CDMFC is a group of dedicated enthusiasts dedicated to the enjoyment of all form of Radio control aircraft. The club has approximately 60 members of all ages and interests, the club being affiliated to the national body BMFA. We are always willing to welcome new fliers to our club and happy to give advice and have training equipment available for new people to the Hobby. This site is designed to give you an overview of our club, facilities and a very general introduction to the hobby, however the best way to enjoy this hobby is to visit us so please feel free to contact us to arrange an introduction or use the Forums to ask a question or email the site admin on You can contact the club on 07715 749590. Directions to the Site

Club History

The Club was formed in 1975 by a small group of enthusiasts, some of whom are still members, I refer to Frank Seymour and Ian Houston. Sadly another member of the founding group Peter Richmond died with his boots on as it were, at the Spanhoe site in 1999.

Others in the early years were M Hannant, Paul Webb and Roy Swan and his brother. Due to indifferent flying sites the membership rarely went above 30, flying took place o­n what is now the Golden Wonder factory site, also another two sites on the Earlstree Estate and also a site close to the Municipal Tip off Princewood Road, the Club remained here for a considerable time until the growth of some trees and the expansion of the tip meant the Club had to look elsewhere. At this time another Club in the area was experiencing the same problem and was also looking for a site. The two Clubs decided to amalgamate and approach the local authority asking for assistance in trying to acquire a site, this produced the offer of a rather wet area in Deene Quarry on leasehold, but required a lot of work to prepare the land, after 3 years the Club unfortunately, had to withdraw to make way for Rockingham Raceway, this site was very popular due to its proximity to the town and the membership rose to near the 90 mark, the flying site closed in May 1999.

British Steel (Corus) came to the rescue of the Club with an offer to lease part of what was a runway on Spanhoe world war II airfield near Harringworth, here the Club has enjoyed a near perfect flying site since the summer of 1999. Our only restriction is that there is no flying before 0930 hrs on any day. Spanhoe also has a small full size aircraft site operating within its boundary with which the Club has a good and friendly relationship.

Club Committee

2018 Committee
Chairman Richard Russell
Vice Chairman Ian Houston
Treasurer Chris Yates
Secretary Richard Russell
Safety Officer Carl Ward
 Events Officer Carl Ward
Committee Member Darren Ward
Committee Member Daimon McMaster


2016 Committee
Chairman Mick Manning
Vice Chairman Ian Houston
Treasurer Chris Yates
Secretary Richard Russell
Safety Officer Carl Ward
 Events Officer Gareth Cross
Training Officer Carl Ward
Committee Member Keri Short
Committee Member Darren Ward


2015 Committee
Chairman Mick Manning
Vice Chairman Jim MacKenzie
Treasurer Paul Webb
Secretary Nicola Sherwood
Safety Officer Carl Ward
 Events Officer Francis Eady
Committee Member Darren Ward
Committee Member Ian Houston


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Club Rules



This document is designed to detail the rules of CADMFC that are specific to the flying site or in addition to the BMFA members handbook.

Members will at all times adhere the guidelines of the BMFA and the Club rules. If at any time a member is in breach of the rules they are open to being dealt with under the disciplinary code.

Remember, failing to observe these rules could lead to your insurance being invalid and in extreme circumstances expulsion from the Club.

Club membership runs from 1 January to 31 December each year, this is also the dates for BMFA membership and insurance if you insure under the BMFA scheme.

2. No member or visitors will carry out any flying activity without valid insurance cover.

3. In the event that a member arranges their insurance privately, i.e. not through the Club, proof of valid insurance must be supplied at the time of membership renewal.

4. Insurance documentation must be carried at all times when flying at the flying site so that any Club official can inspect the documentation if required

5. As a BMFA affiliated Club all members are to abide by the rules of Members Insurance.

6. The access gate and roads are shared with two farms and the gate is to be locked at all times unless it is open when you arrive. Leave the gate as you find it. A gate key is provided to each member on joining the Club, these keys are not to be given or loaned to any non club member and must be kept secure at all times. In the event that the key is lost or stolen a Club official should be informed as soon as possible, any cost incurred will be passed on to the Club member.

