The ISA welcomes visitors and guests to the Beacon. Please note however that the Beacon is a public site, and is often busy with walkers. Safety is paramount for our continued use of the site, and we ask you to follow a few simple rules:
- Please carry your BMFA membership card with you. You may be asked to produce it, as flying without BMFA insurance is strictly prohibited. (BMFA membership is optionally included with ISA membership. Or you may join directly via the BMFA)
- Under the terms of the agreement with The National Trust, only UNPOWERED MODEL AIRCRAFT may be flown at the Ivinghoe Beacon flying sites.
- Combat flying is strictly prohibited.
- If you wish to fly an electric or IC power model as a GLIDER ONLY, then the propeller must be disabled (either removed, taped up or secured to the sides of the fuselage)
- Pilots flying on 27/35 MHz are required to use a pegboard (ISA members must bring one with them). The 'peg-off' convention is used, i.e. the peg for your frequency should be removed from the board.
- For frequency awareness reasons, pilots must always fly from the same slope. This applies also to pilots using 2.4 GHz. If there is a choice of slope, check to see if anyone has already arrived, and if so go and join them. For example, in a NNE wind there is a choice of either the North Face or Car Park slopes - see map.
- If you are a novice, please seek advice from an experienced pilot before first switching on your transmitter.
- Flyers must be mindful of other users, particularly when launching and landing.
Please make yourself known, and don't hesitate to ask any questions - we're a friendly bunch! Regular visitors are urged to join the ISA.
There are slopes for West (best!), North, North East and South. Note however that flying is not permitted from Steps Hill - the area is reserved by the National Trust to encourage wild flora and fauna including birds and butterflies, and was in the past used as a firing range (there is a sign warning walkers not to wander from the paths due to the potential danger from live munitions).
If you have any questions regarding the use of Ivinghoe Beacon for slope flying, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee.