Celebrating 100 years of British Model Flying

Record Attempt

In 2022, to mark the BMFA Centenary we will be attempting to set a new world record.

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Centenary Flightfest

Model flying events and trial days across the country to showcase our sport.

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Members Fly-In

A chance for BMFA members to join the celebrations at our National Centre for Model Flying.

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A showcase of aeromodelling exhibits from across 100 years of British Model Flying

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Welcome to the BMFA’s Centenary Celebrations Website

In the summer of 2022 the BMFA, or should we say, the SMAE (Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers) as it was in the early years, will celebrate its Centenary and mark the 100th year as the body responsible for UK model flying.

A 100th birthday is a special occasion and we’re delighted that you can join us in this unique moment for British model flying.

Over the course of 2022 we hope to explore our sport’s amazing history, whilst enjoying all that it has to offer today through a series of events, fly-ins and shows. At the heart of everything we have planned are our members. We wish for the next 12 months to be a period of model flying that you talk about with your family, friends and flying friends for years to come.

Whilst we have lots of exciting plans in store, we want our affiliated club network to enjoy and celebrate in its own, special way. This website will give you lots of ideas of how you can be a part of our national events, but we also want to support you and your club in whatever it would like to do. From a fly-in to a friends and family BBQ, from a fun-fly competition weekend to inviting a local school to come and try model flying, the BMFA are here to support your club, making 2022 a truly amazing year.

The UK has always been innovative with developments in the world of model flying and has produced some iconic models and memorable personalities. We have been very fortunate in having many modellers and supporters who have gone beyond just building and flying their models but have given their time, knowledge and expertise to establish and run clubs, areas, competitions, galas and special interest bodies and be members of various organising committees.

Without these willing and able volunteers the BMFA and UK model flying would not be in such a strong position as it is today. During the Centenary year we plan to pay tribute to many of those memorable contributors from over the years.

What Makes us Great

  • Dedicated, responsible and hardworking, members, volunteers and staff.
  • A long history of safe, lawful and responsible operation.
  • Over 800 affiliated clubs offering training and safe places to fly
  • A national achievement and training scheme
  • Organised local, national and international contests
  • Education program helping to develop STEM opportunities