7. The site is available 7 days a week, no flying is to take place before 09:30 hours. When travelling through the villages around the site observe all speed limits and make as little noise as possible. Be aware that there are often horses being ridden on the roads, slow right down or stop to let them past.

8. Vehicles are not to exceed 20 mph on the farm road, and not exceed 10 mph when in the site area. Farm vehicles must be given priority on the roads at all times.

9. Parking areas are provided both sides of, and to the rear of the Clubhouse.

10. Vehicles may be taken up to the pits area to load/unload. All vehicles must as soon as possible be moved to the parking area allocated.

11. Be aware that there are footpaths on and near to the flying field used by the public walking and horse riding. Pilots that are airborne must be careful to avoid these paths when they are being used.

12. Dogs are not to be brought to the site under any circumstances

13. The Club has a policy using the BMFA Policy Document “Promotion of and Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults”, that all children must be under the care of their parents or an adult Guardian when on the Club site. All children should be supervised at all times, they should not be allowed to wander about in the pits when engines are running, neither must they be allowed on the approach or landing areas.

14. It is recommended that no more than two non-flying visitors be brought to the site by any member, this is to ensure greater supervision of the site. All members should ensure that they make any visitors that they bring to the airfield aware of the safety procedures that are to be followed.

15. Helicopter pilots must not fly with the fixed wing aircraft, but should fly on the area of grass East of the Clubhouse.

16. All of the fields around the flying site are farmed and no member has right of access. If a model is landed on any of these fields only one person should retrieve the model, making sure that any damage to the crop is kept to a minimum. Failure to observe this rule could lead to complaints from the farmer with a possible loss of the site.

17. The Club shares the airfield with full size aircraft who are to be given priority at all times. All pilots must constantly be alert to the fact that they also use our airspace. Anyone spotting a full size aircraft approaching , either sound the horn or call out FULL SIZE and the direction of travel. All pilots who are flying must land or carry out low circuits until the airspace is clear.

18. All fliers must observe field discipline and comply with the Air Navigation Order, all relevant BMFA safety codes as contained within the BMFA Members’ Handbook and Civil Aviation publication (CAP) 658.

19. On matters of field safety needing an immediate decision, the responsibility lies with instructors, safety officer, a member of the Executive Committee or two committee members, in that order. Any instructions must be accepted without dissent. However, should a member believe the instructions to be wrong, then he should bring this to the attention of the Committee through Article 15 of the Constitution.

20. Any pilot not holding their solo qualification for the type of aircraft they are flying must not fly without the supervision of an instructor or their specially appointed deputy if the instructors are absent from the field. If no instructors are present at the site, any member holding the BMFA ‘B’ Certificate may act as an appointed deputy until an instructor arrives.

21. Warnings are to be shouted at all times while flying eg on the patch when taking their model out o the take off point, taking off, landing, dead stick and a fly through.

22. No more than 10 aircraft shall be airborne at any one time unless as part of a competition.

23. All flying is to be done in the designated areas only. Take off and landings are to be performed as per the site safety document displayed on the club house notice board.

24. There is to be no over flying of the car packs, clubhouse or pits area.

25. No take offs must be performed with anybody in front of the plane without the explicit permission of that person/persons.

26. Any person wishing to enter or cross the runway area must seek clearance from any pilots flying at the time before doing so.

27. All vehicles must be parked in the designated area only.

28. The Club operates a “peg on” system, the club will provide a peg for the member to use after writing their name on the peg. The Board or Electronic Scanner is to be located in the central area of the pits by the first person who arrives ready for the days use. The peg must be placed on the appropriate frequency number before activating the transmitter. In the case of 2.4Ghz the peg is placed on the black stripe on the right hand side of the peg board. When the site is busy, this is normally at weekends, the frequency shall not be used for more than 15 minutes flying and the peg removed immediately after landing.

29. The Club has allocated the frequency numbers as specified by the following:-

55 Club training only.
56 to 78 Fixed wing aircraft.
79 Out of use.
80 to 90 Helicopters

Flying on adjacent frequencies is not permitted unless the specified BMFA test has been carried out for the models in question.

30. Frequency numbers must be called out before the transmitter in question is switched on.

31. All transmitter aerials must remain retracted unless the model is being flown. The flight is defined from the point of release to when the engine is stopped or the model is restrained.

