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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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All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation and the BMFA Working together

All Party Parliamentary Group has supported the BMFA, announcing that the new set of regulations intended to tighten rules on drone operators is in danger of having a disproportionately negative effect on the model flying community.   See the link below for the press release from the APPG http://www.generalaviationappg.uk/new-drones-law-punishes-british-model-flying-community/  
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DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order. 20/2/2019

DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order. The Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday published further amendments to the Air Navigation Order which impact on all users of Small Unmanned Aircraft, including the model flying community.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drone-safety-partnership-with-business-launched-as-government-sets-out-plans-to-limit-drone-misuse Further details of the amendments can be found in CAP1763 (as the CAA have the unenviable task of implementing ...
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Notice to Club Officials - Fraud Warning

Notice to Club Officials – Fraud Warning It has come to our attention that some sports clubs, including some model aircraft clubs are being targeted by fraudsters. Club officials are receiving an email from address chairsaa@aol.com and other similar email addresses with the following text Hi XXXXXX We need to make a payment by Bank transfer, would you be able to do it today? let me know if you can Regards, XXXXXX Please double check with other club officials and take extra care before m...
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Nationals Lost Property

We have the following items of lost property from the Nationals. Please call the office on 0116 2440028 or email to admin@bmfa.org if any of the items are yours.   BMW car keys Large navy Peter Storm jacket Pair of motorbike gloves Pair of reading glasses Lorus watch Timex watch (a member has this and will forward it on if the owner is found) Black wallet Samsung S8 Galaxy Phone Key for buggy with yellow tag and 2 rings
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"RTH Drones" emails

It has been brought to our attention that a company RTH Drones has emailed a number of clubs and individuals. Please note that this has not been sanctioned by the BMFA and we have had no correspondence or contact with RTH Drones. Please also be assured that the BMFA has not, does not and will not sell or share contact details with third parties.
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and your club.

As reported in the last issue of the BMFA news the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force on 25th May 2018, there are a number of documents available for you to download from the club support page at https://www.bmfa.org/Clubs/Club-Support these should provide you with all the information BMFA Affiliated Clubs and Specialist Bodies require so you are able to take the necessary steps towards GDPR compliance. GDPR is quite a complex regulation and there is a huge amount of...
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DfT announces commitment to implement new rules for drones

The DfT (Department for Transport) have today announced their intent to create new legislation to regulate drones.  A draft Bill outlining the new laws is in preparation and will be presented to Parliament in the Spring.   The new laws are consistent with the regulations being drafted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and will introduce new requirements for education, training and registration of drone users (and their drones above 250g) along with new powers for the Police who wil...
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