Tony Hooper MBE (1941 – 2023)

07/04/2023By BMFAAdministratorObituaries

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the sad passing of Tony Hooper on Thursday 30th March 2023. Having developed an interest in aviation at an early age, he remained an aeromodeller throughout his life, serving the Large Model Association as the co-ordinator of their over 20kg Scheme (including being the point … Read More

2023 BMFA Charity Distance Challenge launched

31/03/2023By BMFAAdministratorArchive

Hopefully you are already aware of the 2023 attempt to beat the record for the largest number of model aircraft in the air simultaneously that we set last year and I hope that your club is considering joining in. It certainly proved an excellent day for those that took part last year. For further details … Read More

Amendments to Poisons Act (1972) and fuel containing nitromethane

22/03/2023By BMFAAdministratorRegulatory Matters

Members may recall that in early 2022 the Home Office undertook a consultation on amendments to the Poisons Act 1972, which controls the sale of certain explosives precursors and poisons – including nitromethane. See: The BMFA attended a meeting with Home Office officials to oppose proposals which would negatively impact those members using high nitro … Read More

CAA Increase Operator Registration Fees from April

17/03/2023By BMFAAdministratorGeneral News

Most members are probably aware that the CAA were proposing a 20% increase in the Operator Registration Fee from £10 to £12 from April 2023 (see The CAA run a consultation on their proposed fee increases each year and normally receive a few dozen responses. This year, the CAA received hundreds of responses, the … Read More

2023 BMFA Record Attempt launched

03/03/2023By BMFAAdministratorArchive

On the 15th May 2022 BMFA members across the UK came together at 12 noon to collectively attempt to set a new record for the greatest number of model aircraft of all types in the air at one time at BMFA affiliated clubs around the UK. The attempt was one of a number of events celebrating … Read More

Free Flight Nationals 2023 

03/02/2023By BMFAAdministratorNationals

Introduction It was not unexpected that Barkston Heath would not be available for the 3-day Bank Holiday event. This despite our proposal of a reduced or closed event. The plan The replacement contests will be a cut down Free Flight Nationals which will not be the same as the “real” Nationals. We will apply a … Read More

BMFA Nationals 2023

03/02/2023By BMFAAdministratorNationals

We are disappointed to report that we have received confirmation that RAF Barkston Heath will be unavailable to us in 2023 for either the Free Flight Nationals in May or the Power Nationals in August. Alternative arrangements are being made for both events, with the FF Nats being relocated to Salisbury Plain and North Luffenham … Read More

Mike Proctor, FSMAE, 1946 – 2022

02/12/2022By BMFAAdministratorObituaries

Mike was a talented flyer, builder and organiser.  His flying and building started like many of his generation in the late 50’s early 60’s honing his skills on Free Flight models of all descriptions. Mike moved to York, and trained as a Teacher, becoming Head of Craftwork at a local school. No doubt the Students … Read More