News & Updates

SMAC Social evenings
Wednesday February 9th, a talk from 2 pilots about their experiences in general aviation.
The club social evenings will be held at the Coleview Community Centre.
Location for new members is Towcester Rd, Swindon SN3 4AS. and are held in the Towcester suite which is through the electric doors at the left end of the building (the suite door is to the left of the reception counter)
The Committee has now finalised the new requirements for spotters. In agreement with VOWHGC and in compliance with the BMFA, we will only require one spotter while models are flying. Also, there is now the option for a non-member to act as spotter when no other SMAC member is on site. This  will be incorporated into the Code of Practice. This will mean a member can now visit site with a guest and fly, without needing another club member to act as a spotter. I am sure this will be good news for those who have previously had problems finding a Club member to spot for them at certain times of the day. The briefing notes for SMAC pilots to brief their non-member spotter are in the Clubhouse and also in the field kit holdall bag.
Article 16 Authorisation
Article 16 is new legislation to allow model flyers to operate in a manner similar to the past with a few changes.
There is now a CAA requirement for members to indicate that they have read and understood the Article 16 authorisation if they wish to operate under it. There is a check box on the Go Membership portal to do this, under ‘Opt-Ins’ on an individual’s member profile. Please have a read though the brief notes in the attached BMFA link:
You might also receive an email directly from the BMFA about this.
Go to the BMFA Azolve membership portal (, log in, go to your profile, click on the ‘Opt-In’ tab and, once you have read it, tick the box for Article 16.
If you don’t have access to the BMFA membership portal, please confirm to Jane that you read and understood the Article 16 authorisation and she can acknowledge it on your behalf.