Free Flight Forum Reports – Contents

YearArticle TitleAuthor 
1985Measuring the Stiffness and Predicting the Flutter Characteristics of a Wakefield WingIan Kaynes
FAI Glider Design with Computer AssistanceMartin Gregorie
Current Developments in F1CStafford Screen
Ways of Winning Glider ContestsMike Fantham
The Development of Russian WakefieldsRon Pollard
1986Larrabee Propellers – a Design Application for Free-Flight AircraftReg Boor
Ether-less Diesel FuelsRobert Dulake
Performance of Model Aircraft Gliding in the Critical Range of Reynolds NumbersMartyn Presnell
Covering Model Aircraft Using Plastic FilmJohn O’Donnell
Design and Flight Simulation of Indoor Duration Models Using a Home ComputerBernard Hunt
CO2 Duration TechniquesSteve Philpott
Introduction to the Use of Composite Materials in Free-Flight Model AircraftChris Edge
Current Developments in F1C – an Up-date on the 1985 PaperStafford Screen
Structures for Free-Flight ModelsMike Fantham
1987The Development of Stepped Turbulators and Thoughts on Wing Profile AerodynamicsJohn Buskell
A Computer Simulation of Wing Structures Under LoadBryan Spooner
Development and Testing of Indoor PropellersBernard Hunt
Aluminium Foil Covering of Wing SurfacesStafford Screen
Delayed Propeller Release SystemsJohn O’Donnell
Structures for Free-Flight Models (Part 2)Mike Fantham
1988Use of Hi-Tech MaterialsMike Woodhouse
Thermal Detection – or Is It?Mike Evatt
Blade Element Propeller Simulation Applied to Indoor Competition FlyingDave Pymm
Team Selection and Training – an International ComparisonMike Warren
The Hand-Launched Glider – History, Construction and TrimmingAndrew Crisp
1989Free-Flight – What, How and Why?Dave Hipperson and Mike Warren
A Method for the Qualitative Assessment of Indoor Rubber MotorsBernard Aslett
Changing ClassTony Cordes
The Physical Behaviour of Rubber Strip Motors to F1B Specification and the Effects of Heat Treatment on PerformanceRon New
Rubber Model Trim – Right-Right versus Right-LeftMike Woodhouse
F1A Up-dateJim Baguley
1990The Stalling PhenomenonMike Woodhouse
F1A DevelopmentPer Findahl
How to WinJohn O’Donnell
F1E – an Explanatory PaperSteve Philpott
F1B 1965-1990Jim Baguley
RATV – Rudder and Tilt VeeringGeorges Matherat
1991Elegy for L‚/100Peter Michel
Coupe d’Hiver – Some Aspects of DesignPeter King
Free-Flight in Germany and Some Approaches to Wing StructureBernard Sauter
Taming the BuntChris Edge
Model RetrievalJohn Carter
More Hi-Tech AeromodellingMike Woodhouse
Weather for Free-FlightSteve Philpott
1992F1C Motors – Selection, Set-up and OperationDave Clarkson and Andy Cordes
Aeromodellers Can Do It Upside DownBernard Aslett
Coupe d’Hiver ExperiencesAnselmo Zeri
Some French TipsGerard Nocque
Team Preparation for World ChampionshipsMichael Warren
A Place in the Team – How It FeelsTrevor Grey
A Plain Man’s Approach to 1/2AMike Bull
Some Throughts on Flying Bunt F1APer Findahl
Radio Tracking of F/F ModelsMike Woodhouse
Radio Tracker InstallationRussell Peers
Tail-less Rubber – The Way It’s DoneAndrew Longhurst
1993Shock Waves – A New Problem with F1C PropsDave Clarkson
F1C Motor DevelopmentAndy Cordes
