We are a friendly model flying club club based in and around the Christchurch area. We have over 100 members who fly most types of radio controlled aircraft, including gliders (both thermal and slope soaring), electric power fixed wing (both land and water based), helicopters and indoor models. We have sole access to flying at excellent private sites, Strawberry Field near Lymington, where there is a £2 fee per day for fliers, Longham Reservoir, to the west of Bournemouth Airport and a new flat field site at Sopley Farm. Our annual membership fee is very reasonable and includes BMFA* membership.
Electric flying and thermal soaring takes place at Strawberry Field , a couple of miles north of Lymington and Oldfield near Winkton, as well as on public sites, fairly central to the Christchurch area. The slope sites are within about 50 minutes drive, catering for practically all wind directions. IC Power flying is not permitted on any of our sites and IC flyers generally join privately run fields. Indoor flying sessions are held twice a month during the Winter season at a local sports hall. Longham Lake is available for electric flying of flying boats and floatplanes free of charge to all Club members.
We welcome flyers of all ability levels, including beginners. Choosing the right model with which to learn the basic flying skills is very important, and expert advice is available on all types of model, large or small, helicopters or fixed wing, gliders, or electric powered, from scale models of full size aircraft to specialist high performance aerobatic or racing types. Glider and electric powered model training is available for anyone wishing to try their hand before taking the plunge. Once hooked, help is at hand at all stages in the choice of appropriate radio equipment and through to those all important first flights. Club meetings and technical sessions are held every month at Bransgore Village Hall.
*BMFA - the British Model Flying Association, to which the Club is affiliated. Membership benefits include your compulsory model flying insurance and a magazine four times a year.
And these are just some of the models we fly - click on a frame for a bigger picture. Photos are by Alan Butterworth