Epping & North Weald
Model Flying Club

Epping & North Weald Model Flying Club © all rights reserved.

Epping and North Weald Model Flying Club (E&NWMFC) is a long established model flying club, affiliated to the BMFA, based and flying on North Weald Airfield. Flying off a live airfield from a designated separate concrete runway we undertake all aspects of model RC flying as well as enjoying our purpose built clubhouse that includes a workshop and toilets, these facilities are a suitable distance from the flight line. Furthermore the Squadron bar and restaurant serving the full size fraternity and public is available for use by our members.

Weather permitting we fly seven days a week with various types of models ranging from helicopters, electric fixed wing, IC and turbines with members competent in all RC disciplines. These facilities have come about with the full cooperation, support and assistance from Epping District Council who remains the owners of the airfield.

The history of the club began in the early 1970's approximately the time when the airfield was vacated by the MOD, a few modellers would use the site on an ad hoc basis which at that time appeared to be abandoned. Inevitably by the mid 1970's an ever increasing number of modellers started to fly there attracted by the superb long runways. From the onset a few modellers led by David Windrow were keen to organise and put the model flying into a proper club basis, this eventually involved long negotiations with Epping Council who had by then taken control of the airfield.

It must be emphasized that model flying had the full support of Epping Council in its endeavours helping to ensure the airfield's availability for sporting and recreational use, particularly sports and hobbies requiring large air and ground spaces, this was in conjunction with developing the operation of full size aircraft. It became apparent that if model flying was to be undertaken on a permanent basis the council was keen that it embraced the widest possible catchments area of clubs. This in turn led to the original arrangement whereby a consortium of local clubs allowed its members the right to fly at North Weald under the umbrella of the Epping & North Weald MFC abiding by its organisation and rules etc.

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