Meet The Committee

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Martin Jones – Chairman ([email protected])

First flew Rubber powered built by my father in 1960. Moves onto .049 Cox powered control line in 1965 and retired defeated and dizzy soon after. Joined ERFC with son Phil in around 1997. And learned to fly in 11 months. Son Phil took 11 weeks and went on to fly real aeroplanes. Have always been a sports flyer and enjoy building from kits and plans although there is always more on the bench that I can cope with. As Chairman, I am determined to improve the future flying and club experience for all our members.


Harvey Needham – Vice Chairman & Newsletter

I started modelling in the early 90’s, in the pre buddy box days, with a HiBoy, then a LowBoy until I settled on a Wot-4. However, after a couple of years and many unsuccessful landings, I put the model aside for a few years.

This became 15 years, when I made the new years resolution in 2004 to learn to fly properly. I joined the ERFC in spring of that year and passed by A test 4 months later.

I enjoy building (from plans and kits) as well as flying, and am interested in all types of models, electric and IC.

I am currently flying a number of models,  and trying to get some of those nearly finished projects in the air finally. My latest favourite is an e2k pylon racer, but enjoy flying just about any model.

My main role on the committee is to keep the website updated and help the other committee and club members where I can


Phil Horne – Secretary

Started model flying in 1964 with my dad and a Kiel Kraft rubber powered free flight, progressed to control line with a Cox 049 on the front. First r/c was Macgregor single channel 27mhz, again with the 049 power, while dad had Citizenship multi channel reed radio. Moved on to proportional 27mhz with early Futaba 4 channel, Kwik Fly’s, Gangsters, Merco 61’s etc in the West Essex Aeromodellers around 1968, a great time of my life. Moved away from flying from about 1976 when beer and girls took over! Joined ERFC in 2009 and never looked back. Need to pass my B test this year so I can embark on my first steps into turbines……beware!


Richard Butler— competition secretary.


Duties, — Anything to do with flying field upkeep.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been fascinated with model aeroplanes. I first started building chuck gliders from about the age of seven, I think. Then rubber powered models until my mother gave me a Macgregor single channel set one Christmas. the first powered kit I bought was a Galahad with an ED one cc engine with saved up pocket money. After leaving school, I joined the West Essex Club and learnt to fly there, passing my A and B certificates in due course. Moved to Surrey around 1970 had a break for a couple of years (house improvement etc) and then joined the Caterham club but their continued field troubles lead me to join ERFC. My modeling interests are only for fixed-wing aeroplanes, engined or electric powered, slope soaring and jet turbine powered models.


Walter De’Ath – Treasurer

I got into R/C model aircraft as a result of a film I was making in the 1980s. The film was about learning to fly and getting a PPL. Interviews with the trainees revealed what a buzz they got from learning but there was this lingering concern they had about what would they do to sustain their interest when they got their PPL.

Shortly after this film work, I was on holiday in France and saw a R/C model shop. Looking at the models I thought that this, rather than full size, was an affordable way to “keep the buzz of flying” long term. When I got home, it was off to Mick Charles and an application to the ERFC.

After a few years of enthusiasm, work and family took over. But I kept up my ERFC membership. Then in the noughties I had more time and have returned with enthusiasm to the sport. Ambitions? These are to explore electric fight (but not, absolutely not, give up IC), fly standard aerobatics better (or at all!) and continue to enjoy the craic at the ERFC.


Simon OsbourneLay Member

I first found an interest in R.C. planes around 3 years ago, so relatively new to the hobby compared to most. I honestly cant remember what gave me the urge to fly model planes.

Ever since a young age, I’ve always messed about with R.C. cars and boats, so planes seemed the next step. I taught myself how to fly planes with a tiny Horizon Super Champ , sneaking on to Sutton Rugby Club pitches in Ewell. I immediately got the bug and realising i would get chucked off the rugby pitches very soon, I joined some local clubs. I’ve never looked back , and find flying R.C. planes very therapeutic, just tootling round the flying field in a scale like fashion chilling out.

I prefer scale planes especially of the military genre. I became a B.M.F.A. approved instructor last year and gain great pleasure from teaching others the noble art.


Stuart Willis – BMFA Club Representative

My first venture into the world of model aircraft was at age 10 when I joined the School Aero Club then later in the Crawley Aero club, as it was then, flying control line combat models and free flight rubber models. My first model was a “Phantom Mite” constructed with the help of my father and the words that have been so true over the years: “If you built it, you can repair it”.
I got back into modelling in the late 1990’s – first with helicopters and later moved on to fixed-wing models. I enjoy very much; seeing others being able to take to the skies on their own and enjoy the sport as much as I do is a very rewarding experience.

I fly mainly radio-controlled models, both IC and electric, and both fixed-wing and rotary. I enjoy building as much as I do flying, spending many hours in my shed tinkering with wood and glue – as my tolerant wife would testify!