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The Jet Modellers Association’s Flying Only Scale Masters  September 3rd 2022.  This event is a flying competition for scale jets to International Jet Model Committee (IJMC) rules and open to a maximum entry of 15 pilots.

The event in it’s current form has been going since 2018. To begin with it was known as the Jet Modellers Association (JMA) Top Gun, an informal ‘pilot’s choice’ style competition which was run during the JMA fly-in held annually at Westonzoyland on the Somerset levels or, more recently at RAF Merryfield near Ilminster in southwest Somerset. The first one I attended was back in 1995.

John died after a long illness on Saturday 29th of January 2022. Having moved from the area to Alicante in Southern Spain soon after retirement where he and his wife Irene lived for 14 years before returning to the UK after John had developed Parkinson’s, to live close to their son Andrew’s family. Andrew, who was prominent junior member of the WMAC is now an Air Traffic Controller at Aberdeen International Airport.

John Joined the Wimborne Model Aero Club (WMAC) in 1974 not long after our formation and brought with him a wealth of helpful experience being already a very able flyer and consummate builder of both scale and sport models. He served as our Chairman for a few years and can be seen here on the left presenting Jim Rodgers with the Aerobatic trophy, I can’t think who the other bloke is. John is also on the left of the group photo with the Jubilee Flyer.


It was with great sadness that we learnt of Simon's sudden illness and very shortly after his passing at the end of August.  His funeral was held at Bournemouth Crematorium on the 13th September 2021.  A significant number of Club members attended to say farewell.  An Eulogy written by his wife was read by Mark Petraskas.  This was followed by tributes to our late Membership Secretary written by members and read by Phil Ford.