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2017 Payload Challenge Results and Gallery

The results from the 2017 Schools and Universities Payload Challenge Contests are available from the Payload Challenges Website at http://payloadchallenge.bmfa.org/2017-results A full report of the contests will appear in an upcoming BMFA News.   Videos and other information is also available from the Payload Challenge Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/BMFAPayload/  
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BILL DRAPER 1934 - 2017

It is my sad duty to report the passing of a great model flyer,friend and club mate,  Bill Draper. Bills achievements in F2B were. legendary. With his own design Superhawk He won the gold trophy at The British Nationals 9 times.Was British Team member in F2B over 3 decades and became European champion in1989 For these achievements he was awarded,The certificate of Merit.at the Royal Aero Club. He was a great supporter of CLAPA and in co-operation with John Hamilton of The Belfast Club formed...
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Update on EASA regulations

NPA 2017-05(A) Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) began the process to create a regulatory framework for the operation of drones in 2015, when in August they published the A-NPA 2015/10 – “Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones”.  This document appeared to offer a number of concessions and safeguards to avoid a negative impact on the long established activity of model flying.  Europe Air S...
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The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The New 2017 Free Flight Forum Report

The new 2017 BMFA Free-Flight Forum Report, the thirty-third, is just out. It’s full of  information on a wide range of free-flight topics, and the following contents list shows what this year’s Report covers.  Even if you don’t currently fly free-flight, why not get a copy?  There’s a lot more in it than you think.  A Lightweight Power Model Starter Box - Simon DixonJigs and Fixtures - Mike WoodhouseMeasuring the Shape of Aerofoils: Knowing What You've Got and How to Evaluate it! - Alan Br...
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Trevor Plumbe

It is with great sadness that the Mansfield club announce the death of the one time secretary Trevor Plumbe age 69, Trevor had been a very keen aero modeller for many years, & was at home mainly with F3A Aerobatics, which he took a very active part in at club level & also as a active member on the flight line at many competitions in our country & abroad, being a scribe, plus other duties, but he was also available to give advice on many aspects of flying to anyone in our club, he was...
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Steve Warren

A much loved and respected quiet powerhouse of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers and Southern Area BMFA died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Saturday 1st April 2017. His early career as engineering officer in the boiler rooms full of asbestos on cargo vessels had ultimately taken its toll.   Steve was one of the founder members of the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers Club which was formed in 1975 rising to become its president after many stalwart years as secretary.   Although a novi...
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Neville Eyre

It is with sadness that I have to report that Neville (Nev) Eyre, well-known Team Race flier and member of the Wharfedale & District Aeromodellers passed away on Saturday whilst competing in Texas Quickie Rat Race at the Barton Club. He was 59. I understand that Nev had just taken off after a pit-stop when he collapsed. Despite CPR being administered and an ambulance arriving within eight minutes, he could not be saved. It is not given to many of us to die doing something we love and there ...
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John Thompson - Update

John Thompson - Update

It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of SAM 1066 Chairman John Thompson on the Friday 12 May following a collapse at his home. Our condolences go to his wife Anne and all of his family. The funeral will be held  at 12.00 on May 31st at St Johns Church Hartley Wintney* followed by refreshments at The Jubilee Hall*, West Green Road Hartley Wintney. All welcome, family flowers only and donations to Johns charity (to be confirmed). Anne would appreciate if you could please le...
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BMFA Buckminster opens Monday 8th May!!

The new National Visitor Centre and Model Flying site opens at 9am on Monday 8th May for model aircraft flying. See the National Centre website at http://nationalcentre.bmfa.org/ for further details. Check the status box on the front page of the website for the proposed activity over the coming three days (continuous update). But the aim is to run sport R/C as the primary activity for the first three days with control line circles also in operation and to accommodate season ticket holders as ...
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John O’Donnell 1932 – 18/4/2017

John O’Donnell1932 – 18/4/2017 John O’Donnell has died – he was 84.JOD as he was known, was the most consistently successful model flyer of all time where it really counts, – in competition. Throughout his career, he honed his skills by careful thought and rigorous attention to detail. In the 1957/58 Zaic Yearbook John said, ‘I feel that warps should be regarded as a trimming device, and not as an unpredictable and unfortunate result of doping’. That was typical O’Donnell – succinct, c...
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