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ModelAir – Festival of Flight 2023

For lovers of model flying, the ModelAir Festival of Flight offers a wonderful opportunity to enjoy radio controlled, free flight, and control line flying. Watch the action or bring along your own and take part…

Informal competition trophies are awarded on the Sunday, including:

  • Flight Director’s Trophy
  • Shuttleworth Trophy
  • Britannia Trophy (FF)
  • Masefield Trophy FF scale comp

All disciplines of models (Control Line, Free Flight, Radio Control and Radio Assist) are encouraged, although model and flying style should be in keeping with the historic ethos of the Shuttleworth Collection.

Weight restrictions apply: RC: 15kg; RC assist: 10kg; CL: 5kg; FF: 500g.

The event is suitable for all ages and dogs on leads are welcome within appropriate areas of the flight line. There will be trade and car boot areas.

All modellers flying model aircraft at ModelAir events, of any discipline, must carry proof of current BMFA insurance while flying, and please be prepared to show this to a ModelAir Marshal, if requested.

Refreshments and catering will be available from the Runway Café and Refuelling Station.



All guests must have a valid event ticket to enter the site over the weekend.

Memberships are not valid on these dates. SVAS, FOSG, OWMAC, BMFA and LAA are entitled to discounted tickets. Please bring proof of membership with you.

Tickets are available on purchase on the day upon entry to the site.

All prices include entry to the Shuttleworth Collection, Swiss Garden, Parkland and Playground.

After you have completed the booking process your tickets will be sent via email. If you do not receive this email please check your spam/junk folder.

Terms and conditions apply.



Although some pilots take competitions seriously, the ModelAir event and its competitions are intended as a light-hearted way of recognising the skill and expertise of modellers. On some occasions, awards have been won by pilots who did not know they were being judged – much to their surprise and delight, of course!

Competitions are usually run on the Sunday of each event. To be included in the competitions, models must have been flown successfully.

All pilots please note and abide by new CAA regulations.

For further information, please visit: www.modelair.info and www.facebook.com/ModelairAtOldWarden

This event is operated under BMFA/CAA regulations: the British Model Flying Association (BMFA) is the body elected by the Royal Aero Club to be responsible for all aspects of flying model aircraft in the UK.



Camping is available on the Parkland for self-sufficient camping – caravans, campers and motorhomes with their own washing and toilet facilities.

Available from Thursday – Monday only with a minimum two-night stay.

All campers receive complimentary access to the daily Visitor Attraction but are required to purchase a Model Air ticket in addition to the pitch fee.

For more details on camping click here


There are a number of catering facilities on site as follows:

Runway Café – visit our onsite café, where we serve a full menu of hot and cold food, and a variety of drinks.

Refuelling Station – for a quick snack or drink, the Refuelling Station is located in the hut opposite Hangar 3. Here you can purchase sandwiches, cakes, snacks and hot and cold beverages.

Shuttleworth Pod – located around the paddocks, selling sandwiches, snacks and hot and cold beverages.


Other information

For more information on the organisers, please visit:

ModelAir on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ModelairAtOldWarden




If you have any further queries, please email: publicevents@shuttleworth.org


Upcoming Events

2024 dates to be announced