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New regulations for BMFA Members flying drones and model aircraft after 31st December

The UK adopted the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft (which included model flying) in 2019 and these will come into effect on December 31st, 2020.  This is the same day that we exit from the EU, but regulations in place at the point of departure will be transferred directly into UK law. Some requirements of the EU regulations were already in place (such as a height limits, Operator Registration and Competency requirements) following changes to the Air Navigation Order set out in 2018, but th...
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Update on UK Regulations - Article 16 Authorisation

We had hoped to provide a full update on the terms of our Article 16 Authorisation, which will define the future operating parameters for members when the European Regulations for unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) come into effect on the 31st December 2020.  However, we are still thrashing out the final details with the CAA so will miss the print deadline for this issue of BMFA NEWS unfortunately.  We will of course communicate details to members through all available channels (includ...
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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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