Aberdeen & District Soarers was formed in 1978 by a group of aeromodelling and model gliding enthusiasts. Main types of flying include thermal and slope soaring, however the advances in technology has seen the introduction and increasing use of electric powered models by members.

Club members fly regularly at various local flat field sites and slopes whenever the weather is suitable. Visitors and prospective members are always welcome. We also hold a number of friendly fly-ins and competitions throughout the summer months and indoor flying meetings at Bridge of Don during the winter months. If you are interested in joining ADS or learning to fly, please contact the club secretary via the email address on the Club Info page.

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There are laws to be followed when flying model aircraft. Follow the link above to the BMFA microsite that will explain all you need to know.

Gliding Competition

Basic rules are fly your own glider with a 30 second motor run and look to land on the stroke of the 10th minute with penalties for going over time. The competition at Lyne of Skene was held over 3 rounds with the final scorecard as follows 1st Brian Cullen - 12m 42s
2nd Stephen Davies - 10m 51s
3rd Rainer Goldbeck - 9m 9s
4th Murat Kece - 7m 59s

Brian is pictured with his winnings flanked by Steve and Rainer. Read more in members area ...

Warbirds Over Kerloch

An impressive turnout of warbirds took to the skies at Kerloch field on Saturday 10 July and a good day was had by all. Click on the pic for more ....
(Photos: Brian Cullen)

Competition Scores after Round 2

Pilot Total
Jim Wilson 1849
Mike Pirie 1122
Stephen Davies 855
Mike Burns 205
Norrie Kerr 203

Pilot Flight Time
Jim Wilson 0024:54
Mike Pirie 00:08:15
Stephen Davies 00:07:03
Mike Burns 00:05:04
Norrie Kerr 00:05:02

New Builds & Birthdays

Some new planes and old faces meet at Kerloch and Sandy Tough becomes another year older.
(Photos: Derek Robertson)

Trio of Newish Biplanes

Recently, a Gypsy Moth (MP), Hawker Fury (GD) and Supermarine Walrus (JW) took to the air. All three flew successfully and graced the skies around Kerloch field. Click on the pic for more.
(Photos: Brian Cullen & Derek Robertson)

Breakfast Fly In

Normally an early season opener this was delayed by a few weeks, but it was great to get an event calendar back underway. Held at Kerloch Flying Field, the near adjacent Knockburn Cafe was well placed to provide bacon rolls for the early birds before flying began.
(Photos: Derek Robertson)

Capers on the Cairn

Easing of lockdown restrictions meant that, as the wind was favourable, a trip to the Cairn O'Mount, the iconic soaring site for the north east anyway, was on the cards. A good turnout too!!

Back Into The Swing

With the latest lockdown restrictions easing sufficiently to allow outdoor pursuits to recommence, ADS members took advantage of some decent weather in the first days of April to Spring back into the air. Click on the pic for more.

Early Year Flying

Even in the snow and cold weather, some hardy lads still managed to get some stick time in.

Derek's Dashing Makeover

An old classic gets a makeover. No not Derek! But his Robbe Dash 7.

DH60 Gipsy Moth

Mike Pirie pays homage to Amy Johnson in his latest build. Read part 1 here.

Through the Years with ADS

A look back over the years at the activities of ADS.