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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 2018

This book contains all the legal questions that can be asked during your test on pages 22 & 23. 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 2017 version. The section you need to familiarise yourself with is contained in sections 8 - 24.

BMFA Handbook

The CAA have also published a set of guidlines known as CAP 658 which cover the flying of model planes and the link below will take you to this document.

CAP 658

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

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

In addition there are similar documents for silent flight electric, 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 - 9th of February 2018

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 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