This will take place on Wednesday 4 January 2017 at the Angel Centre, Tonbridge starting at 8.00pm

Download minutes from the Ordinary General Meeting held on 16 November 2016

South Eastern Area Newsletter

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

Download the October Issue 2016

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.

SEBMFA Crawley K2 FF Indoor Meeting 2017

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

There will be the usual mix of fun and competition flying from 11am to 5.30pm in this large venue.

There are comps for 12 inch Catapult Glider, HLG, Peanut Scale, Open Scale, EZB, Living Room Stick, Gyminnie Cricket, Legal Eagle, plus the Butterfly and Hangar Rat mass launches.

The "Legal Eagle" has proven popular with 14 entries last year, so if you want to get involved, see the downloadable plans and information on the Legal Eagle page

Also rubber powered, the Gyminnie Cricket is a proven beginners model that has a fine performance. The BMFA Indoor webpage contains the plan,building & flying info for a Gyminnie Cricket .

For those wanting a HLG/catapult glider model to fly check out the AMA Glider website which provides plans including a simple starter model called appropriately Simple Simon.

For those wanting to take part in the popular Butterfly and Hangar Rat mass launches, models can be obtained from Flitehook in kit or ready built form.

Email meeting organiser John Dart or phone 01293 420830 for any more information.

See last year's Crawley Indoor 2016 competition results

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.

BMFA Flying Site Survey

The BMFA has carried out a survey of its members to gauge the support for a National Flying Site and how to pay for it.

The results of the BMFA National Flying Site & Heritage Centre Survey Results can be downloaded here

2016 Achievement Scheme Update

These new developments all come into effect from this April onwards.

The principle changes are;

For more info goto BMFA Achievement Scheme

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 First meeting on 14 February was described as :-

"Cloudy with occasional brief sun and a very cold NNE 15-20 mph wind. Very wet underfoot."

Nationally Neil Allen placed second in Combined Power, Gary Oulds third in F1A glider and Mike Cook third in E36 electric power.

See Ashdown 1st Area Results

See BMFA National 1st Area Results

The Second meeting on 6 March was described as :-

"Cloudy with occasional brief sun and a very cold NNE 15-20 mph wind. Very wet underfoot."

Nationally Mike Cook placed sixth and Mike Cook placed third in HLG/Catapult.

See Ashdown 2nd Area Results

See BMFA National 2nd Area Results

The Third meeting on 10 April was described as :-

"Dry but cold ESE wind of 15-25mph at times. Flying from Camp Hill. The awkward wind direction restricted entries somewhat. From JR, I attended but did not fly. Not only was the wind in a poor direction it was also very gusty and turbulent. When I got home that evening, I heard a travel report saying ‘flights in and out of Heathrow and Gatwick are being delayed by half an hour, due to high winds’. No wonder our flyers were having problems !"

Best placed nationally was Mike Cook flying HLG in sixth place.

See Ashdown 3rd Area Results

See BMFA National 3rd Area Results

The Fourth meeting on 15 May was described as :-

"Sunny spells, 8 to 12mph breeze, mainly SW, but swinging between S & W at times. In view of the wind direction at the time, Terry Knight declined to fly-off in Combined Glider."

See Ashdown 4th Area Results

See BMFA National 4th Area Results

The Fifth meeting on 26 June was described as :-

"Warm with cloud & a little rain at times. 10 to 12 mph SW breeze"

Best placed nationally was Gary Oulds flying F1H in third place.

See Ashdown 5th Area Results

See BMFA National 5th Area Results

The Sixth meeting on 24 July was described as :-

"50/50 sun/cloud. Warm in the sun. SW breeze gusting to 15mph or more at times. Flying from centre of forest, downhill from Camp Hill. Very few entries."

See Ashdown 6th Area Results

See BMFA National 6th Area Results

The Seventh meeting on 11 September was described as :-

"Sunny and dry all day. Light southerly breeze. Flying from centre of forest, down from Camp Hill."

See Ashdown 7th Area Results

See BMFA National 7th Area Results

The Seventh meeting on 16 October was described as :-

"No entries I'm afraid, the heavy rain & strong southerly wind in the morning deterred everyone from turning out at Ashdown. Conditions did improve greatly in the afternoon, but by then it would have been too late to make any worthwhile flights on the forest."

See Ashdown 8th Area Results

See BMFA National 8th Area Results

As there were no scores, the RAFA totals are unchanged from last time: East Grinstead 86 Crawley 150

An easy victory for Crawley this year, congratulations all.

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

Click map to enlarge

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.

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.