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New regulations for BMFA Members flying drones and model aircraft after 31st December

The UK adopted the EU regulations for unmanned aircraft (which included model flying) in 2019 and these will come into effect on December 31st, 2020.  This is the same day that we exit from the EU, but regulations in place at the point of departure will be transferred directly into UK law.Some requirements of the EU regulations were already in place (such as a height limits, Operator Registration and Competency requirements) following changes to the Air Navigation Order set out in 2018, but the ...
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2021 Free Flight Forum Report

Despite Covid and thanks to Zoom, the Free Flight Forum took place in November and the 2021 Free Flight Forum Report is now available. It covers a wide range of topics to inform, challenge and inspire you, whatever your free-flight interest and for the first time, it’s in full colour.Indoor Duration - A Challenge to Conventional Design - Tony Hebb; Coupe in a Box - Gavin Manion; Building Other People's Mistakes - Stuart Darmon; The Models of Ray Monks – Simon Dixon;  Si...
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His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

It is with great sadness that we report the death of our long-term Patron, HRH Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh.Prince Philip became Patron of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers (now trading as BMFA) in 1957 and, despite relinquishing many of his patronages when he stepped back from public duties over recent years, he remained in place as our patron for a remarkable 64 years.  Prince Philip also served two terms as Chairman of the Royal Aero Club and had also served as its Preside...
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BMFA Nationals 2021 - A notice from the BMFA Chairman

BMFA Nationals 2021Now that most clubs have been able to open again I hope that many of you have had the opportunity to dust off the cobwebs and get back into the air.  With the weather starting to warm up (the last couple of days being an exception!) thoughts turn to what the summer has in store and I am sure that many of you will be wondering what the prospects are for a return to RAF Barkston Heath for this year’s Nationals – both Free Flight in May and the Power Nats in Augu...
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BMFA Article 16 Mandatory Occurrence reporting Guidance

The BMFA Article 16 Authorisation includes a requirement for remote pilots to report certain accidents, serious incidents and other occurrences to the Air Accident Investigation Branch (AAIB) and the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).  This was an existing requirement, but has been emphasised in the terms of our Authorisation.To read the full guidance about mandatory occurrence reporting see https://rcc.bmfa.uk/art16-occurrence-reporting If you have been involved in an incident and are not sur...
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COVID-19 Regulations Update 26-2-2021

The signs for a return to the skies in England soon are looking promising. The Government COVID-19 Response -Spring 2021 indicates that clubs should be able to re-open from March 29th.  There may also be the possibility for some flying in public open spaces from March 8th; however, this will very much depend on the details contained within the regulations that sit behind the roadmap, which have yet to be released. We will be corresponding with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport...
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In the Air Tonight - An introduction to Glider GPS Triangle Racing

with Greg LewisTuesday 9th February @ 7.30pmClick here to register for this WebinarUsing the latest GPS technology model gliders can now copy the exploits of full size gliding.Task flying around a triangular course using thermals to sustain flights over great distances at high speeds.We will cover the history of the class, how it works, the different classes and getting started.Rather than just floating around from thermal to thermal harness the energy in the sky to set personnel bests and then ...
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In the Air Tonight - An Introduction to Fun Fly Competitions

with James Gordon & Gavin Barden of the British Fun Fly AssociationClick here to register for this WebinarFun Fly competitions have been an important part of many club’s events ever since the birth of radio control flying and in this presentation we hope to show you how Fun Fly aircraft and competitions have developed over that time, how you and your club can get involved in this exciting and entertaining part of our hobby and the huge benefits it can bring to any club’s activities.We will...
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BMFA Guide to our Article 16 Authorisation - Updated 12/1/2021

There has been some small updates to the BMFA Guide to our Article 16 Authorisation. Please note the Authorisation itself has not changed.These are just minor changes to clarify a couple of aspects of the authorisation.Updated sections are:Section APart 5.1 -  Pilot CompetencePart 14 -  Declaration of understanding of our Article 16 Authorisation The updated guidance can re read at https://rcc.bmfa.uk/article-16 where you can also download the guide as well as a copy of the actual authorisation.
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