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EASA Prototype Rules for Unmanned Aircraft - Update

The rulemaking team at EASA have asked me to notify members that the deadline for feedback on the Prototype Rules was 15th October.  We understand that they are still receiving dozens of emails per day, mainly from the U.K!  Thank you to all those members who provided constructive feedback. The formal feedback response submitted to EASA on behalf of FAI & Europe Air Sports has been published here: http://www.fai.org/news/42436-eas-fai-response-easa-unmanned-aircraft  The level of response ...
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Roger Bellingham (Hon Member)

It is with great sadness that we write to inform you of the death of Roger Bellingham (Honorary Member) on Friday 7th October.Roger devoted a great deal of his life to the model flying movement, serving as BMFA Flying Site Officer on a voluntary basis for a number of years, before being contracted as our full time Flying Site Adviser in 2002, a role which he fulfilled until 2011.In addition, Roger served as Chairman of the South Midland Area for 14 years and was also a long standing member of th...
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Malcolm (Mac) Taylor (1945 - 2016)

It is with great sadness we inform everyone that Malcolm (Mac) Taylor passed away on July 30th 2016. Malcolm was a member of the BMFA for several years including the SMAE. He was a Chief Examiner for the Midlands region for many years in the 1908/90s. He formed the company of Taylorcraft in the 80s. During this time he became known to many people across the country selling and delivering to the model shops for Taylorcraft and also at shows and exhibitions including the Model Engineer Show in L...
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Threat to Model Flying from European Regulation - EASA Prototype Rules for Unmanned Aircraft

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has recently launched its ‘Prototype Rules’ for the regulation of ‘unmanned aircraft’ throughout Europe.  In their current form, the proposals represent a serious threat to model flying as we know it which I cannot understate.  You can read the ‘Prototype Rules’ and the ‘Explanatory Note’ here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/easa-and-you/civil-drones-rpas The Prototype Rules are clearly written to deal with the rapidly developing area of ‘drone’ ...
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Model Flying in Ashdown Forest - Important Notice

Please take note of the following message from the South East Area Chairman, Stuart Willis. "I have been contacted by The Conservators of Ashdown Forest (South East Area) they have had a complaint from a member of the public with regards to an individual flying a large model aeroplane in the Ellisons Pond area of Ashdown Forest at 3pm 30th August; The model was being flown very close to a grazing enclosure. The South Chase Ranger followed up the complaint and the person flying the model aeropla...
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Ronald Checkley 1929 - 2016

Ronald 'Ron' Checkley, of the Tamworth (Hanson) Model Flying Club, passed away earlier this years at the age of 87. Ron had been a much loved and valued member of the club for more than 20 years and was famous for his love of life and infectious sense of humour. He was a talented pilot and builder who would often take younger members under his wing to encourage and nurture them. He will be much missed by everybody who knew him.
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(Jet) Jethwa

I wish to inform everyone that sadly Jet passed away after a very short illness on the 27th of July 2016. I first met Jet on Beverley Westwood 20 years ago and he remained a very well respected and good friend till the end, eventually after some persuading he joined our little club. A lifelong modeller and flyer with exquisite building skills and engineering ingenuity for solving problems. He will be missed by all the members of HOSMAC for his un-boundless knowledge which he passed on to ever...
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Derek Moseley

It is with sadness that I have to inform everyone that knew him that Derek passed away on the 10th of June 2016. Derek was a former member of the York Club and has been with HOSMAC for about 4 or 5 years. I did not know him extremely well, but found him to be a gentle giant, a true gentleman, a fantastic modeller and flyer always willing to help others. Our condolences to his wife Bett and son Terry. K Walder, Secretary
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