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Flying Aces - Ferry Meadows Peterborough.
Sunday 4th September.   Click for full details.

2016 Club Free Flight Championship



30th June
Thanks to Stan the July edition of "Slipstream" is available.
Click the heading for a .pdf download.

 

 


28th June
Anyone in the club with a 3D-Printer yet?
If so have they seen this? - Click picture for the web site.

 

 


24th June
Thanks to Mick for the new batch of front page photographs taken at the BMFA Nationals.

 

 

 

No "Latest Updates" until Tuesday.


22nd June
Jon has been busy developing his 1m size r/c dlg models.
Click the photo for his latest, the "Frenzy", a posting on the BARCS Bulletin Board.

An interesting cross over from free flight is that Jon said "the airfoil is Brian Eggleston's BE5017VN, a free flight catapult airfoil which feature his 'vortex nose' turbulator."


20th June
"New Tricks" the excellent, latest, PMFC magazine is available for members, the printed versions have been posted and I have just sent the on-line details to those on that mailing list. Let me know if you haven't received your e-mail.
If anyone was expecting a paper copy and doesn't receive one or has received one and is happy with just the online version, would they please contact John within the next week.
The magazine will be available to non-members in just over a month's time.

If you entered the Nationals you will have received a results list by now. If there is anyone without the 7 page document and would like a .pdf copy let me know.


18th June
Flying Aces is getting closer - 4th September.
Two classes have been added:-

NEW! Ducted Fan Authentic Scale Judged against model plan/3 view and judged flight profile . Max fan 32mm dia

NEW! Ducted Fan Profile Scale Judged against model plan/3 view and judged flight profile . Max fan 32mm dia

See the yellow box above for the full scedule and other information.


16th June
When I read the BMFA News I am away from a computer and often forget to try any interesting links, so here are some from the last edition plus a couple of odd ones I have picked up from elsewhere:-

www.indoorduration-gbr.co.uk - The site for UK Indoor Duration Flyers
www.faifreeflight.org/ - International FAI free flight
www.aeromodellers.co.uk - Forum Garry Pollard, Grantham
controlline.org.uk/phpBB2/portal.php - Barton Model Flying Club Control Line Forum
msp-plans.blogspot.co.uk - recreated and drawn by Martyn Pressnell
http://www.rclibrary.co.uk/ - Vintage books, catalogues and magazines
reeflight.org/library/technical-library/ - The National Free Flight Society, technical library
www.co-op-plans.com/ - A list of available plans is free for the asking


14th June
Recently received an interesting note from Denis Ogelsby, author of "Understanding Aerofoil Data for R/C Soarers."

Denis said "Remember young Michael Selig? He designed and tested new aerofoils suitable for R/C gliders in the 80s and 90s. They were successful and widely adopted."

Click for the Selig update.


12th June
Made good use this morning of the the Metcheck UK 5 Minute Rain Radar which gives a track of showers during the previous 3 hours. The general forecast had showers later in the day but it was raining hard when I got up. A look at www.metcheck.com/UK/radar.asp showed a small but dense shower area moving through, with nothing following. This worked well as by the time I got out the rain had stopped, very little wind together with very little lift as well....


10th June
At the Nationals I was parked close to the Space Modelling launch area and whilst I heard several launches I never actually saw a model....

Click for the 3rd CIAM Flyer of 2016 for some photos and information.


8th June
Thanks to Ian for his piece on "Another electronic DT timer"
Click the photo to read the article.

 


6th June
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front page photographs of PMFC at the BMFA Nationals plus one from the 1930's

 

 

 

 

 


4th June
Bryan passed on the link to the latest Cox Engine Quarterly.
Click to download your .pdf version.


2nd June
Curious to see if any results from the free flight Nationals were available, I did find scale results from both indoor and last weekends outdoor. Click each for a .pdf download.

Scale FF Nationals Barkston 29 May 16 - - - - - - Scale Indoor FF Nationals 1 May 16
Good to see Gareth top of the list in CO2/Electric.


31st May
From the Nationals at the weekend to the other side of the world with the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger......

Thanks, Stan. Click the magazine heading for a .pdf download.
 


29th May
Weather yesterday better than expected at the Nats.

Click the club banner for some snap shots.

 


27th May
Up until now 2016 "Flying Aces" details were available in Meetings/Events on the left but with the Nationals pending it seemed a good idea to have the information on this page. Full details in the yellow box above.

At present XCWeather lists Saturday as the best bet for the coming weekend. Seems to be double figures for wind strength the whole time though.


