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British Model Flying Association Model Aircraft & Drone Flying Survey 2020

British Model Flying Association Model Aircraft & Drone Flying Survey 2020

Model flying is the UK's largest airsport with a rich and proud history of aviation pioneering. Our fun, exciting and challenging sport is enjoyed by participants of all ages and abilities, with diverse interests from traditional model building and flying, through to the very latest drone technology. As the UK's governing body, the British Model Flying Association proudly represents over 30,000 members and 800 flying clubs. Founded in 1922 and mandated by The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingd...
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Model flying after 14th September 2020 – England & Scotland

Model flying after 14th September 2020 – England & Scotland

From 14th September new restrictions apply to social gatherings in outdoor spaces in England and Scotland.  The number of people allowed in an outdoor gathering has reduced from 30 to 6, appropriately socially-distanced unless from the same household.  However, organised sport is one of several exemptions to the new restrictions, provided that it is conducted in accordance with COVID-19 Secure guidelines. The guidance below offers practical advice on the measures that should be taken by model f...
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Club Corner Online - Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+

Club Corner Online - Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+

After the very successful  Club Corner Online Seminars on Club Constitutions and Risk Assessments which can be seen on the BMFA Youtube Channel if you missed them. I will be holding a further webinar about Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+ We will be discussing various options for holding Club Annual General Meetings while we have probable restrictions in place, this will be an open discussion where all ideas can be considered.We will also be joined by Phil Robinson f...
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UPDATE - CAA NOTIFICATION OF MILITARY ‘JAMMING TRIALS’ WHICH MAY AFFECT THE OPERATION OF MODEL AIRCRAFT AND DRONES

The CAA have issued a notice that the jamming activity being conducted by the military affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September rather than 18 September as reported previously (see the original information HERE). The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bo...
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JOHN STEVENS 1936-2020

JOHN STEVENS 1936-2020 Typical of aeromodellers of his age, John began in the hobby with free flight, progressed into control line and then – in the era of RCS reed gear – into radio control. He took advantage of Plessey sponsorship to graduate with an engineering degree, then moved to Air Link Trainers in Aylesbury in the ‘60s working on flight simulators, at a time when the technology utilised a camera ‘driven’ around model scenarios, with the mocked-up cockpit mounted on hydraulic jack...
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2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM – venue change

2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM – venue change The thirty-sixth BMFA Free-Flight Forum will open at 10 a.m. on Nov. 15th, the day after the AGM, at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN110SG, not at Buckminster. This year we have a wide variety of speakers and the topics they’ll cover are:  Simon Dixon - The Models of Ray Monks; John Emmett  - Electronics in the Service of Free Flight; Stuart Darmon - Building Other People's Mistakes[M1] ; Phil Ball -  Building in Lock-Down; Su...
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CAA Notification of military ‘jamming trials’ which may affect the operation of model aircraft and drones

We have received notification of three ‘jamming trials’ which may impact the operation of model aircraft and drones.  The details are as follows: Luce Bay, Scotland – 14th September – 4th December: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-8-sep-4-dec-luce-bay/  affecting GPS and 2.4/5.8GHz  (Start date changed from 8th Sept) Wales & SW England – 7th – 11th September: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-impacting-gnss-gps-7-11-september-wales-and-sw-england/  affecting GPS on drones ...
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PETER KING  11-8-40 to 23-8-20

PETER KING 11-8-40 to 23-8-20

PETER KING  11-8-40 to 23-8-20 Born during the Blitz, Peter King joined the Surbiton club in 1952 and placed third in the Frog Junior free-flight contest at the Nats the year after, at the age of 13. He later joined Croydon & DMAC but at the same time taught himself clarinet and alto sax, developing a great feel for modern jazz, in particular the be-bop techniques of Charlie Parker. At the age of nineteen he was asked to play alto at the opening night of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in 1959, a...
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2020 BMFA Free Flight Forum

It is intended to hold the thirty-sixth BMFA Free Flight Forum on Sunday, Nov. 15th, the day after the AGM, at the National Centre at Buckminster, starting at 10.00. This year’s Forum depends on several things. The COVID-19 situation in November is unknown, and at present we need at least six more papers to make a viable Forum. Because of that it is important that you check on the BMFA website news page: https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page   before travelling. The decision will be made and announc...
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