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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 Seminar - Risk Assessments 24th Sept @ 7.30pm

Club Corner Online Seminar - Risk Assessments 24th Sept @ 7.30pm

In this seminar the BMFA Club Support Officer and Risk Assessment expert, Kevin Watson, will talk about the need for and process of conducting a risk assessment at your model flying club and aim to demystify the process.   The seminar will take place using Zoom on Thursday 24th September at 7.30pm.   If you would like to join in teh seminar you will need to register using the online form at https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/ra-seminar
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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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Club Corner Online Seminar - The importance of an effective club constitution

Club Corner Online Seminar - The importance of an effective club constitution

You are hopefully aware of the very successful online presentations that the Achievement Scheme Review Committee have been running on Tuesday evenings recently. (The next one being on Tuesday next week details of which are at https://achievements.bmfa.uk/online-roadshow-pt-7-examiner-instructor-workshops-the-benefits-what-to-expect-and-how-to-run-a-successful-workshop ) With the success of these presentations I thought it could be useful and of value to clubs to host an online seminar about the...
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Small Unmanned Aircraft – SUA Operator Registration Requirements for BMFA Members joining after 15th June 2020

The CAA have issued the latest general exemption which removes the requirement to register as an SUA operator directly with the CAA for members who joined or renew with the BMFA on or after 15th June 2020, for a period of 90 days. Members who wish to register with the CAA through the BMFA should select CAA registration when they join or renew. There will be regular bulk uploads to the CAA and those requesting to be registered with the CAA when joining or renewing membership will receive their ...
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***UPDATED 22/6/2020*** Small Unmanned Aircraft – Remote Pilot Competency Requirements for Remote Pilots in Possession of a BMFA Achievement Certificate and for Control Line flights

The exemptions from article 94F of the Air Navigation Order, (see https://rcc.bmfa.uk/ufaqs/article-94f-certain-small-unmanned-aircraft-requirement-for-acknowledgement-of-competency ) has been extended until 30th December 2020 when the CAA intend to introduce the new European UAS Regulations at which point the exemptions should be incorporated in to the specific permission that is being negotiated with the CAA for BMFA members and members of other UK model flying associations. See here for furth...
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***News Release*** RC, CL and Scale Power Nationals 2020.

I am very sorry to have to inform our members that the BMFA Council has taken the difficult decision to cancel the Radio-Control, Control-Line and Scale National Championships (the Power Nationals) that were due to take place at RAF Barkston Heath from 29th to 31st August 2020. The safety of our members and those attending is always our number one priority. I appreciate that this will come as a huge disappointment, particularly after so many other contests and major model flying shows have alre...
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COVID-19 Update – A return to the Skies in Wales from 1st June.

COVID-19 Update – A return to the Skies Wales from 1st June. After receiving further information on the situation in Wales it now appears that there can be a limited return of model aircraft flying in Wales, please note that it is subject to conditions about staying local (approx. 5 miles from home) and social distancing measures must be observed. Please also note that you should not be travelling outside of your local area in to Wales either. The government in Wales states:-  If your prefer...
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