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Royal Aero Club Bursaries for 2021 - Applications from young model flyers invited!

Aged between 14 years and 21 years; or for a follow-on bursary 24 years? Have a basic air sport qualification? Wish to advance your air sport qualifications but lack the funds? Would up to £1,000 help you realise your air sport ambitions? The Royal Aero Club Trust is delighted to announce its bursary scheme for young people for the 2021 season. The bursaries include The Patron’s Scholarships (2 bursaries each worth up to £750); the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000...
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UPDATE - CAA NOTIFICATION OF MILITARY ‘JAMMING TRIALS’ WHICH MAY AFFECT THE OPERATION OF MODEL AIRCRAFT AND DRONES

The CAA have issued a notice that the jamming activity being conducted by the military affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September rather than 18 September as reported previously (see the original information HERE). The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bo...
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CAA Notification of military ‘jamming trials’ which may affect the operation of model aircraft and drones

We have received notification of three ‘jamming trials’ which may impact the operation of model aircraft and drones.  The details are as follows: Luce Bay, Scotland – 14th September – 4th December: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-8-sep-4-dec-luce-bay/  affecting GPS and 2.4/5.8GHz  (Start date changed from 8th Sept) Wales & SW England – 7th – 11th September: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-impacting-gnss-gps-7-11-september-wales-and-sw-england/  affecting GPS on drones ...
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CAA Updates CAP1789 - New European UAS Regulations: General Outline

The CAA have today published an update to CAP1789, which details the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft.  Please see https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1789%20Edition3%20June2020.pdf . The regulations were due to come into effect on the 1 July, but due to disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic they will not now come into effect until 31 December. The important point for members to note is that the specific reference to model flying remains unchanged: Model aircraft Additional pro...
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CAA delay introduction of EASA regulations

As a result of COVID-19 related disruption, the CAA have today announced their intention to delay the introduction of the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft which were scheduled to come into effect on the 1st July.  The delay is for an unspecified length of time, but said to be "at least a number of months". The UK model flying associations had been actively working on their applications for 'Article 16 Authorisations', even though the July 1st deadline had been something imposed on us by the...
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Model flying and the COVID-19 Virus - Update 23-3-2020

Further to our statement last week, it is clear that the COVID-19 situation has developed very rapidly in the UK and we must now update our advice to reflect this.  Members should continue to keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice.  Please see  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response for the latest information. Members are advised to follow the precautions provided by the NHS at all times details of which you can find here:...
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Model flying and the COVID-19 Virus

We have been monitoring the current situation carefully and have been awaiting clear guidance from the Government before making decisions relating to general model flying and BMFA Model flying events, contests and roadshows. It is clear that the COVID-19 situation is developing rapidly in the UK and members should keep themselves updated on current government and NHS advice.  Please see  https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response  for the latest inf...
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Update - CAA Operator I.D. numbers

Earlier in the week we reported that the CAA expected BMFA members to receive their Operator I.D. numbers by the end of the week. However, as of Friday afternoon, only 4000 BMFA members I.D. numbers had been processed due to a technical problem with their system.  The DMARES guys have informed us that they will be working over the weekend to process the remaining records.  They anticipate that all members (who provided an email address) will be in receipt of their Operator I.D's by Monday morni...
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Update on CAA Operator Registration and the new General Exemption E5006 (ORS 1345)

If you are one of the 18,500 members who registered with the CAA as an Operator via the BMFA prior to the 10th February, then you should be receiving your operator number within the next few days.  The automated email sent to the first 2000 BMFA members uploaded by the CAA earlier this week included reference to the requirement for a Flyer I.D. (which members are exempted from in accordance with CAA General Exemption E 4972).  This has now been amended to reduce confusion. The purpose of the or...
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UPDATE - CAA Exemptions from the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DMARES)

There appears to be a considerable amount of myth and misinformation circulating about the status of the exemptions issued by the CAA including those which recognise BMFA Achievements and exempt members from registering as Operators by the 30th November (and doing it instead as part of their BMFA Membership Renewal).  Full details of the CAA exemptions can be found at www.be-lawful.bmfa.org. Concern has been expressed by some that the exemptions are only effective until June 2020.  There is how...
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