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Sussex & Kent Drone Club

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We are an official drone club, affiliated with the British Model Flying Association, established in April 2019. Our focus was creating a safe environment in which to learn and explore how to operate drones, otherwise known as UAV, RPAS, UAS, multi rotor or copters.

Our monthly meetings give the opportunity for novice and hobbiest pilots to communicate with like-minded people and learn about different aircraft, see a range of drones in flight, and most importantly, have fun flying drones.

The initial seed that inspired the launch of the Sussex & Kent Drone Club was greatly due to the  disruption at Gatwick Airport, which raised many concerns about the industry.


The subsequent squeeze of new regulations in 2019 has vastly decreased the amount of airspace we can operate within, be it hobbiest or commercial piloting. We see it as essential that we maintain areas in which to promote this great hobby or career choice.

Our club offers a wealth of education regarding rules, regulations and procedures, and we adopt  a strict club code to ensure safe operations during flight sessions.

Based in ROtherfield

Our main flying site is situated on the edge of beautiful vast woodland with an opening of fields, giving excellent line of sight and great aerial panoramic views. The land is privately owned, on the outskirts of Rotherfield Village in East Sussex and we have full landowner permission to take off and land from the property. See map below.

2019 Membership Fees

  • Senior                £38

  • Junior                £17

  • Family Senior    £38

  • Family Partner   £25

  • Family Junior     £13

MembershiP through an affiliated Club

BMFA insurance cover commences from the moment you pay your Club joining fee. You do not have to wait for receipt of your BMFA membership card. as long as you have been formally registered and have paid up as a member of our Club. 

We offer temporary BMFA membership to visitors to our Club from within the UK, who are not BMFA members but have been invited to use our flying facilities on a temporary basis.  A non-refundable fee of £5 is payable for a single period of 30 days. 

Club liability insurance can be extended to cover first time visitors to our Club who have no previous experience of model flying but are seeking to try out model flying prior to joining our Club.  However, in this case cover will only be in place when the flights are being personally supervised by a nominated Club member approved by the Club Committee.  No charge will be made for this additional cover; however, cover will only be in place for a maximum of 3 days for any one first time flyer.  After this initial 3 day period the first time flyer must arrange his/her own third party public liability insurance cover, by joining the BMFA, prior to undertaking any further flying activity at our Club site.

By becoming a BMFA Member, you will be covered by up to £25 million per claim, providing cover worldwide for lawful recognised activity, you are not just limited to cover whilst attending a BMFA Club site or event site.

For further information about BMFA Liability Insurance Cover and FAQ's,  please click on the BMFA logo below.

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