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Roy Yeabsley

After a long spell in a Perth Western Australia hospital, renowned free flight glider flier, Roy Yeabsley passed away on August 21st 2014. Roy was a member of the well known Croydon DMAC in the 40's and 50's, becoming one of the country's leading glider exponents of the time, his Revenge A2 design being nominated as the most successful contest glider of the 1950. In that year he had the distinction of winning three of the national trophies, the K&MAA, ME No.2 and SMAE Cups. Often confused ...
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Multi-Rotor Achievement Scheme Launched!

After many requests from clubs and individuals the BMFA Multi-Rotor achievement scheme has been launched. The standards and guidelines booklets are available to download from www.bmfa.org/Downloads/RCAchievementSchemeDownloads or directly from the links below. Multi-Rotor A   Multi-Rotor B   Test forms for examiners can be obtained by calling the BMFA office on 0116 244 0028 or by emailing admin@bmfa.org Test forms will also be available from the BMFA tent at the Nati...
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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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