BMFA Membership Fees 2022

20/11/2021By BMFAAdministratorArchive No Comments

The Annual General Meeting of the Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers (SMAE) took place on Saturday 20th November. The AGM approved a small increase in the membership fees for 2022 (the first increase since 2019) to cover inflation and the increased cost of insurance premiums. 2022 Membership fees (renewals will be available from 1st December … Read More

Attention Control Line Flyers! – Changes to CAA Operator Registration Requirements

01/11/2021By BMFAAdministratorRegulatory Matters No Comments

Members may recall that when the requirement for CAA Operator Registration was first introduced in November 2019, that control line flyers were exempted from the requirement to register. When the EU regulations came into effect on the 31st December 2020, the situation changed because the EU regulations only exempted those operating control line aircraft weighing … Read More

Gerry Tideswell 1933 – 2022

20/05/2021By BMFAAdministratorObituaries No Comments

On Tuesday 22nd Mar./22   Another Northern Free-flight modeller made his final Fly-off.      A Church Fenton / Rufforth regular,he was very much involved in both Glider and Rubber Club Competitions in the 50's / 60's.     He had various designs published via Northern Area News over the Years.     One of his Northern … Read More

Reg Strudley Obituary

20/05/2021By BMFAAdministratorObituaries No Comments

A tribute to Reg Strudley. It was sad to hear from his long-time partner Sylvia that Reg Strudley had passed away on February 14 at the age of 79 and it was a surprise that just a few days before I had had a fifteen minutes conversation with Reg when I rang him to have … Read More

Dave Swarbrick 1945 – 2022

20/05/2021By BMFAAdministratorObituaries No Comments

It is with great sadness that I share with you the passing of my good friend Dave Swarbrick, after a long illness. Many of you will have met and know Dave from the model aircraft shows that he attended. Born 10th May 1945, Dave’s childhood was spent in the family’s 3- acre market garden on … Read More

Bob Close – 1932 – 2021

20/05/2021By BMFAAdministratorObituaries No Comments

<p style=”margin:0cm”><span style=”font-size:11pt”><span style=”font-family:Calibri,sans-serif”>Many members will have met and known Bob over the years either in the UK or at the US SAM Champs in Muncie or Henderson when he, his grandson Alex, sons Anthony and Julian, attended events over the years. He was a Dr. of Analytical Chemistry and a Fellow of The Royal … Read More

Laurie Peake, 1953 – 2021

20/05/2021By BMFAAdministratorObituaries No Comments

I am deeply sorry to have to report that Laurie Peake, a long-standing member of Fleet & District Model Aero Club, passed away recently. Laurie retired at the end of 2018, and he was anticipating a more relaxed lifestyle, including playing squash and golf, but then along came COVID and hampered his plans. Even so, … Read More