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Congratulations on your first step. The aim of the RC Achievement Scheme is to encourage RC model flyers to improve their standard of flying and safety, and to prove that standard to an Examiner. The scheme is run by the BMFA as a National Scheme and it is open to all RC model flyers, including non-members..

It is important to appreciate that the scheme is not primarily about permitting or licensing. Fundamentally, the scheme is all about personal goals and challenges. It is intended to provide every RC flyer with something to aspire to and aim for, should they so wish. The scheme is not compulsory!

This Page is designed for the members to have a place with links and resources with all the information you need to achieve the certification.

The best place to start where there are links to all the docs plus quizzes and videos is at:

Achievements BFMA


A Flying Start(the best doc for members under training) which can be found under the documents tab or direct download at:

A Flying Start Donwload

If you have just joined the club and registered with the BFMA you will have had an introduction to the BFMA package. Follow the instructions to receive your free copy in the post.


BMFA Handbook (under the download tab)
or directly download a pdf copy at:

BMFA Handbook Download


The Test Standards for Certificates(under the Tests Tab and  then Standards & Guidelines 2023 tab)
or directly for the A&B fixed wing power at:

The Test Standards for Certificates



Check List

Paul Swinscoe has made this is a simple sheet for the SWEETS and SMART checklist from the docs which we should all follow.

On arrival at the Airfield: Think S.W.E.E.T.S.

S – Sun
W – Wind
E – Environment
E – Emergencies
T – Transmitter Control and frequencies
S – Site Rules

Sun – Consider the Sun’s position and strength, and how these might change during the session. Be careful not to fly your aircraft into the sun, as you may lose visual line of sight and consequently control of your aircraft.

Wind – Consider the Wind’s direction and strength, and the likelihood of any turbulence. Be careful not to fly your aircraft outside of the safe limits of your aircraft and/or your own ability.

Environment – Consider the environment and conditions you are likely to be flying in. Is there a possibility of rain, mist or fog, and or fading light conditions that might affect visibility and safety? Do you have enough safe space to fly  without getting too close to uninvolved people. Can your aircraft complete a safe circuit in the area you want to fly. Is there anything in the area that could cause interference to your aircraft or controls.

Emergencies – Consider possible emergencies that might occur when you’re flying and what you would do if they occur. For example, if your aircraft were to malfunction, where would it land. If an uninvolved person enters where you’re flying, can you move away from them safely.

Transmitter control and frequencies – Consider the Tx control system in use, and the frequencies being used. Are you in the designated Tx operating area? Are you likely to cause interference to others, or even be affected by them. Site rules – Consider the rules for the location you are flying, from club rules to local regulations such as council byelaws.


Be S.M.A.R.T. with your transmitter.
S = Switch – Ensure it is OK to switch on and that all your frequencies are safe to use.
M = Model – Ensure the correct model is selected.
A = Aerial – Ensure the aerial is secure and free from damage and contamination, extended where necessary and orientated as per the manufacturer’s guidelines.
R = Rates – Ensure you have the correct rates, modes and trims selected.
T = Transmitter – Check that your transmitter voltage is safe to use.

You can also download the check list here


Thank you Paul for providing all the links and information needed.


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