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Update on EU regulations – supporting documents published

EASA have now published documents outlining their Acceptable Means of Compliance (AMC) and Guidance Material (GM) in support of the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft. The documents can be found here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/agency-decisions/ed-decision-2019021r The AMC for Article 14 includes our suggested provision to permit registration numbers to be carried inside a model aircraft, which is consistent with what we agreed recently with the DfT/CAA.  “If the size of th...
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Science & Technology Committee publish their report into ‘commercial and recreational drone use in the UK'

Science & Technology Committee publish their report into ‘commercial and recreational drone use in the UK'

The Science and Technology Parliamentary Select Committee will today publish their report into ‘commercial and recreational drone use in the UK'. The BMFA provided several written inputs to the Committee on behalf of the UK model flying associations and BMFA CEO Dave Phipps appeared before the committee on the 9th July to provide oral evidence. We are pleased to report that the Committee have incorporated many of the comments we provided as well as a number of comments submitted directly by m...
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An update on the UK regulations for model flyers - a bit of good news at last!

I published an update on the BMFA website on 23rd August (https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2608/An-update-on-the-UK-regulations-for-model-flyers ) which provided a summary of our position at that time. This was also going to be the basis of my article for the forthcoming issue of the BMFA NEWS. However, the very next day I received a telephone call to tell me that the new Secretary of State for Transport (the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP) had picked up the case for us and would ‘be in touch...
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An update on the UK regulations for model flyers – delay to DRES

Further to our previous update of 11th September (https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2610/An-update-on-the-UK-regulations-for-model-flyers-a-bit-of-good-news-at-last ). There is no real change to the situation as published.  All parties are currently awaiting the outcome of the Secretary of State’s deliberations on the matter and there is little we can add until we receive this. What we can confirm however is that the DRES scheme will not be rolled out on the 1st October (it seems unli...
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Team Manager for the British Space Modelling team, 2020 World Championships

OFFICIAL NOTICE The Free Flight Technical Committee invites applications for the post of Team Manager for the British Space Modelling team competing in the 2020 World Championships to be held at Buzau, Romania from 21 – 29 August 2020. The role of the Team Manager includes arranging international and local travel for team members and their equipment, co-ordinating with organisers before and during the contest, and providing support and assistance to the team on the flying field. Applications...
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Team and Assistant Team Manager for the British F1A, F1B and F1C European Championships

OFFICIAL NOTICE The Free Flight Technical Committee invites applications for the post of Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager for the British F1A, F1B and F1C team competing in the 2020 European Championships to be held at Prilip, Macedonia from 18 – 22 August 2020. The role of the Team Manager includes arranging international and local travel for team members and their equipment, co-ordinating with organisers before and during the contest, and providing support and assistance to the team ...
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Manager & Assistant Team Manager. F1E European Championships

OFFICIAL NOTICE The Free Flight Technical Committee invites applications for the post of Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager (the Assistant Team Manager role will not receive BMFA funding) for the British F1E team competing in the 2020 European Championships to be held in Turda, Romania during August 20 – 24 2020. The role of the Team Manager includes arranging international and local travel for team members and their equipment, co-ordinating with organisers before and during the contest,...
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Peter Rabjohn

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Peter Rabjohn in the early hours of Saturday 21st September 2019. Peter had been receiving treatment for a heart condition for many years, but a recent deterioration finally beat him.  He was a keen Control Line Model Flyer and member of both Chiltern Flyers CLMC and the Milton Keynes Modellers club. He will be especially remembered by many for competing in various racing classes, aerobatics competitions, and vintage speed events.  Only a...
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Les Ormrod

On Thursday 19th of September Les Ormrod, a long time member of our club, died after a short  stay in hospital. Les  was a very friendly person who easily got along with everyone. Les had varied interests, but his main passion was aircraft of which he had a large collection. I  don't think  there was an aircraft  built  that he didn't  like! Les was often accompanied to the field by his wife, Betty, who also took a keen interest in his pursuits. Les was liked by everyone, and will be keenly miss...
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