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Thread: How many rules does this break....discuss?
10/04/2014 11:50:15
Posted by Bob Cotsford on 10/04/2014 11:45:54:

biggest risk appeared to be landing on a palm tree in a miniskirt, bet that made her eyes water1

Having never landed on a palm tree in a mini skirt I can only imagine!!!.

Got to go now off to Spain with some soothing lotion....................

10/04/2014 11:44:15
Posted by Levanter3 on 10/04/2014 11:32:23:

The Titanic was fully authorised. Evel Kneivel ended up having more metal in him than me. I only just started my list and thank goodness we don't have to be professionally trained to have an opinion Bearair.

Agreed opinion's are free to everyone just trying to establish if you had experience of this sort of stunt and possibly a more valued opinion.

I see this as a professional stunt carried out and filmed such that it looks more dangerous and possibly impressive than it is. If it promotes the hobby in a way that might appeal to the younger generation then i think great.

10/04/2014 11:23:09
Posted by Levanter3 on 10/04/2014 10:35:38:

David. Yes it looks more dangerous than running in front of bulls and being attached by fireworks. Good old Spain.

On a serious note I noticed in the credits Centro RC Levante. For the record this has nothing to do with my pseudonym here on the forum. Levanter3 It is a radio control shop in Alicante and I live in Mallorca. These are not Spanish people however.

Further down the credits I see that lots of magazines are involved as media partners.

In all forms of sport, technology, whatever. If people can do it they will do it. Having said that I am absolutely not condoning it.

At the end they indicated the risks were all thoroughly assessed and managed. I couldn't disagree more. Too high, over concrete, directly under heavy machines, exposed rotors, built up area ................... as you say how long is one list and how short is the other?

Are you a professionally trained stuntmen then? You seem to think you know better than the ones on this stunt, just wondering why?

10/04/2014 10:42:26

At 3.07 it states that it was officially authorized and safety measures were taken even if not apparent.

So NONE is the answer.

10/04/2014 10:38:23

No idea, not sure what the regulations are in Spain.

Im guessing none as it explains quite clearly that it was a stunt carried out by professional stuntmen and presumably women. Also it seems to have been supported, by quite a few magazines Im guessing but like RCM&E they would not associate themselves with an illegal act.

Thread: The FrSky revolution - very worried men?
09/04/2014 11:57:04

I had one wire come of a DHT unit, but that had more to do with the operator (me) than the equipment quality.

I cannot understand what all the fuss is about. The Taranis is a traditional radio, it just has all the ability's of a high end radio at an entry price. The programming would not be any more difficult for a newbie than would a 6ex. The issue is more with people who have got so used to a programming method that they would struggle with a different structure.But that is just as true for someone changing from a Spectrum to a Multiplex for example.

When I was instructing on a regular basis I became familiar with the basics for JR Futaba and Spectrum, it came with the territory. When the first Eurgle turned up I was completely flummoxed by it.But I didn't just walk away complaining the newbie had just bought the wrong TX. I got hold of a manual and learnt. Surely instructors have got enough warning now of the Taranis  to be looking into it ready for the day a newbie arrives equipped with one.

For me being an instructor wasn't just about teaching people to fly I had to have enough knowledge to advise on radio installation, programming, becs etc, Obviously there were times when I couldn't but I always knew a man who could. There is always the club guru on engine tuning or Futaba programing that I could refer the newbie to when I got out of my depth. With the amount of sets being sold you will soon have a "tony the taranis techie" in each club. At the slope where I fly we already have two!.

Standard advice I thought to a beginner was buy the best set you can afford I see no reason to change that advice now just because the best set cheap set is as good as if not better than what the experts are flying.

 

Edited By Bearair on 09/04/2014 12:02:46

Thread: CAA prosecutes flyer
06/04/2014 12:04:07

This is what the man states,

On that day i had no VTX or any wiring to the camera, my lawyer said i wasnt using it for monitoring or controlling, to ad this is what my lawyer said NOT me, and its them i have to convince first

He could of course be lying, but as the CAA would of inspected the model if the above was not correct why would they have not prosecuted him under the FPV regs, IE flying without an observer, flying beyond LOS. We have no evidence that he was flying FPV whatsoever.

Lining up a model being flown solely by LOS, to overfly the bridge with such a degree of precision, from a point laterally removed from that point, would be a matter of considerable piloting skill, and probably far beyond the capabilities of an unmanned, unpiloted, uncontrolled wing in undirected flight.

