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News 5th March 2019

Last night (4th) we held our Auction / Table Top Sale, it was a great evening and well attended, some nice models and equipment changed hands.

Our next club night, first Thursday in May is our Winter Build, Mini Blitz 'show and tell' quite a few of these models have been built and soon after the club night there is a planned session to fly them !

We are also please to announce that we have already booked the Sports Hall for our winter 2019 / 2020 indoor season, the dates are on the indoor flying page of the website

News 4th March

As many of you know we are now over subscribed and have had to close the senior membership, we still have spaces for Juniors. We are operating a waiting list and this already has a good few on it.

We have a full year of events planned for 2019, and this will kick off with the Good Friday Work Party to get the runways all prepared for the Summer Flying Season.

If you fly IC, don't forget you need to get your model certified (noise) before it can be flown in 2019

This Thursday Club Night (7th March) we have a demonstration and talk on First Aid by the Horsham First Rexponders, we have one of these a couple of years ago and it was an excellent evening and focussed on not only basic first aid but the type of incidents that could happen at the flying field, partners and guests welcome to also come along.

March 5th and 19th sees our last two winter Indoor Meetings for 2019 at Farlington School, once again these have been fun nights and we have seen a few new members join us.

We will once again over the Summer Months be running our Glider Challenge evenings on Tuesdays, these are great events and help improve your flying skills.

For full details of all events and club evenings see the relevant pages on the website.

Club News 4th July

June was a very busy month for the club with the following events taking place

The club concourse night on the 7th of June was very well attended with some great models on display and being flown, thanks to all those that came along and enjoyed the evening

The following weekend June 9 and 10, we held our Airborne Fun Fly event, this was in place of the flying at the cancelled Sumners Ponds Model Show. We were not sure how well attended this event would be, given the late change in venue. Friday pm saw plenty of club members helping to prepare the site and cut the strip ready for the weekend, come 9:30am on Saturday and the pits were filling up nicely, following a pilots briefing flying got underway at 10am and the skies were busy all day with a mix of all sorts of models including the odd control line flight, around 3pm we held an auction of goods provided by our sponsors Opti Power and Scorpion Power and raised just under £300. the BBQ was lit around 5pm and flying continued until around 8pm, on checking the booking in register we had just under 50 signed in.

Word must have got out that it was busy and a great event as Sunday morning and the pits were nearly full just after 9am, again we had just under 50 signed with some great models being flown until around 4pm. One comment from a visiting pilot was that it was the best RC event he had ever flown at. Thanks to all those that helped to make the event happen and lets see if we do it again in 2019 if the Model Show does not re-appear.

June 21st was our Summer Solstice meeting, this is only the second year we have held this and it was even more popular than the first, all those that attended seemed to be having a great time, the BBQ was really popular and many flew until it was too dark to see.

Tuesday June 26th saw us run our first Summer Series Glider comp, this intended to be a relaxed and fun format for gliders under 2.5m and over 2.5m, 30 sec motor run then fly for 10 mins and land back on the strip for bonus points, sounds easy but as I soon found out its not quite as easy as you think, but great fun and a different challenge then just turning up and flying. Kevin Beale will be there every Tuesday eve in July to run further events so pop down and have a go, you don't need any fancy gliders an Eflite Radian or similar will do just fine.

As we move into July our next event is our Thursday Club night on 5th July, 6pm start and the theme is Gliding (we seem to be overdosing on Gliders at the moment), other models can be flown. The BBQ will be lit around 6:30pm so bring anything along you wish to cook.

Saturday 14th July were are exhibiting at the West Chiltington Show, you are welcome to come along and display your models, we will be setting up late am for and afternoon show. for more info please contact the committee

22nd July is our 50th Anniversary Fun Fly and BBQ, start time is 10am with BBQ being lit around 1pm (ish) bring your own food to cook, the club is supply deserts and a large 50th cake supplied and cooked by Katie Adams., Barbara will be keeping us well supplied with tea and coffee during the day. All types of models can be flown including IC to our normal Sunday hours. This should be a great event and we have some special things planned for the day to celebrate our 50 years. We will be setting up on the Saturday pm so any help is always welcome.    

News 24th May

Last Sunday 20th May was the Club Warbird Day, we had a great turnout of members old and new with some superb models on display and being flown, as well as the Warbirds it was great to see a lot of sports planes being flown. We had superb weather and flying continued all day.

Our next events are the club concourse event on Thursday 7th June (6pm onwards down the field), as normal if you don't want to participate in the Concourse event you can still come along for an evenings flying.

The Sat and Sunday after this (June 9 and 10) is our Airborne Fun Fly, this would normally have been at the Sumners Ponds Model Show but due to the cancellation of the show we have moved the Fun fly to our flying field, All members are welcome to fly all weekend and we will be joined by a numbers of visitors that normally fly with us at the Model Show. It promises to be a great weekend. Flying will start at 10am on both days and a pilots briefing will be held just before 10am. There will be tea and coffee available throughout the day and the BBQ will be lit early eve Sat. We also have some great goodies from our sponsors (OptiPower and Scorpion Power Systems) to Auction off on Sat evening, so bring cash with you to bag a bargain.

The club has had to comply with the new Data Protection rules that come into effect on the 25th May, as such we have new GDPR email system in place, if you were on our email system before you will have received an invite to register with the new email system, if you do not do this you will no longer receive emails from us. Our Club Privacy Policy will be available in the club hut and an overview of the policy is included on the membership page of the website.


News May 15th

Last weekend saw H&DRCMC host a round of the BMFA F5J Glider Competition. The competitors were greeted with great conditions, considering the rain that fell on the Saturday. 27 competitors took part in what look like a very enjoyable days competition.

This Sunday May 20th is our Club Warbird Day, although other models can also be flown. Start time is 10am but feel free to come along and join in at any time. The BBQ will be lit so bring along any food you want to cook. The kettle will also be working overtime for teas and coffee throughout the day. Last year was a great day and I am sure looking at the weather for this coming weekend we could be in for another great event.

Our next bid event will be our Airborne Fun Fly weekend on June 9 and 10, more details will be emailed out in the next few days.


News Update 20th March

Latest News following committee meetings

Club Nights

  • The next club night (April) is a talk by Alan Head of Soar Ahead Sailplanes, this promises to be a good evening.
  • September Club Night, due to the low member attendance at the hall for the Sept nights (many are at the Brean Model Week) we have decided that we will have an additional Fun-Fly evening down the field. The light will be limited due to it being late summer, but I am sure if the weather is kind we can have an enjoyable evening. The normal BBQ will be available
  • October Club Night will be a talk by Kevin Beale on the use of carbon fibre in modelling, Kevin's talks are always informative so we should be in for a good evening
  • For full information on all the club evenings see the relevant page on the website


  • As many of you will be aware Sumners Ponds have cancelled the model show this year. We were already well advanced with our organisation of Airborne (the flying element we ran) the committee has kindly offered that we move Airborne to our field and run is as a fun-fly weekend. All members are welcome, it will run to basically the same format we have used at Sumners over the years. Please do support this event, the BBQ will be on as will refreshments throughout the weekend. For more info drop me an email.
  • I have been talking with our glider guru (Kevin) and with the committees approval we will be holding a series of club glider competitions of Tuesday evenings at the field. during the warm summer months We are developing some basic rules and will test a few ideas at our Glider Day on 29th April. At the moment it will be 2 classes up to 2.5m span and over 2.5m. depending on numbers participating we will fly in groups, you will have a 20 or 30 sec motor run to get as high as you can, then you have to fly for the remainder of 10mins (without using the motor) , longest flight wins the evening. We will hold a few of these over the summer (depending on interest and demand) with the intention that you will drop you worst two evenings scores, that way if you cant attend all the evenings you can still position well in the final standings. If you are interested pleas let me know so we get an idea of numbers etc. We have already had considerable interest from members via our Facebook page
  • Plans for our 50th celebration are coming along nicely, the format is going to be a Fun-Fly down the field with BBQ, the theme is 'Retro' but you can fly all models, but there will be an award for best retro model and flight. We will be flying from 10am to dusk and plan to have the BBQ around 2pm
  • For full information on all Events see the website

Site Maintenance

  • The annual work party is still planned for Good Friday, we will make a decision on the Wed before if the weather looks bad. We need to roll the strip, ready the mowers and tidy out the cabin, plus various other jobs.
  • The track also requires some work and we are looking out for some road plannings to fill some of the potholes. If you have any hardcore you don't require, please let the committee know as I am sure we can find a hole to put it in.


  • We have seen an influx of new members so far this year, our membership for this time of year is at record levels (89) if you have not yet re-joined please do so soon to avoid any disappointment, should we have to close the membership.

Fish and Chip Evening

  • The Fish and Chip Social was great fun last Saturday (16th March). Thanks to the 30 odd people that came out on a very cold evening. Thanks to the team of people that organise this event twice a year for us.

1st March News

I am really sorry that we had to cancel this evenings club night (1st March) which was going to be a talk by Alan Head of SA Sailplanes fame. We decided to cancel due to the Beast from the East.

The good news is that Alan has agree to give his talk at our April Club Night  (Thursday 5th) hopefully by then we will be out of the Ice Age and looking forward to Spring like weather.

Membership, so far we have 78 members signed up, a number of these are new to the club. If you have not yet re-joined you need to do it quickly.

To all those new members a very warm welcome, if you need any further information please just ask one of the committee, you should have all been provided with the gate and hut codes and the flying field etiquette information as well as information on the no fly zones down the flying field.

Access to the field still requires a walk from the track / gate down to the hut as the last part of the track is very wet and the ground soft, please do not attempt to drive down to the hut as you are likely to get stuck.

Our next event is the fish and chip plus indoor flying night at Greenway school, if you have not yet signed up please contact John Tee.


December News

Thank you to all those that attended the AGM, we had around 50% of the membership present. As well as presenting various awards and approving the accounts the current committee were returned by the members for another 12 months.

After the AGM we held an open forum on suggestions for events in 2018 and also how best to celebrate the clubs 50th Anniversary. Thanks to all those that actively participated

At the AGM the club fees for 2018 were agreed (see membership page on the website). please also note that the BMFA increased their fees for 2018.

Our Next event will be the January club night on Thursday 4th Jan, this will be a table top sale and also another chance to pay your 2018 membership fees. John Hurrell (Treasurer) will pleased to take your subs in Cash or Cheque

On Tuesday 19th Jan we will be back indoor flying at Farlington, please note the new times (see indoor page on the website)  as we have a revised start time of 8:15pm and a finish time of 9:45pm for the res of 2018.

On behalf of the club I would like to wish you all a great Christmas and New Year and lets hope the weather gods are kind to us in 2018 (our 50th Year)



News Update 6th Nov

Just a few bits of news.


Last Thursday Nov 2nd was the club night Free Flight evening at Farlington. A good turnout of members flying, with some just coming along for the social. Some good flying in the Open Class which was won by Graham Russell and in the RTF category Mike Smallridge took the win. After some time spent trimming models each pilot had five flights with the combined time from their three best flights counting towards the overall ranking. After the free flight competition was completed a few members flew RC models. Thanks to Barbara for the refreshments and to all those that came along and supported the event.


Tuesday November 14th will see us once again back at Farlington for another Indoor RC meeting (8pm to 9:30pm)


Saturday November 18th is the club Autumn Fish and Chip night and indoor flying at Greenway Academy, cost including food is £8 per person, arrive around 6:45pm. If you have not yet ordered your food please contact John Tee.


