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News items about Model Flying, and about the Beaulieu Model Flying area on Beaulieu Heath will be posted here.  If you have an item of news which other people should be aware of please contact a member of the BMFC or send your comment to us by using the comment form.

Annual General Meeting  2017 The Annual General Meeting of the Beaulieu Model Flying Committee will be  held  at The St Andrews Centre, Dibden in November

 Thursday 10th November    7:30pm for 8pm

     2017 permits are now available half price.. Please  go to “permits”    

Feb  Beaulieu barriers and access road restored by Forestry

The access barriers which prevent off-road vehicle use have been restored.  If you witness any anti-social behaviour, especially related to illegal off-road vehicle us, please let us know.

Feb 1st.  Website problems.  The problems have been overcome.  Your patience and cooperation is appreciated, thank you.


March 3rd   2pm to 4pm   Great British Spring Clean

The Keep Britain Tidy organisation ran a Spring Clean operation at Beaulieu, which we contributed to. Our cooperation was appreciated and we received a commendation certificate.  Thank you to those who helped.

Achievement Scheme Certificate preparation.

  SMAC (Southampton Model Aeroplane Club) is running a preparation tutorial for those interested in taking an A or B certificate.  It will be at the Ship Inn, meeting room, at 7:30pm on 12th April and is open to all BMFA members, free of charge.  The topics covered will be on the “safety questions” and the “law questions” as well as practical information about model setup, flying, and how to impress the examiner.      

Dennis Cross

It is with great sadness that we hear Dennis has passed away.  His funeral was at the Wessex Vale Crematorioum  SO30 2HL Monday 3rd April, at 3:15pm.

Dennis will be well remembered as an enthusiastic model flyer and prolific builder over many decades. His speciality was unusual, and sometimes eccentric, designs many of which flew successfully. He won the Nationals Helicopter championship one year (in the 80's or 90's ?) with a scale model of a Sea King with working doors and rescue lift. He flew models at Beaulieu last autumn and had applied for a permit this year. He will be sadly missed.

 Sad news very nice peson really enjoyed his build and flying skills  (Ron Claridge)

 Dennis was a true modeller, making everything he could from scratch, a very clever man. He was also a very kind and generous person, passing on information and ideas that he had found useful himself  (Trevor Butcher).

In addition to the comments you have both added, I would also like to say that Dennis made many ready to fly trainers for Solent Models, I am not sure about the production numbers of these airframes but would not be surprised if it ran into 100+. These trainers preceded the Chinese/Far Eastern ARTF models by some time and provided a cheap usable aircraft that many local modellers learnt to fly on. (Barrie Lever)

A master builder (Pete Marsden)

John Thompson

It is with great sadness that we honour the passing of John Thompson who was our Free Flight committee member for the BMFC..  Our condolences to his family, and to all the modellers who knew and respected John’s deep knowledge and boundless enthusiasm for all types of model flying, especially Free Flight.  He will be greatly missed.

 For funeral arrangements, and further information, please go to

 URGENT NEWS:  The Forestry District Civil Engineer has just announced that the Beaulieu Heath car park will be closed from Monday 11th September till Friday 22nd September for urgent repair work. No flying will be possible during that time.  THE CLOSURE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 27th Sept.