Wimborne Model Aero Club was first formed in April 1973 by Reg and Pauline Hutchinson, the proprietors of the local model shop The Hobby Horse. All those who had shown an interest in the idea were notified of a meeting, which took place in the George Hotel, Wimborne, with some fifty people attending.
A Committee was elected, subs were set at 25p and a flying site was found. Unfortunately this site was lost after only a few months due to a couple of members insisting on flying over local houses from dawn to dusk. This resulted in a search for a new site, and soon negotiations were underway to secure the lease of a site at North Farm, Cashmoor.
This was achieved in 1975 and the use continues to this day. When the site was first used it was only half the size it is today and you had to park at the bottom of the track where the grass area is and layby as you go through the entrance gate. The flying field was expanded in 1998 to double it's original size, and as it is today. The flying site is available for use 364 days per year to all types of fixed wing aircraft.
The Club also has access to sites at Gourds Farm/Manor Farm for slope soaring when the wind is Westerly to SouWesterly to Southerly. The site is private and for the exclusive use of the Club. (These sites are owned by the National Trust and are known to them as Fontmell and Melbury). We also use WinGreen, a public site which is suitable for NWesterlies and Northerlies.
The Club membership has increased since 1973 and currently boasts a healthy 100+ members. The Club has many different levels of flying from the simple sports fly to full aerobatics. The Club has some of the best flyers in the country with members competing in the I.M.A.C. series and one member a 3 times winner of the Jet World Masters Team Scale World championship, to name but a few achievements of many, going back to the 70’s. The Club also holds many events throughout the year from Club to National level.
The long tradition of providing flight training for new members will continue. This means that a new member can learn to fly safely with an experienced pilot on hand. The Club also has a private Club Forum via the website for members to ask questions, get help with repairs and building projects and keep in touch with each other, 24/7.