Tuesday November 28th will be our 3rd visit of the Autumn to Farlington for Indoor Flying.


Slope Soaring, last winter we had a good few sessions out on the Slopes and a number of people have asked if we are doing it again this year. If you are interested in being included in an email list for Slope Soaring please let me know. When an email is sent out it will give the addresses of all those interested so you can all email each other to arrange a day out. At the moment this weekend 11th and 12th Nov looks like it could be a possibility to fly at Chantry Hill (providing the wind doesn’t change direction later in the week) anyone interested ?

News 17th October

Our first indoor meeting of the 2017/18 indoor season is tonight (Tuesday 17th) at Farlington School. Sports Hall, Horsham. Start time is 8pm (arrive around 7:45pm to set-up) and we finish at 9:30pm. Flying is in 6min times slots for small planes, larger 3D planes, helis and multi-rotors. cost is £3 for adults and £1 for juniors. All the future dates on here on the website under Indoor Flying.

We have seen lots of new members join in the last few months, if you are not receiving our club emails or on our Facebook page, then please drop me an email to and I will add you to the lists.

Regards Pete Glover (Chairman)


News October 2017

October 5th Club Night will see Horsham First Responders providing us with some basic First Aid training. Arrive at the Roffey Millennium Hall promptly for a 7:45pm start.

October 17th will see us back indoor flying at Farlington School Sports Hall, for further information see the Indoor Flying page on the website

November Club night is our free flight night, so don't go to the Roffey Hall. We will be at the Farlington School Sports hall from 7:30pm for a night of indoor free-flight madness

The AGM is Thursday Dec 7th at the Roffey Millennium Hall, 8pm start. Please do attend and have your say in the club.

All members should shortly receive the 2017 Year Review Newsletter and information on the AGM

We have had a few issues with the main gate to  the site and the locks being broken, we have just replaced the main combination lock. Should you have any problems gaining access in the future please do let the committee know.  

News August

Here we are in August and I think summer ended about a week ago !

Last night we were down the field for our last Summer Club Night, before we move back to the hall in Roffey in September for a talk by Ripmax. We had a good turnout last night, around 20 or so braved the blustery conditions but we did manage a couple of maiden flights and saw a good selection of models fly including gliders, scale IC, IC sport, electric sport and Quads. Thanks to Jeff who once again provided the BBQ which was well used.

We have had to change the code on the cabin, you should have received an email with the new code, if you have not please contact either Keith Wright or myself and we will give you the new code.

Our next event is the Oakwood Hill show (12th August), where we will have a stall and static display.

We then have the club Night first Thursday in Sept at the Roffey Millennium Hall (8pm) which is a talk by Ripmax on their product range.

Its been a full on year in 2017 with shows, our new cabin and improved facilities. 2018 is going to be busy as well as its our 50th Anniversary.


Sumners Ponds Model Show

Well, there we go another Sumners Ponds Model Show is over and what a great weekend it was. Thanks to all those that helped put the show on and spent Friday setting up and Sunday eve taking it all down. Thanks to all the pilots that came along and put on a great show, we were lucky to welcome along Rachel Plant (top uk heli pilot) for her first visit, i am sure she will be back as she seemed to enjoy the experience. Thanks to the girls for running the refreshments and raffles, Mark for manning the PA system and Iron Man (aka Brett Houghton) as well as Jeff for providing the BBQ for Saturday evening and Katie Adams for doing the food shopping. All our fund raising was in aid of the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance and we have raised £1137.87p so far ( a few KSSAA tins to count) as soon as i know the Grand total I will let you know. We couldn't' do this without the support of our Sponsors. RCHotel, RCHeliGuru, OptiPower, Octotech, Scorpion Power Systems, Sussex Models and the Henry Surtees Foundation. As soon as i have the pictures from our photographers i will post some and look out later in the year for the full write up in RCModel World. We had a good few enquiries about the club so hopefully will attract a few new members.

Sumners Ponds Model Show

The club are hosting the flying at this weekends Sumners Ponds Model Show (June 10 and 11). This is the 5th year the show has run and provides the club with a great platform to promote not only the club but also RC flying in general.

Feel free to come along and support the club, bring a model along and display it or even fly.

Many members are staying on site all weekend to enjoy two full days of flying.

For those into multi-rotors, there is a dedicated FPV course set-up and there will be plenty of advise and help on hand from some top pilots.

News 3rd March

I hope you all enjoyed the talk by the BMFA at the club night yesterday, I thought it was a most informative evening. The hall was packed with members and visitors, so thanks for your support. Putting these things on is takes time and effort by the committee so its pleasing when they are well attended.

Our next event is Sat 11th March for the Fish and Chip Night and indoor flying, if you have not yet booked your place please get in touch with John Tee,

News 2nd Dec

Its been a while since I last updated the News pages of the website, I am sorry about this but I overlooked it as I have been keeping the Club Facebook page updated.

Lots has happened since June. We held 3 very successful club nights down the field in June, July and Aug. The highlight was probably the glider evening, it was amazing just how many people came out to fly.

The club attended the Amberley Show in Sept and put on a great static display 

At various events over the year we raised over £500 for Ingfield Manor School and £1000 for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance.

Kevin Beale represented Team GB  at the Worlds F5J (I think that's correct) event in Slovakia, he also gave a great presentation at the club night in October.

The November Free Flight Comp at Farlington was excellent fun and showed just how useless some of us are at Free Flight! but well done to Mike Smallridge and Cedric for winning their respective classes and showing the rest of us how it should be done.

The November Fish and Chip night was another great success with around 35 people attending. Thanks to John T for being the driving force behind this and also thanks to all that helped.

The indoor season at Farlington School is now well underway and still popular, so please do come along even if its only for a chat and social.

The Club AGM was Thursday 1st Dec, we had an excellent turnout, so thanks to all those that came along. A few highlights from this are.

  • Club and BMFA fees remain unchanged for 2017
  • We said thanks to Peter Chambers and Jeff Scotcher as they stood down from the committee and we welcomed Robert Adams and Ian Willingham.
  • 2017 will see us hold a BMFA glider comp at the field
  • We will also be holding our own Glider Day and also a Warbirds Day
  • The 3 club evenings will again be held down the field in June, Julu and Aug. The only change for 2017 will be the concourse comp will include a category for self built Scale and well as RTF
  • Following feedback from the members present, the committee will be looking in to a number of things including improving / upgrading the club facilities (hut, generator, top track). We are also going to explore the possibility of another 'simulator' day (Spitfire or Lightening) as well as a Glider introduction course at the South Downs Glider Club.
  • 2018 (Aug) will be our 50th Anniversary, I know it seems a long way off, but if you have any ideas or thoughts on how we should celebrate this amazing achievement please do speak to one of the committee.
  • The website is being updated as and when information and dates are confirmed so please keep checking back.

I would like to thank you all for an excellent year of flying at the field and wish you all a very Happy Xmas and Prosperous New Year.

Regards Pete Glover (Chairman)    

News Update 28th June

June has been a busy month for the club

June 2nd was the club concourse night down the field, the weather was not brilliant as it was a little chilly and windy but dry, a good turnout of members were present and the judging of the scale and sport class was done by Marion Scotcher (Jeff didn't win !!).

June 12th the Club had a stand at the Ingfield Manor School Fete, we were in a new location from previous years which provide more space to display our models. In addition to the display, Mick Galvin had his Air Sea Rescue model that the visitors could have a go on and Keith ran the flight simulator, both with collecting pots next to them. We also had a lucky dip and also a win a drone draw. Not sure how much was raised on the first two as the collecting pots were taken away before we could have a count up, but the lucky dip and win a drone made £60 for the school after costs.

The following weekend 18th and 19th June the club were running the flying field at the Sumners Ponds Model Show, each year this show grows and has now become established in the South. We had over 35 pilots on the main flying site and around 30 in the FPV field. It takes a lot of work to set up and run the show and thanks to all those that came along and helped, without you it would not happen. Special thanks to Jeff and Marion Scotcher, Keith W, Kevin B, Matt Parker, Gloria and John H, John T, Robert Adams, Jeremy Naylor and my wife Sue. We raised over £1000 for the air ambulance via the raffle, refreshments and left over funds from the Sat night BBQ. As mentioned at the club nights and AGM we also wanted to do some fund raising for Ingfield School on the Sunday, we had hoped for a few more volunteers to man this stall but we did manage as we didn't attract any additional help, this stall was a lucky dip and a win a drone as we had done at the Fete and in a few hours on the Sunday made £240 for the school.

All the above funds have been passed to the KSSAA and School.

The Club have been building Dart models at the Greenway Academy for 3 days last week, I  will provide more information when I have it.

Our next club night is the Glider Night down the field on Thursday 7th July, 6:30pm start and bring your own food as the BBQ will be alight. The main focus is on Gliders but other models can be flown.


News 1st April

Thanks to all those that were able to make the work party on Good Friday.

The major change you will see when next at the flying field will be the extension by 15m of the North, South runway, making it around the same length as the East, West runway. There are no excuses now for 'missing' the runway. The electric fence still has to be adjusted to incorporate the extension but this will be done soon.

All the mowers were cleaned and serviced ready for another summers use and the hut was tidied up, so please ensure you leave it tidy.

The recent wet weather has made access a little tricky again so please do take care on entering the field as we don't want to undo all the good work done by the work party in rolling the track down to the pit area. Also the main track in is a little rutted for the last 30m so please take care. 

Once again thanks to the 10 or so who helped in the work party.


News 23rd March

There is a work party planned for 10am on Friday 25th March (Good Friday). Main aims are to roll the strip and track down to the hut, service the mowers, tidy the hut and give the strip another cut if time and number of volunteers allow.

Please NOTE there is no flying on Good Friday or Easter Sunday.

News 16th March

3rd March Club Night

Thanks to Jamie for an excellent talk and presentation on Turbine models and engines. Good interaction from the members I think showed the genuine interest show.

Fish and Chip Night 12th March

Another great night and good turnout for the bi-annual fish and chip night, good food, good banter and some dubious flying made for a great night. Thanks to all those involved in putting on the evening to name a few. John and Brenda, Keith, Pete C and Nicky not forgetting Barbara for the teas and biscuits at the end.

Indoor Flying 15th March

Another great night of indoor flying, thanks to all those that have supported this over the winter, we have one more left before we migrate outside for the summer, fingers crossed the weather is kind to us this year

7th April Club Night  

Theme for this is seaplanes, there will be a DVD and any members with seaplanes please bring them along.

5th May Club Night

Sale and Auction, look in the workshop, loft, shed for any modelling kit you no longer need and bring it along to sell, or come along and see what bargains you can find.

Access to the field is improving but please do take care, we don't want to cut up the track and make it worse for the complete season. We will be looking for volunteers to help as we plan on rolling the strip and also track (to remove some of the ruts)

News 22 Feb

Brighton Model World Show

What a great weekend, the club had its stand once again at the show, crowds over the weekend were good, lots of interest from visitors both about the models we had on show and also about new members joining. Special thanks to all the members that attended and helped over the three days of the show.

Fish and Chip Night

John Tee has advised that ideally we need ALL orders prior to the evening as he is has to pre-order to give the local chippy a chance of cooking all the food. As such please get you order to John ASAP, he phone number is on all the Newsletters that have been sent out (under the committee page)

Next indoor flying at Farlington is March 1st

Next club night is March 3rd and is a talk by Jamie Privet on Turbines


News 8th Feb

K2 Evening, around 12 from the club attended the evening RC Flying at the K2 after the BMFA free flight yesterday. I understand from Kev Dart (Chairman CADMAC) that both events covered the costs of the hall hire which is great news. Not sure who from the club attended during the day.

