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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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GBR F1D European Championship Silver!

Silver Medals for the British F1D European Championship Team  Congratulations to the British team of Tony Hebb, Mark Benns and Derek Richards for bringing home the Team Silver medal at the F1D (Indoor Duration) European Championships in Serbia. To achieve this fantastic result in an extremely competitive field, their individual positions were 4th (Tony Hebb), 6th (Mark Benns) and 14th (Derek Richards).
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GBR European Gold for the British Speed Team.

Gold medals for the British Speed Team at the 2013 European Championships. British Speed team member Ken Morrissey has retained his European crown won in 2011 in Poland and is the 2013 European Champion with a best speed of 301.5 kph.  The Speed Team Gold medal goes to the British team of Ken Morrissey, Paul Eisner and Peter Halman who are the 2013 European Championship team. Ken made his marvellous 301.5 kph in the first round; Paul’s best flight of 298.7 kph was made in the second...
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GBR F3N World Championship Silver!

A very well deserved  World Championship silver medal for the British Team of Duncan Osbourn, Stuart Mott and Stuart Smith at the second F3N Freestyle Helicopter Championships!  Duncan placed 4th, Stuart Mott, 5th and Stuart Smith 17th.  The World Championships were fiercely fought from the first day and the GBR team under Team Manager Rob Turnbull were not to be deflected from their goal of a medal.  This silver medal builds on the bronze medal they won at the first European...
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