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Visitor info

The ISA welcomes visitors and guests to the Beacon. However, please be aware that it's a public site, and often busy with walkers - safety is paramount for our continued use of the site!

Prepare for your visit

Flyers at the Beacon are required to follow a few simple rules:

Carry your BMFA card

  • 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 available through your ISA membership, or you can join the BMFA directly

Gliders only

  • Under the terms of the agreement with The National Trust, only unpowered model aircraft may be flown at the Ivinghoe Beacon sites.
  • If you wish to fly an electric or IC model, it must be flown as glider only. The propeller must be removed, taped up, or secured to the sides of the fuselage.
  • Combat flying is strictly prohibited.

Frequency control

  • 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.

General safety

  • 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.

Permitted slopes

There are slopes for West, North, North East and South (see map below). West is best!

Note that flying is not permitted from Steps Hill - the area is reserved by the National Trust to encourage wild flora and fauna. There also a sign warning walkers not to wander from the paths due to the potential danger from live munitions.

Ivinghoe Beacon site map

How to get there

Google map of Ivinghoe Beacon

Further information

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.