Representing Model Aircraft & Drone Flyers since 1922

Our Story

The BMFA is the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying. Its aims are to promote, protect, organise and encourage model flying within the UK. (see the Articles of Association)Typically there are around 780 affiliated clubs and a combined membership of over 36,000 members, all of whom have entered a partnership to ensure that model fliers have a voice and their rights are recognised by the authorities.

The mandate for the BMFA to do this comes from the Royal Aero Club, dating back to 1922, the Civil Aviation Authority and Sport UK.

The BMFA also represents the UK in the international forum through its recognition by the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) and its model flying sub committee, Commission Internationale d'Aeromodelisme (CIAM).


The BMFA's strengths are its proven expertise and its membership. Without the backing of its clubs and members we could not have accomplished the many things that have given us national and international credibility and recognition. The sheer weight of numbers of model aircraft and drone fliers we represent has enabled us to be heard at the highest levels.


The promotion, protection, organisation and encouragement of model aircraft and drone building, flying and development in all its aspects in The United Kingdom, through the medium of clubs and individual members; assistance and guidance to clubs or individuals; collaboration between members of the Society; and co-operation on behalf of members of the Society with the Civil Aviation Authority or other government departments and any other bodies and organisations in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Benefits of Membership


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The BMFA  represents the interests of model aircraft and drone flyers at the highest levels of the UK and Europe and is respected as the largest airsports association in the UK


The BMFA is recognised as the National Governing Body for the sport of model flying by The CAA, Royal Aero Club and Sport England. We organise national and international teams and represent UK interests at the Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI).


A network of over 850 clubs provide over 1000 flying sites nationwide for members to fly recreationally. Many events and "fly-ins" up and down the country give the opportunity to meet, fly and socialise