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April 2016

SMAC will no longer issue Beaulieu permits

The SMAC has worked with Beaulieu for a number of years by issuing permits to SMAC members. However the Beaulieu permit application process is so refined now that it is felt that the issuing of permits has little value to SMAC members as they can apply very easily themselves.

24th April 2016

SMAC member competes in Wessex league 600RES electric glider competition.

SMAC member Bob Corfield competed in the first round of the Wessex league 600RES event at Tarrant Hinton on Sunday with his new Apollo electric glider. Bob positioned 6th in this event and is looking forward to competing in more of the Wessex league events this year.

600RES event details here

600RES league table and event report here


16th and 17th April 2016

SMAC members compete in the British RC Aerobatics and Pylon racing championships.

The first round of the 2016 UK F3A championships was held at ex-WW2 airbase Little Walden, Essex  on Sunday 17th  April  with 14 competitors challenging at UK team selection, International, and UK masters levels, each with its own demanding aerobatic schedule.  SMAC member Richard Sharman competed in UK Masters where the competition was very stiff and achieved 5th place, so lots of work needed to improve in time for next round in a month's time.

The first round of the 2016 UK Q40 pylon race championship was held at the National pylon racing centre in Garstang, Lancashire on Sunday 17th April. SMAC members Nathan Attridge and Mark O’Neil competed in Quarter 40 pylon racing and were assisted by Barrie Lever. Nathan was flying a brand new ‘Made in Hampshire’ all moulded Vendetta model. Nathan won 1st place and Mark O’Neil placed 2nd place with his trusty ‘Proud Bird’ airframe.

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Richard Sharmans F3A model in foreground

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F3A models at first round of GBRCAA 2016 championship


Nathans new Vendetta Q40 pylon racer       

Vendetta close up

15th May 2016

SMAC members compete in 2nd round of UK pylon racing championships.

SMAC members Nathan Attridge, Mark O’Neil and Barrie Lever competed in the second round of the UK pylon racing championships at RAF Sculthorpe.

Nathan was racing for the first time with an Italian DKT engine and this gave a few frustrations.

Barrie flew one of the new team built Vendetta’s and was very happy with the model, although again there were a few niggles that got sorted through the day.

Mark O’Neil placed second at the meeting and this moves him into the lead of the championship.

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New Vendetta Q40 race models.

All moulded models made in Southampton!!

8th May 2016

SMAC member Bob Corfield competes in Wessex 600 league electric soaring event

Bob Corfield continued his participation in the 2016 Wessex League 600RES event, Bob is currently holding a mid table position in the Wessex 600RES electric soaring event.

Full event report click here.

26th May 2016

SMAC member participation in F3A championship update.

The F3A competitions season is in full swing now with an event somewhere nearly every week. Richard is entering the "centralised" series for the whole of the UK, at the "Masters" level, and after two meetings is now lying 3rd overall. However the competition is very strong and the schedule quite hard so this may change!

Manoeuvres are judged on accuracy, smoothness, alignment, and size, so there is plenty of scope for making mistakes - we are looking for perfection !

26th May 2016

SMAC meets at Beaulieu for evening flying session.

The SMAC started it’s season of organised evening flying meets at Beaulieu on the 26th May.

A number of club members attended with a wide range of flying skills. David Whiteside and Reuben Shaw made good progress in getting towards solo flying.

Club secretary Richard House was making his first outdoors flights of 2016.

The Attridge brothers flew a number of different models to good effect including drones by FPV.

More pictures in the gallery

DSC01062.JPGCheckout the Easystar

In the background.

DSC01112.JPGCougar 2000 flown by Nathan Attridge


FPV flying.

28th May 2016

Blue Gryphon’s MFC invite SMAC members to two summer BBQ’s.

The Blue Gryphon’s MFC have generously invited the SMAC to two summer BBQ’s.

BBQ dates are 25th June, 23rd July. The flying field is situated on Farley farm near Hursley. The club has good facility's, hard ground parking, toilet, club house. Also on an active full size strip. It's a very laid back bbq/fly day, bring your own grub, gas bbq will be burning all afternoon.

Further details from Nathan Attridge email