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.

Hi Everyone,
First of all we wish you a happy New Year and a good 2020 filled with lots of flying!
It was apparent at the meeting that many members were suffering from (or had suffered from) the dreaded cold. We hope that you get on the mend soon.
The meeting was well attended and we covered costs. It was really cold in the hall, despite a prior request by Dave to ensure that the heating was on. Still, the stalwarts didn't let that get in the way of a good meeting and competition.It was nice to see new member John Burthom back again with his partner. He was flying a capacitor powered Jiminy Cricket. Steve Lewis continues to set himself difficult challenges with his WW1 planes , Zombie powered. I had some minor success with my Zombie SE5a too.
Best wishes to Fred Howell who is not so good at the moment. Barry Williams also had illness problems at home but was generous enough to send a donation towards NORWIND funds. Much appreciated Barry. Hope to see you soon.

The scale meetings are always popular and we had a superb turnout. We had 14 entries in Kitscale and 7 entries in Peanut Scale. This compares very favourably with the number of entries in National Competitions. The standard was high and the judging was difficult. The KItscale outcome was decided by very small margins. Peanut was actually a tie and the places decided by best flight time.

The results were:

1st - Dave Crompton - Cessna Bird Dog
2nd - Dave Horsefield - SE5a
3rd - Ian Lever - Cessna Skyhawk

Peanut Scale
1st - Peter Fardell - Bristol Scout
2nd - Dave Crompton - Piper Super Cruiser
3rd - Dave Horsefield - Luton Minor

Other models entered were:
Arado, Auster (x2), Lysander (x2), Fairchild, SE5a (Zombie), Stinson, Piper Cub
Peanut Scale: Martinside, Avro 560, Morane Salnier, Handley Page Sayers
NB: Photos of entrants on the gallery 8 page

The February meeting is Precision/Duration using "BYO". Contact Tom Crompton for plans. A small, quickly built cabin model which flies really well.

Tom, Dave & Tom C



John Barker Memorial Trophy


Hi Everyone,
We hope that you are having a good summer and managing the heat ok.

I thought that we should bring you up to date with the hall situation, as rumours will already be circulating.
Just a week ago Dave Whitehouse was told that we (and the BMFA group) will no longer be able to use the Rochdale hall. It had been taken over by new owners who have decided to let it on a permanent basis for roller skating/blading.  The timing could not be worse for NORWIND. Schools have just broken up for the summer, making it very difficult to start negotiations for a new venue in time for a September start. We are also having some difficulty in getting a refund of the £185 which we have paid in advance for the September meeting. I believe that the BMFA group are challenging the decision on the basis that there is a contract. If they succeed we may be able to do the same.
In order to ensure that we have a venue for September, Dave Whitehouse has worked flat out during this week and has managed to get the use of a school hall in Lowton , near Leigh, which we can have for at least the year. Dave says that it isn't as big as Rochdale, but is very similar to the Clayton Green hall. He deserves considerable credit for this and we hope that you will reward his efforts by continuing to support the group. Access is very easy from the M6 and the A580 East Lancs Road. I don't have full details yet of address, etc., but will update you as soon as possible. If you know of any members who are not "computerate", we'd be grateful if you could pass on the word. I will obviously be updating the website as I get more information.
I understand from Dave that we are likely to get the same times and dates that we would have had at Rochdale, so that is good.

Now for some better news, again involving Dave! He has managed to arrange four meetings at the Velodrome over the season. I don't have the dates yet, but I know that there will be three "fun" days and the usual NW Gala. I'll keep you in formed via email and the website. It helps if you check your mail regularly, as it is the quickest way for me to pass on information. I'm not on Facebook, so I can't contribute to a facebook group.

Dave, Tom Crompton and myself met a couple of week ago and have finalised the competition schedule for the season. The format is much the same, but some new models, including a first attempt at a capacitor powered duration model built to Penny Plane specs, tissue covered. Tom has done a trial and the design is influenced by the need to prevent the models outflying the hall. I will put all of the rules for the comps in a mail and website very soon. You will have no difficulty in building the model to weight with model shop wood! No Boxy Bipe this season, but at popular request A6 Foam is in!
The Penny Plane "expert" class will stay the same at four minutes and we will adjust it if the new hall makes any difference.

We have decided to award the John Barker Memorial Trophy to the flier whose performance with the "Osprey" improves the most over their best previous time. This rewards effort and makes it harder for the "Experts" to win every time. Adding 10 seconds at the top end is much harder than adding forty seconds as you develop the model and your skills!
While I'm on the subject of John Barker, we decided that it would be nice to send a copy of the trophy to John's daughter Gill. The family were thrilled and I attach her reply below:

Dear Tom
The postman has today delivered an exciting parcel - the trophy that you sent!
Words can hardly express how happy I am to receive this super trophy.  It seems to sum up so completely Dadís passion over his last few years to create the Osprey class.   It is a wonderful trophy and will have pride of place on my mantelpiece.
Many thanks again for your kindness in thinking of our family and generously sending the copy trophy.

Kind Regards

Gill Jennison

Keep an eye on you email inbox and the website for further details.
Tom, Tom & Dave

We hope to see you all in September.

Stephen Lewis has set up a Facebook group called "The Free Flight Model Aero Club". Feeel free to join if you are interested.

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