The Thinking Man’s Approach to Contest FlyingTrevor Grey
Rubber – Use and AbuseMike Evatt
Some Thoughts on F1AMike Fantham
Wing “Wigglers” for F1BMike Woodhouse
Composite Construction Methods for Open Rubber ModelsPhil Ball
1994Reflections ‘93Mike Fantham
To Positive Results From Negative ThinkingMick Page
F1B DevelopmentMike Woolner
Propeller Design Review`John Barker
My Way with GlidersAndy Crisp
Competition VintageChris Strachan
The FAI and Free FlightIan Kaynes
1995The Cover StoryMike Woodhouse
Model Flying – An Introduction to AviationMike Colling
Pragmatic Procedures for Practical PropsJohn Barker
Development of Unbraced F1DsBernard Hunt
Improvements in Wakefield Climb and DurationPeter King
First ImpressionsPaul Chamberlain
Production of ABCA (Aluminium, Balsa, Carbon, Aluminium) Booms for F1C and F1J ModelsStafford Screen
Electric Free Flight – Some ThoughtsSteve Auvache
Quicker Composite StructuresChris Edge and Mike Fantham
1996Indoor Foam Scale ModelPeter Smart
Indoor Scale Foam – The Norwich WayRichard Crossley
Simplicity for Free-Flight PowerKeith Hoover
A Further Change in ApproachMike Woodhouse
My Approach to Power FlyingGeorge Fuller
Flapped Power ModelsPhil Ball
F1B DevelopmentBob Cheesley and Phil Uden
Debate on Builder of the Model RuleProposed by Martin Dilly
Opposed by John O’Donnell
1997Slow Open Power – One Man’s ViewDave Clarkson
Vintage LightweightsAndrew Longhurst
Testing Balsa QualityBernard Hunt and John Taylor
Return of an Old TosserChris Edge and Mike Fantham
Some Rambling Thoughts on Free-Flight Aeromodelling Design TrendsAndrew Crisp
Electronic Timers – An OverviewChris Edge and Martin Gregorie
Selecting Slippery StuffJohn Barker
1998Computer-Aided F1A Fuselage LayoutMike Fantham
Fast Track To F1C FlyingJohn Cuthbert
Micro-Meteorology and ThermalsMark Gibbs
The Latest Thinking in F1B TrimmingPeter King
F1A Tailplane StructuresMike Fantham
Is the Weather Better on Sunday or Monday?Phil Ball
A Practical Introduction to Electric Free-FlightJohn Godden
Avionics and the Future of Free-FlightMike Fantham
GPS – A Global Position PaperJulian McCormick
Builder of the Model – Where Next?Mike Fantham
1999F1B RamblingsBernard Aslett
Tip TopicsJohn Barker
Ultra-Small Directrional Antennas for Model LocationMike Evatt
Ohm on the Range – Flying of Electronic Timer-Equipped F1A’sChris Edge and Paul Chamberlain
Climb Simulations and the 20 Minute Open Rubber ModelPeter King
Where Are We Going To Fly?Paul Masterman
Do We Need Balsa?Mike Evatt
Discussion on the World Cup Format and International ContestsIan Kaynes
To Gear or Not to Gear – That’s no QuestionMartin Hepperle
2000Open ElectricJohn Thompson
Trimming F1CsJohn Cuthbert
I Think I’ve solved It, Jim!John Barker
A Practical Approach to Propeller Design at Model ScaleJohn Gibbings
The Use of Boost-Glide Rocket Structures in Free-FlightNigel Bathe
Two-Stroke Engine Design and Development for Free-FlightGordon Cornell
Prop PickerJohn Barker
Design Implications of the New F1D RulesBob Bailey
Free-Flight Scale Trimming and Trouble ShootingAndrew Hewitt
Free-Flight Forum Discussion on FAI Rule Change ProposalsMike Evatt
