Cumbernauld Model Flying Club

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Covid 19 (Cronavirus)

The current outbreak of Corona Virus is having some impact on club activities.

With immediate effect, the club field is closed to all members. The committee have reluctantly decided that this is the only possible option, given the government announcements tonight, 23rd March 2020. Please do not attend at the field for any reason.

The Wednesday evening indoor flying events have had to close down prematurely as a result of North Lanarkshire Council closures. Fortunately we have only lost a couple of weeks at the end of the season. It is to be hoped that we will bounce back next season. Many thanks to George Mungall for all his efforts in organising these sessions for us.

The committee have also decided that the normal summer events (24 hour fly in, Fun fly competition, Warbirds weekends, etc cannot take place safely during the outbreak so these are all cancelled till further notice.


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.

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.