32. Transmitters should not be taken away from the flight line when retrieving an aircraft, unless to do so would aid retrieval of the model. In this instance the matter should be brought to the attention of the safety officers so that this may be carried out without the risk of over-flying the transmitter.

33. Should an aircraft go out of control, the first priority must be the safety of persons with the second being avoidance of damage to property. A warning is to be shouted by the pilot which is to be taken up by other members.

34. In the event of an unexplained loss of control of a model, all transmitters are to be impounded and checked to ensure they are operating on their declared frequency.

35. Before starting an engine the model must be suitably restrained either by a tether or by an assistant.

36. Once engines have been started in the pits area models are to be taken out to the other side of the concrete roadway pointing towards the waste ground/ patch before performing a full throttle engine check.

37. In the interest of safety, assistance should be sought when running up engines and taking models to the runway for take-off. All helpers must have BMFA membership. The use of an assistant for pilots with Helicopters is recommended for starting and carrying the model to the flight line.

38. Appropriate use should be made of all available pit area, and under no circumstances should engines be set up in the immediate vicinity of the pilots who are flying at that time. Where practical, models should face outward from the pit area.

39. Under no circumstances must an engine be run unless all persons are behind the line of the propeller with the exception of the person starting the engine. When carrying out power checks all persons including the pilot are to be behind the line of the propeller.

40. Models having their engines run in on the ground must not be left unattended whilst the engine is running.

41. All new or repaired models should be checked out by an instructor or their appointed deputy before being allowed to fly. All models are subject to random safety spot checks which will be carried out by an instructor. If in his opinion a model is unsafe to fly or does not conform to Club rules, it will be grounded until rectified.

42. Members must ensure that they comply with the D of E Noise Code for the Minimisation of Noise from Model Aircraft. “Add on” silencers and “quiet” propellers should be fitted unless the model emits below 82 decibels at 7 metres without them. Notwithstanding if in the opinion of the Committee a model is excessively noisy in the air, then it is to be grounded until rectified.

43. All operational failsafes in use on powered models operated from our Club site must set the throttle to tick-over, not hold, (stopped in the case of electric power) regardless of the other control operations governed by the failsafe. Particular care must be taken when operating on Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) or when swapping from normal modulation (PPM) to PCM to ensure that the Failsafe is correctly programmed. Failsafes are to be checked prior to flight by switching the transmitter off whilst the model is restrained.

44. There are two pilot boxes marked out they are orientated one for an East and one for a West wind, the one in use for the day will be marked by two cones, these cones are to be put in place by the first member arriving.

45. Mobile telephones should not be kept in close proximity to computerised transmitters and must not be taken onto the flight line.

46. No smoking is permitted in the vicinity of inflammable fuels and materials.

47. No smoking is permitted in the clubhouse.

48. Children must be closely supervised at all times and must not be allowed to run around the pit area or runways.

49. The Club has two Safety Officers, but it is the responsibility of all pilots to fly safely on all occasions. Anyone repeatedly transgressing the BMFA safety code will be dealt with by the Committee taking into account the recommendations of the Safety Officers. Committee Members are empowered to halt any flying, or ground any aircraft believed to be unsafe to fly or the pilot does not have the confidence or skill to fly a particular aircraft.

50. CADMFC Committee reserve the right to terminate an individuals membership in accordance with the Clubs disciplinary procedures.

51. Any accident involving a third party or another member must be reported to the clubs BMFA Delegate as soon as possible, who will then inform the Executive Committee.

52. From 01/01/2009 no member should fly unsupervised unless accompanied by either a BMFA "B" certificate holder or instructor if they do not hold a BMFA "A" certificate.

53. From 01/01/2010 if a pilot is flying a turbine powered aircraft they must have standing with them an assistant to look out for other aircraft.

