Contacts

Alex Mackie Chairman chair@saaweb.co.uk
Jim McGlynn Vice Chairman vchair@saaweb.co.uk
Jim McGlynn Safety Officer safety@saaweb.co.uk
William Jack Secretary sec@saaweb.co.uk
Colin Thomson Assistant Secretary asec@saaweb.co.uk
Carolyn Law Membership Secretary memsec@saaweb.co.uk
Gordon Hunter Treasurer treas@saaweb.co.uk
Les Madden PRO and Youth Development info@saaweb.co.uk
Bill Anderson CD's Representative CD@saaweb.co.uk
Graeme McKee Club Liaison Officer liaison@saaweb.co.uk
Lesley Nicol Merchandising Officer weargear@saaweb.co.uk
Stewart Smith Web Master web@saaweb.co.uk
Tom Laird Newsletter Editor air@saaweb.co.uk
Douglas Dickie FSAA Guardian guardians@saaweb.co.uk
Peter McKenna FSAA Guardian guardians@saaweb.co.uk
Alan Gibson FSAA Guardian guardians@saaweb.co.uk
Tom Love FSAA Guardian guardians@saaweb.co.uk

Or in Writing to:- SAA , 66 Well Road, Glenrothes, Fife, KY7 5DS

Clubs in Scotland

Club Name Website Link
Aberdeen & District Soarers Aberdeen & District Soarers
Aberdeen Aeromodellers Club Aberdeen Aeromodellers Club
Alloa & District Radio Flying Club Alloa & District Radio Flying Club
Angus Model Flying Club Angus Model Flying Club
Ayr and District Model Flyers Ayr and District Model Flyers
Balbedie Balbedie
Blackridge & District Model Flying Club Blackridge & District Model Flying Club
Bonchester Model Flying Club Bonchester Model Flying Club
Buchan Aeromodellers Buchan Aeromodellers
Burns Country Flyers Burns Country Flyers
Cairngorm Model Flying Club Cairngorm Model Flying Club
Caithness Model Aero Club Caithness Model Aero Club
Caplaw Model Flying Group Caplaw Flyers
Castle Douglas ATC Castle Douglas ATC
Central Scotland RC Helicopter Club Central Scotland RC Helicopter Club
Clyde Valley Flyers Clyde Valley Flyers
Clyde-View Model Helicopter Club Clyde-View Model Helicopter Club
Cumbernauld Model Flying Club Cumbernauld Model Flying Club
Dallachy Aeromodellers Dallachy Aeromodellers
Dornoch MFC Dornoch MFC
Dumbarton & District Model Aircraft Club Dumbarton & District Model Aircraft Club
Dumfries Model Flying Club Dumfries Model Flying Club
Dundee Model Aircraft Club Dundee Model Aircraft Club
Dunfermline Model Aero Club Dunfermline Model Aero Club
East Fortune Aeromodellers East Fortune Aeromodellers
East Kilbride Model Flying Club East Kilbride Model Flying Club
Edinburgh Model Flying Club Edinburgh Model Flying Club
Falkirk Model Flying Club Falkirk Model Flying Club
Forfar Model Flying Club Forfar Model Flying Club
Forth Valley Soarers Forth Valley Soarers
Glasgow Barnstormers Model Aircraft Club Glasgow Barnstormers Model Aircraft Club
Glenrothes Aeromodelling Club Glenrothes Aeromodelling Club
Greenock & District Model Aircraft Club Greenock & District Model Aircraft Club
Hamilton Radio Modelling Club Hamilton Radio Modelling Club
The Highland rc Gliding Club The Highland rc Gliding Club
Kerloch flyers Club / Kerloch Flyers site near Banchory in Aberdeenshire. Kerloch flyers Club / Kerloch Flyers site near Banchory in Aberdeenshire.
Kinross Radio Model Flying Club Kinross Radio Model Flying Club
Lanark Aeromodelling Club Lanark Aeromodelling Club
Livingston Model Aircraft Club Livingston Model Aircraft Club
Montrose Model Aero Club Montrose Model Aero Club
Motherwell And District Model Aircraft Club Motherwell And District Model Aircraft Club
Penicuik & District Model Flying Association Penicuik & District Model Flying Association
Queens View Model Flying Club Queens View Model Flying Club
Ross-Shire Model Flying Club Ross-Shire Model Flying Club
Stranraer & District Model Flying Club Stranraer & District Model Flying Club
Warrix Flying Group Warrix Flying Group
West Calder And District Model Flying Club West Calder And District Model Flying Club

