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Established in 1974, we are a friendly club of model flying enthusiasts.Our main flying site is at Stickfast Lane, near Iwade in Kent.The club also hasa field for free flight & gliders near Harty on the Isle of Sheppey. If your interested in joinng, pop down to the Stickfast Lane field on a nice flying day for a chat or, alternatively post on the club forum. For membership or other enquiries Click Here
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Update from the BMFA CEO, David Phipps
Representatives of the UK Model Flying Associations met with the CAA yesterday afternoon (29th May 2019).
The meeting was constructive, but without any real breakthrough to report at this stage.
The CAA were only able to discuss potential options within the restrictive policy framework dictated by the DfT. One such option is the possibility of the Associations registering as Operators, which would save members paying the £16.50 registration fee, but all members flying any model over 250g would still be required to take a free CAA theory test every 3 years. There is however further exploratory work to do on this option before it could be confirmed as a viable way forward and it would still be far from satisfactory.
Model Flying is now within the CAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Unit rather than their General Aviation Unit and there was an undertaking to meet on a quarterly basis, rather than on the current annual basis. The Associations welcome this development, especially at the present time.
There remains a great deal of detail to resolve before the 2018 ANO changes come into effect at the end of November this year and this issue is compounded by the six months lost due to the DfT/CAA ‘stone walling’ us since November 2018. It is regrettable that it has taken the direct action of our members to force the resumption of meaningful dialogue.
We would like to thank all those members who have supported our campaign so far,the CAA has received approximately 6000 responses from model association members. If you have not yet responded to the consultation, please do so before it closes next week. Full details of the consultation and how to respond can be found here: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/
A considerable number of members have expressed their dissatisfaction at the ‘standard’ response they have received from the CAA which in many cases does little or nothing to address their specific concerns or indicate that they have even been read. We would encourage any member dissatisfied with the response they have received to raise a formal complaint through the CAA’s complaints process (rather than as a personal communication to the CEO), details of which you can find here:https://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/Make-a-report-or-complaint/How-to-make-a-complaint-about-the-CAA/.
Similarly, a significant number of members have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the ‘standard’ response they have received from the DfT and in this instance we would encourage members to re-submit their concerns with a complaint that they have not been adequately addressed. Details of how to submit a complaint to the DfT can be found herehttps://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/complaints-procedure#making-a-complaint-to-the-department-for-transport.
We will be meeting with the Minister next week, but for now our 'Call to Action' remains very much in place.
Club Support Officer
Tel: 0116 2440028
Fax: 0116 2440645
The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers Limited
T/A The British Model Flying Association
A company limited by guarantee. Registered in England Number 457067
Club fees for 2019 are £89 for Adults and £27 for Juniors
This includes BMFA membership and cover.
The BMFA are no longer supplying Membership/ Insurance certificates in hard copy.
You are now expected to print your own . You will need to log in to the portal . If you are are or have been a recent member and the BMFA have your email address, then you will already be registered.
DO NOT try to re-register . Go to login page and click the " forgot my password" box
The BMFA will send you a link . Log in using that link and set up your own password .
You will see on your page a yellow box "Print Member Card ". (includes insurance certificate) You can print as many as you like
If your a country member or get you own BMFA and would like to have Medway MFC on your cert then you can request membership through the portal .
If anyone has trouble with this then give me a call and Ill print your certificate off. You will only need the certificate if you fly at another club or event .
If possible, please upload a picture of yourself to YOUR profile as it helps identify members for all of us who are “memory challenged”.
Hope this helps
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