BMFA COVID LEGISLATION & RC Flying 06/01/2021
England — TIER 4
The legislation relating to COVID-19 restrictions in place from January 6th has been published.
All areas of England have now been placed in to Tier 4.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (All Tiers) (England) Regulations 2020 have also been amended.
Whilst outdoor exercise is still allowed, either alone or with one other person, we are now no longer permitted to leave our homes to visit public outdoor places for the purposes of open air recreation. The definition of public outdoor places has also been amended and now no longer includes outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities.
Outdoor sportsgrounds or sports facilities (which includes model flying club sites and BMFA Buckminster) have also been added to the list of venues that must close.
Guidance relating to other areas of the UK remains the same as in our update of 22/12/2020 seehttps://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2707/COVID-19-Regulations-Update-22-12-2020
BMFA insurance remains in place when flying lawfully and the personal accident cover is in place should you do something untoward to yourself in the workshop. The day to day work protecting model flying and assisting members and clubs is ongoing and the BMFA office remains manned and open during the lockdown period.
British Model Flying Association
The Society of Model Aeronautical Engineers Limited T/A
English Open 21st and 22nd August
Covid secure where necessary
March 14th, reserve 28th
April 11th, reserve 25th
May 9th, reserve 23rd
June 20th, reserve 27th
July 11th, reserve 25th
August 8th, reserve 29th
September 12th, reserve 26th
June 13th – if F3F reserve date not required
Subject to relevant covid/government rules
From the BMFA …..
The Government have released updated guidance that comes into effect from 2nd December when local restriction tiers will replace the current National restrictions in England.
Based on this guidance, and subject to Parliamentary confirmation, Model Flying Clubs in all Tiers can re-open; however, you are expected to operate in a Covid secure way. See https://clubsupport.bmfa.uk/6-steps-to-covid-secure
The rule of 6 also applies in all Tiers and you should not organise gatherings of more than 6 people. However, should more than 6 people independently attend a flying site this does not appear to be a breach of the regulations provided that they do not mingle.
Members should avoid travelling in to and out of Tier 3 (Very High Alert) areas.
White Sheet Down is currently in Tier 2. All Tiers will be reviewed on 16th December apparently
Revised Level 3 Flying Restrictions from 14/9/2020 until further notice
Your Committee have reviewed updated BMFA advice and advise the following for members and visiting fliers. This is in addition to the advice already supplied about ensuring your fitness to go to the Down and fly.
It’s a game of two halves, everyday flying and competitions/events
We cannot provide a person at the slope at all times to ensure compliance with social distancing with the result that the default number of people from different households allowed to fly at any one time is 6. In order for this to happen it is important that you email name, date, time in and time out to our track and trace email database at:
We will keep an eye on it and if it is looking busy we will try and let you know.
This data will be kept for 21 days for NHS use if there is an outbreak. It is also important that you also email the above address if you develop symptoms after visiting the Down so that we can inform NHS.
Some members (actually, just Midweek Mike and me) have volunteered to be covid policemen at the time they are at the slope, so it may be possible to run two groups of 6 providing track and trace data and social distancing happens.
Given that social distancing is required at all times, we suggest a flight-line max of 4 people as this should ensure clarity of communication between fliers over the 6 metres
Competitions and Events:
We will do a number of things before hosting an event:
1/ Risk assessment
2/ BMFA questionnaire
3/ Provide a volunteer covid policeman/woman for the duration
4/ Make use of the firstname.lastname@example.org provide registration and track and trace address.
Once again, we will opt for a flight line max of 4 people and ask that any covid positivity post event is reported to the above email.
Please do use the WSRFC WhatsApp group to let other fliers know of your intended visit.
Please do look and follow the advice given by BMFA on their interweb, our advice, and of course the national orgainisations (Government/NHS/PHE)
Finally, as with any prospective flight, if in doubt – Don’t
The What3words app can be used to aid location in times of emergency. It can also be used for navigation by anyone who has the app on their phone or device. The relevant words for each of our main slopes will be posted, in this case, starting with the SW bowl, they are stressed.reinvest.clash
Had to chuckle as these words can describe some of the emotions that go through our minds when we are contemplating flying.
NE Slope – reforming.continued.tins
Morgans – to be posted