Air Navigation (Amendment) Order 2018

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You will be aware that as of July this year there were amendments to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) which details the law regarding all flying (full size of all types including commercial and models).

This is mainly as a result of concerns about quadcopters commonly known as drones. However the amendments, the full import of which still have unknowns, will apply to all unmanned aircraft which means what we fly as models.

Below is a link for the amended order which I suggest you read.


Particular points of interest are points 94E and 94F (2) which come into force in November next year.

Certain small unmanned aircraft: competency of remote pilots

94E.—(1) Subject to the following provisions of this article, the CAA must issue an acknowledgement of competency to an individual, or renew that individual’ s acknowledgement of competency, if the individual—

  1. (a)  has applied to the CAA, in such manner as the CAA may require, for an acknowledgement of competency,
  2. (b)  has supplied such information and evidence as the CAA may require,
  3. (c)  has undertaken such training as the CAA may require, and
  4. (d)  has undergone such tests as the CAA may require.

(2) That training or those tests may relate to matters which include—

  1. (a)  the practical operation of small unmanned aircraft;
  2. (b)  matters connected with the operation of small unmanned aircraft (such as respect for privacy, data protection, safety, security and environmental protection).

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), an acknowledgement of competency may relate—

  1. (a)  to a particular description of small unmanned aircraft;
  2. (b)  to a particular description of flights by small unmanned aircraft.

(4) No acknowledgement of competency is to be issued in relation to—

  1. (a)  small unmanned aircraft with a mass of less than 250 grams without their fuel but including any articles or equipment installed in or attached to the aircraft at the commencement of their flight, or
  2. (b)  flights by small unmanned aircraft of that description.

(5) An acknowledgement of competency issued, or renewed, under this article is valid for the period shown on the acknowledgement, subject to article 253.

(6) The CAA may issue an acknowledgement of competency subject to such conditions as it deems appropriate.

(7) The CAA is not required to accept applications for acknowledgements of competency under this article before 1st October 2019.


94F(2) – The remote pilot of the small unmanned aircraft must not fly it unless the CAA has issued the remote pilot with an acknowledgement of competency which is valid for that flight at the time of the flight.


It is believed that the Competency is most likely to be based on a BMFA ‘A’ certificate, but is as yet unconfirmed.

So if you do not have an A certificate, it would probably be a good idea to get one before next November.

We have a good number of instructors and examiners in the club so are well equipped to help with this.

BMFA Financial Update

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In case your have not read your latest BMFA News, there will be a proposal at the BMFA AGM in November to increase the senior membership fees to £38. Click on the link to see the article explaining the reasons for the proposed increase.

BMFA Financial Update

The club renewal procedure will be well underway before the BMFA AGM; we feel sure that the proposal will be ratified, so we intend to apply the £38 charge for those members who renew their BMFA membership through the club.

Please help trace a model stolen at Southern Model Air Show

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Model stolen from the security tent at SMAS last night. Not owned by a club member, but he has a number of friends who are also as it isrelatively local I thought putting on here may help. Its copied from Facebook.

What a brilliant weekend at Headcorn model show.
During the night some thieving scum sliced the model tent open and stole my Comp arf Ultra Lightning.
Fitted with a pretty new Jetcat 160rxib.
This is a well known model and will be seen if someone tries to sell it.
Please share this as much as possible.
I’m done with this hobby. I’ve had enough!

JThe security company advised the gate near the model tent should be covered by a security guard.
The event organisers declined this on the quote and didn’t have any security cover on this gate, despite having it covered by a guard last year!


YT / ESM 50 cc Spitfire……… NOW SOLD

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YT / ESM 50 cc Spitfire.

This is for the airframe only. No engine. The airframe includes two removable cannons, removable aerial and scale exhausts

I did have a DLE 55 RA up front, but this is now being used in another model. The wings are not permanently joined and can be separated so you don’t need a huge car to transport it.

Included in the sale is a 4 3/4 inch 120mm aluminium spinner, drilled for a DLE 55.

A set of the superb ESM electric retracts with the electric control unit that enables a staggered operation and variable speed depending on voltage.

Two Futaba servos for throttle and choke and the fuel tank, with correct fittings for petrol operation.

One wing was damaged as a result of one of my desperately poor landings, but I have repaired it to a high standard and I would now say that it’s probably stronger than the other wing.

£500 Jon Young 07768 510037.

BMFA Club Bulletin 237 & Proposals for new Legislation for Drones

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Dear Club Secretary

Please find below the link  and attached for the latest BMFA Club Bulletin 237 and Drone Legislation for you to pass to your members.

Kind Regards

Helen Feaver

Membership Secretary

Tel:  0116 2440028

Fax: 0116 2440645




Drone Legislation – Consultation Response

Thank you to the few

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Many thanks to Alan Cooper, Alan Banks, Aidan Angel, Bob Dyer-Hamblett and Mark Fricker who turned up to help with clearing the overgrown sections on the patch today. Work was well underway by the time I arrived at 10:30.

Alan Cooper was operating the power scythe which he had collected from the hire shop in Dartford that morning, whilst everyone else raked the cuttings into piles as he went.

it was decided that the easiest was to dispose of the cuttings was to burn them. They burnt very hot and fast and fairly quickly we were just left with two small mounds of hot ash.

Alan Banks will run the mower over it all in the near future, after which it will be difficult to see where the overgrown part had been.



Car Boot Swap Meet on Saturday 11th August

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Once again this was a great success with a good number of non club members selling.

These swap meets seem to be a great success and I’m sure they will be a feature in next years events

We sold a number of models that had belonged to a Roger Balmer who was a member some years ago These raised £165 for club funds.We were contacted earlier in the year by his son who said that his father had passed away some years ago and asked if we would like to collect and sell the models for club funds.

Jamie Privett brought along his Zero fun fighter not to sell, but to fly and I could not resist taking a photo.




Scale Open Day

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Despite the dismal weather forecast and occasional short showers, there was a reasonable attendance by a hardcore of guests and members who put on some good displays in spite of the conditions not being ideal.

Thank you to John Veasey and all those who put in a lot of effort to make this and all our events a sucess.

This weekends events at the field

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The weather having returned to what we normally expect for a summer in the UK has prompted a couple of queries to ask if the events planned for the weekend are going ahead.

YES is the answer and we look forward to seeing members and guests on both days.

Considering the good dose of rain which we had yesterday it has been decided that jets can fly at the event.

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