Southern Area
The Southern Area, centered around Hampshire, Berkshire and Dorset is one of the areas providing representation at national level for model flyers in all regions of England and Northern Ireland. Scotland is represented separately by the Scottish Aeromodellers Association (SAA).
Areas are part of the heirarchy of the BMFA which is often overlooked but provide a link between clubs and the national association.
1. East Anglia
2. London
3. Midlands
4. Northern
5. North East
6. North West
7. South Midlands
8. South East
9. Southern
10. Western
11. Mid West
12. South West
13. Northern Ireland
The Areas have committees elected from clubs within the area and many inter-club activities are organised along with events to promote model flying in the community. Often the opportunity is taken to combine the enjoyment of model flying with the raising of funds for charity. Information on the Southern Area's activities are contained in occasional newsletters published online and circulated to clubs.
Delegates from each area form the BMFA's Area Council which has responsibility for many aspects of BMFA operations including the achievement schemes.
The committee, under the initial leadership of Roger Bedford and continued to date by Tony Butterworth, promote a vision of how the Southern Area should develop in the form of the following aims and objectives.
1. To encourage young people into the sport by representing the BMFA at shows
2. To promote aeromodelling as a hobby as well as a sport, to take advantage of the increase in leisure time.
3. To support many shows to promote the BMFA. The London Model Engineering Exhibition, Wartime Wallop, the Bovington Tank Museum's Model Days and the Odiham Families day to name just a few.
4. To arrange for the Chairman and General Secretary to attend a Southern Area Conference.
5. To promote the BMFA by contacting the schools in this area to promote aeromodlelling by offering talks and arranging club visits.
6. To continue organising shows and support clubs in running events that promote the sport/hobby and attempt to increase the comradery between clubs. In this endeavour the area maintains items of equipment such as Marquis, Banners, Display boards, a Flight simulator and a Generator all available on loan. Events should be arranged to to break even, but should external influences such as bad weather cause a loss to be made the Area has a fund that can be used to help mitigate the loss.
7. To encourage clubs to attend area meetings and to visit as many club events as possible.
8. To see the Southern Area take a more active role in BMFA affairs and have it's voice heard loudly and clearly.
9. To encourage non affiliated clubs to affiliate with the BMFA by personal representation.
10. To encourage individual members to join the BMFA.
11. To maintain an up to date web site for the Southern Area.
12. To run and co-ordinate the Achievement Scheme within the area, by appointment of Area Chief Examiners and run Achievement Scheme Workshops.