British Model Flying Association
2021 University and Schools Flight Challenges
Formal Notice of Postponement
It is with regret that we have to announce the postponement of this year’s Payload Challenge competition scheduled to take place in June at the BMFA National Centre for Model Flying.
Restrictions in respect of the Corona virus situation remain in place with educational establishments still closed preventing teams from developing viable aircraft. It is also likely that travel restrictions will remain in place for some time.
On this basis the aim is to carry over the Challenge to 2022 using the same rules set.
We thank you for your support and interest in the BMFA Payload Challenge and look forward to receiving entries for 2022. Please monitor the BMFA and Payload Challenge websites for further information and updates.
The British Model Flying Association is the United Kingdom’s National Governing Body for the sport of model aircraft flying and one of its key aims is to increase interest in aviation and engineering through education.
The British Model Flying Association has organised and run flight based educational competitions for a significant number of years previously branded as the University Challenge and the Payload Challenge.The competition has evolved over time and has become an established element of the curriculum for many schools and universities and has also attracted entries from youth groups, cadets and home education groups.
Judging is by a panel of professional engineers and the competition has attracted very favourable comment from external examiners, the challenge is partnered by the Royal Aeronautical Society and also enjoys the support of BAE SYSTEMS.
2020 Challenges Launched
2020 BMFA University and Schools Payload Challenges launched.
The British Model Flying Association is the United Kingdom’s National Governing Body for the sport of model aircraft flying and one of its key aims is to increase interest in aviation and engineering through education. The BMFA Payload Challenges require students to design, build and fly load-carrying model aircraft. The competitions have evolved to stretch the abilities of participating students and there is no doubt the development of a good aircraft requires each team to display design flair, technical knowledge and teamwork.
Judging is by a panel of professional engineers and the competition has attracted very favourable comment from external examiners, the challenge is partnered by the Royal Aeronautical Society and also enjoys the support of BAE SYSTEMS, Rolls Royce, RAF Engineering and the Royal Air Force Model Aircraft Association.
The competition benefits from cash prizes awarded to winning team members and their university/school department.
To enter your team complete the entry form on the final page of the appropriate brochure and post or Email to me at the address above along with the appropriate payment to register your entry(s) by the 1st April 2020, due to the continually increasing interest in this competition this year will see a limit on the number of entries accepted in order to maintain a viable schedule, be sure to submit your entries as early as possible in order to avoid disappointment.
An entry fee of £125.00 per team (£75.00 for challenge 1 and 2) is payable on submission of entry form, please note that the entry fee is higher than previous years to reflect the provision of flight batteries for use during competition flights for all teams.
To view and download Rules Brochures for the 2020 Payload Challenge visit https://payloadchallenge.bmfa.uk/downloads
The flying and presentation element of the competition will take place over the weekend of 5th, 6th and 7th June 2020 at the British Model Flying Association National Centre near
Grantham in Lincolnshire, (note: Friday 5th is a set up and preparation day and not an official competition day).
I look forward to meeting your teams at the 2020 Flight Challenge; in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further information or assistance.
Brockford Barn have kindly made the video below available in the hope that it will inspire other teams to enter the BMFA Payload Challenge.
Also we have the video below produced by the Beihang University