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The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The Free Flight Forum Report is now in its thirty-fourth year. This year’s is just out and it’s the biggest yet, with no less than 17 papers, covering a vast range of the topics that make free-flight so fascinating. Only Joules and Forces- Peter Watson;Classic 1/2A Models - Simon Dixon; Trimming the Sopwith Snipe - Mike Smith; Russell Strips - Russell Peers; Testing June 2016 Tan Super Sport in April 2017 - Tim Chant; Developments in Carbon Wing Construction - Stuart Darmon; Buckminster – We’...
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Important Notice to all BMFA Examiners, instructors and achievement scheme test candidates. Mandatory Questions Updated

Updated list of Mandatory Questions.To take in to account recent changes to the regulations that affect the flying of model aircraft the list of Mandatory questions has been updated to reflect the changes.The new list is reproduced below and is also available to view on the achievement scheme website at https://achievements.bmfa.org/mandatory-questions the online quiz has also been updated to reflect the changes. See https://achievements.bmfa.org/quizzes/mandatory-questions-quizAll the standards...
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CAA Permission to operate above 400ft and CAA FPV Exemption

Following the changes to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which came into effect today, we have received a number of queries from members and clubs regarding the status of the existing CAA Permission to operate model aircraft (not including multi-rotors) of less than 7Kg above 400ft (and also the FPV Exemption) issued last year for the benefit of those operating within one of the recognised UK Associations.The Permission/Exemption documents require updates to reflect the recent changes to the text...
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CAA issue exemption for Control Line Model Aeroplane Flight Within Flight Restriction Zones

The CAA have today issued an exemption to permit control line model aircraft flight within the Flight Restriction Zones that come in to force on 13th March 2019 without seeking permission from the ATC unit or aerodrome operator.The exemption is available to download from the link below.http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1296.pdf Another example of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to protect our sporting activities.  
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All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation and the BMFA Working together

All Party Parliamentary Group has supported the BMFA, announcing that the new set of regulations intended to tighten rules on drone operators is in danger of having a disproportionately negative effect on the model flying community. See the link below for the press release from the APPGhttp://www.generalaviationappg.uk/new-drones-law-punishes-british-model-flying-community/ 
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2019 Scale Indoor RC Nationals Date Change

The 2019 Scale Indoor RC Nationals will now be held on 12th May. All other details remain the same. The entry form & details are now available on the appropriate Nationals page of the website.(See under "Contests & Events" on the menu bar at the top of this page.)
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DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order. 20/2/2019

DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order.The Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday published further amendments to the Air Navigation Order which impact on all users of Small Unmanned Aircraft, including the model flying community.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drone-safety-partnership-with-business-launched-as-government-sets-out-plans-to-limit-drone-misuseFurther details of the amendments can be found in CAP1763 (as the CAA have the unenviable task of implementing the ...
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Notice to Club Officials - Fraud Warning

Notice to Club Officials – Fraud WarningIt has come to our attention that some sports clubs, including some model aircraft clubs are being targeted by fraudsters.Club officials are receiving an email from address chairsaa@aol.com and other similar email addresses with the following textHi XXXXXX We need to make a payment by Bank transfer, would you be able to do it today? let me know if you canRegards,XXXXXXPlease double check with other club officials and take extra care before making any paym...
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Government Publishes its Response to the Consultation on the Future of Drones in the UK

The Department for Transport has published the Government’s response to the public consultation on the Future of Drones in the UK.  There were 5061 responses to the consultation with 1947 respondents identifying themselves as ‘model flyers’ and 2310 identifying themselves as ‘using drones for leisure’.Several members have suggested that the publication is a knee jerk reaction to the recent issues reported at Gatwick and whilst the Aviation Minister does make reference to Gatwick, the conten...
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Update on EASA regulations for unmanned aircraft

The latest drafts of the EASA regulations for unmanned aircraft were published recently by the European Commission and contain a significant and positive development for model flyers.  DG MOVE (the European Transport Commission) submitted a proposal to remove model flying conducted within Associations/Clubs from the EASA regulations and this seems to have gained acceptance.The latest draft Implementing Act introduces this principle:(25) Since model aircraft are considered as UAS and given the go...
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