Monday, November 26

Membership 2019

The system for renewing your BMFA membership (insurance) has changed for 2019. BMFA membership should now be paid individually by each member via the BMFA Membership website. The BMFA membership fee for 2019 is £38 for senior members. The link for the BMFA website is

BMFA memberships should be renewed by 31 December 2018 for 2019.

The membership section of the BMFA website includes instructions how to register and renew your BMFA membership. Payment can be made by various methods.
The new system will allow Rivington Soaring Association club officials to check that you have renewed your BMFA membership.When you register and go online for the first time can you please check that your email address is up to date. If not you will not receive any emails from RSA.

Sunday, July 29

CAA Drone Regulations

After protracted discussions with interested parties the CAA have issued an amendment to the general ‘Drone’ regulations. These introduce restrictions on the use of drones operating above 400'. Fortunately the BMFA have negotiated an exemption for their members that allows model aircraft to be operated by conventional remote control above 400'. This is good news for flying clubs. Further information can be found at: HERE 

Wednesday, January 25

Powered Gliders

The following concern was raised at the AGM regarding powered gliders,
“I feel that we are in danger of mixing powered flight with gliders. It is one thing using a motor to get out if trouble but it is completely different to be able to climb vertically to cloud base and then swoop down across the face of a slope at high speed. Those machines could be used just as effectively on a flat field”.

After much deliberation it was agreed that powered gliders could be used under the following conditions:
1. If the wind speed is less than 10 mph
2. That bursts of power are limited to a maximum of 10 seconds
3. Power to rescue a plane that has blown too far back

Wednesday, December 17

Marsden Moor Soaring Association... affiliated with RSA for 2015

It was agreed at the AGM that Marsden Moor Soaring Association would be affiliated to RSA on the following terms.

  • Only affiliated to members who pay subs directly to MMSA not third party clubs (ie not open to clubs which are affiliated to MMSA)
  • It is confirmed that all members are fully insured
  • Follow our club rules when they are flying at any of our sites
  • Pilots to identify themselves on arrival

Sunday, September 4

Nont's Sarah.

I've added a page of notes here for the Nont's Sarah site mainly related to flying in 'shared' conditions with other air-sport flyers.

Also, in the 'resources' section I've added the BHPA/BMFA Operating Code: Co-existing with model aircraft.
This is a record of the discussions between and  the recommendations of the British Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association and the BMFA.

Saturday, July 23

Marsden Moor Soaring Association.

Rivington Soaring Association is now affiliated to the Marsden Moor Soaring Association.
This allows members of our club, as well as other affiliated clubs the right to fly on land owned by the National Trust on Marsden Moor.
Note: This arrangement is reciprocal.
The main slopes covered are Nonts Sarah (a.k.a. Buckstones Edge) and Pule Hill.
More details to follow but here's a link to a map of the Nonts Sarah site.