The S. Area BMFA Free Flight Gala 2022 - A report by Peter Carter
On Sunday August the 6th, the Southern Area BMFA Free Flight Gala took place at RAF Odiham after a break of 2 years due to the COVID pandemic.
Thanks to the willing co-operation of the Station Commander and his staff we were fortunate to have this superb airfield to ourselves on the day, and the weather gods smiled upon us. The day was excellent for free flight, with temperatures around 26° and the wind light at around 7mph NNE.
Checking in went very smoothly with all attendees arriving before 9:30am.
A short briefing was given by the two RAF Officers I/C for the day and flying commenced at 10:00am as planned. Attendees consisted of 50/50 competition and sport fliers.
Thanks must go to Chris Redrup for running the competitions that progressed with few incidents. Only one model flew outside of the airfield, this was easily retrieved and another model due to a D/T failure was last seen heading towards the ISS.
In all 38 people attended the event including a few spectators. All in all, an excellent days flying with everyone saying that they enjoyed themselves and would happily attend again.