BMAA Microlight Comps

'to promote participation in the National Championship & other Competitive Flying Events'

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Preston Capes 2018
09.06.2018 - 10.06.2018
Preston Capes - Preston Capes
National Competition


To register, or just catch up on who else has, please click here.


After being forced to cancel in April, this competition will now take place on the 9th & 10th June.

Held in rural Northamptonshire at Preston Capes Airfield, this airfield is located 4 nm south of Daventry and we would like to thank the owner, Jeffery Arblaster, for extending his permission. The airfield now has a new 500 m long east-west runway in addition to the north-south and interesting hill runways. The flying tasks will be set over attractive countryside touching five shires; Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, and Leicestershire.

Your contact for the competition is organiser Frank Hodgson who may also be contacted on 07984 159992.

The event is weather forecast dependent. The weather decision will be made on Thursday 26th and competitors informed by Email and the BMAA Comp Yahoo group.

Camping available from Friday afternoon, caravans and mobile homes are allowed. No onsite electric. Portaloo only. Tap for washing water only. Bringing dogs is discouraged.

Evening meal Friday, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Saturday and Breakfast and lunch Sunday provided on site at a modest cost.

Competition fee per person £15 plus a voluntary donation of (a suggested) £10 to the Starlight Charity.

Non competitors; Adult £15, Children (under supervision of non-flying adult) £5.

Potential competitors must register via the BMAA web site competition section.


The tasks are not too difficult and there will be plenty of advice available for competition newcomers. GPS navigation aids can be used throughout..

All navigation tasks will include a short take-off and a precision landing. Each task will be circa 70 to 80 Nm. The accuracy of competitors flying track (as measured on a GPS logger) to the given route will be scored, in addition to the other aspects of the task. (BMAA GPS loggers will be available for competitors’ use)

The Saturday morning task requires minimum planning, it involves photo spotting (2 photo sheets) whilst flying around a circular shape.

The Saturday afternoon task requires some planning, it involves speed control on 2 straight lines and segment of a circle, there will also be a sheet of photos to spot. Pre-declare the time to fly line 1, fly line 2 in the same time as line 1 was actually flown, and pre-declare the average ground speed flying the segment of the circle.

On Saturday evening there will be a spot landing competition from 1000ft, (beginners to keep the engine on tick over).

The Sunday task will require some planning, it involves predicting the fuel to fly a given route. A planning sheet will be available with leg distances and bearings. There will also be photos to spot.


Preston Capes
Eydon Lane
NN11 3TD
Preston Capes


Preston Capes is a small village set in the heart of the South Northamptonshire countryside. For avid microlighters, it is also closely linked with Keith Negal and the BMAA.

So, it's great to see the competition scene make it home for a round of the national championship.

The airfield itself is based at Red House Farm, Eydon Lane, Preston Capes NN11 3TD, near Daventry. Coordinates: N52°10.68 W001°10.63

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