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Tues 4th April 2017 - 8pm

Subject: General Discussion

Venue: Rotherfield Site

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Welcome to WMAS





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A warm welcome to the Wealden Model Aircraft Society

The club was formed over 30 years ago and flies in the Wealden area. The flying sites are local for Crowborough, Uckfield, Heathfield, Tunbridge Wells, and now Polegate and Lewes residents so get in touch - all local and further afield are welcome!


We hold meetings on the 1st Tuesday of the month at 8pm. In the Summer we move these meetings to the flying fields so that we can enjoy the great weather at 7pm! All meetings are held at the Five Ash Down Village Hall and we usually arrange activities and speakers and encourage all to bring their models to show to other members.


We fly fixed wing radio controlled (RC) model aircraft - (aeroplanes / airplanes) and helicopters at our flying sites.






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Blackboys Flying Site is currently closed - Until further notice

The Wealden Flyers AGM 2016

The Wealden Flyers AGM will  be held  on Tuesday  6th December 2016 at 8pm.
Venue - Five Ash Down Village hall, East Sussex.

Indoor Flying 2016

Indoor flying is now starting on
December 4th - 18th inclusive
January 8th - 29th inclusive
February 5th - 26th inclusive
Time 14:30 - 16:30 doors open at 14:15
Further dates maybe added for March depending on demand.
£5.00 per session and BMFA Membership essential.

Beacon Academy Sports Hall
North Beeches Road.
TN6 2AS.
Contact Bob Hart 01892 852137 for further details.


Gallery update

Checkout the Wealden Warbirds pictures in the Gallery.


Wealden Warbirds

By Bob Hart

The Warbirds meeting went off very well. We counted 35 people, pilots and spectators, there around mid morning. We sold out on the BBQ which covered it's costs. The prizes, bottles of wine, for various achievements, were awarded to visitors Chris Searl, Steve Taylor and our own Bob Noble. Well done to them. Rod Palmer came and took some pics and we hope to put them on the website in due course. Thanks to all who supported this meeting.


Sad News

Chris Pilbeam, a long time member of the club, sadly passed away following debilitating illness. Apart from his flying he will be remembered as a dab hand with the BBQ. He will be sadly missed. Details of the funeral will be announced as soon we know the them.




Easy Starting at Rotherfield

Jim Tucker has kindly made and installed a Starter table at our Rotherfield site. The starter table raises your model off the ground so no more kneeling down or bending over your model to get it started. Much safer and kinder on your back! Well done and thanks to Jim



Club Nights from April

Club nights now move outdoors to enjoy the Spring! Our meetings will now take place at the Rotherfield Flying site until the Autumn. We meet at an earlier time of 7pm but feel free to get to the site as early as you can - work permitting. Official start time is 7pm but to make use of the sun you might want to get there earlier!


Winter Projects Club Night

The "bring your winter project" evening at the February club night meeting was very well attended. Lots of models to see from Vintage three channel through to a slope soaring Hawker Hunter, aerobatic aircraft, scale warbirds and turbine power. Please checkout the gallery for pictures or click the image on the right of this page.


Indoor Flying now finished until the Autumn






Swap Meet 2015

Again the Ridgewood Village hall will host our bring and buy sale on Sunday 1st November. Please see the see the Events page for details.



Summer Fly In and Scale Competition BBQ

IMPORTANT: This will now take place on Sunday 4th October due to the weather looking bad for next week. It will still be run at our Berwick Field



Reminders of Events this Summer

Summer fly in and scale comp on 23 August with BBQ (Chris Pillbeam has already volunteered his cooking skills again) etc. I will remind you again about this as we would appreciate some idea on how many of you will attend (catering).

The Hastings club will be holding their Summer Fly In over the weekend 1st / 2nd August. The BMFA scale competition will be run on the Sunday.


Indoor Flying has now finished for Winter

Indoor flying will resume in October 2015. Thanks for all those loyal members who make it possible to keep running this fun event

Club Night February

The club night "Show and Tell"!

Please bring your winter projects to the club night in February for display to the club members. All items are welcome and if you feel up to it give a small talk on your progress with the aircraft even if it isn't finished. In fact non finished aircraft are always very interesting.

Penshurst Site is currently closed

Updated 20 May 2014

The committee is in discussion with the site owners regarding access etc. So please do not fly at the site for the time being. No payment has been made so we do not have the right to fly there until discussions are completed.

Please contact people who do fly there in case they have not seen this notice and check this website for any updates in the near future.


Club Nights are changing from May 2014

From May 2014 the club night will be held at one of our flying fields and note that the start time will be 7pm although feel free to get there earlier if you like.

Please check back to this site to see which site we will be meeting at for future meetings. This is a great chance to meet people and their planes that you might not have met before. If we have to cancel any flying field club nights due to bad weather then it will be posted on here or the club nights page. Please note there is no club night in April 2014.