Club Constitution


  1. The club shall be called Corby and District Model Flying Club and will be affiliated to the British Model Flying Association.
  2. The clubs principal aim shall be the promotion of safe and responsible model aircraft flying.
  3. All members, without exception, must obey all club rules. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action by the Club which may lead to dismissal.
  4. All members must be members of the British Model Flying Association and must be able to provide evidence of such on request. The only exception to this is for those members who play no active part in the club whatsoever; i.e. social members only.
  5. Members may invite guest fliers to the site on arrangement with the Executive Committee but they must be BMFA insured and the club member must assume total responsibility for the actions and safety of the guest. Guests must fly under the supervision of instructors if their ability requires it, and such arrangements must be made in advance of the visit.
  6. A “member” means any class of membership.
  7. A member may be made a life member for extensive services to the club. Life members can only be created by a majority ballot of club members at a general meeting.
  8. The Committee has the right to refuse membership to new applicants.
  9. New members’ subscriptions shall be subject to status, plus the joining fee as decided at the Annual General Meeting.
  10. Members who have allowed their subscriptions to lapse for less than one year will not normally be asked to re-apply for membership or pay the joining fee, but will be required to pay a full 12 months subscription. Reduced subscriptions will apply from September when they will be halved. The Committee reserves the right to ask for a formal membership application if it so wishes.
  11. Persons letting their membership lapse for 1 year or more, will be required to re-apply for membership and pay the joining fee on their return to the club.
  12. All field safety rules and regulations will be reviewed annually, and will be considered binding for 12 months, excepting where urgent action is required. This action must then be ratified by the Committee at the next club meeting or at a general meeting. The field safety rules are considered as a supplementary code to those laid out by the British Model Flying Association’s Members’ Handbook, compliance with which is mandatory within CADMAC.
  13. Any complaint concerning any member must be made in writing and signed by the complainant(s). The written complaint must then be forwarded to the Secretary so that the matter can be addressed at the next Committee meeting.
  14. The Committee may impose a flying suspension not exceeding 28 days upon any member in the event of misconduct. Any suspension must be accompanied by a verbal and/or written warning as deemed appropriate in accordance with Article 17.
  15. The Committee may consider removal from the role of members any member whose conduct on the field or elsewhere is considered to be prejudicial to the club. Dismissal will be in accordance with the following procedure in order to comply with the laws of natural justice:

    a. The member is to be given a verbal warning by an authorised Committee Member in which the member is made aware of his misdemeanour and what he is reasonably required to do to make amends.

    b. If the member does not respond, he is to be given a written warning by an authorised Committee Member to advise him of his misdemeanour and what he is reasonably required to do to make amends.

    c. If he still fails to respond, the Committee should invite him in writing to meet with them at a previously agreed date and time to discuss the situation, advising they are considering withdrawal of his membership.

    d. If he still fails to respond to reasoning or fails to attend without reasonable cause, the Committee can advise him in writing that his membership is withdrawn, stating the reasons why this decision was reached.

    e. When the member is advised of withdrawal of his membership, he must be given the right of appeal. If he opts to appeal, this will be to the Club membership at an EGM which the Committee would call on his behalf at a previously agreed date and time. The motion to uphold the membership withdrawal or reverse it must be in accordance with the voting procedures set out in the Club Constitution.

    In the event of gross misconduct, immediate dismissal without warnings may be considered but the member must still be accorded his rights to present his case to the Committee and be given a right of appeal in accordance with sub-paragraphs c, d and e above.

  16. Any alteration to this Constitution can only be made at a General Meeting called for the purpose. Any proposed alterations must be submitted to the Secretary in writing at least 7 days prior to the meeting.


  17. The Committee, Officers and Instructors, will be responsible for the running of the flying field at all times. Appointment to the position of Instructor can only be made by a Committee decision.
  18. All student members must attain the minimum standards of flying required under the CADMAC training scheme equivalent to receiving the BMFA ‘A’ Certificate before they can fly solo or unsupervised . All members are encouraged to attain the BMFA “ A” as a basic proof of competency.
  19. Any member whose flying standards drop below the minimum requirement solo standard will be required to rejoin the training scheme until the desired standards of flying are met.


