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CAA proposes £16.50 annual registration charge - Act Now!

Following the recent sudden announcement of Flight Restriction Zones around protected aerodromes capturing the operation of all unmanned aircraft of any weight and at any height (and the unreasonable three week notice period given for our clubs and members to comply), the CAA have dropped yet another bombshell on us with no prior warning.They have today published a consultation (CAP1775) on their proposed charges for the registration of all operators of unmanned aircraft – which includes all of...
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The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The 2019 Free Flight Forum Report- It’s A Bumper Issue

The Free Flight Forum Report is now in its thirty-fourth year. This year’s is just out and it’s the biggest yet, with no less than 17 papers, covering a vast range of the topics that make free-flight so fascinating. Only Joules and Forces- Peter Watson;Classic 1/2A Models - Simon Dixon; Trimming the Sopwith Snipe - Mike Smith; Russell Strips - Russell Peers; Testing June 2016 Tan Super Sport in April 2017 - Tim Chant; Developments in Carbon Wing Construction - Stuart Darmon; Buckminster – We’...
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Important Notice to all BMFA Examiners, instructors and achievement scheme test candidates. Mandatory Questions Updated

Updated list of Mandatory Questions.To take in to account recent changes to the regulations that affect the flying of model aircraft the list of Mandatory questions has been updated to reflect the changes.The new list is reproduced below and is also available to view on the achievement scheme website at https://achievements.bmfa.org/mandatory-questions the online quiz has also been updated to reflect the changes. See https://achievements.bmfa.org/quizzes/mandatory-questions-quizAll the standards...
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CAA issues updates to 400ft Permission and FPV Exemption

Following the recent changes to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced Flight Restriction Zones (FRZ) around protected Aerodromes (with effect from the 13th March), the CAA have now updated the PERMISSION for Association members to continue operating ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 7Kg at heights exceeding 400ft.  The full text of this PERMISSION can be viewed HERE.There are a couple of important features contained within the new PERMISSION, i...
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Robert Melville Wallace

Obituary by Terry Jones Northern Ireland Area Secretary & Achievement Scheme Co-ordinatorIt is with great sadness that we report the passing of Robert Wallace. He lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at his home on 3rd April 2019. He leaves behind his dearly beloved wife Jacqui, much loved daughter Paula, son-in-law Columb, much loved granddaughter Clara.Robert was not only my good friend but also my mentor, small in stature but with a huge heart, I always say the biggest w...
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CAA Permission to operate above 400ft and CAA FPV Exemption

Following the changes to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which came into effect today, we have received a number of queries from members and clubs regarding the status of the existing CAA Permission to operate model aircraft (not including multi-rotors) of less than 7Kg above 400ft (and also the FPV Exemption) issued last year for the benefit of those operating within one of the recognised UK Associations.The Permission/Exemption documents require updates to reflect the recent changes to the text...
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CAA issue exemption for Control Line Model Aeroplane Flight Within Flight Restriction Zones

The CAA have today issued an exemption to permit control line model aircraft flight within the Flight Restriction Zones that come in to force on 13th March 2019 without seeking permission from the ATC unit or aerodrome operator.The exemption is available to download from the link below.http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1296.pdf Another example of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes to protect our sporting activities.  
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All Party Parliamentary Group for General Aviation and the BMFA Working together

All Party Parliamentary Group has supported the BMFA, announcing that the new set of regulations intended to tighten rules on drone operators is in danger of having a disproportionately negative effect on the model flying community. See the link below for the press release from the APPGhttp://www.generalaviationappg.uk/new-drones-law-punishes-british-model-flying-community/ 
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2019 Scale Indoor RC Nationals Date Change

The 2019 Scale Indoor RC Nationals will now be held on 12th May. All other details remain the same. The entry form & details are now available on the appropriate Nationals page of the website.(See under "Contests & Events" on the menu bar at the top of this page.)
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DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order. 20/2/2019

DfT publishes amendments to the Air Navigation Order.The Department for Transport (DfT) yesterday published further amendments to the Air Navigation Order which impact on all users of Small Unmanned Aircraft, including the model flying community.  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-drone-safety-partnership-with-business-launched-as-government-sets-out-plans-to-limit-drone-misuseFurther details of the amendments can be found in CAP1763 (as the CAA have the unenviable task of implementing the ...
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