Membership

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Membership shall be open to all Scottish nationals and aero modellers resident in Scotland.
This may be varied by the Council if still within objectives.
A person shall be deemed a member, from the date of receipt of the appropriate membership fee by the Membership Secretary, or an officially appointed agent.

Fees for 2017 are as follows

Full (Adult/Senior) £29.00
Junior Membership £15.00
Family Membership £35.00
Family Junior (with above) £0.00

Click here to download Membership Application form
Or Write to :-
SAA Membership Secretary
66 Well Road
Glenrothes
Fife
KY7 5DS.,

Membership grades shall be as follows:-

Club Member

Club members may join through an affiliated club. Each member will be provided with insurance.

Country Member

This shall be available to members where membership through a club is impractical. Each member will be provided with insurance.

Junior Club Member

Members, who are under 18 years of age on 1st January in any membership year, shall be deemed to be a Junior Member. Conditions of membership shall be as for Members except for Fees.

Junior Country Member

Country Members, who are under 18 years of age on 1st January in any membership year, shall be deemed to be a Junior Country Member. Conditions of membership shall be as for Members except for Fees.

Family Membership

This shall be available to family members only, and shall provide for one full Membership and any junior memberships residing at the same address and joining through the same Club. Each family member so covered, will be deemed to have conditions applicable as per individual Membership.

Fellow of the SAA

Bestowed by the Council for exceptional services to the aims of the Association. Fellowship may be bestowed at the AGM at the Council's discretion. The title is honorary.

Notes

    • A club member may join the SAA through one affiliated club only, and shall be deemed to be a member of that club only for voting purposes.
    • Membership fees shall be set at the Annual General Meeting and shall apply on the first day of January following the Annual General Meeting.
    • The membership year shall be a calendar year from the 1st January.
    • Annual fees become due on January 1st. Members whose subscriptions have not been received by 1st of January will be deemed lapsed and uninsured. With effect from 31st January 1995, to avoid lapse in membership and insurance, members shall be able to renew any time on or after 1st November and be deemed fully paid up until 31st December of the succeeding year. Members renewing during this two-month period will do so at the existing annual fee. Members renewing on or after 1st January will do so at the new rate as fixed at the AGM.
    • A member joining for the first time after 30th September shall receive membership from receipt until 31st December of the succeeding year.

Club Affiliation

    • Club affiliation is open to all Scottish aero modelling clubs with a minimum SAA membership of five persons.

Certification

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SAA ACHIEVEMENT / CERTIFICATION SCHEME

Full details of SAA certification for all model types are available in the SAA Safety Manual
Available Here

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Airtime & Documentation

Airtime 2017

  • pdf Spring 2017 Airtime LR

  • The File below is a high resolution version which will take longer to download than above.

  • pdf Spring 2017 Airtime HR

SAA Downloadable Docs

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  • pdf logo Insurance TWIMC 2017

  • pdf logo Constitution 2017


FAI Codes and
Sporting Code Definitions

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Aeromodelling is a fascinating hobby / sport with a myriad of interesting aspects from extremely light weight indoor flying models to very large models which may need a trailer for transportation.
Many aeromodellers will build models from scratch while others will build from kits and of course more recently "assemble" almost ready to fly models and yes ready to fly out of the box models are becoming ever more popular.
Along with the great variety of interesting aspects which the hobby / sport entails, is the end game of finishing and flying that model.
This is where the competitive minded modeller will possibly look to testing his or her skills against other like minded modellers and where the various FAI Sporting codes come into play.
These rules are set out by The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale Commission Internationale Aeromodelling which abbreviates to FAI CIAM To navigate to the FAI website or portal visit the documents page on this website for a direct authorised link to the FAI website.
Take some time to browse the FAI website and discover the many facets of competitive flight from models to full size.

