White Sheet RFC Established 1960

Welcome to the Whitesheet Radio Flying Club

White Sheet Radio Flying Club (WSRFC) operates from White Sheet Down, a slope soaring site near the small town of Mere on the A303 in West Wiltshire, England. Members of the club enjoy constructing and flying “Silent Flight” model aircraft, more generally known as gliders. We have a broad range of interest from thermal soaring to flying scale replicas.

All skill levels are accommodated. WSRFC is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA). No matter what your interest, as long as it involves flying a glider off a slope we think White Sheet RFC will cater for you.

Maybe you are not a modeller but want to know more about our hobby. Just come along to the slopes and have a chat, we will be more than pleased to talk to you.

We use two slopes on Whitesheet Hill, one South Westerly and one North Westerly through to Easterly. The landing areas are huge with no rocks or bushes in the way!

The area of Whitesheet Down that we use is a National Trust property and adequate insurance is mandatory. The National Trust ask that all visiting flyers contact the Club before flying. We ask that you read the ‘Club Rules’ before your visit to ensure this site remains available to us.

The White Sheet RFC provides This site as a Service to it’s members, visiting flyers and the general public who may be interested in our sport. We make every effort to provide accurate and up to date information. The committee, members and web site maintainer cannot take any responsibility for errors or omissions of any kind.

Recent News

WS Scale Fly In

The scale fly-in for tomorrow, Sunday 4th Sept, is ON!

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Combined Club Awayday Thursday 8 September

Twice a year Thames Valley Silent Flyers organise a day out this year they are combining with Meon Valley and ourselves. All members of the club will be welcome but parking may be a problem so if attending if possible combine travelling.   The venue is to be Whitesheet Hill as the wind has been swinging to the south west.  Start time is 10:00 and there is an invitation to the Hunters Lodge for anyone who wants to go. After a hard days flying the guys tell me that they peel off around five pm.

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Proposed new Whitesheet Radio Flying Club Handbook and Rules – 2017

Download the new handbook and come to the AGM on November 12, 2016

Read the handbook!

To download the proposed 2017 Handbook, please clink the link below and save to your computer.


Your vote counts!

Acceptance of the new rules and handbook will be covered as the first item in the 2016 AGM – please make every attempt to attend or submit your vote by proxy. Details on how to vote by proxy will be sent to all WSRFC members by email.

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21/07/2016: AGM and Rule Book Changes

Proposed Rule book changes on Electric Assisted Flying

You may be aware that the club has been working on negotiating with the National Trust on new rules for electric assist (for climb-out) at Whitesheet Downs. The committee will soon be issuing the final draft of the proposed changes to the handbook, that will outline what these rule changes mean and how it will effect the way the hill is used.

In essence, we now have full support from both the National Trust and the BMFA to make a permanent change to our club rules, that will allow electric power for the purpose of height gain only. This has been possible on an on-going trial basis since 2009 and it is now time for the club to choose whether to incorporate the change to our handbook or to stop the trial and all electric flight from this year’s AGM onwards.

I am presently working on the final draft of the handbook and hope to send it out well in advance of the AGM in November. Full details of the AGM will also be issued in the same notice and you will be invited to express your views on the changes. Expect something similar to last year’s AGM, with an afternoon or early evening start, with a free drink and food provided.

For those not able to attend the AGM, which is now likely to be held on Saturday November 26th, there will be an opportunity to vote by proxy on this important change. Additionally, all members not attending the AGM will have the opportunity to make a statement, for or against the change, prior to the vote and there will be an organised discussion on the matter before we finally decide.

Please make every effort to attend the meeting (full details to follow) and to take part in the vote.

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21/07/2016: Competition this Sunday – July 24th

Competition: This Sunday (July 24th)

This Sunday will see a scheduled competition at Whitesheet. I have heard from Joe that the weather is due to be ok (perhaps not as hot as earlier this week) and good for flying. He has asked me to invite you all along as always and to note that there may be a change to the scheduled competition (Slalom) to the postponed event – Nominated Manoeuvres.

Please arrive at the hill around 1000am for an 1100am start

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4/7/16: Who on Earth is David Bradfield?!

WSRFC Vice Chairman shares a bit about himself

Following various attempts at rubber-powered free-flight and chuck-gliders at an early age, I evolved to control-line at around 10 with a KK firebird and E.D. 246, prior to learning to fly RC at Ivinghoe with the inevitable Veron Impala at around age 12. This was using the MacGregor Digimac IV (ed:a what?!).

Various airframes followed, with the usual phases, algebras and an Alpina. I had a stint with the Hemel Hempstead MFC on power and also spent some time flying various Laser powered models with the Laser team (Neil Tidy) including a twin mosquito which was great fun! Have flown with the LMA and also put floats on an Acro-Wot.

