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Introduction

The North West Area is the largest Area of the BMFA, with in excess of 130 clubs affiliated - and this figure is growing all the time - and probably the largest physical number of square miles too! (It is over 200 miles North to South, and 130 miles wide at its widest point). We, as an Area, have a direct involvement in many events within the Area and these number eight indoor events on a monthly basis throughout the winter months, running from October to May, two outdoor fly-ins, and we also help sponsor an Indoor meeting at the Velodrome in Manchester when we can get a booking!


This Website

The purpose of this website is provide a focus for BMFA Norh West Area members to get News, local event information, understand the way the area is run and to notify you about those things that could affect your flying within the region.

Please feel free to contribute any suitable material for inclusion here. Please contact the Webmaster directly.


North West Area Organisation Roles & Responsibilities

The Elected Officers of the Area Committee consists of:

The Chairman :-who shall preside over meetings of the Committee and conduct them in accordance with it’s rules and Constitution and shall represent the Area at the Area Council meetings.

The Vice Chairman :- who shall fulfil the duties of the Chairman in the event of his absent from meetings, and all other duties of the Chairman when he shall by indisposition or absence be unable to properly fulfil those duties.

The Honorary Secretary :- who shall attend meetings of the Committee and record and distribute the minutes of the meetings. He shall summon all meetings of the Committee and deal with the general correspondence of the Committee, submitting to the Committee such correspondence as may be received officially (If the Hon. Sec. is unable to record the minutes of a meeting then a member of the Committee shall be co-opted to record the minutes of that meeting). He shall send a copy of the Area minutes to the Society’s General Secretary following each meeting of the Committee.

The Honorary Treasurer :- who shall keep proper accounts of the Area Committee financial transactions. He shall deal with moneys allotted to the Area Committee and shall pay all accounts and moneys due after approval by the Committee. He shall be responsible for ensuring that a banking account exists and is maintained in the name of the Committee. All cheques drawn on such account shall require signing by any two from the Hon. Treasurer, the Hon. Secretary, the Chairman, the Vice Chairman. Immediately after the end of the financial year the Treasurer shall prepare and submit to the Auditors an Income and Expenditure account and a balance sheet for their audit and certification. He shall send copies of these audited accounts to the secretaries of the clubs within the Area not later than the date on which the notice of the Annual General Meeting is circulated.

Flying Discipline Secretaries :- who shall take charge of such tasks of the Committee as concern any specific flying disciplines. They may be appointed for any discipline that the Area decides is appropriate and they shall co-ordinate the work of the Committee in that discipline.

The Council Delegate :- who shall attend all Full and Area Council Meetings of the Society and shall prepare and submit to the Committee reports on Council matters. He will liaise between the Council and the Area Committee and ensure that Council is kept informed of the opinions of the Area Committee and its member clubs. If the Council Delegate shall resign during his period of office then, on the Area Committee filling the vacancy under the Constitution, notice of such change together with personal details of the new Delegate shall be delivered to the Society within 7 days. The Council Delegate will automatically take on the post of a Director of SMAE Ltd, subject to ratification by SMAE Council, and shall undertake duties in this respect

The Public Relations Officer :- who shall inform the local and modelling press of events held under control of the Committee and shall publicise any activity or action by whatsoever means the Committee may from time to time decide.

The Education Co-ordinator :- who shall; a) provide a point of contact on model flying education matters within the Area, b) encourage Clubs to make contact with young people’s organisations in their locality, c) encourage Clubs to introduce young members to model flying activities, d) provide a point of contact for individual BMFA members who wish to help promote education initiatives’ e) keep the Area Committee advised of model education matters, f) attend any national meetings of Area Education Co-ordinators

The Achievement Scheme Co-ordinator :-Who shall: a) Keep the Area Chief Examiners (ACEs) up to date with Council precedents pertinent to the scheme. b) Respond to and deal with any enquiries from Area members or individual members of member Clubs or individuals wishing to take part in the Scheme. c) Provide feedback to the Area Committee on the work of the ACEs. d) Provide a framework under which ACEs can meet for the purpose of maintaining or improving the standards of examining across the Area

The Auditors :- who shall be one or two in number must be over 21 years of age and may not hold any other elected office in the Committee. They shall audit the account books and the bank account statements of the Area Committee, examine the vouchers supporting the same and sign the income and expenditure account and the balance sheet when correct for presentation to the Annual General Meeting. If the Annual General Meeting so decides then assistants may be appointed to help the above officials with their duties.

 

If you need to contact a BMFA NW Area representative, contact information is available on the Contact Page.

Upcoming Events

See Events page for more information


Blackpool and Fylde Fly-in 20 May 2018
BDMAC Mid Summer Rally - 8 to 10 June

News

14/05/2018 Dave Phipps has provided an "Update on EASA regulations for Unmanned Aircraft" - Click here to Download Originally presented at the BMFA Full Council meeting on 12/05/2018


10/05/2018 For personal reasons, Wayne Pendleton has had to stand down as NW Area ASC. Kevin Watson has been elected to take on the role. Many thanks to Wayne for his hard work as ASC.
12/03/2018 Summary report from Dave Phipps on (EASA) Technical Opinion and Draft Regulations for Unmanned Aircraft. Download here
21/02/2018 Martyn Kinder has been appointed NW Area Council Delegate.
08/02/2018 Update on new EASA regulations removes the requirement to register individual aircraft but pilots will need to be registered. This is expected to come into force this summer (2018)

LINK to BMFA Website


07/02/2018. Sadly and due to health reasons, BMFA NW Chairman David Lloyd Jones has had to step down from his Area duties. Vice Chairman Mike Colling will take on the role of Chairman until a replacement is appointed. We wish David a speedy recovery.

30/01/2018 A new Lancashire based Silent Flight group is being formed. Although nothing has been finalised, the purpose of the group will be for like minded individuals to meet, fly for fun and take part in National Centralised and Local competition events. For further information, please contact the Webmaster


13/12/2017 BMFA NW AGM Meeting minutes now available for download.


25/11/2017 - DFT ANNOUNCES COMMITMENT TO IMPLEMENT NEW RULES FOR DRONES. This new legislation will affect all flyers of model aircraft, traditional as well as multicopter 'drones'. Link to Story


More BMFA News - Here


  Photograph Acknowledgements

The BMFA Northwest Area would like to thank the following for allowing us to use their photographs in the site page headers:

  • Phil Cooke
  • Danny Fenton
  • David Hipperson
  • Ian Jones
  • Martyn Kinder
  • John Leadbetter
  • Andrew Meade
  • David Measures

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