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1. Introduction to the Association

1.1 SMAE and BMFA
1.2 Organisation
1.3 Objectives
1.4 BMFA Areas
1.5 Relations with the General Public
1.6 The Contest Scene
1.7 National and International Status
1.8 The Education Initiative
1.9 Codes of Practice and Achievement Schemes
1.10 Contests and Records

2. Types of Membership

2.1 BMFA Membership
2.2 Country Members
2.3 Family Membership
2.4 Fellowship and Honorary Membership
2.5 Membership Period
2.6 Competition Entry
2.7 Fees and Benefits

3. BMFA Affiliated Clubs

3.1 Affiliated Club Membership
3.2 Schools and Youth Groups

4. General Meetings

4.1 General Meetings
4.2 Voting Rights at General Meetings
4.3 Voting Rights in Postal Ballots

5. Member’s Insurance

5.1 Liability Insurance
5.2 Indemnity Limits
5.3 Conditions
5.4 Incident Reporting
5.5 Operative Dates
5.6 Certificates
5.7 Product Liability
5.8 MoD Indemnity
5.9 Data, Development and Demonstration Membership Extension
5.10 Personal Accident Insurance
5.11 Travel Policy
5.12 Club Equipment
5.13 Supplementary Items

6. Advice to Clubs

6.1 Flying Site Negotiations
6.2 The BMFA Club Support Officer
6.3 Club Assets and Grant Applications

7. Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Policy

7.1 Our Commitment
7.2 The Policy
7.3 Appropriate behaviour
7.4 Promoting and Communicating Equality & Diversity

8. Legal Controls over Model Flying

8.1 The Air Navigation Order
8.2 Models Over 20 kg
8.3 Gliders Between 20 kg and 80 kg
8.4 Upper Mass Limits
8.5 Mandatory Model Flying Insurance
8.6 Planning Permission Considerations
8.7 Byelaws
8.8 Noise
8.9 The Department of the Environment Noise Code

9. BMFA Guidelines and Safety Codes for Model Flying

9.1 CAP 658
9.2 Introduction
9.3 Respect the Environment
9.4 Mixed Sites
9.5 Military Low Flying
9.6 Your Fitness to Fly
9.7 The Effects of Alcohol

10. Hazardous Materials

10.1 Carbon, Boron
10.2 Kevlar Fibres
10.3 Cyanoacrylate glues (superglues)
10.4 Epoxy and Polyester resins
10.5 Methanol
10.6 Petrol
10.7 Smoke

11. Guide to the Safe Operation of Model Aircraft

11.1 Club Information
11.2 The Safety Marshall
11.3 The Club Safety Officer
11.4 Using your Flying Site

12. R/C Flying Site Location

12.1 Inter-Club Interference
12.2 Model Flying Heights and Full Size Aviation

13. R/C Power Flying Site Layouts

13.1 Introduction
13.2 Layout
13.3 Flight Patterns
13.4 Notes

14. Learning to Fly Radio Control

14.1 CAP 658 Says
14.2 Simulators and Simulator Leads

15. Radio Control and You

15.1 Introduction
15.2 Aerials
15.3 Batteries
15.4 Ni-Cd Batteries
15.5 Ni-Mh Batteries
15.6 Low Self Discharge Ni-Mh Batteries
15.7 Lithium Batteries
15.8 Battery Isolator Switches
15.9 Becs / Ubecs / Receiver Batteries
15.10 Black Wire Corrosion
15.11 Crystals
15.12 Failsafes
15.13 Frequency Identification
15.14 Mix and Match Tx and Rx
15.15 Mobile ‘Phones
15.16 Module Equipped Transmitters
15.17 Neckstraps
15.18 Pacemakers
15.19 Servos
15.20 Switches and Wiring
15.21 Telemetry
15.22 Transmitter and Receiver Issues

16. Radio Control and Your Club

16.1 Introduction
16.2 Cellphone Masts and Microwaves
16.3 35 MHz Transmitter Interaction Problems
16.4 Frequency Control at Club Sites
16.5 Pegboard Recommendations
16.6 35 MHz Synthesised Frequency Equipment
16.7 35 MHz Frequency Allocation at Club Sites
16.8 Lone Flyers

17. Interference

17.1 Individual Cases
17.2 Club Cases

18. General Model Safety

18.1 General Safety
18.2 A Safer Flying Field – S.W.E.E.T.S.
18.3 Radio Control Flying Safety
18.4 Pre Session Checks
18.5 Checks Before Each Flight (S.M.A.R.T.)
18.6 Checks After Each Flight

19. Safety Advice for Specific Model Types

19.1 Almost Ready To Fly Models
19.2 Ultralight R/C Models
19.3 Helicopters
19.4 Multi Rotors
19.5 R/C Silent Flight – General
19.6 Thermal Soaring
19.7 Slope Soaring
19.8 Electroflight
19.9 Control Line
19.10 Free Flight
19.11 Indoor Free Flight
19.12 Indoor Radio Control
19.13 ‘Large’ Models Between 7 kg and 20 kg
19.14 ‘Large’ Power Fixed Wing
19.15 ‘Large’ Helicopters
19.16 ‘Large’ Gliders, Slope and Thermal.
19.17 Flying Sites for ‘Large’ Models over 7 kg
19.18 ‘Very Large’ Models Over 20 kg
19.19 Flying Sites for ‘Very Large’ Models.
19.20 Space Models
19.21 Gas Turbines
19.22 First Person View R/C Flying
19.23 Exemption for Lightweight Models

20. Model Flying Displays

21. Mandatory Occurrence Reporting

21.1 Definitions
21.2 General
21.3 General Flying
21.4 Contact Details
21.5 Public Events

22. The Radio Control Achievement Schemes

22.1 Introduction
22.2 Scheme Control
22.3 Qualifications

23. Introduction to the DoE Noise Code

23.1 Introduction
23.2 BMFA Advice on the Noise Test
23.3 Helicopter Noise Testing
23.4 Gas Turbines and Electric Models

24. Radio Control Technical Information

24.1 Official Radio Control Frequencies
24.2 The 27 MHz Band
24.3 The 35 MHz Band
24.4 The 40 MHz Band
24.5 The 49 MHz Band
24.6 The 433 MHz and 434 MHz Bands
24.7 The 459 MHz Band
24.8 The 2.4 GHz Band
24.9 The 5.8 GHz Band
24.10 72 MHz Equipment
24.11 R/C Equipment Type Approval
24.12 Synthesised Frequency Equipment
24.13 Grey Imports
24.14 R/C Licenses

25. BMFA Council of Management

25.1 Members of Council
25.2 Dates of Meetings
25.3 Sub-Committees
25.4 Proposals to Council

26. The Competition Rule Books

26.1 The BMFA Rule Books
26.2 The FAI Sporting Code

27. BMFA News and Website

27.1 BMFA News
27.2 BMFA Website

28. Tailpeice

 

 

 

 

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