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Northrepps Model Flying Club

I have found yet another good reason for living in North Norfolk. Northrepps MFC has a superb flying field next to a club for flyers of light aircraft, microlights and paramotors. It is maintained by Chairman Dave Wilcox. The members are friendly and welcoming even to a rusty returning flyer like me. The MFC can use the facilities of the main club including a cafe, clubhouse and toilets. There are aircraft benches, a solar panel that charges batteries for cell recharge, a caravan and a well mown runway and model helicopter landing area.

Climb and Glide competition 2018

In 2018 we are having a monthly Climb and Glide competition. We have kept the rules simple. Any Bixler-style model can be used up to 1.6m wingspan with a 30s climb. The last three down on the runway score 5, 10 and 20 points. We had the first session on January 14th, generally agreed to be great fun. Here is group picture after flying, with all models intact.

Handicap Climb and Glide competition

The most experienced members will probably win the competition, so we are adding a handicap version to it. Each member starts the year with his or her score from the previous year but negative. As the rounds progress the new scores are added to this number. Someone who does exactly as well as last year will finish with zero. Someone who is improving will get a positive score. This gives the newer members a chance to show how well they are progressing. By May we have had four rounds in 2018 so we are trying it out over the next four. Who knows, we might try it for Spot Landing as well.

Spot landing competition 2018

The Climb and Glide has proved a great success. Loads of fun and excellent practice. So we decided to add a monthly Spot Landing competition as well. We use the same Bixler-style models as for the Climb and Glide. Flyers attempt to touch down on a one square metre rubber mat. Failing that, distances are measured from a cross at its centre.

To find out more about the club click here to see Dave Wilcox's excellent club website.

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(C) Peter Scott 2015

Last edit 11 April 2018