Southern Area BMFA Flying Only Scale Competition  Cashmoor, Dorset 24th September 2017

 The Wimborne Model Aero Club are kindly hosting on behalf of the Southern Area BMFA a 'Flying Only' Scale Competition on 24th September 2017 on their site at Cashmoor, Dorset.

The competition will be relatively low key to give the average club scale flyer an opportunity to experience flying a scale model in a realistic way and to compete for trophies that it is hoped will be awarded on an annual basis.


For this first Southern Area Scale event there will be no charge for competition entry. However, pre entry is recommended by emailing details (name, club, contact details, optional model, scale etc.) to Peter Willis, or texting 07894 114564. This will allow the necessary arrangements to be made for the numbers expected and allow notification, if forecast weather conditions require a postponement of the event.


Free tea, coffee and squash will be available throughout the day. BBQ sausages and burgers, with rolls etc. will be available at lunchtime. A small donation towards food costs (recommended £1 per burger or hotdog) would be appreciated.

 It is hoped that a small raffle draw will be held on the day to also help cover costs of the event.

Competition Rules

  •  The competition is open to any member of a BMFA affiliated club in the Southern Area of the BMFA


  • The model flown should be a scale representation of a full sized, manned, fixed wing, powered aircraft, which has successfully flown. The model can be an ARTF, scratch or kit built and there is no ‘builder of the model’ rule i.e. the pilot need not have built the model flown. Pilots flying models weighing more than 7Kg or turbine powered aircraft must have a BMFA “B” certificate. Models over 20 kg must have relevant CAA documentation presented for inspection.


  • The format for the ‘choice of manoeuvres’ is that the pilot is required to perform a flight schedule made up of a combination of compulsory and optional manoeuvres. The compulsory manoeuvres are 1,2,3,&10. The flight is to be made up of 10 manoeuvres leaving 5 ‘options’ to be selected by the pilot from the list on Page 2.


  1. Take Off and 90 degree turn
  2. Figure 8
  3. Descending Circle
  4. – 9. Pilots Choice from the attached list
  5. Approach and Landing

The choices made by the pilot should reflect the capabilities of the aircraft modelled, that is to say as is current practice, only non-aerobatic models should select options from the specified ‘non aerobatic’ list.

Each manoeuvre to be marked out of 10 points by the judges who will consider the following in their allocation of marks.


  1. Accuracy of position of the manoeuvre.
  2. Accuracy of execution of the manoeuvre in relation to the full sized aircraft’s performance capability.
  3. Start’ & ‘Finished’ called by pilot in appropriate position.
  4. Realism of Flight to include: Speed of the model, Smoothness of Flight, Size of Manoeuvres

 Each pilot will have 2 flights and marks from the 2 flights will be added together to decide each pilot’s score.

 In the event of any dispute the Contest Directors decision is final.

A preview copy of the Scoresheet is shown below





Aircraft Details





Cruise speed (full size):

Decade full size first flew:







Compulsory Manoeuvres (section 1)

Flt 1

Flt 2


Take-off …including climb out & 90° turn



Straight flight …5secs + 5secs



Figure Eight …90° + 360° +270°



Descending circle …360° constant turn, descent to below 6m



Approach & landing


General Manoeuvres (section 2)


Extract & Retract Landing Gear … below 15m


Extend & Retract Flaps … below 15m


Drop bombs or Fuel Tank


Parachute Demonstration


Touch & Go


Wing over Left/Right (nominate directions beforehand)


Slide slip Left/Right


1st Flight Function performed by aircraft


2nd Flight Function performed by subject aircraft


Flight in a straight line with one engine throttled (multi engine a/c)


Aerobatic Manoeuvres (section 3)


Stall turn Left/Right (nominate directions beforehand)


Immelman Turn (Half-loop followed by half-roll)


Inside Loop


Split “S” (Reversal – half-roll followed by half-loop)


Cuban Eight


Normal Spin (Three Turns)




Inverted Flight …½ roll – 100m – ½ roll


Non- Aerobatic Manoeuvres (section 4)


Chandelle … 180° Climbing turn


Flight in Triangular circuit


Flight in Rectangular circuit


Flight in straight line at constant height below 6m


Overshoot … at approx. 3m


Realism of Flight … to include: Speed of the model, Smoothness of Flight, Size of Manoeuvres




To avoid any doubt all of the above manoeuvres will be as described (and illustrated) in the BMFA 2017 Scale rules, a copy of which will be available at the competition for entrants to check against.

Before starting pilots must nominate any five of the manoeuvres from sections 2 & 3 (aerobatic aircraft) OR sections 2 & 4 (non-aerobatic aircraft).

 Judge 1:

 Judge 2:




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