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 would be given to newcomers to the hobby and we would help new members through the early stages of choosing, buying and assembling a suitable trainer model and related equipment. We would also normally provide free tuition in learning to fly, and indeed free tuition would be available right through to advanced flying techniques and aerobatics for those who wish to develop their flying capability.
Unfortunately however this is impossible under current Covid restrictions, so regrettably the Club has had to withdraw this offer. For the same reason we have to restrict the numbers of people at our flying site and have instituted a pre-booking system for our members to comply with the Scottish government "Test and Protect" rules. We are therefore reluctantly unable to invite visitors and spectators to our flying site and anyone who does not have a prior booking will be asked to leave the site. More details are provided on the New Members and Visitors page of this website.