PANDAS 9th Single Channel & Retro R/C Fly-in 2021

Hello again button-pushers, at last we have a S/C & Retro R/C Event at Ponty!

Lockdown relaxation permitting, we have a date for the Ninth Single Channel & Retro R/C Fly-in at Pontefract Park, with hosts PANDAS, the Pontefract And District Aeromodellers Society. Our club website is where all the coming seasons events are listed.

This year's meeting is on Saturday & Sunday, July 1st & August 1st 2021 so please keep that date clear!

Last year’s event was of course cancelled due to Covid, but we're back to the noble art of single-channel flying and will be having a great time in perfect flying weather!
Last time saw a terrific display by the new-age Galloping Ghost models, David Lovegrove in particular enthralled with his GG Veron ‘Robot’ and his O/D ‘Mangled Wot’ design, flight after perfect flight with superb flared landings with the distinctive visible ‘Gallop’ and the audible rattle unique to Galloping Ghost models.  Quite superb and a real pleasure to watch.

Since 2010 our small band of Single Channel & Retro enthusiasts has grown and grown and we now have a multitude of S/C friends all over the world, all coordinated via our dedicated forum:

For 2021 we’re hoping to see lots of welcome new faces, new models since 2019, and lots of fascinating new gear too – via the S/C forum we've seen a variety of new S/C, Reeds and Propo conversions, and more have taken up the 'Galloping Ghost' and 'Pulse proportional' challenge - if you've never seen a Galloping Ghost setup, then you're in for a treat!

The objective as usual is to get everyone interested in retro-R/C flying together for equal amounts of banter and button-bashing!

The event rules are the same as previous years, ie simple and few! Safety is of course paramount and PANDAS is a BMFA affiliated club so procedures will follow the BMFA rulebook and the CAP658 responsibility statement with which of course we're all familiar.

Eligibility for the Single-Channel event isnt hard and fast but we suggest that models ought to have either:

1) A single control on the transmitter, ie a button, or one single axis stick, basically a recognisable 'single channel' transmitter, with no limit on 'compound' control surfaces.
2) A single controlled surface, ie a rudder, no other control surfaces. This accommodates anyone with a rudder-only model using one channel of a conventional, modern proportional radio set.
Ailerons-only is ok of course - previously we've had a fantastic 'X-Craft' aileron-only aerobatic displays!

Alongside the S/C event, Reeds, Galloping Ghost, Pulse-Propo and retro proportional sets are of course very welcome too.

Electrics or IC engines are ok, but a throttle control or a means of remotely cutting the engine of a wayward model is desirable.
We would also suggest that 27mhz superhets should be used with caution as we are 600 metres from the M62 with the possibility of CB-equipped lorries passing at any time, and obviously super-regen equipped models would be very welcome for display purposes only, but for safety reasons not to fly, sorry. Other bands, ie 35, UHF & 2.4 are fine at Ponty.

Once again we will also have a busy Control-Line circle with Dave Cowburn demonstrating his stunting skills and possibly at Daves discretion, the odd have-a-go session.

Updates and further information will be posted on the Mode-Zero forum and also on as the plans develop. So, we have a date, we just need the weather!

The PANDAS committee have devolved event organisation to members, so any queries regarding location, facilities & organisation, to Shaun AND Phil (please cc both). This will ensure you get a reply (or two!):

Pontefract Park is located in the southwest corner of junction 32 of the M62. Access is via a huge white gate 1/4 mile south towards Pontefract. Please refer to the map provided on and for satnav the nearest post-code is WF8 4QD.

Best regards
Phil & Shaun
(pp PANDAS Committee)