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 2015 CALENDAR for somewhere to fly.


Just back from the Old Warden meeting on the 26th and 27th of September! We had perfect weather, a very good number of entrants, some superb flying and some wonderful models. Here’s three pix to whet your appetite – rest assured your webmaster will be producing a draft report by the 5th October, accompanied by a lot more photos, Many thanks to Andy Housden as always for organising the event so well, and all his helpers over the weekend. It’s hard to believe that all three models below were competing in the same Basic Carrier Deck Class – but they were, and all three obtained high scores. It’s also true that their pilots are all very experienced and highly competitive – with this level of commitment and skill, Carrier Deck is once again becoming a very interesting class for spectators and flyers alike!

 CIMG1371Above, John Green’s winning LTV Crusader – a model in the “traditional” BCD style with high-revving two-stroke


CIMG1386Above, Mike Welch’s WW1 tribute Sopwith Pup – 4-stroke, full body, very competitive


CIMG1372Above, John Philipps’s 2nd-placed Sea Hornet – twin electric, modern-style BCD



Leicester August 2015 – Flying Report & Placings


Old Warden Vintage Weekend September 2015 – Flying Report & Placings


Niedekassel Report and Placings (Thank you Max Uttien & Robert Schulze!)


Yorkshire Flying Report and Placings September 2015




Here’s a real find by Jan Odeyn! Burt Rutan talking about flying C/L carrier-deck back in the day in the US…(from 2m 45s)



US Master Eric Conley’s thoughts on setting up a Profile Carrier model via a weblink to “Flying Lines”



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


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Last modified: 04/05/2015