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Online renewal for 2017 now active for country members and via the Club Portal

The online renewal portal for new and renewing members for 2017 as both country members and through the club portal is now active.  From 1st December any renewal or new membership runs until 31st December 2017. 2017 Subscriptions are Senior £33Junior £17Family Senior £33Family Partner £22Family Junior £13 If you have not registered on the website previously you will need to do so to join online as a country member, if you have been a BMFA member previously you will require an online PIN. To ...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules and UK Government Launches Consultation on ‘Drones’

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Prototype Rules The second of four scheduled EASA ‘Expert Group’ meetings to discuss and refine the ‘Prototype Rules’ took place in Cologne on 14th December.  Areas covered included possible differentiation of commercial/recreational operations, requirements for registration, electronic identification and age restrictions.  The next meeting will take place on the 23rd & 24th January and will focus on the requirements for operations within their pro...
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2017 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries Available - Apply Now!

The Royal Aero Club Trust bursary scheme closing date for 2017 is the 31st March 2017.  Young aero-modelling enthusiasts, including those who have received a previous award and wish to apply for a follow-on award, and who are still eligible, should look at the details of the scheme on the Trust website (www.royalaeroclubtrust.org) and send their application to arrive as soon as possible.   In 2016 a total of 50 young sports-aviation enthusiasts received an award from the Trust to enable them to ...
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Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

The staff and all at the BMFA would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please remember that if you haven't renewed your BMFA membership either with your club or as a country member by 1st January you insurance will have lapsed.         The office opening times over the festive season are as follows Dec 23rd  9am – 2pm Dec 24th – 27th Closed Dec 28th – 30th 9am – 4pm Dec 31st – Jan 2nd Closed 3rd Jan onwards as normal  
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Team Manager Vacancies, F3K World and F3J Euro championships

The Silent Flight Technical Committee invites applications for the following Team Manager Posts. A) F3K World Championships Lviv, Ukraine, 24-30 July 2017 B) F3J European Championships Martin, Slovakia 16th -22nd July 2017 Applicants should send a cv indicating their experience and qualifications for the role in the chosen discipline, to Mike Proctor SFTC Sec mproctor1@gmail.com to arrive not later than Jan 4th 2017.
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Robin Sleight, MBE FSMAE. - Updated

Robin Sleight, MBE FSMAE. - Updated

It is with sadness we announce the passing of the BMFA's Honorary Secretary Robin Sleight MBE FSMAE who died on December 1, aged 79. He is pictured (left) with SMAE President, ACM Sir Michael Alcock receiving a framed certificate welcoming him as a Fellow of the Society. The presentation was made at the BMFA's annual prize giving dinner at the Jury's Inn Hotel, Hinckley on November 19 after the AGM agreed his election to the Fellowship earlier in the day. A full obituary will be published in th...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules

At a meeting on 10th November, the Transport & Tourism Committee (TRAN) of the European Parliament backed plans for the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to be granted the competence to regulate unmanned aircraft below 150Kg, including model aircraft. The TRAN Committee also backed plans requiring some form of mandatory registration and identification for all unmanned aircraft above 250 grams. Further details of their plans can be found here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/news...
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