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BMFA RC Achievement Scheme FW Power A Certificate
Overview The examination for a ‘BPC’ or A Certificate may be taken on application to any Registered Examiner. The candidate must successfully complete the test schedules in one attempt. A maximum of two attempts at the examination are permitted in any one day.
A certificate or BPC? The ‘BPC’ is a measure of flying ability and safety which "may be equated to a safe solo standard of flying" for aircraft that do not meet the requirements for the A certificate. The 'A' Certificate is a measure of flying ability and safety which "may be equated to a safe solo standard of flying" approximately 50% of clubs use it as their 'solo' test.
A certificate or BPC? The test for the BPC is exactly the same as that conducted for the ‘A’ test
A certificate or BPC? If the candidate presents with a model that is not capable of taking off from the ground they will be awarded the BPC If the candidate presents with a model that is under 1 kg, they will be awarded the BPC, (irrespective of whether it has electronic stabilisation or not). If they present with a model with electronic stabilisation, they will be awarded the BPC (irrespective of mass). If they present with a model without electronic stabilisation, which is over 1 kg and capable of taking off from the ground, they will take an 'A' test.
The Model Electric or I/C? It doesn’t matter! Electric Powered Models must be treated as LIVE as soon as the main flight battery is connected Whatever model is brought by the candidate it must be suitable to fly the manoeuvres required by the test they are taking.
The Model Buddy leads and other dual control training aids must not be used during any achievement scheme test.
Hand Launching If, in the opinion of the Examiner the surface of the flying area is such that a rolling take-off would not be possible, hand launches may be permitted.
The Test Height and Speed and Positioning should be flown at a height of between 100 and 150 feet A pilot who flies at take-off power throughout the whole flight should not pass crossing manoeuvres during any flight should be performed at a consistent appropriate and safe distance out from the pilot,
Height and Speed and Positioning should be flown at a height of between 100 and 150 feet A pilot who flies at take-off power throughout the whole flight should not pass crossing manoeuvres during any flight should be performed at a consistent appropriate and safe distance out from the pilot,
The Test Carry out pre-flight checks as required by the BMFA safety codes also the pre-flying session checks go through their checks as if the test flight was their first flight of the day. Particular attention should be given to airframe, control linkages and surfaces. Don’t forget a failsafe check!!!
The Test The pilot must stand in the designated pilot area for the entirety of the flying part of the test. Take off and complete a left (or right) hand circuit and overfly the take-off area. racetrack, rectangular or circular circuit acceptable model may be carried out to the take off position by the candidate or a helper or it may be taxied out from a safe position
The Test Fly a "figure of eight" course with the crossover in front of the pilot, height to be constant.
The Test Fly a rectangular circuit and approach with appropriate use of the throttle and perform a landing on the designated landing area. Don’t forget to call “landing”!!!
The Test Take off and complete a left (or right) hand circuit and overfly the take-off area racetrack, rectangular or circular circuit acceptable model may be taxied back to the take-off point although this is not a requirement.
The Test Fly a rectangular circuit at a constant height in the opposite direction to the landing circuit just completed pilot must check that the airspace is clear and announce his intentions to the other pilots
The Test Perform a simulated deadstick landing with the engine at idle, beginning at a safe height (approx. 200 feet) over the take-off area, the landing to be made in a safe manner on the designated landing area Don’t forget to call DEADSTICK!!
The Test Remove model and equipment from the takeoff/landing area. Question: So will you be taking your TX with you?
The Test Complete post-flight checks as required by the BMFA Safety Codes. Ensure the Rx off, Tx off, frequency system cleared sequence is followed correctly. Discuss with examiner before test if different from the norm! N. B. Flying test does not finish until the model has been retrieved and the post flight checks have been completed.
The Questions 5 questions from mandatory question list Must answer all 5 correctly!! (Don’t worry you know the answers!! Especially if your read the BMFA news!) Minimum of 5 supplementary questions based on the BMFA Safety Codes for General Flying and local flying rules
And finally… Try not to be nervous…. Its not hard…. Read the handbook…. Read the Standards and Guidelines booklet….