Last Updated January 2018
The Victorian Free Flight Society (V.F.F.S.) is a group of enthusiasts who fly 'free flight' model aircraft for fun, fitness and sport!
Free Flight model aircraft are, as the name suggests, model aircraft which 'fly free' after they have been launched, i.e. not under the direct control of the flier. Free Flight models are designed and adjusted to be inherently stable and self correcting throughout their flight. Flight patterns are controlled by pre flight adjustments and timers that can change the flight mode mid-flight and/or terminate the flight, rather than by continuous remote control.
There are indoor and outdoor variants of 3 basic categories; gliders, rubber driven and motor powered and these can be contest machines, sport fun flyers or scale models. They range in size from 15 cm span and a few grams, to 2 meters span and up to 1kg. All are built and trimmed to fly pre-set flight patterns without any external control.
The sport of free-flight is one with a long history of competition and endeavour, being the earliest form of aeromodelling. It provides a unique blend of construction skills and physical activity, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages.
It is a rewarding family sport providing outdoor and indoor flying pleasure at moderate expense to suit anyone's budget. To assist newcomers, V.F.F.S. members offer assistance with advice on what to build, materials, sources of supply, construction and trimming.
For more detailed information, try these links:
Membership & Application Forms
The VFFS has full members (who acquire obligatory MAAA/VMAA membership through the the VFFS) and part members who have current MAAA/VMAA membership through another VMAA affiliated club.
A special page, celebrating Jim Fullarton's century.
Contact and Communication Updated November 2017
Flying VenuesUpdated November 2017
VFFS Events Calendar for 2018 Updated January 2018
Victorian State Champs (outdoor) at Nhill posted January 2018
AFFS Champs and other related eventsposted January 2018
Newsletters Updated November 2017
Selected Organisations Updated and links confirmed November 2017
Selected Suppliers Updated and links confirmed November 2017
Communicating with the VFFS
Business and social meetings are held on the first Tuesday each month
at the Leinster Arms Hotel,
Visitors are welcome
Those attending may care to dine (from 6.00 pm on) before the meeting proper begins at 8.00 pm.
'Flypaper' - Newsletter of the V.F.F.S.
Taking out a subscription to 'Flypaper', the Newsletter of the V.F.F.S. is the best way to stay informed on Victorian Free Flight Society news and coming events. It also is a great source of interesting information about Free Flight in Victoria.
A subscription to a paper copy of Flypaper is $20 per annum and the subscription period is July 1st to June 30th. Please make all cheques and money orders out to Victorian Free Flight Society Inc.
Further information is available from the editor Michael Glaister
Please refer to the Events Calendar for the dates of indoor and outdoor events.
Indoor Flying and Events
Indoor events are held at the Sandringham Athletic Centre, Thomas St. Hampton [Melway 76 K6], between 10.00 am and 4.00 pm, in the indoor court at the end of the car park on Thomas St. (see Notes below).
Spectators are welcome at Sandringham events run by the VFFS.
Sport flying of indoor free flight models, (rubber power or small low power electrics) is welcome at VFFS run competition events provided fliers are mindful of the priority of competition flying and any conditions that may apply.
Models flown by visitors or VFFS sport fliers must comply with constraints or conditions specified by the VFFS and insurance regulations, flying to a maximum of four times unless the model flier is a current financial member of a model aircraft club or special interest group properly affiliated with the MAAA.
Outdoor Flying and Events
Due to the variable nature of Melbourne weather outdoor flying is organised at relatively short notice via an email list. Contact the VFFS secretary for details.
Outdoor Events are held at the VFFS field at Eynesbury, south of Melton, [Melway maps 220 D12 and 226]. The field is off Parwan-Exford Rd and the entrance gate is opposite a property driveway. There is a VFFS lock on the gate. You have missed the gate if you have reached the five-way road junction at the north-west corner of the field.
The field is known locally as 'Meyers Bush' which may be helpful if you ask for directions.
The VFFS field is part of Eynesbury Station which is an active pastoral enterprise and there is often stock on the field. Visitors will need to arrange to meet a key holder at the entrance gate to gain access.
The entrance gate must not be left open or unlocked. Do not let in people who are not model aeroplane fliers or bona fide spectators accompanying model aeroplane fliers.
Please observe the following:
Competition events start at 8 am and normally finishes at or before 2.30 pm.
Spectators are welcome at any time at VFFS outdoor events and visiting flyers of free flight models are also welcome but insurance regulations limit flying to a maximum of four times unless the model flier is a current financial member of a model aircraft club or special interest group properly affiliated with the MAAA.
Weather at Eynesbury