Flying Sites

Thames Valley Park

The club has use of a flying field by the Thames with a grass strip. This is for the use of Members only. Anyone found using the strip who is not a club member will be asked by TVP security to stop flying.

For a view of our flying site, watch the video at Flying field video

Saturdays and Wednesday are regular club flying days, which members normally attend. The club provide training for beginners on these days throughout the year, running from 10:00 to around 5:00 p.m., subject to weather conditions and trainer availability.

Flying is permitted outside of these times but members need to make their own arrangements with other fliers via the RDMAC Googlegroup/phone to ensure another flier is with them to comply with the club ‘no lone flying’ policy. The committees biggest concern at the TVP flying field is a member of the general public being hit by a model aircraft as this would probably result in the loss of the flying field. The role of a second person at the field is to act as a ‘look-out’ for members of the public approaching, or crossing the strip, when models are being flown close to the strip or are on landing approach, and to advise them and/or the pilot.

Permitted flying times are as follows :

Day Powered flight Silent Flight
Monday 10:30am to 8:00pm 10:00am onwards
Tuesday 10:30am to 8:00pm 10:00am onwards
Wednesday 10:30am to 8:00pm 10:00am onwards
Thursday 10:30am to 8:00pm 10:00am onwards
Friday 10:30am to 8:00pm 10:00am onwards
Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm 10:00am onwards
Sunday 10:00am to 5:00pm 10:00am onwards

Bank Holidays are counted as Sundays

Powered flight means any model powered by an Internal Combustion engine including airboats, helicopters, power assisted gliders and control-line models. With the advances in electric motor power and battery technology, some electric models are also considered to fall in this category if they are far from silent. We are a noise sensitive site so please help us keep our flying field and fly responsibly.

To qualify for Silent Flight hours, a person with normal hearing standing outside the security building for Thames Valley Business Park should not be able to distinguish the sound from the model whilst it is on the ground, or in the air over the permitted flying area of the club, from the ambient background noise level.

Unfortunately there are no facilities on-site but refreshments are available at the nearby leisure centre. BBQ’s are permitted but must not damage the grass.

Links to Flying Field and Club Rules:

Map for Thames Valley Park: