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CAA Publish CAP 722F- Model Aircraft Operations Policy and Guidance

The CAA have today published CAP722F, the annex to CAP722 specific to model flying.  Please see https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?appid=11&mode=detail&id=10792 for further details.CAP722F describes the how the current regulatory framework applies to the operation of model aircraft, sets out CAA policy for model aircraft operations, describes the boundaries between operations which require an authorisation and those that do not and provides guidance to model air...
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BMFA issued with an updated Article 16 Authorisation (17/5/2021)

Following a ‘strategic review of model flying’ which the CAA completed earlier this year, they took the decision that each model flying Association would be issued with its own specific Article 16 Authorisation (rather than the combined one which came into effect on 31st December).As such, the BMFA has now been issued with a revised Article 16 Authorisation for the benefit of its members, which is effective immediately (from 17 May 2021).The key changes include removal of age limits ...
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Model Aircraft & Drone flying restrictions during COP26 (Scotland)

Temporary airspace restrictions will be in place between 2259 hours on 30 October and 2359 hours on 13 November 2021 across a large area of central Scotland as part of security measures to protect COP26.  The restrictions will apply to the operation of all aircraft including model aircraft and drones.  The restrictions apply within the areas bounded by the bold black lines and circles shown on the map.Most of the restrictions apply to the airspace from the surface upwards although the ...
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Dartmoor National Park Byelaws Consultation - Action required

Dartmoor National Park Authority (DNPA) is currently conducting a public consultation on proposed changes to its Byelaws, which include proposals to change the provisions for the operation of model aircraft.As written, the proposed changes would change the status of model gliders and the BMFA view is that this proposal would represent an incorrect application of Byelaws and be of detriment to those members who have enjoyed slope soaring on various sites within the National Park for many decades....
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F3C & F3N Team Managers wanted, 2022 European Championships.

The AHA (Association of Helicopter Aerosports) is looking for 2 team managers  - one for F3C and the other for F3N for the 2022 European F3CN Championships in Italy (13-20 August).  Ideally you would have experience of international competitions and have a good working knowledge of F3C / F3N and the FAI Sporting Code. Duties will include preparations prior to the WCs ie. organising team uniform, team travel and accommodation and the day-to-day management of the team during the eve...
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Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager required for 2022 F2 World Championships.

Applications are invited for the posts of Team Manager and Assistant Team Manager for the 2022 F2 Control Line World  Championships to be held in Wloclawek, Poland 8th-13th Aug 2022.The successful applicants will have a working knowledge of all aspects of F2 classes and the FAI sporting code.Duties include preparations ahead of the championships, day to day management of the team during the event.The ability to manage people, excellent communication and good interpersonal skills are essenti...
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Covid Restrictions Update – 10/08/2021

As the National Governing Body for model flying in the UK the BMFA remains obliged under the Government’s guidance on COVID-19 measures for grassroots sport to provide advice and guidance to enable model flying to be conducted safely.  That guidance is provided in our 6 steps to COVID-Secure at  https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure.  With the recent removal of some legally-mandated requirements it is now a matter for individual clubs to decide which of these m...
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Free Flight Nationals 2021 substitute contests

Free Flight Nationals 2021 substitute contests

The replacement contests for a cut down substitute Free Flight Nationals will not be the same as the “real” Nationals. We will apply a “light touch” organisation. The contests will be flown for their respective Free Flight Nationals trophies. The contests will be run to the standard gala format. Free Flight Scale - Sculthorpe The STC will run a casual free flight scale session with no specific contests at the East Anglian Gala. Bowden Trophy – Sculthorpe S...
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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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