Membership & Training
Chichester And District Model Aero Club
Mr Jeff Cosford is the CADMAC Membership Secretary and can be contacted by: E-mail: Membership CADMAC Subscription Rates for the Year Beginning January 2024 Senior member - £55 Juniors (under 18) - nil Thorney Island service personnel - nil Social Member - £10 BMFA membership & insurance: Senior - £47 Junior - £20 Senior member joining fee - £20 Junior member joining fee - nil CAA registration fee: Senior Member - £10 Junior Member, via parent or guardian - £10 To Join CADMAC Navigate to our membership site using the Membership Link below and then click on the join/renew button. Complete the online form, ensuring that your contact details are accurate, and select the send to apply button. This starts a process that will be clearly explained at each stage. Please be aware that one of our flying sites is on the army airfield on Thorney Island and the MoD require a security form to be completed. The details will be explained during the joining process. If you have any problems please contact the Membership Secretary using the details at the top of this page. To Renew Your Subscription For those without an email address please attend the December club night with a cheque or cash, bringing any details of change of car or address etc. If you wish we will show you all the computer details held about you, for you to confirm, amend or delete as appropriate. Those with an email address will receive a subscription reminder email at the beginning of November. From a link on this email, or the Membership Link below, you can navigate to our membership site and renew your subscription. Click on the joint/renew button and follow the instructions ensuring your personal details are still correct. Select the payment method payment by BACS or cheque/cash, before finally clicking the renew button. When complete BACS payment details will be sent by email, but cheques or cash can be paid on the December club night. If you have any problems please contact the Membership Secretary using the details at the top of this page. Training CADMAC welcomes new members and we recognise that many will be new to the hobby or returning after a significant break. Most new members are likely to require at least some training in RC flying and we are pleased to be able to offer this. We have a strong team of Club Instructors and two BMFA Examiners who kindly volunteer their time to help others gain their flying skills. We fully support the BMFA Achievement Scheme and hope that those new to flying will work towards achieving their ‘A’ certificate. Help with getting started can greatly increase your enjoyment of the hobby and will probably result in fewer frustrations and lower cost of repairs of crashed models. We normally expect people to have their own model for training, but we do have a dedicated club training model, an ‘Arising Star’ trainer with glow motor, which can be available. The safest way to learn (at least initially) is to use a ‘buddy box’ system so the instructor can rescue you if things get out of control. The club training model comes with a fully set-up ‘buddy box’ system however we suggest that newcomers with their own model should have their own ‘buddy box’ system and be sure that it is set-up and tested. Although we have a long list of Club Instructors, the demand is high and not all are available to take on new trainees at any one time. If you need help with training your first step should be to contact Ken Smith, the Training Coordinator, to talk through your needs and organise contact with a potential instructor. Training Coordinator: Ken Smith (
Making That First Model Choice We strongly recommend you discuss with one of our club trainers before committing to any particular model in order to tailor the choice to your specific needs/circumstances and avoid making an inappropriate choice of model or radio. There is plenty of choice which might make it confusing when deciding on that first model but here is some general advice to consider. In most cases it is preferable to have two transmitters to enable a ‘buddy box’ arrangement for you and your trainer and in fact the club does have several club trainers equipped with buddy box’s that can be used to get you started. I.C. (internal combustion) or Electric Probably the first decision to be made, there are pro’s and con’s for both. Electric is clean and simple to use, I.C will generally give longer flight times. Go For High Wing As large as is practical for you, considering budget/transporting, ideally around 1500mm+ Avoid Low Wing Models Warbirds Stabilisation Again there are pro’s and con’s for using stabilisation depending on your particular needs; good point for discussion with the Trainer. Specific Recommendations - ARTF/RTF ST Models Discovery FMS Ranger Max Thrust Riot Note: ARTF/RTF models can be more susceptible to damage on heavy landings than traditionally built models. Small models (1200mm and less) can be more difficult to control in windy conditions. Traditional Build Seagull Boomerang Chris Foss Uno Wot Galaxy Models Fiesta 4 Slec Sky 40 BMFA ‘A’ & BPC Test’s Essential Reading A Flying Start CAA Article 16 - Quick Start Guide Fixed Wing ‘A’ Certificate Schedule Mandatory Questions Useful Video’s Getting Started BMFA Fixed Wing ‘A’ Test - Flight
Club Instructors Andrew Gibbs - Derek Honeyset - Duke Benson - Fraser Dibden - Jeff Cosford - Jeremy Stutard - John Brandhuber - Ken Smith Lee Seaman - Peter Doe - Ray Beadle - Ray Shivjee - Robin Colbourne - Steve Newman - Timm Kerss - Tony Chant
BMFA Examiners Tony Chant - Jeff Cosford
Congratulations for success in 2024…
Mark - ‘A’ Test - March 2024