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ModelAir – Mayfly 2023

We look forward to welcoming you to our first ModelAir Aeromodelling weekend of the year, presenting a unique opportunity for all ages to enjoy this wonderful sport in all model disciplines: Free Flight, Radio Assist, Radio Control, Control Line including Combat and Carrier Deck.

ModelAir has organised events for aero modellers for over 20 years, part of a 40-year history of aeromodelling events at Old Warden Airfield.

Unlike other model flying events, ModelAir is a Fly-in designed for you to fly in a relaxed atmosphere, for pure enjoyment, with no pressure to perform or to compete.

Competitions in all three disciplines and the Junior Build & Fly Competition are held on both days. Details will be published here: www.modelair.info and on the ModelAir Facebook page: ModelAiratOldWarden.

ModelAir weekends are for everyone to enjoy, not just aero modellers: there is plenty for all visitors to see and do. The RC Flight line, open from 10am – 6pm, has light-hearted commentary throughout the day to keep you entertained, and Free Flight & Control Line are fascinating to watch.



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.


Ground Attractions

For your enjoyment off the flight-line…..

  • Trade Line
  • Car Boot Stalls
  • Flight Simulator
  • Tethered cars
  • Static displays
  • Refreshments available from the Runway Café or the Refuelling Station.

Entry fee also includes entry to:

  • Shuttleworth Collection
  • Swiss Garden & Parkland
  • Children’s Adventure Playground



Although some pilots take the competitions seriously, ModelAir run most of the competitions as a light-hearted way of recognising the skill and expertise of modellers at the weekend flying events. On some occasions, awards have been won by pilots who didn’t 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 more 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


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Accommodation is available at Shuttleworth House for Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

For more information and to book, click here.


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

Runway Café – visit our on site café where we serve a selection of sandwiches, sausage rolls, jacket potatoes, cakes and hot and cold beverages.

Refuelling Station – for a quick snack or drink, the ‘Refuelling Station’ is located in the hut opposite hangar 3. Here you can buy sandwiches, cake, snacks and hot and cold beverages.

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

Further details and downloadable menus to follow.


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

ModelAir Scale Weekend – TBC

ModelAir Festival of Flight – 16th-17th September 2023