The March Club evening (3rd) was going to be an evening of miniature steam engines, but due to restrictions on the hire agreement we are unable to hold this. The March night will now be a talk by Jamie Privett on model turbines with examples of show, please come along and support the evening.

The March Fish and Chip night date has been set for Sat 12th March at Greenway School, sorry the short notice. Time 7pm cost £7.50 per head, advance orders to John Tee, or arrive early to get you order placed on the night.


News 6th Jan

I know quite a few of our members visit and enjoy the Blackbushe Model Show.

It has recently been announced that due to the Airport being sold the 2016 Model Show has been cancelled. They hope to re-instate the show in 2017.

Its a real shame this as the show was always a good way to start the Summer Flying season.


News Update 4th Jan

Happy New Year to all our members.

Tomorrow (Tuesday 5th Jan) we are back indoor flying at Farlington School, these events are proving really popular due to the recent weather and provide a good opportunity to keep your thumbs active.

Thursday 7th Jan is Club Night at the Roffey Hall, if you have not yet paid your club and BMFA fees, please do come along and pay them, early payment makes live easier for the club to administer. Don't forgot if you have not renewed your membership you cant use the flying field until you do.

Only a few weeks now until the club is exhibiting at the Brighton Model World show, we are keen to have as many models on the stand as possible, we have some free entries to the show if you exhibit and man the stand, so please see John Hurrell for more info.


News Update 4th December

Thanks to all those that attend or sent their apology for the AGM yesterday evening. We had an excellent turnout.

The committee was re-elected, the trophies from the various competitions over the year were awarded. The Clubman of the Year was voted for on the night and awarded to Kevin Beale for being selected to represent GB at next Summers Glider World Champs (I cant recall what class sorry).

The club is in a good financial position with over 80 members.

It was agreed that club subs would remain at the 2015 level, although the BMFA fees have increased by £1.

We will be attending a number of shows in 2016 again, including Brighton Model World, Sumners Ponds Model Show and Infield School Fete.

The open forum after the AGM was really useful for the committee as we had lots of ideas tabled by the members, this included ideas for guest speakers on club nights and possible events / trips. The committee will look into these in more detail and hopefully introduce some of them during the year.

As well as having the 3 club nights down the field I the summer months, we are also planning to have a Quad Flying evening, this will be in addition to the usual electric and helicopter nights.

We will also try to organise another night fly, as this was rained off last weekend.

Special thanks to Barbara for once again doing an excellent job on the catering at the AGM and also all the other events during the year where she does us proud.

I will be updating the Website and Facebook page as the details for 2016 come together, so keep checking back.

I hope you all have a great Festive Period


Fish and Chip Night

Saturday 14th Nov was our 2nd Fish and Chip night of 2015. I had a quick count and I think we had around 40 people present which is a really good turnout, thanks to all those that supported the event I hope you all enjoyed the evening and not only had the opportunity for a good social but also some indoor flying / crashing. It was also great to see 3 juniors enjoying the evening with various flying models as well as an RC car.

Thanks to John Tee for taking all the orders, collecting the money and also the collecting the food, a thankless task. I believe Keith provided the deserts and Pete C booked the hall so from all of us that attended, Thank you.

Our next event is tonight 17th Nov for some more indoor flying at Farlington

After that its Sat 28th Nov for our night fly (weather dependent)

Then we have the AGM on Thursday 3rd Dec, please come ready to pay your 2016 membership fees as it makes life much easier for the Club Treasurer and Secretary if we can get as many members signed up as quickly as possible.

Nov Club Night Indoor Free Flight

Thursday 6th Nov and we were back at Farlington for some Free Flight fun, as a club we are not big on free flight but once a year we enjoy a challenge and for some of us it is a challenge !!!

Numbers attending were down, this could have been due to the weather or the fact it was bonfire night, or just that not many people are keen on free flight or club nights in general, we can discuss this at the AGM (3rd Dec)

Those that did attend had a great time and some good flights were had. Graham Russell with his lightweight model was the star of the evening and recorded a time of 1min 39 sec nearly a minute clear of every one else. Jeff Scotcher looked amazed that something he had built actually flew (last year it didn't) and flew really well and consistently. Kevin Beale had spent many hours building a spitfire, shame it didn't reward his work with some decent flights, but knowing Kevin he will not give up on it.

All those that competed improved on last years times, so we must be honing our skills !!!

Thanks to Barbara for doing the refreshments and Jeremy Naylor for the time keeping.

Results are below

 Name  Class  2015 time  2014 time
 Keith Wright  RTF  30.85  26.31
 Pete Glover  RTF  30.03  23.61
 Graham Russell  Open  1.39.78  1.04.00
 Mike Smallridge  Open  43.00  33.79
 Jeff Scotcher  Open  27.7  07.30
 Kevin Beale  Open  09.65


 John Tee  Open  05.83  NT

News Update 30th October

In addition to the events below :-

Tuesday 3rd Nov, indoor flying at Farlington

Thursday 5th Nov, Club Night at Farlington (Free Flight Comp)

Sat 14th Nov, Fish and Chip Night at Greenway School

Tuesday 17th Nov, indoor flying at Farlington

Tuesday 1st Dec, indoor flying at Farlington

Thursday 3rd Dec, AGM

We are pleased to advise that we have included an extra event for Sat 28th November.

This will be a night fly at the field, it will be weather dependent. Times are 5pm to 9pm.

We are limited to electric models only, and will cater for quads, planes and helicopters.

We may organise a BBQ (bring your own food as per the summer club meetings) this is to be confirmed.

Keith W is looking into some landing lights for the strip.

Please note we need to be mindful of our neighbours so noise is to be kept to a min and fly well within our 'flying area'

Bring a torch or some 'low' light for in the pits.

LED lights are cheap on Ebay and easy to add to models so why not give night flying a try. 

News 21st Oct

Last night at the first indoor meeting of the 2015/16 season we had over 20 pilots in attendance, according to Les Crane he thought that most of these we in the air at one time when we were flying the light planes (vapours etc).

There was a great atmosphere and I think most if not all went home with all their models intact.

Somebody did leave some packaging and spare props behind, I think it was from a twister heli, if you did Les Crane has them.

Our next events are

Tuesday 3rd Nov, indoor flying at Farlington

Thursday 5th Nov, Club Night at Farlington (Free Flight Comp)

Sat 14th Nov, Fish and Chip Night at Greenway School

Tuesday 17th Nov, indoor flying at Farlington

Tuesday 1st Dec, indoor flying at Farlington

Thursday 3rd Dec, AGM


News 30th Sept

Thanks to all those that came along on Saturday and helped with laying the last load of road planings on the top track, hopefully all our efforts will give us better access to  the field over the winter and extend our flying opportunities.

Tomorrow night (1st Oct) we have our October club night, Matt Parker is giving a talk on his Multi-rotor flying and aerial photography, Matt has put a lot of effort in to putting this presentation together so I hope you will support him by coming along.

We now have a club Facebook page, it is for members only, if you wish to be included on this please email me. So far about 20 members have registered and its a useful forum for finding out if other are going flying and also what club events are on.

20th October see us back at Farlington for some indoor mayhem ! and the start of our indoor winter season.

Hopefully you have now all received Issue 5 of the club newsletter (Horsham Flyer), if not please do let us know.

Notifications about the AGM will be issued in October, so keep an eye out for information via email, website or post.


News 24th Sept

Work Party

We will be doing some work on the top track on Sat 26th Sept (10am), we have another load of road scalpings to lay and also need to trim the hedge at the side of the track. More hands make light work so all welcome to pop along, bring shovels, rakes and saws or hedge trimmers if you have them.

October Club Night

Matt Parker is giving a talk on Aerial Photography, we are back at the hall in Roffey for this night. Please come along and support the club and Matt.

Fish and Chip Night

November 14th (Sat) sees as back at Greenway School for the Autumn fish and chip night, this is always a good laugh, good food and a bit of indoor flying. Cost is £7.50 per head, start time is 6:30 for 7pm, For more info or to pre-book your food please speak to John Tee or one of the committee.


News 7th Aug

Last night (Thursday 6th) was our last club night of the year to be held down the field, as with the previous two evening I think it was another success. I didn't count the number present but it must have been nearly 30.

Special thanks are due to Keith and Jeff for organising the two flying comps (fixed wing and heli) and to Graham for helping Keith and ensuring the event was taken seriously !!!!. I don't yet have the results but as soon as I do I will publish. The heli comp got a little caught out by the fading light, I did make an attempt to complete the test, but didn't do very well as was struggling to see the heli at times. 

The new gas BBQ worked fine, once we had sufficient gas passing through it !!! but also thanks to Jeff for providing his trusty charcoal BBQ.

Thanks again to Babs for providing the hot drinks and biscuits.

We can discuss plans for next years club evenings at the AGM so please have a think about what you would like to do, and bring these ideas up at the AGM.

The September Club night is back indoors at Roffey (Quiz Night), see you there.


News Update 23rd July - August Club Night (Thurs 6th Aug)

August Club Night (Thursday 6th)


Following on from the success of the June and July meetings, we are back down the field on Thurs 6th Aug.


The theme for the night is a ‘fun’ comp, see below, there will also be ‘open’ flying as well during the evening. Times are 6:30pm until it’s too dark and IC is permitted from 6:30 until 8pm. Keith will be organising the Fixed Wing and Jeff the Rotary Wing, please let them know when you arrive that you want to participate (you can enter both if you want). Please do have a go, most of you are more than capable of doing the schedules and hopefully by having a go it will help you realise that getting your ‘A’ cert is well within reach.


As is now the norm we will have the BBQ alight so please bring any food that you wish to cook.


I have asked the weather gods to be kind to us again, so fingers crossed we get some decent weather.


Flying Competition

These are intended to be a bit of fun but also to show and encourage members that taking their A test is within reach of their ability, for those that already have A or B’s its always good to have to fly within a set discipline on the odd occasion.

This competition will not take up the whole evening and open flying sessions will be allowed throughout the evening. Depending on numbers entering, we need to ensure that we are ready and waiting to have our go.

An award to each category winner will be made at the AGM.

IC flying as on the June night will be permitted between 6:30 and 8:00pm

Fixed Wing

This ‘fun’ competition will embrace the ‘A’ test schedule with an observer marking each element, with 10 points available for each element. The winner will be the pilot with the highest score.

The Schedule

1.    Perform pre-flight checks

2.    Take off (either ROG or hand launch) and establish yourself in the circuit at cruising speed

3.    Perform a figure of eight with the crossover point in front of the box then climb to circuit height and speed

4.    Perform and inside loop again with start and finish in front of the box then climb to circuit height and speed

5.    Perform a simulated landing with the height not to exceed 10ft over the strip, call ‘overshoot’ and then climb to circuit height and speed

6.    Perform a square landing approach with the landing on the strip

7.    Recover model

8.    Perform post flight checks


An assistant is permitted to call the manoeuvers but not to advise on performing them, the pilot may use airtime to prepare for each element but must call ‘start’ and ‘complete’ so the observer knows when to score each element. Guidance for all the manoeuvers are in the BMFA handbook and marks will be awarded on accuracy, height, speed, communication, flight line etiquette and above all SAFETY, the pilots known experience will also be taken in to account.   

