Hello everyone . I hope you all had a merry Christmas and have a Happy new Year.

The field has had to be CLOSED TO CARS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE due to being waterlogged . Please park on the track or outside the gate on the hard standing in front of the hut .That is OUR winter car park.
Any member ignoring this request will have to get their own car out and re-instate the field

Walking to the pits will help with that Christmas/New year waistline :-)

hope to see you all at the indoor sessions on the 12th of Jan

ps Don't worry this isn't our field in the pic just a pic of what might /would happen if you drive on it.

Red SolarTex wanted !!!! Not Vintage Red

Hi all. As per title does anyone have a meter or so of Ordinary Red SolarTex they are willing to sell ?

If so please PM or call me .



Club Subs renewals for 2020

Hi All. We are now accepting renewals for 2020 .
As you are probably aware the subs have been increased for 2020 to £61 to cover ever increasing costs like rent etc
membership must be completed by the end of January.
If you are having difficulties paying subs etc then do give me a call. Club subs can be spread out but to fly lawfully and comply with your insurance the BNFA and CAA fee will have to be paid in January 2020 If you cant pay this then please contact me. so that  you dont loose your place in the club or asked to pay a re-joining fee .
You should all have received an renewal form via E-mail . We have introduced this to make it easier for our treasurer Martin and myself . The introduction of CAA registration and online payments (BARCS) has meant this form is needed . For 2020 we ask that you purchase your own CAA registration and the optional BMFA card/discount card via the BMFA as no facility has been included on the BMFA portal as yet to include payment for these together  with your BMFA renewal in a bulk payment system .Visit the BMFA homepage for details or call the BMFA on 0116 2440028 and pay by card . Alternatively you can visit your  BMFA membership portal .

Any problem with the Renewal form or CAA registration then give ADE or myself a call or e-mail us .


Indoor Flying Next Sunday December 8th

Medway MFC indoor flying this coming Sunday , December 8th 2019 at Medway Park Leisure Center Gillingham Kent ME7 1HF For more details go to ; http://www.doddington-kent.org.uk/MMFC/ This will be the third indoor session this autumn /winter Further sessions will be held on the second Sunday of each month through to march 2020 Sessions run from 10 am to 3 pm Costs £7.50 to fly for adults (children get a reduced rate). £1 spectators. BMFA membership/ insurance required to fly. Please bring BMFA cert. There will be a free bring and buy table , just put a donation in the Air Ambulance box if you sell anything, and a raffle . All profits go to our club charity the Air Ambulance Kent,Surrey and Sussex. please come along have a good fun day and help support a worthy charity . In the last year we have raised £1769 for the Air Ambulance.

 So please come along and support a worthy cause .

If the parts arrive in time we will be trying some Vintage "Round the Pole flying"
For those of you who could not make it to the AGM here are the main points .

No change in committee , yes its longer than a life sentence .

Subs increase . The annual subs have been increased from £51 to £61 . Actually the club asked for a £9 increase but one member suggested  increasing  by £10  up to £61 and the majority voted for it ?

BMFA prices remain the same at £38 for a senior member.
£17 for a Junior , £38 for a family Senior £25 for a family partner and £13 for a family Junior.

The CAA registration fee is £9.00

The club will still offer time to pay for any members who have difficulty in paying however they MUST pay their BMFA  fee and the £9 CAA registration fee and take the online BMFA proficiency test or CAA Flyer ID test if they wish to continue flying . These must be paid as soon as possible  between now and January 31st 2020 for continuity of flying .
If you only wish to fly sub 250 g or only fly indoors then you wont have to pay the £9 register or take the test

A new Club membership renewal form will be sent out soon to make life easier for Martin and Myself. When you receive the e-mail print off TWO copies of the form and complete, then return them to me  together with  prefered method of payment . You can also pay this year by bank transfer (BARCS) if you wish
Details on the form .

Ade will send a full report of the AGM later


The CAA and The BMFA have now introduced their online test . They differ slightly in content and are not difficult by any means .

