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:

Required to assist the secretary as and when required, to provide minutes of council meetings and possibly help to manage the website and social media.



Post filled.


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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For COVID related issues and futher guidance please email

the SAA Covid Officer at


Dear Member,


Below you will find the latest COVID 19 bulletin which has been written based on the latest guidelines issued by SportScotland following the most recent update from the Scottish government. As you can see, we are approaching business as usual, however the virus is still about and will be with us for long term.


Therefore, the guidance from the Council is that you follow the guidelines below as a minimum. We understand that this has been a long haul and we very much appreciate the sacrifices made and the co-operation afforded by the membership in doing their bit to help stop the spread of COVID 19.


So, let’s get on with enjoying our wonderful hobby and pray that the weather gods are kind to us over the remainder of the flying season.


Stay Safe and Happy Landings




Steve McDonald

SAA Chairman


COVID 19 – Release Bulletin No. 7


To ensure that it is safe to progress ‘Beyond Level 0’, guidance is being linked to the ‘Gateway condition’.  This relates the amount of vaccine coverage to the Scottish Government’s new strategic intent to ‘suppress the virus at a level consistent with alleviating its harms’.

Most legal restrictions relating to Covid-19 were lifted on the 9th August 2021 when Scotland moved to ‘Beyond Level 0’.  This includes restrictions on physical distancing and the size of social gatherings. Whilst these changes will signal the end of most restrictions for sport and physical activity it will not however signal the end of the epidemic. Covid-19 is a disease that will need to be managed for the foreseeable future and to maintain progress in returning to more normality, it is important that people continue to abide by a set of baseline measures covered by Scottish Government guidance and where relevant legislation. This includes:

  • Good hand hygiene and surface cleaning.
  • Continued promotion of good ventilation.
  • Requirement for face coverings in certain settings (e.g., public transport, retail).
  • Continued compliance with Test and Protect, including self-isolation when necessary.
  • Ongoing need for outbreak management capability, including active surveillance.
  • Continue to encourage a greater degree of working from home than pre-COVID-19. Where this is possible and appropriate, it will not only assist with controlling transmission of the virus, but also promote wellbeing more generally

The latest SportScotland guidance documents can be found here:


and the latest Government's statement can be found here:


I draw your attention to the following statement:
“Test & Protect will continue to contact-trace positive cases. To assist with this there will be a continued requirement for indoor hospitality and similar venues to collect the contact details of customers.”


and from the SportScotland guidance document:


Maintaining customer records

  1. Operators should where possible collect the name, contact number, date of visit, time of arrival, and the departure time of all those attending facilities or activities.

Our advice is that the Track & Trace systems in place should remain in place for anyone using club huts and containers and the door where possible should be left open. For anyone only using the outdoor facilities it will be up to the individual clubs to decide if they want to continue with the Track & Trace systems. There are a number of systems in place at the moment to assist with name logging:

- a shared Google Sheets spreadsheet or Calendar

- a “WhatsApp” message group for logging your times at the site

- a QR Code:

- email to the club’s Covid Officer