Rotary Wing

1.    Carry out pre-flights checks as required under the BMFA Safety codes

2.    Take off and perform one hovering ‘bow tie’ and land

3.    Take off and climb to a safe altitude

4.    Fly a left hand rectangular circuit

5.    Fly a right hand rectangular circuit

6.    Perform one figure of eight at circuit height (with cross over in front of you)

7.    Perform a 10 second nose in hover

8.    Perform one double stall turn with opposite rotation

9.    Land and complete post flight checks



An assistant is permitted to call the manoeuvers but not to advise on performing them, the pilot must call ‘start’ and ‘complete’ so the observer knows when to score each element. Guidance for all the manoeuvers are in the BMFA handbook and marks will be awarded on accuracy, height, speed, communication, flight line etiquette and above all SAFETY, the pilots known experience will also be taken in to account.

A set of manoeuver instructions will be available on the night, for you review prior to flying.


July 20th News Update

Just a few bits of news following last weeks committee meeting.

  • The Farlington indoor dates have been confirmed for 2015/16 see indoor page on website, I know is only July but we have to get his booked early to ensure we keep our night at the hall.
  • On behalf of all those that attended the July club (Glider) night at the field I would like to thank Kevin B for his time and effort in making the evening a success.
  • The August club night is again down the flying field (6:30pm start) we have a few ideas for the theme and details will be sent out in next week or so. If the weather plays ball again we should be in for another cracking night. Due to the numbers attending, please park as close to the next car as possible and either pit behind your car or in the longer grass area the other side of the track. Last time some had to park down past the bottom gate. 
  • The September Club night will be a Quiz night and we will be back at the hall in Roffey.
  • We will be having a work party in September to lay our last load of road plannings on the track and also trim the hedge in preparation for the winter. I will email out a reminder nearer the time, but all volunteers welcome.

A few reminders

  • Parking at the field is only permitted 'south' of the hut.
  • Please take ALL rubbish home with you, we have recently had a lot of rubbish left around the car parking area, this is not acceptable and could give us a problem with the landlord.
  • Please ensure you always sign in the book this includes any visitors and non flying guests.You should all have been given the code to the hut, if not please ask.
  • Please observe the no-fly areas at all times, they are posted in the hut. They are all important but for the safety of other members please do not fly over the pits or between the pilots box and pit area. 
  • If the electric fence is up when you arrive, please make sure it is back up and turned on when you leave.
  • If the gates are closed when you arrive, please ensure you leave them closed once you have driven through.

29th June News

Just a quick reminder that this Thursday's club night (2nd July) is being held at the flying field.

The theme is ' Glider Night' Kevin Beale will be on hand to give advise and tips on successful gliding.

There may also be opportunities to fly 'non glider' electric powered models as various times, but the main focus is on gliders.

Times are from 6:30pm onwards (until is gets dark)

Weather looks to be good again as it was for the June night.

Don't forget to bring you own BBQ food that you can cook on the BBQ during the evening


Club Night 4th June

Well, my impression was that last night was a successful evening, my headcount was around 30 plus people, and I cant recall the last time I saw five models in the air at once with more waiting to take to the skies and cars parked  from the hut almost down to the lower gate.


We were really lucky with the weather.


Flying standards were generally great, with only  couple of minor deviations, can I remind all (old and new members) to please observe not only the No Fly areas (these are posted in the hut) but also that live models should be carried to the strip, enough said.


Also good to see some of the newer members getting help on the flight line from the more experienced, thanks to all those that helped others


The BBQ was really popular and it was good to see different people gathered round it and chatting while they cooked their food, I hope you will all join me in thanking Jeff for providing the BBQ. Again I think this was a success what did you think, should we do it again at the July evening ?


On that note the next club eve (first Thurs in July) is a glider eve.


The judging for the concourse was done by Eileen Keeble, thanks. The results are below



1.       Keith with his Hawker Fury, sounded and looked great in the air

2.       Jamie with his Typhoon

3.       Les with his Vampire, it only just made it into the air, but once flying it sounded superb, well done Les



1.       Jamie with his Beast biplane, a great aircraft and in Jamie’s hands performed some great manouveres

2.       Kevin with is Dragon Moth, a lovely home built model

3.       Paul with his Sebart Katana S


We also had a great selection of Chris Foss models, Wot 4, Acro Wots, Wot 4 foamies, Wots Wot’s and also a 30 odd year old glider, brilliant.


Many pictures were taken and as soon as I have some of these I will update the website. 


Thanks to all of you for supporting the club when it arranges something different.


If I don’t see you before I hope to see you either at the Ingfield Fete (2pm start so be there by 1pm if bringing a model) or Sumners Ponds

Club Night - Thurs 4th June

All, just a quick reminder that this Thursday the Club Night will be held down the flying field, official start time is 6:30pm but you are welcome to fly earlier as well.

IC flying is from 6:30pm to 8pm only

We will be holding the annual concourse, but this year the model must be flown (by somebody) to be entered, but feel free to bring other non flying models to show as well.

In addition we are have a Chris Foss model event, bring any model designed by Chris to show and fly or just show. Be good to get 5 Foss models in the air together and a few pictures to update the website a bit. 

As above IC can fly 6:30pm to 8pm

Electric can fly 6:30pm until dark 

We will have a BBQ alight, so bring your own food and cook on it.

This is the first of 3 'outdoor' club evenings this year, indications are the weather gods are going to be kind to us so please make the effort to come along.

If you fancy showing your models at other events then please come along to the club stand at Ingfield Fete on Sun 14th June, or Sumners Ponds on 20th and 21st June, the club welcome as much support as we can get for these events, you can come for as long or as little as you like.

Update on Mill Hill

As I am sure many of you know a couple of weeks ago there was and incident at Mill Hill involving a model and a full size aircraft. This led to model flying being suspended at Mill Hill.

I have been in contact with the BMFA yesterday to get the latest update and they advised the following, which is also posted on the BMFA website.

Further to the recent incident involving a model aircraft and a full size light aircraft which occurred at Mill Hill near Shoreham Airport.

The pilot of the model aircraft has submitted a detailed report on the incident to the BMFA  head office, this has been passed onto the AAIB for investigation.

At this time all indications are that the model flying was taking place in accordance with the local agreements and in a completely lawful manner.

The location is a long established model flying site and model flying takes place with the full knowledge and agreement of Shoreham Airport.

Following consultation and agreement with both the CAA and Sussex Police, we have advised BMFA members that model flying should continue on the site at this time.


News 22April

Upcoming Events include

3rd May - Invite to the Surrey Club BBQ (10.30am start)

7th May - Club Night at Roffey Hall, Auction/Sale Night

10th May - National F5J Glider Competition, although the field is closed to other flying please come along and see some great gliders being flown. Kevin Beale has put a lot of time and effort into organising this event and I am sure would appreciate all the support we can give. 

News 23rd Feb 2015

Club Evening

Please note the club evening on the 5th March as a new speaker / subject. We are not now having a talk on Radar but Brian Walton is giving a talk on flying biplanes (full size).

To give the evening some 'real' atmosphere all those with model biplanes are invited to bring them along.

Fish and Chip Night

We are still taking bookings for the fish and chip night on 21st March 

December 18th - News

First of all I would like to thank all of the members who made the effort to attend the AGM, we had a number of changes to discuss at the AGM and your support / input was appreciated.

Some of the highlights are below (full review to follow)

  1. Peter Chambers, stood down and Chairman after many years loyal service to the club, Peter will continue as a member of the committee. Peter Glover was elected as Chairman and John Tee as Vice Chairman (a new post)
  2. John Brinkler also stood down from the committee and was thanked for his input to the running of the club. Jon Sargent was re-elected to the committee after a years absence and I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Jon back.
  3. Club subs for Seniors will increase by £1 this year, the first increase for 3 or so years, junior fees and also BMFA fees remain unchanged. See the Membership page for the 2015 fees.
  4. The Jan club night will be Jan 8th, this is the subs night, so please come along and pay your 2015 fees. The committee would appreciate it if all club memberships were paid by February at the latest as it reduces the clubs cost and also the time taken to administer all the paperwork etc.
  5. Jeff Scotcher was voted clubman of the year for all his efforts on the top track, repairs and improvements. We will be doing further work on this in the Spring and will be looking for volunteers to help.
  6. An open floor discussion was held with regard to club nights and other events in 2015, this will be discussed further at committee level and announcements made early in the New Year, your input from the AGM will be taken into account in the decision making process, so thanks for this.
  7. The club will introduce a Club Facebook Page, that will be restricted to members only but allow you to communicate with others within the club and arrange any flying sessions etc. Many Clubs around the UK are using this form of page to communicate so it is felt we should try this and move with the times.  

I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the club to wish you all a Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year.


11th November - Polite Reminder

Could you all please ensure that when you leave the flying field that not only is the electric fence put up but that it is also connected up to the battery in the hut and also turned on.

Additonally please ensure that the hut is actually locked when you leave.

This reminder is posted as we have had a recent incident where the fence not on and the hut was left unlocked.


News Update 7th November

Last night we had the November club night at Farlington for what has now become the annual club indoor free flight competition.

I apologise to all those that did attend as it was on the cold side in the hall, i  will raise this with the school.

We had the hall for two hours of free flight madness, the first hour was spent trimming our models or in some cases just trying to get them to fly. During this hour there were bouts of laughter heard around the hall as pilots had issues with their models.

Unfortuntaley some of the models did not make it through this session and into the competition proper.

As in previous years we had two classes, this year known as the RTF class for Kolibri type models and also the Open Class for anything home built.

It was clear that some members were taking the event seriously as they turned up with some fine looking models on in particular was Graham Russel who must have dedicated hours to build his model (or paid someone else to !!)

As last year the open class cometitors were competing for the Roy Carver trophy.

The competition proper consisted of 4 times flights each with the best single flight counting. At the end we had the following results

Open Class

1st Graham Russell 1:04:48, 2nd  Keith Wright 15:23, 3rd John Tee 13:85, 4th Jeff Scotcher 7:31, 5th Kevin Beale 5:14.

RTF Class

1st Mike Smallridge 33:79, 2nd Keith Wright 26:31, 3rd Pete Glover 23:61, 4th John Brinkler 20:36, 5th Paul Keeble 16:34

Thanks to all those members that just came along for the social and special thanks to Barbera for the catering.

Next event is the Fish and Chip Night at Greenway on Saturday 15th Nov

23rd October News

Last Tuesday 21st October was our first indoor meeting of the season. 17 pilots were in attendance plus a few spectators all of who had a great evening. We had a range of aircraft, helis and quadcopters flying and on the odd occasion crashing. These flew in allocated slots to reduce the risk of damage to the smaller aircaft and helis.

Mike Smallridge was spotted getting some practice in with his free-flight model ready for the club night, free-flight competition on 6th Nov.

If you didnt attend you missed a great evening.

Thanks to all those that did attend as without your support we couldn't afford the hire of the hall.

Dates of all indoor meetings are on the indoor page of the website.


News 21st October

Its been a while since the last news post and sorry for the lack of updates on the website, only i and many others have been enjoying a great summer of flying as well as family holidays etc.


In the last few weeks we have also been busy at the field doing some maintenance on the top track. Back in September a band of hardy volunteers decended on the site and worked for a good few hours filling all the ruts and hollows in the track with rubble, we also gave the hedge next to the track a good trim back.

This work was in preparation for the main event last Sunday 19th Oct, during the previous week we had a late night delivery of 40T of road planings delivered. Bright and early Sunday a team of members arrived to lay this material on the track. We are fortunate to have a member in the club (Jeff Scotcher) who runs a plant hire company ansdas such we had some heavy kit available to help us, including JCB, mini digger, tipper trailer etc.

