Executive Officers

Ian Pallister, FSMAE

Ian’s interest in model aircraft started in 1960 with catapult-launched plastic toys and quickly progressed to the all sheet rubber-powered scale models from Yeoman and KeilKraft.  He built his first single channel R/C model at the age of 12 and progressed through galloping ghost to a self-built proportional radio set bought with his first RAF pay packet in 1970. After gaining a degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Southampton University and 400 hours of pilot training he served for 26 years as an RAF Engineer Officer, leaving as a Wing Commander in 2004. He then embarked on a second career in the Civil Service as a training manager at the RAF College Cranwell where he was the RAF liaison Officer for model flying at Barkston Heath for several years before finally retiring in 2018.

Throughout 11 years as Chairman of the RAF Model Aircraft Association Ian sat on the BMFA Areas Council.  During that time he competed in all disciplines flown by the RAFMAA as well as the BMFA Scale Indoor and Free Flight Nationals.  He was National Champion in Scale CO2/Electric in 1988 and in Peanut in 1992.

Ian has judged R/C Scale flying since 1979 and, on retirement from the RAF, was co-opted onto the BMFA Scale Technical Committee to organize the Scale Indoor Nationals which he did for 5 years. Remaining on the Scale TC for 10 years he held the posts of Treasurer, Chairman and Council Delegate.  He was elected Vice Chairman of the BMFA in November 2014 and took over as Chairman all too soon in October 2017 when his predecessor’s health deteriorated.   Ian was elected as a Fellow of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers in 2017.

An active member of two BMFA Clubs as well as the RAFMAA, Ian’s primary competitive involvement remains Scale (R/C and Free Flight) but he enjoys all forms of R/C flying including thermal and slope soaring as well as an ongoing dabble with helicopters, multi-rotors and FPV.

Ian lives in Lincolnshire and is married with two grown-up children and two grand-children

Area Delegates

Paul Hoey
My working life revolved around education in one form or another as a teacher, youth and community worker and various management roles in Norfolk County Council where I concluded my career as Head of the County’s commercial education services. I served as a Trustee and Board Chair of a multi faceted substance misuse charity for 20 years until 2021 and I continue my involvement as a volunteer supporting people in recovery. I am also active in our local church.

Aeromodelling has been a thread throughout my life despite protracted diversions into sailing, windsurfing and ongoing cycling. Like many I built Keil Kraft models as a child with intermittent success and am now surprised that they fly much better than they did 50 years ago. Maybe I have learnt something over the years.  I enjoy several disciplines and fly RC sport aerobatic models on a regular basis but my real interests are indoor scale and FF and small free flight sport models.

I am a member of the South Norfolk MFC where I am a club examiner and Impington Village College MAC. In this centenary year I am chair of the BMFA 100 planning group. The camaraderie and challenges of aeromodelling are important to me and therefore I like to be able to give something back to our great sport.

 

Technical Committee and Other Delegates

Simon Dixon

I have been building and flying free flight models since I was a small boy initially under the guidance of my late father and his club mates. I started off with various Keil Kraft kits, the Ajax and the Senator rubber models being my favourites, progressing to St Leonards kits Performer rubber models and Satellite and Astaroid Gliders - these were much better and and could be regarded as competition models, the fact that their designer Jim Baguley was a club mate made it all the more special. 

So, as a teenager an engineering apprenticeship beckoned as well as both swimming and playing cricket competitively for my town my interest in free flight never waned. I built a few open rubber models, F1G’s and F1B’s as well as a couple of straight tow F1A gliders (which I never really got the hang of but still fancy a go). 

Around 15 years ago I switched disciplines to fly power models and something clicked, in so much as I seemed to be better at building and flying them than I ever was with the rubber models and gliders. I now fly pretty much all UK power classes and the pinnacle of my aero modelling career to date was an F1C Bronze team medal with Ken and Alan at the 2017 World champs in Hungary. 

High tech modern construction methods appeal to me, although I do buy what I cant make (or don't fancy making) including complete models on occasion. Having said that I love classic power models from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, I find making a balsa / tissue model most enjoyable and fun to fly.

My latest team place is for the 2022s European championships in North Macedonia.