NEXT SEBMFA Meeting is the AGM

This will take place on Wednesday 15 November 2017, followed by an OGM immediately afterwards, at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge starting at 7.30pm

SEBMFA Autumn Scale Fly-In

The SEBMFA in conjunction with Epsom Radio Flying Club will be holding a Scale fixed wing fly-in on Sunday 1st October 2017 in the area of Horley, Surrey.

Open from 10:00, pilots briefing at 10:45, flying from 11:00 to 18:00.

Large models and Turbines up to 20kg welcome. The field has a grass strip 92 metres x 12 metres and has a good flat surface. Tail restraints or secure restraint required. Pilots must be BMFA members and if not holding at least an “A” test will need to fly under supervision. Turbines and models over 7kg require the pilot to hold a “B” test. There will be ample car parking, BBQ, marquees and a toilet available.

Send an email to to register your models. Please include your BMFA number to receive directions to the flying field.

South Eastern Area Newsletter

The SEBMFA welcomes Norman Carter, Felbridge Flyers Club, as the new Editor of the Area Newsletter.

Download the July Issue 2017

Content includes :

Please forward any material you would like to see published to Norman at

South East Area Facebook page

Area Chairman, Stuart Willis has set up a BMFA South East Area Facebook page, no Facebook account necessary to view.

RC Flying at Long Man

This site, run by East Sussex Soaring Association (ESSA), is open to all BMFA members. It is important to be aware of these flying & conduct rules.

Southern Area BMFA Website

Check out for all the flying news from our next door neighbour. There are 64 clubs and associations based in and around the counties of Hampshire, Berkshire and Dorset affiliated to the BMFA through the Southern Area.

Invitation to Fly

The East Sussex Soaring Association would like to invite BMFA members in the South East to take part in their club competitions. These competitions run from March until November. Details are on the website

These competitions on the slope are essentially club events and are intended to encourage flyers with a wide range of abilities to compete. The motto is “if you can fly and have something that flies you can compete.”

If you would like to take part contact one of the committee members (see contacts on website). Although this is not strictly essential it may be useful if lots of potential competitors turn up.

You may get hooked and then you should consider joining ESSA so you can take part in the years points competition.

Free Flight on Ashdown Forest

The SEBMFA runs eight free-flight meetings on Ashdown Forest which allows flyers to compete locally, in the RAFA Shield, and nationally in the BMFA Area centralised contests.

The fifth meeting on 25 June was described as :-

"Warm, 80/20 cloud/sun, 10 to 15 mph SW breeze."

Congratulations to Ken Taylor of the East Grinstead club who topped the national results in Coupe D'Hiver (F1G).

See Ashdown 5th Area Results

See BMFA National 5th Area Results

The sixth meeting on 16 July was described as :-

"Overcast early, sun later. Warm & humid. Light WSW breeze earlier veering more SW in afternoon."

See Ashdown 6th Area Results

See BMFA National 6th Area Results

SEBMFA Crawley K2 FF Indoor Meeting 2017

The SEBMFA Crawley Free Flight Indoor Meeting took place on Sunday 5 February at the K2 Leisure Centre.

The meeting was well supported by competition and fun flyers alike.

SEBMFA Vice Chairman Robert Richardson presents Rob Funnell with certificate for longest flight in Butterfly Mass Launch.

Here are the Crawley Indoor 2017 competition results

Licence to fly on Ashdown Forest

Firstly, a bit of background information; the Forest is not public land, such as park or open space would be, and the rules for such are not the same. The Ashdown Forest Conservators were set up by an act of parliament and given powers to run and protect the Forest. The only right the public have is to walk on the forest; all other activities are controlled and governed by Licences granted by the Committee that run the Conservators. The BMFA and its membership have licence to fly on the Forest under strict locations, dates and times.

See Ashdown Licence 2016

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Summary of Licence

Model Types: Free Fight and Radio Controlled Gliders, powered and unpowered.

Flying Locations: Old Lodge Valley area bounded by Old Lodge Boundary; and Duddleswell/Nutley Road, Old Lodge Drive, B2026 and Friends Clump.

Flying Dates and Times:

Each year we negotiate a number of competition dates that enable us to fly from 8:30am to sunset, and do not clash with other events on the Forest, for example, equine events. The 2016 dates are Sundays: 14 February, 6 March, 10 April, 15 May, 26 June, 24 July, 11 September and 16 October. So the use of Helicopters and Multi-Rotor, 3D models, Gas Turbines, etc. do not fall within the scope of our licence and therefore cannot be flown at all and will be enforced by the Forest Rangers.