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David Ashby  |  Oct 17, 2007  |  0 comments
The above headline from the Sun newspaper on 27th September aroused our curiosity not least because the newspaper reported that the flyer in question had been hired on a £50,000 contract by the army. Tasked to take off and land UAVs, the unnamed 'champ' had been recruited after Royal Artillery troops had crashed a number of the £2m, 32ft span unmanned reconnaissance aircraft. The pilot has asked not to be named for security reasons but if you know a flyer who's suddenly acquired a suntan and a new motor, not to mention some shiny new models then he might well be our man! Thanks go to reader David Hope for drawing our attention to the story and the Sun Newspaper for their kind permission to reproduce their article. .
RCME Staff  |  Mar 10, 2016  |  0 comments
Local shows and events provide an excellent PR opportunity for a club and make a great sideshow for many a school fete or charity fund-raiser. Alas, however, gone are the days when a few good guys could take up a bit of room on the playing field and make something up as they went along. We live in an increasingly litigious society and if ‘model flying meets Joe Public’ scenarios are to go well, then a little more thought has to go into things. 1.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 11, 2015  |  0 comments
Many clubs stipulate that to fly with them, you must also be a member of the British Model Flying Association (BMFA). This is usually for reasons of insurance coupled with the fact that affiliation offers extensions which protect the club’s committee in their position. However, membership of the BMFA also brings many other things to a modeller’s hobby, should they wish to utilise it. Perhaps the main one of these, after insurance, is the BMFA’s extensive list of flying related personal achievement schemes.
RCME Staff  |  Oct 12, 2015  |  0 comments
1. Take a logical approach. There is no right or wrong way to teach someone to fly R/C models, however there is a logical approach that breaks down the challenge into simple stepping stones. For instance, there is little point in teaching somebody how to take off unless they’ve learned how to climb out into a circuit first.
Andy Ellison  |  Dec 31, 2020  |  0 comments
If they're having fun then they'll want to go again. . . Have we given up trying to save the hobby for the next generation or do we have to adapt to change to ensure its continuation? Are our flying clubs destined to deteriorate into fields of grumpy old men depleting slowly and recounting tales of how it used to be? As the BMFA struggle on with their free flight founded education programme I was asked if there was anything we can do, individually or as a club in R/C land, to encourage new youngsters in, or help keep the ones we already have.
Dave Roberts  |  Apr 27, 2009  |  0 comments
Fancy a Camel? This ARTF version from Hanger 9 is a fine flyer Of all the terrible innovations with which the Great War ushered in the age of mechanised conflict, perhaps the most remarkable were the fighting machines that allowed the cavalry to take to the air. They brought with them a new concept - air power - to describe the struggle for technical and numerical advantage in this new arena. First, Germany's E1 Eindekker held sway over the Western Front, only to be displaced by Britain's Sopwith Pup and de Havilland 2. When, in the late summer of 1916, these aircraft were bested in turn by Germany's Albatross and Halberstaadt fighters, Britain's next ripostes were still on the drawing board: the RAE was readying the SE5, and Bristol was at work on the F2a.
Alex Leigh  |  Jan 29, 2015  |  0 comments
Before we can narrate the strange life of the SLOM, first we must introduce him properly. A single letter away from a SLOB, but diametrically opposite in both thoughts and deeds. The SLOM is simply an acronym for the Slope Obsessed Man, and here we'll attempt to describe the chronology of his strange days. At first glance, a SLOM looks like you or I but if you study him, and generally this mental condition attaches itself only to the X chromosome, the clues are there.
RCME Staff  |  Jun 20, 2017  |  0 comments
The Sopwith Camel, so the popular saying goes, offered its pilot three choices: the Victoria Cross, the Red Cross, or a wooden cross: the Camel downed more enemy aircraft than any other scout in W. W. I - it’s credited with 1294 victories - but it was also responsible for a lot of own-goals. In the 17 months during which the Camel was operational, it wasn’t just combat that claimed the lives of its pilots.
David Ashby  |  Oct 11, 2010  |  0 comments
Area 51 are now sole UK distributors for the SebArt range the latestaddition towhich is this Sebach 342 30e reviewed in the July 2010 issue of RCM&E. I popped along to Area 51 at the weekend. They're the UK distributors for a number of popular brands including SebArt, Hacker, FunTech and Xoar among many others. The business isowned and run by Colin and Mike who showed me around the Kent based facility.
Alex Whittaker  |  Oct 28, 2021  |  0 comments
Alex Whittaker delves into a scale masterpiece from the secretive 'Spartacus', his 118-inch span Miles Gemini

Conceived as a four-seater light touring aircraft the Miles Messenger twin first flew on the 26th October 1945. The prototype was powered by a Blackburn Cirrus Minor engine. It was of wooden construction and had a retracting undercarriage.

Keith Jackson  |  Aug 20, 2021  |  0 comments
Top competition pilot, Keith Jackson sets about keeping us better informed of developments with pattern style model aircraft.

This is Keith's column from RCM&E March 2021, which we will be presenting in two parts.

Keith Jackson  |  Aug 20, 2021  |  0 comments
Top competition pilot, Keith Jackson sets about keeping us better informed of developments with pattern style model aircraft.

This is the second part of Keith's column from RCM&E March 2021.

Keith Jackson  |  Jan 21, 2022  |  0 comments
Keith Jackson returns with more F3A flying news. Additional pictures by Robin Trumpp, Adam Debowski, Thomas David, Kevin Caton.

Its great to be finally back flying! I wasn’t really sure about this until I attended an impromptu flying session at Hurley the other week. Even then it was only until eight flights into this that I realised that I’d actually really missed being able to fly F3A.

Cliff Whittaker  |  Feb 17, 2021  |  0 comments
Why did the rules for model flying have to change? This thorny subject is discussed by Cliff Whittaker, who was an advisor to the BMFA during their negotiations with the CAA.


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