25th May
BMFA Free Flight Nationals at Barkstone this coming weekend.
Don't forget that the free flight scale events, normally flown at the "Power Nationals" are this year being flown in May, not August.


23rd May
Bryan spotted this "Excellent report by Mike Stuart, where PMFC members get a mention", of the BMFA Indoor Scale Nationals.

Top quality photography plus videos as well......


21st May
Thanks to Mick there is a new set of front page photographs celebrating the Free Flight Nationals at Barkstone Heath.


19th May
Click here for a .pdf version of the letter from Alan Jack about the "Midlands Free Flight Club" at North Luffenham.


13th May
No web site updates until after Wednesday 18th.

This Saturday and Sunday is the first of the three Modelair Weekends at the Shuttleworth Museum. Sunday is the 4th Area Meeting of the year at North Luffenham, whilst on Friday, 20th is the club competition afternoon/evening. Full details in Meetings/Events on the left.


11th May
Continuing with the PMFC Magazine theme from Monday. The latest edition, "Great Expectations" is now available to non-PMFC members. Click the title heading for a .pdf download.

 


9th May

I have only just seen the March edition of RCM&E where the PMFC magazine gets a mention. Click the graphic for more info.

 

 


7th May
Better weather these last few days - however what do you make of weatherpermitting.org.


5th May
I have a lot of time for Stan Yeo and Phoenix Model Products and whilst his Spring Newsletter is more R/C than most of PMFC members interests it does give an idea of what is going on in the commercial side of model flying. Click to read the newsletter.


3rd May
Click the heading for the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger in New Zealand. - Thanks Stan.

 
 


1st May
Thanks to Mick for the new set of front page photographs, these showing what PMFC was up to in April.

John asked me to tell you that:-
"No flying took place at the first club f/f comp, so it now reverts to best four scores out of five events, the next of which will be on Friday 20th May at 4pm, and will include the first of the three Bernie Nichols Trophy precision events for rubber power, which will follow at 7pm."


22nd April
No further web site updates until after 30th April.

Three competition days over the weekend and on Tuesday, check out Meetings/Events on the left for more information on the London Gala, although this one is on Salisbury Plain.
Much closer to home it is the first of the PMFC Ferry Meadows Free Flight Competitions on Tuesday 26th. Again Meetins/Events for more details.

There is also the Spalding Model Engineering & Hobby Show at the weelend.


20th April
The May Aeromodeller has been out for a couple of days now and contains a good article from John on "The Rubber Bowden".
Click the "thumb-nail" for Aeromodeller.

Click for a .pdf results list of the recent F1D World Championship - British team 3rd.
Google has an interesting page of F1D photographs - click for those.


18th April
Click the t/n for Bernie's Sting 21......

 

 

 

 


16th April
Micks set of front page photographs, showing what PMFC members were up to in March, were only available for two days, so here they are again.
They include one of Pete Adams collecting his 1st place prize for winning P30 at the Northern Gala.
Click the t/n for a preview.

Check out the Meeting/Events link of the left for details of control line flying on 18th and free flight on 26th.


14th April
The Gildings catalogue for the 2nd May sale is now on line.


12th April
A recent "video of the week" from Soo Modellers in Canada was a complilation of 1930's modelling newsreel items from several countries. Click the photo for the Youtube video.

For a change of pace click here for a 4 minute PlanesTV video of a Typhoon displaying at last years Eastbourne International Airshow.

 


10th April
A bit of a treck but at least one PMFC member is going to the BMFA London Gala is on 23/24 April on Salisbury Plain.
For more details see Meetings/Events on the left.

Closer to home; today is the last of the Bushfield Indoor Meetings of the year, this one is organised by the BMFA indoor scale FFTC as a trimming session for the Indoor scale FF Nats which are on May 1st.

Also today is the 3rd Area Free Flight Meeting of the year.


10th April
A bit of a treck but at least one PMFC member is going to the BMFA London Gala is on 23/24 April on Salisbury Plain.
See more details in Meetings/Events on the left.


8th April
Bryan passed on the information about the latest Gildings Auction at Market Harborough of "Aeromodel Engines, Kits and Engineering Equipment".
This auction will include the effects of the late Ron Smith a PMFC and Grantham club member.

The "Date Online Catalogue Available: Friday 8th April 2016",
Actual sale on Monday 2nd May 2016, with viewing on the previous Saturday.

www.gildings.co.uk


6th April
Click the heading for the latest Slipstream from Stan Mauger in New Zealand.

