Sky’s the limit for model flyers

Going through start up procedure on his Eurosport jet Richard Copeland

Going through start up procedure on his Eurosport jet Richard Copeland

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When you think of model flying clubs you might think of a small toy-size aircraft flying round and round a field - but think again.

Members at Glenluce and Galloway Flyers Club can boast aircraft - some half the size of a full size plane - which can fly at up to 200mph.

A steep climb preformed by Alaistair Young with his Edge 540 116cc twin engine

A steep climb preformed by Alaistair Young with his Edge 540 116cc twin engine

And now in its 10th year the club is hoping to raise its profile locally and attract new members.

Chairman Lawrence Villa says anyone who would like to try out model flying is welcome to attend one of the club meetings.

Lawrence said; “This is the 10th year the club has been operating and we are trying to increase the profile of the club and also have some sort of celebration this year.

“We are always open to take on new members. we have a club trainer and there are members who are qualified instructors. We have a dual control system which means anyone who comes along can have a free go. The instructor will take the plane up and then hand over the controls, but if there are any difficulties control can be instantly taken back by the instructor.

“Aircraft systems nowadays go from basic glow fuel which is ready mixed to jet turbines with a sport/two stroke mix. Some of the bigger planes even have onboard ignition.”

However, Lawrence added that getting into model flying need not break the bank.

“You can get started off relatively cheaply for under a couple of hundred pounds. There are small electric planes available which run on batteries.”

The club has performed aerobatic displays at RAF Leuchars and is hoping to attend the Scottish Air Show in Ayr later this year. It also has a static display at Glenluce Tractor Rally.

The flying site at Carsegreugh near Glenluce has been created by the members on farmland owned by the Brooks family.

This week one member flying his model of the Typhoon Eurofighter was surprised to see the real thing flying over Glenluce!

The club is constantly improving the site for flying the full range of aeromodels. Members fly their models on Saturdays after lunch and on Wednesday evenings in the summer. Wednesday evening is also the main training time at the club, starting at 6.30pm.

Lawrence added: “The Brooks family have been absolutely brilliant with us and have been very helpful towards the club.”

The club is affiliated to the BMFA (British Model Flying Association) and the club has a BMFA Examiner who can help members gain BMFA A & B fixed wing flying certificates.

The club is open to anyone who is interested in radio controlled model flying to make application to join on the website.

The long grass runway is suitable for large scale models and sport jets as well as a wide range of different sport and scale models. The North / South runway has clear landing approaches from both north and south and a wide open flying area over the moor to the east.

The main interests of the club include large scale aerobatics and 3D flying, jets, electric models, scale models including warbirds, sports models and trainers. So you can see, they cater for everyone!

Lawrence added: “If you are new to model flying or are looking for a new club with friendly experienced help on hand, then why not come over for a look?

“You will be made welcome and hopefully will have a lot of fun.”