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Thread: How does a BMFA Country Member get an A Certificate?
25/06/2019 17:15:48
Posted by Bruce Collinson on 25/06/2019 16:44:45:


Ten of us sat/flew the A last Sunday. Lessons:

Nail figures of 8 in all wind directions, and not pylon turns; ditto deadstick landings

Learn the mandatory answers and have sensible knowledge of the BMFA Handbook

Make sure your failsafe can be shown to work

Listen to what you're asked to do.

Very best of luck with it.


Good points. yes

25/06/2019 17:15:15
Posted by Martin Harris on 25/06/2019 16:47:05:

It's still worth getting an idea of the requirements. A clubmate who is an Area Chief Examiner, the local area scheme coordinator and a member of the review committee has commented that on several occasions he's had to fail extremely experienced and otherwise competent pilots because they didn't comply with the requirements of the tests due to insufficient preparation.

Agreed - I have all the scheme docs/handbooks printed out with plenty of index markers! I also practice the A Test at every flying session.

25/06/2019 16:36:43
Posted by Martin Harris on 25/06/2019 16:27:54:

Film Buff, as you don't have access to an examiner or instructor you might benefit from watching this video as a guide to what's expected/involved in the test.

You'll need to be familiar with the mandatory questions as well as the handbook and CAP 658 so if you're just turning up on the day to do the test, make sure you're prepared for them - the examiner won't be trying to catch you out - just to make sure you have a working knowledge of the contents.

Edited By Martin Harris on 25/06/2019 16:29:56

Thanks Martin. Without wanting to grandstand - I can fly the A and B schedule with ease. It's the logistics of the assessment that I need help with.

25/06/2019 15:47:20
Posted by will -0 on 25/06/2019 15:29:41:

Hmm that's 47 miles from BMFA HQ at buckminster............

Seems like something that ought to be possible there.

Edited By will -0 on 25/06/2019 15:42:54

That's what I'm thinking - I feel an email coming on.

25/06/2019 15:24:51
Posted by will -0 on 25/06/2019 15:24:06:

Roughly where in the country are you? You may find there's someone on here who could recommend a local friendly spot!

Good point. I'm based in Northampton.

25/06/2019 15:24:17
Posted by Percy Verance on 25/06/2019 15:17:40:

To fly at an event with any public in attendance you will almost certainly need a "B" certificate. That is the BMFA's own recommendation.

Thanks Percy. Not thinking of public displays, just fly-ins such as RCME and flying at Buckminster.

25/06/2019 14:50:54

Despite 40 years flying experience - I've never got round to getting certified and these days I'm not in a club.


What's the best way to get an A Certificate (other than join a club) so I can attend fly-ins and other events?

Thread: RCM&E Fly-In 2019 - general chatter
21/06/2019 08:44:04
Posted by David Ashby - Moderator on 20/06/2019 20:00:18:

FilmBuff - Graham has been talking to the BMFA so I've asked him to clarify. Hopefully I'll be back shortly.

Tony - Likewise. Be great to see you if you're crossing the pond of course.


Thanks David - I'll look out for the response.

Thread: Art Hobby Gliders
20/06/2019 18:10:58
Posted by Andrew Ray on 20/06/2019 17:28:55:

I have the 2.5m Orion EV. Lovely kit and flies very well, I fitted a Hacker geared motor driving a 16" prop powered by a 3s 2200, it will climb vertically with ease and is capable of covering the sky quickly.

Thanks Andrew.

Re the blocks in the wings for the fuselage fixing. Does that mean you then have to drill them? Don't fancy that without a pillar drill...

Re your wing finish. How durable and water resistant was applying lacquer direct to the veneer? I was toying with light weight glass cloth or film.

Thanks for the info.

20/06/2019 17:04:16

Being increasingly drawn to these range of gliders.

Art Hobby Gliders

Wondering of level of work is still to be done?

I've seen old videos and build logs of people having to cut out cockpit apertures, cut foam away from the root for joiners, and sanding root and tip panels for dihedral etc. I think control surfaces are already hinged.

None of this bothers me - just curious!

