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.


Fame at last – Carrier flying makes the cover of the SAM35 Magazine!


Some of our readers might know that I write the Control-Line column ‘Wind in the Wires’ for the UK SAM35 monthly magazine “SAM Speaks”. Carrier doesn’t feature all that often as it’s seen by the majority of SAM members as a rather strange type of modern/ancient flying compared to their normal easily understood vintage stunt and team racing; however, I do fly the flag whenever I can.


However, I didn’t expect the editor to use this picture (courtesy of Zoe Quilter) for the magazine front cover this month; I did’t know whether to laugh or cry at the sight of my Wildcat sat in the Leicester water-tank after over-shooting the deck, but they do say that any publicity is good publicity.






New! 2018 Event Diary updated 19/12/17



If you know of any other dates do please send them to me – click HERE so that we can start planning our weekends as soon as possible!





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




 Last updated 19/12/2017 at 10:20

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