Cumbernauld Model Flying Club

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Covid 19 (Coronavirus)

28/9/20 Clarification

To remain legal with Scottish Government Covid compliant rules we have noticed we have not made it totally clear what is required from every member of CMFC wishing to use the flying field.

So to clarify what is required without exception is:

1. An email sent on arrival at the field

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2. Another email sent on departure of the field

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If you don’t have email/smart phone you can ask a flying buddy to assist to log you in & out.

22/9/20 Covid Update

The SAA has been working with Sport Scotland to provide new rules which will allow clubs to operate with up to 30 members from different households participating at a time. The new requirement is that each club must appoint a Covid Officer who must maintain contact details and attendance dates and times for all members using the club field to satisfy the Track and Trace rules. 

Given the difficulty of collecting this information with no access to the club cabin, it has been decided that the only option is to collect the information from members electronically.

Accordingly, your committee requests that notification of your presence at the field be carried out as follows:

Email to be sent to: with your name, date of visit and times of arrival and departure. For anyone who does not own a suitable device for emailing, or own an email address, requesting a fellow member to complete this on your behalf is, we believe, an acceptable alternative.

We would be very grateful if all members could comply with this measure, as it will hopefully enable us to continue our hobby without undue restrictions.

Note that this will continue unless and until any government regulations are amended, up to and including potential further lock down. 

Do not come to the club if you have any Covid symptoms but please do email the Covid Officer and let them know the position. Thanks.

The rules below will still apply.

1, Leave a 2 meter space between vehicle in the car park & do not sit in others car.

2, Bring your own PPE if possible wear a face covering & bring your own hand sanitiser (don’t share).

3, Our container & toilet will remain locked & off limits until further notice.

4, We will remove picnic benches to avoid members congregating around them.

5, We ask members to use only their own equipment (ie when at the start up benches) & ask that you remove all items ASAP to avoid accidental cross use by others.

6, It would be advisable to only bring a tried & tested model to avoid the need for others to fettle.

7, If you bring any foods & drinks we ask you don’t share with other members (harsh but fair) & make sure you take all items away with you don’t place them in the burner.

8, Should you require a seat please bring one with you & don’t share it with others members.

9, If you have to handle a model that’s not yours (ie if you are teaching ) sanitise your hands & remember to keep 2 meters between pilot & student.

10, We ask that you close the field gate (don’t lock) once you’re in to avoid the public driving in.

11, speaking to the SAA they recommend every member bring a first aid kit, & make sure you have your ICE ( In Case of Emergency ) contact set up on your Mobile phone, or a contact number in your flight box.

When you arrive at the field you will notice Yellow markings on the fence these are to aid car spacing please park BETWEEN the YELLOW LINES don’t park in front off the spaces with a RED CIRCLE on the fence.

You will notice every bench has a centre line dividing it allowing only 2 members to use them on opposite sides where an arrow denotes where you should operate from, the pilot stance also has arrows spaced at 2 meters apart, there is 4 RED circles painted on the grass just to the left of the path leading to the pilots stance this is simply a physical representation of what 2 meters squared looks like if 4 people were as close as they are permitted, we have marked the path with 2 meter spacing lines again for reference, you will also see social distancing signs at the pilot stance & start up benches.

Please familiarise yourself with all markings & help us play as safe as we can.

As you can see these are simple common sense requests for all our members safety.
So let’s play safe & have fun, see you all soon.

CMFC Committee


Welcome to the website of the Cumbernauld Model Flying Club. We are one of the larger clubs in Scotland and have members with a wide range of interests including model planes, helicopters and multi-rotors. We welcome newcomers, whether they are experienced flyers moving into the area or beginners getting started in the sport.

We have access to our field seven days a week. On weekdays, you will usually find some members in attendance from around lunchtime if the weather is reasonable. At the weekends, we normally see higher numbers. Sunday afternoons tend to be busy all through the year unless the weather is really poor.

We welcome beginners and try to help all newcomers to model flying. If you are just getting started you should come up and visit us as early in the process as possible. We can give advice on what to buy and what to avoid, answer any questions you have while building or assembling your model, check out your completed model, test fly and trim your model and start teaching you how to fly it. Please read the beginners section for more details.

The easiest way to contact us is to visit the field and chat to the flyers there on the day. Try to pick a day that's dry and not too windy and, if you've already bought something, bring it with you. There's no need to join the club at this stage. Alternatively you can contact the Membership Secretary or the Webmaster through the contacts supplied on the Location/Contacts page.

Learning to fly a model on your own can be a frustrating and expensive experience. Don't let it be! Come and join the club and we will show you how to fly safely and responsibly. If possible, we will teach you on a "buddy box" system where an experienced pilot can take control immediately at the touch of a button if you are in trouble.

The club supports the Scottish Aeromodellers Association(SAA) flight training scheme and you will initially be trained to "Bronze" standard before being allowed to fly solo.

Importantly, by joining the club, you will be covered by the SAA's third party insurance while you fly and train.

6/10/20 Indoor Flying

Due to Covid, our venue for indoor flying is currently closed so there will be no indoor flying for now. We will let you know if the situation changes.

CAA Registration

It is now illegal to fly a radio controlled model without being registered with the CAA and having your operator number displayed or easily accessible on your model.  Flying without an Operator ID will therefore invalidate your SAA insurance and you will be in breach of club rules. If you have not yet registered, you must do so by taking the test and paying the £9 fee on the CAA site before flying.