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UK Government publishes consultation on the 'Future of Drones in the UK'

The Government has today published their consultation ‘Taking Flight: The Future of Drones in the UK’. The measures in the consultation are part of the Governments wider drones programme and strategy, and will help shape the content of a draft Drones Bill which will be published later this year, as well as other future measures.  The measures under consultation include: Proposals for regulating and mandating the use of ‘apps’ on which pilots would file flight plans ahead of take-off Add...
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Update on changes to UK Regulations (and the 400ft height limit) - CAA Permission & Exemption published

The recent 2018 amendments to the Air Navigation Order will come into effect on the 30th July, making it illegal to operate any unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) above 400ft. The UK model flying associations (BMFA, SAA, LMA & FPVUK) have been working in close collaboration in ongoing negotiations with the Department for Transport (DfT) and Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and we are pleased to report that earlier today the CAA issued us with a joint ‘Permission’ to allow our memb...
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Reduced fees from July 1st 2018

Please note that membership fees from July 1st (runs to 31st December) will be reduced as follows   Senior - £34 (From July 1st £26)Junior - £17 (From July 1st £13)Family Senior - £34 (From July 1st £26)Family Partner - £23 (From July 1st £17)Family Junior - £13 (From July 1st £10)
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Update on changes to UK Regulations (and the 400ft height limit)

The latest meeting between the Department for Transport (DfT), Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and representatives from the UK Model Flying Associations took place this afternoon (Friday 15th June) at the DfT offices in London.The most urgent matter to address was the recent change to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which introduced (in Article 94A) a 400ft height limit on the operation of all Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA) which will come into effect on the 30th July 2018.  Whilst the changes to t...
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UK Government announces increased regulations for drone pilots

The Government has today announced proposed changes to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) to introduce increased regulations aimed at drone pilots. The proposed changes are as follows: Operators of drones above 250g to be registered (effective from 30th Nov 2019).  It is hoped that membership of one of the UK Model Flying Associations will satisfy this requirement. Drone operators will be required to take an on online safety test to verify their knowledge of the regulations (effective from 30...
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BMFA Achievement Scheme Annual Awards

Do you know someone who has passed a BMFA Achievement certificate and displayed outstanding attitude, determination, diligence and or performance in the lead up to and or during a test? Or maybe an instructor or examiner who has effectively and diligently promoted the achievement scheme and carried out their role to the benefit of your club? Then why not nominate them for a BMFA Achievement Scheme Award? See http://achievements.bmfa.org/achievement-scheme-annual-awards for details.
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The new 2018 Free Flight Forum Report - Hot off the press!

The new 2018 Free Flight Forum Report - Hot off the press!

THE NEW 2018 FREE FLIGHT FORUM REPORT – HOT OFF THE PRESS   For thirty-four years these Reports have included papers covering the widest possible range of free-flight topics. Have a look at what this year’s Report covers.   F1D Prop Selection for Slanic 2017 European Championships - Tony Hebb;The Power Egg - John Emmett;Use and Abuse of GPS Model Trackers - Chris Edge;Designing for BMFA Scale Competitions - Andy Sephton;Generating Youngsters’ Interest in Aeromodelling -   John Jacomb;Expe...
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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and your club.

As reported in the last issue of the BMFA news the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes in to force on 25th May 2018, there are a number of documents available for you to download from the club support page at https://www.bmfa.org/Clubs/Club-Support these should provide you with all the information BMFA Affiliated Clubs and Specialist Bodies require so you are able to take the necessary steps towards GDPR compliance. GDPR is quite a complex regulation and there is a huge amount of...
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