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Peter Christy08/12/2019 15:00:36
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When I look back at how things *could* have turned out only a couple of months ago, I am mightily relieved that our present situation is nowhere near as bad as it could have been.

Yes, we had a stroke of luck with a more enlightened Secretary of State, but thanks to all the hard work put in by the BMFA, we were well placed to take advantage of that luck when it arose. And thanks to all that hard work, we will hopefully have a better chance of minimising the affects of future legislation going forward.

So, WELL DONE BMFA!

It was also a real delight to see so many junior members being recognised by the Royal Aero Club, something else the BMFA has been instrumental in getting.

We constantly hear about the lack of youngsters entering the hobby, but here are four who are showing levels of skill beyond their years - and giving their elders a run for their money!

From my perspective (and I admit to some bias here!), I was particularly impressed that three out of the four were helicopter pilots, one of the most challenging disciplines from a pure piloting perspective.

It seems that not all kids are seeking instant gratification! We can see four here that have been prepared to put in the time and practice to achieve levels of skill that many of us older pilots can only envy!

Well done to them, too!

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Pete

sticky fingers08/12/2019 15:31:42
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When all this came up I for one couldn,t make head nor tail of things BMFA have been absolutely brilliant in representing us 3cheers from me too thanks.What a pity our illustrious leaders have failed us in another nameless issue B.

Don Fry08/12/2019 15:40:01
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Sorry Sticky, how do you blame the BFMA for Brexit. Lost me there mate.

Peter Jenkins08/12/2019 15:50:44
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Don, I read that as our political leaders not BMFA leaders. I might be wrong though.

sticky fingers08/12/2019 16:06:10
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You are spot on Peter, the BMFA have done us proud

john stones 108/12/2019 17:15:45
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Posted by cymaz on 08/12/2019 13:02:21:

If you register through the bmfa site, they earn 80p (irrc) as a handling fee. Through the CAA they have the lot. I would rather let the bmfa get something for their troubles. Either way it’s still £9.

Where does it say that please Cymas ?

Kevin Wilson08/12/2019 17:41:07
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I would rather register through the BMFA to truly reflect to the CAA the numbers of active fliers that they represent.

Certainly the team running the BMFA for us have my full support.

So its three cheers from me as well.

Don Fry08/12/2019 19:01:18
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Ar well, best mates for Christmas then. Falling out over the price of a servo, either way.

Andrew Ray08/12/2019 19:04:10
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C'mon children, play nicely wink 2

I think the BMFA have done well for us.

 

Edited By Pete B - Moderator on 08/12/2019 21:52:23

john stones 108/12/2019 20:16:14
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Good Album... Sticky Fingers. note

Nigel R08/12/2019 20:39:06
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I've said as much before but it bears repeating the bmfa had a rough hand dealt to them with the registration but they've played it well and fought our corner admirably.

John Privett08/12/2019 21:28:17
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With our club AGM tomorrow evening, the arrival ot the BMFA News yesterday couldn't have been better timed!

Hopefully our members will be more clued-up on DMARES than they otherwise might have been, plus I've got some useful info (the inserts as well as the p.50 article) to refer them to if they've got any questions that I can't answer!

Thanks Andy & co... thumbs up

RottenRow08/12/2019 21:55:54
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I agree entirely with all of the positive comments above.

As far as I'm aware, the BMFA doesn't make anything out of collecting the £9.00 CAA fee, but if the member who it applies to pays their fee to the BMFA via credit card the BMFA is allowed to deduct the credit card fee, so only passes on the remainder to the CAA. £8.80 or something like that. That was as pointed out at the recent BMFA AGM, so the BMFA doesn't make a loss on the transaction.

Our club (Bedford and District) had its AGM last week and after the usual proceedings we helped a number of our members who were concerned about the test to take it on the night, online using a couple of PCs connected to the internet. Their fears were dispelled, all passed and all paid their £9.00 fee along with their BMFA and Club renewals. This evening I have renewed nearly 30 members on the BMFA portal and registered them at the same time. All worked well.

The latest BMFA News explains it all very clearly as well. The included exemptions will save each member having to print them at home, though the 400 ft exemption was not included for some reason, or not with my copy anyway.

So yes it's a definite thumbs up to Andy and the rest of those at the BMFA who have made everything as easy as it could be.

Brian W.

Pete B - Moderator08/12/2019 21:56:06
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Post deleted - we can't tolerate personal attacks here. Please think before you post, or even better, have a read of the C of C....sarcastic

Pete

Gary Manuel08/12/2019 23:18:31
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Posted by RottenRow on 08/12/2019 21:55:54:

The latest BMFA News explains it all very clearly as well. The included exemptions will save each member having to print them at home, though the 400 ft exemption was not included for some reason, or not with my copy anyway.

The two new exemptions 1327 and 1331 state on them that a copy of the exemption along with a copy of the relevant documents must be carried by the remote pilot at the time of the flight. The older 400ft exemption does not state this.

RottenRow09/12/2019 08:25:47
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Posted by Gary Manuel on 08/12/2019 23:18:31:
Posted by RottenRow on 08/12/2019 21:55:54:

The latest BMFA News explains it all very clearly as well. The included exemptions will save each member having to print them at home, though the 400 ft exemption was not included for some reason, or not with my copy anyway.

The two new exemptions 1327 and 1331 state on them that a copy of the exemption along with a copy of the relevant documents must be carried by the remote pilot at the time of the flight. The older 400ft exemption does not state this.

Thanks for pointing this out Gary, I hadn't noticed that.

Brian W.

Paul C.09/12/2019 09:29:54
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Haven't had my mag yet 😢 , hope I am not off Santa's list 😨

bert baker09/12/2019 14:47:24
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Posted by Paul C. on 09/12/2019 09:29:54:

Haven't had my mag yet 😢 , hope I am not off Santa's list 😨

Fear not,,,, your not the only one still on his list of hopefuls .

in time it will turn up, they have been rather busy lately.

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