News & Updates

Spotters
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 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 attached briefing notes are for SMAC pilots to brief their non-member spotter:
PILOT’S GUIDE FOR NON-SMAC MEMBER SPOTTING.
AS THE PILOT IN COMMAND, YOU ARE TOTALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FLIGHT YOU ARE ABOUT TO UNDERTAKE
The following is a guide to you, as the pilot in command, of the briefing you should give to your designated spotter, so as to ensure all reasonable precautions are carried out and to assist you in achieving a safe and enjoyable flying session.
1. The Spotter, who must be 18 years old or over, is to be aware at all times of all full size aircraft movements on site and advise you of any aircraft about to take off or land, being fully aware of the wind direction. Further to this, they are to monitor any full size activity in the airfield vicinity and advise you should they feel that any aircraft is about to make an approach to the airfield.
2. The Spotter is to monitor all personnel movements on the airfield, including other club members, dog walkers, hikers and farm workers. Should any other club member wish to approach the pits area, either on foot or in a vehicle, the Spotter is to advise you immediately in order to ensure that a safe approach can be made and that you are not about to land.
3. The Spotter is to remain vigilant at all times and should NOT watch the model.
4. The Spotter is to be made aware of the location of the first aid kit, the post code and the unique airfield What3Words location “motive – pockets – winds” on the underside of the box lid. This is to be given to any emergency services, should they be required.
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: rcc.bmfa.uk/article-16
You might also receive an email directly from the BMFA about this.
Go to the BMFA Azolve membership portal (bmfa.azolve.com), 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.