FAI Sporting Licences are necessary for anyone who wishes to enter an FAI international model flying competition including Championships, World Cups and Open Internationals.
They are issued by the BMFA. For a first-time application form or a renewal form, please contact the BMFA office by telephone or download the forms here:
Application turn-around is generally three days from receipt of the application as long as it and the supporting documents are in order.
Telephone: 0116 244 0645
A list of the full range of FAI competition classes with their "F" number (FAI designation), class description and other details may be viewed here or downloaded. The list is revised periodically when necessary.
There are two occasions when you may need to take an RAeC FL with you to an FAI international competition held outside of the United Kingdom. Either when the competition is an open international or World Cup competition or when competing as a member of a British Team at an FAI Championship. For the latter it is usual for the Team Manager to organise FAI FLs but these can only be made to the FAI in a single, bulk NAC application. If the Team Manager misses the deadline for submission of data to the BMFA office then his team will not have FAI Facilitation Letters but he, or they, can request RAeC Facilitation Letters.
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Each year the BMFA submits nominees to the FAI for inclusion on the FAI International Judges List from recommendations made by the BMFA Technical Committees.
Anyone whose name appears on the FAI International Judges list is entitled to apply for an FAI International ID card. These attractive credit card sized ID cards are very useful. Each card is signed by the FAI Secretary General, carries the owner’s photograph duly embossed by the FAI Official Stamp and has spaces for four annual FAI stamps.
If you are entitled to one of these FAI International ID cards, and would like to apply for one, then please contact the BMFA office for the appropriate application forms.
The Scholarship is a one-off payment and has to be administered by the National Airsport Control which, for the United Kingdom, is, of course, the BMFA. The Scholarship is intended to help with school, college or university tuition fees, educational books or other educational needs. Payment will be through the BMFA to the successful candidate's educational establishment.
The maximum age of any applicant is 21 years in the nomination year and only one candidate per country may be submitted to the CIAM.
Nominations from any young flier interested in being considered as the UK's candidate must be received by the BMFA office no later than 10th August in any year. All the nominations will be considered at the September Full Council Meeting where
one nominee will be chosen as the most appropriate to be submitted to the CIAM.
A specially established CIAM Scholarship Selection Group of world-wide education
experts will consider all the nominations submitted to CIAM and rank them in
descending order of merit. This list will then be presented to the CIAM Bureau who
shall recommend a single candidate to the following year's CIAM Plenary meeting for approval. Scholarships may only be awarded at the CIAM Plenary meeting after due process.