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A further update from the British Model Flying Association

13th May 2020

The BMFA have released a further statement to their correspondence with members on 11th May, please see below.

Dear BMFA Member

B.C.C. all members

Further to yesterdays update which you can read at http://tempURL  we would like to add the following

Whilst a return to model flying is now possible for some (in England only) it cannot be considered as being business as usual.  A trip to the flying site to socialise with more than one other member is not permitted under the current government advice and you should not be making arrangements to meet a group of others to go flying.

Model flying within the current restrictions should be considered as a solo activity (unless with other members of your household or one person from outside your household – for safety purposes).  This does not mean that if anyone else is present at the flying site you must go home (the same would be true in your local park), but gatherings must be avoided, and social distancing maintained. Some clubs have introduced a booking system to limit the number allowed on the field at any one time and to minimise wasted journeys.  We would also re-iterate that where land-owners have closed their sites (such as the MOD and National Trust) you must not fly there unit they re-open.   

Do remember that when you go flying you are not there to meet up with others, you are there to fly your aircraft and nothing else.  Do not mingle with other people and respect social distancing guidance to ensure you maintain a safe distance.  If in any doubt, please stay at home. 

Turn up, fly, go home!!  

Best Regards
The BMFA

Tel: 0116 2440028

email:  admin@bmfa.org 

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


Covid-19 & Flying Activities Update from the British Model Flying Association

11th May 2020

The British Model Flying Association (BMFA) have released a statement regarding model flying in the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. We are not going to fully open the Flying Club until we have had further clarity from the Government and BMFA, however, Two Tree Island Airfield will be available for members to use from 13th May if members feel it is safe to do so. If you do fly you must follow Government and BMFA guidelines and the cabin is only to be used in emergencies for access to the First Aid kit. All members must adhere to club rules and you are responsible for your own safety and to decide if you are going to fly. Please see the BMFA’s statement below and for more details regarding the lock-down changes announced on 10th May 2020 click here. Watch this space for more information. Stay Safe!

.Dear BMFA Member

N.B.This communications is being sent to all BMFA members with an active email address, it is also reproduced on the BMFA Website and official BMFA Facebook page.

A return to the Skies      

The UK government has indicated that there will be some ‘relaxation’ of the current restrictions and that from Wednesday 13th May it will be possible to leave home and drive somewhere to engage in a sporting/recreational activity.  Please note that at the present time, this ‘relaxation’ applies only to England.  The advice for Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales remains ‘stay home’. 

This change in government advice will permit the resumption of some model flying activity in England subject to compliance with certain guidelines and social distancing.  Points to note include:

  1. We remain in the midst of a pandemic.  The updated government advice must not be regarded as meaning a ‘return to normal’.  The situation is dynamic and current government advice must be followed. 
  2. The effects of the COVID-19 virus are most serious in men over the age of 60, especially those with other underlying health problems.  As many of our members fall into this group, we would urge careful consideration before venturing out and risking any potential exposure to the virus, however small the risk may be. 
  3. At no point during the lockdown has model flying been prohibited.  It is mainly the government’s blanket restrictions on non-essential travel which has precluded our activity (which remains the case in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales), although some landlords have imposed their own restrictions on activity on their land.  Therefore, regardless of any changes to the government’s advice, any such local restrictions must also be considered.
  4. Should Clubs/members in England decide to resume model flying then they must follow government advice.  Some simple measures to consider may include:
  • Social distancing in accordance with government guidelines ensuring the minimum 2 metre (and preferably greater) separation from other people (unless from the same household) is always maintained (including in the carpark, pits & pilot box).  Clubs need to consider measures to ensure compliance with this requirement, which in some instances is likely to require limitations on the number of members on a club site at any one time.
  • Latex/Nitrile/Vinyl gloves to be worn or hand sanitiser used immediately before and immediately after opening/unlocking and closing/locking access gates and padlocks
  • Latex/Nitrile/Vinyl gloves to be worn or hand sanitiser used immediately before and immediately after using any club site maintenance equipment.
  • No sharing of model flying equipment and aircraft (apart from by those sharing a household).
  • Unless both instructor and pupil share the same household, if an individual has not yet reached a “safe solo” competence and still requires supervision, a buddy system must be employed, preferably wireless and with the instructor and student using their own equipment.  If a wired system is used it must allow the instructor to maintain a minimum 2m separation from the student and appropriate sanitation measures should be taken when handling the buddy lead.
  • Clubhouses and any shared facilities (e.g. toilets) to remain closed.
  • Hand sanitiser should be considered an essential item in every model aircraft flyer’s flight box.
  • Anyone displaying symptoms of COVID-19, or who shares a household with any individual displaying symptoms, must not fly and should stay at home to maintain social isolation in accordance with government advice.

Ultimately, it has to be the individual’s decision whether to go flying or not and to take responsibility for their own safety.

We will issue further guidance as details become available.  

The health and wellbeing of our members remains our first priority, so please stay safe.

Best Regards
The BMFA

Tel: 0116 2440028
email:  admin@bmfa.org 

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


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