  20. The Committee of the Club shall comprise of not more than 11 members, including the Executive Committee.A member can only be a committee member after they have been a club member for 3 years. A quorum of any Committee meeting shall consist of a majority of Committee Members.
  21. The Executive Committee shall consist of five officers. These shall be Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Safety Officer.
  22. One senior club member should be appointed annually as the clubs’ BMFA Delegate who should represent the club at all relevant meetings.
  23. Any Committee member or member who is involved in any organisational position within the Club, must hold membership of the British Model Flying Association.
  24. Committee members shall be elected from written nominations, at the Annual General Meeting, to serve for a period of one year. The Committee will be elected by majority vote by a show of hands from eligible members present.
  25. Should a committee position become vacant, the Committee may co-opt a replacement who will then serve until the following Annual General Meeting. This will be by a majority vote from the Committee Members.
  26. Members elected to office will have full voting rights at all meetings. In the event of a tie the Chairman will have a casting vote.
  27. The Executive Committee reserve the right to carry out negotiations and make decisions in the interest of the club or on behalf of the membership where necessary without consulting the other Committee members.
  28. Each Executive is required to submit a sample of his signature for banking reference purposes.
  29. Money may only be withdrawn from the fund by cheque signed by not less than two Executive Officers.
  30. The committee can spend up to £200 on any one item if agreed by a majority of the committee. Any expenditure above this must be put to the club members for their approval.
  31. The Secretary must be informed of any negotiations proposed by club members which affect the Club as a whole and copies of any written correspondence must be submitted to him for record purposes.
  32. No member of the Committee or Officer of the club may be a Committee Member or Officer of another model flying club.
  33. Any Committee Member or Officer wishing to resign should do so in writing.
  34. Any member of the Committee who is absent from three consecutive Committee meetings without reasonable cause will automatically forfeit his seat on the Committee.
  35. The Committee may pay accounts and incur any normal liabilities on behalf of the club. If a Committee Member engages or becomes involved in court proceedings, whether criminal or civil in his representative capacity on behalf of the club, as opposed to his capacity as a private individual, the club will indemnify the Committee Member in respect of any fines or damages or costs awarded against the Committee Member.
  36. In the event of a Committee Member being awarded damages or costs in the course of proceedings taken by him in his representative capacity, such damages or costs will belong to the Club and not the Committee Member personally and upon receipt that Committee Member will pay them to the Club Treasurer.


  37. All meetings will be agendered and minuted. Any other business will only be accepted at general meetings if the Secretary is given at least 14 days notice in writing of the item to be discussed.
  38. A quorum of any general meeting is to be at least one quarter of the membership.
  39. Voting will normally be by a show of hands, however a secret ballot must be taken should any member request that this be done. Proxy and postal votes will not be allowed.
  40. All proposals must be seconded and voted upon. A majority vote is required to carry any proposal.
  41. Amendments to proposals must be voted upon first.
  42. Non committee members may attend committee meetings as observers by applying to the Secretary at least 14 days before the meeting. Any non Committee Member may be asked to leave the meeting subject to approval from the Committee.
  43. Non club members may attend Club meetings as observers as invited guests of a club by applying to the Secretary at least 14 days before the meeting. Any non Club member may be asked to leave the meeting subject to approval from the Committee.
  44. The Committee, through the Chairman has the power to ask a person to leave any meeting in the event of that person disrupting the meeting.
  45. Patrons of the club have no voting rights but are free to attend all club meetings.


  46. A convenient date for the Annual General Meeting will be decided each year by the Committee. At least 28 days notice of the meeting will be given to all Club members by use of the Club Notice Board and the Club Website. An Agenda for the AGM must be sent out before the meeting.
  47. All motions are to be put in writing before the agenda is published.
  48. There will be no voted “ Any other business” motions unless the motions have been notified in advance.
  49. Annual subscriptions and the joining fee will be decided at the Annual General Meeting.
  50. Subscriptions are due by 1st January each year. Any member who has not paid the subscriptions for the ensuing year by this date, in whole or in part, will not be allowed to fly until they have done so. Insurance or BMFA membership must be in place before flying.
  51. At the Annual General Meeting a balance sheet will be presented that fairly represents the expenditure and receipts of the club, its assets and its liabilities. This will be distributed to members with the Agenda before the meeting.


