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John O’Donnell 1932 – 18/4/2017

John O’Donnell1932 – 18/4/2017 John O’Donnell has died – he was 84.JOD as he was known, was the most consistently successful model flyer of all time where it really counts, – in competition. Throughout his career, he honed his skills by careful thought and rigorous attention to detail. In the 1957/58 Zaic Yearbook John said, ‘I feel that warps should be regarded as a trimming device, and not as an unpredictable and unfortunate result of doping’. That was typical O’Donnell – succinct, c...
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Allan Pointer

It is with sadness that we record the passing of Allan Pointer on the 28th March 2017. Allan was a long serving member, committee member and newsletter editor of Southampton Model Aeroplane Club. With his craft skills and knowledge, Allan's ability to design, build and fly model aircraft placed him at the apex of the hobby. He was always happy to share his expertise with other modellers, sometimes also building models for his fellow modellers. He will be sadly missed by those of us who were pa...
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BMFA Buckminster Season Tickets Now Available

A season ticket is a positive way of supporting the BMFA National Flying Site and Visitor Centre Project as well as attracting those who are intending to be regular users of BMFA Buckminster. The initial rates also reflect the fact that the site will open part way through the year and the early months will see reduced facilities until the runway seeding becomes established. The season ticked should be considered as a ‘midweek flyers ticket’, The price for 2017 is based on the equivalent of...
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Nationals Showline 2017 Pilot Applications

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. www.bmfa-nats.org/power-nationals/showline-2017 The 2017 Showline will see a  two day flying programme featuring some of the UK’s top display pilots. I look forward to receiving completed application forms. Manny Williamson Showline FDD
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BMFA Buckminster Summer Show. July 29th & 30th

BMFA Buckminster Summer Show. July 29th & 30th

Model Flying Airshow with trade presence and catering, indoor swap-meet Sunday (AM), evening R/C sport flying, camping from Friday afternoon, evening bar and catering. See http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/event/bmfa-buckminster-summer-airshow Timings Arrival (camping/trade) – Friday 28th    3.00pm – 9.00pm. Evening Flying – Friday/Saturday 5.00pm – 9.00pm. Swap-meet Sunday 30th  8.30am – 12.3pm (access for setting up from 7.30am). Flying Display Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th30am – 4.30pm...
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