Dumfries Model Flying Club is affiliated to both the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) and the Scottish Aeromodellers Association (SAA). These organisations provide a framework of safety rules and regulations, and also a programme of flying skills development through various stages of training, testing and certification. Individual membership of either the SAA or BMFA is a requirement for all DMFC members as they also provide third party insurance as an important benefit of membership. It is a condition of flying at our club site that all individuals carry adequate third party insurance and members and visitors who fly at our site must therefore be able to prove current membership of SAA or BMFA at all times.
As safety is always a prime consideration in model flying, new members may only fly under supervision of an experienced pilot until they have successfully undertaken the SAA “Bronze” or BMFA “A” safety certification test to demonstrate their ability to fly solo safely. Every assistance will be given to assist newcomers to attain this standard as soon as possible. There is also a legal requirement for model flyers to register with the CAA and obtain an Operator ID and a Flyer ID, via a simple online process. See the Safety Matters page of this website for more details.
Model flying is a diverse hobby which covers many different interests and disciplines which give it a very wide appeal. Several of our members are keen aeromodellers who design, build and fly their own creations from scratch, but those skills are no longer a necessary aspect of model flying. These days there is a huge variety of models available in ARTF (almost ready to fly) form, and many of these simply screw together so that they can be ready to fly within a very short time of opening the box!
As the ability and time to build a model in order to fly one is no longer necessary, the fact is that radio-controlled model flying has never been easier or cheaper to get into. New technology has brought big improvements to the hobby too, and perhaps the most far-reaching development in recent years has been the move towards quiet, clean, electric-powered flight, which has now become the mainstream power-train of choice for most of our members. Computerised radio transmitters with memories for different model settings has also brought great benefits as well.
We can help new members through the early stages of buying and assembling a suitable trainer model and related equipment, and provide free tuition in learning to fly. Indeed free tuition is even available right through to advanced flying techniques and aerobatics for those who wish to develop their flying capability. The Club also holds monthly Committee Meetings during the winter months to which all members are invited. These meetings provide a pleasant social opportunity for members to get together during the period when good flying days are less frequent.
Our members fly many different kinds of model aircraft, including trainers, gliders, scale models of warplanes and classic civilian types, jets (electric ducted fan types - not turbines), high performance aerobats and helicopters. Even seaplanes and flying boats!
Because there is so much choice available, those new to the hobby are advised to visit our flying site and talk to our members before spending money on a model and or equipment which may be unsuitable for a beginner. Learning to fly by radio control is huge fun, but learning “the hard way” can be expensive, so some helpful (free) advice, guidance and assistance can help avoid the disappointment of crashing a lovely new model on its first outing.