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BMFA Buckminster opens Monday 8th May!!

The new National Visitor Centre and Model Flying site opens at 9am on Monday 8th May for model aircraft flying. See the National Centre website at http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for further details. Check the status box on the front page of the website for the proposed activity over the coming three days (continuous update). But the aim is to run sport R/C as the primary activity for the first three days with control line circles also in operation and to accommodate season ticket holders as ...
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BMFA Buckminster Season Tickets Now Available

A season ticket is a positive way of supporting the BMFA National Flying Site and Visitor Centre Project as well as attracting those who are intending to be regular users of BMFA Buckminster. The initial rates also reflect the fact that the site will open part way through the year and the early months will see reduced facilities until the runway seeding becomes established. The season ticked should be considered as a ‘midweek flyers ticket’, The price for 2017 is based on the equivalent of...
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BMFA Buckminster Summer Show. July 29th & 30th

BMFA Buckminster Summer Show. July 29th & 30th

Model Flying Airshow with trade presence and catering, indoor swap-meet Sunday (AM), evening R/C sport flying, camping from Friday afternoon, evening bar and catering. See http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/event/bmfa-buckminster-summer-airshow Timings Arrival (camping/trade) – Friday 28th    3.00pm – 9.00pm. Evening Flying – Friday/Saturday 5.00pm – 9.00pm. Swap-meet Sunday 30th  8.30am – 12.3pm (access for setting up from 7.30am). Flying Display Saturday 29th/Sunday 30th30am – 4.30pm...
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2017 Free Flight Nationals & Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath

We are pleased to announce that arrangements to hold both the 2017 Free Flight Nationals and the 2017 Power Nationals at RAF Barkston Heath have been confirmed. The Free Flight Nationals will take place over the late May Bank Holiday weekend (27-29 May) and the Power Nationals will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend (26-28 August). The construction work which rendered the airfield unavailable to us last August for the 2016 Power Nationals has now been completed and the RAF have re-...
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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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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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