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CALL TO ACTION UPDATE - MEETING WITH THE CAA **PLEASE READ AND SHARE**

Update from the BMFA CEO, David Phipps

Representatives of the UK Model Flying Associations met with the CAA yesterday afternoon (29th May 2019).

The meeting was constructive, but without any real breakthrough to report at this stage. 

The CAA were only able to discuss potential options within the restrictive policy framework dictated by the DfT.  One such option is the possibility of the Associations registering as Operators, which would save members paying the £16.50 registration fee, but all members flying any model over 250g would still be required to take a free CAA theory test every 3 years.  There is however further exploratory work to do on this option before it could be confirmed as a viable way forward and it would still be far from satisfactory.

Model Flying is now within the CAA’s Small Unmanned Aircraft Unit rather than their General Aviation Unit and there was an undertaking to meet on a quarterly basis, rather than on the current annual basis.  The Associations welcome this development, especially at the present time.

There remains a great deal of detail to resolve before the 2018 ANO changes come into effect at the end of November this year and this issue is compounded by the six months lost due to the DfT/CAA ‘stone walling’ us since November 2018.  It is regrettable that it has taken the direct action of our members to force the resumption of meaningful dialogue.

We would like to thank all those members who have supported our campaign so far, the CAA has received approximately 6000 responses from model association members. If you have not yet responded to the consultation, please do so before it closes next week.  Full details of the consultation and how to respond can be found here: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/

A considerable number of members have expressed their dissatisfaction at the ‘standard’ response they have received from the CAA which in many cases does little or nothing to address their specific concerns or indicate that they have even been read.  We would encourage any member dissatisfied with the response they have received to raise a formal complaint through the CAA’s complaints process (rather than as a personal communication to the CEO), details of which you can find here:https://www.caa.co.uk/Our-work/Make-a-report-or-complaint/How-to-make-a-complaint-about-the-CAA/.

Similarly, a significant number of members have also expressed their dissatisfaction with the ‘standard’ response they have received from the DfT and in this instance we would encourage members to re-submit their concerns with a complaint that they have not been adequately addressed.  Details of how to submit a complaint to the DfT can be found herehttps://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-transport/about/complaints-procedure#making-a-complaint-to-the-department-for-transport.

We will be meeting with the Minister next week, but for now our 'Call to Action' remains very much in place.

Kind Regards

Andy Symons

Club Support Officer 

Tel: 0116 2440028

Fax: 0116 2440645
email:  [email protected] 

The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers Limited

T/A The British Model Flying Association

A company limited by guarantee.  Registered in England Number 457067
Registered office Chacksfield House, 31 St Andrew's Road, Leicester, LE2 8RE

Message from Mike Foster, Sec.
The BMFA have informed me that your 2019 sticker will be delivered with the the April issue of our magazine. Also if you have not received confirmation of your insurance via email it is because they do not have your email address. However they have now sent me hard copies of members cover. I will send them out in due course. Tony please can you put this on the main website.
Please note that when you book in at the guardroom, you need to collect a green lanyard from the security window on the left to attach to your ID.. This is important as it indicates that we do not need an escort to be on the airfield.
The 3 year License has been granted which runs to  17th July 2021. It has also been confirmed that we fly from the New Site. Flying from the old sites are off limits. All members please observe the no fly zones.
Hello all members. Mike Foster has received this from BMFA membership secretary and has asked me to publish it. Please click on link to read it.

https://www.bmfa.org/DesktopModules/Bring2mind/DMX/Download.aspx?Command=Core_Download&EntryId=2451&language=en-GB&PortalId=0&TabId=137
PLEASE NOTE
The middle gate is permanently locked at the moment and the 22 end gate is back to being controlled by the camera. Park close to the gate and they will then open up.
The ONLY current permisable site is the southern end of runway 33

KMFC Members ONLY can join our Face Book Group where you can see posts by other club members (in real time) and chat with them. Ideal for arranging flying sessions with one another.
Sign in to Facebook, go to link below, if not a FB Group member already, click on 'Join Group' at top of page. Button will change to 'Pending'. When Admin sees your request you will be 'approved' and become a FB member.


We now have 22 FB members. Only open to KMFC members.

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