F1 - Free Flight

Free flight models are exactly that. Models which, once launched, are free of any external control. Competitive Free Flight is judged by duration of flight.

These are the F1Sporting Code Free Flight Model headings.

F1A – GLIDERS
F1B – MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH EXTENSIBLE MOTORS « WAKEFIELD »
F1C – POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
F1D – INDOOR MODEL AIRCRAFT
F1E – GLIDERS WITH AUTOMATIC STEERING
F1G – MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH EXTENSIBLE MOTORS « COUPE D’HIVER » (Provisional)
F1H – GLIDERS (Provisional)
F1J – POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT (Provisional)
F1K – MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH CO2 MOTORS (Provisional)
F1L – INDOOR EZB MODEL AIRCRAFT (Provisional)
F1M – INDOOR MODEL AIRCRAFT (Provisional)
F1N – INDOOR HAND LAUNCH GLIDERS (Provisional)
F1P – POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
F1Q – ELECTRIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT (Provisional)
F1R – INDOOR MODEL AIRCRAFT “MICRO 35” (Provisional)

Full details of the above can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF"Volume F1Free Flight Model Aircraft 2012 Edition"

F2 - Control Line

Control Line models have been on the go as far back as 1943 and subsequently in 1960 FAI/CIAM world championship competition began. With flight controlled by a pair of lines from a C or U shaped handle by the pilot in the centre of a circle.
The lines enter the model at the inside wingtip and close to the centre of gravity of the model a bell crank transfers motion via a link to the elevator and in some cases flaps.
Moving the handle up or down transfers movement to the elevator thus allowing the pilot in the centre of the circle to control the fight of the model which would be powered by a small diesel engine of the glo plug or compression ignition type.
For many years Control line was very popular and as a result many flavours of competition evolved.

These are the F2 Sporting Code control line Model headings.

F2A - SPEED MODEL AIRCRAFT
F2B - AEROBATIC MODEL AIRCRAFT
F2C - TEAM RACING MODEL AIRCRAFT
F2D - COMBAT MODEL AIRCRAFT
ANNEX 4A - CLASS F2A - SPEED JUDGES' GUIDE
ANNEX 4B - CLASS F2B - AEROBATICS JUDGES' GUIDE
ANNEX 4C - CLASS F2C - TEAM RACE JUDGES' GUIDE
ANNEX 4D - CLASS F2D - COMBAT JUDGES’ GUIDE
ANNEX 4E - CONTROL LINE WORLD CUP RULES
ANNEX 4F - CONTROL LINE ORGANISERS' GUIDE
ANNEX 4G - CLASS F2E - COMBAT MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH DIESEL ENGINES (PROVISIONAL CLASS)
ANNEX 4H - CLASS F2F - DIESEL PROFILE TEAM RACING MODEL AIRCRAFT (PROVISIONAL CLASS)
ANNEX 4J - CLASS F2B MANOEUVRE DIAGRAMS
(REFER TO THE SEPARATE DOCUMENT ENTITLED "VOLUME F2, CONTROL LINE
MODEL AIRCRAFT, ANNEX 4J")
ANNEX K - CLASS F2G – ELECTRIC SPEED (PROVISIONAL CLASS)
ANNEX L – F2D ENGINE SHUT-OFF ON DEMAND (EFFECTIVE 1ST JANUARY 2013)

Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F2 Control Line Model Aircraft 2012 Edition" and also "Volume F2 Control Line Model Aircraft Annex 4J 2012 Edition"

F3 - Radio Control

Model radio control over the years has advanced enormously from very basic pushbutton to sophisticated proportional control with telemetry systems allowing an incredible degree of control over the aero model.
This Sporting Code covers a much greater area and is split into Aerobatics / Soaring / Helicopters and Pylon Racing.