Structures for Open RubberPhil Ball
2001The Pleasures of Indoor Model FlyingLaurie Barr
Rubber RamblingsBernard Aslett
Chucking and Cursing (Hand-launched Gliders)Andy Hewitt
Why Fly F1E Magnet?Trevor Faulkner
Improving Contest Performance Through NutritionPaul Chamberlain
Binoculars for TimekeepersDave Clarkson
My F1A System – What Can Go Wrong Does Go WrongPeter Williams
1/2A and F1J DevelopmentsPete Watson
Heat It Up Scotty (An Epoxy Curing Oven)Martin Gregory/Chris Edge
The Timperley Flight Scoring SystemDave Clarkson
Free-Flight TomorrowMike Woodhouse
2002Electric Free FlightJohn Godden
The 30 grm F1BMike Woodhouse
Developments in Slow Open PowerDave Clarkson
Catapult GlidersPhil Ball
Free Flight Diversity – Strength or Weakness ?Chris Strachan
Computers in Free FlightMike Evatt
Contests in Restricted SpaceJohn Godden
Flying the New Rule F1D’sBob Bailey
Propeller Pivotting for Flat FoldingJohn Barker
Variable Pitch Props for Coupe d’HiverJohn Bailey and Mike Evatt
2003Introducing Data Into SpreadsheetsJohn Barker
Compass, Maps and GPS – the Tools of the RetrieverMike Fantham
Laminated Sliced RibsMartin Dilly
Flat-Bottomed Sections for Power ModelsDave Clarkson
Some Aspects of DragJohn Barker
A New Method of Rubber TestingBernie Hunt
Get Jiggy With It – Cutting Jigs in Composite StructuresChris Edge
Sanding Dihedral Joints in Composite StructuresMike Fantham
A Christmas Torque – F1G and F1B Torque MetersJoe Flynn
2004ForwardMike Evatt
Catapult-Launched GlidersJohn Barker
Drum SanderPeter Watson
F1H GlidersJohn Cooper
Constructing Carbon Fibre PropellersJohn Cuthbert
Accurate Power Model Incidence Setting JigStafford Screen
Discuss Launched GlidersPhil Ball and Andrew Hewitt
Is it OK Now, Terry?Chris Edge and Ray Jones
The Free Flight Auto Pilot – Blunt Leading Edge and Advanced High Point Tailplane AirfoilsGerd Woebbeking
HLG’s and Boost Gliders – A ComparisonStuart Lodge
A History of Geared F1C’sJohn Cuthbert
Carbon Spar JigRussell Peers
Findeers BeepersJohn Worsley
Dismantleable Engine StarterPeter Watson
Hand – and Catapult – Launched glidersMark Benns
Testing P30 Airfoils and Turbulators in the Cargo Lifter SpaceGerd Woebbeking
F1B PropsMike Evatt
2005Further Developments with Discus Launched GlidersAndrew Hewitt
György Benedek, 1921-2004Martin Dilly
Update on F/F Discus HLG DevelopmentsPhil Ball
Electric ShenanigansJoe Flynn
Electric Indoor Free Flight and the Me. 323Peter Smart
Groovy GraphicsBob Cheesley
Low Aspect Ratio F1A’sAndy Crisp
The Future of Free-Flight – One Year OnMike Woodhouse
Having a Go at Mini-VintagePhil Ball
The Current State of F1DGeoff Lefever
Turbulators and InvigoratorsPeter King
Rubber Density MeasurementGeorge Waby
Buy or BuildJohn Carter
Vintage Wakefields in a Modern ContextChris Strachan
Better Shell MouldingsChris Edge
Construction and Flying of Indoor Duration ModelsClive King
Getting More out of RubberJohn O’Donnell
Propeller Efficiency RevisitedMike Evatt
2006Amazing SitesNick Aikman
F1Q – International ElectricTrevor Grey
A Tail Tilt Adjusting ToolRussell Peers
Advanced Composites Don’t Have To Be DifficultMike Francis
