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Those of you that were at the monthly meeting last week may recall that Richard Long (Me) read out an article from the BMFA magazine that related to an abandonment of the 400 ft ceiling for flying model arircraft from the 30/7/18. The full article has just been published on the BMFA website and I have copied it below I have also included a link so you can read it if you wish.

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 members to continue operating ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 7Kg at heights in excess of 400ft. The full text of this Permission can be viewed HERE.

The CAA has also issued an ‘Exemption’ to allow our members to operate ‘conventional’ model aircraft (excluding multi-rotors) weighing less than 3.5Kg at heights up to 1000ft using First Person View.  The full text of this Exemption can be viewed HERE.

Note that any model aircraft flying within 1km of the boundary of a licensed airfield at any height will have to be with the permission of the airfield air traffic control or airfield operator.

The Permission & Exemption will come into effect on the 30th July and are limited to members of the BMFA, SAA, LMA and FPVUK.  Please note that they apply only to ‘conventional’ model aircraft (including helicopters) and do not exempt multirotor drones or unmanned aircraft with autonomous flight capability from the 400ft height limit.

It was only possible to achieve this result due to the recognition given by the DfT and CAA to the excellent safety record established by the model flying associations and our members over many years and we are grateful for their help and support in achieving such a positive outcome.

Today’s announcement is a great result for the UK model flying community and is the culmination of very significant collaborative efforts by the UK Model Flying Associations working together on behalf of their members.

Happy flying!

Link to BMFA article on flight ceiling for model aircraft.

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Concourse d'Elegance Results

Part Built Winner                                                 Brian Rawcliffe        Vampire

Plan/Scratch Built:   First equal                       Mike Walker              Cessna 140
                                                                                 Don Beaumont         Hog Bipe

                                      Second equal                 Don Beaumont         Mini Super Bi-Stormer
                                                                                 Mike Walker               Me 110

                                      Third equal                      Graham Chadwick   Cosmic Wind
                                                                                  Dennis Pennington Epaulette

ARTF :                         First -                                 David Hardaker        Ultimate Bipe
                                      Second                             Dennis Pennington AcroWot

Scrap Heat Challenge Winner:                         Arthur Richmond     Avion en Detresse (AKA Boomerang)

Posted 17/3/18

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More 'A' Certificate Success

Brighouse MAC congratulates John Peacock and Peter Irving on achieving

BMFA 'A' Certificates (fixed wing). They  were presented with their certificates

at the August club meeting by Steven Greenwood. Well done!

 

A Certs

John Peacock (left) and Peter Irving pictured with their certificates

Posted 25th August 2014

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'A' Certificate Success

Brighouse MAC congratulates three of it's members on achieving BMFA 'A' Certificates (fixed wing)

Arthur Dawson, Dean Baker and John Hepworth all received their certificates in October. Well done!

Arthur and John  were presented with their certificates at the October club meeting by Steven Greenwood.

Arthur & John

Arthur Dawson (left) and John Hepworth pictured with their certificates

Posted 20th October 2013

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