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THE 2019 FREE FLIGHT FORUM AT A NEW VENUE.

The thirty-fifth BMFA Free-Flight Forum will open at 10 a.m. on Nov. 17th, the day after the AGM, at the Mercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry NN110SG. Even if you’re not yet bitten by the free-flight bug, come along and see what it’s all about. Among the speakers and topics they’ll cover are:   George Seyfang - A Novel Way to Achieve Stability and Control; Ivan Taylor - Scale Matters; Alan Jack - What's Important in a Power Model Climb?; George Seyfang – Gurney Flaps; ...
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Achievement Scheme Roadshow Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3LL, 5th October

The Achievement Scheme Review Committee will be hosting a further Achievement Scheme Roadshow on Saturday 5th October. The venue is The Ship Inn, Thornbury Road, Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3LL Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. We are very please to announce that David Phipps, BMFA CEO, will be joining us for the Roadshow to discuss the latest regulatory changes and how they may affect model aircraft flying and the achievement scheme. This will be an ideal opportunity to find out ...
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Achievement Scheme Awards 2019

Do you know an examiner or instructor who has gone that extra mile this year? Maybe they have worked hard at promoting the scheme within your club, or perhaps they have toiled long and hard to get a pupil up to the required standard? Alternatively, they could be a pupil who has done the same, having persevered for some time in order to achieve their goal, or maybe they put in a stellar performed on their test? If you know someone like this, then why not nominate them for an achievement scheme ...
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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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Stolen Items - Teesside area - Transit Van, models and equipment

A white Ford Transit, HJ61 NLU has been stolen from the Teesside area. The following models and equipment were inside. Warwick 15` wing span Looks like a wellington two tone 2x26 cc Zen engines 1/4 scale Flair Tigermoth covered with ww1 roundels Roto 25cc 1/4 scale Flair D.R1 Green with German Writing on side.26cc Zen 1/4 Scale Cub sratch built by Harry Harland wot 4 foam el Ripmax Rainbow Titan with 38cc Zen Elation Buddy with Jen57 Sea Fury elite ABS sports Glider Spriniter Bouncer ...
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CAA Proposals - Members meetings with MP's

CAA Proposals - Members meetings with MP's

Once again we would like to thank members for their efforts responding to the CAA consultation and writing to the Aviation Minister, CAA CEO and your local MP. We know a number of members have arranged meetings with their local MP which is a fantastic way of ensuring their engagement with the issue.   If you have a meeting arranged with your MP please email andy@bmfa.org and we can provide you with information and guidance which will be useful to you during your meetings. If you haven't yet ...
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** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** CAA PROPOSALS PLEASE READ & SHARE **

** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** CAA PROPOSALS PLEASE READ & SHARE **

** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** CAA PROPOSALS PLEASE READ & SHARE ** We would like to thank all members who have responded to the CAA consultation at https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/ and who have written to the Aviation Minister, CAA CEO and your local MPs’ Yesterday (3/5/2019), the BMFA's CEO has been contacted and asked to attend a meeting with the Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton. This has come about directly because of YOUR reaction to the CAA's proposal...
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The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The Free Flight Forum Report is now in its thirty-fourth year. This year’s is just out and it’s the biggest yet, with no less than 17 papers, covering a vast range of the topics that make free-flight so fascinating.   Only Joules and Forces- Peter Watson; Classic 1/2A Models - Simon Dixon; Trimming the Sopwith Snipe - Mike Smith; Russell Strips - Russell Peers; Testing June 2016 Tan Super Sport in April 2017 - Tim Chant; Developments in Carbon Wing Construction - Stuart Darmon; ...
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Important Notice to all BMFA Examiners, instructors and achievement scheme test candidates. Mandatory Questions Updated

Updated list of Mandatory Questions. To take in to account recent changes to the regulations that affect the flying of model aircraft the list of Mandatory questions has been updated to reflect the changes. The new list is reproduced below and is also available to view on the achievement scheme website at https://achievements.bmfa.org/mandatory-questions the online quiz has also been updated to reflect the changes. See https://achievements.bmfa.org/quizzes/mandatory-questions-quiz All the sta...
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CAA issue exemption for Control Line Model Aeroplane Flight Within Flight Restriction Zones

The CAA have today issued an exemption to permit control line model aircraft flight within the Flight Restriction Zones that come in to force on 13th March 2019 without seeking permission from the ATC unit or aerodrome operator. The exemption is available to download from the link below. http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1296.pdf   Another example of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to protect our sporting activities.    
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