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.



On Monday 18th April, the Barton Model Flying Club Webmaster published the following statement regarding the UK Nationals – including the Carrier Classes – on the Barton MFC website


“Topic: BMFA Nationals 2016 Team Race, Carrier and Speed

Finally we are in a position were we can confirm what some had heard and what many had suspected. With the loss of Barkston for this years Nationals Barton was approached by the BMFA to provide a site where some events could be run. Aerobatics has gone to a site in Essex and with most Nationals entries coming from Southern flyers I guess that was a forgone [conclusion]. Team Race and Speed were in need of a tarmac circle so Barton was a possibility and now the logistics have been worked out I can let you know that:-

All Team Race events will be at Barton on the August Bank Holiday Weekend. 27th, 28th and 29th August.

All Carrier Deck will also be at Barton on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

All Speed events will be at Barton on 12th, 13th, 14th August

For more info please see the BMFA Website which Jo Halman is going to update with further information”

Flyco note:  this is very good news for carrier flyers as there’s now an offer of a site and date.  Please note: I’ve spoken to Andy Housden today (22/4/16) and there is still the possibility of a different site being used – I’m awaiting official confirmation on this from the powers that be, but will publish the final choice as soon as I know.

Just a reminder of one of the most innovative designs (both in full-size and model format) that we saw last year – Jan Odeyn’s take on the magnificent failure that was the Vought XF5-U “Flying Pancake” – fantastic!



Jan’s Model…


…and the Original awaiting test…




Recent News: MARLBOROUGH UK meeting confirmed for 10th July 2016





Un-Broken News: STILL NO NEWS regarding the 2016 Carrier Nationals – waiting to hear from Andy Housden…




Most recent report Croydon October 2015!




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




 Last updated 22/4/2016 10:43am

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