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Online renewal for 2017 now active for country members and via the Club Portal

The online renewal portal for new and renewing members for 2017 as both country members and through the club portal is now active.  From 1st December any renewal or new membership runs until 31st December 2017. 2017 Subscriptions are Senior £33Junior £17Family Senior £33Family Partner £22Family Junior £13 If you have not registered on the website previously you will need to do so to join online as a country member, if you have been a BMFA member previously you will require an online PIN. To ...
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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS 24/09/1936 - 08/01/2017

Martyn Pressnell Ceng, FRAeS 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017 Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life. After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor...
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2017 Free Flight Nationals & Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath

We are pleased to announce that arrangements to hold both the 2017 Free Flight Nationals and the 2017 Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath have been confirmed. The Free Flight Nationals will take place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (27-29 May) and the Power Nationals will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August). The construction work which rendered the airfield unavailable to us last August for the 2016 Power Nationals has now been completed and the RAF have re-...
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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS - 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017

Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life.   After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor programme and other projects. He chaired Hert...
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Clive Weller

Clive passed away peacefully on 23rd December 2016 aged 74. He was a dedicated and respected Aerobatic Modeller, Flyer and Designer for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the BMFA, GBRCAA and many local model flying clubs. He leaves behind a wife Valerie and daughter Karen.
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Brian Hilliard 1938 - 29/12/2016

Brian was not a nationally known figure in the aero modelling world other than a couple of mentions in some modelling magazines but was a tremendous example of someone who refused to let enormous obstacles stop him from enjoying life to the full. Brian was severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 19, losing his right leg and the total loss of use in his right arm through nerve damage. This made standing for any time both awkward and uncomfortable and he wasn't helped by his exception...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules and UK Government Launches Consultation on ‘Drones’

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Prototype Rules The second of four scheduled EASA ‘Expert Group’ meetings to discuss and refine the ‘Prototype Rules’ took place in Cologne on 14th December.  Areas covered included possible differentiation of commercial/recreational operations, requirements for registration, electronic identification and age restrictions.  The next meeting will take place on the 23rd & 24th January and will focus on the requirements for operations within their pro...
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2017 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries Available - Apply Now!

The Royal Aero Club Trust bursary scheme closing date for 2017 is the 31st March 2017.  Young aero-modelling enthusiasts, including those who have received a previous award and wish to apply for a follow-on award, and who are still eligible, should look at the details of the scheme on the Trust website (www.royalaeroclubtrust.org) and send their application to arrive as soon as possible.   In 2016 a total of 50 young sports-aviation enthusiasts received an award from the Trust to enable them to ...
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