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Member postings for Bob Burton

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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 ?

Thread: motor gliders
21/03/2018 16:44:34

The phrase "motor glider" always makes me recoil

If it has a motor then it is not a glider, otherwise anything with a motor than can glide would be a motor glider. Is my Wot 4 a motor glider, I wonder ?

On the other hand, a motorised glider, ie designed as a glider but has had a motor added, makes more sense.

Thread: Scam or what ?
20/03/2018 18:43:23
Posted by Percy Verance on 20/03/2018 15:21:03:

I know these callers cannot be UK based, as I'm registered with the TPS. This prevents UK based companies from cold calling you.

Edited By Percy Verance on 20/03/2018 15:25:28

Being registered with the TPS, which I am, does not prevent calls from UK based companies. Over the years I have had several sales/marketing calls and when questioned the caller says that they are working from a list of non TPS registered numbers that they have bought, so cannot be held responsible if it is wrong. Usually the number is withheld of is faked which makes reporting them to the TPS difficult..

Thread: Legislation Proposal at last
29/11/2017 10:27:20
Posted by Brian Cooper on 29/11/2017 07:53:08:

Personally, I would like to see multi-rotor "drones" regarded in the same way as firearms, ie, you need to have a licence (which has to be produced and checked at the point of sale) BEFORE you can buy one. The licence should not be easy to get and it should be expensive.

After that, each and every drone, by law, should be fitted with a recordable GPS transponder so their flights can be traced, tracked and recalled.

To drag out an old cliché, those who have nothing to hide will have nothing to worry about.


Edited By Brian Cooper on 29/11/2017 07:54:21

Personally I would like to see all bigots banned from flying UAVs of any kind

Thread: All very nice, but who cares?
28/11/2017 08:38:52
Posted by ChrisB on 27/11/2017 19:03:52:

Its all very nice that Harry is getting married but do we really have to have chapter and verse about how they met, what they eat and which way they brush their hair!

Two people getting married and that's that.

Months more of this carp to come I fear!

I doubt that the subject would have been raised here had you not done it

Hoist with your own petard methinks

Thread: Legislation Proposal at last
26/11/2017 10:55:41

"'A device capable of performing functions in a fully autonomous and independent manner after being programmed with instructions by an operator' "

So, I could build and fly a multirotor that had no such functionality and it would not fall under the "drone" regulations ? I can't see that happening.

In order to make things simple I suspect that there will be a simple rule based on weight. This will seem to be simple to enforce but will not work in practice. As for registration, naturally anyone who intends to use their drone for illegal purposes will register it and make sure that it can be identified from a distance.

26/11/2017 07:45:25

I await with interest to see what the definition of a drone turns out to be.

Thread: Aldi scroll saw
22/11/2017 20:15:06

"The big failing in the Aldi's pin-less blade adaptor is its size. A pinned blade will pass through a 3/16in hole if you want to cut out the centre of a bulkhead. The pin-less adaptor will need a hole about an inch square to achieve that"

Sorry, but I don't get that. I have a generic scroll saw with similar looking pinless blade holders. The pinless blades that I use will go through a 1mm hole. To use them all I do is to undo one of the bolts on the top blade holder, which has an Allen head on it, pass the blade through the material from the bottom and put the adapter back on. Naturally the blade tension has to be slackened off whilst this is done.

The bottom adapter does not come off the lower holder if you pull the blade upwards whilst doing this. It is not difficult to do. Over the past 2 years I have used the saw to cut out over 250 "Fairy" doors as one of my other hobbies is making craft items.

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