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Monday, 29 December 2008 17:04

NLMFC on tour - BMFA Northern Area Fly-in 28th December 2008


A few of our members, well the ones that didn't have the lurgy, ventured off to the BMFA Northern Area Fly-in at Dishforth on the 28th December 2008. We met up at the gatehouse at 10:00am and after gingerly asking a man with a very big gun where to sign in we were off ......



The Dishforth fly-in is a regular event organised by Peter Hornby (above left with the blue hat)that takes place on the last Sunday of the month, the event is open to all BMFA members who must pre-register with Peter ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) at least three weeks before the event. Frequency control was expertly undertaken by the ever present Jack Parker. As is customary at these events Ralph and Terry made a guest appearance although they arrived late due to a detour via Scotland! Ralph was well dressed in his Safety Jacket although some wished it was a straight jacket (joke)

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Wow, the only words to describe the venue, pre cast concrete runway and lots of it, I reckon our 'which field are you landing in Graham' would find it hard not to find the tarmac. The weather was also .... wait for it..... very good for flying, about 5mph winds a bit overcast but shock horror no rain !. Young Connor was so shocked by this phenomenon that he forgot he was outside and flew his indoor 'combat' model instead, its a pity my arms weren't longer......"

Although its the season to catch 'man flu' there was a good turnout of 20 or so people, as with most modellers they were a friendly bunch, fist up are Keith Marston and David Turner from Hull and Market Weighton. Keith flew his OS52(FS) powered Flair Fokker D7 and David his Laser 90(FS) powered Lancair both to great effect.

Andrew Jackson, ably assisted by his dad Paul from the Darlington club flew his OS52AX powered OxaLys and believe me it ate the sky !. Andrew also flew his Irvine 52 powered Glen's Cap again not shortage of power.

Young James Rampling flew his ASP70 powered Cap to great effect, James lives in Harrogate and flies with the Doncaster club. He performed the fastest landing, marshaling of his dad and speedy getaway just after 2pm to go watch his beloved York City get beaten 2-1 by Altrincham, all for the love of football !

The electric contingent were present with Ralph, Terry and our Jimbo, John, Pete and Connor all proving that lipos do work in the cold, I say cold but deck chairs were out !

Young John brought a smile to my face when I asked him why he had a brought a cool box on a cold day, he explained that he was keeping his Lipo's warm and there was a hot water bottle in the bottom, he then showed me into the back of his jeep with a gas fired heater older than I was, I wasted no time in plumbing the local fire brigade into my phone.....

Even younger Connor warmed himself up with a lovely display of aerobatics with his e-flite Cap before announcing that because he had been such a good boy all year Santa had rewarded him with a new Extreme Flight Vanquish. Uncle Pete kindly donated a PCM receiver and in no time Connor was performing rolling circles !

All in all it was a terrific day out, to top it all off we were treated to a display of full size aerobatics from a glider pilot who proceeded to land almost in the hangar, I took some video but alas technology let me down and the like the veritable cupboard the tape was bare ..... still a good excuse to go again. Roll on the next fly-in on the 25th. If you attended the day or like reading this article then please leave a comment...