Gadget-Free Discuss Launched GlidersMark Benns
The Effect of Five Airfoils on F1B DurationPeter King
British PowerTony Cordes
Have You Got the TimeMike Woodhouse
Outdoor Free-Flight ScaleBill Dennis
Promoting a Technical SportNick Bosdet
Design and Construction of Indoor Model PropellersBob Bailey
Making F1C BoomsKen Oliver (presented by Stafford Screen)
Predicting ModelFlight DynamicsIan Kaynes
Head for Heights – Recording AltimetersMike Fantham, Chris Edge and Alan Jack
2007An indoor initiation by F1DMark Benns and Nick Aikman
Taking the Tension Out of winding – or Does it?Mike Evatt
Combined glider – A Truly inclusive Class?Stuart Darmon
Rule changes for UK Free Flight for 2007BMFA FF Technical Committee
A Fish-Bone Press for your D-BoxMartin Dilly
Open Rubber Rules for 2007Ron Pollard
The 50 Gram Open Rubber ModelPeter King
Gurney Flaps on Free Flight ModelsGeorge Seyfang
Oven Baked Propeller ConstructionDave Greaves
Practical Rubber TestingMike Woodhouse
Rubber Motor Testing for Indoor Duration ModelsClive King
Outboard Horizontal Stabiliser Configuration for Model AircraftGeorge Seyfang
BMFA Rubber Models with a 50 Gram Rubber AlowancePhil Ball
Variable Pitch Propellers for Indoor ModelsBob Bailey
The Effect of Stabiliser Sections on Towline Glider HandlingMartin Gregorie
2008Beyond Rubber Stretch TestingPeter King
Indoor Wood SelectionBob Bailey
Measuring SuccessMike Woodhouse
Review of the 2007 BMFA and Combined Rubber Contest SeasonPhil Ball
Small Rubber Models as an intro to Free FlightChris Strachan
The Lottery of WinningGeorge Seyfang
Aborted Launch SolutionsChris Edge
Lutz Schramm’s F1D (Carbon and Kevlar Propeller Outlines)Nick Aikman
Transportable Wind TunnelsGeorge Seyfang
Comments on Thermal Picking andAlan Jack
Related Matters in Odessa ’07
Balsa for Indoor ModelsMark Benns
The Zombie Flight Profiler:Jonathan Crossley
Advanced Motor Control for Electric Free Flight
Thoughts on SafetyManny Williamson
Electronic TimersRoger Morrell
2009The ‘Torqueback’ Trimming SystemRoger Wilkes
Free Flight Rubber-Powered Scale ModelsLindsey Smith
Brushing Up – Brushless MotorsTrevor Grey
Balsa and Carbon Rod StructuresRoger Wilkes
Free Flight European Championships 2008 – The Team Manager’s ThoughtsMike Woodhouse
Sharing Flying Sites with General AviationChris Strachan
A Brief Look at Contest Entry Trends Over the Last 20 YearsPhil Ball
Rohacell D-BoxesMark Croome
Production of Carbon F1C and F1J BoomsRay Monks
RCDT – the PolicyTrevor Grey
How to Push the Button – Practical RCDTChris Edge
Producing Carbon-Capped Ribs on a Lathe-Powered Saw TablePhil Ball
Laser Cutting for Free FlightLeon Cole
2010All About Flying F1A with a Circle Tow HookPer Findahl
A Bodger’s Approach to SLOPDave Limbert
The Important Aspects of Successful FF Scale ModelsAndy Hewitt
Testing Coupe MotorsPeter Hall
More Classes or Fewer, Separate or Combined?Chris Strachan
Controlling Electric Motors for Free FlightTrevor Grey
Machining an F1J Front EndSimon Dixon
F1Q – A Power Flyer’s ApproachTony Shepherd
Different Ways with D-BoxesTrevor Grey
50 Gram Open RubberJohn O’Donnell
