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Yesterday (5/7/17) saw Ken Hopkinson fly solo for the first time, the first of many flights I'm sure, after being well trained by David Hardaker.

Congratulations Ken!


We can provide limited flight training for beginners of any age that complies with the new BMFA  Basic Proficiency Certificate "BPC", the "A" certificate (Basic Level) standard and advice to help you achieve "B" certificate (Display Pilot) standard.

The two buttons below summarise the maneuvers that need to be completed during the tests.

The "A" Test

The "B" test

In addition there are questions that need to be answered correctly and this aspect of the tests have recently altered.

Details of the three tests can be found on the BMFA website or by clicking the link below.

BMFA Achievement Scheme Handbook 2017

This book contains all the legal questions that can be asked during your test on pages 21 & 22. The examiner will ask 5 of these questions for the BPC and A Cert and 8 for the B cert. In order to pass you must answer all correctly. In addition to the legal questions you must also answer a number of safety questions the information for which which can be found in your BMFA Handbook. The link below will take you to the 2012 version but a new version will be sent to all members in the next month or so. The section you need to familiarise yourself with is contained on pages 36 to 49.

BMFA Handbook

The following links will take you to books which will guide candidates through the BPC, A and B certificate tests for fixed wing power and electric silent flight.

Basic Proficiency, A & B. Guidance for Test Candidates Fixed Wing Power

Basic Proficiency, A & B. Guidance for Test Candidates Fixed Wing Silent Flight (Electric)

In addition there are similar documents for helicopters and multi rotors which can be found by accessing the relevant part of the BMFA website or by following this link to the BMFA Achevement Scheme Section.

If you have any questions do not hesitate to send them to me via the webmaster email and I will forward them to our examiner.

Updated by Richard Long - 18th of March 2017

Training with a Buddy Box

Concern has been expressed by some members over people carrying out ad hoc “training” of friends or relatives.

The concern centres on the fact that the trainer was not very experienced. The issues, therefore, are not only the quality of the training provided but more importantly the safety issues of a pilot taking over the control of a model plane from a novice, in an emergency situation, when the pilot may themselves be inexperienced.

The Brighouse MAC committee felt that if the above resulted in an accident then there might well be unexpected consequences. These consequences could be in the form of a reduced payout from liability insurance or more seriously in the event of an injury or death, damages or Court Action.

As a result of all of the above the Committee has created a recommendation which it feels may reduce the possibility of this happening. The reason that it is only a recommendation is because we cannot monitor the flying field 24/7 and must therefore trust our members to take responsibility for their own actions.

The recommendation is as follows:-

    Any member who wishes to become a recognised trainer with the Brighouse MAC must gain both the BMFA “A” and “B” Certificate as well as the BMFA Trainers Certificate.

    Any one who wishes to carry out any ad hoc training of a friend or relative must at the very least have the BMFA “A” certificate.

    The reason for this is that in the event of an accident the trainer can therefore demonstrate a level of competence through achievement of a recognised qualification.

    If individuals choose to disregard this advice then they should be aware that in the event of an accident they may well render themselves negligent and liable for any damages and injuries so caused.

Any comments or questions should e-mailed to webmaster@brighousemac.co.uk