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Covid Restrictions Update 26/3/2021 All UK Areas

EnglandThe regulations surrounding the easing of restrictions from Monday 29th March have been released.See https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2021/364/schedule/1/madeModel flying club sites can reopen from Monday 29th March. Where a club is operating in a COVID secure manner and has implemented the BMFA 6 Steps to Covid security guidance in full (see https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure ) the gathering limits (Rule of 6) do NOT apply.It is important to note that after conducting...
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COVID-19 Regulations Update – 06/03/2021

England – From March 8th 2021Further to our announcement on 26th February, (see https://www.bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2722/COVID-19-Regulations-Update-26-2-2021 )The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 have been updated and take effect from Monday 8th March.(See https://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2020/1374/schedule/3A/2021-03-08 )Outdoor sportsgrounds and facilities (which includes model flying club sites) remain in the list of busi...
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2021 Free Flight Forum Report

Despite Covid and thanks to Zoom, the Free Flight Forum took place in November and the 2021 Free Flight Forum Report is now available. It covers a wide range of topics to inform, challenge and inspire you, whatever your free-flight interest and for the first time, it’s in full colour.Indoor Duration - A Challenge to Conventional Design - Tony Hebb; Coupe in a Box - Gavin Manion; Building Other People's Mistakes - Stuart Darmon; The Models of Ray Monks – Simon Dixon;  Si...
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His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our long-term Patron, HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.Prince Philip became Patron of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers (now trading as BMFA) in 1957 and, despite relinquishing many of his patronages when he stepped back from public duties over recent years, he remained in place as our patron for a remarkable 64 years.  Prince Philip also served two terms as Chairman of the Royal Aero Club and had also served as its Preside...
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BMFA Nationals 2021 - A notice from the BMFA Chairman

BMFA Nationals 2021Now that most clubs have been able to open again I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and get back into the air.  With the weather starting to warm up (the last couple of days being an exception!) thoughts turn to what the summer has in store and I am sure that many of you will be wondering what the prospects are for a return to RAF Barkston Heath for this year’s Nationals – both Free Flight in May and the Power Nats in Augu...
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BMFA Article 16 Mandatory Occurrence reporting Guidance

The BMFA Article 16 Authorisation includes a requirement for remote pilots to report certain accidents, serious incidents and other occurrences to the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  This was an existing requirement, but has been emphasised in the terms of our Authorisation.To read the full guidance about mandatory occurrence reporting see https://rcc.bmfa.uk/art16-occurrence-reporting If you have been involved in an incident and are not sur...
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Covid Restrictions Update – Wales & Scotland from 13/3/2021

WalesThe overarching stay-at-home restriction will be replaced with a new, interim, stay local rule in Wales. This will mean people can leave their homes and travel within their local area – usually within five miles – but this will be flexible, particularly for people who live in rural areas and for those whose nearest shops and public services are further away. Outdoor sports facilities can reopen, including model flying club sites. A maximum of four people from two households can ...
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COVID-19 Regulations Update 26-2-2021

The signs for a return to the skies in England soon are looking promising. The Government COVID-19 Response -Spring 2021 indicates that clubs should be able to re-open from March 29th.  There may also be the possibility for some flying in public open spaces from March 8th; however, this will very much depend on the details contained within the regulations that sit behind the roadmap, which have yet to be released. We will be corresponding with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport...
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In the Air Tonight - An introduction to Glider GPS Triangle Racing

with Greg LewisTuesday 9th February @ 7.30pmClick here to register for this WebinarUsing the latest GPS technology model gliders can now copy the exploits of full size gliding.Task flying around a triangular course using thermals to sustain flights over great distances at high speeds.We will cover the history of the class, how it works, the different classes and getting started.Rather than just floating around from thermal to thermal harness the energy in the sky to set personnel bests and then ...
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