CADCAM for AeromodellingLeon Cole
2009 Models of the YearPhil Ball
2011Making Carbon Tubular Spars and Other Amusing TechniquesMick Lester
Up the Pole – Endeavours in Electronic Air PickingRoy Vaughn
Wing Construction Without a Contoured Surface JigChris Edge
A Radio Linked ThermistorPeter Brown
F1E Slope Soaring GlidersIan Kaynes
Some Aspects of Construction – D-boxes, Carbon Spars, Open Rubber Fuselages, Fins and PropellersNeil Cliff
Engines by DesignPeter Halman
Laminated Propeller BladesBryan Spooner
My Approach to F1B and How I Come to Be Using a Single Blade PropRay Elliott
Six Successful British Models from 2010Collated by Phil Ball
2012AnodizingSimon Dixon
Playing with PistachiosPaul Seely
Model aircraft construction with emphasis on F1GNeil Cliff
Experience with electronic timer design and useAlan Jack
F1D Indoor TopicsMark Benns
Review of invigorators as an aid to stable flightNeil Cliff
Model construction using brown paper gum stripIvan Taylor
Printing tissue for modelsPaul Seeley
Indoor rookies abroad – a team supporters viewAllan Weighell
Experience in BMFA Electric in 2011 and rule changes for 2012Chris Strachan
Grappling with a slippery one (Low Drag Airfoils)Chris Edge
Rice pudding skin pullers – 2011 rules for E30Peter Tolhirst
Some notable models from 2011Selected by Phil Ball
2013John O’Donnell – an AppreciationAndy Crisp
A Knotty Problem (Rubber Winding)Peter Hall
Stability of Scale Indoor Free Flight ModelsAndy Sephton
The Role of Radio Transmissions in Free FlightStuart Darmon
A Propeller Copying MillPeter Brown
Model Aircraft Technology with an Emphasis on F1BNeil Cliff
Catapult Launched Glider TechnologyPhil Ball
Electric Bikes for Free Flight Model RetrievalBrian Baines
Wrestling with a Slippery One (LDA Airfoils)Chris Edge
Free Flight in Britain – What’s the Future?Phil Ball
F1A Development and Contest SuccessStuart Darmon
Indoor Model Steering for DummiesMark Benns
Around (Model Aircraft) Construction in 80 SecondsNeil Cliff
In addition there are plans and articles on six of the most successfull free flight models of 2012. Pilfrered Pearl – Peter Watson, Skumkiller – Adam Beales,
Dinah-Mite – Norman Marcus, E-30 – Peter Tolhurst, Cat.3 Ceiling F1D record holder – Mark Benns, Mr. Blue Sky catapult glider – Phil Ball
2014Simple CoupesGavin Manion
BMFA Rubber – Not Just an Over-powered WakeIvan Taylor
In Praise of Simplicity: Tilting at WindmillsAlan Jack
P-30 – Does Size Matter?Chris Redrup
What’s All the Flap About?Alan Jack
One Man’s Way with F1AJohn Carter
GPS Tracking SystemIan Kaynes
The Free Flight Programme, its Future and the FFTC PhilosophyMike Woodhouse
E-36 – What Now?Peter Tolhurst/Tony Shepherd
What Did You Do at the Weekend, Sir?Simon Firth
A Few Successful British ModelsPhil Ball
Previous Free Flight Forum Reports
This year’s Free Flight Forum Report is dedicated to the memory of Ron Firth, who in 1960 launched Northern Area News, Britain’s first free-flight news letter, and of Victor Stamov, one of the pioneers of bunt-launching and composite construction for gliders, a past F1A World Champion, and enthusiastic international contest organiser.
