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Chris Moynihan

It is my sad duty to report the death of recently retired BMFA Chairman, Chris Moynihan, who passed away at his home on 6th February 2018 after a long battle with cancer.  Chris had been receiving treatment for some time but remained in good spirits and active as BMFA Chairman for as long as he was able.  Having started model flying as a 10-year-old in 1956, Chris was drawn towards silent flight where he made his mark as a keen thermal soaring competitor and competition organiser. However, alwa...
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EASA Publish their Technical Opinion and Draft Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has now published the Technical Opinion and Draft Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft.  All of the documents can be found on the EASA website here: https://www.easa.europa.eu/document-library/opinions/opinion-012018 Model aircraft remain within the scope of these Regulations, but thanks to the lobbying carried out on behalf of the model flying community by Europe Air Sports, the Basic Regulation (which underpins these regulations and specifies what they ...
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The Royal Aero Club's 2018 Queen's Cup Awarded to the BMFA/BMPRA

We are pleased to announce that following a unanimous vote of the Royal Aero Club Council, the 2018 Queen’s Cup for Air Racing has been awarded to one of the British Model Flying Association’s Specialist Bodies – The British Miniature Pylon Racing Association (BMPRA).  BMPRA Chairman, Geb Jones commented: “The British Miniature Pylon Racing Association is delighted that the Queen's Cup for 2018 has been awarded to the sport of Model Aircraft flying and in particular to Radio Control Pylon...
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Terry Jones

It is with great sadness that I am to inform you of the death of Terry Jones on Thursday 18th January 2018. Terry had been battling cancer for quite some time and became very ill last Sunday. Penny, Kate & Lucy were all with him when he passed. Terry was a long standing member of the Blackdown Radio Control Club and will be sorely missed by many past and present. Terry joined the club around 1990 and was always an active member of club activities, especially the bring and show events...
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Syd Marshall

It is with sadness that we have to report the death of Mr Syd Marshall who had been the President of Boston Model Aero Club for the past 35 years and was one of the founder members in 1948. Syd served in the RAF as a flight engineer and flew 36 operations with Bomber Command most of them in Lancaster. He was a volunteer at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, located at RAF Coningsby. He will be sadly missed by everyone. Terry Brown - Boston Model Aero Club
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Dick Edmunds

Sadly we have to report that Dick Edmonds, known to many in the aero modeling world , passed away on 14th October 2017, aged 87. Dick was born and grew up in High Wycombe. As a young lad Dick was always keen on aircraft spotting, especially during the war years, when the town’s furniture industry was diverted into making aircraft parts – particularly for the largely wooden Mosquito After the war he started his hobby of aero modeling with Free Flight, then went on to Control Line and eventuall...
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DfT announces commitment to implement new rules for drones

The DfT (Department for Transport) have today announced their intent to create new legislation to regulate drones.  A draft Bill outlining the new laws is in preparation and will be presented to Parliament in the Spring.   The new laws are consistent with the regulations being drafted by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and will introduce new requirements for education, training and registration of drone users (and their drones above 250g) along with new powers for the Police who wil...
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Brian Martin

North east flyer and Contest Secretary, Brian Martin, has died. Brian flew power models in all forms from the 50s to the late 70s, before switching to rubber, going on to feature in the British F1B team on several occasions. Brian didn't miss a single free flight contest season in over 50 years, before stepping down from competition in 2012. A small family funeral was held this week. Brian sadly suffered with Alzheimer's and Dementia in his final years. If you'd like to donate towards Alzheimer...
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Models & Engines stolen. Wirral Area

A member was burgled last week whilst he was away and the models plus engines listed below were taken. Please email Andrew Lothian on andrewl.wrcfs@sky.com if you have any information that may lead to the return of the models or apprehension of the culprits.   Vq Zero, Vq Me109, Ryan, Asm Cessna, WM Super Cub and Blackhorse Renegade, Saito 150 & 2 x 62s, CRRC 55 Twin, CRRC GP26r & Irvine 52.
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Norman Butcher FSMAE 1928 - 2017

Norman Butcher FSMAE; 15.10.1928 – 13.08.2017   It is with great regret that I inform you of the passing of Norman Butcher FSMAE at the age of 89. A prolific and successful aeromodeller, Norman always had two ambitions, the first being to earn a living from the model trade and the second to achieve success in competition. He succeeded magnificently in both. Coming through the then traditional routes of glider and rubber power in the 1940s, he moved on to i.c. power, creating many of his own...
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