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Member postings for ChrisB

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Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018
12/06/2018 20:44:50

As Martin Harris says, don't fear. Discussions are on-going. The CAA are not jobs-worths with clipboards, they recognise the situation and the world won't end!!!!

Thread: Setting up a remote webcam at the clubs fields
02/06/2018 22:40:36

Hi folks. We've thought about getting some sort of remote access windspeed/direction meter via some sort of sim system.

Two things spring to mind:

Firstly our container is sheltered and away from the flying are, so the unit would need to be in an exposed flying site to give an accurate reading.

Secondly, there is some discussion internally about the use of mobile phones and their impact on radio systems. Albeit many hundreds if not thousands at an event like the Nationals and to my knowledge, not issues of interference despite lots of RF noise.

Have any clubs got a remote access system other than a camera?


Thread: New Drone Laws from 30/5/2018
02/06/2018 13:24:26

As BEB says and as many people have been saying, the regs are aimed at the amazon and birthday brigade.

The CAA are still working through the details. Their focus is not aeromodelling its the new breed of ‘leisure users’. No need to panic. It’ll all be ok.

02/06/2018 10:48:19

If there ends up being a visibility system for each model aircraft the man from the ministries screen will be full with thousands of little dots.

That’ll soon become tiresome!

30/05/2018 23:07:24

I'm sure I posted on this thread a few hours ago but perhaps t didn't work. ts a quiet news day and a Minster had made a statement, so the media pick up on it for something to do.

An interesting and welcomed website. Clearly the CAA are, as many of us know, quite reasonable and are aware of the issues!


Edited By ChrisB on 30/05/2018 23:08:15

Thread: 4.8v or 6.0v receiver pack
24/05/2018 23:36:40

I'm flying a Precedent Funfly on a Spekky G1 DX8 and an AR400 with a 4.8v Nimh. Can have 3 or 4, 20 minute flights with no issue.

Larger models I use 6v Sub C Nimhs. All ok!

Thread: Club Facilities
23/05/2018 11:15:13

Hi folks. We’re looking at buying one as itll be cheaper than renting in the long term. Serving is about £30 and would only be needed half a dozen times a year at most.

Some ebay bargains are a bit too well used and most are a long way from us on the Warwickshire area, so collection would be costly.

Ideally an ex-hire unit would be best. We cant use a composting or camping type due to landlord and locational limitations, so a conventional portaloo is the only option.

I wondered where other clubs have sourced such units from?

22/05/2018 21:19:48
Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 22/05/2018 21:01:44:

Probably cheapest to stay traditional, a bucket, a spade, a couple of canes and a PVC sheet

Sadly...or luckily... we can't use the traditional method due to location.

Thread: Spring 2018 is here...been flying?
22/05/2018 20:49:02

We had a club bungee gliding event on Saturday with BBQ, and drinks etc. 24 out of 80 members attended and many remained after the event to do some conventional flying.

I was at the field from 8 til 8 on both Saturday and Sunday and had about 20 flights throughout the weekend. Flat calm and sunny! The best weekend in a long time!!

Thread: Club Facilities
22/05/2018 20:38:19

I'm doing some research into getting a portaloo for our club. Renting one is an expensive game long-term, so I've thought about buying one. The problem is that buying something worth having is proving a challenge.

Does anyone know of anywhere, ideally in the midlands, that sells decent quality used chemical toilets? Are any clubs looking to sell theirs that we could buy?

I'm sure i'll get to the bottom of it in the end!


Thread: Mowing
14/05/2018 13:39:05

Ours is a rear discharge hence the lines. I knew it would leave lines when we bought it and having coped up til now. I had wondered about fashioning something like a rake or push cylinder mower to tow behind somehow. Alternatively i’ll try a sweeper without the net

14/05/2018 10:15:46

Thanks Stu. As you say, its alway a challenge with rotary mowers. I cut it yesterday, after only 5 days since the last time and the grass was 2 or 3 inches think in tramlines.

My hope was that the brushes would disperse the grass somewhat!

Thread: Honda Field.
14/05/2018 09:44:52

Clamp and a £300 release fee!

Thread: Mowing
14/05/2018 09:28:00

I do the mowing at the club and currently have to go over the cut grass with the deck raised to help scatter the grass and remove the tramlines, this adds time and uses more fuel.

Has anyone used a tow behind leaf/lawn sweeper and are they any good? I dont intend to collect the grass, just to scatter.


Thread: Flyaway model, what would you do?
05/04/2018 20:21:49

Many years ago, a clubmate took off with his extra 300 and after doing some mild aerobatics he shouted that he'd lost it. The model started climbing in knife edge, the YS110 roaring away, fish-tailing as it went. It go to about 1000ft at which point the canopy came off and the plane started to descend and disappeared. About an hour later we found the model 3/4 of a mile away. Safe to say everything was destroyed including the engine.

It turns out the receiver battery broke loose of its mount and disconnected itself from the receiver, leaving the engine YS 110 glow engine to carry on. Of course, in this instance the failsafe couldn't activate, as there was no power. The moral of the story is to secure your battery and use a lead lock.

05/04/2018 12:52:35
Posted by Old Geezer on 05/04/2018 00:15:03:

I guess, assuming the plane was set up with fail-safe, the correct decision would be to switch off the Tx. That would be 'Best Practice' - the outcome might have been exactly the same - but It's less likely blame could be attributed to someone whose actions in the circumstances were 'Best Practice'.

I’d never advocate the above. I’d always keep trying to fly the plane all the way down to the ground.

Thread: Radio 35meg
05/04/2018 12:48:59

Nothing wrong with 35meg. Works perfectly well provided frequency control is observed. I fly a combination of spektrum Dx9 and JR9x 35

Thread: Bomb Dropping from my Super 60
26/03/2018 21:12:32

I don't wish to alarmist and I have a P47 with HK bomb releases. BUT is it wise to have a thread discussing this theme, given the likely sensitivities by certain 'authorities' or clandestine activities. More perception than reality of course.

26/03/2018 14:42:35

as long at it’s done safely and in a controlled environment it’s fine. If it’s done in a silly manner and with added extras like water or flour or blanks etc then it becomes an issue.

Thread: Differences between models ?
26/03/2018 14:36:04

Dry means without a battery.

The best option is to join your local club as it will be one of their members who will be teaching you and it’s highly likely that they will use something called a buddy lead which connects two transmitters together and allows the instructor two give you control via a deadmans switch, thus he can take control more easily. However, you can only use the same make transmitter so they’ll talk to one another. Therefore the make you get will usually be determined by your instructor, unless you want to buy two transmitters and a lead that is.

If you visit you’ll be able to find your nearest club.

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