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CAA Publish CAP 722F- Model Aircraft Operations Policy and Guidance

The CAA have today published CAP722F, the annex to CAP722 specific to model flying.  Please see https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?appid=11&mode=detail&id=10792 for further details.CAP722F describes the how the current regulatory framework applies to the operation of model aircraft, sets out CAA policy for model aircraft operations, describes the boundaries between operations which require an authorisation and those that do not and provides guidance to model air...
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BMFA issued with an updated Article 16 Authorisation (17/5/2021)

Following a ‘strategic review of model flying’ which the CAA completed earlier this year, they took the decision that each model flying Association would be issued with its own specific Article 16 Authorisation (rather than the combined one which came into effect on 31st December).As such, the BMFA has now been issued with a revised Article 16 Authorisation for the benefit of its members, which is effective immediately (from 17 May 2021).The key changes include removal of age limits ...
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Model Aircraft & Drone flying restrictions during COP26 (Scotland)

Temporary airspace restrictions will be in place between 2259 hours on 30 October and 2359 hours on 13 November 2021 across a large area of central Scotland as part of security measures to protect COP26.  The restrictions will apply to the operation of all aircraft including model aircraft and drones.  The restrictions apply within the areas bounded by the bold black lines and circles shown on the map.Most of the restrictions apply to the airspace from the surface upwards although the ...
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Dartmoor National Park Byelaws Consultation - Action required

Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) is currently conducting a public consultation on proposed changes to its Byelaws, which include proposals to change the provisions for the operation of model aircraft.As written, the proposed changes would change the status of model gliders and the BMFA view is that this proposal would represent an incorrect application of Byelaws and be of detriment to those members who have enjoyed slope soaring on various sites within the National Park for many decades....
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F3C & F3N Team Managers wanted, 2022 European Championships.

The AHA (Association of Helicopter Aerosports) is looking for 2 team managers  - one for F3C and the other for F3N for the 2022 European F3CN Championships in Italy (13-20 August).  Ideally you would have experience of international competitions and have a good working knowledge of F3C / F3N and the FAI Sporting Code. Duties will include preparations prior to the WCs ie. organising team uniform, team travel and accommodation and the day-to-day management of the team during the eve...
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Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager required for 2022 F2 World Championships.

Applications are invited for the posts of Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager for the 2022 F2 Control Line World  Championships to be held in Wloclawek, Poland 8th-13th Aug 2022.The successful applicants will have a working knowledge of all aspects of F2 classes and the FAI sporting code.Duties include preparations ahead of the championships, day to day management of the team during the event.The ability to manage people, excellent communication and good interpersonal skills are essenti...
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Laurie Peake, 1953 - 2021

I am deeply sorry to have to report that Laurie Peake, a long-standing member of Fleet & District Model Aero Club, passed away recently. Laurie retired at the end of 2018, and he was anticipating a more relaxed lifestyle, including playing squash and golf, but then along came COVID and hampered his plans. Even so, as restrictions relaxed this year, he was able to start looking forward and planning again. Laurie was a Senior Engineer with British Airways and his modelling skills were of ...
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Terry Rounce FSMAE (1937-2021)

Terry Rounce, who died on October 2nd, was introduced to model flying at Fairlop in 1947 at the age of ten by his father. He worked as a pilot for 18 years and was a long term member of Bretons MFC, which he joined in 1982 and had been a past club chairman, as well as secretary for 29 years. He represented his club at London Area committee meetings from the 1980s and it was soon clear that he was a man who was prepared to buckle down and do the work that was needed, rather than just talking abou...
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ROY BAMFORD

It is with great sadness that I have to inform BMFA members that Roy Bamford, a long term flyer and committee member of Park Hall Helicopter club has passed away in August.Roy was a generous and helpful person, putting lots back into the community. Following retirement from BT, he has supported children with their learning in after school classes and helped adults with numeracy and literacy skills, as well as undertaking other worthy volunteering activities. Roy was well known in the H...
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Covid Restrictions Update – 10/08/2021

As the National Governing Body for model flying in the UK the BMFA remains obliged under the Government’s guidance on COVID-19 measures for grassroots sport to provide advice and guidance to enable model flying to be conducted safely.  That guidance is provided in our 6 steps to COVID-Secure at  https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure.  With the recent removal of some legally-mandated requirements it is now a matter for individual clubs to decide which of these m...
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