A busy Sunday in that as well as the Indoor session at Bushfield there is the 3rd area free flight meeting of the year.
See Meetings/Events on the left for more details of either event.


4th April
Radio Control Micro World, a US based on-line subscription magazine, is selling digital copies of Aeromodeller, so far 240 copies from 1950's and 1960's for $75. Click the picture for a "Letter" sized, not A4 .pdf with more information.

Seeing a group of Aeromodeller covers reminded me that the current Aeromodeller is selling "Vintage Aeromodeller A3 Cover Art Work."
Click for a page of available covers.


2nd April
Here are some web sites that I have only just come across that fit in with PMFC interests.
Rara Avis, the Golden Age of Model Aviation - click the icon.
Ronnie Tribe on Control Line Flying.
AeroFred Plans.

Don't forget todays indoor session at Bushfield - see yellow section above.


31st March
"Great Expectations" the excellent, latest, PMFC magazine is available for members, the printed versions have been posted and I have just sent the on-line details to those on that mailing list. Let me know if you haven't received your e-mail. If anyone was expecting a paper copy and doesn't receive one or has received one and is happy with just the online version, would they please contact John within the next week.

The magazine will be available to non-members in just over a month's time. However this edition contains an obituary of Bernie Nicholls, should you wish to read the piece please click the photograph.

The front page photographs for the next two weeks will be of Bernie from the collection that Mick Page has made over the years.


29th March
Thanks to Mick there is a new group of front page photographs, showing what PMFC members were up to in March, including one of Pete Adams collecting his 1st place prize for winning P30 at the Northern Gala.
Click the t/n for a preview.


27th March
The PMFC Competition Free Flighters were well established at the Northern Gala on Good Friday.

Click the club banner for snap shots.

 

 

 

 


25th March
The weather takes a turn for the worse after today, so here is something to read later in the weekend.

An extended piece, with photographs about Lancaster JB280 and the mission on 1st January 1944. Click the "Blast from the Past" t/n for the article.

It is a Canadian web site www.vintagewings.ca/ that provided the article. The site has a wealth of full size aircraft information.

 

 


23rd March
Don't forget the Good Friday Fly In at Ferry Meadows. 10:00 until 13:00
There is also the Northern Gala at North Luffenham.
See Meetings/Events on the left.

Talking of comps, I received the following this morning from Ken Faux:-
"For those of you who have yet to complete your FF Nats entry, you can use the attached fillable pdf NEF. It is very easy to complete on your computer using Adobe Reader. When you have filled all of the relevant boxes print the completed form. Alternatively, you may simply print it and complete by hand. The instructions for submission are contained on the form. "

Click for a link to the .pdf of the FF Nationals entry form.
Click for a link to the .pdf of the FF Nationals Information.


21st March
Not heard much from PlanesTV during the Winter but a couple of recent e-mails mentioned their "rental" system with Vimeo. Click for trailer of "IWM Duxford VE Day Anniversary Air Show May 2015", which further down the page explains the Vimeo connection.

There is also a Duxford VE Day Anniversary, Gladiator & Fury excerpt, a particularly good five minutes or so.


19th March
A little late with this reminder but there is an indoor session at Impington tomorrow, Sunday.
See Meetings/Events on the left.

The club have a new web site, click impmac.co.uk.
I was particularly pleased to see that the book "Ray Malmström 60 years of IVCMAC" is now online, which I don't remember from the previous web site, whilst carrying on from before is a catalogue of Ray Malmström Plans. - Click for a .pdf download.

All this plus some excellent, wide ranging photographs and copies of the club newsletter.


18th March
Click the 1910 Farman for some snap shots at the indoor session last Sunday - just to give an idea of what was happening.

 

 


16th March
An enjoyable indoor session at Bushfield on Sunday and in the general chat that accompanies the flying I discovered that the low wing rubber model Marc Ashby is holding on one of the current batch of front page photographs is not a Ladybird but a Red Admiral.

Thanks to the information at Outerzone, the plan and Aeromodeller article can be download via "aeromeddeler" at RCGroups.
        Plan - - - - - - - - - - Article
 


14th March
For those of you not on the FFTC e-mailing list click for the latest Committee News. Issue 78 contains free flight Nats entry forms as well as information about the "Future of Free Flight" conference held in January.


12th March
Paul Naton of Radio Carbon Art Productions continues to expand on his series of videos for the R/C Soaring Pilot. Click his logo for a list of trailers and samples. Browse down to the bottom of the page as Paul is using Vimeo as well as YouTube and you might have a preference.


