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Martyn Pressnell CEng, FRAeS - 24/9/1936 – 8/1/2017

Born in Southend, Martyn was an aviation enthusiast since childhood, becoming an experienced designer of model aircraft at the age of eighteen for Contest Kits of Leigh-on Sea. His particular interest was free-flight rubber competition, an interest he pursued all his life.   After a degree in aeronautical engineering from London University, he trained as an airframe structures engineer at Handley Page, working in the stress office on the Victor programme and other projects. He chaired Hert...
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Clive Weller

Clive passed away peacefully on 23rd December 2016 aged 74. He was a dedicated and respected Aerobatic Modeller, Flyer and Designer for more than 50 years. He was an active member of the BMFA, GBRCAA and many local model flying clubs. He leaves behind a wife Valerie and daughter Karen.
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Brian Hilliard 1938 - 29/12/2016

Brian was not a nationally known figure in the aero modelling world other than a couple of mentions in some modelling magazines but was a tremendous example of someone who refused to let enormous obstacles stop him from enjoying life to the full. Brian was severely injured in a motorcycle crash at the age of 19, losing his right leg and the total loss of use in his right arm through nerve damage. This made standing for any time both awkward and uncomfortable and he wasn't helped by his exception...
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Update on EASA Prototype Rules and UK Government Launches Consultation on ‘Drones’

European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) Prototype Rules The second of four scheduled EASA ‘Expert Group’ meetings to discuss and refine the ‘Prototype Rules’ took place in Cologne on 14th December.  Areas covered included possible differentiation of commercial/recreational operations, requirements for registration, electronic identification and age restrictions.  The next meeting will take place on the 23rd & 24th January and will focus on the requirements for operations within their pro...
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2017 Royal Aero Club Trust Bursaries Available - Apply Now!

The Royal Aero Club Trust bursary scheme closing date for 2017 is the 31st March 2017.  Young aero-modelling enthusiasts, including those who have received a previous award and wish to apply for a follow-on award, and who are still eligible, should look at the details of the scheme on the Trust website (www.royalaeroclubtrust.org) and send their application to arrive as soon as possible.   In 2016 a total of 50 young sports-aviation enthusiasts received an award from the Trust to enable them to ...
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Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

Merry Christmas from the BMFA. Christmas Office Opening Hours.

The staff and all at the BMFA would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Please remember that if you haven't renewed your BMFA membership either with your club or as a country member by 1st January you insurance will have lapsed.         The office opening times over the festive season are as follows Dec 23rd  9am – 2pm Dec 24th – 27th Closed Dec 28th – 30th 9am – 4pm Dec 31st – Jan 2nd Closed 3rd Jan onwards as normal  
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Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE.  1937 – 2016

Robin Sleight MBE, FSMAE. 1937 – 2016

  Robin Sleight, Honorary Secretary of the BMFA and Chairman of the British Association of Radio Control Soarers, died on December 2nd, 2016. Robin had been a member of the BMFA for nearly sixty years starting like so many others with Keil Kraft models and ED engines; he grew up in Scotland and has in the distant past been a member of the Scottish Free Flight team and a control line finalist at the Nationals. Since the advent of radio, he gravitated to competitive thermal soaring as a primary...
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