Article 16 – Update 06 Aug ‘21


Following confirmation from Tysers, our insurers, it is not possible to fly under Article 16 as an associate member of the LMA using SAA insurance. This is due to changes in the way liability is covered and is not the result we were hoping for.


The LMA have however offered full membership starting from 1st September 2021 and ending 31st December 2022 for £30, the BMFA have a reduced membership of £29 but only covers you until 31st December 2021.


It has been confirmed that if joint full membership of the SAA and either the LMA or the BMFA are held, then the LMA or BMFA insurance will provide cover when flying under Article 16.


SAA members can continue to fly in the open category under the SAA insurance, however, should any member of the SAA wish to fly under Article 16, they will require full membership of either the LMA or the BMFA.


Note: Although Article 16 permits flying above 120m(400ft), the Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOM) of a powered aircraft must not exceed 7.5kg including fuel. For gliders the MTOM is 14kg and they can be flown at a height greater than 120m above the ground directly beneath them, but no more 120m above the pilot.


I hope this clarifies the situation, but feel free to contact me if you are unsure.


In the meantime, the team are working hard to regain Article 16 authorisation and the Council, thank you for your continued patience, support and understanding.


Happy landings




Steve McDonald

SAA Chairman


Note:- CAP 722 


Please use the link below to access the latest version of CAP 722. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant sections, especially if you are flying in the Open Category


CAP722 Document

Council Vacancies


The council has the following posts to be filled:


Assistant Secretary:

Post Filled by Bob Lemm



Post filled by Richard Blanski


Airtime Editor:

Required to produce our AirTime magazine which showcases what our members are up to.



Required to post website updates as and when required to help keep the membership informed.


It is important that all vacancies are filled in order that the council can work quickly and effectively in order to ensure that R/C flying is safe and enjoyable for all members and that we fulfil our legal obligations.


The SAA can only exist if we have members that are willing to help. If you think you can help your fellow members, please contact any member of Council.


The SAA needs you!


Steve McDonald

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Scottish Aeromodellers Association



*****See details of AGM on the SAA AGM 2021 page*****




*****See News & Updates page for an Article 16 update*****


More sad News


It is with regret that we have to inform you of the sad passing of Aubin Bryce on Monday 25th October due to a short illness. He was a member of the SAA and Falkirk radio controlled model flying club. He was a long serving member of the Rafac and helped out with the training of the cadets. Condolences to the family from the SAA Council.


Blue Skies Aubin.



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" Temporary airspace restrictions for COP26 climate conference"
Temporary airspace restrictions will be in place across central Scotland as part of security measures to protect COP26.
The Civil Aviation Authority and Police Scotland have confirmed that temporary airspace restrictions will be in place across East and Central Scotland from 23:59 on 30 October to 23:59 on 13 November to help protect the safety of the public, people attending the COP26 event and, the aviation community.
Restrictions will cover much of Central Scotland including areas of Greater Glasgow, North Ayrshire, South Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, East Dunbartonshire, Argyll and Bute, East Renfrewshire, Renfrewshire, Dumfries and Galloway, Stirling, Edinburgh the Lothians and Fife.
Restrictions apply to all aircraft, including hot air balloons and drones. Large aircraft, scheduled to carry passengers or freight will be permitted to fly as normal.
It is the responsibility of all pilots, including drone pilots, to check the restrictions in their area. If pilots are planning to fly to somewhere within the restricted area, they need prior permission from the airfield. In addition, pilots will need to seek permission from Police Scotland and Air Traffic Control. Requests to Police Scotland must be made at least 24 hours before the proposed flight by emailing
Inspector Graeme Rankin from Police Scotland's Aviation Safety and Security Unit said: “Temporary airspace restrictions have been put in place to ensure the safety of aviators, the public and World Leaders, Heads of State and delegates attending the COP26 conference. Police Scotland have a responsibility to take measures to protect the aviating and general public who stay in, work in, visit or fly over Scotland.
“Although there is no specific threat related to the event, we will be prepared for any eventuality.
“Those looking to fly in restricted airspace between 30 October and 13 November must seek permission from Police Scotland.
“Ignoring the restrictions, or flying in an irresponsible manner anywhere constitutes a number of offences and may put the safety of aviators and others at risk.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the aviation community, including airports and air traffic controllers for their understanding and support with the preparation of the restriction and have confidence that the majority of aviators will fly safely and responsibly. Police Scotland will be supported by partner agencies to ensure those breaching the legislation are prosecuted."
If you have any concerns about low flying aircraft or drone use in restricted airspace, please phone 999 immediately. If there are 'No Drone Zone' signs nearby, please provide the unique number on the sign as this will help Police to identify the area.
Further details on airspace restrictions for COP26 will be published at a later date as a Notice to Airmen on the National Air Traffic Services Aeronautical Information Service (NATS) website. Aviators should check the NATS website or Drone Assist app prior to any flight to check the restrictions in their area."



LMAC Member Harry Cousins
LMAC secretary Eric Peacock has announced with great sadness that fellow club member Harry cousins passed away last Friday. The SAA council would like to pass on their condolences to his family and friends.
Blue skies Harry, RIP
Bill Grimsley Tribute
By way of a more fitting tribute to the late Bill Grimsley, there will be a special edition of Airtime coming out in his memory. This will be an electronic only version and will include a very personal obituary written by one of Bill’s long time friends and fellow CVF member Stephen Semple.
We will post links to this special edition here and on the website and it will be distributed to all members who are on the Airtime Mailing list.
Steve McDonald
SAA Chairman


Bill Grimsley


As most of you will know by now on Saturday 18th September 2021, Bill Grimsley, one of the stalwarts of Aeromodelling passed away after a short illness. Bill has served the SAA for many years in many ways, from his various roles on the Council to being one of the best ambassadors in his worldwide travels as a competition jet pilot and not to mention supplying the kit that introduced many people young and old to this wonderful hobby of aeromodelling, as the proprietor of the Paisley Model Shop.


In comparison to some of our more senior members, I have only known Bill as a friend for a relative short time, however, a friend he was. He was only too willing to help others and pass on his knowledge of aeromodelling to anyone who asked and believe me many did just that.


The SAA Council would like to pass on their deepest condolences to his wife Sybelle and the family at this sad time. It is my intention to publish a more fitting and comprehensive obituary to Bill, which will be written by someone who has known him much longer than I have and has a greater knowledge of his many achievements over the years.


RIP Bill.



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The Scottish Aeromodellers Association (SAA) was formed over seventy years ago providing a NonProfit Scottish body dedicated to the maintenance and support of the internationally recognised sport encompassing all model flying disciplines. The SAA exists as an Association of Scottish Aeromodelling Clubs and provides a variety of services, events, competitions and knowledge base for its members. The SAA is affiliated to the British Model Flying Association (BMFA), allowing clubs and their members access to a great number of publications relating specifically to aeromodelling in the UK and internationally through the BMFA's affiliation to The Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.


We are the central body in Scotland dedicated to the support and maintenance of all  model flying disciplines in the internationally recognised sport of Aeromodelling. See link below for a short introduction video.


Scottish Aeromodellers Association