My preference has always been for slope-soaring and it is a pleasure to be a member of WSRFC and fly at such a fabulous site.

My son, Jamie, is also a member and he improves each time we fly, having gone solo on power at Frome MFC site and working up to do the same at White Sheet.

The things that stick in your mind?

Ah, camaraderie, the smell of dope drying, balsa cement, fingers stuck together with cyano, the smell of castor oil from a four stroke, the nerves on the first flight of a new model, climbing trees to correct a bad landing, the dustbin bag of bits, the THWACK as they go in.


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4/7/16 July Fly In a Great Success!

Scale fly-in photos from Sunday

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2/7/16: Scale meet at Whitesheet on Sunday 3rd of July is ON

Scale Fly in, Sunday July 3rd

From our Scale secretary, here is an update about tomorrow’s meet:

So, we have a light but predominantly SW wind, XC says dry, the teatime BBC weather forecast says the rain and drizzle should only give us a glancing blow…The White Sheet Scale Fly in is…ON! (Make sure you pack a floater if you have one.) Electric assist is permitted, but no E-hooners or hotliners!!!!

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16/6/16: A cautious note from a member…

Beware the bovine at Whitesheet Downs!


A man slope soaring a bull yesterday

A man slope soaring a bull yesterday

 Went down to Whitesheet today to be confronted by the bull, full on snorting, slavering and raking the ground, thankfully he started before I went through the gate and he reminded me how nice it is flying roundway at this time of year.  I know he’s normally ok but there is now another one on the other side of the track and they seem to be winding each other up. Maybe its worth letting people know.  I’ve always wondered what the deal is with him, I thought if the land is used by the public only bulls under 10 months were allowed.
Rich Bull     yeah I know, hilarious  : )

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10/6/16 – Elton John to Fly at Longleat and White Sheet!

Actually not a soarer, but he does have a concert at Longleat over the weekend which will probably mean an increase in Traffic.  Particularly, some of the area is being used for Park and Ride for the event, one that springs to mind being the Frome Showfield at West Woodlands located on the B3092 between Frome and Maiden Bradley.  Check traffic reports on inter web if unsure.  Bradders

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8/6/16: Training at Rib’s place

This is some text for a training post!
WSRFC Logo Old Version

WSRFC Logo Old Version

bold text – link to barcs

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04/06/2016: Ammendment to the monthly meeting schedule

Hello Whitesheeters, Please note that this month’s meeting (usually held in the Red Lion) is not running, as the committee are convening around a computer somewhere to learn all about the new website. The meeting in the Red Lion will return as usual, in July. best wishes, Chris

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30/5/16: For Sale Advert #1

Items for sale.

Multiplex Cockpit SX transmitter. This is dual 35Mcs and 2.4Gh as it has the Multiplex ‘add on’ 2.4Gh unit and also the additional Telemetry screen. All is in working order. All user manuals are included. £110

Mulitplex Cockpit

Mulitplex Cockpit

Multiplex ‘Cularis’ powered glider. 2.61M span. Rudder, elevator, ailerons, flaps and motor control. Servos, batteries and a Multiplex 35Mcs 7 channel synth receiver are included. A unique feature is the simple plugin wing attachments with integral electrical connections making for quick and simple rigging for flight. The build manual is included.This machine has been repaired following some damage and is ready for flight subject to check. Hence only £90




120inch Algebra Glider. This old, but high performance machine features, rudder, elevator, ailerons and flaps. Servos, battery and a 35Mcs receiver are included ready to fly. £50



Contact Roy Procter.


01458 223215

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30/5/16: Competition Report – Loops and Spot

What a glorious day, wall to wall sunshine, rolling country side bursting with spring life, full size gliders being tugged to stratospheric height, most of the Phillips house hold all the way from Eastbourne and a north easterly breeze to keep us cool.

What more could we have asked for?

Whitesheet members, that’s What!

I arrived at the top of the hill at 10.00 shortly to be joined by JP, Wendy and Olivia.

We exchanged pleasantries, loaded ourselves up and headed for the slope. I’m sure the NE facing slope moves further away each year! We set up base just as our esteemed chairman Chris arrived and that was it? No one else arrived, not a sausage!

Well, we had enough pilots, Trophies had been polished, points needed to be earned for the Tallis wining Vagabond, Vino needed handing out to the Victors and conditions were improving.

Round 1

JP was up first flying his Wildthing and in the slightly iffey lift conditions he went for the further out approach to start his loops. John completed 9 loops and landed 11 mtrs from the spot.

Olivia was up next flying her Wildthing and obviously was going to follow Dads idea by flying safely away from the slope ( I think I need to go to spec savers). Olivia managed 1 loop and landed 10.5 mtrs from the spot.

