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The Venue

Introducing BMFA Buckminster
BMFA Buckminster is located on the Leicestershire/Lincolnshire border close to the towns of Melton Mowbray and Grantham and is the National Visitor Centre and Model Flying site of the British Model Flying Association (BMFA). See here for exact location and directions

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3D Championship 2013

3D Championship 2013 will be held over the last weekend of September, including Friday, so the dates are Friday 27th, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September 2013.

The event will be held, once again, at the superb Croft Farm Waterpark facility with event insurance provided by the BMFA.

Pilots entries are closed for 2013.

Companies wishing to sponsor this event can find out details of what is available by contacting us on this website.

3D Championship uses the 3D Format for it’s competition rules and set manouevres list.

Here’s the set manoeuvres list. If you have any questions about the competition, please feel free to contact us and ask!

Spectators of the event will pay just £3 per person… paid on the gate – kids go free.

Parking on-site is free.

Pilot information

The competition will consist of three rounds, being Set manoeuvres, Freestyle, and Flight To Music.

The Set Manoeuvres round requires you to fly 5 set manoeuvres, and should be flown according the guidelines per the 3dformat website.

The Freestyle flight should be approximately 3 minutes long, and flown according the guidelines per the 3dformat website: http://www.3dformat.co.uk/rounds/freestyle/

The Flight to Music should be timed to be between 2:50 and 3:10 in length, and flown according the guidelines per the 3dformat website: http://www.3dformat.co.uk/rounds/music/

Event Schedule

Friday 27th – Funfly

You can turn up from 10am onwards and fly all day. Everyone is welcome.

BMFA insurance is required to fly.

No achievement scheme certificates required.

Saturday 28th

9am – Pilot registration

All competing pilots must be processed through the registration area (in the main marquee) before they do anything else.

Once you have registered, you can then go and test fly your model(s).

Please be considerate of other pilots who also need to test fly their models.

Test flights must all be completed (for all pilots) by 10am.

10am – Judges calibration flights

Two pilots will be selected to perform a set manoeuvres flight. These flights will be scored by the judges, and then discussed to ensure the judges agree on the standard.

10:20am – Pilot briefing for all competing pilots.

10:30am – Competition rounds begin

The remainder of Saturdays schedule is dependent upon the weather.

All things being equal, the competition flights should be done by around 5pm.

The flightline will be opened up to people wanting to fly after the competition flights are completed.

Food and drinks will be being served all day on-site.

There will be a hog roast in the evening.

The Sky @ Night competition will start when it is dark enough – approximately 8pm.

Sunday 29th

9am – Competition pilots assemble and check in at the main marquee.

9:30am – Competition flights begin

The remainder of Sundays schedule is dependent on the weather.

All things being equal, the competition flights should be finished by around 4pm.

The raffle will be drawn afterwards, while the final results are being worked out.

Trophy presentations and victory flights will end the day, and the event weekend.


Further information about this event will be posted here as required.

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Event Sponsors

If you would like to be an event sponsor this year, please contact us.

Trade Stands

If you would like to bring a trade stand to this years 3D Championship in September, please contact us.