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Thread: Something for the weekend Sir?
21/09/2017 12:46:52

Camp – Compete – Try – Learn!

2017 Festival of Pylon will take place over the weekend of 23rd & 24th September at the BMFA National Centre Buckminster Nr Grantham. This event will cover all aspects of pylon racing and with two courses set up one to cover Club 2000 & E2k models, the other course for F3d, F5D and F3T models.

Alongside the normal pylon race activates there will be a Run What You Brung class, this is your chance to have ago with whatever you have, be it a Wot 4, EFX racer or a foam wing FPV racer (anything you have will do) your all welcome and have ago. We will give you a chance have a couple of practice flights with one of our experienced pilots to guide you and help with advice on the Saturday.

All you need to take part is an R/C model aircraft and your BMFA membership card (B not required) and a small fee of £8 per day.

As a basic guide smaller models of around 1000mm wing span will fly the smaller course, larger models will fly around the larger course. If youre coming for the first time my recommendation is that you use a model that youre familiar and set it up to be smooth.

Non flying spectators are welcome to come along, dont be surprised to find you involved before the end of the day.

Tea and coffee will be available during the day with a Barbeque and suitable entertainment on Saturday evening, some food will be provided for a small donation or you can bring your own and cook to your hearts content.

Camping is available on site for a small cost of £5 per night.

Local accommodation is also available with 12 or more places to lay your head within 15 miles there will be something to suit most budgets.

Thread: Single Channel & Retro fly-in.
21/09/2017 12:38:57

Thread: Something for the weekend Sir?
21/09/2017 12:37:12

Have a go around the pylons with whatever model you want to!

More details at **LINK**

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Autumn Swapmeet
21/09/2017 11:41:35

Further details at **LINK**

21/09/2017 11:39:57

Thread: BMFA Nationals 2017
21/08/2017 17:13:09

Lots of extra info added at **LINK**

Thread: Gogglefest! A new event
25/07/2017 09:43:15

Just a reminder that this weekend is Gogglefest at BMFA Buckminster.

A laid back weekend of FPV flying. A drone racing course will be setup for anyone to try flying round the course, maybe a spot of low pressure racing too. There will also be the opportunity for wing racing and FPV pylon racing too. In the indoor event building there will also be a small course setup for Tiny Whoop flying too! Kindly provided by Airdezign who are bringing along a selection of their demo products and offering advice on course design.

Plenty of advice available from experts at drone racing and pylon racing too, also a line of site multi-rotor flying area.

Plenty of camping available too

A good opportunity to come and see what it's all about.

Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration
24/07/2017 19:02:19
Posted by Essjay on 24/07/2017 18:48:18:

Quote from the BMFA document linked above by Andy basically says, if you're a Country Member of the BMFA then you're going to be lumped with the rest of the country's uneducated. Thanks BMFA!

The Government will work with model aircraft flying clubs to examine ways in which it may be possible to exempt members of model aircraft flying clubs with adequate safety cultures and practices from certain elements of registration and other educational requirements, or where their club will be permitted to undertake regulatory requirements on their behalf. Flyers of model aircraft who are not members of a club, or are members of a club not deemed to have adequate standards will, however, not be excluded from registration or other requirements.”


You missed this bit

"The DfT proposals generally align with those developed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The general principle is that (for those operating outside the framework of an established model flying association) the regulations for unmanned aircraft will be more restrictive than those currently in place with additional requirements for training, registration and a 400ft/120m height limit. This is comparable with the ‘Open Category’ requirements proposed by EASA."

and this bit

"Negotiations are continuing with the DfT/CAA on a positive basis, to try and ensure that we are allowed to operate largely as we do today and keep the impact of regulations written principally to deal with the ‘drone issue’ to a minimum for UK model flyers. "

Operate largely as we do today, includes country (non-club) members and not having to operate from designated club sites.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 24/07/2017 19:02:38

24/07/2017 18:20:09


Thread: Gogglefest! A new event
10/07/2017 21:37:46

Something for the FPV flyers out there! A fun and relaxing weekend
of drone racing, wing racing and FPV pylon racing. Also a line of sight multi-rotor flying area, plenty of camping available July 29th/30th.
Come and have a go. All abilities welcome, never tried flying round a course? Now is your chance to have a go without the pressure of a full race.

