FAQs

Whilst the hope is that you will be able to find answers to the majority of your questions about the National Centre at BMFA Buckminster within the pages of the website we have put together a list of FAQ’s below covering all aspects of BMFA Buckminster, the list will continue to grow as we receive new questions over the coming months.

Of course if you have any questions that are not covered in the list then do not hesitate to get in touch in order that your questions can be answered and added to the list.

Click the categories below to access the FAQs

Booking

Call 0116 2441091 to discuss booking the facilities or email the Development Officer

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The various buildings and indoor spaces are available to book for a minimum duration of 2 hours.

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Yes. The whole site or an individual flightline can be booked to a club, group, company, or individual, see booking and price information here.

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Camping

The telephone number for BMFA Buckminster is 0116 2441091, you can also call the BMFA Office on 0116 244 0028.

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Yes, generators may be used in the campsite, all generators must be well silenced, considerately located and must be turned off by 10.00pm.

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Electric hook up’s are not currently available.

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Yes. A chemical toilet waste disposal point is provided in the shelter to the western edge of the camping area, see site map for location.

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BMFA Buckminster does not currently have permanent shower facilities, this is a proposed Phase Two development.

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Yes.  Toilet facilities (male, female and disabled) are provided within the events building. Additionally, there is a disabled toilet facility in the reception and also ‘site’ toilets adjacent to the eastern access to flyers parking, see site map for locations.

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Yes. See the site map for tap locations.

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No.  Camping at BMFA Buckminster is pre-book only.

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Events

The aim is to explore and trial a range of new events, there are a number of ‘workshop’ type events in the planning stage where members can benefit from the knowledge and skills of ‘experts’ and improve their ability in their chosen discipline. Keep an eye on the news blog for updates and of course if you have ideas or a skill set to offer then please do get in touch.

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Yes, the aim is to put together an annual calendar that encompasses a range and spread of activity at BMFA Buckminster. This will be split between BMFA organised events, competitions and training and opportunities for members to turn up and sport fly.

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Facilities

Yes, the building benefits from a smooth concrete floor, effective lighting, 13amp sockets along the western wall and unobtrusive heating when necessary.

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The primary use is not as a flying venue however it is entirely suitable for small lightweight indoor models both radio control and free flight.

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The Event Building measures 22 x 18 metres with a height of 6.5 metres to the roof apex.

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The various buildings and indoor spaces are available to book for a minimum duration of 2 hours.

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Yes. The whole site or an individual flightline can be booked to a club, group, company, or individual, see booking and price information here.

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BMFA Buckminster currently consists of the flying site, the Events Building, the Support Building, two meeting rooms (10 to 12 people) and office space and Pre bookable camping area.

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BMFA Buckminster does not currently have permanent shower facilities, this is a proposed Phase Two development.

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Yes.  Toilet facilities (male, female and disabled) are provided within the events building. Additionally, there is a disabled toilet facility in the reception and also ‘site’ toilets adjacent to the eastern access to flyers parking, see site map for locations.

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Yes. See the site map for tap locations.

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Current catering is limited to tea and coffee facilities plus pre-packaged snacks and drinks available for a small charge. Event catering can be quoted and organised on a bespoke basis.

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Yes. BMFA Buckminster has level access to most buildings and also to disabled WC facilities, currently hard access to the flightline cannot be guaranteed, it is advisable to discuss any specific access requirements with staff prior to travelling.

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There is ample hard parking in the courtyard area close to reception, use this area unless directed elsewhere by event signage or personnel.

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Flying

The primary use is not as a flying venue however it is entirely suitable for small lightweight indoor models both radio control and free flight.

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The telephone number for BMFA Buckminster is 0116 2441091, you can also call the BMFA Office on 0116 244 0028.

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Yes, provided that it is carried out lawfully and considerately then FPV flying is part of normal model flying activity.

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Yes, however it is important to check the status box on the website front page as runway conditions and the nature of surrounding crops may restrict or prohibit turbine operations at certain times.

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Yes, where appropriate multiple flightlines can be operated simultaneously.