If you do NOT have a BMFA achievement scheme A ,B or C certificate then you MUST take the test on or before the 30th of November 2019 if you wish to continue flying . This test last for three years and The certificate your issued should be carried with you at all times when flying your models as you may be asked to produce it. 
Those of you who only fly indoor models DO NOT have to take any test nor are you required to register.
 As members of the BMFA you will not have to register until you renew your membership in January as the BMFA have negotiated an exemption. Once registered you will be issued a ID number that  you will have to affix to your models . This number will probably be issued in February . The number can be fixed inside the model provided that no special tools are needed to get to the number . (a screw driver is not classed as a special tool ) This number will be sent to you shortly after registering .
On renewal with the club you will also have have to pay the £9 registration fee in addition to the Club subs  and BMFA subs unless you have done your BMFA independently . The £9 CAA  fee  is an Annual Charge .  NB By paying the £9 Charge you agree to the BMFA sharing your details IE Name, Address ,DOB and e-mail address with the CAA.

Our AGM is fast approaching and is on Wednesday 28th November 

we will aim to start at 8pm so do please try to get there . Dont forget we need to have at least twenty per cent of the membership there to be Quorate . Usual place , The Walnut Tree Club  . Medway street Gillingham ME7 1NL

See you there


AGM Wednesday 28th November 8 pm

As per title our agm is fast approaching .
Wednesday 28th November at 8 pm

Do please try and get there . I have it on good authority that all the soaps and other rubbish have been cancelled on the telly that night  Pinochio told me that !!

See you there .

Hello everyone .

As the registration deadline approaches I expect some of you will be looking to take a BMFA "A" test.

If you want to have a try at the test then do have a look at the following videos on You-tube

BMFA "A" test preparation

BMFA "A" test flight

Please have a look and be prepared when you get to the test and don't forget to tell you examiner what you are doing . Practice on a mate at the club and get used to speaking out loud  what you are doing

Hope this helps and look forward to seeing you get the Certificate

I don't know if I'm doing this blogging right! anyway Just ordered a DJI Mavic mini, what's wrong with me!!

Logging into the Club forum

Logging into the forum .

If you copy and paste the following into your browser then when you find the forum "Bookmark it" .

Hope it helps .


PS the forum is also now  on the links page .

Happy landings

Hi everyone . The CAA have today published the details of the registration scheme for model flying in the UK .

Please don't  rush to register or do the "Online test " . Wait until we hear from the BMFA and until your committee has had time to digest the document .



Hi all. Just a reminder about the  possibility about muddy field . After the amount of rain we have had do take care if you drive across to the pit area as some parts of the field may be  getting VERY soft !

If you do get your car stuck then it will be up to you to remove it and reinstate the field .

Indoor Flying. Every second Sunday of the month until march 2020 at Medway park Leisure Center Gillingham Kent  ME7 1HF . Everyone is welcome. £7-50 to fly £1 to spectate.

Flyers MUST have BMFA cover/membership .
Flying from 10am to 3 pm
All proceeds go to our charity "The Air Ambulance Kent ,Surrey and Sussex"
Take advantage of our free to use Bring and buy table . Its free to enter any modelling related item but please remember the air ambulance collection  box is near by if you sell any items. 
We also have a raffle to raise funds so come along and help us support a worthy cause 

There is a cafe at the sport center and you can get a small discount if you tell them your with the indoor flying

Club Notice - No-Fly Zone

Solar Farm Is a NO-FLY Zone

Due to recent events it time to remind all members about Not over-flying the solar farm and to respect the No fly Zone .


Fail-safes must be working on ALL models . Fixed wing set to a minimum of Motor cut for electric or Idle for I/C . Random checks will be made at the field and if a failsafe is not working then the model will be grounded until it can be demonstrated working.

Indoor Flying

Started Sunday 13th Oct and will be every second Sunday through to March 2020.

10% Discount in the Cafe
Anyone using the cafe at Medway park on flying days can get a discount for a meal deal if they tell the manager , Donna that they are with the model flying