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York Model Aircraft Society

York Model Aircraft Society

York Model Aircraft Society

YMAS - founded 1936 - BMFA Affiliated Club No. 0290

News letters, competition and meeting reviews

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Meeting Dates for 2016 - 2017
Competition Information
Indoor Flying Dates Here Updated September 2016

Minutes & Newsletter Here, (Login Required)

Archived 2016 News available Here,
Archived 2015 News available Here,
Archived 2014 News available Here,

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2017 Application / Renewal Form Here Or try our new online application form Here


Club Meeting

The next club meeting at will be at Buckles Inn on Tuesday the 19th September at 7:00pm - Dave will give us a talk on the use and handling of LIPO batteries and model flying.

Indoor Flying

First indoor flying for 2017-2018 this Sunday the 17th of September 10:00am at Tykes for more information see the Indoor Flying page

New pictures on the Gallery Page

We have added some pictures of Emil's self-made airliner cockpit. Harvey has seen him taking off and landing and he's absolutely spot on. His log says he's done over 4000 flights you can see these images Here. You can also see a picture of a Some old balding bloke - Flying his recently acquired Hirobo Shuttle the picture isn't too good as apparently no one wanted to get very close to the dangerous helicopter with me flying it.

The new flail mower has been delivered

and is doing a very good job on our patch, apparently the grass has never been so short, we just need some good flying weather now.

The Bomb Drop Competition Results are now in

The annual BBQ and Bomb drop competition was held this Sunday at Bosal in fairy windy and blustery conditions.

Dave Langley took first place, followed by Peter Jackson and Dougie I ’Dell in third, everybody who came down had a good day and there was plenty of Bacon Rolls and other food to go around.
Full competition results Here.


This years Ebor electiric Fly-in will be held on the York Knavesmire on Sunday 2nd JULY 2017 10:00am until 5:00pm more details Here.

New Glider Competition Rules for 2017

For 2017 the following new rules will be applied in both the Wednesday Open Glider competition and the Sunday one model Glider competition.
  • **New electronic stabilisation is allowed for the 2017 season.
  • **New For a trial period “only five minutes allowed between flying slots” timed from the landing of the last model of the previous slot. Some adjustment can be made if agreed by next slot flyers.
Full rules can be found here

Revised use of Bungee launching equipment - (mainly for EDF models)

For safety reasons, the use & positioning of any model bungee launching equipment must only be undertaken in the following manner, (but please note that these instructions are being issued under Safety officer guidance (with committee approval) to minimise any danger to members or property when using such launching devices and are subject to change by the safety office / committee at any time if so required.

A) - The use of bungee equipment - whilst normal flying continues..
It is currently allowed to set up a bungee launching system, on the edge of the flying field alongside the rough grass, separating the car park and the flying field, but the following method MUST be applied. 1) Before any setting up of the launcher & bungee chord system is undertaken, all other flyers must be made aware that this about to be done and normal flying should be halted whilst the equipment is set up. 2) The launcher MUST be set at angle of at least 30 Deg. (but preferably more), angled away from the edge of the rough grass strip, separating the field and car park, (basically pointing towards the far corner of the field or farm), when the wind is running down the field, OR, if the wind is from the east, and all flying operations & cars, have moved to the west end of the field (see flying layout drawings in the YMAS handbook) – Then the bungee and launcher, needs pointing well away from the shed, i.e. towards the woods at the far corner of the cropped field.

B) - The use of bungee equipment – By Calling for a `Slot Time`
This would happen if the wind is deemed to strong, or not in suitable direction for the launcher to be used as in (A)(2) above, -- Then, the launcher & Bungee, can be set up in the middle of the field, or over at the far side of the field, or aligned across the field (but if the later, only pointing to the north, NOT pointing to the south).

HOWEVER, to operate in this way, a “SLOT TIME”, for the sole flying and use of models needing the use of the bungee launching equipment, must be `called` (Max 20 mins) ALL other flying will cease for the slot period and ALL persons not directly involved with the launching & flying of the launched model process, MUST remain off the flying field, until the all launching equipment has been removed and the flying slot has finished.

(As mentioned previously, the above guidelines are subject to changes, so consult the safety officer before flying bungee launched models & associated equipment.)

BMFA Article on the 2016 YMAS Fly-in

A PDF file from the BMFA news article written by Bruce Corfe in the 2016 YMAS fly-in at the Wilberfoss Sport Ground is reproduced here