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'In the Air Tonight' - Design and manufacture of high performance model aircraft. 25th January @ 7pm

Presented by Ollie Witt and Matt Hirst, this presentation will look at the process of evaluating the design requirements right through to the production of the final model. Both Ollie and Matt are life long aeromodellers and work in the design, manufacture and deployment of high value UAV airframes commissioned at government level.The presentation will feature the design and manufacture of C32 pylon racers but the principles laid down by Ollie and Matt are applicable to designing a club trainer ...
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BMFA Classifieds is changing!

From early February we will be launching a whole new classifieds system. Access to register and login will be via the BMFA JustGo membership portal.All users will need to register the first time you use the new system, however the process is extremely simple and just involves setting a password for the classifieds site.Access to the old system will no longer be available when the new system goes live.
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Notification of Jamming Trial – MOD West Freugh, 10 January – 4 February 2022 which may affect the operation of model aircraft and drones

See https://skywise.caa.co.uk/notification-of-jamming-trial-mod-west-freugh-10-january-4-february-2022/The CAA have asked us to raise awareness of these notifications so that members are suitably well informed in order to be able to make informed decisions regarding their flying activity.  The CAA have also asked us to alert members to their Skywise notification system, which anyone is free to sign up to.  You can read more about this on the Skywise website.DetailsActivity impacti...
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BMFA issued with an updated Article 16 Authorisation (21/12/2021)

We are pleased to confirm that the BMFA has now been issued with a revised Article 16 Authorisation for the benefit of its members in 2022, which is effective immediately (from 21 December 2021).The only changes to our Authorisation have been made to reflect the recent changes to the operator registration requirements for control line flyers (those operating control line aircraft weighing less than 7.5Kg on lines of 25m or less are no longer required to register as an operator).There is a lot of...
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BMFA Membership Fees 2022

The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers (SMAE) took place on Saturday 20th November.The AGM approved a small increase in the membership fees for 2022 (the first increase since 2019) to cover inflation and the increased cost of insurance premiums.2022 Membership fees (renewals will be available from 1st December 2021)Senior £40.00Junior £18.00Family Partner £27.00Family Junior £14.00Please note that due to a price increase from the supplie...
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2021 Annual Dinner and Awards Presentation

The Annual Prize-Giving and Dinner is to be held at theMercure Daventry Court Hotel, Sedgemoor Way, Daventry, Northants, NN11 0SGonSaturday, 20th November 2021 at 7.00 pm for 7.15 pm.Please note that the Mercure Daventry Hotel utilises ANPR systems for the car park. On arrival you must register your Car Registration details at reception to avoid receiving a parking fine.To book tickets please see https://e-forms.bmfa.org/dinnerMenuStartersPrawn & Crayfish Cocktail, Baby Gem leaves,...
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Attention Control Line Flyers! – Changes to CAA Operator Registration Requirements

Members may recall that when the requirement for CAA Operator Registration was first introduced in November 2019, that control line flyers were exempted from the requirement to register.When the EU regulations came into effect on the 31st December 2020, the situation changed because the EU regulations only exempted those operating control line aircraft weighing less than 1Kg from the requirement to register.We are pleased to report that following a recommendation from the CAA, the UK Government ...
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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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