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Oldfield is our new flat field flying site and is located in the Winkton/Sopley area to the east of the main road. Access at the moment is from the north via the Sopley PYO entrance. The picture gives some idea of the extent of the field. Our strip will be approximately where the cameraman (Richard Docketty) was standing.

The patch for our strip is currently under development and will not be available until the end of March 2022 at the earliest. The rules below for flying at the site are also interim pending negotiations by the Committee and will be revised in due course.

In the meantime, flying may take place using the stubble immediately to the north of the area under development. Before using the field, you must read the rules below, and follow the access route shown on the sketch map when going to fly or leaving the area.For the combination to the gate shown on the map, contact the Committee

  00 Oldfield Richard D Oct 21


Interim access map3


Interim Field map2



EDITION 1.1, 7 NOVEMBER 2021 – 31 MARCH 2022

Additions from Edition 1.0 – 7.5 kg rule - Four models rule – Dogs rule


All Club members are bound by the regulations for the flying of model aircraft issued by the CAA and the BMFA.

These rules provide specific interpretation of the above in relation to the Oldfield flying site, the conditions imposed by the site owner and by the Club Committee.

The background to all these rules is one of safety: safety of the general public and of Club members, who must be satisfied at the beginning of each flight that they do not endanger others.

The use of IC powered or gas-turbine models is not permitted.

Flying Site Hours

Flying is limited to daylight hours only

Flight Zone. Model aircraft may not be flown:

  • Out of line of sight and not further than a ground range of 500 metres (550 yards) from the launch point.
  • Or closer than 30 meters (100 ft) from any person, other than Club members.  This may be reduced to 15 metres (50 ft) during take-off and landing once the Club has carried out a risk assessment.
  • Or higher than 120 metres (400 ft) above ground level.
  • Or in the no-fly zones to the south and west of the field, shown in the diagram below.
  • Flying Restrictions. The following additional restrictions apply to model aircraft flying at the site:
  • Models with a mass of 7.5kg or more are not permitted.
  • Not more than four models are to be flown at one time.
  • Models are not to be flown over the flight line, the pits or the car park
  • Models are not to be flown over ongoing farm activities, including Pick You Own. The pumpkin fields to the east of the site present a specific area of concern in October and November.
  • When horse riders are in the field flying must cease until they are clear of the flight line by at least 100 metres (330 ft). Horse riders must not be overflown.
  • Flying is not to take place when the flying field is being maintained.
  • Noise sensitivities Although this should not be a noise-sensitive location, fliers of pusher-prop and low blade count EDF models are to minimise noise propagation, particularly near the no-fly zone to the west.

General Site Requirements (written for when we have access from the Harpway Lane entrance)

The entrance gate must be kept shut and locked at all times unless entering or leaving. The last person to leave is to shut and lock the gate.

Car Parking . Cars may be parked herring-bone fashion on the track, or to the east of the pit marked on the attached diagram.

Transmitter Control. No control is necessary for 2.4gHz transmitters. Members with 35mHx transmitters are to ensure that they are the only flier on that frequency before switching on. If more than one flier is present on this frequency, a peg-on system must be used.

Guests Members may invite a guest or guests to fly at the field. They are then responsible for ensuring that their guest(s) are competent to fly, are aware of the rules for the field and that they conform to them.

Dogs. Dogs may be brought to the field but must be kept under close control and are not allowed on the grass strip. Dogs are not permitted on any of the Farm fields

Other requirements

In the event of a notifiable incident (eg with a full size aircraft, a serious injury involving the emergency services or an altercation with a member of the public) the owner of the field must be contacted  - Mr Dan Tanner, tel  07801 345264.  The Club Chairman and Committee must also be informed as soon as possible. A group email link has been added to the Club/Contacts page on the website

After a model crash on the field or in the surrounding area, as much debris as possible must be collected and removed with as little damage to crops as possible. If the model cannot be located a member of the committee must be informed. If a model is lost in the no-fly zone to the west, the flier must make every effort to contact the land-owner or their representative and make their apologies.

Mike Roach, Secretary CDMFC, 4 November 2021