Dear Aero Modeller,

Thank you for your interest in the Darlington and District Model Flying Club.

We currently have a membership of about eighty members and fly from a site near Croft Autodrome. We encourage beginners and experts alike and offer free instruction on all types of aircraft.
(Sorry no helicopters or quadcopters)

If you have not flown a radio controlled aircraft before we strongly recommend a trainer type aircraft which should have the main wing on top of the fuselage. The wing span should be about 62 inch and have some dihedral for stability. Your local model shop will be able to give you advice on what trainers are available or better still ask the members onsite.

Flight simulators are also a great way to get started without the cost of massive repair bills. Having said that at some stage in your flying training you will crash more than once! Even the experts get it wrong; unfortunately that is part of aero modelling.

The club have a number of BMFA qualified instructors and examiners who will progress you from your introductory flight to achieving your BMFA ‘A’ licence. This is your licence to fly solo at DDMFC and is normally achieved within six months depending on weather and your learning curve. Once solo the BMFA has a number of achievement schemes for you to aim for. The great part of this hobby is that you never stop learning.

Weather permitting the best time to visit our club would be on a Sunday morning between 10 and 12am. Just use the contact page on this website and we will arrange someone to meet you at the gate which is locked. Once a set time has been arranged we will give you directions to the flying site.

The club also offers various events throughout the year for members and guests to enjoy. The annual barbeque ( weather dependant ) is a great opportunity to show off the club and we also hold a variety of competitions and a scale day in the summer months. We end the year with a Sunday lunch function ( subject to availability ) which is a nice way to round off the flying season.

The club is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association and operate under the guide lines and safety codes for flying model aircraft. These guide lines have been adopted as rules at DDMFC.

Neil Dixon


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