The British Model Flying Association is the United Kingdom’s National Governing Body for the sport of model aircraft flying and one of its major aims is to increase interest in aviation and engineering through education.
The BMFA Payload Challenges require students to design, build and fly load-carrying model aircraft. The competitions have evolved to stretch the abilities of participating students and there is no doubt the development of a good aircraft requires each team to display design flair, technical knowledge and teamwork.
Judging is by a panel of professional engineers and the competition has attracted very favourable comment from external examiners, the challenge also enjoys the support of BAE SYSTEMS and for 2016 we are pleased to be joined by the Royal Aeronautical Society who as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations will award a prize for innovation in design, concept or practices used in the competition.
This year sees a number of minor updates for Challenges 1 and 2 and a more significant review for Challenge 3 incorporating a major change in the sensor provision requirement and also the option for autonomous flight capability.