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Yes, in general terms control line flying can take place concurrently with R/C flying subject to compliance with the noise requirements for the day i.e. not on a designated quiet day unless it is electric control line.

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At this time the only facilities consist of a dedicated grass area and additional close mown circles when required.  We are currently working towards a final specification and costing for a permanent circle with appropriate hard surface. 

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No, as a general principal free flight will only take place as a stand-alone activity.

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Yes, where appropriate multiple disciplines can take place, however each combination will be evaluated in respect of compatibility and safety.

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Yes, a pegboard will be in operation for those using 35MHz, anyone using 35MHz must first report to reception to confirm frequency and receive a frequency peg. (deposit payable).

Please note that some events may be 2.4Ghz only.

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We have permission to overfly the surrounding land but this must be minimised where possible and not to the south of the buildings towards the access lane.

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There are defined no fly areas covering the buildings and car parking, in general terms all flying is to take place to the north and east of the main runways, it is important to familiarise yourself with the layout of the site and the flightline in use at the time of your visit.  No powered aircraft to be flown to the south of the buildings.

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As a general principle, cars will NOT be permitted onto the flying area, however special provisions can be made where there is a specific requirement subject to ground conditions.

However, pull trolleys/carts will be available to borrow to transport models and equipment to the flight line.

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Model flying will cease 1 hour before official sunset (rounded up). Times are notified on the website status box and also posted at the main reception each day.

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 ‘Silent flight’ activity can commence at 9.00am (earlier by prior arrangement and agreement), aircraft powered by internal combustion engines must not operate before 10.00am.

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Yes, The Department for the Environment Code of Practice for the Minimisation of Noise from Model Aircraft will be applied as a general principal (essentially restricting aircraft to 82Dba at 7 metres) however BMFA Buckminster supports an additional noise policy restricting times of operation and providing an appropriate number of quiet days each week.  In addition, there will be a number of days each year where activity falling outside of the noise code will be accommodated (for example as part of events and displays). Always check the National Centre website before you travel to check.

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An A certificate or Basic Proficiency Certificate (for aircraft not suitable for the A certificate) will be required for general flying of models below 7kg, unless the pilot is supervised by an A certificate holder.

For aircraft weighing over 7kg and also for aircraft powered by gas turbines pilots must hold a B Certificate.

 

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The weekend rate is £8.00 per day and the weekday rate is £6.00 per day, evening tickets from 5.00pm till close (usually one hour before sunset) are £4.00.

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The majority of model flying types are supported at BMFA Buckminster but it is important to check that your chosen discipline will be supported on the day of your intended visit.

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On days when there is no pre booked activity the site will be available for arrive and fly activity, however it is important to check the status on the National Centre website to ensure that your chosen activity is supported on the day you want to visit. If you wish to confirm then call on the Buckminster Reception number to check before travelling.

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Funding, Donations & Bequests

Yes, the aim is to acknowledge all those who provide financial support at the National Centre, it has not been decided what form this will take and a decision will be made in the near future once the facility is fully open.

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There are a number of ways that individuals, clubs and groups can help to support the National Centre, either by one off donations, regular donations or bequests in wills.  The purchasing of a season ticket is also a very positive way of showing support.  Perhaps the best way to support the National Centre is to visit and make use of the facilities on site.

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At a base level the ultimate aim is that the centre will be largely self-funding, but this will of course take time to achieve against the development of the full facilities.  However, the Centre benefits from an annual contribution from the BMFA surplus (which would previously have been directed to the Development Fund) in addition to this the project will receive an annual sponsorship from the BMFA insurers. The primary income will be generated from model flying activity with a secondary income from non model flying activities.

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The initial establishing of the Centre is funded in a number of ways. The BMFA has directed 60% of the Development Reserve to the project and this has been supported by a significant contribution from the landowner. The project has also benefitted from a significant number of donations and bequests. For next phase development external funding and sponsorship opportunities will be explored.

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Season Tickets

The telephone number for BMFA Buckminster is 0116 2441091, you can also call the BMFA Office on 0116 244 0028.

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A season ticket provides access to the flying site at any time the site is open and not in use for pre booked activity. Always check the website or call before travelling.

