World Record Broken!
British Record Set!
Also setting a record was Ex Formula 1 mechanic Nigel Fraser Ker, who successfully set a new British Endurance Record for piston engine helicopters of 1 hour, 2 mins, 10  seconds. Nigel has ‘Thrown down the gauntlet’ to other modellers to try and do better. Nigel had hoped to fly for around two hours but had problems with his Perry pump and overheating, which sadly shortened his flight.

You can find out more about Nigel’s attempt by clicking HERE.

Mark and Nigel would like to thank local farmer and historian Jim Pilcher for his kind permission to use his field and hope he has a speedy recovery from a recent illness.  A note of thanks must go to the 'Rye Warbirds' (the local model club) and Mr Dave O'Donoghue for kindly agreeing to free up our frequencies for the event.  Mark and Nigel would also like to thank everyone who drove down to Rye to see them make their attempts, particularly Peter Spurway who represented the BMFA and our two timekeepers, Steve Bowie and Roger Everitt.  Finally, a mention for our cook, Paul Foster, who produced enough coffee and bacon rolls to supply  an army!
BMFA Certificate to go here
Records Held
On Sunday the 16th of March 2003 the
world endurance record, for electric helicopters
was broken by Mark Hopkins at Creek End Farm
near Rye in East Sussex.
The previous world record was held by Jacques Boyer of  France, who built a fantastic twin rotor model, and set a time of 1 hour, 6 mins, 56 seconds. Mark added almost four mins to the record with a time of 1 hour, 10  mins, 50 seconds, with an almost ‘off the shelf’ model.