The following guide is for newcomers to the hobby of model flying. The information offered here is to the best of our knowledge and understanding correct, as at February 2023.
In order to start model flying with us you must complete the following steps.
- Join the British Model Flying Association (BMFA)
- Register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as an operator
- Register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as a flyer
- Join the Waltham Chase Aeromodellers (WCA)
- Join the BMFA
The BMFA is the national body for model flying in the UK. Membership gives many benefits including Personal Indemnity Insurance should your model flying cause loss or injury. The WCA is affiliated to the BMFA and membership of BMFA is a necessity to be a member of WCA. BMFA fees are paid directly to the BMFA by each member and are NOT part of the WCA fees. BMFA membership is currently;
Or Family Senior £42 + £15 for each family Junior
Once a member of the BMFA we ask that you register WCA as your club in the BMFA membership portal.
The BMFA allow complete newcomers to fly 3 times as a guest before having to take membership.
- Register with the CAA as an Operator to use a drone or model aircraft
This is a legal requirement. There is a £10 fee for this.
Alternatively you can register as an Operator via the BMFA with the £10 being added to the BMFA subscription. We recommend registering via the BMFA.
You will receive a 14 digit number starting GBR. This number must be displayed on each of your models.
- Register with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) as a flyer of a drone or model aircraft
This is a legal requirement. There is no fee for this, but you must take an online test.
Alternatively you can take the BMFA on line test
We recommend registering via the BMFA
- Join the WCA
We need your completed and signed form plus pay our club fees. You are signing the form to confirm that you have completed each of the above steps plus you have read and will abide by our club rules and constitution. Also, you are giving us permission to hold your details.
The club fees go towards the rent and maintenance of our flying site at Tangier View Farm (TVF)
WCA cannot register as an operator or register as a flyer on your behalf, but we are happy to help with any questions.