Again this has all been covered in the thread, the model was fitted with a ATM which was working and would of been capable of piloting the model as seen in the video. Interestingly he insists this ATM was damaged beyond repair and so could not have the data proving it wasn't being flown by waypoint downloaded. (this is treated with scorn by some very knowledgeable on the FPVhub)I was astounded by this piece of technology!

IMHO it is either through ignorance or bias that people keep insisting this flight was piloted by FPV when as far as I can see and others who have commented with far more experience than me, that this aircraft was probably being flown by waypoint.

Continuing to focus on the FPV aspect is only serving to distract from what I consider is the much more important point for general model flyers. What constitutes a Small unmanned SURVEILLANCE aircraft.

If experienced and dedicated modelers cannot be bothered to ascertain the above fact as has been stated on this forum then it bothers me even more.

Please accept my apologies if I have some of the terminology is wrong. As I keep repeating I am no expert on this equipment.

06/04/2014 11:03:32

I've already shown in the thread how we know, please please read the thread. The model was not fitted with a video tx, How many times to how many people do I have to repeat information contained in the thread. But do you not think if the CAA thought that the model was equipped to fly FPV they would of prosecuted him for breaking those regulations aswell?

06/04/2014 10:46:33
Posted by leccyflyer on 06/04/2014 10:17:27:
Posted by Bearair on 06/04/2014 10:13:07:
Posted by leccyflyer on 06/04/2014 10:04:51:

Just watched the video. That was a remarkably accurate flight just over the bridge, for a flyaway. It looked a lot more, given the descent down from altitude to very close to the bridge, to be an attempt to fly under the bridge, which did not come off. There were certainly plenty of very delicate apparent course corrections on the approach to the bridge.

Is that how the return to home function would have been programmed, with the bridge as a waypoint?

I think the only one who could say for sure is the miscreant himself and to say he has been evasive in an understatement. The more I read the more I think he might of just been stupid enough to do that!

Yet there have been all sorts of bold declarations claiming that the aircraft was not being flown by FPV, and even claiming it was a normal LOS flight terminating in an unfortunate uncontrolled fly-away. In other attempting to deflect from the fact that the aircraft was equipped for both FPV and UAV flight, whilst expecting the reader to believe that neither system was actually in operation during the ill fated flight. It certainly did not look that way from the video.

FPV is a way piloting the model we now the model was not fitted with a video transmitter so it is a fact it was not being piloted by FPV.

He claims he was not flying by waypoint but by normal LOS, but the court must of considered otherwise. Rightly in my opinion.

What I am concerned about is the other technology involved in this that I and plenty of other modelers did not even know existed.

I am even more concerned about the definition of a Small unmanned surveillance aircraft, which as far as I can see is any model equipped with video or picture capture. And therefore includes a flycam equipped model.

I would like to know how we are going to try to stop another incident like this because it damages all model flying IMHO. Or if we are going to distance "ourselves" how are we going to do it. In my mind distancing ourselves is much easier said than done. Especially when there is a massive public and press awareness of "drones" but virtually no knowledge of what a "drone" is.

06/04/2014 10:13:07
Posted by leccyflyer on 06/04/2014 10:04:51:

Just watched the video. That was a remarkably accurate flight just over the bridge, for a flyaway. It looked a lot more, given the descent down from altitude to very close to the bridge, to be an attempt to fly under the bridge, which did not come off. There were certainly plenty of very delicate apparent course corrections on the approach to the bridge.

Is that how the return to home function would have been programmed, with the bridge as a waypoint?

I think the only one who could say for sure is the miscreant himself and to say he has been evasive in an understatement. The more I read the more I think he might of just been stupid enough to do that!

06/04/2014 10:00:32
Posted by PatMc on 06/04/2014 09:51:35:
Posted by Bearair on 06/04/2014 09:45:31:
Posted by PatMc on 06/04/2014 00:08:19:

Bearair, I only commented & drew conclusions from the legal proceedings. IMO the summary I gave a couple of posts back covers everything relevant on why Mr Knowles was prosecuted, how the case proceeded & why it concluded the way it did. Anything not stated or presented to the court is irrelevant.
As far as I'm concerned the judge, prosecutor, CAA & defence lawyer did exactly what they had to do. Knowles, OTOH, did nothing to help himself.

Also as I stated earlier, I don't think carrying a camera makes a model subject to more stringent regulations or it would surely have resulted in another charge against Mr Knowles.
I've been using a Flycam since they first appeared & look forward to getting better results soon with a Mobius.

