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SAM 1066 meetings at Middle Wallop

Posted on behalf of SAM1066: Following on from good news regarding the Easter Meeting, we have now heard that the balance of the program for the year has been granted permission, subject of course to the usual MoD caveats regarding cancellation at short notice. We live with this every year. As a reminder, dates are:3rd/4th May; 13th/14th June; 30th/31st August; 3rd/4th October & 15th November (AGM to be held after this last meeting.) The full comp program will appear in the next NC. N...
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Keith Miller FSMAE 1926-2014

Keith Miller, FSMAE, who died on Nov. 21st, had been a model flyer since well before the War and a member of the major free flight club, Croydon & DMAC, from its founding in 1936. He was South-East Area treasurer for many years, and also at various times its vice-chairman, education co-ordinator and Council delegate, in fact for almost 30 years the public face of the Areaand of his RC club, Tonbridge Radio Flyers. He was always polite and helpful, the sort of chap the BMFA relies on to ma...
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Chris Bromley FSMAE

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the death of Chris Bromley FSMAE on the 25th September following a prolonged battle with cancer at the age of 67. The contribution that Chris made to the model flying movement over many years was remarkable.  He was a long standing (22 years) Chairman of the North West Area and served as the BMFA's Technical Secretary for 26 years.  Listing just a few of his achievement: he instigated the BMFA’s first website, built and maintained the office co...
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Bob Meager 1935-2014

Robert Lawrence Meager, known to friends and family as Bob, was born on July 16, 1935 and lived in Sheffield all his life.   He first saw control line aircraft being flown in the park as a teenager and was so spellbound by it that he ran home and dragged his father to come and see. This was the start of a lifetime’s love of aircraft His interest in model flying continued throughout his married life and , Bob never missed the Nationals and attending every one fro...
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Travel Insurance for BMFA Members

We have recently introduced an optional Travel Insurance Scheme for BMFA members travelling overseas for the purpose of model flying. The scheme is provided by ACE Europe and includes a comprehensive range of benefits including coverage of medical expenses, repatriation costs, loss of personal belongings and money, cover for travel disruption, cover for personal liability and legal expenses.  It also provides cover in the event of death or disablement. The Travel Insurance can...
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First UK conviction for illegal use of an unmanned aircraft

A man from Cumbria has become the first person in the UK to be successfully prosecuted for the dangerous and illegal flying of an unmanned aircraft. Robert Knowles was found to have flown the device in restricted airspace over a nuclear submarine facility, as well as allowing the device to fly too close to a vehicle bridge. Both offences breached the UK’s Air Navigation Order. Mr Knowles, of Barrow-in-Furness, was found guilty on Tuesday 1 April 2014 and fined £800 at Furness and Dis...
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Ken Sheppard - 1926-2013

Ken, a Life Member of the Marquis Model Flying Club, passed away on 3rd December at the age of 87 Ken was not only a founder member of the Club but the chairman at the inaugural meeting which was held in his garage workshop in 1967. What started years earlier with a loose group of model fliers using a wartime airfield just outside Weymouth near to a pub called the Marquis of Granby became the Club which endures to this day. He remained as chairman until 1970 and returned to this jo...
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Ron Firth FSMAE - 1928-2013

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Ron Firth FSMAE, who passed away on 20 Dec 2013 at the age of 85. Ron had been an active aeromodeller for much of his life, and in November 1970 he had been appointed a Fellow of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers.   He also served as Society Chairman during 1971-1972.  In later life he became an avid plastic model constructor, graduating from Airfix to scratch-build vacu-formed models...
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CAA Annual Review of Model Flying

Representatives from the BMFA attended the ‘annual review of model flying’ with the CAA yesterday (26th November) along with representatives of the LMA, SAA, BARCS and FPVuK. The BMFA submitted proposals that came out of the BMFA FPV & Multirotor Special Interest Group meeting held on 20/4/2013 that the existing General Exemption for First Person View Flying should be amended to increase the maximum take off mass for all aircraft types to 3.5Kg (currently 1.8Kg for fi...
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