After a good few hours of hard work all the material was laid and rolled and the track looks really great, there is one slight problem and that is the first 50m from the road has only had minor repairs done as we ran out of material. We hope to be able to source some more material and finish the job off soon.

The new surface should assist greatly in getting to the patch, but please do drive carefully on it while it settles down. The first 50m looks worse than it is, it is quite level but is just missing its 'top coat'.

While we had the machinery on site we also dug some additional drainage channels around the middle gate, these hopefully will help with the drainage in this area.

On behalf of the club i would like to thank all those that have given their time to help with this work (and look forward to your continued support to finish it off).

Indoor Flying  

The new indoor season starts tonight 8pm at Farlington School, all the dates are on the website.


Issue 3 of the Newsletter has just gone out to those members we have email details for, the rest of you i am affraid will have to wait either for Postman Pat or to get a copy at the club night in Nov or the indoor flying on Tuesdays.


The AGM is first Thursday in December, there is a full Agenda (in the newsletter). Please do come along and support your club and have your say in how its run and what we do. One subject open for discussion at the AGM is the monthly club  night, the attendance at these has dropped off this year and we need to decide what to do. I will be giving a presentation at the AGM of a few ideas but would welcome your thoughts. 

Thats it for now, don't forget the next Club night is 6th Nov and will be held at Farlington.



News Update 26th June

Sumners Ponds

If you didn't attend the Sumners Ponds Model Show last weekend you missed a great event. The club ran the fight line and from all the feedback we did an OK job. Flying was from 10am to 5pm both days and at times the spectator area was full. We had a good showing of Helicopters and also planes and at times we had four planes in the air at once. Some of the display flying was really great. I will add some photos soon (when I get time to sort through them all).

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following people as without their help we wouldn't have coped.

Jeff and Marion Scotcher, Paul and Eileen Keeble, Mark Rogers, Mike Smallridge, Keith Wright, Jeremy Naylor and my wife Sue and daughter Emma.

We held a raffle in aid of the air ambulance and together with the goodies sold on the air ambulance stall we raised approx. £600.

Farlington Indoor 2014/15

I know we are only just past mid summer, but I have booked the winter dates with the school for our Tuesday evening meetings. I will update the relevant website page shortly, but here they are for now. Oct 21, Nov 6 (Thursday club night) Nov 18, Dec 2 and 16, Jan 6 and 20, Feb 3 and 17, March 3 and 17.

Club BBQ

Don't forget the club BBQ is not happening this weekend

News Update 4th June

Indoor Flying

The indoor season finished in April, during the winter we had a good turnout of pilots for every meeting and were able the cover the costs of hiring the hall, with a small surplus that has been passed to the club treasurer. Thanks to all those that supported these meetings. I will in the next few weeks be booking the hall for next winter, I know we haven't had summer yet and looking out of the window we may not this year, but I need to get the hall booked early to ensure we get the dates we want. I hope to start the 2014-15 season in late October and it will again run until March with 2 meetings a month.

Club Nights

The June club night is this Thursday and will be the concourse event, so get those models down to the hall. Check out the club night page of the website as there has been a few changes to whats on.

Sumner Ponds - June 21 & 22 

This promises to be a great weekend of model events, the club has been directly involved in organising the flight line and I would personally like to thank the likes of Jeff Scotcher, Keith Wright, Mark Rogers and the committee for their support in organising this, its been real hard work. We would love to see a few members come along and join us or visit the flight line. We will have some great models flying and on display from visiting pilots, for more information see the Sumners Ponds page.

Club BBQ - June 28th

The committee has been busy organising this, and providing the weather is kind to us, we should have a good day. The committee will be on site from early morning getting everything ready and flying can start at the normal times. This year food will be served earlier in the day. If you have not yet paid please do so ASAP its a good event and a time to spend with other club members and also have a fly.

Membership and Flying

In recent weeks we have experienced a few incidents of people flying at the site who are not members. If you are approached by one of the committee to provide proof of membership/insurance please do not take offence (or be offensive) we are only checking for the good of the club.

If you were a member last year but have not renewed your membership this year, you cannot fly, excuses such as the club didn't advise me the membership was due, I will renew next week, I  forgot, really are not acceptable excuses. Membership each year is due on the 1st Jan and it would really help the committee with administration if you renewed by February, remember if you get your BMFA through the club your insurance will be invalid until you do renew and pay the fees, also you are not entitled to use the club flying field.

News 7th Feb

I have made a few changes to the website. 

The Events page has been updated for 2014, 

Note the date of the BBQ has changed to 28th June.

We have also added 2 additional indoor dates in April due to popular demand and the fact it may not stop raining.

Remember the club is exhibiting at the Brighton Model World show, all members are welcome to help on or stand.

March 15th sees us back at Greenway for the Fish and Chip night, John Brinkler is organising this so please see him to book your place.

We have had a number of new members join over the last few weeks, i would like to welcome you all to the club and hope you enjoy the flying.

Our next events are the Greenway School Dart building (see events page for dates) and we are back at Farlington on the 18th Feb.

A number of members have recently taken to the Slopes due to the limited access to the field, most of us are flying cheap foam Zagi's or Wild Things, for those that have an old slope soarer in the loft or fancy a some cheap fun you are welcome to join us. We tend to post on to see who is going where and when.


News 5th Jan 2014

Happy New Year to all our members.

Please remember club membership and BMFA fees are now due, fees are the same as 2013.

We are back at Farlington School this Tuesday 7th Jan, normal times, for our first indoor meeting of 2014.


News 16th December

The last indoor flying session of 2013 is tomorrow (Tuesday) 17th December at Farlington School, see indoor page on the website for times etc.

During the evening we will also be holding the 2103 raffle in aid of the air ambulance, we have some great prizes including a ARTF Spitfire, modelling accessories and also the normal bottles etc.

A full report on the AGM will be issued in the first newsletter of 2014, but in short.
  1. Membership and BMFA fees remain the same as this year
  2. A new committee was elected, we welcome Mike Smallridge and Jeff Scotcher to the committee and thanks were given to those leaving the committee for their service, Nigel and Fred,
  3. The club trophies were presented 
  4. The club accounts were published and also the number of members, the club is in a healthy position on both fronts
  5. Permission has been granted by the farmer to use the field nearer the road by the lower gate, flying must always be to the south of the track and away from the cottages (hand launch only as no strip will be cut). This is only a temporary arrangement while access is difficult to the main field due to the condition of the track, normal safety considerations must be taken into account, in general only 2.4 should be used on this site, if you wish to use 35MHZ you must still go to the hut an get the appropriate peg (as others may still be using the main field and walked in). Please all use common sense.   
  6. Pete Glover (me) volunteered to produce the newsletter in future due to Nigel standing down from the committee due to work commitments.
I hope you all have a great Christmas and New Year and i look forward to seeing you all at the flying field or indoor flying in 2014.


News 27th November

Just a quick reminder :-

Tuesday 3rd December will see us back at Farlington School for another evening of indoor flying (8pm - 9.30pm)

Thursday 5th December is the Club AGM at the Roffey Millennium Hall, 7.45pm. Please make the effort to attend, as members the club is run for the benefit of the membership and this is your one chance to have your say in how things are run, or for you to suggest how things should be run. This year is the first time for a number of years that we have more volunteers for the committee than spaces available, as such the new committee will be voted in on the night, so your vote counts.

We have one more indoor meeting at Farlington after the AGM on the 17th Dec before the big man in red arrives with all our new models !!.

At all of the above I will be selling raffle tickets in aid of the Air Ambulance, we have some great prizes as previous years. The draw will be carried out on the 17th Dec at the indoor meeting.


News 19th November

We are indoor flying tonight at Farlington School, Horsham.

Cost is £3 for the session and we will have timed slots for small helis, larger helis and quads, small light planes, large planes. Spectators are welcome (no charge)

Official times are 8pm to 9.30pm (arrive around 7:45pm to get in and setup)


News 11th November

Thursday 7th November saw the club move its normal club night from the hall in Roffey to Farlington School sports hall for an evening of free flight flying.

By 7.30pm we had a hall full of members with various models in tow, some of which would not qualify for the competition we were holding but were more than welcome to participate in the first hour of trimming flights.

After an hour of practice, light refreshments were served (thanks to all those that assisted with this) and we were then ready for the competition. We had two classes one for the Kolibri RTF planes any the other for the Gyminee Cricket BMFA plane that members had taken the time to build.

Each pilot would get 5 flights and their single best time would decide the final order in each class.

Timing and record keeping was kindly carried out by Kevin Beale and Emma Glover, thanks to you both for this.

After the 5 rounds of flights and while the final positions were being sorted a 'mass launch' was organised for all those that still had airworthy machines.

At the end of the evening to top 5 in each class were

Gyminee Cricket

1, Graham Russell 36.31s.

2, Keith Wright 20.91s

3, Mike Smallridge 16.16s

4, Jeff Scotcher 14.69s

5, John Tee 12.28s


1, Pete Glover 32.16s

2, John Brinkler 28.81s

3, Ian Petts 23.81s

4, Keith Wright 20.59s

5, Nigel Carver 19.44s

Congratulation to all that took part, if you would like to do this again next year please come along to the AGM and vote accordingly.

Our next event is the Fish & Chip night this coming Saturday 16th Nov at Greenway School (7pm)


News Update 5th November

The Club Night on Thursday 7th November will see us at our indoor venue at Farlington School for a spot of Free Flight Competition. This is intended as a bit of fun for the evening and all are welcome, even if you only pop along for a chat.

We will be running two flight lines, one for each class we will be flying, this is the Jimminie Cricket (BMFA model) and the Kolibri RTF model.

Format will be for an hours trimming and setup followed by an hour of competition flying, the winner in each class will be the longest single flight.

Trophies will be awarded to the winner of each class at the AGM and the evening is being held in Memory of the late Roy Carver.

Doors open 7.30pm (but we should be able to get in 7.15pm) and close at 9.30pm.

Entry is free for competitor and spectators and refreshments will be provided.

Fish and Chip Night this is another good fun / social evening and will be held on Sat 16th Nov at Greenway School, if you've not been before you have missed out on an amazing evening (crash hats are advised !!!) To book you place and food contact John Brinkler.


News Update 23rd September

I hope you have all had an excellent summer of flying, certainly the flying field has been busy on certain days this year. The weather on the whole has been kind to us.

Currently the club has 92 members.

With the Summer now drawing to a close the committee are getting ready for the indoor winter season and other related events, as such I thought it appropriate the produce a news article and keep you all informed.

Thursday Oct 3rd - Club Night at Roffey Millenium Hall

Tuesday 22nd October sees us back at Farlington School for our first indoor meeting, all arrangements and times will be as last year (see indoor dates on the website for further information)

Thursday 7th Nov, we are back at Farlington but this time its for what would normally be our Club night at Roffey (please don't go to Roffey). This evening will be a free-flight competition (Roy Carver Memorial) either using pre-built (Kolibri) our build your own (Gimminy Cricket) planes. The 2 hour event will include time at the start to trim and make any final tweaks to your machine followed by some timed flights (the amount we all get will depend on the number of entrants) the winner of each class will be the person with the longest flight. Feel free to bring an RC plane ot heli with you as we may get time for a quick fly at the end. Trophies for each class winner will be awarded at the AGM. Normal club night refreshments will be provided.