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A season ticket is a good way of supporting BMFA Buckminster and reducing costs for regular visitors, see the season ticket page for further information.

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For 2017 season tickets are for 1st May to 31st December , for 2018 onwards season tickets will run from January 1st to December 31st.

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Season tickets for 1st May to 31st December are available at £60.00 each (£10.00 for juniors) see the season ticket page for further information.

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The Future

The establishing of the National Centre has the potential to create a number of opportunities to promote model flying that have not previously existed in any formal context, this includes trial lesson experiences, promotional activities and the ability to stage events and activities on a self run and administered location.  In addition to this the increased profile and opportunity to point to a location that represents the ‘home’ of the BMFA and the ‘home’ of UK model flying has a number of advantages when dealing with external agencies and promoting our activity to the general public.

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At this time there are no plans to dispose of Chacksfield House in Leicester, the office is owned by the BMFA and will remain in use as the primary administration and membership services facility.

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At this time the Five Year Plan does not make any provision for the full BMFA office facilities to be moved to BMFA Buckminster due to moral and financial commitments. However, it is likely that any future recruiting of staff would be directed to BMFA Buckminster.

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The timing of Phase Two will be dependant on a number of factors but primarily the utilisation and revenue generation of Phase One facilities.  Additionally, the opportunity to benefit from external funding will play a significant part as the potential costs for full development are significant.

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The Phase One works will be completed by late Spring/early Summer 2017 at which point no further major development will take place (other than development of Control Line circles and some ground work improvements/maintenance). The aim is to evaluate the success and sustainability of the concept before committing to further significant development.

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The lease has been negotiated at 35 years and is opted into the 1954 Landlord and Tennant Act which affords some right to renew at the end of the lease term.

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Visiting

The telephone number for BMFA Buckminster is 0116 2441091, you can also call the BMFA Office on 0116 244 0028.

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Current catering is limited to tea and coffee facilities plus pre-packaged snacks and drinks available for a small charge. Event catering can be quoted and organised on a bespoke basis.

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Yes, the site is dog friendly, ensure that you are familiar with the dog policy here. Please ensure you clean up responsibly after your dog.

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Yes. BMFA Buckminster has level access to most buildings and also to disabled WC facilities, currently hard access to the flightline cannot be guaranteed, it is advisable to discuss any specific access requirements with staff prior to travelling.

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The site will be open all year but with reduced opening hours during the winter months, check status updates before travelling.

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No. BMFA Buckminster will be closed on Thursdays each week for site maintenance activities.

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There is ample hard parking in the courtyard area close to reception, use this area unless directed elsewhere by event signage or personnel.

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General visitors should report to reception as a first action unless directed elsewhere by temporary signs or personnel.

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The postcode is NG33 5RW, please see the directions here and ensure that you follow signs erected in respect of any event that you attend.

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Volunteering

In addition to the satisfaction of being part of the BMFA National Centre ‘story’ there are a number of benefits to being part of the ‘Friends of BMFA Buckminster’ group. On volunteering days (Thursdays) refreshments and light lunch will be provided and all work will cease at 3.00pm, members will then have exclusive access to the flying site for the rest of the day and evening. An end of season ‘thank you’ event will be held for the Friends of BMFA Buckminster group (format and details to be decided). 

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Yes, the BMFA carries the appropriate Employers Liability and Third Party policies to protect volunteers up to a level of £25 million. Additionally, every BMFA member receives £35,000 of personal injury cover (including a £35,000 death benefit) as a standard part of their BMFA membership.

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No, there will be plenty of ‘general activities’ for volunteers to get involved with that require no specific skills.  However, if you have a specific skill set or experience that you feel would be of benefit then we would of course be very pleased to hear from you.

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No, the aim is to create an Email or Facebook message group in order that volunteers can ‘check in’ to let us know whether they are volunteering on any particular Thursday.

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Yes. Currently the site will be closed Thursdays for ongoing maintenance tasks plus additional project work where volunteer resources permit.

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The easiest way is to complete the Friends of BMFA Buckminster form here or call directly to discuss how you could help. (Tel 0116 2440028)

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