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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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Roy Scott

We would like to report the passing of Roy Scott, founder of Micro-Mold Products. Roy passed away very recently (August) he was 89 years of age. Roy’s company Micro-Mold started in 1965/1966 in a lock up garage in Maidenhead, Berkshire. Over the years he started to purchase other modelling companies including C & C Castings (military miniatures); Bellona (van formed scenery for military modellers and railways); Avoncraft (range of vac formed fuselage and foam wing models) MM Radio Systems ...
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Air Navigation Order 2016

The current Air Navigation Order (ANO 2009) which provides the legal framework within which model aircraft are flown, will be replaced with a new version (ANO 2016) with effect from the 25th August. Further details can be found here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/modalapplication.aspx?catid=1&pagetype=65&appid=11&mode=detail&id=7503 The main change for model flyers is the numbering of the relevant articles rather than their content/meaning.
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The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup

The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup

The 2016 RAeC Queen's Air Race Challenge Cup Her Majesty The Queen approved the gift of the trophy to the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom (RAeC) in 2010 and competitions were held in 2011 (British Aerobatic Association), 2012 (British Microlight Aircraft Association) and 2013 (British Balloon & Airship Club). The trophy is of Irish silver and dates from around 1719 and sits on a wooden base. It has the Royal Arms on one side and the words “The Queen’s Air Race Challenge Cup” on the...
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GBR Medals at 2016 Freestyle Helicopter European Championships

GBR Medals at 2016 Freestyle Helicopter European Championships

Yes, medals, plural! The GBR F3N team of Duncan Osbourn, Dave Fisher, Steve Gerrard and Junior Aaron Cole have won the Team Gold medal at the 2016 FAI F3N European Championships. Duncan took the Individual Bronze medal and the cherry on the cake was young Aaron Cole in his first outing on the GBR team who won the Junior Individual Gold!
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