The sessions will be from 11am to 5pm, with the last hour being reserved for lightweight duration models.
Competitions will run from 11am until 2.00pm, followed by 2.00pm until 4.00pm general flying, leaving the last hour for lightweights only.
If anyone has a view on the timing, let me know and we can discuss it.

John Barker has designed and prototype tested a new class which has been ratified by the BMFA. It is very similar to the "Legal Eagle" class and Legal Eagles can be adapted to conform very easily. We will run BOTH "Legal Eagle" and "Osprey"concurrently at future meetings, with separate certificates for each class. The "Osprey" rules were given as a handout by Dave Whitehouse at the meeting and I will also post them on the "Rules" page 2  of the website:


The second season of NORWIND is underway. We survived the shock ejection from Clayton Green and the concensus seems to be that the move to Rochdale was a good one. The hall is bigger, brighter and we get two hours more for the same outlay.
On the whole, attendance has remained good. We had a wobble at the end of the season, with the May an June meetings making a significant loss. Hence the value of the Christmas "Tombola". We will not be running a June meeting this season (although it was brilliant for me, as I was able to fly my F1D in relative safety.. it doesn't take much to damage a 1.4g model!).
I was having a conversation with a long standing flier in the group and it became clear that there isn't clarity about the funding arrangements, so Just to put that straight, the funding arrangements are as follows:
NORWIND has to be run under the auspices of the BMFA in order to be able to hire the hall. All venues now demand proof of indemnity. We don't however, receive any funding from BMFA for the NORWIND meetings. Dave, Tom and I underwrite any overall loss.
So far, we have not had to fork out, except that we personally provide extras, such as photocopying, certificates, website costs. It costs me 60 pa to fund the website, 40 per set of inks for printing and 20 for paper suitable for printing certificates. We manage the occasional prize out of funds , which are ably cared for by Tom Crompton. Dave Whitehouse and Tom see to all of the hall booking issues and Dave also takes on the onerous task of arranging and running the Velodrome meetings. Although not strictly a NORWIND event, Velodrome meetings would be unlikely to happen if Dave didn't organise them. Funding for the Velodrome is via the BMFA. Most times there is not loss and might even be a slight profit, so it isn't a big financial burden. Compared with the outlay for other forms of flying funded by the BMFA, indoor freeflight is peanuts. Via Dave and attendance by our members, NORWIND contributes to the indoor freeflight activity in the NW in a significant way.

Hi Everyone,
The roundup from the NORWIND November meeting at Rochdale:

We had a very good turnout with some new faces. It was nice to have a return visit from John Watters who attended Clayton Green and the Velodrome in the past. John is the designer of many good scale plans, including for Aerographics. I Have just built his Blackburn Monoplane. Not for beginners, but a nice model!
There were a lot of different models on show today. Obviously a lot of Bostonians due to the competition, but lots of others: Boxy Bipes, Colin's ornithopters, Fred's foamies. Dave Cromton's scale, a couple of stringless wonders, Kit Penny Plane, Peter Dolby's F1M, a couple of really interesting Ospreys and My F1D. Probably more that I missed due to concentrating on the competition!


This is a popular competition and was well supported with 12 fliers (10 actually putting in competition times). The range of model designs continues to reflect the fact that members seem to like different types of "scalish" models. It is one of the features of the class which makes it so attractive. We had a range from Ian Lever's scalish Piper cruiser, Tim Milner's Zippy Sport Type model to Dave leach and my own Vee tail models.
This is a class which is very easy to build and fly, but difficult to extract the last bit of performance. My eventual winning model had been trimmed at the Velodrome, but had mysterious damage when I got it home, needing a partial rebuild. Thus it need a total retrim for the comp and I struggled for the first hour or so, the model even ending right inside a netball basket at one point. Dave Whitehouse showed what a real friend he is by risking life and limb standing on a not-too-firm table to retrieve it. If he had left it in the basket, he would have finished on the podium with his model (which he has worked on for a long time to get it to fly properly)... Respect is due!

The Results:

1st - Tom Tomlinson - 1:22
2nd - Tim Milner - 1:06
3rd - Peter Turner 1:03

Most of the other fliers returned flights of very nearly a minute and could move up with just a bit more attention to motor choice/winding skills. For information, I won with 2400 turns backed off on my 2.6g motor (3rd wind). This gave me a flight which was JUST under the beams with a very wide circle (more efficient, but tends to hit things if there is any drift). It is also helpful to know that motors give  more turns and energy on the second and third winds, so stay safe on the first wind and keep to 85% max turns. I hope this is helpful!

The year is going so fast. It is the December meeting next and we will be flying "Boxy Bipes". It is a fun class.. I expect that the more "electric" fliers should come out on top...
We will have the usual Tombola, so bring along any modelling item which you no longer have use for, but which might be relevant to the type of flying at NORWIND. The tombola is important. It made up the deficiency from the very poorly attended June meeting last season (not to be repeated).

Finally... a big thank you to Dave Whitehouse and Mike Colling for organising and running the really good Velodrome Meetings. As I have said before, if it wasn't for NORWIND and Dave in particular, these meeting simply wouldn't happen.
Dave Whitehouse and Tom Crompton do much of the work which goes into running NORWIND, even though I run the competitions and tend to be more visible. It is a real team effort.
Looking froward to seeing you in December.


Finally.. I have tried to make the NORWIND website a little more modern in appearance. If anyone finds a typo, etc.. please let me know.



Dave Whitehouse has finally got confirmation of the Velodrome dates:
from 10am to 4pm, 29th Sept, 27th Oct and 23rd Feb 2019 for Fun Fly events,
with half hourly slots for Free Flight and Lightweight Radio.

The BMFA NW Gala is booked for 16th March 2019 from 9am to 5pm,
and will be a similar format to previous, catering for duration models, and scale flying.
TRIBUTE TO JOHN O'DONNELL (14.8.1932 - 18.4.2017)   (J O'D is seen 3rd from the right above early 2017)  Perhaps THE greatest free flight aeromodeller from the UK ever.
A full tribute to John can be found