The Achievement Scheme is run by the BMFA as a National Scheme and it is open to all model flyers. Where a non-member wishes to participate in the achievement scheme the examiner who will be conducting the test must inform the BMFA office via email or telephone, no later than the day prior to the test being carried out, of the non-member's full name, address and the date that the test will be conducted. This enables the BMFA to extend insurance at suitable levels for the day of the test. If this procedure is not followed the test will be invalid.
This leaflet contains the details of all the achievement schemes, incuding information on administration and appointment of examiners.
Download the Achievement Scheme leaflet here....
(January 2011 edition. Left click to read, right click and select save to download)
To assist examiners and candidates in the fixed wing and helicopter power achievement schemes, the BMFA publishes several leaflets as guidance for Chief Examiners, Club Examiners and Test Candidates.
You can read them here on PDF format (documents will open in a new window) or you can right click and select download to download them to your own computer.
Silent Flight - Electric: A test B test Silent Flight - Slope: A test B test Silent Flight - Thermal: A test B test
A note on the use of Helicopter gyros during achievement scheme tests.
A register of BMFA Examiners will be maintained by Council and only those whose names appear on the register are authorised to conduct examinations. It is recommended that the number of club examiners should not exceed the following, although clubs may apply to exceed these numbers if necessary.
|No. of club members||No. of club examiners|
|Up to 50||3|
|50 to 74||4|
|75 to 100||5|
Clubs should make every effort to ratify enough Examiners for their needs and your local Area Achievement Scheme Co-ordinator will be able to help. Contact them via the BMFA office.
No examination fees will be charged to either BMFA members or non-members.
It should be noted that it is stated in the Safety Code for Model Flying Displays that a model flyer, using a radio-controlled powered model in a display before the public should produce evidence of holding a valid 'B' Certificate. Competitors in BMFA contests for radio controlled powered model aircraft must produce evidence of holding a valid `B' Certificate.
Badges are available for 'A', 'B' and Examiner grades. They are of `wings' design, silver for the 'A', gold for the 'B' and gold with the letter 'E' for Examiners. They may be obtained direct from the BMFA Leicester office (call the office or check the BMFA website for the latest prices). Orders must include evidence of qualification by quoting your certificate number.
Where an 'A' or 'B' Certificate holder or an Examiner consistently disregards the requirements of the Safety Codes or local club rules his club is empowered to take the following action:
(a) In the first instance, a verbal warning to the offender by an officer of the club.
(b) In the second instance, a written warning from the club committee.
(c) Where these warnings fail to have the necessary effect, the club committee may formally request the Areas Council to withdraw the offender's Certificate or Examiner qualification.
In exceptional circumstances, a BMFA Area may formally propose to Areas Council that a certificate or qualification be withdrawn directly.
Once a certificate or qualification has been withdrawn by Areas Council, the offender will not be permitted to re-take the test for a period of 6 months from the date of withdrawal.
The Achievement Schemes are administered nationally by Controllers acting for the Areas Council and appointed by Full Council and locally by Area Co-ordinators appointed by each BMFA Area.
37 Tanners Close
Royal Wootton Bassett
Silent Flight Scheme Controller
Contact BMFA Office
Contact details for Area Co-ordinators may be obtained from the BMFA Leicester office.
Details of a member's Achievement Scheme qualifications will be shown on their membership card.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Fixed Wing Bronze Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'A' Certificate, Fixed Wing.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Helicopter Bronze Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'A' Certificate, Helicopter.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Helicopter Silver Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'B' Certificate, Helicopter.
Any holder of a BMFA or BARCS Silent Flight Thermal Gold, Diamond or Diamond Star will be assumed to hold a 'B' Certificate, Silent Flight Thermal.
Any holder of a BMFA or BARCS Silent Flight Slope Gold or Diamond will be assumed to hold a 'B' Certificate, Silent Flight Slope.