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COVID-19 Regulations Update 26-2-2021

The signs for a return to the skies in England soon are looking promising. The Government COVID-19 Response -Spring 2021 indicates that clubs should be able to re-open from March 29th.  There may also be the possibility for some flying in public open spaces from March 8th; however, this will very much depend on the details contained within the regulations that sit behind the roadmap, which have yet to be released. We will be corresponding with the Department of Culture, Media and Sport...
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Den 'Pip' Smith

"Den (Pip) Smith. I'm sorry to report that we lost one of our long standing members affectionally known as Pip to the dreaded virus on 12th January this year.Pip was born on 24th November 1931 so not a bad innings especially as he had previously fought and beaten Cancer over the years.He was an accomplished engineer and took great delight in helping us all with the more difficult modelling jobs like welding, producing stuff on his lathe etc.His friendly helpful smile will be sorely missed by us ...
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In the Air Tonight - An introduction to Glider GPS Triangle Racing

with Greg LewisTuesday 9th February @ 7.30pmClick here to register for this WebinarUsing the latest GPS technology model gliders can now copy the exploits of full size gliding.Task flying around a triangular course using thermals to sustain flights over great distances at high speeds.We will cover the history of the class, how it works, the different classes and getting started.Rather than just floating around from thermal to thermal harness the energy in the sky to set personnel bests and then ...
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Peter (Pete) J. Beadle 1947 - 2021

It is with great sadness that I report the passing of Peter (Pete) J. Beadle who died in hospital from a non-COVID ailment on Saturday 23rd January 2021. Peter was admitted to hospital on 7th January and was receiving treatment for a number of issues as he had been in ill health for a while. He was tested for COVID and it was negative.In the 1970’s he was member of the Northwick Park Model Flying Club and flew with his friends including Sean Bannister, Greg Lewis and others.In 1983 Pete obtaine...
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In the Air Tonight - An Introduction to Fun Fly Competitions

with James Gordon & Gavin Barden of the British Fun Fly AssociationClick here to register for this WebinarFun Fly competitions have been an important part of many club’s events ever since the birth of radio control flying and in this presentation we hope to show you how Fun Fly aircraft and competitions have developed over that time, how you and your club can get involved in this exciting and entertaining part of our hobby and the huge benefits it can bring to any club’s activities.We will...
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BMFA Guide to our Article 16 Authorisation - Updated 12/1/2021

There has been some small updates to the BMFA Guide to our Article 16 Authorisation. Please note the Authorisation itself has not changed.These are just minor changes to clarify a couple of aspects of the authorisation.Updated sections are:Section APart 5.1 -  Pilot CompetencePart 14 -  Declaration of understanding of our Article 16 Authorisation The updated guidance can re read at https://rcc.bmfa.uk/article-16 where you can also download the guide as well as a copy of the actual authorisation.
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COVID-19 Regulations Update 6/1/2021

England All areas of England have now been placed in to Tier 4. The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 have also been amended.Whilst outdoor exercise is still allowed, either alone or with one other person, we are now no longer permitted to leave our homes to visit public outdoor places for the purposes of open air recreation.  The definition of public outdoor places has also been amended and now no longer includes outdoor sportsgrounds or sports...
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COVID-19 Regulations Update 22/12/2020

COVID-19 Regulations Update 22/12/2020 EnglandThere is no change that affects model aircraft flying in Tiers 1, 2 and 3 in England since our last update on 4/12/2020. See https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2703/COVID-19-Regulations-Update-4-12-2020However, the Government have introduced a fourth Tier which currently covers London and much of the South East and a number of other areas.In the new Tier 4 the instruction is that you must stay at home, apart from a limited number of exceptions...
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BMFA Annual Awards Ceremony Live online - Saturday 12th December @ 7.30pm

Due to the restrictions on gatherings enforced by the COVID-19 restrictions it has not been possible to gather together to celebrate the achievements of those whose ceaseless endeavours enable our wonderful sport and our model flying clubs to thrive.However it is still important to recognise these individuals and this evening at 7.30pm the BMFA are hosting a virtual awards ceremony.The ceremony will be broadcast live and anyone who wishes to watch may do so at the link below.https://bmfa.uk/live
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