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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 the ...
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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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Malcolm (Mac) Taylor (1945 - 2016)

It is with great sadness we inform everyone that Malcolm (Mac) Taylor passed away on July 30th 2016.Malcolm was a member of the BMFA for several years including the SMAE. He was a Chief Examiner for the Midlands region for many years in the 1908/90s.He formed the company of Taylorcraft in the 80s. During this time he became known to many people across the country selling and delivering to the model shops for Taylorcraft and also at shows and exhibitions including the Model Engineer Show in Londo...
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Ronald Checkley 1929 - 2016

Ronald 'Ron' Checkley, of the Tamworth (Hanson) Model Flying Club, passed away earlier this years at the age of 87.Ron had been a much loved and valued member of the club for more than 20 years and was famous for his love of life and infectious sense of humour. He was a talented pilot and builder who would often take younger members under his wing to encourage and nurture them. He will be much missed by everybody who knew him.
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(Jet) Jethwa

I wish to inform everyone that sadly Jet passed away after a very short illness on the 27th of July 2016.I first met Jet on Beverley Westwood 20 years ago and he remained a very well respected and good friend till the end, eventually after some persuading he joined our little club.A lifelong modeller and flyer with exquisite building skills and engineering ingenuity for solving problems.He will be missed by all the members of HOSMAC for his un-boundless knowledge which he passed on to everyone w...
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Derek Moseley

It is with sadness that I have to inform everyone that knew him that Derek passed away on the 10th of June 2016.Derek was a former member of the York Club and has been with HOSMAC for about 4 or 5 years.I did not know him extremely well, but found him to be a gentle giant, a true gentleman, a fantastic modeller and flyer always willing to help others.Our condolences to his wife Bett and son Terry.K Walder, Secretary
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Roy Scott

We would like to report the passing of Roy Scott, founder of Micro-Mold Products. Roy passed away very recently (August) he was 89 years of age.Roy’s company Micro-Mold started in 1965/1966 in a lock up garage in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Over the years he started to purchase other modelling companies including C & C Castings (military miniatures); Bellona (van formed scenery for military modellers and railways); Avoncraft (range of vac formed fuselage and foam wing models) MM Radio Systems (r...
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Norman Martindale 1935-2016

Members of Halton and District Model Flying Club learned with much sadness of the death of their Club Honorary President Norman Martindale who passed away in hospital on May 5th 2016 after a short illness. Norman had faced challenging health problems in recent years with characteristic stoicism and courage. The loss of a leg and subsequent use of a prosthetic did nothing to deter him from living his life and pursuing his hobby to the full.Norman became interested in model flying as a small boy d...
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Ivan Goodchild (1946 - 2016)

I am sad to report that Ivan Goodchild passed away suddenly on Sunday 8th May whilst taking part in an LMA Fly in at Binham, Norfolk. He had just finished flying his beloved B17, said he felt a bit funny, sat down and passed away. Paramedics were called and the East Anglian Air Ambulance attended but he was pronounced dead at the scene. I can only repeat what a friend said and that was he died at his favourite flying site having just flown his favourite aircraft and surrounded by friends.Ivan wa...
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David Kerswell, FSMAE

It is with regret that we inform you of the death of David Kerswell, FSMAE on 9th May 2016 Fellow of the Society since 1995 following a sustained period of illness over the past few years.A Yorkshireman by birth, David’s career as a teacher led him into initially forming a model flying club for children; his own flying activities included scale, silent flight and all forms of fixed wing power.He was a prodigious and excellent builder and adept pilot, many times victorious in UK contests but als...
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