EASA Rules On ‘Drones’ – Your Response Needed

As you may or may not have seen, EASA have published an updated set or proposed rules for the operation of ‘Drones’ (which will include model aircraft)-

‘NPA 2017-05 Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones — Unmanned aircraft system operations in the open and specific category’

The period for submitting comments to this NPA is from 12 May to 12 August. I shall be submitting a response on behalf of the LMA, but I would encourage all of you to read all 128 pages and submit a response too.

As a note, when EASA say ‘Model clubs and associations’, the UK CAA are reading this as existing national associations with a track record, the LMA, BMFA, SAA & FPVUK. Little Whinging MFC does not count, nor will starting a new gang to try and get round it all!

As with other consultations & proposals, I’m not creating any ‘stock’ responses, your thoughts are what matter rather than a thousand identical responses. When responding, please be polite! As irritating as this is to us all, rude emails to the people who have been given the job of doing this don’t help.

Any questions, please let me know and I’ll do what I can.


Rob Buckley
Secretary – Large Model Association

Advance Ticket Discounts!

You can now by advance entry tickets to all our 2017 events online in the LMA Shop (shop link at the top of the page or here ).

All tickets are now delivered electronically so there’s no postage to pay or wait for.

There is also an attractive discount on advance tickets, and you save messing with cash on the gate, so don’t delay, buy your tickets today!


The show season was certainly opened successfully over last weekend, with a better than expected crowd for our first event at this new venue, on behalf of the LMA committee and event team, i would to thank everyone who came, public/traders/model display members, you all helped to put this event on the calendar, we hope to be back next year   THANKYOU

Regards to all   DAVE JOHNSON

LMA Haydock Park 2017 (Sunday March 19)

The Large Model Association have decided that they want to stop those winter blues and get the show season started a bit earlier in 2017. At the end of every show season we close the year with our static show at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We look at the models that are currently being built and look forward to seeing them finished and flying in the new year. Well we thought it would be good to see these finished models up close and chat to the builders before they are put into a full season of flying.

As with any LMA show there is always a good trade presence, so you can get those final items for the coming season or grab an early bargain to start the year.
A bring and buy is also planned so bring the items that you no longer want and wish to sell on.

As with Gaydon there will be a chance to sit in on a various master class tutorials from some of the best modellers around the UK which will be running throughout the day. Talks will be held on how to glass cloth, Jeti radio, and jet turbines.


Hi all, the LMA Gaydon event 2016. Is nearly upon us and In addition to the large number of trade stands that will be present you will be able to visit the static display areas set aside for large models, WW1, WW2, Jets, and a variety of club sports type. A unique display this year will be set out by Steve Woodhead and members of the Langar Club comprising of some 20 large model aircraft which have been constructed by the well-known builder John Simpson over the last 10 years. All the static displays are set out in such a way that you are able to walk around the whole of the Conference Centre building.

We also hope you will support something new for this year – our series of workshops that will take place throughout the day. These will be held in the Lecture Room which is located at the far end of the large model gallery. The times are as follows: –


10.30 to 11.30        Mark Hinton – Jet airframes and installations

Mark is a well-known model jet flyer who flies at LMA events in the UK and various other prominent public displays in Europe including one of the very best – Jetpower which is held every September in Germany. If you want to understand more about this aspect of the hobby, then this is a “must attend” workshop.


12.00 to 13.00         Tony Nijhuis – Model aircraft design

For the past 30 years, Tony Nijhuis has been one of the most respective and leading authorities on model aircraft design. The ‘Tony Nijhuis’ brand is known and respected globally through his innovative approach and quality of this  designs. With over 60 model aircraft designs to his name and a UK manufacturing business passionate of delivering aero modelling to a global market, we are very pleased to have Tony as a guest speaker to give the visitors to Gaydon, a fascinating insight into commercial aero modelling design, the market through the ages and the future of aero modelling….


In addition, there will be a prize competition at the end of the talk with a ‘kit’ presentation of Tony’s latest design to one lucky winner…so don’t miss out….


13.30 14.30                Paul Dudley of Kingfisher Aviation

Paul has been building model aircraft for many years of all types to a very high standard both for himself and over the last 4 years for customers of his company – Kingfisher Aviation. He will be demonstrating how you can get the best results when glass clothing your aircraft and how to improve the scale details of ARTF’s


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