Runcorn Model Association is a British Model Flying Association (BMFA) affiliated club which take safety seriously. It is run according to its rules, guidelines and safety codes, which aim to help everyone present enjoy themselves safely.
Many club members fly on Saturday and Sunday mornings and this is a sociable time to fly or discuss modelling with friends, however thanks to our location we are able to fly at any time. Members can arrange to meet other members (including instructors) or you can fly alone but consider your safety before doing so. Models can be dangerous if handled incorrectly so take appropriate precautions.
For members new to the hobby (see New To Flying) we have a number of instructors available who will gladly teach newcomers how to fly, offer advice on model and equipment selection and where to get the best deals. If you have yet to buy your first model you are advised to visit the club and speak to the members before making any purchases.
Instruction is on a voluntary basis, at times there can be several beginners all wanting to fly. Although everything possible is done to accommodate newcomers it may not be possible to get flights at every session. It is up to the individual to arrange with the instructor their availability.
The club uses the BMFA “Up and Away” training scheme for new pilots, all members must hold the BMFA “A” Certificate of competence before flying solo. The club has an examiner who is able to conduct the A Certificate test. The Up and Away booklet is available from the BMFA website.
As a BMFA affiliated club your membership will ensure you carry proper third party insurance, understand the safety implications of flying model aircraft and grant you access to all the club facilities (including access to discounted fuel, on site charging for electric aircraft and unlimited use of the field).
There are two classes of membership (18 years and above) and juniors (under18). Junior members must be supervised by parent or guardian at all times. The club in no way accepts responsibility for children when they are on club premises. Model aircraft can be very dangerous; this should be considered before committing yourself or children to the hobby.
The RMA management committee are an elected body who look after the membership, financial and administrative requirements of the club. The committee meet each month to conduct club business, if you (as a member) have any suggestions or complaints you should approach a committee member and if required it can then be discussed at the next meeting.