Article for Quiet and Electric Flight International magazine

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Hi John, we at the Belfast Model Flying Club fly indoors on a regular basis at 3 venues.

The Belfast Club has been on the go since 1945 and was initially a free flight and control line flying club. Today our base is still in Control Line flying but we also embrace the pleasure of calm conditions and heat at our indoor sessions.
On the second saturday of the month between September and April we can be found in the gym at our local school, Ashfield Girls School merrily flying a wide range of models. We fly in 15 min slots, roughly the length of 1 battery, Vapors, Heli’€™s, large 3D, small 3D. Our record for Vapors in the air at one time is 13, so keeping a close eye on your model was quite a challenge, and yes we did have a few members jiggling their sticks while following the wrong Vapor, however accidents were very few.
In the Heli session, I fly a Blade CP Pro 2 and like yourself acknowledge my limits with the heli kept in a reasonably close hover in front of me, I find this challenging enough. Other members fly a range of mini helis including a Lama, mCPs, mCPX etc.
The Large 3D section has a couple of members show off their abilities flying Click size models.
The small 3D brings out Cubs, 4site, Trojans, Extra 300.
We also fly on the 4th Monday of the month between September and April at Bloomfield Methodist Church Hall. Being a church hall and relatively small it really only lends itself to Vapors and Heli’s, however the flying gets in the way of the cup of tea, biscuit, chat and banter.
On a Wednesday morning a few members fly at a local small leisure centre but this session is entirely restricted to indoor free flight. While the hall is small with a reasonably low ceiling height the pilots have learned with practise to overcome the restrictions and have successful flying sessions,
All in all a quite busy yearly flying season.
Regards
Eric Millar
Web Manager
Belfast Model Flying Club

Container/Hanger/Flying Site Accommodation

IMG_0577Nearly 3 years ago it was suggested to us that we should have some accommodation at our flying site at Tommy Paton Park, something to protect our poor ageing bodies during periods of inclement weather and Oh Yes to protect our models also.

After much chat and “should we or should we not” discussion there came a time 2 years ago when we decided yes we should. Yellow pages and the Internet were trolled, suppliers visited and a suitable building sourced, no stopping us now . WRONG.

Just as we had got our ball rolling Belfast City Council were commissioning an audit of containers on Council owned property.

Again major discussion ensued ‘€œWhat do you want??’ ‘This is what you can have, is it suitable??’ ‘€œBut our needs are this!!’ €’œWell that’s not what we will accept, it must fall into this criteria.’

The ball was being well and truly bounced and the building we had sourced was no longer available , great sadness.

And so as one year rolled into the next, discussion, site meetings, plans drawn etc etc etc, the ball wasn’€™t bouncing quite so high.  Suddenly the ball started rolling again, again Yellow Pages and the Internet were investigated and suppliers contacted and visited and lo and behold a suitable building was sourced and it fitted everyone’€™s criteria and everyone was happy, Oh joy our site hut was on its way. But then the ball slowed down and was barely moving.

Father Christmas came and went, 2013 arrived and all was quiet in the woods.

IMG_0578Thursday 7th February arrived as most days do in Northern Ireland, grey and overcast with heavy rain forecast.

At 0850 Maurice received a phone call. The building will be delivered to your site in about 45 minutes

IMG_0579ARGH.. lots of notice! NOPE..  Get yourself sorted, contact other members, get to the site to open it and upon arrival there waiting for us was the trailer with our Hanger sitting quietly waiting for us.

The attached pictures tell the tale of its delivery and IMG_0580positioning at our flying site and we are all trying to be the same Dwarf€“ Happy.

Who said BMFC was on its last legs ! ONWARDS AND UPWARDS.

Eric Millar

CONTROL-LINE FLYING IMG_0581ROCKS – YEEHA

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