10th March
A regular at the Bushfield Indoor meetings is Mike Bowthorpe who has told Brian about the "FlightChip 3 -Programmable, Multipurpose, Low weight , Low cost, Flight Control System for Electric Model Aircraft (Developed with the assistance of P'boro'MFC )"

Click the photo for full details or come and see one on Sunday. Bushfield details on the left under Meetings/Events.
 


8th March
Tom Thompson from Canada have been doing interesting things at indoor sessions, click the t/n for more information.

Not spotted any annular wings at Bushfield so far but there is another meeting this coming Sunday, 13th March, 10am until 1pm. See Meetings/Events on the left.
 


6th March
Ian was asked how to get "More Power from the GWS 12mm motor for E20" Click the test rig for the article.

As a reminder, click for the original article Ian did in January 2014, "An E20 model, the Ferry 500 for the 2014 monthly Ferry competitions"

 

 
 


4th March
Thanks to Mick there is a new group of front page photographs, these are of various club members over the years. Click on my favourite of the group to get a preview.....

The second area free flight meeting of the year is on Sunday at North Luffenham. Click Meetings/Events on the left for more details.


2nd March
Thanks to Stan, the March Slipstream is available. Click the logo for a .pdf download.

 
 


29th February
Jonathan promised a plan for his CANDy 30 - see 19th February; click the "Pod Details" heading for the .pdf download.

The build thread on R/C Groups has produced a lot of postings with some interesting background regarding equipment to use in this size of model. Click for the thread.


27th February
"International classes for free flight scale model flying competitions around the world." Is the title of the first CIAM Flyer of 2016, it was written by Stan Mauger who provides the excellent monthly "Slipstream" from Aukland New Zealand, featured in the Flyer is a picture of Ricky Bould flying at Ferry Meadows.

Click the logo for a .pdf download.


23rd February
At a recent club meeting Ian chatted about his Radio DT system and was asked to write it up for the "Technical Articles" section of the web site. Click the "schematic" for the article.

 

Note
Apologies to Jonathan but I have only just spotted that the photographs of the CANDy 30 from 19th February article were not displaying correctly, this is now fixed.


21st February
Continuing from Jonathans CANDy 30; click the drawing for a description of "Pull - Spring Control"

 

 

 


19th February
Jonathan has produced the CANDy 30, click the model picture for more details and an explanation of the name. (The name doesn't do the model justice)

There is a build thread on R/C Groups to which there is a link on the CANDy 30 page.

 


17th February
Picked up an interesting full size link from the Vulcan Newsletter.

Click the early Vulcan photo for the Vintage Wings of Canada with their piece on "Avro what?"

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Glad to say moving was not too traumatic and BT came up trumps with transferring the broadband connection, so it is business as usual.


15th February
Thanks to Mick for a new group of front page photographs, these from both BMFA Nats events in 2015.

Not sure when the next update will be, Catherine and I are moving today and tomorrow and it will depend on how quickly things get unpacked and whether BT makes the change correctly.


13th February
The Small Flying Aeroplanes web site is well worth a visit but first have a look at these drawings of First World War aircraft.

Click the Felixstowe F3 for the drawings.

Don't forget the 1st Area Free Flight Meeting of the year, this coming Sunday.
See Meetings/Events on the left


10th February
I had an enjoyable few minutes browsing "All our yesterdays - our old pics" a thread on modelflying.co.uk. Whilst it is mainly r/c I particularly liked the Debutante and school uniform snap. Click that picture for the whole list.

 

 


8th February
Another enjoyable session at Bushfield on Saturday.

Mike Fantham has started a thread on the BARCS forum about the seven from GBR flying at Lost Hills in an FAI event. Click on Ken Faux to get up to date.

 

 
 


6th February
Hobby King were making a big thing of "Turnigy Graphene" LiPos in their latest e-mail and I wondered if this was just marketing or if there was something new involved. Still not sure but it was discussed in RCGroups - click for the thread


4th February
Don't forget indoor flying at Bushfield this Saturday, full details in the Meetings/Events calendar on the left.

Click for a substantial article from MailOnline that Bryan spotted about the Lancaster. Bryan also passed on the link to the International Bomber Command Center web site.


2nd February
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front page photographs, this set from the the "Bring a Model Night" at Peakirk last December.

Another flying wing model has been added to those from 31st January.


31st January
Click the Mayzee photograph for details of that model as well as others to fit the new "Tailless Rubber Duration" class at Flying Aces on 4th September.

 

 
 


29th January
The schedule and date for this years Flying Aces meeting has now been fixed.
Ferry Meadows, Peterborough (click for a location map) on Sunday 4th September from 9am until 5pm.

