Monday, 7 December 2015

Your 2016 committee are:

Thanks to everyone that attended the AGM. Your committee for 2016 are:

Chris Bradbury (Chairman)
Tony Lee (Secretary)
Anthony Andrews (Treasurer)
David Payne (Membership Secretary)
Alan Haskell
Tony Solomon
Mike Holt
Trevor Stockham

We're all looking forward to a another year of flying, with hopefully a few more fair weather days.

Monday, 14 September 2015

Electric Day fun

The club would like to thank everyone that came to the electric day and helped make it a great success, despite the weather forecasts trying to scare us all away.

There was a good turn out and plenty of flying going on.

As always the event brought out some nice scale models and a few new surprises.

Saturday, 22 August 2015

The Electric Day approaches

The club is in the process of getting ready for our annual electric day, which this year will take place on Sunday the 13th of September.

As always the club is opening it's doors to BMFA members from across the country and we look forward to having a great day.

If you have questions about the event, please contact Chris via

Thursday, 18 June 2015

Saturday the 20th of June will see the club enjoying the longest days of the year by having a late BBQ.

Starting at 6pm and finishing when the light runs out (or the food...)

Members are reminded that normal rules and flying times apply.

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Blackbushe Saturday 16th May 2015

With Blackbushe Model Airshow just around the corner, the committee is looking for volunteers to help set up and spend some time on the stand during the day.

In particular we need someone that can bring the marquee home at the end of the day and take it back to the field (around 5pm).

If you're able to help, please contact

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Bill Tarn

It is with great sadness that Basingstoke Model Aero Club announces a vacancy. The untimely and sudden passing of club member Bill Tarn has left a hole in the heart of the club. The successful applicant must have a wicked and mischievous sense of humour, be a valued club member, and friend to all.

You would support our club and give ongoing assistance to ensure that events are a success, Bill often arrived much earlier than everyone else to ensure the runway is mowed and be the last to leave when the clearing up has finished. On the subject of mowing, you would need to volunteer to mow the grass on a regular basis and look after the mower. Bill develop finely honed diplomatic skills to deal with complainers, colourful language skills will be required here.

Serving on the committee and acting as safety officer would also stand you in good stead. Some say the safest thing Bill did as safety officer was to resign as safety officer, others simply don’t understand that crashing is part of the hobby. Those that can’t crash 6 models in 5 days need not apply! Ever determined, Bill's strength of character meant he was soon back flying again after these disastrous few days. Could you?

Any good at cooking? You would be expected to shout "BURGERS!" on Sunday lunchtimes, something else Bill used to do was organise and cook our weekly club barbeque. No shirking here, many hungry mouths to feed.

Anyone wishing to apply for this role must also be able to tune a Nitro engine with such precision that it will always cut out halfway through your flight. Bill eventually surprised us all and `went veggie`. This new electric approach gave Bill's flying a new lease of life and a very wide grin and changed his landing call from "Dead stick" to "Making contact with the ground". It is only fair to warn you that you would also be expected to dabble in `the dark arts`, almost as shocking as this sad news, were rumours of Bill's decision to buy and fly helicopters. Bill spent hours practicing at work during the night shifts and added a heli A to his fixed wing achievement.

Those that can, teach… Bill was always happy to pass on his knowledge to others as a club instructor and coach a number of pilots through their A cert, another selfless act you would be expected to carry out. Like Bill, you might even be kind enough to take control of a thermal glider while the pilot went to make a cup of tea. Lovely glider it was, 20 years old and going strong. That was until it was 20 years and 2 minutes old... At least Bill was kind enough to help pick the pieces up!

Would you take up arms and fly `Zaggi combat`? Bill did. Whilst on a local hill, Bill was concentrating on chasing someone down and getting that killer blow. He turned to our club chairman and said "Who's that idiot who crashed over there" To which the reply came "Err, that's you Bill!"

The candidate would also have to be generous to a fault, Bill was someone who truly thought of others before himself. If you applied for the role of `Bill`, could you fill his shoes? Some shoes are just too big to be filled. 

Our thoughts are with his wife and family, we'll miss you mate.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Bill's Funeral

Hi All,

For those that have been asking, I’m now able to share the details for Bill's funeral.

It will be on Tuesday 17th March at Basingstoke Crematorium at 2:45pm. 

Flowers welcome to Howe and Son Funeral Directors in Kingsclere. They will also be collecting donations for Alzheimer's research. Afterwards at the Wheatsheaf in North Waltham.



BMAC Chairman

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Sad News

Hi All,

It's with much sadness that the committee have to report the passing of Bill Tarn.

Bill was a big figure around the club and very active as such. From mowing the grass to helping at the club events, Bill has been a great asset to the club, but more than that, a friend.

I'm sure you'll all agree he'll be sadly missed.

Our thoughts are with Bill's family at this time.

As soon as we have details for the funeral we shall let you know.

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

New Forum

Hopefully by now you've all seen that the club has an all new forum and wonder why we've started from scratch.

Well the answer is simple, there's been a lot of problems with the old ones, so it's time to just fix the problem once and for all.

Don't worry though, all the great old wisdom and advice is still accessible via a link on the new forum, but is read only now.