The BMFA is the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying. Its aims are to promote, protect, organise and encourage model flying within the UK. The mandate for the BMFA to do this comes from the Royal Aero Club (dating back to 1922), the Civil Aviation Authority and Sport UK.
The BMFA also represents the UK in the international forum through its recognition by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and its model flying sub committee, Commission Internationale d'Aeromodelisme (CIAM).
Here are some of the questions regularly asked of the BMFA:
The BMFA offers a complete assurance package to promote and protect model flying in the UK and undertakes to represent all model fliers at the highest level. This includes negotiation with our national and local government departments, the Civil Aviation Authority, international bodies such as the FAI and CIAM, and a wide variety of aviation, sports and recreational bodies. By maintaining close contact with the authorities we maintain the model flyer's status by achieving national recognition and self regulation.
The following services are also provided to its members and clubs:
The most important contribution that affiliated clubs and members offer to the BMFA is their support to the partnership that is committed to investing in the future of model aircraft flying. It is this support that ensures the BMFA has the strength and resources to address the many problems and issues that are faced on a regular basis. There is no doubt that the anti-model flying lobby grows stronger each year and the BMFA is the only body able to counter the threat on behalf of all model fliers.
All members and clubs are ambassadors for model flying as their community will judge model flying on local perceptions. By flying safely and responsibly, and by contributing to the local community through schools, youth groups and displays, you and your club can demonstrate the BMFA is a responsible and caring organisation.
Clubs' and members' voluntary work in support of the Association and in the promotion of model flying is vital if it is to have a cohesive future in the UK. The best work is often done by unsung volunteers at the grass roots level.
Any insurance is only as good as its settlement track record. Our insurers have proven to be utterly reliable and supportive and we are able to offer the most comprehensive package available for model aircraft flying. It covers all aeromodelling related activities and includes:
Up to £25M Third Party Indemnity with:
Indemnifications marked * are automatically available to clubs on affiliation. Individual members may be granted indemnity for some of these elements on application to head office. Should you have mixed modelling activities in your club, the insurance covers boats, cars, steam powered models and kites. There is no limitation on the size of model aircraft or engines, provided CAA regulations are complied with. There's a list of frequently asked questions about the insurance scheme.
The BMFA does not sell insurance as a commercial transaction but, as a responsible National Governing Body, it provides you with the best available as a part of an assurance package. The insurance is only provided to member bodies of the Central Council of Physical Recreation and is not available elsewhere.
It is an essential reference book for all model fliers. Not only does it give details on the British Model Flying Association, it includes a comprehensive safety code drawn up from the legal obligations all model fliers have to meet, such as Air Navigation Order Articles 55 and 56, Civil Air Procedure 658, the DOE Noise Code and the Environment Act. It also includes measures and advice on accident prevention and how to avoid the many pitfalls that can befall model aircraft fliers.
The independent model press have stated it to be essential reading and should be read from cover to cover.
The Members' Handbook is issued individually to every member and is reviewed annually, with addendum sheets being issued if required. It is re-issued every 3 years. You can also read the handbook on this site