The ISA welcomes visiting flyers and guests.
The ISA and the National Trust
The Ivinghoe hills are a public site managed by the National Trust, and the ISA holds a paid licence to fly there. The licence restricts us to flying unpowered models only, and in specific areas.
Safety is paramount for our continued use of these sites. In particular, the hills are often busy with walkers, and it's imperative to be aware of other users.
Rules for flying
All flyers 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. You can join the BMFA directly
- Only unpowered models may be flown. If you wish to fly a power model, it must be flown as a glider (the propeller must be removed, or secured to the sides of the fuselage).
- Combat flying is strictly prohibited.
- 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!
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.
How to get there
Before setting off, please check the home page for closure warnings.
The grid references for emergency services (999) are:
- NT Main (Beacon) car park: SP 9635 1590
- Trig point on top of west face: SP 9595 1685
You may wish to carry a whistle, in case of slips or falls on the slope.
If you have any questions regarding the use of Ivinghoe hills for slope flying, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the committee. If you fly regularly, then do join the ISA and enjoy the many benefits!