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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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Government Publishes Consultation on the Safe Use of Drones in the UK

The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published the outcome of their consultation on the safe use of drones in the UK.  The document can be viewed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/631638/unlocking-the-uks-high-tech-economy-consultation-on-the-safe-use-of-drones-in-the-uk-government-response.pdf The document has evidently caused some concern within the model flying community and has set some ‘hares running’.  As such, I thought that it would ...
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BILL DRAPER 1934 - 2017

It is my sad duty to report the passing of a great model flyer,friend and club mate,  Bill Draper. Bills achievements in F2B were. legendary. With his own design Superhawk He won the gold trophy at The British Nationals 9 times.Was British Team member in F2B over 3 decades and became European champion in1989 For these achievements he was awarded,The certificate of Merit.at the Royal Aero Club. He was a great supporter of CLAPA and in co-operation with John Hamilton of The Belfast Club formed...
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