunday morning too so bring along those bargains to sell!!

05/06/2017 10:21:33

After a very successful Payload Challenge this past weekend the next organised event at BMFA Buckminster is the early Summer Fly-in weekend this coming weekend of 10th & 11th June, Plenty of camping available and a swapmeet on Sunday morning. Come along and visit and fly at your National Centre this weekend. The fly-in is informal and will be a relaxed weekend, slots can be arranged if people wish, perhaps warbird slots etc however the focus will be on relaxed informal flying in wonderful surroundings. More details at **LINK**

Thread: BMFA Payload Challenges
02/06/2017 21:37:34
This weekend sees BMFA Buckminster hosting the 2017 Payload Challenge. Spectators are very welcome to this fun and interesting event.

One of its key aims is to increase interest in aviation and engineering through education.

The BMFA Payload Challenges require students to design, build and fly load-carrying model aircraft. The competitions have evolved to stretch the abilities of participating students and there is no doubt the development of a good aircraft requires each team to display design flair, technical knowledge and teamwork.

Judging is by a panel of professional engineers and the competition has attracted very favourable comment from external examiners, the challenge is partnered by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Thread: BMFA Buckminster Swapmeet - 11th June
25/05/2017 22:22:07
Yes that helps. Cheers

So who is coming along? Fly-in that weekend too.
Thread: BMFA Buckminster Summer Show
25/05/2017 15:29:30

We have taken the decision to postpone the summer Airshow set to take place over the weekend 29th/30th of July, this decision has not been taken lightly and has been based on a number of factors but we feel it is better to make an early decision than stage an unsuccessful (and potentially expensive) event.

Despite taking steps to ensure that the date didn't conflict with other events in the model flying calendar when we first set the date, it has since transpired that the date clashes with the established Willis Warbirds event which a number of display pilots and traders were already committed to.

A further deciding factor has been the progress and seeding of the main runway. As reported previously we have suffered a number of delays on this aspect and despite the fact that this work is now complete and the seed is growing well, it is still uncertain whether the surface will be fully usable for a large event by the end of July.

We are currently evaluating alternative dates for the show so please keep a look out for further updates.

Thank you to those pilots, traders and spectators who did book in and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event.

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Early Summer sport fly-in
25/05/2017 15:28:08

We have now added a swapmeet to this event on the Sunday. Details at **LINK**

So who will be coming along?

We will be operating from a temporay runway however it's still quite a good surface for most models.

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Swapmeet - 11th June
25/05/2017 15:16:10

Come along to your National Centre for the inaugural BMFA Buckminster swapmeet. This swapmeet is being held as part of the Early Summer fly-in so don’t forget to bring something to fly too!

£5 a pitch, indoor and outdoor pitches available on a first come first served basis, bring your own tables if possible although we have 25 tables availabe to hire, £2 per table, again on a first come first served basis.

Doors open at 9am for sellers to set up, 9.30am for buyers.

Tea and coffee available on a self serve basis (Honesty box in operation)


Thread: Teesside Model Flying Club Airshow 2017
22/05/2017 14:40:08

I will once again be attending the Teesside Model Flying Club show with the BMFA stand and Simulator Trailer. Its a great club show, very friendly and definitely worth a visit. Pop by and say hello!!

Thread: BMFA Buckminster opens Monday 8th May.
11/05/2017 12:41:58
Posted by Jon Laughton on 11/05/2017 09:24:54:

The project management of the site works has been excellent and Manny, Andy et al are to be congratulated.

I can take no credit whatsoever for any of the project management, entirely Manny and the very experienced team to be congratulated for that. I must admit to initially having been somewhat on the fence about the idea but having seen how the team have approached the project and the professional and efficient way they have tackled the project and the fantastic results achieved already I am converted 100%, It is a fantastic facility already and one that will get better and better going forward.

11/05/2017 00:03:39
Was nice to meet you and your good lady earlier Mark. It certainly was a beautiful day for model aircraft flying. Didnt get opportunity myself today as I had too much work to be getting on with. I know those that did fly today had a great day. We also had the first achievement scheme test pass at BMFA Buckminster today.
08/05/2017 10:23:37

I'm told it's a bit chilly and breezy at BMFA Buckminster today, however some model flyers are already on site enjoying some fliyng. I will be onsite Tuesday and Wednesday this week so feel free to come along and say hello and have a bit of a look round.

05/05/2017 11:37:52

Address, GPS Co-ordinates and directions can be found at **LINK**

I will be on site Tuesday and Wednesday next week so come along and say hello and take a guided tour of the facilities, don't forget to bring a model for a fly. Day pass for flying is £6.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 05/05/2017 11:39:10

05/05/2017 11:13:11

BMFA Buckminster opens at 9am on Monday 8th May for model aircraft flying.

There is a site status box where you can see what activities are taking place on the current and coming days on the National Centre website at **LINK**

Current weather conditions and upcoming weather forecast are also shown along with lots of other information.

Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week have been set aside for general RC sport flying and control line as a primary activity free flight as a secondary activity.

If you want to come along and fly, or just take a look around all you need to do is turn up, park in the stoned area and call in at reception on arrival.

Currently a temporary runway is in use until the new main runway is ready.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 05/05/2017 11:22:32

Thread: Somebody crashed a model plane in to the side of my house
03/04/2017 15:24:31

I am not going to get involved with discussions about liability etc as I don't have enough information and this isn't the place either, I would suggest the OP calls the BMFA office and asks to speak to Manny Williamson who will be able to offer correct advice on how to deal with this. Tel No is 0116 244 0028

Thread: Showline at Power Nationals 2017
21/03/2017 16:40:36

Planning has now commenced for this year’s Showline and an application form for pilots wishing to express an interest in taking part can be downloaded from the link below or obtained directly from the office.


The 2017 Showline will see a two day flying programme featuring some of the UK’s top display pilots.

We look forward to receiving completed application forms.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 21/03/2017 16:42:01

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