And that's the problem with coming into a thread without having read it! If you go back through the thread you can find the information on why your Flycam equipped model is subject to more stringent regulations if you are recording video data! I would read it if I was you , ignorance is no defence in law as others have pointed out.

If you are refering to this , I have read it, in fact I commented on it here :

Posted by PatMc on 05/04/2014 21:23:46:

Re the comments on videoing from models - I don't think the actual taking of pictures from a model aircraft breaks the law technicaly or otherwise when it's not being done on a commercial basis. I think the "Notes to Editors" in the CAA report on the prosecution is misleading in several respects.

PS the fact that using a camera in the illegal flight wasn't one of the charges against Mr Knowles seems to back this opinion up.

Edited By PatMc on 06/04/2014 09:55:46

Nope

06/04/2014 09:54:00
Posted by Ian Jones on 06/04/2014 00:12:39:

Mr Knowles had the opportunity to put the record straight a good number of times and not least at the hearing at which he was convicted.

Ultimately whether the flight finished as expected or not he bears the responsibility for it just as we all do for our flights. He has cast a shadow on RC aircraft in the public eye and whether FPV or not that's not a good thing.

So we can argue one thing or another because we like or don't like this or that, misuse one term or another but when it comes down to it we should distance ourselves from Mr Knowles because he has brought our pastime into disrepute and he does not demonstrate the normal good character of RC pilots.

Be aware also that various representatives at law may be looking in.

Define ourselves?

If we are going to distance this guy, then I would of thought excluding him from the BMFA might be a start.

However does the BMFA has the right within its constitution to expel members?

Who makes that decision?

If the power to refuse membership does not exist does the BMFA need to change its constitution to do so if another person breaks the rules?

What other ways should "ourselves" distance him?

06/04/2014 09:45:31
Posted by PatMc on 06/04/2014 00:08:19:

Bearair, I only commented & drew conclusions from the legal proceedings. IMO the summary I gave a couple of posts back covers everything relevant on why Mr Knowles was prosecuted, how the case proceeded & why it concluded the way it did. Anything not stated or presented to the court is irrelevant.
As far as I'm concerned the judge, prosecutor, CAA & defence lawyer did exactly what they had to do. Knowles, OTOH, did nothing to help himself.

Also as I stated earlier, I don't think carrying a camera makes a model subject to more stringent regulations or it would surely have resulted in another charge against Mr Knowles.
I've been using a Flycam since they first appeared & look forward to getting better results soon with a Mobius.

And that's the problem with coming into a thread without having read it! If you go back through the thread you can find the information on why your Flycam equipped model is subject to more stringent regulations if you are recording video data! I would read it if I was you , ignorance is no defence in law as others have pointed out.

05/04/2014 23:29:21
Posted by PatMc on 05/04/2014 23:08:11:
Posted by Bearair on 05/04/2014 22:28:25:

Thanks for proving my point so quickly, the data being downloaded to his laptop was GPS location NOT video, if you had read the information provided in this thread you would of known that!

Sorry to disappoint but I don't think my mistake has proved any point you've made. wink 2

I haven't read all of this thread & only surmised that the laptop recorded video. However not being certain about this is the reason I said suggested that "Perhaps he posted on Youtube before he was notified or even before the model was found." The fact that he could only have posted the recovered on board video makes him even less sensible than I thought. teeth 2

 

 

Exactly proving that the West Moreland Gazette did not contain all the relevant information to the case. What you are asking me to do is go back over all the info to provide you with the evidence of what else is relevant but not reported. Go back over the info in the thread I'm not repeating myself or others.

And theres two people who have not exactly shone you and me!

You because you have not read all the information before commenting on the thread, and me because I wasn't aware that by fitting a keyfob camera I became the operator of an "surveillance" aircraft and subject to more stringent regulations.

Nothing actually wrong, but neither of us has exactly shone IMHO

Now I am sorry but if you want anymore examples you will just have to read all the information for yourself.

Goodnightmoon

Edited By Bearair on 05/04/2014 23:32:39

05/04/2014 22:58:31
Posted by Martin Harris on 05/04/2014 22:41:53:

But the question I raised was who posted the video - to the best of my limited knowledge, GPS does not provide any video information and if it was simply linking to Google Earth information the traffic wouldn't have been moving on the bridge and the water immersion effect would have been unlikely!

Please note that my post was a question, not an opinion but I still wonder at the thought process of anyone posting a video returned to them with a pending prosecution - unless perhaps they were already in possession of a copy and had posted it before GMP and the CAA had seen fit to send him a copy/return his gear?

