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Government Publishes Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published the outcome of their consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK.  The document can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631638/unlocking-the-uks-high-tech-economy-consultation-on-the-safe-use-of-drones-in-the-uk-government-response.pdf The document has evidently caused some concern within the model flying community and has set some ‘hares running’.  As such, I thought that it would ...
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Team Manager Vacancy F1D (Indoor Duration) World Championships - 2018.

Team Manager F1D (Indoor Duration) World Championships - 2018. Candidates are invited to apply for the post of GBR F1D Team Manager 2018, for the World Championship to be held in West Baden, USA between 18th-22nd March 2018. The Team Manager needs a thorough knowledge of the FAI Sporting Code in particular the F1D rules and be comfortable with managing a 3-man team and, possibly, Official Supporters. The duties will include arranging team travel, assisting in training arrangements and supporti...
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2017 Payload Challenge Results and Gallery

The results from the 2017 Schools and Universities Payload Challenge Contests are available from the Payload Challenges Website at http://payloadchallenge.bmfa.org/2017-results A full report of the contests will appear in an upcoming BMFA News.   Videos and other information is also available from the Payload Challenge Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BMFAPayload/  
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Update on EASA regulations

NPA 2017-05(A) Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) began the process to create a regulatory framework for the operation of drones in 2015, when in August they published the A-NPA 2015/10 – “Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones”.  This document appeared to offer a number of concessions and safeguards to avoid a negative impact on the long established activity of model flying.  Europe Air S...
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The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The new 2017 BMFA Free-Flight Forum Report, the thirty-third, is just out. It’s full of  information on a wide range of free-flight topics, and the following contents list shows what this year’s Report covers.  Even if you don’t currently fly free-flight, why not get a copy?  There’s a lot more in it than you think.  A Lightweight Power Model Starter Box - Simon DixonJigs and Fixtures - Mike WoodhouseMeasuring the Shape of Aerofoils: Knowing What You've Got and How to Evaluate it! - Alan Br...
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John Thompson - Update

John Thompson - Update

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of SAM 1066 Chairman John Thompson on the Friday 12 May following a collapse at his home. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and all of his family. The funeral will be held  at 12.00 on May 31st at St Johns Church Hartley Wintney* followed by refreshments at The Jubilee Hall*, West Green Road Hartley Wintney. All welcome, family flowers only and donations to Johns charity (to be confirmed). Anne would appreciate if you could please le...
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