  52. The Secretary will convene an Extraordinary Committee Meeting within 14 days on request from any member of the Executive Committee, stating the business to be discussed.
  53. The Secretary shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club by a resolution of the Committee stating the business to be brought before the meeting, of which 28 days notice has been given to all members in writing stating the business to be discussed.
  54. The Secretary shall convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the club on receipt of a request in writing signed by not less than 5 members of the club, stating the business to be brought before the meeting, of which 28 days notice has been given to all members in writing stating the business to be discussed.
  55. When a request for a meeting is made in accordance with Article 54 and it is not called within 28 days, the requisitioners may themselves convene an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club by giving 28 days notice in writing to all members, duly setting out the purpose for which the meeting was called. Any resolutions passed at such a meeting shall have the same force and effect as if they were passed at a meeting convened by the Committee.


  56. Should it be considered necessary or desirable to dissolve the Club, the Committee will call an Extraordinary General Meeting. Should a quorum fail to appear, the meeting will be adjourned and a further EGM must be called. The second meeting will proceed even if a quorum is not present and the motion will then be carried by a simple majority vote.
  57. On dissolution and after the sale of assets, settlement of all outstanding debts and the refund of subscriptions for the remaining part of the year to the paid up members, the funds remaining will be distributed in equal shares to the Club’s charities. (See the Clubs’ Charity Guidelines).
  58. If the final accounts are less than required to refund the subscriptions to the members, the total money remaining will be donated to the Club’s charities. All members will receive a final statement of accounts.

Club Achievment Scheme

The club has a number of B.M.F.A. Examiners that can be approached to perform either an A or B Test.
If you are unable to make the arrangements for examination Graham Boycott can be contacted on 01536 747846 and he will help to make the necessary arrangements.
The ‘A’ Certificate
The A Certificate is a measure of flying ability and safety which "may be equated to a safe solo standard of flying" and an increasing number of clubs use it as their solo test. 
As an Examiner, the level of competence you should expect of a candidate should be based o­n that criterion; that is 'is this person, in your opinion, fit to be allowed to fly unsupervised'.
The ‘B’ Certificate
The B Certificate is designed to recognise the pilots more advanced ability, and a demonstrated level of safety suitable for flying at a public display”. 
As an Examiner, therefore, the level of competence required from a candidate should be based on the question 'has this person demonstrated their flying ability to me in a satisfactory manner and how do I feel about them appearing in public, possibly at a large display, on the strength of the certificate which I may be about to award them'. 
For many years the B Certificate has been seen as a display licence but, in fact, it has always been much more that. It was set up in the first place as a method of encouraging club flyers to gain further flying skills by meeting and being tested to a recognised national standard. Whilst it certainly has its uses in the context of display pilots, the real aim of the B certificate has always been to give the club flyer a personal attainment goal beyond the A Certificate; a level of competence and safety which is attainable by the average pilot with a little thought and practice. The long term strategy behind this is that if enough club flyers qualify for their B certificates then the general standard of flying both within your club and nationally cannot help but rise. Examiners should be pressing this concept.
The ‘C’ Certificate
The C Certificate (Fixed Wing) has been designed to give a pilot who has already attained a ‘B’ Certificate an opportunity to take a further test to show more advanced skills. The ‘C’ Certificate (FW) is not a substitute for the ‘B’ but is a personal achievement level that will be shown as an endorsement o­n the pilot’s BMFA membership card. 
As the two Examiners involved, the level of competence and knowledge you should require from a candidate for the ‘C’ Certificate (FW) should be significantly in advance of that required for a ‘B’. 
The ‘C’ Certificate (FW) is not a ‘show licence’ but is a way to encourage the development of more advanced personal flying skills by meeting, and being tested to, a recognised national standard. A pilot wishing to take the ‘C’ certificate (FW) must already hold a ‘B’ certificate (FW). The candidate for the C should have studied the BMFA handbook and have a considerable depth of knowledge of model flying in general.
The examination for a ‘C (Fixed Wing)’ Certificate may be taken on application to your Area Achievement Scheme Co-ordinator. The examination will be carried out by either one Area Chief Examiner and one Club Examiner, both of whom must be Fixed Wing Qualified, or two Chief Examiners, one of whom must be Fixed Wing qualified. To apply to take the ‘C (FW)’ Certificate, the candidate must already hold the ‘B’ Certificate (Fixed Wing).