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Mick Tiernan

A sad loss to the world of Aeromodelling. It's with a great deal of sadness that I have to inform people of the passing of Mick Tiernan on Friday 17th January 2020. Mick was the first ever F2D Control Line Combat World Champion when the World Champs were held at RAF Woodvale Southport in 1978 as well as previously holding the National Championship title and many other both in the UK and abroad. Throughout his years in Combat, he became very much the innovator coming up with many new ideas in ...
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Keith Whiddett 29th December 1948 – 22nd November 2019

It is with regret that I have to inform the model flying community of the loss of a lifetime aeromodeller, expert flyer and dear friend, Keith Whiddett, who has died peacefully at his home following cancer. Within his local Club Keith was revered as the go-to test pilot by many members.  He was present at the formation of South Norfolk Model Flying Club on Hethel wartime airfield in Norfolk during the late 60’s and progressed to becoming a long term committee member and trainer, helping to sha...
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UPDATE - CAA Exemptions from the Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Scheme (DMARES)

There appears to be a considerable amount of myth and misinformation circulating about the status of the exemptions issued by the CAA including those which recognise BMFA Achievements and exempt members from registering as Operators by the 30th November (and doing it instead as part of their BMFA Membership Renewal).  Full details of the CAA exemptions can be found at www.be-lawful.bmfa.org. Concern has been expressed by some that the exemptions are only effective until June 2020.  There is how...
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CAA Recognised Registration Competency Certificate launched. Please Read!

Article 94F of the Air Navigation Order introduces the requirement that from 30th November 2019  all remote pilots of model aircraft or drones (small unmanned aircraft, SUA) with a mass of 250gm or more flown outdoors, including free flight, not to fly the SUA unless the CAA has issued the remote pilot with an acknowledgement of competency valid for the flight.   However the CAA have issued an exemption for BMFA members who hold a Basic Proficiency Certificate,  or either A or B Certificates. ...
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BMFA Subscriptions for 2020, membership card option and introducing BMFA Rewards

BMFA Subscriptions for 2020, membership card option and introducing BMFA Rewards

Following Saturday's AGM, 2020 BMFA fees will remain unchanged from their current level. Senior - £38Junior - £17Family Senior - £38Family Partner - £25Family Junior - £13 2020 membership will be available from the 1st of December. For 2020 we will be introducing a new optional BMFA membership card, this will be a plastic credit card sized card and comes with the option to sign up to BMFA Rewards which gives you the chance to make savings at many UK retailers, restaurants, cinemas, hotels e...
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CAA PUBLISHES RESPONSE TO CAP1775 - CONSULTATION ON CHARGING PROPOSALS FOR DRES

Without any fanfare (or even notification through their usual channels) the CAA have now published CAP1804, their response to CAP1775 (the consultation on the charging proposal for the 'Drone Registration and Education System - DRES)'.  You can read the response here: https://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1804_DRES_consultation_%20response.pdf
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UPDATE - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES) – CAA LAUNCHES THEIR SYSTEM

The CAA have launched their DRES system today (5th November) to allow operators of unmanned aircraft to pass a competency test and register as operators. https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/ . They have also launched a scheme to return lost ‘drones’ to their registered owners (see https://www.caa.co.uk/News/Drones-Reunited/). As has been widely discussed, with effect from the 30th November 2019, the law requires that anyone operating an unmanned aircraft outdoors which weighs more than 250g (e...
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CHAIRMAN'S STATEMENT - CAA DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGISTRATION AND EDUCATION SCHEME (DRES)

Since the CAA finally announced details of its Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) last week we have published several explanatory notes both on the BMFA website and directly to members by email.  However, the flurry of correspondence and comments on various forums and groups suggests that there is still considerable misunderstanding of the scheme and ill-feeling in some quarters about what the BMFA has been doing to support its members.  From the outset, the UK model flying Associat...
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