Everythree years all USAV operators (Unmaned Small Aerial Vehicles) need to sit, and pass, an online test to qualify for a Flyer ID
Minimum age: None, but children under 13 can only register with a parent or guardian present.
For those without internet access a hard copy of the test will be available. (Details yet to be confirmed)
Exemption from the Test for those holding a BMFA proficiency scheme “A” Certificate has been agreed.
Important information for BMFA members
BMFA members will not be required to take the DRES test with the current online system. With permission an alternate online DRES test will be offered through the BMFA direct at a later date. (Details yet to be confirmed)
For those without internet access a hard copy of the BMFA DRES test will be available at a later date. (Details yet to be confirmed)
There is an annual fee for registration as an operator of £9.00
Operators will be issued an Operator ID
Label any drones and model aircraft you’re responsible for with your Operator ID
Important information for BMFA members
BMFA members are not required to register as an operator with the current CAA online system. With permission the BMFA will administrator Registration and the annual £9.00 p.a. fee for its members. This will take place initially by 31 January 2020
White Sheet Members
You may choose to register and take the test independently with the CAA online system but please be advised, your membership of the BMFA is a condition required by White Sheet RFC to maintain compliance with the National Trust.
As it stands today, as members of the BMFA you can choose to delay your DRES registration and test process in favour of completing requirements through the BMFA with your annual BMFA membership renewal. (Full details of this service are yet to be announced)
Full responsibility for safe operation remains with the person operating the UAV.
It is up to individual operators to assure themselves of the accuracy of the data and comply with all UK drone rules and regulations.
The Whitesheet Slopes will be OPEN as per usual on this date.
Southern Winter League F3f Dates 2019 / 20
The Regional winter lg F3f comps are the perfect introduction to this very exciting branch of our sport. Newcomers are encouraged to come along and try F3f for perhaps their first time, always being guaranteed a very warm welcome. Hints, tips & advice on model set up, turn styles & flying the course are always freely given. Most sports models are perfectly suitable to use, you do not need an expensive F3f mouldie. It is through these comps that most of us regular F3f pilots ourselves started.
The venue for each comp will be wind direction dependant, using the slopes of Whitesheet, (NNW- SSW) Butser hill (NE) & Eastbourne ( most other directions) each competition venue being dependant upon the forecast wind direction.
Competition dates, each date being 4th Sunday of the month ;-
Sunday October 27th. Comp Cancelled
Sunday November 24th
Sunday December 22nd
Sunday January 26th
Sunday February 23rd
Sunday March 22 nd
For full competition & entry details please visit the BARCS forum, ( link below )
To enable the safe & successful staging of F3f competitions at Whitesheet, the Whitesheet slopes will be closed to all flying other than for that of the competition while F3f competitions are in progress. Competitions run from 9.00am- 5.00pm (approx finish time).
Thank you very much for your understanding & co-operation regarding this.
The Whitesheet RFC are proudly staging the 2019 English Open F3f competition over the weekend of aug 18-19th.
We are very proud of the continued excellent sponsorship of the event by Peter Payne owner of South Coast Sailplanes , this being the 5th consecutive year.
We are similarly proud of the continued excellent support given to the event by both Steve Webb of Steve Webb Models & Servo Shop , and of Graham Buckingham of Bucks Composites . Likewise this too being their 5th consecutive year of supporting the event.
The event is again being supported by both the ‘Great Britain Slope Racing Association’ GBSRA & the British Association of Radio Control Soarers Barcs .
Charity raffle ;- We will be staging a Charity raffle to raise very much needed funds for the Uk Blood cancer charity Bloodwise , and Histio UK . Last years event raised the excellent sum of £260.00
Entry opens at 8.00am on Saturday June 1st. Closing midnight on Weds July 31st.
Entry is limited to 35 pilots + a reserve list.
Full competition, Charity raffle & entry details, please visit the F3f page English Open F3f
Whitesheet slope closure information.
To enable the competition to be successfully staged, the Whitesheet slopes will be closed to all flying other than for that of the competition whilst this is in progress, Sat 17th Aug 8.00am-7.00pm, Sun 18th 8.00am-5.30pm. Thank you for your co-operation & understanding.
Stuart Wallace, (Stu) Whitesheet RFC Competition Secretary .
WSRFC, in response to the Call for Action from the BMFA, have sent the following letter to both the CAA and the Department for Transport.
The text of the letter is at Call for Action
Further and better information can be gleaned from the BMFA website news, in which they ask all flyers to express their views to the appropriate authority.
David Bradfield 9th May 2019