These are the F3 Radio Control Aerobatic Model headings

F3A - R/C AEROBATIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
F3M - LARGE R/C AEROBATIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
F3P - INDOOR R/C AEROBATIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
F3S - JET R/C AEROBATIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT
ANNEX 5A - F3A DESCRIPTION OF MANOEUVRES
ANNEX 5B - F3 R/C AEROBATIC POWER MODEL AIRCRAFT MANOEUVRE EXECUTION GUIDE
ANNEX 5G - F3A UNKNOWN MANOEUVRE SCHEDULES
ANNEX 5L - F3M DESCRIPTION OF MANOEUVRES
ANNEX 5M - F3P DESCRIPTION OF MANOEUVRES
ANNEX 5X - F3S DESCRIPTION OF MANOEUVRES
ANNEX 5N - F3A WORLD CUP RULES
Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F3 Radio Control Aerobatics 2012 Edition" These are the F3 Sporting Code Radio Control Soaring Model headings.

F3B – RC MULTI-TASK GLIDERS
F3F – RC SLOPE SOARING GLIDERS
F3J – RC THERMAL DURATION GLIDERS
F3K – RC HAND LAUNCH GLIDERS
F3H – RC SOARING CROSS COUNTRY GLIDERS (Provisional)
F3Q – RC AERO-TOW GLIDERS (Provisional)
ANNEX 3A – RULES FOR WORLD CUP EVENTS
Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F3 Radio Control Soaring Model Aircraft 2012 Edition"

DESCRIPTIONS & DIAGRAMS
ANNEX 5E – F3C JUDGES’ GUIDE
ANNEX 5F – F3N MANOEUVRE DESCRIPTIONS & DIAGRAMS
ANNEX 5G – F3N JUDGES’ GUIDE
Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F3 Radio Control Model Helicopters 2012 Edition"

These are the F3 Radio Control Pylon Racing Model headings.

F3D – PYLON RACING MODEL AIRCRAFT
ANNEX 5P - NOISE RULES
ANNEX 5Q - GUIDELINES FOR AIRFIELD LAY-OUT,
ANNEX 5R - GUIDELINES FOR DUTIES OF PERSONNEL
ANNEX 5S - GUIDELINES FOR TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT
ANNEX 5T - GUIDELINES FOR DRAW OF RACES
ANNEX 5U - GUIDELINES FOR PRACTICE FLYING
ANNEX 5V - GUIDELINES FOR ORGANISERS
ANNEX 5W - F3R PYLON RACING MODEL AIRCRAFT WITH LIMITED TECHNOLOGY
ANNEX 5W.A1 - F3R AS A MULTI-FORMULA CLASS
Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F3 Radio Control Pylon Racing Model Aircraft 2012 Edition"

F4 - Scale Models

Scale aeromodelling is typically the representation of an aeroplane in a smaller size, detailed closely or as accurately to the original as possible with the added dimension of flying in such a way as might be representative of the original aeroplane. Not for the feint hearted, scale modelling is for the fastidious and generally patient modeller with FAI Sporting Codes to cover control line, radio control, free flight, indoor and out door from the very small to the very large.

These are the F4 Sporting Code Scale Model headings.

F4B - CONTROL LINE SCALE MODELS
F4C - RADIO CONTROL SCALE MODELS
ANNEX 6A - JUDGES’ GUIDE – STATIC
ANNEX 6B - JUDGES’ GUIDE – CONTROL LINE FLIGHT
ANNEX 6C - JUDGES’ GUIDE – RADIO CONTROL FLIGHT
ANNEX 6D - JUDGES’ GUIDE – FREE FLIGHT
ANNEX 6E - COMPETITOR’S DECLARATION FORM & SAMPLE SCORING SHEET
F4A - FREE FLIGHT POWER SCALE MODELS (PROVISIONAL)
F4D - INDOOR FREE FLIGHT SCALE MODELS RUBBER POWERED (Provisional)
F4E - INDOOR FREE FLIGHT SCALE MODELS CO² POWERED (Provisional)
F4F - INDOOR PEANUT FREE FLIGHT SCALE MODELS (Provisional)
F4G –RADIO CONTROL LARGE SCALE MODELS (Provisional)
F4H –RADIO CONTROL STAND-OFF SCALE MODELS (Provisional)

Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F4 Flying Scale Model Aircraft 2012 Edition"

F5 - Electric Flight

Electric flight models have become increasingly popular in past ten years due generally to advances in battery technology with power to weight advantages gained by the modern lithium polymer batteries. Alongside improvements in battery technology have been advances in electronic speed controllers combined with affordable pricing. The net result being clean quiet electric flight models we are all now familiar. Distinct advantages in electric flight model control are now clearly obvious over more conventional "ic engine" powered models.

These are the F5 Sporting Code Electric Flight Model headings.

F5A - ELECTRIC AEROBATICS
F5B - ELECTRIC MOTOR GLIDER
F5D - ELECTRIC PYLON
F5E - ELECTRIC SOLAR MODEL AIRCRAFT (Provisional)
F5F - ELECTRIC 4 CELL MOTOR GLIDERS (Provisional)
F5G - ELECTRIC BIG GLIDERS (Provisional)
F5H - OPEN ELECTRIC MOTOR GLIDER (PROVISIONAL)
F5J - ELECTRIC THERMAL DURATION GLIDERS (PROVISIONAL)
ANNEX 5 A - F5A MANOEUVRE DRAWINGS
ANNEX 5 E - RULES FOR WORLD CUP EVENTS
FOR THE ANNEXES, REFER TO THE SEPARATE DOCUMENT ENTITLED “VOLUME F5, RADIO CONTROLLED ELECTRIC POWERED MODEL AIRCRAFT, ANNEXES 5A & 5E”

Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F5 Radio Control Electric Powered Model Aircraft 2012 Edition and also Volume F5 Radio Control Electric Powered Model Aircraft Annexes 5A & 5E 2012 Edition "

F6 Airsports promotions

This is a fascinating sporting code covering flying to music, aerobatic racing and hand thrown radio controlled gliders.
Many examples of indoor flying to music examples can be found on the internet.

These are the F6 Sporting Code Airsports promotions headings.

F6A – ARTISTIC AEROBATICS
F6B – AEROMUSICALS
F6D – HAND THROWN GLIDERS
F6E - AEROBATIC REGATTA
ANNEX F6-1 - MUSIC PUBLICATION GUIDE
ANNEX F6-2 - ARTISTIC AEROBATICS & AEROMUSICALS JUDGES’ GUIDE
ANNEX F6-3 - ARTISTIC AEROBATICS & AEROMUSICALS ORGANISER’S GUIDE
ANNEX F6-4 - WORLD AIR GAMES RANKING & SELECTION SYSTEM
ANNEX F6A-1 - ARTISTIC AEROBATICS SCORE SHEET
ANNEX F6A-2 - ARTISTIC AEROBATICS MUSIC INFORMATION
ANNEX F6B-1 - AEROMUSICALS SCORE SHEET
ANNEX F6B-2 - AEROMUSICALS MUSIC INFORMATION

Full details of the all above rules can be found on the FAI website with this link
Navigate to the "Sporting code" on that page to locate the downloadable PDF "Volume F6
Airsports Promotion Classes for Model Aircraft"

UK Frequencies

The following frequencies are recognised as available for model aircraft control within the UK

Model control:
26.960 MHz to 27.280 MHz: Effective Radiated Power 100 mW
34.945 MHz to 35.305 MHz: Effective Radiated Power 100 mW
2.4 GHz: Effective Radiated Power 100 mW

Model control and telemetry:
458.5 MHz to 459.5 MHz: Effective Radiated Power 100 mW

CIAM Flyer

The CIAM Flyer is an FAI Newsletter Publication with news from around the world relating to all aspects of
aeromodelling competition as far back as 1997..

Follow this link to the CIAM FLYER and navigate to download the desired newsletter.