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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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Models & Engines stolen. Wirral Area

A member was burgled last week whilst he was away and the models plus engines listed below were taken. Please email Andrew Lothian on andrewl.wrcfs@sky.com if you have any information that may lead to the return of the models or apprehension of the culprits.   Vq Zero, Vq Me109, Ryan, Asm Cessna, WM Super Cub and Blackhorse Renegade, Saito 150 & 2 x 62s, CRRC 55 Twin, CRRC GP26r & Irvine 52.
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John Thompson - Update

John Thompson - Update

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of SAM 1066 Chairman John Thompson on the Friday 12 May following a collapse at his home. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and all of his family. The funeral will be held  at 12.00 on May 31st at St Johns Church Hartley Wintney* followed by refreshments at The Jubilee Hall*, West Green Road Hartley Wintney. All welcome, family flowers only and donations to Johns charity (to be confirmed). Anne would appreciate if you could please le...
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BMFA Buckminster opens Monday 8th May!!

The new National Visitor Centre and Model Flying site opens at 9am on Monday 8th May for model aircraft flying. See the National Centre website at http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for further details. Check the status box on the front page of the website for the proposed activity over the coming three days (continuous update). But the aim is to run sport R/C as the primary activity for the first three days with control line circles also in operation and to accommodate season ticket holders as ...
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John O’Donnell 1932 – 18/4/2017

John O’Donnell1932 – 18/4/2017 John O’Donnell has died – he was 84.JOD as he was known, was the most consistently successful model flyer of all time where it really counts, – in competition. Throughout his career, he honed his skills by careful thought and rigorous attention to detail. In the 1957/58 Zaic Yearbook John said, ‘I feel that warps should be regarded as a trimming device, and not as an unpredictable and unfortunate result of doping’. That was typical O’Donnell – succinct, c...
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Robin Sleight, MBE FSMAE. - Updated

Robin Sleight, MBE FSMAE. - Updated

It is with sadness we announce the passing of the BMFA's Honorary Secretary Robin Sleight MBE FSMAE who died on December 1, aged 79. He is pictured (left) with SMAE President, ACM Sir Michael Alcock receiving a framed certificate welcoming him as a Fellow of the Society. The presentation was made at the BMFA's annual prize giving dinner at the Jury's Inn Hotel, Hinckley on November 19 after the AGM agreed his election to the Fellowship earlier in the day. A full obituary will be published in th...
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Roger Bellingham (Hon Member)

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the death of Roger Bellingham (Honorary Member) on Friday 7th October.Roger devoted a great deal of his life to the model flying movement, serving as BMFA Flying Site Officer on a voluntary basis for a number of years, before being contracted as our full time Flying Site Adviser in 2002, a role which he fulfilled until 2011.In addition, Roger served as Chairman of the South Midland Area for 14 years and was also a long standing member of th...
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Model Flying in Ashdown Forest - Important Notice

Please take note of the following message from the South East Area Chairman, Stuart Willis. "I have been contacted by The Conservators of Ashdown Forest (South East Area) they have had a complaint from a member of the public with regards to an individual flying a large model aeroplane in the Ellisons Pond area of Ashdown Forest at 3pm 30th August; The model was being flown very close to a grazing enclosure. The South Chase Ranger followed up the complaint and the person flying the model aeropla...
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