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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SAA Insurance


The Scottish Aeromodellers Association provides insurance as part of your membership. 


Insurance 2021

We are happy to report that we have gained cover and it is in place for everyone in the SAA to be insured for 2021. We would like to bring to your attention the following statement from our insurance providers regarding the outline requirements for your insurance cover. Please find below the Insurance cover note for the SAA renewal for 2021.




Quick Start Guide: What about insurance cover ?


“Members should be aware that most insurance policies are limited to cover ‘lawful activities’ and therefore the best way to ensure certainty of cover is to comply with the CAA’s registration & competency requirements if you operate any unmanned aircraft for which they are a legal requirement. It is also important to note that any legal costs and/or punitive financial sanctions incurred by an individual member under criminal law as a result of non-compliance will be outside the scope of cover”.


The BMFA’s affiliated clubs will remain fully protected by the BMFA’s insurance in the event of a claim made against them, should individual members be found to be non-compliant.


We are also reminded that our SAA insurance cover relies upon the fact that members are “undertaking model flying activities under the auspice (support or approval), control or direction of the SAA” this involves following the SAA Safety Achievement Scheme. 



Membership shall be open to all Scottish nationals and

aeromodellers resident in Scotland.


This may be varied by the Council if still within objectives. A person shall be deemed a member, from the date of receipt of the appropriate membership fee by the Membership Secretary, or an officially appointed agent. Fees for 2020 are as follows,


Full (Adult/Senior) £29.00
Junior Membership £15.00
Family Membership £35.00
Family Junior (with above) £0.00



Payment Options


Your Chosen Club Cheque or Postal Order  Online Bank Transfer
You can pay directly to your chosen club via each Clubs membership process Payable to the  

Scottish Aeromodellers Association

Send to SAA Membership Secretary
47 Crofthead Crescent,
Bellshill, North Lanarkshire

Bank of Scotland
Falkland Gate, Glenrothes
Sort Code - 80-08-09
Acc. Number - 10236963  

You must include the Bank Pmt
reference as printed below.

Also, send an email to 
to confirm
name/address & bank Ref:
  Your Bank Payment Reference should include the three things below.  
Surname,   Membership Number and Club Code




                        Please allow up to 28 days for return of membership card(s)                           Failure to provide the correct information will lead to a delay processing your application.



Please note if you are joining for more than one person e.g. Family Application, please provide 

additional FLY and or OP ID on the reverse of the form.


SAA  New Membership Form V1.2d.pdf



SAA_Renewal Form_V1.2c-Copy.docx



Club codes can be found here

Or Write to :- SAA Membership Secretary

47 Crofthead Crescent

Bellshill, North Lanarkshire,



Membership grades shall be as follows:-

Club Member

Club members may join through an affiliated club. Each member will be provided with insurance.

Country Member

This shall be available to members where membership through a club is impractical. Each member will be provided with insurance.

Junior Club Member

Members, who are under 18 years of age on 1st January in any membership year, shall be deemed to be a Junior Member. Conditions of membership shall be as for Members except for Fees.

Junior Country Member

Country Members, who are under 18 years of age on 1st January in any membership year, shall be deemed to be a Junior Country Member. Conditions of membership shall be as for Members except for Fees.

Family Membership

This shall be available to family members only, and shall provide for one full Membership and any junior memberships residing at the same address and joining through the same Club. Each family member so covered, will be deemed to have conditions applicable as per individual Membership.

Fellow of the SAA

Bestowed by the Council for exceptional services to the aims of the Association. Fellowship may be bestowed at the AGM at the Council's discretion. The title is honorary.


    • A club member may join the SAA through one affiliated club only, and shall be deemed to be a member of that club only for voting purposes.
    • Membership fees shall be set at the Annual General Meeting and shall apply on the first day of January following the Annual General Meeting.
    • The membership year shall be a calendar year from the 1st January.
    • Annual fees become due on January 1st. Members whose subscriptions have not been received by 1st of January will be deemed lapsed and uninsured. With effect from 31st January, to avoid lapse in membership and insurance, members shall be able to renew any time on or after 1st November and be deemed fully paid up until 31st December of the succeeding year. Members renewing during this two-month period will do so at the existing annual fee. Members renewing on or after 1st January will do so at the new rate as fixed at the AGM.
    • A member joining for the first time after 30th September shall receive membership from receipt until 31st December of the succeeding year.

Club Affiliation

    • Club affiliation is open to all Scottish aero modelling clubs with a minimum SAA membership of five persons.