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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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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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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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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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Laurie Peake, 1953 - 2021

I am deeply sorry to have to report that Laurie Peake, a long-standing member of Fleet & District Model Aero Club, passed away recently. Laurie retired at the end of 2018, and he was anticipating a more relaxed lifestyle, including playing squash and golf, but then along came COVID and hampered his plans. Even so, as restrictions relaxed this year, he was able to start looking forward and planning again. Laurie was a Senior Engineer with British Airways and his modelling skills were of ...
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