Flying as COVID-19 lockdown is relaxing (Updated)

We realized that in our rush to get our rules for flying with social distancing a priority, we missed the inclusion of our vulnerable members who require a little extra assistance to fly. So, please be understanding if you witness incidents that you might consider break the social distancing rules, please double check with the members to ensure the situation is understood.


May, I remind members, if you are challenged about your behaviour, it might be that the challenger doesn't know the specific circumstances, so please explain the situation coolly and calmly.


We have received several suggestions about keeping the club house closed, we have considered this, however we must display the windsock while flying, this is our agreement with the helicopter's from RAF Shawbury (we must be squeeky clean on this, even though I hear the heli-pilots may not be observing our flying area). To protect the windsock we have concluded to operate as normal, with the windsock requiring lock up when not flying, Though, please avoid unnecessary visits into the club house for charging, and seating, consider bringing your batteries pre-charged and bring your own chair, etc.

Finally, we have created an email address for you to share your concerns with the SMFC committee, so I ask you to direct your emails to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Also, please ensure you include the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in the cc address in your email.



Flying as COVID-19 lockdown is relaxing

Hi Members,

As you may have already seen in the email from the BMFA, this email suggests that flying should be possible from Wednesday 13th May.

The SMFC committee has been in contact with our landlord to ensure he has no restrictions to our attendance at Forton, he hasn't.

So, we have concluded that we can re-open Forton for flying, but we urge members to observe the following guidance:

  1.            Use Hand sanitizer at the gate or at the club house. (If available). Use of disposable gloves (if available) for who opens the gate if you are the first at the site.
  2.            Use of disposable gloves at the “sign” for opening and closing.
  3.            Use of disposable gloves for unlocking the club house and erecting the windsock.
  4.            Use of disposable gloves for installing/packing away the generator if required each flying day
  5.            Move all the chairs to the centre and the rear of the club house or into “dead plane corner” so this would free up space on the left side of the club house.
  6.            Maximum of 4 people at any one time in the club house for setting up, packing away, repairs and use of the toilet.
  7.            No sitting on chairs in the doorway of the club house.
  8.            Both doors opened to the club house to aid access and increase ventilation into the club house.
  9.            No training with new members at the moment due to distancing of 2m…
  10.            Using other people's transmitters is strictly forbidden
  11.            Setting up on the field is normal but at least a 2m gap between each flyer and field equipment.
  12.            Remove all cups and teaspoon from the kitchen area, ask members to bring their own and to take them away each day.
  13.            Blue roll and disinfectant spray placed and all common touch areas in the club house and each member is responsible to clean down after themselves.
  14.            All blue roll to be placed in a designated bin and this to have a proper bin liner and this will be emptied each week.
  15.            Blue roll is to be used strictly for the use of cleaning down work area. NOT to be used for cleaning airframes down.
  16.            Hand sanitizer for the toilet and disinfectant spray.
  17.            If hand launches are required, disposable gloves to be worn and a 2m distance must be maintained.
  18.            No kissing and cuddling of any members

The club will try to provide Hand Sanitizer, Disposable Gloves and Blue Roll (Please don't take them)

If you cannot comply to this guidance, please don't expect to fly at Forton.

Please enjoy your flying and stay safe.




Shawbury Indoor events cancelled until May

Hi All,

I received this from the BMFA regional organiser yesterday.

Apologies for sending out another message so soon after last night’s email.

Can you let your members know that the next/last 3 Shawbury Indoor Events (until May) have been cancelled. This is due to a ‘lockdown’ by RAF staff due to the COVID-19 Virus pandemic.

They should resume again in the Autumn all being well.

The BMFA Northwest Area Events page has been updated accordingly.

I suspect more cancellations will follow in the next few days, I will keep you informed.

Please let your members know of this cancellation.

Best wishes



Martyn Kinder

BMFA NW Area Delegate and Chairman

Administrator – UK Classic Aerobatic Association

CAA exemption date extended until June 2020

Official Record Series 4
United Kingdom

Civil Aviation Authority

The latest version of this document is available in electronic format at, where you may also register for e-mail notification of amendments.
17 February 2020 Page 1 of 1

Small Unmanned Aircraft – SUA Operator Registration Requirements for Members of UK Model and Small Unmanned Aircraft Associations

  1. The Civil Aviation Authority (‘the CAA’), in exercise of its powers under article 266 of the Air Navigation Order 2016 (‘the Order’), exempts any member of a UK Model or Small Unmanned Aircraft Association listed in paragraph 2 below, from the requirements of article 94D (registration as an SUA operator) of the Order.
  2. This exemption shall only apply to a person acting as the SUA Operator of a small unmanned aircraft while also being a member of one of the following UK Model or Small Unmanned Aircraft Associations:
    1. The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers trading as the British Model Flying Association (BMFA)
    2. The Scottish Aeromodellers’ Association (SAA)
    3. The Large Model Aircraft Association Ltd trading as the Large Model Association (LMA)
    4. FPV UK Ltd trading as FPV UK
  3. A copy of this exemption, along with a copy of the relevant association membership document must be carried by any remote pilot when making use of this exemption.
  4. This exemption supersedes Official Record Series No. 1332, which is revoked.
  5. This exemption has effect from the date it is signed until 30 June 2020, both dates inclusive, unless previously revoked.


S L O’Sullivan
for the Civil Aviation Authority
17 February 2020