British Model Flying Association

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From the BMFA's web site:

The BMFA is the body delegated by the Royal Aero Club to be responsible for all aspects of model flying in Great Britain. The BMFA normally has around 780 clubs affiliated to it, with a combined membership from clubs and individual members of over 36,000. Membership brings many benefits, including 3rd party liability insurance of up to £5 million.
The BMFA is also recognised as the sole representative organisation for the sport in the U.K. by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) which is the world wide governing body for all forms of sporting aviation, including model flying.

The British Model Flying Association is the national body overseeing model flying in Britain. In addition to liaising with the Civil Aviation Authority and other branches of government, it also provides good practice guidelines and insurance to members and member flying clubs. It also maintains a club directory.

The BMFA also runs an achievement scheme, with certificates of competence issued in all disciplines. For helicopters, there are two levels that can be challenged:

  • The 'A' certificate covers basic hovering and lazy eights, and is often required by clubs for 'solo' flying (i.e. not using a buddy box).
  • The 'B' certificate covers more complicated maneuvers, including stall turns, and is often a prerequisite for fly-ins and competitions where public are watching.

Some have opined that the 'B' test is not particularly relevant to 3D competition flying, and that there should perhaps be an acrobatic 'C' test to check competence here (as there is with the BMFA fixed wing certificates).

The Scottish Aeromodeller's Association (SAA) performs a similar function in Scotland.

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