Click for the 2016 schedule as an easy to print .pdf file- an addition has been made and there is now a "Tailless Rubber Duration" class. Watch out on 31st January for more information and Mayzee.

Please Note: this is a Free Flight event: strictly no Radio Control. Proof of Insurance required for all flyers. Revel in the special atmosphere created at this unique event. Discounted parking. Toilets, café, and Park Visitors Centre.


27th January
For those of you not on the FFTC e-mailing list click for a reminder of the "Future of Free Flight" conference at Husbands Bosworth airfield, on January 31st.


26th January
Thanks to Stan here is the latest "Slipstream", click the logo for a .pdf download.
An international edition this one. Those flying at Bushfield on 2nd January were pleased to meet Ricky from New Zealand and he has written an article, with photographs about the session. Ricky also has a report on one of the Totton events near Southampton, sponsored by Flitehook. Then on page 15 there is some news from Chris in Canada, with pictures and a good tip for storing LiPos when flying in frosty weather.

All this is backed with scale and indoor news from their own Aukland Model Aero Club.


24th January
Two full size rescources that have cropped up in the past couple of days. The first via Chris at Soo Modellers in Canada is:- The Aircorps Library, watch the video towards the bottom for a full explanation. An expensive option though.

From the February edition of Radio Control Soaring Digest comes:- Aviation Week & Space Technology Aviation Week & Space Technology launched its 100-year digital archive on 6th January in collaboration with Boeing, the sponsor of the archive. Both companies trace their roots to 1916. The archive includes 4,500 issues and nearly 500,000 pages of articles, photos, and advertising. It can be seen at http://archive.aviationweek.com


22nd January
Thanks to John the dates the dates for the six f/f club events at Ferry are now available, listed here and in the Meetings/Events on the left.

Tuesday 26th April - Friday 20th May* - Tuesday 28th June* - Friday 29th July*
Tuesday 23rd August - Friday 16th Sept

* These dates will include the Bernie Nichols Trophy for "Rubber Bowden."

Further information will be in the next magazine.


20th January
There is a thread on the BARCS Forum about Aeromodeller Magazines, with various contacts as well as the information that there are complete sets of the magazine held at the "British Library and at the RAeS library at Farnborough" as well as "a complete set (including a number of duplicates) in the BFMA library in the Leicester Office."


18th January
Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front page photographs, this set from the Free Flight Nationals in 2015.


16th January
Well worth a browse - click the thumb-nail for the web page.
 

 


14th January
Bryan spotted this important piece of information about the 2016 Free Flight and Power Nationals from Dave Phipps CEO and Nationals Co-ordinator - click for the details.

The latest Freeflight Tech Committee News - No 77, was issued yesterday.
It includes a reminder of the conference at the end of January as well as a piece that starts:-
"There has been considerable discussion over recent days regarding the effect on model flying of recent EASA proposals for the regulation of 'drones'." - Click to download the .pdf.


12th January
The December edition of the PMFC magazine is now available on the web site.
Click the heading for an A5 copy.

A reminder that any PMFC members who have not yet paid their 2016 subs can find the details on page two of the magazine.

John Picton passed on this link to the BBC about the recent flight from UK to Australia in a 1942 Boeing Stearman.


10th January
Click the dlg pilot for a set of mixed photographs from David.

The photographs are stored in "the gallery" - see menu on the left.

 


8th January
To browse or even purchase stunning photographs of the Vulcan click the thumb-nail.

 

 
 


6th January
The Spalding Model Engineer and Hobby Show will be worth a visit on 23rd or 24th April. Click the MIG for their web site.

Lots of links to explore as well as photographs of previous years exhibitions.

 

 


4th January
I received a gentle reminder that at least two PMFC members have a distance to travel to reach Bushfield as they come from Milton Keynes and Blakeney.


3rd January
Enjoyable indoor session at Bushfield yesterday. Pleased to welcome Ricky Bould from Auckland New Zealand, a member of AMAC. We see Slipstream, their bulletin, on a regular basis as it is passed on by Stan Mauger, the editor. Less far travelled were Garry Flack and Gordon Hannah from Impington.

Thanks to Mick for the latest set of front page photographs, "PMFC Members Flying in 2015 "


1st January
It needed the latest Vulcan newsletter (scroll down to page two) to get me up to date on what has happened to Jetex.org.

See both http://jetex.org/ as well as http://archivesite.jetex.org/ for an explanation. I have altered to PMFC links accordingly.


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