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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


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.

Nathan and Barrie Vendetta's.JPGNathan’s and Barrie’s

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

January 2017

The SMAC has recently held indoor flying meetings at both the Calshot velodrome and Noadswood School sports hall, both of these venues are good except they are unreliable from a scheduling point of view.

The committee approached the Applemore recreation centre and were able to negotiate use of their sports hall on Saturday evenings, this is an unusual time to hold a club meeting but reactions after the first meeting were positive.

We had a good turn out of members at the first meeting at Applemore, below are some great pictures of the very popular Aries D7 biplane and a flying saucer model by new member Karl Hammond.

Photos taken at Applemore recreation centre by SMAC member Richard Tambling

Great pictures by new member Richard Tambling