Saturday 16th Nov. Once again we are back at Greenway School (opps Academy) for a Fish and Chip Night, cost is £7 per person, please see either John Brinkler or Keith Wright with your order and payment. These are fun nights the fish and chips is normally better than the standard of flying !!!!

Tuesday 19th Nov, we are back at Farlington again for another indoor meeting.

See Events page on website for a full list, and please do come along to the AGM in December as it is your chance to have your input into the Club.

Other events for 2014

The club will again be at Model World in February (21st to 23rd). We will also be at the Sumner Ponds Model Show on the 21st and 22nd June.

BMFA - Certification

A few club members have recently taken their 'A' tests for both Fixed Wing and Helicopters. Congratulations to the following.

Fixed Wing - Kevin Turner, Paul Keeble, Peter Glover

Helicopter - Jeff Scotcher and Pete Glover

The club encourages all members to work towards this certification as it not only helps with your flying discipline but also ensures you are aware of the BMFA rules on safety etc. Their is no charge for taking the tests and they are carried out in a relaxed manner. Details on what you need to do flying wise etc can be found on the BMFA website, if you wish to take a test please speak to Keith Wright.

Another day at School for the Pensioners

Wednesday 12th. June saw eight members of the Horsham & District Radio Control Model Club at Southwater Junior Academy to show 40 6th year pupils how to build and fly balsa and tissue rubber powered B.M.F.A Darts


The morning session started with an introduction to the team and a warning that the knives they would be using are very sharp and that we did not want any blood on the plans.


We started by showing them how to hold the knives and got them to pin down the plan, then build the fuselage, tail, fin, and wings. After their break (we used to call it “playtime”) we then got them to assemble all the bits together upside down on the building board so that the glue could dry over lunchtime.


After lunch we then got them to install the rubber motor and wind it up for it’s first flight. That’s when the fun starts, it’s a joy to see their faces when it flies after a mornings work but inevitably there are broken planes to repair after hitting the walls etc. We were kept busy for an hour repairing damaged airframes and then to conclude the day we got them to have a mass launch of 40 planes (I think it must be a record).


So concluded another day at school, which we thoroughly enjoyed and I hope the children did also,

I think they did judging by the yelps of joy when their plans flew. May I thank the team for giving up another day of their retirement, the staff at school for their welcome and of course the children for their enthusiasm.


Keith Wright Sec. H&DRCMC

Sumner Ponds Model Show 8th & 9th June

This weekend the club are attending the Sumner Ponds Model Show at Barns Green. We have a field specifically for the club to exhibit and fly.

The show runs from 10am to 5pm on both days and other exhibits include Kite Flyers, Model Boats (scale and racing), RC Cars and Trains. There are also a number of traders in attendance. This is the 1st time this event has been held and it is hoped that it will become an annual event and attract more traders and exhibitors as it gains popularity. 

The model boats will be on one of the lakes at the venue and full timetable is available.

The flying will be for both planes and helicopters, although for planes we may restrict the size of model flown for safety.

The weather forecast for the weekend looks to be excellent and this is a lovely location.

This is an ideal opportunity for the club to promote itself and at the same time have a good day out, I understand we will be taking the large party gazebo for some protection from the sun !!!

If you are helping on the day with either flying or exhibiting your models, entry is free and there is also free refreshments available from the organisers.

I hope a few of you can come along and support the club



May 14th - News Update

Dear All

There was an error on the postcode for Roy's Funeral this should have been RH3 9DP (it has been changed on the previous news post)

Indoor Dates

I am pleased to advise that Farlington have confirmed our indoor dates for next winter (mind you looking outside we are still in last winter). The dates are on the Indoor Flying page on the website, and we have a full season from October through to March, we may well extend again into April as this year depending on the weather.

We have also been granted use of the Sports Hall at Farlington on 7th November, this would normally have been the Egg  Race evening at the Roffey Hall, but for a change we are moving to Farlington and holding an indoor free flight competition, the times for this will be 7.30pm to 9.30pm. The final details of the competition are not yet sorted but it is planned to have at least two classes, one where you can build your own aircraft and one for those of us the prefer RTF aircraft, so there are no excuses for not attending. Over the summer the committee will work on the rules (limited) and format of the event and as soon as these are finalised we will publish them in time for you to build / purchase your weapon of choice.

Happy Flying Pete

Roy Carver - Funeral


Nigel and Barbera have informed me that Roy's funeral will be at 12:15 on  Friday 17th May at Worthing Crematorium, with the wake afterwards at Easteds Barn, Easteds Lane, Southwater, RH3 9DP.


Roy Carver

It is with great sadness that i have to report the passing of Roy Carver who after a long battle with cancer passed away in his sleep on Friday night (26.04.13).

Roy was involved with the club for many years and his presence at club nights, the flying field and indoor meetings will be sorely missed, even during his struggles with cancer he was a regular visitor to the indoor meetings at Farlington.

I have no details yet on funeral arrangements, but will post any news as soon as i have it.

Our thoughts at this time are with Barbera and family.

Rest in peace Roy. (08/12/34 to 26/04/13)

News 25th April

Indoor Flying

Tuesday evening (23rd April) saw our last indoor meeting at Farlington School for this season, we actually had 13 evenings in the end. But dont worry dates for the Autumn and Winter 2013/14 season are under discussion with the school and i should be in a position to book dates in the next couple of weeks.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those that have supported these events, it makes the organising worthwhile seeing so many people enjoying not only the flying but the social side as well. I would also like to thank Keith for his invaluable help in running the evenings.

It was good over the course of the season to welcome a number of new members to the club which is always good.

Work Party

As mentioned at the briefing on Tuesday evening, we have made enquiries for 20T of road planings and as soon as these have been delivered (we have to wait until some work is done in the area) we will be organising the work party to get them laid on the top track, as the previous posts all help would be most appreciated.

BBQ Date

The BBQ date has been moved to Sat 15th June

I look forward to seeing you all flying down the field at some time over the summer.


News 14th April

I hope you are all looking forward to the weather improving over the next few weeks and getting some flying in down the field.

We have one more indoor meeting at Farlington on the 23rd April, before we pack away all the micro helicopters and planes.

Access to the field is still very difficult due to the weather and also the state of the two access tracks.

The lower access track has been blocked for the last few weeks as the farmer has cleared out the ditches and put all the spoil on the track thus blocking the first 100mtrs from the main road. Today Jeff Scotcher and I have been working on clearing this and i am pleased to report that the track is now clear, thanks Jeff for all your help and loan of the mini digger etc. While the track is now clear by the main road the actual track is not passable yet as it is water logged in the 2nd field, but the cleared area does provide a good parking area off the main road.

The top track is very rutted and not really passable with a std car (a few have been stuck in the last few weeks), As such we have spoken to the land owner and he has given us permision to bring in 20T of road planings to try to repair the track as best we can for now. Jeff and i will be arranging delivery of this as soon as we can get some (hopefully next couple of weeks). Once it has been delivered we will be arranging a working party (this time we will need all the help we can get). It will be a very long day as we need to move the material across 2 fields, we will have some plant (JCB) etc available but will need people with spades etc to spread the planings and also use the club roller to level it as best we can. If we get enough volunteers we will spread the workload out and also do our normal maintenance on the hut etc and also ensure all the bushes are cut back in the gate ways etc.

I will post on the website and also email / phone around to advise the date of this work party, please do try to come along even if only to make the tea or if you can only spare an hour then please still come along.

Once this is done we should all be able to enjoy a good summer of flying.


22nd March - Update

Following last nigths committee meeting there are a few important announcements to make

1, The Work Party Scheduled for the 29th March (Good Friday) has been postponed. Don't all chear as we are planning to do some major works on the top access track in April and will need as many vounteers as we can get. Once we have permission from the owner we are going to bring in 20T of road planings that will be used to repair the damage to the track, we have plant arranged to do the major moving, but will need assistance in spreading and rolling etc. This will probably be an all day job, but whatever time you can assist with will all help. Please remember this is for all our benefit. Once we are nearer the time i will update the website and email around, please do try to come along, even for the odd hour if thats all you can spare.

2, Club BBQ, due to a clash on the 18th May with the Blackbushe Model Show we have moved the BBQ back to the Sunday (19th) weather permitting

3, The club night on June 6th will now be the Concourse evening and also a Table Top Sale, as this was not held in March.

4, The Brighton Model Show attracted around 10,000 visitors, thanks to all those that helped out on our stand.

5, The November club night will now be held are Farlington (subject to confirmation from the school). Instead of the egg race, this will now be an indoor free flight competition night. We will have 2 classes this will be for either Gyminnee Cricket planes (BMFA) for those that like to build their own or for those wanting an ARTF option the Kingfisher Kalibri. We may also use the Arrow planes used at the BBQ this year (if anybody still has one). We will confirm format and details on the planes and competition nearer the time.

6, The recent Fish and Chip night was a great success with over 40 people attending

Watch out for more news on the work to the access track. Pete

News Update 20th March

Just a quick update.

Saturday 16th March we had a great evening at the Fish and Chip night at Greenway School, a good turnout of members supporting this event which is always good to see. Thanks to John Brinkler for taking the orders, cooking the food (well going to the chippy) and collecting it, while the rest of us enjoy the evening. Thanks John.

Tuesday 19th at Farlington was again a great night of indoor flying, we had in excess of 25 pilots and a number of spectators, a great mix of planes and helicopters which is always great to see. We even had a 'lights off' session for those flying Night Vapours which was great fun, even more so for those that attempted flying planes with no lights on !!!!. We have two more of these indoor meetings in April, the next being the 9th.

With the recent heavy rain the flying site is still difficult to access, the track was drying out but the recent rain has put us back so access currently is by parking up and walking in. There is a committee meeting this week and i am sure that the work party scheduled for Good Friday will be raised and may well be moved back, it could be that we discuss doing some work on the 'top' access track as the condition of this is not good and it is very rutted.


Additonal Indoor Dates

Following last Tuesdays indoor meeting where everybody present indicated an interest in extending the winter season into April, I can confirm that we now have two additonal dates added to the calendar.

These are :-

  • April 9th
  • April 23rd

Next Autumn / Winter dates have also been requested but until next years (school year) school calendar is finalised these cannot be confirmed. As soon as i have confirmation from the school i will update the website and advise you all by email (those i have email addresses for)

News 21st February

Indoor Flying

Last Tuesday evening saw 28 pilots flying at Farlington, it was great to see some new faces at this meeting, i hope we can convince some of you to join the club and continue to enjoy the excellent club facilities/events.

During the evening i asked all those in attendance if they would like to extend the indoor season into April due to the poor ground conditions at the flying field, there was unanimous support for this so i have requested two addtional dates. Once i have confirmation from the school i will post the dates on the website and also email all those that i have email details for.

I also asked if everybody was keen to continue using Farlington next winter, again a show of hands indicated a positive response. As such i have also requested a series of dates for this and will advise these as soon as they are confirmed.

One final question was if those in attendance thought that the November Club Night (Thursday 7th) normally the Egg Race and held at Roffey would for a change be held at Farlington still on the Thursday and we would have an indoor free-flight competition, this would be for simple rubber powered models, like the Butterfly or Dart. Again a positive showing of hands. We will sort out the details of the competition and arrange for a selection of kits to be purchased (like we have done in past years at the BBQ) once we have confirmed with the school that we can use the hall on  a Thursday evening. I have requested a 2 hours slot from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. Again keep an eye on the website and also for announcements at Club nights.