Berwick Fly In

This years fly in takes place on Sunday 31st August and as usual we will also put on a BBQ with some refreshments. Please contact committee members Jim Tucker or Bob Hart for more information or see the Events page for details.



Hastings Fly in - July 2014

This event is run by the Hastings Flying Club and is free as a spectator or to even better its free to fly (proof of current BMFA membership and A required to fly). Camping is also free and the event runs Sat 26th and Sun 27th July 2014.

On the Sunday the area BMFA are holding a scale competition and ANY scale model may enter. The only rules are that the model has to make at least one flight. Refreshments on site both days.

Fly In - Wealden Warbirds - June 2014

A year goes very quickly and its nearly time for the 3rd Annual Wealden Warbirds Fly in. The last 2 years were a great success and now that we have 2 runways we expect this year to be even better. Look forward to seeing you there on the 15th June 2014

Membership is open for 2014

There are no membership rises for 2014 and members should renew as soon as possible. Please download the membership form from the Join Us page and send to Bob Hart. All details are on the form and please complete the email section so that the club can keep you informed of events or event postponements due to weather etc. Please note for those indoor flying please make sure you join asap so that you retain BMFA insurance. As long as your cheque or payment is with Bob - you are considered insured by the BMFA - Happy New Year


BMFA Area News

The BMFA area newsletters are now stored on the committee / contact us page. Please download the newsletter and have a good read!


We need some volunteers to help us show the ATC what our great hobby is all about. The BMFA is running an event this weekend starting at 09.00am until the early afternoon at the Crowborough Army Camp.

The ATC cadets will be making some of the BMFA Dart model planes with our help. We need some volunteers to help on the day and also show some indoor flying models, including Helis and Fixed wing. Please contact Bob Hart if you can assist.


Club Night February 2014

Bernie Seal, who competes at the BMFA Nationals in control line scale will be giving a talk at the February Club night. He will be bringing one of his models and give us a talk on the subject. Look forward to seeing you there and getting a good attendance for this talk.


Checkout the new "RC Reference" Website

Martin Turner, a keen modeler from Bristol in the UK has developed a searchable RC database which will feature every RC product in the world.

- see the links page for more details


Wealdenflyers Christmas Meal 2013

The meal will be at the popular Middle House Pub in Mayfield again this year. Why not come along? Please check the events page for more details.


The Great Egg Race

Despite a poor turnout by members for the October Club Night the 10 that did had a great evening building a carrier which would hold a pilot (egg) during his eggescape from Chickens Nest which made it all worth while putting the effort in to prepare for the evening. Thanks for John Tatar for this write up. See Gallery for pictures.


Club AGM

The club AGM is on the 3rd December 2013 - please try to attend to support the club and vote in new members of the committee. An agenda is available here. - AGM Agenda


The Annual Swapmeet

The event is on Sunday 3rd November so take the opportunity to get rid of some old models and why not buy some more! Please check the events page for more details.



Found at Rotherfield Site

Has someone lost a buddy lead? One was found in the Pits area at Rotherfield. Please contact Bob Hart if it is yours.


Congratulations Phil Creelman!

Phil a member of Wealdenflyers won 3rd place in the Hastings Club fly in their Area Scale Meeting competition in July 2013. Well done Phil a great award!


Wealden Warbirds - A Success!

The club fly in was again a great success with many flyers attending and some great models from mainly World War 1 and 2. Congratulations to John Passmore for winning the competition with an excellent flight using his Hangar 9 MUstang.

Wealden Warbirds - Report

Wealden Warbirds report written by Bob Hart can be downloaded HERE!.


Berwick BBQ 8th September

Come and join us at the Berwick site for our annual BBQ on Sunday 8th September 2013. Bring your planes and have some great BBQ food. Please see the Club Nights page for more details - see you all there!


Penhurst Tree Issues

The large tree near the gate into the field where the strip is located has shed some more boughs. Not as big as before but enough to damage parked cars and humans under it. It might be best to avoid it until it is fixed.

Berwick Update

The new runway at Berwick has now been completed so we have 2 runways at 90 degrees to each other for great landing options. The 2nd runway in line with the prevailing wind so come on down and give it a try!


Funfly Competition CANCELLED

It is with regret that the Funfly competition scheduled for Sunday 16th June 2013 will not go ahead. There has been a lack of interest and hence entrants for the competition so the committee had no choice but to cancel. For other evens please checkout the Wealden Warbirds even below.


Fly In - Wealden Warbirds

A year goes very quickly and its nearly time for the 2nd Annual Wealden Warbirds Fly in. Last year was a great success and now that we have 2 runways we expect this year to be even better. Look forward to seeing you there on the 14th July 2013.


Do you know when to close the Berwick Gate?

Well here it is from the farmer: Monday to Friday, if the gate is unlocked when you arrive please leave it open, at the weekend even if the gate was open when you arrived please ensure it is closed and locked when you leave, thanks all..


