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Sep 2017

**** BMFA Achievement Scheme ‘Super’ Workshop ****
By Invitation of the South Midland and Southern BMFA Areas
Calling all Area Chief Examiners & Instructors, Club Examiners & Instructors and test candidates!
Saturday 2 September there will be an Achievement Scheme ‘Super’ Workshop at Popham Airfield (SO21 3BD)
RC Achievement Scheme Review Committee members and Area Chief Examiners will be on hand to answer questions on the Scheme. There will be demonstration flights of the tests for the different disciplines involved, including Multi-rotors and the BPCs.
Anyone wishing to take a BPC, or an A or B test (in any discipline) is welcome to come along and participate.
Lunch and Refreshments will be provided for all registered attendees!
Workshops have previously been popular events, but numbers are limited, so please contact Ken Gale on 07747 773825 or email,uk as soon as possible to reserve your place.

How to get there….

The airfield lies directly on the north side of the A303 dual carriageway which runs roughly east-west about ten miles south west of Basingstoke inHampshire.
From Basingstoketake the M3 southbound.At Junction 8, turn off on the A303 towards Andover and the South West.Climb the hill on the dual carriageway and as you pass Popham Services (Little Chef & BP on left side, Little Chef & Esso on right side) you should be able to see the big orange airfield windsock on the other side of the dual carriageway.Continue to about 1/2 mile and take the next exit left signed Micheldever Station & Overton.Drop down to the bottom, turn right under the A303 bridge, turn immediately right again as if rejoining the A303 towards Basingstoke.This is aroad and the airfield entrance brick and iron gates at the top of the rise on your left just 100 meters before you rejoin the A303.
From AndoverTake the A303 eastbound.Note when you cross the junction of the A34 (Bullington Cross) and stay on the A303.Discount one very small road on the left (to Norton), continue to the second main exit marked with countdown boards, signed Micheldever StationDrop down the slip road, and at the end go straight on as if rejoining the A303 towards Basingstoke (this requires a little wiggle right and left) but the slip road is now signposted Popham Airfield. You will see the brick and iron gates of the airfield on the left, just 100 metres before rejoining the A303.
From Newbury- Travel south on the A34.Pass Whitchurch.Turn left on the A303 eastbound towards Basingstoke (Bullington Cross).Follow latter part of Andover direction as above.
From WinchesterTake the A34 northbound.Turn right on the A303 eastbound towards Basingstoke (Bullington Cross).Follow latter part of Andover direction as above.

Southern Gala Odiham: 9 September

As most of you are probably aware, our late Chairman was instrumental in setting up & organising the Southern Gala at Odiham for many years. The event this year was obviously put into jeopardy due to his sad passing. However, we have very recently established sufficient information to indicate that things can go ahead for this year with the traditional mix of low key competitions & sports flying, subject to us receiving the MoD licence as always.


The licence application has been made, following an OK for the event to be held by the RAF. We have managed to track down the application and speak to the Defence Infrastructure Organisation, who confirm that the licence has been approved & should be issued in early August. So subject to the licence being received, there is every reason to plan for the event to take place as originally scheduled. The date remains 9 September.


Tailless; E36; Vintage/Classic CLG/HLG; A1; Vintage/Classic Combined glider; Vintage Wakefield combined 4oz/8oz; Vintage Lightweight Rubber; Coupe d’Hiver. These are the same as previous years.


This event requires attendees are pre-registered for security reasons. There is a limit of 65 attendees, so do make an early application to avoid disappointment.

Anyone wishing to attend must send following details to Peter Carter by post, enclosing the entry fee made payable to “Southern Area BMFA” & an SAE. Last date for receiving requests to attend is Saturday 26 August.

contact details (phone, mobile & email)
BMFA membership number
vehicle details (make & model, licence plate info, colour)
- entry fee payment of £10 per attendee

Peter’s address is 74 Buckland Avenue, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG22 6JA, he will send a written confirmation to those who apply to attend.

Note: there will be absolutely no entry on the day. If you haven’t pre-registered, you won’t be allowed entry.


As always we will be subject to RAF Security measures, hence the need for pre-registration. Cars will be escorted on & off the flying area from the entrance gate as previous years. We are hoping to hold an “on-field” briefing prior to the commencement of flying, rather than the formalities of last year but this has not yet been sorted out.

It is expected that all competition fliers will use DTs (all forms are acceptable), the use of trackers is encouraged but is not mandatory. Competitions will use a DT fly-off as necessary. Sports fliers are encouraged to use DT’s wherever practical & common sense in limiting engine runs.

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Following two successful trial indoor FPV events, Waltham Chase Aeromodellers are pleased to announce a series of ten similar events in the Main Hall at Wickham Community Centre, Mill Lane, Wickham, Hants PO17 5AL on the following dates:

Tuesday, 10th. January 2017
Tuesday, 21st. February 2017
Tuesday 14th. March 2017
Tuesday 11th. April 2017
Tuesday 9th. May 2017
Tuesday 13th. June 2017
Tuesday 12th. September 2017
Tuesday 10th. October 2017
Tuesday 14th. November 2017
Tuesday 12th. December 2017

All meetings will run from 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. This is the venue at which we hold our popular indoor R/C Small Models meetings. Admission to the meetings will be £4 for fliers and £1 for spectators, whilst accompanied children will be admitted free. Junior fliers will be charged as adult spectators.
Fliers will be required to show proof of insurance.

Models to be flown at these meetings are to be limited to a maximum weight of 95 grammes (3.5 ounces), in flight trim, including battery (not to exceed a 2-cell Li-Po pack). Helicopters are to be limited to a rotor diameter of 6” (152mm). Multicopters are to have a motor to motor diameter not exceeding 6” (152mm).

All models should be 25mW 5.8GHz or Wi-Fi FPV equipped. A frequency control system will be employed whereby each pilot will be allocated a video operating band, to guarantee frequency separation a maximum of 4 pilots will be permitted to transmit at any one time. Each model will need to be checked and a transmitter tag allocated before being cleared to fly.

Depending on the number of FPV models ready to fly there may be an opportunity to fly non-FPV equipped models.

Flying at these events will take place generally in accordance with our procedures developed at the regular indoor R/C events, details of which are available on our website.

Waltham Chase Aeromodellers look forward to welcoming all R/C indoor FPV fliers to these events.

For further details please contact:

Alan Wallington, “Wrenbeck”, Bull Lane, Waltham Chase, Southampton, Hants. (Tel. 01489 895157)

or see our web site:

30 September (Saturday)

Croydon Coupe Day plus SAM1066 events

Croydon events

Vintage Coupe

SAM 1066 events

E36 Electric Power
Ryback A2 Glider
Combined Vintage / Classic CLG / HLG
Vintage Unorthodox (Combined Glider, Rubber & i/c power)

Comps start 10.00am & finish 4.00pm.

Usual arrangements are arrivals from 9.00am & clear site by 5.30pm.

General location is Area 8 Salisbury Plain, actual flying location within Area 8 depends on wind direction,
Area 8 is south of Shrewton to Chitterne Road, approx 2.5 miles from Shrewton going west.


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