BMFA Introduction to Aerobatics

The BMFA Introduction to Aerobatics is a basic step forward for any club pilot who wishes to get more from their flying. Although the days are run by aerobatic pilots there is no pressure to fly schedules, enter competitions or join the GBRCAA.

It’s all about you and your model.



For Your Diary – the first Wednesday of every month.


Since September 2017 on the first Wednesday of every month at BMFA Buckminster, GBRCAA competition pilots volunteer to run ‘Introduction to Aerobatics’ days for the benefit of any BMFA member.

What you need to bring

A model that you are happy to fly, that weighs less than 7.5 Kgs that will do a couple of loops and rolls. Maybe a chair to take to the pit area, a rain cover although we have use of the pilot’s shelter and the hanger.  There is an outdoor mains socket if you need to use your charging equipment.

Due to restrictions, we ask that you bring your own food so the cost to you will only be the daily flying rate for Buckminster.  (2022 this is £10).

Our Aim

These days are not about competition flying or becoming a member of the GBRCAA, although we will base our references on the GBRCAA and FAI international rules for F3A aerobatics and particularly the GBRCAA Clubman Schedule.  You can fly whatever manoeuvres you chose on the day. Flying in a straight line from right to left and left to right, upright and inverted is a good start but it is up to you and you can make your flying as complicated as you wish.

We feel this is an opportunity for us to pass on the huge amount of knowledge gained over the years and give something back to our sport to encourage every pilot to have more control over their model from take-off to landing.

On the Day – first time attendees

Starting at 10am in the Goldsmith Hanger first time pilots will be invited to a presentation covering where we fit into our sport, our organisation, the basics of flying aerobatics, trimming your model and anything else you wish to discuss. This lasts up to 90 minutes and will give you the time to ask questions and think about what you would like to achieve from the day.

The rest of the day is spent taking turns to fly.  We only have one model in the air at a time and this is why we limit the numbers attending to 10.  This should give everyone the time to fly several meaningful flights with a highly experienced mentor at your side.

If you want to attend as a ‘none flyer’, join the introduction presentation and be part of the discussions on the flight line, you can at no charge.

There will be demonstration flights by the mentors covering the current aerobatic schedules.  See the GBRCAA Schedules menu linked from our home page:

If you wish to arrive early and fly electric powered aircraft you can fly from around 08:30, (IC from 10am) our mentors will be available from 10am to give advice.

On Subsequent Days

You may attend as many times as you wish and bypass our introduction session which gives you the maximum opportunity to track your flying progress and ask further questions which become relevant after practicing back at your club.

If You Wish To Join Us.

Please email John Morton ( or Ashley Hoyland ( for more information or to add your name to our mailing list and receive notifications of the next session. On the Monday evening two days before the event the first ten applicants will receive a final confirmation email.  We are conscious that pilots do travel some distance to attend and keeping this in mind if the weather forecast is particularly poor we may cancel.  There is no pressure to fly if you decide the conditions are not suitable for you after arrival.


We thank our mentors John Morton who also looks after the administration, Alan Williams, Barry Buxton and Vince Beesley and of course Manny Williamson and the team at Buckminster who make all this possible.

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