Brighton Model World

Dont forget the club has a stand at this weekends Model World event, if you would like to help, or show any of your models please do come along. The event is open to the public Friday, Sat and Sun @ the Brighton Conference Ctr, last year over 10,000 people visited.

Next Major Events

Farlington indoor flying Tuesday 5th March

Club Night Thursday 7th March - Table Top Sale, bring along anything you want to sell

Fish and Chip Night Sat 16th March, at Greenway Academy (School), This is a really good evening and is as much a social as flying event, the hall is not large but is suitable for small helis and light indoor planes. To book your place please let John Brinkler know. Cost is £7.50 a head

News Update 6th Feb - Indoor Flying

Well what can i say, what a great evenings flying last night at Farlington. We had over 25 pilots flying a mixture of planes, helicopters and quad copters. At one stage i think there were 13 aeroplanes in the air, i didnt see too many mid air collisions either which was good.

At the next meeting i may split the planes into two classes, ie light flight (Vapours and the like) and others to give a bit more space.

With the amount of banter and increasing numbers these Tuesday indoor meetings are proving really popular.

Our next meeting is 19th Feb and then we have a couple more in March.

If the weather does not improve, we may be able to get at least one date in April if people are keen, just let me know.



News Jan 25th

Indoor Flying

The cost of entry for the indoor flying at Farlington has been reduced to £2 for adults and £1 for Juniors for the remainder of the current indoor season.

The next indoor meeting is Tuesday 5th Feb at Farlington.

There is also a meeting at Lancing Sports Hall on Sat 9th Feb (8pm to 10pm) organised by Dave Knott.

Other News

Following the recent committee meeting I thought i would make you all aware of the following

Upcoming events :-

  • Greenway Academy - Dart Building 13 - 15 Feb, these are very enjoyable days where we spend all day in the school building Dart planes and flying them with the children, if interested in attending please let Keith Wright know and he will give you further information
  • Brighton Model World - Feb 22 -24. The club has a stand at the show for the 3 days, where we exhibit our models etc and talk to the public about our hobby, if you are able to attend even for one day you are welcome, if you are on the stand you get free access to the Show. Further information can be provided by Keith.
  • Fish and Chip Night - Sat 16th March, Greenway School, £7.50, please contact John Brinkler.

A Bit Further away

  • The Club are considering holding a TEST DAY where you can take you A or B Tests for either Fixed wing or Helis, There is no date set yet but if you are interested please speak to a member of the committee. This will be a relaxed day, and we hope it will encourage many members to take the first step to taking the BMFA Tests.
  • Club BBQ please note the earlier date in May for this, see events page
  • Sumner Ponds are planning on holding a Hobby Weekend, planes, boats, cars, trains etc on the weekend of 8th and 9th June. There will be a flying field suitable for small electric planes and the club will have a static display as well. This should be a good weekend and is open to all club members to come along and participate, even if you can only make it for a few hours. Please let a committee member know if you are interested. We will keep you informed as things develop and 'firm' up. 

Pete G

News 11th Jan 2013

Happy New Year, lets hope the weather improves soon so that out outdoor site dries out ready for the 2103 season.

Last Tuesday evening (9th Jan) was our first indoor meeting of 2013, the number of people turning up for these evening really shows just how strong the club is, and how much everybody enjoys these fortnightly get togethers.

We still have 5 more to go before the end of March.

It was obvious that 'Santa' had been busy over Xmas as many had new models to fly.

At the next meeting on the 22nd Jan, i think we may set up a few mats in the middle of the hall so that those that want to can practice some touch and goes etc, its always good to practice these type of things as it goves you something to focus on rather than just flying around.

If you fancy an indoor fly before the 22nd. Then you would be more than welcome to go along to the next Lancing indoor meeting, organised by Dave Knott, This will be at the Lancing Leisure Ctr on Sat 19th Jan (8pm until 10pm) The cost i beleive is £7, the hall is larger than Farlington and it is usually a good night out (do take some warm clothes tho as it can be cold in the hall)


21st December

I have just received an email from Mike Leppard.

The Christmas raffle raised £100 for the Sussex and Surrey Air Ambulance, Mike and I would like to thank you all for your support.


News Update 19th December

Just a quick update.

  1. The Club evening schedule for 2013 has been set, see club evening page
  2. The Events page has been updated for 2013

Yesterday evening at the Farlington indoor flying the Xmas Raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance was held. First prize went to Eileen Keeble's daughter Sara, i am sure Paul will appreciate the use of her Spitfire !!!. Other prizes went to John Tee, Chris Boys, John Brinkler to name a few. Mike Leppard is sending off the money and as soon as i have some information on the amount raised i will post it on the website, thanks to all those that supported this raffle.

Finally i would like to wish you a a very Happy Christmas and Prosperous New Year


News 10th December

Following the AGM last week a few items of News for those that did not attend

  1. First of all i would like to thank all those that attended the AGM, it is always good to see a decent turnout.
  2. Congratulations to all those that won one of the club trophies for 2012
  3. Thanks were also made to John Sargent who stood down from the committee after many years service
  4. Chris Hay has kindly offered to step up and join the committee, i am sure Chris will add great value to the club in his new position.
  5. Club membership fees will stay the same for 2013, but the BMFA costs have increased, see the Membership Page.
  6. The club is in a healthy position both financially and also with the level of membership where we have just under 100. 
  7. The club night 'calendar' is being worked on and as soon as i have details i will update the website for you.
  8. It is hoped to hold the club BBQ earlier in the year, again when a date is fixed i will advise.
  9. Events Calendar, again this will be updated shortly, the first BIG events of 2013 will the Model Eng Exhibition and also Model World at Brighton, where the club will again have a stand. If you are interested in attending (even for one day) let one of the committee know  

I will be updating the website over the next few weeks including some new photogrpahs etc (when i can remember how to upload them !!!)

Millais Indoor Flying

Due to poor turnouts at the last two indoor meetings at Millais, i have decided to cancel the remainder of the planned Sunday morning events as we were not recoveing the costs. Clearly the Sunday mornings were not as suitable for people as the afternoon slot we used to have.

Please note Tuesdays at Farlington are not affected and the full schedule still remains

28th Nov News

Last Saturday saw a good turnout at the Fish N Chip night at Greenway school, this really is turning in to a good event both for the social side but also the flying.

During the evening we even had a slot for flying the BMFA rubber powered planes we all purchased to fly at the BBQ, it was good to see some of the women folk also having a go and showing us how it should be done.

During the evening myself and Mike Leppard were seen roaming around the hall selling raffle tickets for the clubs Xmas draw in aid of the Air Ambulance, if you havent yet purchased any then please see either Mike or myself at either the AGM or the indoor flying there are some great prizes. The draw will take place on the 18th Dec at the last indoor meeting of the year at Farlington.

Don't forget next week we have indoor flying at Farlington on the Tuesday and also the AGM at the Roffey Millenium Hall on the Thursday (7.45pm for 8 ish start)


News Update 21st November


We had another great evening at Farlington School last night and we had about 20 people in attendance, some just popping in for a chat and to catch up, it was great to see Roy Carver out and about again and joining in the banter etc. The flying again was of a good standard and it was good to see the likes of Chris Watt getting to grips with flying helis indoors, he has only been flying helis for a couple of meetings and seems to be getting on really well.

At times last night the hall was full of Ember 2 and Nano Stick planes and it was great to see a couple of Piper Cubs flying.

The next meeting at Farlington is Tuesday 4th Dec.


Dont forget the Fish and Chip night this Saturday at Greenway School, this is a good fun night as well as a social gathering. If you have not pre-booked dont worry, just turn up on the night and place your order before 7.15pm.

Cost for the evening including food is £7.50 per head.

News Update 11th Nov

We had a fairly low turnout for our first meeting of the year at Millais today, i think the good weather and also being rememberance Sunday may have kept a few away, it may also be that we have to use the hall in the mornings rather than our afternoon sessions.

We really need a few more to attend to make it viable for the club to run at Millais over the entire winter season, we will take stock of attendance levels after the December meeting and make a decision on the 2013 dates for Millais, as its quite an expensive hall to hire compared to Farlington..

Our next indoor is at Farlington on Tuesday 20th Nov, followed a few days later by the fish and chip night. If you have not yet booked your places for the Fish and Chip night contact John Brinkler, but i believe it is ok to turn up on the night and book (but you need to be early)


Indoor Flying Farlington and Millais

Last Tuesday evening (6th Nov) we had another evening of flying at Farlington, we again had a great turnout of pilots flying all sorts of helis and planes. Thanks to all those that support these events as it makes all the hard work in setting them up worthwhile.

Our next indoor meeting is at Millais school this Sunday (10am until 12.30pm) so i look forward to seeing you all there.

We will be holding our annual Christmas raffle in aid of the Sussex Air Ambulance. Tickets will be on sale at the next few indoor meetings and club AGM prior to the draw being made at the 18th December indoor meeting  at Farlington. We have a great main prize of a Flying Legends Spitfire, this is complete with motor and esc so only needs a couple of micro servos and rx to get it airborne. Tickets are £1 per strip.

Dont forget the Club AGM on 6th December, its important that as many members turn up to this as the club is run for your benefit and its your time to have your say in how its run.

See you Sunday Pete G


Farlington Indoor Flying

Last Tuesday 16th October was our first indoor event to be held at Farlington School, this was a trial meeting to guage interest and suitability of venue. 17 flyers turned up for the evening (8pm - 9.30pm) after an initial problem of not being able to get in (wrong key!!) we were soon all sorted and in ready to fly, the venue worked really well and a great time was had by all. The hall is slightly smaller than Milais but has greater headroom.

The general concensus was that people would like to do this on a more regular basis over the winter months (every 2 weeks) As such i have booked the following dates.

November 6 and 20

Dec 4 and 18

Jan 8 and 22

Feb 5 and 19

March 5 and 19

Times are 8pm until 9.30pm and cost is approx £3. We can normally get in around 7.45pm and only stop flying at 9.30pm.


Club BBQ

The club BBQ was held last Saturday 6th October, this was due to it being postponed from July due to bad weather.

Heavy rain on Friday during the day and also overnight meant that the committee spent many an hour looking to the skies thinking that they may well be the only people turning up and eating all the food.

The weather on early Saturday morning was still overcast, but the men at the Met Office did promise it would improve as the day went on (and how right they were).

The committee and some welcome volunteers arrived early to put up the marquee and get the field ready, while others were still at home cooking and preparing the salads and deserts etc.

Come noon, with the BBQs alight it was with some relief that people started to turn up, the entry road to the field was very wet but passable and it was wet underfoot, but the sun was out and some were even seen in T shirts.

By 1pm we had around 40 hungry people in attendance and i believe a good time was had by all, the food was excellently cooked or some would say cremated by Pete and the John's, while a few wives laid out the salads and deserts etc ready for all to enjoy (thanks ladies).

The flying conditions were great and flying continued until around 4.30pm, with no major incidents or crashes. Nope i remember there was one as i saw Jim's broken trainer, but he did say he wasn't flying it at the time (a  likely story !!) and somebody else was trying their hand at flying for the first time

Thanks to all those that helped pack everything away as more hands always makes light work.

Thanks also to all those that provided and prepared some of the food we can't do these events without your help.

If you didn't attend you missed an excellent day, next year we will revert back to our summer date, providing the English weather allows us to.

Our next events are the Indoor Flying at Farlington School on Tuesday eve Oct 16, followed by the Club Night at the Roffey Millenium Hall on Thursday 1st November. The indoor flying at Millais on Sunday 11th November and the Fish and Chip night at Greenway on Saturday 24th November.


