Club News

From 1st January 2019 it is now an offence to fly in the statutory no fly zone marked in red on the map.  It was in the club rules as no fly zone anyway, but now it is a legal requirement not to fly there.  (Please ‘click’ on the map to enlarge).




Three intrepid flyers joined the 20 mph club at Jurby this month.


Wednesday 25th September 2019

Gliding on the hills from about 6.30pm (daylight and weather permitting) followed by normal club night at the ‘Creg-ny-Baa’ from 7.30 pm.  (Come along and enjoy a drink with other flyers, coffee and soft drinks available). 


Wednesday 2nd October 2019

‘Swap Meet’ (Bring & Buy Sale) in the function room, 1st floor of the Creg.  7.30 pm start.


Saturday & Sunday 12th & 13th October 2019

Provisional dates for the re-scheduled Fly-In and Scale competitions at Jurby.


November to March 2019

Winter Indoor Flying.  Dates to be confirmed shortly.


Wednesday 27th November 2019

Club Annual General Meeting to be held at the Creg.


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Flypaper January 2018
Flypaper December 2017
Flypaper November 2017

The following was received from the British Model Flying Association:- 

Further to the recent publication of CAP1775 which launched a consultation on the CAA’s proposed arrangements for registration fees (£16.50 per person per annum) for operators of unmanned aircraft, the UK model flying association (BMFA/LMA/SAA & FPVUK) held a meeting last night with advisers.

The text in CAP1775 is far more serious than the issue of registration fees alone.  The consultation reveals that key policy decisions (such as age limits, not allowing us to register members on their behalf and repetitive competency requirements) appear to have been imposed on us in the absence of either consultation or the further discussions the DfT/CAA publicly promised. 

The policies outlined are inconsistent with the EASA Regulations for model flying associations, because they mandate requirements which should instead be subject to negotiation and agreement with us prior to incorporation into our operational authorisation.  As the scope of the consultation is limited to the fee arrangements, it does not invite comment on these wider policy issues.

As the CAA/DfT have evaded engagement with us on policy development since the end of 2018 and have now seemingly closed the door on us with CAP1775 , we believe that it is now time for members to hold them directly to account.

The attached document (UK Model Flyers – Call to action) summarises the views of the UK Associations, explains what we hoped to achieve and outlines where we believe the CAA/DfT have failed our members, who are the largest single stakeholder group affected by CAP1775.  Hard copies of this document will also be sent to every member with the next issue of the BMFA NEWS.

This call to action is just one element of a wider co-ordinated campaign.  There is still a long way to go with this and please be assured it is by no means the end of the story.

(Manx Model Flyers members were sent details of types of response letter by email on 9th May 2019.)

We need a big response on this and we would urge every club and every member to help us.


The Manx Model Flyers committee have booked dates for indoor flying for this winter.  The venue remains the same: The Tommy Clucas Community Sports Hall, Peel.  (The hall is in Peel Football Ground, opposite the QE2 secondary school as shown in the map).

These evenings are for club members only and there will be a charge of £5.00 contribution per session per member.

Come along and enjoy the fun.

The following evenings have now been booked:

Sunday 4th November 2018

Sunday 18th November 2018

Sunday 2nd December 2018

Sunday 16th December 2018

Sunday 13th January 2019

Sunday 27th January 2019

Sunday 10th February 2019

Sunday 24th February 2019

Sunday 10th March 2019

Sunday 24th March 2019



From an article in this month’s BMFA News:  Extensive testing has shown that receiving data to a mobile phone which is close to your transmitter DOES interfere with the link between transmitter and receiver. (And not just yours, also the flyer who is stood beside you on the flightline). The message has to be …… LEAVE YOUR PHONE IN YOUR CAR.

Mike Ward receives the Don Meyrick Trophy for Clubman of the Year

Nigel Thompson receiving the cup for the best Scale Flying

The Peter Maillard Trophy for best ARTF aircraft went to Ivan Doleman

Brian King received the ‘Best Crash’ Trophy for the second successive year

Some of the members who attended the Fly-In 2017

John’s Mighty Barnstormer, winner of best scratch built model

John’s Piper Arrow, winner of the best kit built model

Ivan’s Piper Cub which won the best ARTF model

Steve won the best classic model with his Hannibal

Nigel’s Acro Wot with which he won the best scale flight test

More photos under the ‘Galleries’ heading, at the top of the page

Polo shirts embroidered with the Manx Model Flyers logo are available from Promenade T Shirts, Queens Promenade, Douglas.  15 colours to choose from, sizes from small to XXL.  Price £18.99 (including the logo).  Sweat shirts, fleeces etc. are also available.  Be the best dressed flyer on the airfield!