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Member postings for Bob Burton

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Thread: Get it off your chest.
27/10/2020 11:25:03
Posted by Phil Green on 27/10/2020 09:46:22:

Indicators used in an 'autopilot' fashion, ie every time without thought, is a Bad Thing. Advanced riding teaches that indicators are used to signal TO someone. Your first thoughts should be "who benefits from this signal, who am I signalling to?". If there is no particular target for your indicators, you dont use them. Edited By Phil Green on 27/10/2020 09:59:05

Do you always know that there is nobody who will benefit from the signal ? I think not

Why not always give the appropriate signal whether or not there is anyone to see it as far as you know ?

Thread: Old School Glider Power Pod Test Flight
09/08/2020 14:46:04

The position of the prop is too close to the battery hatch for my liking because it seems inevitable that your hands must be near or even in the prop arc when stowing the battery after connecting it

Thread: Arduino programming for beginners.
01/08/2020 07:47:30

If it was a while ago that you used the forum then I believe that you may have a particular individual in mind. He had a habit of being right but in an arrogant way and did not suffer fools gladly. Note the past tense

31/07/2020 22:52:11
Posted by Phil Green on 29/07/2020 23:36:02:
Posted by Bob Burton on 29/07/2020 14:13:42:

Plenty of help available on the Arduino forum of which I am a moderator (UKHeliBob) is quite the least friendly forum I have ever used. In fact I'd go further than that, a lot of responders are aggressively dismissive. Pick any topic at random and you'll see. Really discouraging for beginners who at best get an 'RTFM' and are dismissed as an inconvenience.


That really is not my experience. Long term members of the forum do get annoyed when people do not read the sticky topics on how to post programming questions, which results in code being posted in italics (if it is posted at all) and no details being given of the hardware being used. That certainly leads to advice to read the sticky topics but unless questions and code are posted properly then it is very difficult to provide help

The equivalent here would be a post saying "I have problem with my transmitter. Can you help me ?"

Advice, including writing code, is freely available on the forum but members are expected to do some work for themselves. It is not unknown, for instance, for school, and even University assignments to be posted in full in the expectation that someone will write the code for them.

If anyone here has any Arduino based questions please feel free to ask them here or via PM and I will do my best to help. I would be interested to know how many members here are also members of the Arduino forum

29/07/2020 14:13:42

Plenty of help available on the Arduino forum of which I am a moderator (UKHeliBob)

Let me know if you need any help

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
13/06/2020 08:30:42

I see many references to "low speed mode" in the document linked to on the BMFA site CAP 1789 but can find no definition of it. Does anyone have a link to a definition ?

Thread: Who says flying thermal soarers is boring?
07/02/2020 08:59:10

Flying thermal soarers is not boring, but when you put a motor in a glider it is no longer a glider

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
18/11/2019 21:29:12

I just took the BMFA online test to see what all the fuss was about.

My Registration Competency Certificate which I have just downloaded says that the Certificate Number is %RESULT_ID%. My name and the the date overlays the "is awarded to" text and indicates that the certificate is for Model Aircraft which, as I fly mostly multirotors makes me wonder whether the certificate is relevant in any case

I am not impressed

Thread: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus
16/03/2019 23:03:55

There is always a newer model on its way.

Wait until it is released then realise that there will be yet another newer model later

Repeat until bored

Does the X9D plus do everything that you need ? If so then buy it

Thread: Any BT or similar engineers out there
07/01/2019 22:44:40

When I had a problem with Plusnet a couple of months ago I emailed their CEO (  and the problem was sorted out swiftly as was that of a decorator doing some work for us to whom I passed the above email address

Thread: So Handy - Just Down The Road.......
11/10/2018 10:32:41
Posted by Percy Verance on 11/10/2018 07:49:26:

They do in fact offer alternative menus, both vegetarian and glutton free.

Edited By Percy Verance on 11/10/2018 08:12:31

I am going to assume that was deliberate.

Or was it ?

Thread: BMFA News - Exemptions for 'conventional' models
27/09/2018 22:44:39

Th spurious graph is on page 49 of the printed version of the October 2018 edition of the BMFA News

27/09/2018 18:44:10

Statistics are a wonderful device for proving anything.

For instance, looking at the Airprox reports I see that a full sized aircraft was involved in every one of them. Conclusive proof that the danger is caused by full sized aircraft and that they should be banned or more heavily controlled.

27/09/2018 16:29:00

On page 49 of the October 2018 BMFA News there is an article about exemptions from certain rules for conventional models and an explanation of why multi rotor aircraft, later called drones in the article, are excluded from the exemption.

The article includes a graph of Airproxes for 8 years with altitude as its Y axis and what I assume is the year on the X axis although it is not labelled. The data in the graph appears to be divided into several categories with a key to the data below it.

The categories are Drones, Drones, Drones, Drones, Drones, Drones and Models. What ?

If the X axis is the year and is ordered conventionally from earliest to latest across the graph from left to right then there appear to have been no incidents involving Drones for the past 3 years.

What kind of nonsense is this ?

Thread: CNC cut carbon wanted
28/08/2018 14:52:42

GaaTech ( might be worth contacting.

I have not used them but they seem to offer the sort of service that you require.

Thread: Hardwood stiffener
19/06/2018 23:02:06

They sound like tongue depressors

Thread: Flyaway model, what would you do?
05/04/2018 07:53:30
Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 05/04/2018 01:06:50:

Lesson; do not put your phone number or address on the model in case property damage should occur.

Are you saying that we should not take responsibility for damage caused by our models ?

Thread: can i still bank paper 10 notes
24/03/2018 17:02:35
Posted by Tom Sharp 2 on 24/03/2018 15:20:01:

They will pay them into your account but they are not obliged to give you notes in exchange.

Edited By Tom Sharp 2 on 24/03/2018 15:21:14

I remembered that I still had one one earlier today so will be taking it into my bank next week. If they will not exchange it for a new one I will simply pay it in and ask to withdraw £10

Thread: Hi-Mobile Phone
24/03/2018 16:58:19

It is almost certainly an Android based 'phone and if so it will share many features and methods of working with any other such 'phone.

Is there something that you want to do and can't ?

Thread: Scam or what ?
22/03/2018 09:01:11

How does the call Guardian deal with numbers reported as "Private" such as those from hospitals and GP surgeries ?

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