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An update on the UK regulations for model flyers

We would like to record our thanks to all those members who responded to our ‘Call to Action’ in response to CAP1775, the CAA’s consultation of the Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) for which they are expecting our members to contribute a significant element of the annual £2.8 million running costs. The response from our members was fantastic, with the CAA receiving over 11,000 responses to the consultation – the biggest ever response they have ever received to anything.  Despi...
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Achievement Scheme Roadshow Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3LL, 5th October

The Achievement Scheme Review Committee will be hosting a further Achievement Scheme Roadshow on Saturday 5th October. The venue is The Ship Inn, Thornbury Road, Alveston, Bristol, BS35 3LL Refreshments and a buffet lunch will be provided. We are very please to announce that David Phipps, BMFA CEO, will be joining us for the Roadshow to discuss the latest regulatory changes and how they may affect model aircraft flying and the achievement scheme. This will be an ideal opportunity to find out ...
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Achievement Scheme Awards 2019

Do you know an examiner or instructor who has gone that extra mile this year? Maybe they have worked hard at promoting the scheme within your club, or perhaps they have toiled long and hard to get a pupil up to the required standard? Alternatively, they could be a pupil who has done the same, having persevered for some time in order to achieve their goal, or maybe they put in a stellar performed on their test? If you know someone like this, then why not nominate them for an achievement scheme ...
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The Science and Technology Committee holds its third evidence session on its Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK inquiry on Tuesday 9th July.  Watch it online at Parliament TV. Witnesses: At 9.30 am Gemma Alcock, Founder, SkyBound Rescuer Professor David Dunn, International Politics, University of Birmingham David Phipps, Chief Executive, British Model Flying Association  At 10.30 am Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Depart...
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BBC 2 Documentary “Britain’s Next Air Disaster?”

BMFA members have been expressing their deep concern and criticism of the BBC Two documentary, ‘Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones?’, which sensationalised the potential risks from ‘drones’ and grossly mis-represented the entirely safe activities routinely undertaken by thousands of lawful ‘drone’ operators. The BMFA and other UK Associations acknowledge that unlawful operation of unmanned aircraft could potentially result in unacceptable conflict with manned aviation, but the risk shou...
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Comments made by NATS at the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - 26 June

We have this morning registered our concern with Martin Rolfe, the CEO of NATS regarding the comments made by their representative at the Select Committee evidence hearing which took place on the 26th June, where 'drone' operators were categorised as either 'clueless, careless or criminal'. We have received assurances that NATS would never categorise operators in the inappropriate manner described by their representative and they will be taking steps to make sure that the Select Committee under...
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CAA Publishes CAP1789 – Outlining the EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft

The EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 11th June and the Implementing Regulation will become applicable on 1st July, 2020. The CAA have recently published CAP1789 which provides a detailed guide to the EU regulations which you can find here: CAP1789 includes a paragraph specifically relating to model aircraft which states: Additional provision...
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