Sunday, 5 May 2019

BMFA - Fixed Wing Achievement Scheme Workshop Day at LMAC - 5th May 2019

Many thanks to all those members who took time out to come and learn more about the BMFA Fixed Wing A Test today. Chris Bond and Matt Chamberlain were particularly encouraged and even more so that we were able to successfully carry out four tests and a solo sign off today! 

I'm happy to report that Alex Judea, Rob Mac and Kevin Sarson all successfully attained their A fixed-wing certificates today, with Kevin Sarson going one better and passing the FW B test too! 

Finally, Steve Johnson was signed off to go solo by Chris and stated he wishes to progress to the A test now before too long. 

Kudos to all those that had a go today; It's not easy to put yourself in a test situation, but I'm a great believer in that we need to get out of our comfort zones and put ourselves under a little bit of pressure at times to progress at anything in life. 

We've another Sunday set aside in the calendar for later in the year for another achievement scheme workshop day, but Chris and Matt are more than happy to demonstrate the tests again and assist with your practice - flight and/or questions if you wish. Today was all about the BMFA achievement scheme - I'd say we achieved!  Enjoy the rest of the Bank Holiday weekend and well done again to all those involved!





Sunday, 10 March 2019

Aerodrome / Airport restrictions - Dronesafe - Amendment to the Air Navigation Order

All,
The Department for Transport (DfT) has given notice of an amendment to the Air Navigation Order.
The changes have been expedited in reaction to incidents involving small unmanned aircraft at
Gatwick and Heathrow in the last couple of months.

The BMFA have reported previously on the creation of flight restriction zones around protected
aerodromes, the concept of which was introduced in the Government Response to the 2018
Consultation on Drones published earlier this year and these zones will come into effect from 13th
March 2019. A useful interactive map of the UK has been created by NATS showing the
protected aerodromes with the restriction zones superimposed. 
See https://dronesafe.uk/restrictions/ for further details.

CAP1763 states that ‘the flight restriction zone is active at all times and applies to all small
unmanned aircraft of any mass (even very small ‘toys’)’. This was a surprising development which
would in theory even extend to paper aeroplanes.

If you wish to fly an unmanned aircraft within these restriction zones, then permission will have to
be obtained from air traffic control at the aerodrome. The CAA expect such permissions to be
based on a ‘constructive dialogue between the modellers/model clubs and the relevant aerodrome’
and formalised in a letter of agreement/memorandum of understanding.

One slight benefit included in this ANO update is that the existing restriction on flying unmanned
aircraft over 7kg below 400ft in controlled airspace has now been removed, as the new restrictions
apply to all unmanned aircraft up to 20Kg and maintain the 400ft limit for all unmanned aircraft.
Happily, the Leicester Model Aero Club at Gumley does not fall within this restricted flight zone.
Further info can be found as follows: