Beaulieu Model Flying Committee

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Organisations for flying matters

BMFA  British Model Flying Association

SABMFA  Southern Area BMFA

SMAC  Southampton Model Aero Club

GBRCAA Great Britain R/C Aerobatics Association

PL  Pylon-line (but note pylon racing is not permitted)

Technical matters

Centre of Gravity calculator  Work out where the C of G should be for your plane.  Having a poor C of G position is the single most common error in model setup and can prevent the model being flyable.  Correct setting is essential.

Propeller calculator  Work out what propeller you should have for a given electric motor/esc/battery configuration.

Hacker propeller calculator This version is specifically for a Hacker motor/esc/battery setup.  First choose prop, multicopter, ducted fan, or helicopter options.

The Weather at Beaulieu Heath

Today’s forecast from the Meteorological Office.  The nearest forecast is for Dibden Pirlieu and may be slightly different at Beaulieu Heath itself.

The Long range forecast is much more uncertain.  As far as most modellers at Beaulieu are concerned we need to know if the wind is moderate (5-15mph), not gusty, and not raining, with good visibility.  This is not easy to predict.

Rainfall Radar pictures and animation give a good indication of the weather, especially in changeable conditions when it may be very different from your home conditions.

Wind direction is important to know for take-off and landing directions.

Other organisations

FC  Forestry Commission, England

FC NF  Forestry Commission, New Forest

Verderers The Verderers of the New Forest

Natural England  The Government’s advisor on the environment

NFNP  New Forest national Park

The commonest model aircraft mistakes:

The most common errors in the set up of model aircraft (as learned by hard experience over many years) are:

  1. Control links not free.  Check that all links are secure, and that the movement is free and even.
  2. Centre of Gravity not right.  No plane will fly properly if the CG is in the wrong place. Check the plan/instruction book to find out where the CG should be.  Check that with the calculator (above).
  3. Under powered. For ic, make sure your engine is running properly. For Electric check your battery.
  4. Radio not set properly up.  Check range and failsafe.  Check all switches, flight modes, rates, timers, etc.