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 achievement 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.
Safety is always a prime consideration in model flying so, in common with most model flying clubs, pilots are required to have achieved the SAA “Bronze” or BMFA “A” safety certification test before they are permitted to fly solo. Until then they may only fly under supervision of an experienced pilot. 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 after 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 have also brought great benefits as well.
In normal times every assistance is freely given to members who are new to the hobby, and we help new members through the early stages of choosing and assembling a suitable trainer model and related equipment. We also normally provide free tuition in learning to fly, and indeed free tuition is available right through to advanced flying techniques and aerobatics for those who wish to develop their flying capability.
However the legal regulations imposed by the Scottish Government to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus have meant that for certain periods the Club has had to cease operation and/or has been obliged impose special rules and restrictions upon our members and visitors to our site, including, regrettably, the temporary withdrawal of the offer of one-to-one assistance for novices.
This is constantly under review, as government rules are changed quite frequently in the light of developments in the wider community, and may also vary by geographic region. Please regularly review the latest information regarding the rules and restrictions currently in force at the Club. This is published in our "News and Covid Updates" newsletter which is available to read or download from the Home and Club Details pages of this website.