2015Recent F1D DevelopmentsTony Hebb
Electronic Timers for F1BMike Woodhouse
Personal Observations on Classic Power ModelsJohn Thompson
The F1Q MysteryTrevor Grey
Experiences with Electronic TimersRoy Vaughn
Free Flight, Flying Sites & the BMFADave Phipps
The Cursed S - Why Won’t It Keep Going Up?Alan Jack
Rubber Powered Kit Scale CompetitionAndy Hewitt
New Ideas for the F1 RulesMike Woodhouse
Revisiting Rubber Scale 55 Years OnIvan Taylor
Some Interesting & Successful Models from 2014Phil Ball
2016Indoor Scale Free Flight GlidersAndy Sephton
Juniors in Free FlightMark Gibbs
Carbon Fibre for AeromodellersMick Lester
The Making and Testing of F1B Rubber MotorsPeter Brown
Computations at Low Reynolds Number and a New Aerofoil for F1G (Coupe d'Hiver) ModelsAlan Brocklehurst
Carbon Fibre Covered Prop Blades from Simple ToolingPhil Ball
Weather Forecasts - How Good Are They and How to Interpret ThemMark Gibbs
Capitalising on Low Drag Aerofoils and All ThatAlan Brocklehurst
Basic Propeller TheoryAndy Sephton
Methanol to LithiumPeter Watson
Some Interesting & Successful Models from 2015Phil Ball
Dave Greaves 1942-2016 - An Appreciation
2017A Lightweight Power Model Starter BoxSimon Dixon
Jigs and FixturesMike Woodhouse
Measuring the Shape of Aerofoils: Knowing What You've Got and How to Evaluate it!Alan Brocklehurst
Sopwith SnipeMike Smith
Encouraging Children to Fly Free-FlightMartin Pike
An Altogether Different Man's Approach to F1A GliderStuart Darmon
Developments with Carbon Skin WingsMick Lester
Buying Parts and Subcontracting Work OutMike Woodhouse
A Removable Radio DethermaliserRussell Peers
Calculations on Non-Smooth Aerofoils at Low Reynolds Numbers:- The Potential Benefits of Lumps and Bumps!Alan Brocklehurst
Cheapo Carbon Tubes in Lightweight Flying SurfacesGavin Manion
Life as an Aeromodeller Editor-Andrew Boddington
Aeromodeller CoversAndrew Crisp
To Buy or Not to BuyJohn Carter
My Approach to Buying F1C Models and ComponentsKen Faux
Notable Models of 2016
2018F1D Prop Selection for Slanic 2017 European ChampionshipsTony Hebb
The Power EggJohn Emmett
Use and Abuse of GPS Model TrackersChris Edge
Designing for BMFA Scale CompetitionsAndy Sephton
Generating Youngsters’ Interest in AeromodellingJohn Jacomb
Experience with Making Carbon/Foam "Moulded" WingsAlan Jack
A Rubber Stranding DeviceRussell Peers
Small Field FlyingJohn Ashmole
A Last Hurrah for the Outsize Open GliderStuart Darmon
All in a Day’s RetrievingMike Woolner
Why FAI?Stuart Darmon
A Simplified Description of Electric Drives for Free Flight ModelsAlan Jack
2019Only Joules and ForcesPeter Watson
Classic 1/2A ModelsSimon Dixon
Trimming the Sopwith SnipeMike Smith
Russell StripsRussell Peers
Testing June 2016 Tan Super Sport in April 2017Tim Chant 
Developments in Carbon Wing ConstructionStuart Darmon
Buckminster – We’ve Got It; How Can We Use It?Gavin Manion/Stuart Darmon
The Management of ModelsMike Woodhouse
Combined BMFA Rubber and CdH (F1G)Phil Ball
Drone Legislation and Free FlightDave Phipps
The Rate of Climb of Model AircraftDr. John Gibbings
A Review of Contemporary FAI Space ModellingStuart Lodge
GPS versus Radio TrackersMike Woodhouse
About TimeChris Edge
“W” Style Geodetic Ribbing for Model Aircraft and MicrolightsDenis Oglesby
Flat Plates, Cambered Plates and Coupe AerofoilsAlan Brocklehurst
FAI Free Flight Since the BoMStuart Darmon