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British Model Flying Association Model Aircraft & Drone Flying Survey 2020

British Model Flying Association Model Aircraft & Drone Flying Survey 2020

Model flying is the UK's largest airsport with a rich and proud history of aviation pioneering. Our fun, exciting and challenging sport is enjoyed by participants of all ages and abilities, with diverse interests from traditional model building and flying, through to the very latest drone technology. As the UK's governing body, the British Model Flying Association proudly represents over 30,000 members and 800 flying clubs. Founded in 1922 and mandated by The Royal Aero Club of the United Kingd...
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2020 FREE FLIGHT FORUM ON ZOOM

Due to restrictions on face to face meetings it has been decided to hold the 2020 Free Flight Forum online using Zoom, opening at 10.00 GMT (London time) on Nov. 15th. Chaired by Mike Fantham, the speakers and topics are:    Simon Dixon – The Models of Ray Monks; Mike Woodhouse – Tame your F1B and Related Thoughts; John Emmett – Possible Future Uses for Electronics in Free Flight (Rule Changes May be Needed); Peter Martin – Simulated 3D Flight Dynamics- An Approach to Gain Insight for Trimm...
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Model Flying and Local Covid Alert levels (Tiers) - England

    To ensure your club activities are COVID Secure please see https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure See Government advice on Covid alert levels (Tiers) at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/local-covid-alert-levels-what-you-need-to-know   Please note restrictions in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland differ from England. For Wales see https://gov.wales/coronavirus For Northern Ireland see https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/coronavirus-covid-19 For Scotland See https://...
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Royal Aero Club Bursaries for 2021 - Applications from young model flyers invited!

Aged between 14 years and 21 years; or for a follow-on bursary 24 years? Have a basic air sport qualification? Wish to advance your air sport qualifications but lack the funds? Would up to £1,000 help you realise your air sport ambitions? The Royal Aero Club Trust is delighted to announce its bursary scheme for young people for the 2021 season. The bursaries include The Patron’s Scholarships (2 bursaries each worth up to £750); the Peter Cruddas Foundation Scholarship worth up to £1,000...
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Club Corner Online - Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+

Club Corner Online - Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+

After the very successful  Club Corner Online Seminars on Club Constitutions and Risk Assessments which can be seen on the BMFA Youtube Channel if you missed them. I will be holding a further webinar about Club AGM's with COVID restrictions & Go Membership Club+ We will be discussing various options for holding Club Annual General Meetings while we have probable restrictions in place, this will be an open discussion where all ideas can be considered.We will also be joined by Phil Robinson f...
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UPDATE - CAA NOTIFICATION OF MILITARY ‘JAMMING TRIALS’ WHICH MAY AFFECT THE OPERATION OF MODEL AIRCRAFT AND DRONES

The CAA have issued a notice that the jamming activity being conducted by the military affecting airspace in and around Salisbury Plain and the New Forest will now be finishing at night fall on Monday 14 September rather than 18 September as reported previously (see the original information HERE). The activity may affect some electronic situational awareness devices and UAV systems operating on 433MHz, 2.4GHz and 5.8GHz. Jamming may impact systems up to 1000FT AMSL within a geographical area bo...
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Model flying after 14th September 2020 – England & Scotland

Model flying after 14th September 2020 – England & Scotland

From 14th September new restrictions apply to social gatherings in outdoor spaces in England and Scotland.  The number of people allowed in an outdoor gathering has reduced from 30 to 6, appropriately socially-distanced unless from the same household.  However, organised sport is one of several exemptions to the new restrictions, provided that it is conducted in accordance with COVID-19 Secure guidelines. The guidance below offers practical advice on the measures that should be taken by model f...
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CAA Notification of military ‘jamming trials’ which may affect the operation of model aircraft and drones

We have received notification of three ‘jamming trials’ which may impact the operation of model aircraft and drones.  The details are as follows: Luce Bay, Scotland – 14th September – 4th December: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-8-sep-4-dec-luce-bay/  affecting GPS and 2.4/5.8GHz  (Start date changed from 8th Sept) Wales & SW England – 7th – 11th September: http://skywise.caa.co.uk/jamming-trial-impacting-gnss-gps-7-11-september-wales-and-sw-england/  affecting GPS on drones ...
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2020 BMFA Free Flight Forum

It is intended to hold the thirty-sixth BMFA Free Flight Forum on Sunday, Nov. 15th, the day after the AGM, at the National Centre at Buckminster, starting at 10.00. This year’s Forum depends on several things. The COVID-19 situation in November is unknown, and at present we need at least six more papers to make a viable Forum. Because of that it is important that you check on the BMFA website news page: https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page   before travelling. The decision will be made and announc...
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Club Corner Online Seminar - The importance of an effective club constitution

Club Corner Online Seminar - The importance of an effective club constitution

You are hopefully aware of the very successful online presentations that the Achievement Scheme Review Committee have been running on Tuesday evenings recently. (The next one being on Tuesday next week details of which are at https://achievements.bmfa.uk/online-roadshow-pt-7-examiner-instructor-workshops-the-benefits-what-to-expect-and-how-to-run-a-successful-workshop ) With the success of these presentations I thought it could be useful and of value to clubs to host an online seminar about the...
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