In 1988 the club was provided with the opportunity to purchase its own flying field in an area on old maps known as the Whams. This is situated near Ingbirchworth, in open countryside and away from noise sensitive areas. Planning permission for the flying of model aircraft at most times of the day, seven days a week was obtained from the local council.

The site is predominantly used for fixed wing power flying however other activities that take place include electric thermal gliding, glider aerotow, glider winching, freeflight and control line.

The Whams is a triangular shaped field and this allows us to have two main runways, one in an East-West direction and the other North-South. This provides suitable take off and landing directions to cater for different wind directions. More recently the club purchased some more adjacent land and this has been used to create a car parking area using an environmentally friendly hard surface.

For taking shelter in less than favourable conditions the Whams site has a large cabin which has proved to be an invaluable addition and kept many a member warm and dry. This cabin was kindly donated to the club by Mrs G Black in memory of her late husband Martin who was a very active member of HDMAC as well as being a Trustee. More recently a diesel powered heating system has been installed for extra comfort during the Winter months.

Over the years all types of model have flown at the Whams including multi engine scale, ducted fan and more recently gas turbine jets.

As such it is open to ALL types of model aircraft flying by Members or Guests ONLY.

A location map and aerial view of the Whams can be seen below.


Altitude 320 metres (1050 ft.) O.S. Ref. 195057

Browns Edge Road, Maythorn, near Ingbirchworth, Huddersfield.

Take the A629 from Huddersfield towards Sheffield. Pass the A635 junction continuing on the A629 for 1 Mile, come to Birds Edge village and turn right immediately by the school. Proceed to the T junction and turn left. Take the 2nd road on the right (after 1 mile), Browns Edge Road. Arrive at the Flying site after half a mile on the left.

To access the field drive along the track and obey the signed instructions before fully proceeding.

Keep all the Gates securely closed at all times. Livestock may be in the field out of sight.


Due to the proximity of the Club gliding sites at Hullock Bank and Royd Moor

only the following frequencies are permitted at The Whams for 35MHz transmissions.

35MHz - Odd Frequencies EXCLUDING 55 - 57 - 59

2.4GHz - All Frequencies may be used (See Pegboard Rule below)

Frequency Control and Safety is the responsibility of all members using the site.

Members must fly their models from the Flight Line and avoid overflying any of the No-Fly Zones that are displayed within the cabin.

Members must refrain from flying their models whilst any work is taking place on the field.


Members will have a combination code for the locks on the main gate and the Martin Black Cabin.

Enter through the Browns Edge Road gate and proceed down the track to the Whams gate and comply with the following safety instructions

Drivers of Vehicles approaching or leaving the car park must stop at the safety sign or marker and wait for a signal that it is safe to proceed with care.

Models taking off and landing on the East /West Runway must give way to vehicles approaching or leaving the car park at all times.

R 15.1 Members must comply with the site rules posted in the cabin on the field.

R 15.2 Members must not fly their models over the pits and car park area or over any other designated No-Fly area as stated in the ite rules posted in the Cabin on the field.

R 15.21 Charging of LiPo batteries is not permitted in the car park

R 15.3 Models weighing in excess of 7kg and gas turbine models must not be flown within 50 metres of spectators or the boundary of the pits This may be reduced to 30 metres for take off and landing only. (C.A.A Rules)

R 15.4 Members must not fly their models whilst the grass mower is in use. Only the Groundsman or his appointee may use the ride-on mower. (Insurance Rule)

R 15.5 Dogs are not permitted in the pits or on the flying area even on a lead.


R 15.6 The engines of ALL power models must be adequately silenced.

R 15.7 If required by any member of the Committee a member must submit a model to a sound level test using the club sound level meter. If the highest of four readings measured at 7 metres from the source is:

a) In excess of 82 dBA then the model must not be flown from the Whams site until modified and retested.

b) In excess of 80 dBA but less than 82dBA, the model may be flown for the next session.

c) Less than 80dBA, then the engine/propeller/silencer combination is acceptable for flying on the Whams site.


R 15.8 Helicopters/multicopters may be flown in slots agreed with all the other flyers.

R 15.9 For Safety reasons, Helicopters/multicopters and fixed wing models should not be flown at the same time on the Whams site.

R 16.0 All new members must have a familiarisation flight with a club examiner if they wish to fly at the Whams.

THE WHAMS - TIMES OF USE - (as laid down in Planning Regulations)

Thermal / Slope Soarers and Electric Models - UNRESTRICTED.

Powered Models (I/C engine).

Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3 models maximum in use.

Weekdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.