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.


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 January 2019 meeting at Rochdale:

The January 2019 meeting roundup has to start with some sad news:
John Penton, (one of the three members who travel from Sheffield for our meetings) died suddenly and was found by Peter Dolby, another of the Sheffield fliers. As far as I know, John has no family, but our condolences go to anyone who is affected by John's death.

On a more positive note, it was really nice to see Paul Channon  back with us and flying his models with his usual expertise. Always helpful and very skilled with instruments, Paul is a long time friend and he fixed my clock gauge which had fallen out of its box on the spot, ....

The meeting was well attended and, as usual, Kitscale and Peanut Scale were well supported. Dave Whitehouse and Tom Crompton bravely took on the role of Contest Directors, which entails a lot of work, strict impartiality and the ability to accept flak from some competitors who don't agree with decisions (which must be subjective to some degree). They have my thanks at least, as it enabled me to get in trimming of some models which were not immediately related to the contest of the month! I took along my new catapult glider (really tricky!), my new "Pudgey" Bostonian (needs thicker rubber) and I resurrected my F1L (EZB) which has not flown for about 10 years. It flew a good time straight out of the box!
There were some really nice scale models and the judges noted the high standard of entries, which made judging difficult.
Reg Boor had a very good day, winning Kitscale and bringing along a new, foam constructed Avro 560, complete with built up wings.
One comment made by the judges is that poor documentation let down some models which should have placed higher.

Colin Taylor is known for his addiction to "Flappers" and he brought along a construction in prototype of a completely flapping wing, in sections and with individual feathers! I will put a couple of photos on the site. Take a look at them at NORWIND if  you can. The engineering involved is truly amazing!

The results:


1st - Reg Boor - Arado
2nd - Ian Lever - Cessna Skyhawk
3rd - Dave Crompton - Auster AOP9
NOTE: 1st and 2nd placings were decided on a tie break, as both Reg and Ian ended with equal scores. (Glad I wasn't having to judge this one!).

Tim Milner is always someone to watch. His models are really nice and he can extract performance.

1st - Tim Milner - Martinsyde
2nd - Dave Crompton - HP Sayers
3rd - Ian Lever - Andreason

Reg Boor
After the presentation of the certificates, I had the very pleasant job of making a surprise presentation certificate to Reg Boor. Reg will attain his 90th Birthday on 22nd of January and he also has the distinction of being married to his very lovely wife Joan. Reg and Joan got together at the age of 12 years! This, by my reckoning, makes it a 78 year partnership, which is cause for congratulations in itself. Reg is held in great respect (as a skilled aeromodeller) and affection (known as a "real Gentleman") by the members and they all shook his hand warmly and signed the certificate for him. We wish Reg and Joan many more years of good health and happiness together.

The next competition will be Precision/Duration, using the "Pip" design. Plans from Tom Crompton or Dave Whitehouse.
There is also another Velodrome meeting in February, the last chance to trim before The NW Gala in March.

Velodrome News: A reminder that there is a fun fly on 23rd Feb 2019, followed by the NW Gala (freeflight only) on March 16th. Dave Whitehouse has finalised the rules re flying slots and rubber allocation, etc (See the Velodrome Meetings page). There are difficult choices to get the most classes in such a short day. We can't cover the costs of a longer day.



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 here