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*** FURTHER IMPORTANT UPDATE - PLEASE READ *** COVID-19 AND A RETURN TO THE SKIES.

The UK government has indicated that there will be some ‘relaxation’ of the current restrictions and that from Wednesday 13th May it will be possible to leave home and drive somewhere to engage in a sporting/recreational activity.  Please note that at the present time, this ‘relaxation’ applies only to England.  The advice for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales remains ‘stay home’.  This change in government advice will permit the resumption of some model flying activity in England subj...
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New BMFA Contest & Events Calendar launched.

We hope you are keeping well in these trying times and hope it will not be too long before we can get back out flying. As part of our ongoing website developments we have taken the opportunity, while all events are cancelled, to replace the BMFA Contest & Events Calendar with a more up to date version which has greater functionality and flexibility. To place an event on the new calendar you need to register first, events will still need to be approved by admin. Unfortunately we are unable...
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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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