Important Dates

Results and Pictures now available to view at



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.

2017 Challenges Launched

This year sees only minor updates and refinements for all three Challenge rules but of most significance is the requirement to ensure that aircraft can be operated from a surface other than smooth concrete, this is to reflect a possible change of venue for the competition.
Again for this year we are charging a nominal (non refundable) entry fee of £35.00 per team entered to assist with infrastructure and administrative costs.
As previously there will be cash prizes awarded to winning team members and their university/school department.
Simply 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 February 2017, 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.

The flying and presentation element of the competition will take place over the weekend of 3rd and 4th of June 2017, further details of the venue and timetable will be sent out to teams registered for entry in the competition.
I look forward to meeting your teams at the 2017 Challenge; in the meantime please do not hesitate to contact me should you require further information or assistance.

Manny Williamson

Contest Director


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 blow produced by the Beihang University