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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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Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE.  1937 – 2016

Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE. 1937 – 2016

  Robin Sleight, Honorary Secretary of the BMFA and Chairman of the British Association of Radio Control Soarers, died on December 2nd, 2016. Robin had been a member of the BMFA for nearly sixty years starting like so many others with Keil Kraft models and ED engines; he grew up in Scotland and has in the distant past been a member of the Scottish Free Flight team and a control line finalist at the Nationals. Since the advent of radio, he gravitated to competitive thermal soaring as a primary...
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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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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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