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Neville Ayre

It is with sadness that I have to report that Neville (Nev) Ayre, well-known Team Race flier and member of the Wharfedale & District Aeromodellers passed away on Saturday whilst competing in Texas Quickie Rat Race at the Barton Club. He was 59. I understand that Nev had just taken off after a pit-stop when he collapsed. Despite CPR being administered and an ambulance arriving within eight minutes, he could not be saved. It is not given to many of us to die doing something we love and there ...
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The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The new 2017 BMFA Free-Flight Forum Report, the thirty-third, is just out. It’s full of  information on a wide range of free-flight topics, and the following contents list shows what this year’s Report covers.  Even if you don’t currently fly free-flight, why not get a copy?  There’s a lot more in it than you think.  A Lightweight Power Model Starter Box - Simon DixonJigs and Fixtures - Mike WoodhouseMeasuring the Shape of Aerofoils: Knowing What You've Got and How to Evaluate it! - Alan Br...
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Trevor Plumbe

It is with great sadness that the Mansfield club announce the death of the one time secretary Trevor Plumbe age 69, Trevor had been a very keen aero modeller for many years, & was at home mainly with F3A Aerobatics, which he took a very active part in at club level & also as a active member on the flight line at many competitions in our country & abroad, being a scribe, plus other duties, but he was also available to give advice on many aspects of flying to anyone in our club, he was...
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Steve Warren

A much loved and respected quiet powerhouse of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers and Southern Area BMFA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday 1st April 2017. His early career as engineering officer in the boiler rooms full of asbestos on cargo vessels had ultimately taken its toll.   Steve was one of the founder members of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers Club which was formed in 1975 rising to become its president after many stalwart years as secretary.   Although a novi...
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John Thompson - Update

John Thompson - Update

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of SAM 1066 Chairman John Thompson on the Friday 12 May following a collapse at his home. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and all of his family. The funeral will be held  at 12.00 on May 31st at St Johns Church Hartley Wintney* followed by refreshments at The Jubilee Hall*, West Green Road Hartley Wintney. All welcome, family flowers only and donations to Johns charity (to be confirmed). Anne would appreciate if you could please le...
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BMFA Buckminster opens Monday 8th May!!

The new National Visitor Centre and Model Flying site opens at 9am on Monday 8th May for model aircraft flying. See the National Centre website at http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for further details. Check the status box on the front page of the website for the proposed activity over the coming three days (continuous update). But the aim is to run sport R/C as the primary activity for the first three days with control line circles also in operation and to accommodate season ticket holders as ...
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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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