Latest News

Clarification on Height Limitations For Model Aircraft

Many of you have asked regarding the Height Limitations when flying model aircraft, the following is an extract form the main BMFA Website.

“BMFA NOTE: The BMFA, Large Model Association, Scottish Aeromodellers Association and First Person View UK have a ‘Permission’ from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) which permits their members operating ‘conventionally piloted’ model aircraft (not including multi-rotors) of less than 7Kg to fly higher than 400ft.  The Associations also have a separate ‘Exemption’ from the CAA which permits their members operating ‘conventionally piloted’ model aircraft (not including multi-rotors) of less than 3.5Kg to fly up to 1000ft when flown using First Person View with a ‘competent observer’.  For further details of the Permission and Exemption, please visit www.bmfa.org or email admin@bmfa.org.  Model aircraft weighing more than 7Kg (and multi-rotors) may only operate above 400ft under the terms of an ‘exemption’ from the ANO obtained directly from the CAA.”

Flying at Ashdown Forest or Long Man sites

Up to now the South East Area has funded the licences for two flying sites, Ashdown Forest and Long Man, with assistance from clubs and the competitions that run at these sites.

As of 2020 if you Fly on Ashdown Forest but do not compete in the Free Flight Competitions, or fly at the Long Man site and you are not a member of East Sussex Soaring Association or Slope Soaring Sussex, you will need to purchase a ‘Permit to fly’ for each flying site. The Permit will costs £10 per annum per site and can be purchased from the Area website at https://southeast.bmfa.org/ under the “Area Flying Sites Tab” “Purchase Ashdown Forest/Long Man Permit”