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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News and Information


Article 16 application update.


As you all know, the CAA revoked our Article 16 authorisation some months ago, largely due to miscommunication between new council and previous council. The safety committee pulled something together to try and rectify the situation quickly, however that application fell short of the CAA requirements. There were several requirements that we were never made aware of prior to our first application, meaning that the task was made so much more complicated. To that end, the safety committee have been working on a complete rewrite of the SAA’s Safety Code and Achievement Scheme and it is thanks to the sterling efforts of the newest member of said committee, John Millar that we are nearing the end of the process. The final draft of the Safety Code and Achievement Scheme have now been circulated to all members of the safety committee and myself for proofing prior to being put in front of council for approval. Following that, we need to complete the compliance checklist and publish certain information on the website to satisfy its requirements. It will then be ready to submit to the CAA.


This has been a long and arduous process and has entailed many hours of work to get to this stage and the level of commitment of the safety committee and John Millar should not be underestimated. The LMA has spent many thousands of pounds achieving their Article 16 authorisation, the SAA have not had that luxury.


There has been a level of discontent displayed by a relatively small number of members, some of whom have taken BMFA membership either in protest or to have the permissions required of certain r/c flying disciplines, and I respect that. The fact however, is that the vast majority of SAA members are unaffected by having to fly under the “Open Category”. So, albeit very frustrating that we do not have Article 16 authorisation at this moment, before deciding to abandon the SAA, can I ask each individual member to consider whether flying in the open category really has had any effect on their enjoyment of r/c flying this year. If not, why give up being a member of your national aeromodellers association.


Council as you know are volunteers, we work hard for the membership in trying to ensure that the hobby is legal, safe, and accessible. In order to fulfil this, we need your help. There are many members out there with a wealth of experience and knowledge that would be most welcome in one of our unfilled council posts. Can I ask then, that rather than complain and criticise, come and join us and be part of the solution.


Happy Landings




Steve McDonald

SAA Chairman



Update 23rd August 2021 - CAP722F


This is the latest version of CAP 722 that has just been published by the CAA. There is a link to the document in the CAA Information page. Please familiarise yourself with it, especially if you are flying under the "Open Category"


COVID Update 19th August 2021


The COVID officer has released an update following the latest Scottish Government information. Please see the "COVID Guidance Package Release 7" page.



SAA Council Zoom Meeting with examiners


A Q&A session was held on the 25th May 2021 for examiners with questions regarding the procedures to be adopted in terms of Article 16. For those that were having technical difficulties or couldn't make it, a link to the recording of that meeting can be found below. If there are any further questions please feel free to email the Council and we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as possible.



SAA Council/Examiners Meeting 25th May 2021





Weekend Events at Warrix and Lochearn


I have been informed that there are two events happening this weekend and this is a reminder that anyone wishing to fly at either of these events must be able to produce the following:


1. Proof of Insurance

2. Flyer ID

3. Operator ID


Also a reminder that SAA members will be flying under the open category as detailed in CAP 722.


Enjoy the events and Happy Landings


Steve McDonald

SAA Chairman



Covid Restrictions - SAA Advice

12th March 2021 


SAA Release – R/C Flying to recommence!
Due to the slight easing of COVID restrictions by the Scottish Government, the SAA are delighted to announce that as from Friday 12th March, R/C flying in groups of no more than 15 many recommence on the proviso that the document entitled: COVID Sports Specific Guidelines for the Scottish Aeromodellers Association Rev 7-dd446 is fully adhered to. This is in draft form at the moment, but I am happy that if the guidelines detailed in the document are followed, then we will be good to go. Any further relaxation of the restrictions will be communicated in the same way.
Enjoy and Happy Landings
Steve McDonald
SAA Chairman


N.B. Please see the "Covid Guidance Package Release 6" Page on this website for the related documents.






CAA Registration and Renewal 2021


On renewal or registration of the CAA registration system members may find that they are prompted for new information, which was not asked for last year. The new fields are, Telephone, Insurer and Policy number, these are not mandatory to complete and most people are not aware of their Insurer and Policy number. You may also find that if you are changing from the SAA registering/renewing your CAA registration to going on-line direct you may be prompted to take the on-line test, which again has changed as the new test now covers a 5-year period. If you have any questions please contact the SAA Membership Secretary who will be happy to advise you (contact details of SAA Officials can be found on the SAA contacts page).   






Please send in your 2020 calendar event dates, see the "Events" page on

this website for details : email to EVENTS@SAAWEB.UK