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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 FlyingIn general terms model flying represents a low risk activity due to the predominantly outdoor nature of the activity and the opportunity to maintain separation.On this basi...
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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.Furthe...
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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. The ...
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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 - £132020 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 etc. Pote...
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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 u...
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Peter Rabjohn

It is with great sadness that we hear of the passing of Peter Rabjohn in the early hours of Saturday 21st September 2019. Peter had been receiving treatment for a heart condition for many years, but a recent deterioration finally beat him. He was a keen Control Line Model Flyer and member of both Chiltern Flyers CLMC and the Milton Keynes Modellers club. He will be especially remembered by many for competing in various racing classes, aerobatics competitions, and vintage speed events. Only a few...
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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- 5/7/2019Mike 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 contr...
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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 engines1/4 scale Flair Tigermoth covered with ww1 roundels Roto 25cc1/4 scale Flair D.R1 Green with German Writing on side.26cc Zen1/4 Scale Cub sratch built by Harry Harlandwot 4 foam el Ripmax RainbowTitan with 38cc ZenElation Buddy with Jen57Sea Fury eliteABS sports Glider SpriniterBouncer withsc 40 engJR ds9 fu...
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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 complete...
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