Pontefract & District Aeromodellers (PANDAS) is a BMFA affiliated club and as such, all members have to be a member of the BMFA.

Most model flying clubs including PANDAS, fly under the rules and regulations of Article 16. This is a legal document containing the rules and regulations that govern what we can and cannot do. In essence it means people who are current members of certain model aircraft associations, like the BMFA, can fly under terms and conditions that better suit their purposes.

You need to be a British Model Flying Association (BMFA) member and obtain your Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Operator number and Flyer ID number or an equivalent qualifcation (if applicable), before we can process your PANDAS membership application (details below).


The BMFA  membership provides important 3rd party public liability insurance. You complete your BMFA membership directly with the BMFA, either online or by telephone (links below):

BMFA Membership Website:

BMFA Phone: 01162 440 028

The club and BMFA subscriptions run from 1st January to 31st December.

Once you have completed your BMFA membership or if you already have BMFA membership, please complete the PANDAS membership application form.

You can download the membership application document below and return it to the address listed on the document, together with your payment (full details on the document), or complete the online application form and follow the instructions on the form:

PANDAS Online Membership Application Form

All membership applications are at the sole discretion of the committee and new members are subject to a 12 month probationary period.

PANDAS Club Fees 2024

Senior (aged 18 years or over) £35.00
New Member Joining Fee
(not juniors) £5.00 
Junior (aged under 18 years) £1.00
(anyone still in full time education will pay the junior member rate).

Reduction for renewals/new members joining on or after 1st September 2024.
Senior (aged 18 years or over) £15.00
New Member Joining Fee 
(not juniors) £5.00
Junior (aged under 18 years) £1.00
(anyone still in full time education will pay the junior member rate).

CAA Operator Numbers & Flyer ID Numbers

From 30th November 2019, to fly any aircraft weighing over 250 grams (there are one or two limited exemptions), you must register as an operator with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and display your operator number on your aircraft (current CAA operator registration fee £10.33). You must also pass, a CAA or CAA approved competency test (the tests are free) before you can fly. The official CAA test is called a Flyer ID and the BMFA one, a Registered Competency Certificate (RCC).

The club recommends that you take the BMFA RCC online test (link below). This has the same legal standing as a CAA Flyer ID online test under the BMFA Article 16 agreement.

Full details are on the CAA website (link below). If you are uncertain as to what is required, please contact a club official or the membership secretary. You must have your CAA Operator ID number and your flyer ID or equivalent (or be exempt) before you can join the club. The operator ID number lasts for 12 months and the Flyer ID for 5 years from the date you obtain them.

Drone and Model Aircraft Registration Team
Telephone: 0330 022 9930
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm


All pilots must pass the BMFA ‘A’ achievement scheme certificate, for the type of aircraft they want to fly (fixed wing, helicopter or multi rotor), before they can fly solo at the PANDAS Flying Site. All new members and returning old members must have a briefing at the field with a club committee member or club instructor / examiner, before they can fly.  This is to ensure they are up to date with the current flying site rules and legislation. New or returning old members, who hold a BMFA ‘A’ Achievement certificate or higher, will be expected to complete a short demonstration flight, to prove their competence, to fly safely at the PANDAS flying site (the safety of everyone is paramount).


BMFA Registered Competency Certificate (RCC) or CAA DMARES Test

As of 1/1/2023 all new members joining PANDAS, within 3 months of joining the club, as proof of competency under Article 16, must hold or take and pass either the BMFA RCC or the CAA DMARES online knowledge tests.

They are both 40 question online knowledge tests based on the CAP 722 legislation and BMFA Article 16 agreement. You need to get a minimum of 30 questions right to pass the test.

If you take the CAA DMARES test you will be issued with a CAA Flyer ID number. The club recommend you take the RCC. Full details are on the BMFA website (link below):

Please contact the club membership secretary Martin Lynnattend a monthly meeting or speak to someone at the flying field to obtain further details about joining the club.