Medway Model Flying Club Sept 2017

Established in 1974, we are a friendly club of model flying enthusiasts.Our main flying site is at Stickfast Lane, near Iwade in Kent.The club also hasa field for free flight & gliders near Harty on the Isle of Sheppey. If your interested in joinng, pop down to the Stickfast Lane field on a nice flying day for a chat or, alternatively post on the club forum. For membership or other enquiries Click Here

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Club Meetings
(Monthly on the last Weds of the month)
8pm At:

The Walnut Tree Club
Medway Road
Gillingham Kent ME7 1NL
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Stickfast Lane Postcode:
ME9 8QE click for map


Wednesday 29th at 8.00pm

Don't forget our AGM at the Walnut tree club in Gillingham .We need 20% of the club excluding the committee to be quorate so pleas try to attend. We will be holding separate elections for all committee members this year as we have had to co-opt two members during the year and Vid Eighteen is not standing for next year. It may take a little longer than previous years so pleas come along and help make it work.  If you have any questions or suggestions then the AGM is the time to speak up. Do you feel you can offer your time and support to the club , or would you like to stand for a committee post ? Agian the AGM is the place to speak up . 

Next Indoor Flying 12th November

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George Norman

Reg Bell has informed us former club member George Norman, sadly passed away Sunday 10th Sept.

George was a keen and accomplished model glider pilot for many years, but gave up MMFC club membership a number of years ago. He was very active in other pursuits right up to the end of his life.

Georges widow. Sheila, has given her consent to publish the funeral arrangements.
George's funeral service will be on Friday 20th October at 10.00am At Our Lady of Gillingham RC Church. On the corner of Railway Street and Ingram Road, Gillingham. 


Hi all . Justin from Rapid RC (an MMFC Member) has now opened a new model shop on Sheppey . You may have visited him at the shows or at his previous shop at Gillingham . His new address is : Rapid RC, Unit 2 ,New Hook Farm ,Lower Road, Sherness ,ME12 3SU 01795 880151 Website details will be potsed as soon as he can get connected Directions: Over bridge onto Sheppey and turn right towards Leysdown . About two to three miles you come to Brambledown . Drive through Bramledown and past the farm shop on your left and the entrance to Lower Hook Farm is on your Right. Justin sells the full range of modelling stuff at very competitive prices including Kits, batteries and all those fiddly bits (technical term) that are sometimes hard to find. He will always get anything in for you that's not currently in stock

'Club Day'

Click here for Dave Leigh's video on youtube (opens in a new window).
Above is Clive Bowles great overhead shot

Thank you , a big heart felt thank you to everyone who helped with the Annual Club Day and combined Swap-meet yesterday. The Swap-meet despite being well advertised only had a few boots but was I think enjoyed buy all with a lot of bargains to be had. The Club day had a reasonable attendance by the regular members and all had a good days flying with plenty to eat and drink through the day from the Tea /Coffee bar run by Martin , Mike and Cathy , Sue and Barrie and a few others . Thanks for the lovely cakes supplied By my wife Jane, Betty and another members wife, sorry cant remember her name but thanks they were great.

An added bonus this year was supplied by Andrew , Imee and Imre and their families who cooked a fabulous authentic Hungarian Goulash . They even brought their own design Cooker with a cauldron . Once tasted everyone had seconds !! Brilliant well done and thank you.

Steve & Vid with 'rocket' planes


The BBQ cooked Colin and Mike went well as usual Thanks Guys , but considering we have over 100 members was poorly attended by the club ! and a lot of food was given away as a result . Still a good crowd with neighbouring clubs and families boosting numbers and making a great day and evening . 
Gary ran a good raffle as usual boosting taking for the Air Ambulance

The fireworks Brilliantly done by Vid and steve and helpers was a great success .
i haven't a upto date figure of the Air Ambulance contributions or yesterdays monies as yet but will post later but the boxes were a lot heavier than when they arrived , will count up at the next club meeting. 
Thanks again to everyone who helped , contributed and supported the day .
Sorry if I missed anyone out but still a bit Knackered after a long day

ps I think Les and others may have posted pics of the day (see club facebook page click here)


Written by the CEO of the BMFA  Dave Phipps

The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published the outcome of their consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK.  The document can be viewed HERE (click to view pdf file)
The document has evidently caused some concern within the model flying community and has set some ‘hares running’.  As such, I thought that it would be useful to comment on the DfT publication and clarify the situation.
The DfT document sets out their thoughts on the basic plan for the future regulation of unmanned aircraft in the UK.  However, the details of how any new regulations will be developed and implemented are still to be negotiated which will take some time, so nothing will happen instantly.
The DfT proposals generally align with those developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).  The general principle is that (for those operating outside the framework of an established model flying association) the regulations for unmanned aircraft will be more restrictive than those currently in place with additional requirements for training, registration and a 400ft/120m height limit.  This is comparable with the ‘Open Category’ requirements proposed by EASA.
Within the EASA proposals, established model flying associations would operate within the ‘Specific Category’ under an authorisation granted by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which would essentially allow us to operate as we do today.  The DfT’s proposals do not change this.  Essentially, the CAA would issue us with an authorisation (or exemption) defining our agreed operating parameters which would reflect how we operate today (including operations above 400ft/120m).
In terms of registration requirements, we maintain the position that membership of one of the UK’s established model flying associations provides an appropriate form of ‘registration’ and the DfT/CAA remain amenable to this option as referred to in the publication:
“The Government will work with model aircraft flying clubs to examine ways in which it may be possible to exempt members of model aircraft flying clubs with adequate safety cultures and practices from certain elements of registration and other educational requirements, or where their club will be permitted to undertake regulatory requirements on their behalf. Flyers of model aircraft who are not members of a club, or are members of a club not deemed to have adequate standards will, however, not be excluded from registration or other requirements.”
Negotiations are continuing with the DfT/CAA on a positive basis, to try and ensure that we are allowed to operate largely as we do today and keep the impact of regulations written principally to deal with the ‘drone issue’ to a minimum for UK model flyers.

Indoor Flying Dates

These are 15th October, 12th November & 10th December 2017
(Please note October is 3rd Sunday others are 2nd Sundays of month)

Medway Park Mill Rd. Gillingham Kent ME7 1 HF

Click Here to See New Layout for Pits, Runway and No Fly areas.

FPV Flyers Please Read

Hello everyone, after being down the field it has come to our attention that there is a lot of fpv going on. Please can you follow these few simple steps to stop any future problems or accidents.
1. If you intend to fly fpv please talk to any other pilots that are also flying fpv to find out what channels they are flying on.
2. Do not power up a vtx unless you know you will not clash on channels.  
3. If you intend to fly an fpv model but you are flying line of sight please turn off your vtx so it is not transmitting. You may need to add a switch or plug to your vtx power lead so you can power down your vtx if not in use.
4. Make sure you know how to change the channel on your vtx as you may have to change it down the field. If you need help with this please ask someone to show you as you should know how to use the equipment you are flying.
5. Can any members flying fpv please make sure you all fly from the same area so you can communicate with other fpv pilots no matter what flying machine you are using.
If any members have any problems following these steps do not fly and bring your issues to a committee member.
Many thanks 
(Comp sec)

Harty Ferry Site

New directions are now available (courtesy of Mike Smith) Click Here
(Its below details for Stickfast Lane field)

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