Thread: BMFA British National Championships Camping and Spectator booking
27/06/2017 18:13:14

After an enforced year off for building work we are returning to RAF Barkston Heath for the 2017 Nats!!

For those who prefer to save a little cash and pre-book for day entry and camping the form is now available to download from **LINK**

See you all there!!

Thread: Leicester sites?
22/06/2017 19:37:28
National Centre is ?6 for a day ticket midweek or ?8 at weekends. Or ?60 for a season ticket. Then its pretty much turn up and fly subject to any centre event bookings. You would need to check the site status box on the website to see whats on.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 22/06/2017 19:38:11

22/06/2017 14:32:14
North East of Leicester and maybe a bit further than you want to travel but worth it for a full day of flying with excellent facilities.

Edited By Andy Symons - BMFA on 22/06/2017 14:33:04

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Blog
21/06/2017 12:32:53

To keep everyone up to date on site developments and news of events we are posting regular blog posts on the National Centre website at **LINK**

The latest June blog with details of some recent events and the progress on the new runway (which is looking awesome) is available at **LINK**

For Facebook users there is also a dedicated page for BMFA Buckminster.


Thread: BMFA Buckminster Early Summer sport fly-in
08/06/2017 15:40:19

Anybody coming along can arrive anytime from 10am tomorrow (Friday)

Don't forget the swapmeet Sunday morning too so bring along those bargains to sell!!

05/06/2017 10:21:33

After a very successful Payload Challenge this past weekend the next organised event at BMFA Buckminster is the early Summer Fly-in weekend this coming weekend of 10th & 11th June, Plenty of camping available and a swapmeet on Sunday morning. Come along and visit and fly at your National Centre this weekend. The fly-in is informal and will be a relaxed weekend, slots can be arranged if people wish, perhaps warbird slots etc however the focus will be on relaxed informal flying in wonderful surroundings. More details at **LINK**

Thread: BMFA Payload Challenges
02/06/2017 21:37:34
This weekend sees BMFA Buckminster hosting the 2017 Payload Challenge. Spectators are very welcome to this fun and interesting event.

One of its key aims is to increase interest in aviation and engineering through education.

The BMFA Payload Challenges require students to design, build and fly load-carrying model aircraft. The competitions have evolved to stretch the abilities of participating students and there is no doubt the development of a good aircraft requires each team to display design flair, technical knowledge and teamwork.

Judging is by a panel of professional engineers and the competition has attracted very favourable comment from external examiners, the challenge is partnered by the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Thread: BMFA Buckminster Swapmeet - 11th June
25/05/2017 22:22:07
Yes that helps. Cheers

So who is coming along? Fly-in that weekend too.
Thread: BMFA Buckminster Summer Show
25/05/2017 15:29:30

We have taken the decision to postpone the summer Airshow set to take place over the weekend 29th/30th of July, this decision has not been taken lightly and has been based on a number of factors but we feel it is better to make an early decision than stage an unsuccessful (and potentially expensive) event.

Despite taking steps to ensure that the date didn't conflict with other events in the model flying calendar when we first set the date, it has since transpired that the date clashes with the established Willis Warbirds event which a number of display pilots and traders were already committed to.

A further deciding factor has been the progress and seeding of the main runway. As reported previously we have suffered a number of delays on this aspect and despite the fact that this work is now complete and the seed is growing well, it is still uncertain whether the surface will be fully usable for a large event by the end of July.

We are currently evaluating alternative dates for the show so please keep a look out for further updates.

Thank you to those pilots, traders and spectators who did book in and we look forward to seeing you at the rescheduled event.

Thread: BMFA Buckminster Early Summer sport fly-in
25/05/2017 15:28:08

We have now added a swapmeet to this event on the Sunday. Details at **LINK**

So who will be coming along?

We will be operating from a temporay runway however it's still quite a good surface for most models.

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