Dumfries Model Flying Club was founded in 1977 and has provided a facility for safe and enjoyable flying of model aircraft in the local area for well over forty years. As such it provides an important and valuable local amenity for people of all ages who have an interest in aviation. Our members fly radio-controlled model aircraft of various types, and the club provides both the physical facilities and a friendly social environment which help to make our favourite hobby both richly rewarding and thoroughly enjoyable.
Model flying is great fun, but safety is always an important consideration and there are rules and regulations which govern all forms of aviation, which is why membership of a properly-constituted club is important for anyone who wishes to fly any form of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Although not particularly onerous, the rules provide important safeguards for everyone involved, so the Club is an important source of information and guidance in this regard. As well as providing an excellent well-organised flying site, the club also offers free flying tuition and training for members. This means that newcomers can learn at their own pace using dual-control radio transmitters whenever possible.
Model flying is not necessarily an unduly expensive activity and can cost a lot less than many other comparable sports and hobbies. The Club does require members to carry third-party insurance via membership of one of the national model flying organisations, but even this is very inexpensive, and membership provides other benefits too.
Ours is a friendly club, so there is a very enjoyable social side to our hobby. Members help and support each other in various ways, and each year the club organises a programme of social activities to enhance this aspect of club life with frequent special events through the flying season. We welcome new members, and are very supportive with advice and assistance to all newcomers to the hobby. Many take up this hobby in later life, especially following retirement, but we welcome both young and old. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult however.
There are many aspects of flying model aircraft which makes it an interesting and occasionally challenging hobby, but the bottom line is that it's great fun! There is much more information on our website about the club and model flying in general, so please browse around and feel free to contact us if you would like to know more, or would like to arrange to visit us at our club flying field.