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 2016 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.


BRITISH CARRIER NATIONALS – new venue: OLD WARDEN, 24-25 Sept 2016


Click link: an entry form for the Carrier NATS will be published soon on the BMFA web site 


Copies of this entry form will also be available at all contests leading up to Old Warden, to be returned directly to Andy Housden at 8 Denmark Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2RU (020 8541 0186 answerphone).


Cheques for class entry must still be made out to the “British Model |Flying Association”.


Because the BMFA is not handling the administration, their £5 handling fee will be waived.


The contest fees will be £8 for the first class entered, £5 for the second class;  Juniors pay a flat rate of £5 for any combination of classes.


The fees for site entry and camping must be paid directly to show organisers ModelAir-  see – the entry fee must be paid at the entrance gate (follow the signs), while camping fees can be paid by visiting the ModelAir tent near the R/C flight line.


Carrier flight activities will take place opposite the airfield’s restaurant as usual, with the benefit of an additional circle behind the main circle for both contest and practice flying.


Model flying is permitted only between 10:00 and 17:00 on both days; outside these times the airfield is ‘live’ for full size aircraft movements and access by unauthorised personnel (e.g. aeromodellers) will be a breach of airfield regulations – please take note!


Breaking News: Pictures and results from the YPENBURG Karel Doorman meeting, Holland May 7th & 8th


Broken News: Preliminary OLD WARDEN MAYFLY photos and results




Each year this website awards two trophies, one for the fastest seven laps and another for the slowest seven laps over the whole season in the UK and on the Continent.  In 2015 both records were set during continental meetings, but went to very different  models – neither of the pilots had won before, so it’s nice to welcome Stephan Raetsch and Bob Phillips to the podium – gentlemen, please take a bow!  As for the awards, I try to find something completely unique each year, and it’s a lot of fun for me to search out something appropriate for both – my Quality Inspector (Nunu) is shown assessing the suitability,  form, fit and function of the delta-winged trophy – and I’m pleased to say that he passed it with flying colours!





FASTEST SEVEN LAPS – BOB PHILLIPPS’ SUPERMARINE 508 (West 36 Glow) at the Ypenburg (Holland) meeting on 6th June:  24.85 Seconds for 7 Laps (72.1 mph)








SLOWEST SEVEN LAPS – STEPHAN RAETSCH’s GRUMMAN TIGERCAT (2 x Electric) at the Neiderkassell meeting (Germany) on 28th September: 192.9 seconds for 7 laps (9.33 mph)


Tigercat by Stephan Raetsch






Due to building works the entrance to the flying site is different this year – here’s a map (thank you, Mike Welch) – to help you find your way…

MMFC Comp site Map


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




 Last updated 26/06/2016 10:45 am

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