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Online renewal for 2017 now active for country members and via the Club Portal

The online renewal portal for new and renewing members for 2017 as both country members and through the club portal is now active.  From 1st December any renewal or new membership runs until 31st December 2017. 2017 Subscriptions are Senior £33Junior £17Family Senior £33Family Partner £22Family Junior £13 If you have not registered on the website previously you will need to do so to join online as a country member, if you have been a BMFA member previously you will require an online PIN. To ...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules and UK Government Launches Consultation on ‘Drones’

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Prototype Rules The second of four scheduled EASA ‘Expert Group’ meetings to discuss and refine the ‘Prototype Rules’ took place in Cologne on 14th December.  Areas covered included possible differentiation of commercial/recreational operations, requirements for registration, electronic identification and age restrictions.  The next meeting will take place on the 23rd & 24th January and will focus on the requirements for operations within their pro...
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2017 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries Available - Apply Now!

The Royal Aero Club Trust bursary scheme closing date for 2017 is the 31st March 2017.  Young aero-modelling enthusiasts, including those who have received a previous award and wish to apply for a follow-on award, and who are still eligible, should look at the details of the scheme on the Trust website (www.royalaeroclubtrust.org) and send their application to arrive as soon as possible.   In 2016 a total of 50 young sports-aviation enthusiasts received an award from the Trust to enable them to ...
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Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

The staff and all at the BMFA would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please remember that if you haven't renewed your BMFA membership either with your club or as a country member by 1st January you insurance will have lapsed.         The office opening times over the festive season are as follows Dec 23rd  9am – 2pm Dec 24th – 27th Closed Dec 28th – 30th 9am – 4pm Dec 31st – Jan 2nd Closed 3rd Jan onwards as normal  
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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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Update on EASA Prototype Rules

At a meeting on 10th November, the Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament backed plans for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be granted the competence to regulate unmanned aircraft below 150Kg, including model aircraft. The TRAN Committee also backed plans requiring some form of mandatory registration and identification for all unmanned aircraft above 250 grams. Further details of their plans can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news...
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The UK Drone Show, discounted entry for BMFA members

The UK Drone Show, discounted entry for BMFA members Following the success of the first UK Drone show in 2015 the organisers have announced the dates for the 2016 event taking place again at the NEC Birmingham on the 3rd and 4th of December.We will again be attending with the stand to answer questions and promote the work of the BMFA , and based on our experience last year we are in for a busy weekend.The great news is that BMFA members can benefit from a discounted entry to the event when bo...
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BMFA Subscriptions 2017 - No increase

The Society Annual General Meeting held on Saturday 19th November, has agreed the subscriptions for 2017 which will remain at the same level as for 2016. BMFA Subscriptions for 2017 are as follows.(Apply from 1st December 2016) Seniors £33 Juniors £17 Family Senior £33 Family Partner £22 Family Junior £13
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