September Update


The committee are pleased to advise that the BBQ has been re-scheduled for Sat 6th October, noon until 5pm. Hopefully the weather will be kind to us. If you were going to attend the BBQ in July but cannot now attend the new date please advise John Brinkler. The committee will be at the field from 9am ish to setup, if you are free to come along early to help we will be pleased to see you.


We are shortly going to re-release a set of procedures that cover the use of the site and also flying etiquette, these will be available in the hut, at club nights and also at the AGM, please take time to read these even if you think you know how to operate at the field and please obey them. The committee are keen to keep up the standard of flying and etiquettte that has made the club so popular over the years and we feel this update and re-issue will assist in this.


The winter fish and chip night is on Sat 24th November at Greenway School, Greenway, Horsham, 7pm onwards. These are a good social evening with a bit of small aircraft and heli flying thrown in for good measure. If you would like to attend please let John Brinkler or one of the committee know. Cost is £7 per person.


The first winter indoor meeting at Millais School (Sports Hall) is on Sunday 11th November, we are moving to  a morning slot this year and the new times arer 10am until 12.30pm. These are great fun events and good opportunity to keep your thumbs active over the winter. We have organised one meeting per month see the indoor flying section on the website. Th events cater for helicopters and planes, and each class gets its own timed slot to ensure we all get plenty of airtime. If you have not been before why not pop along and have a look. Cost will be based on the number attending to cover the cost of hiring the hall, normally £5 to £7 per person with children half price.


The next club night in October is the club competition, lasy year this was great fun (i would say that i won). The november meeting is the Egg Race night, these are always fun and provide lots of entertainment. The AGM is in December please do make an attempt to come to this, it is your one time to have your say, with nearly 100 members it would be good to see at least half of you there.

Happy Flying

Update re BBQ

Due to the current weather and condition of both the track into the field and the patch, the committee has taken the decision to cancel the BBQ. Please keep an eye on the website for further updates as we hope that if the weather improves we may be able to organise an alternative date at the end of the summer.

The committee.

News Update March 28th

The indoor season has now finished and another great winter of flying we had. We had a number of new visitors to these events who hopefully will now join us outdoors. The club intends to book another set of dates for next winter with dates likely to start in November, keep and eye on the website for announcements

The club attended the Brighton Model Show again this year, and had a larger area than normal, public attendance for the whole event was up on 2011, the number of visitors to our stand kept those in attendance busy. We had a good selection of models on display from pristine 'shelf queens' to every day models. Well done to all those that gave up their time to represent the club.

Greenway School Model Building, once again a band of hardy members risked their lives (only joking) attending this now annual event at the Greenway School, in total over 100 children took part over the 3 days and built lightweight rubber powered planes. This has event has now developed into one of the highlights of the school calender for the kids.

Fish and Chip night, thanks should go to John Brinkler for organising this social event on March 17th at Greenway School, this year we had over 35 people attend (and are still alive after eating all the food). Some good flying was also had, but the primary focus was really on a good social night.

Easter is nearly on us and the annual workparty down the field will take place on Good Friday, there are a few jobs that need undertkaing, such as hanging a new gate, sorting out a few rotten branches on some of the trees and generally tidying up the hut. More hands make light work so please do come along for an hour if you can, we all rely on a few people to keep the strip, cut and well kept so its the least we can do to help on the odd occasion, it will also help you work off all those chocolate eggs you will all consume over the weekend !!!!

The committee are busy planning various club night events and also the BBQ so please keep an eye on the website.


February Indoor Flying Cancelled

Due to a booking error on my part, i am sorry to inform you that the February indoor meeting at Millais has had to be cancelled.

The next indoor meeting will be the March event.

I am really sorry about this, i can only blame the pressure of changing jobs for my oversight.



Millais Indoor Flying Sun 8th Jan

Another great turnout yesterday for one of our best indoor meetings, it really is good to see so many people enjoying themselves flying indoors during the winter months, its also great to see peoples flying improving. Some people are really starting the master their heli flying, and others are developing thier 3D flying skills, its also great to see Kevin B's scale creations, even if a few of us use them as targets !!!!!

Next meeting is Sun 12th Feb, normal times 1.30 to 4pm, see you there.

At the club night last week, Pete announced a few new dates for the Greenway School building event and also the Fish and Chip Night, as soon as i have the dates i will post them on the website.

Its not yet clear what is happening for the Brighton Show, we have a committee meeting next week and i will advise after then.


December 2012

News Update following the AGM held earlier this month

1, The website has been updated with the new membership and BMFA fees

2, The club dates have been updated as has the EVENTS page

3, At the AGM presentations were made to the following members.

Clubman of the Year - Pete Glover

Scale and Sport Concours - Kevin Beale

Military - Neil Scott

Junior - Aiden Stentiford

Electric - Jim (Biggles) Baker

Power - Trevor Whitehouse

Glider - Mark Redpath

Helicopter - Simon Light

Egg Race - The Biggles Squadron

Air Brain - John Brinker

Nigels Driving Comp - Pete Glover

Indoor Flying at Millais School, the December 11th event saw a great turnout with pilots of all abilities, these really are great events to keep your eye in over the winter, if you've not been before then come along to the January meeting. At the meeting we had a Xmas Raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance, thanks to all those that donated prizes or purchased tickets, once i have news from Mike Leppard on how much we raised i will post on the website.

The committee would like to wish you all a great Christmas and Prosperous New Year.


News update November 9th

Dear all, just a couple of announcements

1, The Fish and Chip night is only a few days away, Sat 19th Nov, if you have not yet ordered your food please do so soon, as it makes it easier for the organisers on the night. If you dont want to eat, you are still welcome to come along for the flying.

2, The indoor flying times for Millais have been changed slightly, from the December meeting flying will start at 1.30pm and finish at the normal time of 4pm, we should be able to get in from 1.15pm to get ready.

3, The AGM is fast approaching (1st Thursday in Dec) this is your chance to have your say about how the club is run, so please make the effort to attend. For those lucky enough to be awarded one of the club trophies last year please ensure they are returned either before or on the night. The AGM is not a long affair so i hope you can all spare an hour of your time and look forward to seeing you there.


News Update 23rd September

A quick update on the club and a few reminders following the last committee meeting.

1, The club currently 81 adult members and 9 Junior members, plus 4 life or associate members, this is great considering some clubs are struggling to get members.

2, The October Fish and Chip night at Greenway School will be on  the 29th, 7pm until 9.30pm. fish and chips are £7 in advance or £8 on the night, please get your orders in to John Brinkler 01403 257752

3, The indoor flying season kicks off at Millais school on Sunday 16th Oct 1pm until 4pm, all welcome.

4, For those wanting to get to the field over the winter, the top track has been relaid it and should be the best route in over the wet winter months.

5, The AGM is fast approaching, please make an effort to attend and have your say in how the club is run. For those that we awarded or won trophies last year please ensure they are returned either before or at the AGM.

6, Polite notice, when at the club field please ensure you sign in the book including guests and non flyers. Also please be aware of the no fly areas around the patch, we have had a few people recently flying in these zones. If you are not sure where these are please contact the committee, a new map of the area showing the no fly areas will be placed in the hut. 

 Thats it for this update, enjoy the rest of the outdoor season and we hope to see you indoors over the winter.

The committee

News update - 31st August

The winter indoor meeting dates have now been set and booked, please see the indoor flying page for the dates.

It promises to be another great winter of indoor flying, and i hope to see lots of you there

News Update June 2011

Just a few, bits of news following the latest committee meeting.

  1. The club currently has 73 Adult members and 7 Juniors
  2. At the club BBQ we will be holding a fun flying competition, kits will be available @ the club night in July and will cost £4, help will also be on hand on the nght to help you build it if needed, the format for the competition will be decided on the day, but could be longest flight (highest up the tree !!!). For a small cost it should be great fun.
  3. The final club evening themes have been set see Club Eve page on the website
  4. It is hoped that in the next few weeks we will have set up a heli pad at the field, this should help all and keep the disciplines a bit separated. The helipad will be used by those learning to fly helis, if you are of a standard where you can fly circuits around the field you still need to use the main strip as it intended that the new pad will be for those hovering or doing limited flying manouvers thus freeing up the main strip. All pilots still need to pit in the same areas as before. The new pad will be down by the gate into the field so will not impact on the landing approach to the strip.
  5. I hope to be able to advise the dates for next winters indoor flying before the schools break up, so keep an eye on the website.

Happy Flying Pete Glover

General News

Just a quick update to let you all know about the following.

The club spent 3 days in Feb at Greenway School and helped over 120 kids build and fly dart aeroplanes, this is an annual event that has been held for many years. The kids are always well behaved and those attending from the club always have a great time.

Again in Feb the club had a stand at the Brighton Model World show, the stand was well attended by members over the duration of the show and had many visitors showing great interest in the models on show. We are already planning next years stand, if you are interested in attending please speak to one of the committee.

We will be having a bit of a workparty on Good Friday 22nd April, if you can pop along to help, more hands make light work. There is not too much to do, its mainly tidying up the site and hut, but its always nice to get things sorted early in the year, leaving us all free to enjoy the summer months.

The fish and chip night at Greenway was its normal great evening and nobody went home with food poisoning which is a plus, there was plenty of flying going on during the evening but this is really a side show as its more of a social event and good time to meet up with people you haven't seen for a while. The Autumn night has been booked so add it to your diaries Saturday 29th October

Indoor Flying 13th March

Well here we were at the last indoor meeting for this winter. We had another great turnout and some great flyng by all. I think over the course of the indoor series a number of people have improved their flying ability me included and we have all kept our thumbs in.

The series has attracted quite a few new members to the club which is great to see.

We will start flying indoors again in October and i look forward to seeing you all again them.

The club flying field is now accessible by car and quite a few have already been down for a bimble around so it looks like spring and some outdoor flying is upon us.

Have a great summers flying and i hope to see a few of our new members soon at the field.


Indoor Flying 13th Feb 2011

Here we were at our 2nd indoor meeting of 2011, and what a great turnout we had, i think it was one of the best we have had. We had a number of new people turn up again which is great to see and i hope you all enjoyed it and will come back again or even join the club.

It is good to see the standard of flying improving each time we go, and also to see so, many juniors turn up to fly.

Seeing the large kite fly was interesting i am sure with a bit more practice it would be great.

Thanks to you all for your supporting these events and thanks to Keith for doing the session timing.

I think a few benefited from some heli setup advise from Paul, thanks Keebs for giving up your time.

Next indoor flying is the Fish and Chip night, then we are back at Millais on the 13th March, normal 1 to 4 pm,


Indoor Flying 9th Jan 2011

The 9th Jan saw the first indoor meeting of 2011, and what a great turnout of planes and helis we had as we had in excess of 20 people flying, there were at least 4 new potential members in attendance which is always good to see.

The raffle in aid of the Air Ambulance was held, with the main prize of an Eflite helicopter won by Paul Keeble who very kindly later in the day presented to young Aiden. Mike Leppard thanked all those present for their support and advised that we had raised over £100, thanks to all who purchased tickets

After 3 hours of frantic flying i think most people went home with most of their kit intact.

If you didnt attend you missed a great days flying.

The next meeting is 13th Feb 2011, i hope to see you all there.


Club Membership

Dear members, please remember that you club fees and BMFA membership is now due for 2011.

Best Wishes for the New Year ahead,

Regards The Committee

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