Derbyshire Radio Control Flyers fly from a disused airfield on the outskirts of Ashbourne, Derbyshire. Ashbourne is a historic market town in the heart of the Peak District; it is known as “The Gateway to Dovedale” and attracts tourists from all over the world and has many claims to fame. It is the home of many historic buildings, Gingerbread men, Ashbourne Water, Shrove Tide Football and Model Flying!

For many years the club formerly known as Ashbourne Model Aircraft Club has flown from a Partly disused airfield on the outskirts of Ashbourne, the airfield of course being home to the Blenhiem during the war. The airfield is now private property and only club members can gain access to the site by car.

The real thingThe model

The club has around 100 members from all over the county, who come together from all walks of life with different modelling interests, and different levels of skill. The club was one of the first in the country to introduce an award scheme. Members used to be able to work towards Bronze, Silver, or Gold awards, a scheme which the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) took on which is now nationally recognised as the A, B and E certificates.

 We operate a “Disc on the board” system. This means to fly you must place a disc with your channel number on our frequency board covering the number on the board. Frequency discs must be orange and the pilots name must be written on the rear.

Derbyshire Radio Control Flyers Club has no formal limit on its membership numbers. As our site is available on a 365 day per year basis there is seldom a problem of overcrowding or having to wait for a flying slot. The club is therefore happy to accept new members who are experienced and can demonstrate that they have achieved “A” certificate level from the BMFA (British Model Flying Association) on their induction to the club.

Unfortunately, we have to be more circumspect with respect to novice members. It is very easy these days to equip oneself to take up the hobby of flying radio controlled aircraft. It is now possible to buy models that are almost ready to fly and only require some radio control hardware and an engine to be complete. As costs have decreased relative to disposable income, and the chore of building a model has been taken away, many people are now stimulated to satisfy a long held ambition. This easy access does tend to make people consider these models as toys which can be treated like any other toy - buy it, put it together and play with it. Unfortunately this is not the case as even small models can cause serious injury, both to the owner and spectators, if operated in an unsafe manner Further, developing the skills to fly them takes time and cannot be compared with learning a new computer game or even playing with a radio controlled car or boat. As with full size aircraft pilots, club members must know how to check their planes and equipment, how to operate safely and will not be allowed to fly “solo” until they have achieved the appropriate BMFA “A” standard.

Persons wishing to join should e-mail the club stating their name, location, telephone number and modelling experience. They will then be contacted by a Committee member who will discuss the current situation, and if possible arrange an introduction to one of the club trainers or put them on the waiting list. New members will be required to pay a joining fee in addition to the annual club and BMFA membership fees. These include the insurance cover and will be detailed prior to issuing a membership application form.

We can accept guests to fly but only by prior arrangement with the club secretary or Chairman and provided you have proof you hold at least a BMFA 'A' certificate and valid BMFA insurance certificate, NO other insurance is accepted.

Finding us is easy. From Derby follow the A52 towards Ashbourne; you will pass through places such as Mackworth, Kirk Langley and Brailsford. After you have gone about 10 miles along the A52, after Shirley Hollow, there is a crossroads, left takes you to Osmaston, right takes you on to Ladyhole Lane. This is the road you need to take. After you pass the houses on the left hand side, there is a locked gate. This is the entrance to the airfield When you get to the gate it will be locked. You can walk across to the site or if you have access, follow the track around to the end. Please contact us before visiting, so that we can arrange for some one to meet you at the gate

Take care when you cross the site as there is a still an active runway, YES full size aircraft!

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