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Bob Meager 1935-2014

Robert Lawrence Meager, known to friends and family as Bob, was born on July 16, 1935 and lived in Sheffield all his life.   He first saw control line aircraft being flown in the park as a teenager and was so spellbound by it that he ran home and dragged his father to come and see. This was the start of a lifetime’s love of aircraft His interest in model flying continued throughout his married life and , Bob never missed the Nationals and attending every one fro...
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Travel Insurance for BMFA Members

We have recently introduced an optional Travel Insurance Scheme for BMFA members travelling overseas for the purpose of model flying. The scheme is provided by ACE Europe and includes a comprehensive range of benefits including coverage of medical expenses, repatriation costs, loss of personal belongings and money, cover for travel disruption, cover for personal liability and legal expenses.  It also provides cover in the event of death or disablement. The Travel Insurance can...
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Don Burgess (1933-2014)

Don hailed originally from Worthing, Sussex and came to the Midlands from his home in Croydon sometime in the early1980’s to set up an office for Nachi Bearings.  He joined the South Birmingham MFC after being a member of the Three Kings Model Flying Club near Croydon with Wal Cordwell and son Brian.  Don’s main interests were control line speed and team racing. His friends at that time were Dick Roberts, Mike Egerton, Paul Eisner and Tony Goodger, To...
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First UK conviction for illegal use of an unmanned aircraft

A man from Cumbria has become the first person in the UK to be successfully prosecuted for the dangerous and illegal flying of an unmanned aircraft. Robert Knowles was found to have flown the device in restricted airspace over a nuclear submarine facility, as well as allowing the device to fly too close to a vehicle bridge. Both offences breached the UK’s Air Navigation Order. Mr Knowles, of Barrow-in-Furness, was found guilty on Tuesday 1 April 2014 and fined £800 at Furness and Dis...
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Ken Sheppard - 1926-2013

Ken, a Life Member of the Marquis Model Flying Club, passed away on 3rd December at the age of 87 Ken was not only a founder member of the Club but the chairman at the inaugural meeting which was held in his garage workshop in 1967. What started years earlier with a loose group of model fliers using a wartime airfield just outside Weymouth near to a pub called the Marquis of Granby became the Club which endures to this day. He remained as chairman until 1970 and returned to this jo...
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Leslie Goule 1943 - 2013

Leslie Goule 1943 - 2013 It is with great sadness that Leslie Goule passed away on 19th December 2013 after going into hospital for heart surgery. Les as his friends called him started flying & competing in control line at the Nationals in the 1960's, this then led him into joining various different clubs before becoming a long standing member of the Three Shires MFC along with Jim Davis, Dave Wright & many more. Les was always on hand to pass on his knowledge not on...
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Ron Firth FSMAE - 1928-2013

It is with much sadness that we report the death of Ron Firth FSMAE, who passed away on 20 Dec 2013 at the age of 85. Ron had been an active aeromodeller for much of his life, and in November 1970 he had been appointed a Fellow of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers.   He also served as Society Chairman during 1971-1972.  In later life he became an avid plastic model constructor, graduating from Airfix to scratch-build vacu-formed models...
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CAA Annual Review of Model Flying

Representatives from the BMFA attended the ‘annual review of model flying’ with the CAA yesterday (26th November) along with representatives of the LMA, SAA, BARCS and FPVuK. The BMFA submitted proposals that came out of the BMFA FPV & Multirotor Special Interest Group meeting held on 20/4/2013 that the existing General Exemption for First Person View Flying should be amended to increase the maximum take off mass for all aircraft types to 3.5Kg (currently 1.8Kg for fi...
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Achievement Scheme testing at Commercial Flying Schools

Future Achievement Scheme testing at Commercial Flying Schools   At the BMFA Full Council meeting in May earlier this year, a vote was passed that effectively prohibits achievement scheme tests being conducted by examiners working in commercial model flight training schools.  It prevents them testing their own pupils and or those of other instructors working at the same school. This doesn’t necessarily put an end to testing taking place at training schools full stop, it’...
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