BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

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Poll ended at 04 Nov 2017, 14:52

Single day
5
8%
Two day
18
29%
Mid week
8
13%
Week end
31
50%
 
Total votes: 62

Ian Stromberg
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Ian Stromberg » 20 Oct 2017, 12:58

It's not exactly in the deep North. By road, only 106 miles from London and 116 miles from Manchester.

Pat Marsden
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Pat Marsden » 20 Oct 2017, 18:07

Ian Stromberg wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 12:58
It's not exactly in the deep North. By road, only 106 miles from London and 116 miles from Manchester.
Ah, but its north of the M4 Ian and there be monsters beyond :D :D
Mind you, have you been to MW??

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Barry_Cole
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Barry_Cole » 20 Oct 2017, 19:04

Pat Marsden wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 18:07
Ian Stromberg wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 12:58
It's not exactly in the deep North. By road, only 106 miles from London and 116 miles from Manchester.
Ah, but its north of the M4 Ian and there be monsters beyond :D :D
Mind you, have you been to MW??
I saw the monster at MW, it was flying a big brown glider....

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

BC

Ian Stromberg
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Ian Stromberg » 20 Oct 2017, 21:29

Pat,

I certainly have.

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chris williams
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by chris williams » 20 Oct 2017, 21:45

Over a seven hour return trip from sunny Blandford...Doesn't leave much time for flying :D

Pat Marsden
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Pat Marsden » 21 Oct 2017, 07:49

chris williams wrote:
20 Oct 2017, 21:45
Over a seven hour return trip from sunny Blandford...Doesn't leave much time for flying :D
Wimp...have done MW for a day, leave home at 4.30 am and back home in time for bed, wheres your commitment man :lol: :lol:

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chris williams
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by chris williams » 21 Oct 2017, 09:55

Aaaah, believe it or not, I was young...once!

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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Cliff Evans » 21 Oct 2017, 09:56

chris williams wrote:
21 Oct 2017, 09:55
Aaaah, believe it or not, I was young...once!
Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Geoff Pearce » 21 Oct 2017, 17:32

chris williams wrote:
21 Oct 2017, 09:55
Aaaah, believe it or not, I was young...once!
No you've been recycled........ :lol:

G

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Ray Watts
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Re: BMFA National Centre at Buckminster

Post by Ray Watts » 31 Oct 2017, 22:52

I had been keen to go to Buckminster to check it out, so Mandy and I had last weekend there after arranging it with Manny, and what a place it is. It was a gamble with the weather but it was the only real weekend option that we had before the winter sets in.

We arrived on Friday lunchtime in sunshine with not much wind with Dave Phipps (BMFA Chief Executive) in the office to welcome us. The entrance and building area have been renovated with gates at each end of the drive to keep out any unwanted troublemakers. There is still renovation work to be started to about half of the buildings, but the buildings that have been done already, have been done to a very high standard with some of the work being done by volunteers. As we were the only campers for the weekend, we were told that we could pitch up anywhere along the hedges so I opted to be as near the flightline as possible which in the end was about 100 yards away at the most. There was a water supply and toilet disposal very near and the ground was flat. There is a toilet block in the courtyard area, and more facilities in the events complex/hanger plus a porta loo at each flightline. I was allowed to use the hanger (which you will see in the photos) for plane storage and I did a bit of indoor flying as well on Saturday when it got windy.
Buckminster Oct 2017 web.jpg
When I went out onto the flightline I was amazed at the size of the runway. It is huge. In fact the pits area is probably as big as most club patches and I was told that they used that as the runway to start with whilst working on the main runway. The runway is so big that there are 3 pilots boxes on the main runway and 2 more on the shorter 90 degree runway which has its own pit area. There are 2 control line circles at one end and more being developed at the other end currently. There were 7 flyers there who are all locals and as such have landed on their feet with the centre opening up. They were just regular flyers with regular club type models and welcomed me in straight away. They tend to fly there on week days as there are many events on at the weekends so they go to their own regular clubs at the weekends. I asked them how they felt about that and they said it was great as the place tended to be quiet in the week but they get great flyers visiting the events so they come and watch for free if they want to and have been amazed at what they have seen. 2 of them returned on Saturday but it was quite windy, but nobody turned up on Sunday at all when it was breezy but sunny all day. I flew all day by myself.

A lot of the ground work is done by a group of volunteers on Thursdays and they cut the grass to a very high standard and just keep the place looking very tidy. It was these guys who painted the floor of the hanger in one day, which was a massive task in itself.

There is a car park about 30 to 50 yards from the pits area with a porta loo in between. The car park has a row of trees in front for protection. The walk from car to pits is a short one but there are about 8 trolleys available to use to carry gear and models if you desire.

The site is fairly remote with houses about a mile away on 2 sides and nothing on the other 2 sides. If anything, the only problem would be the evening flying with the sun going down at the left hand end, but the sun is behind you all day so not a problem at all really.

Manny tells me that there are hopes to convert some of the remaining out buildings to bunk rooms and a shower block, but this is down to costs and funding. I have also seen there are hopes to have a refreshment area as well but that is for the future. Considering that this has all happened within about a year is truly remarkable and the team under Manny's vision and direction should be truly proud of what they have all achieved for the whole of the membership.

An aerotow here in my opinion would be easy to run as the runway is long and wide. The camping is good and the car parking is even better. It would be a fairly central location, only 15 minutes from the A1 near Grantham. The only problem will be that the site is in much demand so choices will be very restricted for weekend events. With planning there should be enough for everyone.

This did turn out to be a rather special experience for me and one which I will want to re-visit time and time again. I'm already looking forward to the spring despite the site being 150 miles away.

I have include below 2 links to you tube. One is video I took from my foamy Cub on the windy Saturday, but it shows the site very well and the size of it all and the other is a Slide Show of photos I took over the weekend. You can pause the photos at any time. I used a trial package for this, hence the writing on the corners of the photos.

Enjoy....I did!!

Ray

https://youtu.be/5A1hneveZxc

https://youtu.be/W3FJoHZcr4U
It's always calmer indoors :D

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