Chris, flying his ELF dlg gallantly forced his model through the by now increasing breeze to pull 13 loops and land 16 mtrs from the spot.

Joe, Flying his trusty McMeekin Predator completed 16 loops and landed 1 mtr from the spot.

Round 2

JP Now went for the ‘lets try high approach’ with 14 loops and 1.5 mtrs from the spot.

Olivia sticking to the (flying in the next county) approach upped her loops to 5 and landed 18.5 mtrs.

Chris beat us all in this round with the most loops at 18 and landed at 5.5 mtrs (actually he landed a lot closer but the wind caught his little Elf and flipped over before we could measure it)

Joe, managed to gain some great initial height before doing 17 loops and land at 2 mtrs.

Round 3

JP, Now going for the ‘ lets see how low we can go and still recover to the top’ popping in the most loops for the day at 19. Then worked way back up to land at 2 mtrs

Olivia, Upped her loops to 8 and gracefully landed 3.5 mtrs from the spot.

Chris having now switch models to his Mark Drela Allegro (broken fin on the ELF) pulled 8 loops and landed at 10.5 mtrs.

Joe, trying the close in approach managed 15 loops despite landing at the bottom of one! And managed to land at 3 mtrs.

So there you have it, a great day socially, fending off inquisitive cattle, fresh coffee with shortbread supplied and served by Chris and we all agreed that trying to identify the various light aircraft that passed by during the day must be Spitfires!

Final results

  1. Joe Cubitt
  2. John Phillips
  3. Chris Lamming
  4. Olivia Phillips

Most improved pilot of the day has to go to Olivia Phillips, Well done!

Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

Loops and Spot (the Whitesheet Members ;-))

And to top it all, we all left with a bottle of vino each.



WSRFC comp sec

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26/5/16: Fantastic day of scale flying again

Last Sunday (May 22) saw the second of our club Scale Fly-ins in 2016.

The event was very well attended by scale flyers from far and wide, many of whom were visitors to the club for the first time – wonderful to see.

Despite a little interruption from the wet stuff, the sun broke out in the afternoon and a great day of thermal chasing was had by all.

Thanks to Chris Williams for organising and running a very friendly and safe event and for providing the first-class photos below

The next event is on Sunday July 3rd – why not come along and join in.

Free tea and coffee to all from the club chairman’s trusty camp stove!

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25/5/16: Prizes must be won for all loopy flyers!

As a bonus, there will be prizes! I believe Joe is sorting bottles for the top places and if you are a member of Whitesheet, you can gain points towards the Tallis Trophy. The winner of the Tallis in 2016 will win a trophy AND a Hacker Vagabond, complete with a servo and battery kit. Let’s hope the weather is kind to us this time and comp goes ahead. cheers Chris WSRFC

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25/5/16: Competition this Sunday! (May 29th)

This coming Sunday we, The Whitesheet Radio Flying Club are running our Loops and Spot club competition. Simple Rules 1 model up at a time, 30 seconds to gain height, then as many loops as you can within 1 minute, then land as close to the designated spot as you can within 2 minutes. what could possibly go wrong. There is no limit as to what type of glider. Foamies, mouldies, crunchies and even Scale if you fancy a go. The comp is open to all Whitesheet members, however non members would be made most welcome. all you’ll need is proof of insurance. Meet on the hill at 10.00am for 11.00am start. As normal I’ll make a weather call on Saturday at noon Fingers crossed and look forward to seeing you all. Regards Joe WSRCF comp sec

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This is a test post against the English Open Page

f10Some relevant English Open F3f text…

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First Scale Day of 2016

Sunday, April 24th gave great conditions for the first Scale meet for 2016. Below is a few pictures from the event.

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First competition – Nominated Manooooovers

The first competition of the year, and the subject of the much lauded calendar-poster for 2016, was due to run on April 17. Due to the lightest of breezes, the competition did not run, but everyone had a jolly nice time flying sailplanes, drinking camping coffee and eating cake. Watch this space for when the next competition will be advertised and when the rescheduled nominated manoeuvres will take place.

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The Popular Whitesheet Scale days are here again!

The schedule for 2016 is set out below. Please access the Events Calendar for further details.
First Date Reserve Date
April 10th April 24th
May 22nd June 5th
July 3rd July 17th
September 4th September 18th

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Winter League F3f Competition – Sunday January 10th

On Sunday, January 10, the Whitesheet Hill will once again host the Southern Winter League F3f competition, should the weather permit it! All are welcome to come along to this exciting racing time-trial event. If you wish to take part, please refer to the Great Britain Slope Racing Association for more details: http://www.gbsra.co.uk/winter-league-dates-2015-16 Please note that for safety reasons, access to the slopes for general sport flying will be limited and may not be possible at all once the competition is underway.

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