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Welcome to the new official website for the Beaulieu Model Flying Committee (BMFC). This site is hosted by the BMFA server and uses WordPress software. [The old website for the BMFC is no longer active.   It was independently hosted and used Wordplus software.]

The New Forest identification post and airfield

Model Aircraft Flying is not generally permitted anywhere in the New Forest under the Forestry Commission (FC) Bye-Laws (1982) except where licensed.   Many other activities (camping, off-road vehicles, commercial activity, etc)  are also restricted.

The BMFC is the licensed authority authorised by the FC to govern model flying in the New Forest.  Flying takes place at the (decomissioned) WW2 airfield on Beaulieu Heath.  The BMFC governs both Radio-controlled (R/C) and Free-Flight(FF) activity subject to FC permissions.  

You may not fly without a permitThe BMFC negotiates model flying permissions annually with the FC.  It is authorised to issue individual permits to model flyers for the year.    You can read more information about the BMFC here including access to the BMFA achievement scheme. We recommend that all model flyers have, or aspire to have, at least a BFMA  A-certificate in their chosen discipline (typically Fixed Wing (FW) or Helicopter (H).

Under the new UK Government Unmanned Aerial Vehicles laws you must be a legal CAA registered operator and a valid CAA certified flyer in order to qualify for a permit to fly at Beaulieu Airfield.  At present only Fixed Wing planes, and Rotary wing helicopters are allowed.  Multi-rotor drones are not approved by the Forestry for use in the New Forest.

A typical scene in the pits area

To get a permit for 2021 please read the permit information page.  You will also need to know about the flying site Regulations, the child policy and the drone policy.   

The permit application process for 2021 opened in December 2020 and is active now.  Permits last for the current calendar year only, and  must be renewed each year.

The eastern end of the old main runway, part hard surface, part grass, where R/C flying takes place.

Beaulieu Heath airfield consists of the remains of 3 wartime runways, up to two miles in length, now mainly reverted to grass.  The eastern end of the main runway retains its hard surface which is used as an all weather model aircraft runway.  Part of the original runway is separated off by a barrier as a car park, and the area connects to the original airfield perimeter track which is a designated cycle path.