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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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The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup

The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup

The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup Her Majesty The Queen approved the gift of the trophy to the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom (RAeC) in 2010 and competitions were held in 2011 (British Aerobatic Association), 2012 (British Microlight Aircraft Association) and 2013 (British Balloon & Airship Club). The trophy is of Irish silver and dates from around 1719 and sits on a wooden base. It has the Royal Arms on one side and the words “The Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup” on the...
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Reduced Fees from 1st July

Reduced Fees from 1st July for 2016 Senior  £25 Junior £13 Family Senior £25  Family Partner £17 Family Junior £10 Please note that membership runs until 31st December, 2016 for all classes of membership     When you join the BMFA you are taking part in the development of model flying in the United Kingdom.            You become part of the National Governing Body dedicated to the promotion and protection of the sport of model flying at all level...
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David Kerswell, FSMAE

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of David Kerswell, FSMAE on 9th May 2016 Fellow of the Society since 1995 following a sustained period of illness over the past few years. A Yorkshireman by birth, David’s career as a teacher led him into initially forming a model flying club for children; his own flying activities included scale, silent flight and all forms of fixed wing power. He was a prodigious and excellent builder and adept pilot, many times victorious in UK contests but...
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Nicholas John Frederick Neve FSMAE

Nicholas John Frederick Neve FSMAE

It is with the greatest sadness that we have to announce the death ofNicholas John Frederick Neve FSMAE.Nick passed away peacefully on Wednesday 30th March after a short battle with cancer. Nick had a very varied and interesting life and career. A graduate of Jesus College Cambridge, he married Pat, his American wife, in August 1958. They had 3 sons, each one born in a different continent, as Nick’s distinguished Army career took them to many countries, including Australia, the USA and Germany...
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