Further to our previous update which you can read at https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2654/A-return-to-the-skies-Further-update-please-read and in response to a number of member questions, we would like to update the statement to reflect the developing situation.
Whilst a return to model flying is now possible for some in England and now Northern Ireland (we are seeking clarification on the situation in Wales and there is currently no relaxation of the restrictions in Scotland) it certainly cannot be considered as being business as usual. We would recommend that members continue following current advice from their own government (and the government responsible for the area in which they intend to fly, if different).
Some clubs have introduced booking systems to limit the numbers allowed on the field at any one time to ensure compliance with social distancing requirements and to minimise wasted journeys. We would also re-iterate that where landowners have closed their sites (such as the MOD and National Trust) you must not fly there until they re-open.
Model flying should not be regarded as a social activity at the present time and when members go flying, we would advise that the purpose of the trip is to fly their aircraft and nothing else. Do not mingle with other people and please follow relevant government social distancing guidance to ensure you maintain a safe distance. If in any doubt, please stay at home.
TURN UP, FLY, GO HOME!!