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Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE.  1937 – 2016

Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE. 1937 – 2016

  Robin Sleight, Honorary Secretary of the BMFA and Chairman of the British Association of Radio Control Soarers, died on December 2nd, 2016.Robin had been a member of the BMFA for nearly sixty years starting like so many others with Keil Kraft models and ED engines; he grew up in Scotland and has in the distant past been a member of the Scottish Free Flight team and a control line finalist at the Nationals. Since the advent of radio, he gravitated to competitive thermal soaring as a primary and...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules

At a meeting on 10th November, the Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament backed plans for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be granted the competence to regulate unmanned aircraft below 150Kg, including model aircraft.The TRAN Committee also backed plans requiring some form of mandatory registration and identification for all unmanned aircraft above 250 grams.Further details of their plans can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news-roo...
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EASA Prototype Rules for Unmanned Aircraft - Update

The rulemaking team at EASA have asked me to notify members that the deadline for feedback on the Prototype Rules was 15th October.  We understand that they are still receiving dozens of emails per day, mainly from the U.K!  Thank you to all those members who provided constructive feedback.The formal feedback response submitted to EASA on behalf of FAI & Europe Air Sports has been published here: http://www.fai.org/news/42436-eas-fai-response-easa-unmanned-aircraft The level of response from...
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Threat to Model Flying from European Regulation - EASA Prototype Rules for Unmanned Aircraft

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recently launched its ‘Prototype Rules’ for the regulation of ‘unmanned aircraft’ throughout Europe.  In their current form, the proposals represent a serious threat to model flying as we know it which I cannot understate.  You can read the ‘Prototype Rules’ and the ‘Explanatory Note’ here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/civil-drones-rpasThe Prototype Rules are clearly written to deal with the rapidly developing area of ‘drone’ op...
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Air Navigation Order 2016

The current Air Navigation Order (ANO 2009) which provides the legal framework within which model aircraft are flown, will be replaced with a new version (ANO 2016) with effect from the 25th August.Further details can be found here:http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7503The main change for model flyers is the numbering of the relevant articles rather than their content/meaning.
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BMFA National flying site and Centre - A Few Words from your Chairman…..

Events are now moving quite swiftly with regard to the Society acquiring a site to provide the basis of a National Model Flying Centre; so it seems now would be a good time to put all of this into a context which explains the powerful logic for moving forward swiftly with this important initiative.Having been closely involved with all the processes leading up to the present situation,  I am painfully aware of just how much the background and environmental issues are making model flying, as we kn...
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New BMFA Specialist Body for Model Ballooning

At the BMFA full Council Meeting held on Saturday (9/1/2016) Model Balloons UK was accepted as the BMFA Specialist Body for Model Ballooning after an excellent presentation from MBUK Treasurer Dave Milkin.  To find out more about this fascinating new discipline, please visit www.modelballoonsuk.com
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EASA Proposals for the Regulation of Drones - the BMFA Perspective

There has been considerable discussion over recent days regarding the effect on model flying of recent EASA proposals for the regulation of 'drones'.From the BMFA perspective, the situation as it stands is that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued some draft regulations for consultation in August which outlined their thoughts on the regulation of unmanned aircraft.  The requirement for this had clearly arisen due to the surge in the use of multi-rotor aircraft (drones) by both leisu...
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Graham Lynn MBE FSMAE - Update

Further to the announcement of the death of Graham Lynn MBE FSMAE, we have now received confirmation of the funeral arrangements, which will take place on Wednesday 29th April.There will be a service of Remembrance and Memorial for Graham which will take place at Brampton Parish Church (St Mary Magdalene, PE28 4PF)at 2pm.Refreshments will be available afterwards at Brampton Park Golf Club, Buckden Road, Brampton, PE28 4NF.Donations are invited in favour of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (please...
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