So what is Control-Line Carrier-Deck flying?

Control-Line model flying has been around for over 70 years. It’s a half-way house between free flight (“chuck it and chance it”) and radio control. Control-line models are physically flown by the pilot, who uses a handle and a set of thin steel wires attached to the aeroplane to give control over the height at which the plane flies, and to limit its flight path to a circle (usually 60 feet in diameter).


Carrier-Deck is one of many different types of control-line flying. It’s one of the simplest to describe (flying a simulated mission from an aircraft carrier) but one of the most difficult to perfect…


This site has all the info you need to build a model of your own and enter competitions; have a look at the PLANS PAGE for something to build, and the 2018 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.


URGENT!  WATERPLANE Meeting at Leicester on 17th JUNE has had to be cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances


URGENT! TYNESIDE CARRIER MEETING June 30-July 01 CANCELLED due to ongoing negotiation for new venue with same event on similar date in 2019






Dave Cowburn’s new Sea Hornet (twin SC .25s)



Maiden flights at Old Warden Mayfly – what a nice model!



UK Carrier flying at the new BMFA site (Buckminster)?


I’ve been chatting to Andy Housden about getting some carrier events staged at Buckminster, if not this year then next (2019).There are two main problems with this, but both are solvable!


  1. There needs to be someone to organise and run events there (Andy has enough on his plate and would like someone else to do it) – are there any volunteers?
  2. There needs to be a deck at Buckminster for meetings


I am going to ask the BMFA if they would fund (or part-fund) the construction and storage of a new deck at Buckminster, to be kept there permanently. If they are prepared to help, would any of you carrier-fliers out there


a) go to meetings at Buckminster and


b) help practically or financially in building the deck?


Please post your thoughts in the Crew Room

I’ll get back to you after talking to the BMFA!




Mike May (Webmaster & Flyco)



Nigel Cheffers-Heard’s excellent Carrier-Deck Video: The Original or The Flyco Remix for alternative audio experiences!




 Last updated 19-05-2018 at 00:56

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