Edited By FilmBuff on 20/06/2019 17:16:53

Thread: Who said it would never happen in our lifetime
20/06/2019 14:05:58

Before anymore nonsense is spouted about population growth (and its thinly veiled xenophobia) please watch this TED video by the late, great Hans Rosling.

Hans Rosling TED Talk

Thread: RCM&E Fly-In 2019 - general chatter
20/06/2019 12:48:47

I am a BMFA Country Member who has 40 years RC experience - but no formal A Certificate.

It appears that the BMFA Centre does not stipulate an A Cert is required to fly there. You can guess my next question...

The RCME event stipulates I need an A Cert to fly. I'd love to come along and take part - is there anyway this could be accommodated? Would someone be willing to stand next to me while I fly?

Just wondering... laugh

Thread: Kings Lynn Model Shop
13/06/2019 18:32:57
Posted by Doc Marten on 13/06/2019 18:30:56:

Anything can be done, but when technology fails and you are running a company single handed a bit of understanding wouldn't go amiss.

Agreed. I'm all for that. I know first-hand the stresses of being a one woman band.

13/06/2019 18:22:11
Posted by Doc Marten on 13/06/2019 17:57:23:
Posted by FilmBuff on 13/06/2019 17:46:07:

My view is that small specialist retail and good comms / customer service are not mutually exclusive.

To survive, model retailers need to be able to do both.

That's a bit too black and white.

Having read the comments above from the 2 retailers shouldn't a degree of tolerance be given to the smaller retaliers?

Digital tools should make things easier. Notifications can be picked up on your phone and answered immediately. My wife makes bespoke jewellery and sells via Etsy and supplying galleries.

She makes, markets, sells and despatches everything and prides herself on her speedy response to all queries at all times.

It can be done.

13/06/2019 17:46:07

My view is that small specialist retail and good comms / customer service are not mutually exclusive.

To survive, model retailers need to be able to do both.

Thread: Making an electric glider's propeller fold more positively
05/06/2019 12:09:36
Posted by John Roberts 9 on 05/06/2019 11:44:08:

I have found that on some ESC's the brake function doesn't work unless you have the throttle trim on the Tx reduced to almost nothing.

I suspect that with the throttle trim 'centred' (which is the normal default setting) the ESC will assume that the throttle is still slightly open (even though the motor isn't actually turning) and, therefore, will not engage the brake function.

YEP speed controllers seem more likely to exhibit this issue but I am pretty sure the same principle will apply to other makes. This fix has cured an apparently non-operative brake on three of my models (two gliders and one flying wing).

Certainly worth a try...……...takes a few seconds and costs nothing!

John, when you say throttle trim reduced to nothing - do you mean pulled all the way back? ie use the maximum allowable trim?

03/06/2019 16:12:06
Posted by Koen Smits on 02/06/2019 18:29:02:

@ FilmBuff,

Hello, please look at this link


They have spinners, centerpieces and rubber rings for foldingprops.

the site is in german and englisch.

Good spot. They are on holiday until 4th July. Postage for 6 euros of rubber is 12 euros. Ouch!

02/06/2019 16:57:15

@Simon It's not quite as fierce as that.

I'll double check the programming,

I'm a bit wary to rotate by hand as there is 650 Watts available... frown

Edited By FilmBuff on 02/06/2019 16:58:13

02/06/2019 12:24:14
Posted by Martin Harris on 02/06/2019 11:11:03:

Do you have a programming card or are you setting by the beep method? I think there's a possibility that some Dymond ESCs only provide braking off/medium by the latter and you need a programing card to set hard braking.

Hi Martin - I have a card and I will double check.

02/06/2019 10:58:23

@JulianJ that looks interesting - I'll investigate

Took the Vegas out again this morning. On the ground, motor does brake and the blades fold okay.

In flight, I can hear the motor braking, but the large prop still freewheels say 50% of the time.

I can live with it by climbing vertically, slamming the throttle shut and the plane does a flop over loop which always seems to folds the prop. It's then in a good position to start the dive towards earth that provides energy for fun and games aeros with the speed.

Maybe the Dymond ESC is just not providing enough brake.

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