The BMFA normally has around 780 affiliated to it, with a combined membership from clubs and individual members of over 36,000. Membership brings many benefits, including 3rd party liability insurance of up to £10 million. you can read more about the BMFA here
A register of BMFA Examiners will be maintained by Council and only those whose names appear on the register are authorised to conduct examinations. It is recommended that the number of club examiners should not exceed the following, although clubs may apply to exceed these numbers if necessary.
No examination fees will be charged to either BMFA members or non-members.
DISPLAYS AND COMPETITIONS
It should be noted that it is stated in the Safety Code for Model Flying Displays that a model flyer, using a radio-controlled powered model in a display before the public should produce evidence of holding a valid 'B' Certificate. Competitors in BMFA contests for radio controlled powered model aircraft must produce evidence of holding a valid `B' Certificate.
Badges are available for 'A', 'B' and Examiner grades. They are of `wings' design, silver for the 'A', gold for the 'B' and gold with the letter 'E' for Examiners. They may be obtained direct from the BMFA Leicester office (call the office or check the BMFA website for the latest prices). Orders must include evidence of qualification by quoting your certificate number.
Where an 'A' or 'B' Certificate holder or an Examiner consistently disregards the requirements of the Safety Codes or local club rules his club is empowered to take the following action:
(a) In the first instance, a verbal warning to the offender by an officer of the club.
(b) In the second instance, a written warning from the club committee.
(c) Where these warnings fail to have the necessary effect, the club committee may formally request the Areas Council to withdraw the offender's Certificate or Examiner qualification.
In exceptional circumstances, a BMFA Area may formally propose to Areas Council that a certificate or qualification be withdrawn directly.
Once a certificate or qualification has been withdrawn by Areas Council, the offender will not be permitted to re-take the test for a period of 6 months from the date of withdrawal.
BMFA MEMBERSHIP CARDS
Details of a member's Achievement Scheme qualifications will be shown on their membership card.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Fixed Wing Bronze Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'A' Certificate, Fixed Wing.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Helicopter Bronze Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'A' Certificate, Helicopter.
The Scottish Aeromodellers Association Helicopter Silver Certificate is accepted as equivalent to the BMFA 'B' Certificate, Helicopter.
Any holder of a BMFA or BARCS Silent Flight Thermal Gold, Diamond or Diamond Star will be assumed to hold a 'B' Certificate, Silent Flight Thermal.
Any holder of a BMFA or BARCS Silent Flight Slope Gold or Diamond will be assumed to hold a 'B' Certificate, Silent Flight Slope