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Geoff S17/08/2017 16:18:50
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My wife and I are intending to attend the Nats in a week's time. It's few years since we stayed there in our camper and I wondered if the hangar was going to be available for indoor flying and, of course the bar. The apron in front was also the site for various food and drink retailers.

If the hangar isn't available is there going to be a large marquee or whatever as an evening focal point? The web site doesn't say at all - at least, if it does I couldn't find it.


john stones 117/08/2017 16:40:13
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No idea Geoff, p.m/email to Andy would find out. Just the Sunday for me. hot

Chris Bott - Moderator17/08/2017 17:01:19
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The last I heard was that the hangar is no longer available but a marquee/beer tent will be there.
Bob Burton17/08/2017 17:17:48
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There seems to be very little detail on the BMFA website or the Nats website. I was looking for a site plan and maybe a timetable earlier and could not find them.

Geoff S17/08/2017 22:06:18
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Thanks everyone. I guess we'll just turn up and play it by ear. We always used to camp near the hangar because I was involved in running the indoor flying but perhaps we'll try being down near the trade stands etc this time.


The Wright Stuff18/08/2017 09:02:53
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On the same theme, I've been to the Nats several times before, but usually on the Saturday. I will definitely be going again for one day this year, but not yet sure which day. It may be that Monday is the most convenient from a family perspective.

Question: How much stuff is there to see as a spectator on Monday? I understand and accept there is no showline, but does everything else run to a full day? Do all the traders stay until Monday. Or is it a much lower key day? Is there a full day of competition, or is Monday generally a reserve day in case of bad weather on Sat or Sun?



Engine Doctor18/08/2017 09:21:16
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Monday is not a good day to go to the Nat's if you want to do any shopping as a lot of the trade stands pack up early. I believe that the entry price is reduced on Monday .

cymaz18/08/2017 09:28:52
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This this was all I could find for you

Geoff S18/08/2017 10:15:23
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Yes, not a lot of help is it, Cymaz?

Monday is definitely not a good day to visit for just one day. In the past we've enjoyed Monday as a quieter day and sitting alongside the scale line with good commentary in the sun is brilliant but the trade stands are packing away.


Denis Watkins18/08/2017 11:52:07
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On the BMFA Nat's page 2017

The Nat's event has its own dedicated link to its page

But is not updated yet? And it is next week

But my 2 day tickets arrived in good time

Trevor Crook18/08/2017 11:52:57
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I shall go on the Sunday if the weather is reasonable. Never been before. I expected to find a big splash about it on the BMFA homepage, but nothing. Fortunately the BMFA news tells me where it is and how much it costs to get in, but I was hoping for some sort of site plan, timetable, traders list etc. on the website. Have I missed something, or is it always this poor?

Devcon118/08/2017 12:14:39
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Trying to find useful info on the BMFA website is a challenge. There is some more info about the Nats that I found by sheer fluke but I can't remember where I found it. Given it's a national associations premier event it's promotion is a very poor show.
Gordon Tarling18/08/2017 12:55:53
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There IS a fair bit of info on the BMFA website, including a traders list. It'll probably be updated over the next few days.

Denis Watkins18/08/2017 13:05:26
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Nat's map 2015, they reckon on the same layout


Edited By Denis Watkins on 18/08/2017 13:16:32

Trevor Crook18/08/2017 13:25:44
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Thanks for that, Gordon and Denis. I didn't notice that the Nats had a seperate website.

Paul Marsh18/08/2017 20:21:05
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There is an evening 2.4 electric flight line on friday to Sunday night, which I'm running. So bring any quiet electric models, proof of insurance and you can fly.

Cuban818/08/2017 20:48:37
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A shame that the hanger is not available this year. An integral part of the nats IMHO, but I suppose we're fortunate to have anything at all. With Monday being fairly dead and no hanger in the evening for the mass indoor flying, it's just not the same as before. Not sure if I'll bother this year.
Paul Marsh18/08/2017 20:54:12
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There is a massive swapmeet on the Sunday, worth going to alone.

graeme jones21/08/2017 15:04:12
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This year's map is now available -


Andy Symons - BMFA21/08/2017 17:13:09
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Lots of extra info added at **LINK**

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