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Member postings for Steve J

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Thread: Wheal Prosper tin mine Cornwall with DJI Spark
22/02/2018 13:33:14
Posted by David P Williams on 22/02/2018 11:11:55:

No private drone flying allowed on National Trust property.

Do the NT have any legal right to say that "aerial activity above our sites is prohibited" ?

I appreciate that the NT can say that people can't takeoff and land from their sites and that people should keep their drones more than 50m from NT buildings, but I don't think they can say that people can't overfly NT sites.


Thread: DX6 ?Programming Problem
21/02/2018 18:06:19
Posted by TJ Alexander on 21/02/2018 16:08:37:

Any suggestions?

Bind the model to new acro memory.


Thread: Holy Grail - Full House Electric
20/02/2018 17:17:27

Posted by MattyB on 20/02/2018 13:44:40:

All their most popular TXs can transfer model memories between them i.e. a DX6 to a DX9 or DX18, so at their core the software is developed from the same platform, but with the lower models having "high end" features deliberately crippled to preserve the business model.

Fortunately, Spektrum do not seem to see a four servo, two aileron, two flap wing as "high end". All their transmitters from the DX6G3 on up will handle such a wing.


20/02/2018 12:00:12
Posted by TJ Alexander on 20/02/2018 11:31:58:

Why do people use two channels for the flaps, when they always seem to work together?

1) Having every servo on it's own channel make setup easier.

2) Using two channels for the flaps means that you can use them as ailerons.


Thread: Best Plane You Have Owned
17/02/2018 21:08:02

Pilot RC 30cc Yak 54.


Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration
16/02/2018 18:40:50
Posted by Peter Jenkins on 16/02/2018 18:26:48:

the point is that any unmanned vehicle being operated beyond the line of sight of the operator, regardless of whether the operator is military or civilian, will be governed by the rules being proposed.

Opinion 01-2018.

"On 22 December 2017, the 28 EU MSs endorsed an agreement reached with the European Parliament for the revision of the Basic Regulation, extending the competence of the EU to all UAS, except those used for ‘state’ operations (e.g. military, customs, police, firefighting, etc.), and defining the essential requirements to ensure the safety of UAS. In addition, the said Regulation includes the possibility of ‘opting in’ for MSs wishing to place ‘state’ UAS under EU regulation.



Edited By Steve J on 16/02/2018 18:41:11

16/02/2018 18:09:43


1) What you describe can easily be done by fitting a model with a flight controller running iNav, a GPS and an altimeter.

2) I am sure that the authorities know this.


16/02/2018 14:01:45

EASA have now published the guidance and means of compliance document.



16/02/2018 09:40:39
Posted by i12fly on 16/02/2018 00:53:10:

Something that concerns me is that this seems to be far from a done deal, the EASA doc is an 'opinion'.

The political deal was done at the end of last year with agreement between the EU commission, council and parliament on various aviation matters including the regulation of unmanned aircraft. I posted a quote from the legislation a few pages back in this topic.


15/02/2018 21:08:29

Jez, What do you do now that you don't think that you will be able to do after EASA, the DfT and the CAA have changed the legal basis of recreational unmanned aircraft flying in the UK?


Thread: Holy Grail - Full House Electric
15/02/2018 11:47:59
Posted by MattyB on 15/02/2018 11:32:48:

Why would you want flaps and spoilers in a 2m model?


TJ, I would happily recommend the Vladimir's models Mini Graphite (available from Hyperflight), but it needs 7 channels to do it justice.


Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration
13/02/2018 11:51:12

I can only see the post that I made at 15:53 yesterday when I am logged in.


Thread: Rx low voltage
12/02/2018 18:21:05

If your system allows it, plot a graph of the voltage and use that to pick a suitable voltage.

Personally, I would start at 4.8V and drop by 0.1V a time if I was getting too many false alarms.


Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration
12/02/2018 15:53:21

The means of compliance/guidance document is supposed to be released this week, hopefully that will clarify matters.


12/02/2018 14:53:17
Posted by MattyB on 12/02/2018 14:01:02:

It seems that the earliest that any rules would be rolled out will be 2018 and then they will take three years to implement taking us to 2021.

I think that the UK government's schedule is a lot more aggressive than this.

It's also worth noting that U-space foundation services (registration, e-identification and geofencing) are supposed to be in place next year.

Posted by MattyB on 12/02/2018 14:01:02:

Based on the latest announcement in 2018 it would appear the BMFA and the other European modelling authorities have been successful in getting the concession that any member of the BMFA/LMA/FPVUK etc. should be covered to fly at public sites without a tenant club.

What concession? If you are talking about changing "framework of" to "member of", I don't see that as a concession and anyway, the wording in the draft regulation hasn't changed.


Thread: External fixing of exhaust canister
12/02/2018 09:48:55

I would soft mount either using rubber rawbolts to connect a bracket to the fuse or by making a mounting ring out of 1/8" ply and using silicon or split tube between ring and canister (Google secraft canister mount for a commercial version).


Thread: Proposed new drone legislation/registration
12/02/2018 09:02:23
Posted by i12fly on 11/02/2018 23:28:09:

So who else commented?

You missed MattyB.


11/02/2018 17:20:44
Posted by ChrisB on 11/02/2018 16:33:46:

the civil servants writing the regulations are more than likely not familiar with model aircraft and are just following the instructions of their masters

Which is why EASA had Dave Phipps and Bruno Delors on the RMT.230 expert group.

Does anybody know who, other than Dave Phipps, is involved in the discussions with the DfT?


11/02/2018 13:58:36
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 11/02/2018 13:30:14:

So presumably was one of the 30 cited by SteveJ above. Was that right across all Europe - just 30 individual responses?

Page 3 of the Opinion, 215 stakeholders responded, 6% were model associations and 13% individual model aircraft pilots. I assume that the 15% described as UAS operators were commercial entities.


11/02/2018 10:18:22


  • March 2015 - EU Riga Declaration
  • July 1015 - EASA A-NPA 2015-10
  • August 2016 - EASA prototype regulation
  • December 2016 - DfT consulation
  • May 2017 - EASA NPA 2017-10
  • July 2017 - DfT consultation response
  • November 2017 - EU Helsinki declaration
  • December 2017 - EU council/commission/parliament agreement
  • February 2018 - EASA Opinion 01-2018
  • "Spring 2018" - ANO changes and Drone Bill

Commons Briefing Paper CBP-7734 (August 2017) is a reasonable primer.



Edited By Steve J on 11/02/2018 10:45:34

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