Sites Update

After the terribly long winter the fields are getting prepared for the season. See below for field updates as of 28th April 2013.



Has been prepared and is fit for flying. The strip was damaged by a hunt over the winter but has now been repaired and is in good order. The access to the strip will also be repaired in the future to reduce the amount of holes and dips. The gate to the field has also been repaired.




Has now had its first cut cut and had some light rolling. It now needs another cut and roll for small aircraft to take off easily but is looking much better and is pretty much ready for the season.



The main strip has now been reduced and cut and preparation of the new cross runway has been started.

Access to the strip is OK with care and some hardcore has been put down in a couple of places and needs care going over it at the moment.

Here are some pictures showing the new runway that was being worked on over the weekend of 27th / 28th April. If the weather gives us good growing conditions  we should be able to start using this within 2 to 3 weeks. excuses about crosswinds now!

Berwick runway

Berwick runway

Berwick runway



Tony Nijhuis comes to WealdenFlyers

Tony is well known in our model world for his excellent scale plans and huge scale plan builds. Tony has agreed to come to our April club night and give us a talk on this subject. Come along for a great night.



Parking at our flying Sites during wet weather (11th Nov 2012)

Please note that ALL Fields - Berwick / Rotherfield and Penshurst are pretty wet at the moment. The drives leading up to the fields at Penshurst and Berwick are extremely wet and therefore please park on the hardstandings and don't drive to the fields. Also in Rotherfield please park in the yard before the field. If you try to drive into any of the sites you will get stuck and we will have some angry land owners!


Sad News - Terry Payne

Terry Payne, a long time member of the club, passed away following a relatively short illness on Friday 14th. Dec. Terry's wife, Julie, has told us that the funeral will take place at the Eastbourne crematorium in the main chapel at 11.30 on the 3rd Jan. 2013. There will be a floral tribute arranged on behalf of the club and any of the members who wish to go will be welcome at the service. Our thoughts and best wishes are with Julie at this time.


Indoor Flying Competition 2012

We are holding a small fun competition on Sunday 16th December during our indoor flying session starting at 2.30pm. Join in or come along and watch. We will have events for shock flyers / helicopters and slow flyers such as spot landing / touch and goes etc. Should be a good laugh!!



Berwick Noise Issue and Overflying

We have had a complaint about aircraft noise and overflying at the Berwick site. This originated from the occupant of the house over the hill to the left end (west) of the strip. Please ensure that you fly considerately and avoid flying to too far over the hill to the left hand side of the field (approx 10 o'clock as you stand in the pilots box).

Therefore please treat the hedgerow at the top of the hill to the left (west) end of the strip as the absolute limit of flight and fly well within this boundary. A map showing the ‘no-fly zone’ on the club website in due course.


Wealden Warbirds.... What a day! 2012

The 1st Wealden Warbirds was a great success thanks to all that organised the event and of course those that attended and put on a great flying display despite the wind. Well done all!

This will become an annual event for the club. - Don't forget that the Scale Day is just around the corner at the same Berwick site.


WealdenFlyers Scale Day 19th August 2012

The annual Scale Day is nearly here! We have dropped the price for the BBQ to just £5 per person so this is a bargain. Please note that you should contact a committee member of the club to enroll. Please contact us if you would like to BOOK In.


Club Nights July and August 2012

To enjoy the glorious UK Summer these club meetings will take place at the Rotherfield Site for the next couple of months. If the weather does turn out to be extremely windy or if it rains then the club meeting will be at the usual venue of the Five Ash Down Village Hall.


Penshurst Update: 2012

The recent issues at the site have been resolved. Please see the Penshurst Site page for more details.


A little reminder!

If you are last to leave the Rotherfield flying site please make sure you put the windsock just inside the right hand door of the green barn and also shut the gate (which applies to all fields). There are also some chairs in this barn which anyone is free to use.


Club Sunday - starts 4th March 2012

The 1st Club Sunday is at Rotherfield on 4th March 2012.

Come along and meet your fellow flyers. In April we will meet at Berwick and Penshurst will be in May. We will then rotate! Check the left hand pane on this page to see where we are flying next. For more details see the events page.


Checkout new pictures in the Gallery.

John Passmore and Mark Tullett's pictures of their Tigercat and Albatross respectively.


Introducing - Club Sunday!

The club is getting bigger with more fields and members. This is fantastic and great for members as they can fly everyday from 3-4 sites but how do you make flying more sociable?


We have come up with a plan!


We want old and new members to know where the majority of people will be flying so we've introduced "Club Sunday".


On the 1st Sunday of every month we will nominate one of our sites as the Club Sunday field where you can come and meet other members to get to know each other and fly in a more sociable atmosphere.


The 1st Club Sunday is at Rotherfield on 4th March 2012.

Come along and meet your fellow flyers. In April we will meet at Berwick and Penshurst will be in May. We will then rotate! Check the left hand pane on this page to see where we are flying next. For more details see the events page.






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