Here is a list of all the postings Andy Symons - BMFA has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: BMFA Achievement Scheme Roadshows|
|Big thanks to those that came along to the first of the roadshows today. We hope you found it worthwhile.|
There is another to be held in Royal Wooton Bassett on 18th March.
|Thread: BMFA British National Championships Website|
Any information relatin g to any of the BMFA National Championships will be posted on the Nationals website at **LINK**
|Thread: BMFA Achievement Scheme Roadshows|
A few places left for the Northern Achievement Scheme Roadshow this Saturday at Brighouse, West Yorkshire.
Lunch provided and a good chance to feedback your views on the achievement scheme.
Free to attend and open to all BMFA members with an interest in the scheme
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 22/02/2017 21:14:18
|Thread: Bmfa adds|
|Never do a transaction where they arrange a courier to collect. Typical scamming trick.|
It is also recommended you don't provide contact details and use the messaging system. If you provide contact details anyone in the world can contact you.
|Thread: Are the BMFA Mandatory Questions Applicable?|
|It certainly wont be the BMFA that suggests any tests are made compulsory. The BMFA does have a responsibility however to try and ensure members are fully aware of their legal responsibilities. Just based on countless social media posts and the number of sometimes quite experienced model aircraft flyers emails to the office there are many that arent aware of those responsiblities. It was previously possible that individuals could pass A and B tests without answering any questions on their legal responsibilities the only difference now is candidates definitely know they will have to answer 5 questions on the matter, questions they could have been asked previously anyway so certainly no requirement to learn anything new.|
Just looking at the increased number of correct answers to the online quiz more are now better aware of those legal responsibilities. This small change to the tests has in no way come about because of drones but simply because too many were not aware of their responsibilities and anything that increases that awareness can only be a good thing.
The online quia has been completed over 7000 times btw.
|The guidance says.|
It is expected that examiners will select questions that are appropriate to the test being
taken, however candidates should familiarise themselves with all of the questions on the list.
Candidates are not expected to be ?word perfect? with their answers but they should be able
to demonstrate that they are fully aware of the legal controls for model aircraft flying. For
example if a candidate gives the answer to Question 4 (What does article 241 of the ANO
state?) when asked Question 3 (What does article 240 of the ANO state?) it is likely they are
aware of both answers and the examiner should point out they have answered the wrong
question and ask for the correct answer.
Nobody is expected to recite the answers parrot fashion. John Stones post from earlier is what is expected.
Your understanding is spot on. Excellent post.
I fail to see how reading your post, the main thrust of which is demonstrably incorrect, and then taking the time to correct you can be considered not listening.
Well I hope, whatever anyone feels about the mandatory questions and how they are structured, that everyone can now agree that article 240 does apply to model aircraft flyers.
However there are a couple of opportunities coming up for any BMFA member with an interest in the scheme or who would like to express their opinions to members of the Achievement scheme review committee directly. Also chance to discuss anything at all about the scheme including the way forward.
Free to attend and lunch is provided. A great chance to meet others interested in the scheme. You do not have to be an instructor or examiner, just have an interest in providing constructive feedback.
Dates are 25th February in Brighouse, West Yorkshire. See **LINK**
18th March at Wooton Bassett. See **LINK**
There is an online booking form on the linked pages, why not a few together from your clubs and share travelling costs.
Still places available at both venues.
What clubs and individuals (and the CAA for that matter who accept some of the tests as proof of competence for commercial operation) use the tests for is up to them, yes the A cert is at a suitable level for that, however the test is simply a basic test of piloting skills, safety awareness and the legal responsibilities around model aircraft flying.
Are you really suggesting the BMFA should push for the govt/CAA that an A cert should be compulsory? Not a popular suggestion I would imagine and certainly not something the BMFA has ever considered.
BTW it is slightly under 50% of clubs that ask for the A to fly unsupervised.
As for why bother to pass a test that qualifies you for nothing, simple really the sense of "achievement" being one reason but personally speaking the real benefit of the scheme is the focus it gives thouse that decide to practice and work towards passing the certificates and the improved flying skills, safety awareness and awareness of responsibilities that goes along with that.
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 08/02/2017 13:01:18
We will have to agree to disagree then.
No it isn't. It is a test of a basic level of piloting skills, safety awareness and the legal responsibilities of flying a model aircraft. It is not and has never been a test of competence to fly solo.
No they havent, nobody is exempt from article 240, it applies to absolutely every single individual in the UK.
Certain articles relate to aircraft, others to persons, 240 relates to persons (model aircraft flyers are persons) there is nothing anywhere in the ANO that suggests model aircraft flyers as a group of persons are exempt from article 240, otherwise we would have clearance to endanger an aircraft with our models.
You appear to be confusing a model aircraft with a model aircraft flyer. 2 very different things.
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 08/02/2017 11:47:21
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 08/02/2017 11:50:02
|There isnt any oops there. 240 doesnt apply to model aircraft as such bowever it clearly applies to model aircraft pilots and indeed applies to any person.|
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 08/02/2017 00:05:37
|Thread: Should you invite drone pilots to your field?|
It was rather a sweeping statement I agree.
Actually in general I think it is open and forward thinking, certainly in my experience most individuals and clubs certainly are, there are of course a small number of exceptions, sadly however, it is the nature and curse of forums and other social media that the negatives get far more exposure than the positives which sadly can help to foster innacurate perceptions.
Back to the topic under discussion though, it is pleasing that my article has generated some discussion and hopefully I have been able to positively influence some perceptions.
I have an excellent response to my request for "Drone friendly" clubs and the register is growing with quite a number still to add.
You can see the work in progress at **LINK**
|Thread: BMFA Nationals notice|
Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 03/02/2017 11:48:21
|Thread: LMA v BMFA insurance|
The BMFA put forward that offer a couple of years ago, however it was rejected.
This is somewhat incorrect, a number of years ago there was a quite fractious dispute in the South West area which happened to be along Devon vs Cornwall lines, so at that time and with full agreement of clubs in the South West 2 "sub-areas" were formed, however the Devon area decided they didn't particularly want the area meeting system as such so pretty much dissolved the sub area committee, again a decision by the area clubs not the BMFA, the area was administered by the Hon Sec, Robin Sleight, recently deceased, but the new Hon Sec will be continuing in the role. The Devon area clubs were stillr epresented at council meetings however by the South West area delegate as before so it is completely incorrect to say they have had no representation, they have had the same representation as before.
It should be pointed out that when it was suggested the sub area return to having the more familiar area system they decided they would like to carry on as now. So to sum up the area clubs are represented and the system they are ciurrently working under is what the area clubs want.
As a point of order the BMFA does not sell insurance, it's a members association which costs £33 for senior members, insurance is simply one of the many excellent benefits of being a member. The "ridiculous" cost of the magazine is about £4.40 per member in total for the 6 issues, getting rid of the magazine would then require many other items to be posted out so possiby no saving at all by getting rid, as an aside it is a huge tick in the "plus" column as far as the CAA is concerned that we have a regular publication that gets posted to all members.
|Thread: BMFA Electric Indoor Masters, next weekend 14th&15th January|
Excellent first day today. The standard of flying is improving every year. its worth a trip to see
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