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The Royal Aero Club (RAeC) awards the 2016 Queens Cup to the BMFA.

The Royal Aero Club (RAeC) awards the 2016 Queens Cup to the BMFA.

Her Majesty The Queen approved the gift of the trophy to the Royal Aero Club of the United Kingdom in 2010 and events 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 other, it is believed to be the fourth oldest sporting tro...
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Howard Menary, FSMAE

Howard Menary, FSMAE

Sadly we wish to inform you that Howard Menary, FSMAE passed away on 24th February 2016 Howard was a lifelong model aircraft enthusiast who started flying in 1943 with a KK Ajax. He rejuvenated the historic Ulster MAC in 1963 when we turned to Radio Control, starting with single channel home built equipment and progressing to multi channel R/C of FAI Aerobatic models. Howard represented Ireland at three F3A World Championships. He then became interested in Thermal Soaring and regularly flew ...
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John Benzing 1941-2016

It is sad to say that John passed away after a short battle with cancer. John had been a keen Control Line flyer for many years, competing in his earlier days in Combat and then finding his vocation flying CL Aerobatics. He has been the BMFA National Champion as well as CLAPA Champion. Although a very insular person, he was totally dedicated as Secretary of CLAPA for in excess of 15 years. He was involved with the running of the Aerobatics at Old Warden for many years as well as helping at many ...
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New BMFA Specialist Body for Model Ballooning

At the BMFA full Council Meeting held on Saturday (9/1/2016) Model Balloons UK was accepted as the BMFA Specialist Body for Model Ballooning after an excellent presentation from MBUK Treasurer Dave Milkin.  To find out more about this fascinating new discipline, please visit www.modelballoonsuk.com
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EASA Proposals for the Regulation of Drones - the BMFA Perspective

There has been considerable discussion over recent days regarding the effect on model flying of recent EASA proposals for the regulation of 'drones'. From the BMFA perspective, the situation as it stands is that the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) issued some draft regulations for consultation in August which outlined their thoughts on the regulation of unmanned aircraft.  The requirement for this had clearly arisen due to the surge in the use of multi-rotor aircraft (drones) by both lei...
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John Long, FSMAE, funeral details

John Long FSMAE We have now received confirmation of the funeral arrangements, which will take place as follows: Tuesday 1st December - 14.30 hrs at the East Chapel, Cambridge Crematorium, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0JJ.   No flowers, donations welcome, cheques payable to ‘Hinchingbrooke HCT – Charity’ and sent to: General Office (Cashiers) Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust Hinchingbrooke Hospital Hinchingbrooke Park Huntingdon PE29 6NT
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John Long FSMAE 1922 - 2015

John Long FSMAE 1922 - 2015 It is with much regret and great sadness that we inform you of the death of John Long Fellow who passed away on Monday 16th November 2015 at the age of 93. John retired from the Royal Air Force in the mid-seventies after thirty plus years’ service as a pilot rising to rank of Group Captain and Chief Flying Instructor at the Central Flying School. Following retirement John was the driving force behind the formation of Ramsey Model Aero Club at RAF Upwood Cambridges...
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Peter Freebrey, FSMAE

It is with regret and sadness that we inform you of the death of Peter Freebrey Fellow who passed away on Wednesday 4th November 2015, following several years of deteriorating health. Peters’ contribution to SMAE/BMFA was enormous. Peter had been a keen aeromodeller for all of his life and became a Fellow of the SMAE/BMFA and was editor of Aeromodeller Magazine for a number of years. However, ill health has prevented him attending anything other than as a spectator at the C/L Nationals over re...
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