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2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM REPORT

2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM REPORT

2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM REPORT The new 2020 Free Flight Forum Report has just been published and once again it contains papers on a wide range of free-flight topics. Look at this lot. How can you resist? Warps - Right way? Wrong way? What way? - Mike Woodhouse; Moment Arm - A Novel Stability and Control Arrangement - George Seyfang; How Big Should I Build My Next Coupe? - Alan Brocklehurst; Scale Matters - Ivan Taylor; Evgeny Verbitski - An Appreciation - by Mike Fantham, Ken Faux and Peter Wat...
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2020 BMFA SCALE RADIO & FREE FLIGHT COMPETITIONS UPDATE

2020 BMFA SCALE RADIO & FREE FLIGHT COMPETITIONS UPDATE  As a result of the Corona Virus, Covid 19, the BMFA Scale Technical Committee has taken the action to cancel all outdoor Radio Control and Free Flight competitions.  It is to comply with the Government guide lines and the following actions have been agreed by the STC. All regular monthly Scale RC competitions are cancelled. All Scale Free Flight competitions are cancelled. A decision regarding the Indoor Scale Nationals is pending...
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National Centre News Release - Corona Virus Measures

National Centre News Release - Corona Virus Measures   We have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have been awaiting clear guidance from the Government before making decisions relating to the activity at the National Centre. It is clear that the Coronavirus situation is developing rapidly in the UK. General Flying In general terms model flying represents a low risk activity due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain separation. ...
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*** Important Update - Latest CAA Exemption & Registration ***

Following the recent update  and issue of the latest exemption from the CAA we have had correspondence from members asking for clarification on the matter. The BMFA's CEO has been in communication with the CAA over the matter with the hope of bringing a clearer picture and concrete guidance for BMFA members. With the social media rumour mill doing its best to muddy the waters, can we ask that our members please sit tight for 24 hours whilst whilst the CEO works hard for a clearer resolution....
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CAA Recognised Registration Competency Certificate launched. Please Read!

Article 94F of the Air Navigation Order introduces the requirement that from 30th November 2019  all remote pilots of model aircraft or drones (small unmanned aircraft, SUA) with a mass of 250gm or more flown outdoors, including free flight, not to fly the SUA unless the CAA has issued the remote pilot with an acknowledgement of competency valid for the flight.   However the CAA have issued an exemption for BMFA members who hold a Basic Proficiency Certificate,  or either A or B Certificates. ...
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BMFA Subscriptions for 2020, membership card option and introducing BMFA Rewards

BMFA Subscriptions for 2020, membership card option and introducing BMFA Rewards

Following Saturday's AGM, 2020 BMFA fees will remain unchanged from their current level. Senior - £38Junior - £17Family Senior - £38Family Partner - £25Family Junior - £13 2020 membership will be available from the 1st of December. For 2020 we will be introducing a new optional BMFA membership card, this will be a plastic credit card sized card and comes with the option to sign up to BMFA Rewards which gives you the chance to make savings at many UK retailers, restaurants, cinemas, hotels e...
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UPDATE - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES) - Information for members

Further to the announcement earlier this week, we will be working with the CAA to clarify the detail of how we can best assist our members to comply with the Registration and Competency requirements which were introduced in the 2018 changes to the Air Navigation Order and become law on the 30th November 2019 for those operating unmanned aircraft. The changes to the law are in part to address established issues arising from unlawful operation, but also to help facilitate the wider integration of...
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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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MIKE BILLINTON, FSMAE, 12/3/1932- 5/7/2019

MIKE BILLINTON, FSMAE, 12/3/1932- 5/7/2019

MIKE BILLINTON, FSMAE, 12/3/1932- 5/7/2019 Mike Billinton was a unique person, a self-taught engineer, engine builder and tester, author and control line speed multiple winner - being the first person in Europe to break the 200mph record for the 10cc class. This was at Barkston Heath at the Nationals in the early 1980s; the OS engine manufacturers from Japan were there on the day with Ron Irvine from Irvine Engines and the record caused quite a stir and atmosphere on the day. He competed in con...
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