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Balsa Brain Quiz Results

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On the 25th November the annual Southern Area BMFA Balsa Brain Quiz was held and for the first time Wimborne MAC entered a team, the Wimborne Wonders, consisting of David Tappin and Peter Willis. The Balsa Brain quiz evening trophy is now 34 years old, and this event continues to draw support from many local clubs.

The venue used was the Hamble Social Club, which is also the home of the Firebirds MAC (A club co-founded by Peter Willis and Pat Parson back in the 1970s). This venue has been used for several years now by the Southern Area BMFA and always provides good hospitality, excellent food and great facilities to ensure that the evening is a success.

Fly with a Spitfire

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As winner of the Fly with a Spitfire raffle I thought it only fair to recite the day’s events.  With the flying season coming to a close the only booking I could make was for Sunday 25th September at 11 am.  The booking was made with the Boultbee Flying Academy based at Goodwood Aerodrome, near Chichester, West Sussex.  Boultbee have on their inventory a Mk XI Spitfire, named City of Exeter.  They have another Spitfire, not sure what version but could be a TR9, this Spitfire can carry two pilots, ie; dual controls which they use to train pilots to fly Spitfires.  They have a Mustang too, although on this specific day it was not seen and other aircraft, a DH Chipmunk in original RAF training school livery for instance.

EDF and Jet Day

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WimborneMAC’s annual EDF & Jet day took place on Sunday 2nd October. It promised to be an excellent day with fine weather and light winds. I arrived at 0820 hrs to put up the safety fence, I had already mown the airstrip in advance on the previous Wednesday. David Tappin, event director arrived a few minutes later and got tables and equipment ready.

By 9 am members were starting to arrive and getting set up with their models. Those without any form of jet would also get some flying time in although jets and EDF’s get priority. Surprisingly for the the first time ever I can recall, the turbines five of which flew many times plus 3 others which only didn't feature in the following competition results because they didn't fly, outnumbered the EDFs

Wessex AML Results 2016

600 res winner

Low-Cost 600RES Competition.  Sunday 18th September. The final round of the 2016 season was held in superb thermal gliding conditions at Cashmoor, the Wimborne MAC flying site. After the pilots’ briefing the event got under way with eleven pilots taking part. The event consisted of five rounds with pilots flying against each other once in the Round Robin format.


All pilots elected to have some test flights and when Round 1 got under way expectations were high. The landing patch at Cashmoor is enormous and only one pilot landed out all day and then by only a matter of a few feet. Andrew Fellows and Jeff fellows started as they meant to continue with convincing wins. However, Bob Corfield easily outflew James Parry, Mike Sims and Chris Hague only to miss the landing patch by a small margin and score a resounding zero! Apparently, Bob’s newly fitted and untried spoiler was very efficient, hence the landing falling short of the runway. Bob did not make the same mistake twice!