BMFA & CAA Information

The BMFA (British Model Flying Association) is the UK's governing body. It provides information on all aspects of model flying but mot importantly members are covered by its third party insurance policy. It is mandatory that all paid members of NVA are also members of the BMFA whether through the club or as individuals as "country" members.

NVA respects all rules and recommendations of the BMFA including its flying proficiency scheme, the two principal levels being the A-Certificate and B-Certificate. It is a club rule that nobody is allowed to fly unsupervised unless they hold an A-Certificate qualification; instruction to help gain this certificate can be provided by the club's instructors.

From 2020 the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) has decreed that all drones and model aircraft must display their operator's personal "Operator ID" number. All NVA members must comply with this requirement and have paid the appropriate registration fee.

The following is a list of BMFA information sources and publications

BMFA Website Link to the BMFA website
Article 16 Article 16 explained - pages copied from the "BMFA News" February 2021
CAA Operator ID -
Aircraft labelling info
All members' aircraft must comply
BMFA Handbook (Apri 2021) General handbook, a comprehensive guide
BMFA Welfare Policy No explanation required
Flying Start This publication provides all the basic knowledge for building, setting up and flying model aircraft. A good read for those new to the hobby and a reminder to the more experienced who may have developed bad habits!
20 Questions (under revision) During 2016 new rules will be applied by the BMFA to improve pilot's knowledge of the law regarding the flying of model aircraft. Once the new rules re enforced, any 5 of these questions can be asked during an achievement test, including an A-certificate. For each question a model answer is provided.
BMFA Achievements site This is s dedicated site for the BMFA achievement schemes and also lists the questions (and answers) to the questions those taking the tests can expect to be asked.
BMFA "GO Membership" Website Here you can register your details and pay your BMFA and CAA fees on-line.