Personally I think judging by his attitude and comments made, he posted the video after the CAA had returned them. Somewhere in all the info here and other links I think that his lawyer made a declaration that the aircraft was not fitted with video tramsiting device or something like that. Lawyers do not generally make such declarations without checking it cannot be disproved in my experience.

05/04/2014 22:28:25
Posted by PatMc on 05/04/2014 22:24:20:

Martin extract from the Westmorland Gazette -
Alison Slater, prosecuting for the CAA, said: “The plane was taken to Greater Manchester Police who downloaded the film from the onboard camera.
“Robert Webb, investigating officer for the CAA, informed Knowles of the incident who replied in an email that he had flown six times that day without any problems. “He said on the seventh launch he had lost sight around 100 yards out. He had his laptop set up and followed it on screen until he lost the beacon so gathered it had landed in water.”

Thanks for proving my point so quickly, the data being downloaded to his laptop was GPS location NOT video, if you had read the information provided in this thread you would of known that!

05/04/2014 22:24:01
Posted by PatMc on 05/04/2014 22:02:31:

Sorry Bearair I think that's a complete cop out. You were the one who suggested that other parties hadn't shone, name a few.

The CAA provided the prosecution evidence at previous magistrates hearings, Knowles pleaded not guilty thus the case went to a higher court where there was a risk of higher levels of fines & costs.
The prosecutors acting for the CAA presented the evidence at the county court, no one presented any defence evidence, the judge had no other option than to bring a guilty verdict then decide on the magnitude of the fines & costs without being able to consider any mitigating circumstances.

What other relevant facts haven't the Westmorland Gazette reported ? An example or two will suffice.

I'm sorry I care not one jot about whether you think its a cop out as I'm sure you care not one jot that I think you are using a very poor debating tactic. I've said everyone now which part of everyone do you not understand?

Again if you have not read all the points I think of as relevant to this case or understood them in the thread then I do not feel I need to be repeating or you would understand their relevance a second time around.

If you want an answer be specific and don't ask someone to prove a negative!

I can spot your non sequitur if others cannot.

 

Edited By Bearair on 05/04/2014 22:25:14

05/04/2014 21:35:37
Posted by PatMc on 05/04/2014 21:07:38:
Posted by Bearair on 04/04/2014 01:06:39:
Posted by PatMc on 04/04/2014 00:01:31:
Posted by Bearair on 03/04/2014 21:36:17:
Posted by Pete B - Moderator on 03/04/2014 17:29:53:

The problem is that he pleaded guilty so cannot appeal against conviction, unless there were serious failings by others in the procedure. All he can appeal now is the sentence, AFAIK.

Pete

Yes I think that your right on that.

We shall see if it becomes a major issue for the whole modeling fraternity. The more I read about this the more I think non of the parties involved have exactly shone!

I don't know which other parties haven't shone.
From this report in the Westmorland Gazette he's the only one who wasn't at all bright. Because he'd left the building before the trial began a guilty plea would have had to be assumed, even though he'd previously pleaded not guilty. And he relinquished any chance to explain his loss of control story in person.

Have you read all the information on this or are you making your assumptions based on a local newspaper?

I've read several reports of the case, this one being the most detailed with no attempt to sensationalise or step outside of the presented facts.
Do you have more relevant information than the Westmorland Gazette ?
Apart from Knowles, which other parties does your comment "I think non of the parties involved have exactly shone!" refer to & why ?

I have lots more information than the Westmorland Gazette on this case, they are not all reports and most deal with facts written about aspects of the case not covered by Westmorland Gazette it is on this thread. Have you read all this thread and info provided by the links?

There are so many parties involved in this who have not shone I wouldnt no where to start, maybe with me. Perhaps you would name some of the parties involved and I tell you why I do Not think they have exactly shone.

05/04/2014 21:00:01
Posted by Pete B - Moderator on 05/04/2014 20:29:31:

Couldn't see one of those worrying a passing sparrow, let alone anything bigger, Bearair...teeth 2

Pete

No not until some idiot of an journalist thinks he can fly one at Mr Mrs Football Stars wedding!

Now if I was the CAA I would be looking for some poor mug with a bit of an attitude to prosecute so I had set a precedent. Or would I wait to take on the idiot journalist backed by The Sun's legal department.

05/04/2014 19:44:34
Posted by Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator on 05/04/2014 19:13:24:

My point is how many indoor planes have you come across flying indoors with a camera on them? Very, very few I would suggest. Therefore its all just a tiny bit academic don't we think?

BEB

Dont know how many hundreds of these have been sold?

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