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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 Sheffieldall his life.   He first saw control lineaircraft being flown in the park as a teenager and was so spellbound by it thathe ran home and dragged his father to come and see. This was the start of alifetime’s love of aircraft His interest in model flying continued throughout his married life and , Bob nevermissed the Nationals and attending every one from the 1960s right up to ...
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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 be purchased on...
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Don Burgess (1933-2014)

Donhailed originally from Worthing, Sussex and came to the Midlandsfrom his home in Croydon sometime in the early1980’s to set up an office forNachi Bearings.  He joined the SouthBirmingham MFC after being a member of the Three Kings Model Flying Club nearCroydon with Wal Cordwell and son Brian. Don’s main interests were control line speedand team racing. Hisfriends at that time were Dick Roberts, Mike Egerton, Paul Eisner and Tony Goodger,Tony’s association with Don ...
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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, passedaway on 3rd December at the age of 87 Ken was not only a foundermember of the Club but the chairman at the inaugural meeting which was held inhis garage workshop in 1967. What started years earlier with a loose group ofmodel fliers using a wartime airfield just outside Weymouth near to a pubcalled the Marquis of Granby became the Club which endures to this day.He remained as chairman until 1970 and returned to this jobbetween 1995 and 20...
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Leslie Goule 1943 - 2013

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

It is with muchsadness that we report the death of Ron Firth FSMAE, who passed away on 20Dec 2013 at the age of 85.Ron had been an active aeromodeller for much of his life, and in November1970 he had been appointed a Fellow of the Society of Model AeronauticalEngineers.   He also served as Society Chairman during 1971-1972.  In later life he became an avid plastic modelconstructor, graduating from Airfix to scratch-build vacu-formed models.Heis survived by his ...
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CAA Annual Review of Model Flying

Representatives from the BMFA attended the ‘annual review ofmodel flying’ with the CAA yesterday (26th November) along withrepresentatives of the LMA, SAA, BARCS and FPVuK.The BMFA submitted proposals thatcame out of the BMFA FPV & MultirotorSpecial Interest Group meeting held on 20/4/2013 that theexisting General Exemption for First Person View Flying should be amended toincrease the maximum take off mass for all aircraft types to 3.5Kg (currently1.8Kg for fixed wing aircraft an...
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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’s just...
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