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Steve Warren

A much loved and respected quiet powerhouse of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers and Southern Area BMFA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday 1st April 2017. His early career as engineering officer in the boiler rooms full of asbestos on cargo vessels had ultimately taken its toll.   Steve was one of the founder members of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers Club which was formed in 1975 rising to become its president after many stalwart years as secretary.   Although a novi...
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John Thompson - Update

John Thompson - Update

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of SAM 1066 Chairman John Thompson on the Friday 12 May following a collapse at his home. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and all of his family. The funeral will be held  at 12.00 on May 31st at St Johns Church Hartley Wintney* followed by refreshments at The Jubilee Hall*, West Green Road Hartley Wintney. All welcome, family flowers only and donations to Johns charity (to be confirmed). Anne would appreciate if you could please le...
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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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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS 24/09/1936 - 08/01/2017

Martyn Pressnell Ceng, FRAeS 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017 Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life. After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor...
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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS - 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017

Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life.   After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor programme and other projects. He chaired Hert...
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Clive Weller

Clive passed away peacefully on 23rd December 2016 aged 74. He was a dedicated and respected Aerobatic Modeller, Flyer and Designer for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the BMFA, GBRCAA and many local model flying clubs. He leaves behind a wife Valerie and daughter Karen.
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Brian Hilliard 1938 - 29/12/2016

Brian was not a nationally known figure in the aero modelling world other than a couple of mentions in some modelling magazines but was a tremendous example of someone who refused to let enormous obstacles stop him from enjoying life to the full. Brian was severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 19, losing his right leg and the total loss of use in his right arm through nerve damage. This made standing for any time both awkward and uncomfortable and he wasn't helped by his exception...
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Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE.  1937 – 2016

Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE. 1937 – 2016

  Robin Sleight, Honorary Secretary of the BMFA and Chairman of the British Association of Radio Control Soarers, died on December 2nd, 2016. Robin had been a member of the BMFA for nearly sixty years starting like so many others with Keil Kraft models and ED engines; he grew up in Scotland and has in the distant past been a member of the Scottish Free Flight team and a control line finalist at the Nationals. Since the advent of radio, he gravitated to competitive thermal soaring as a primary...
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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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