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Member postings for Steve J

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Thread: New Legislation And Trainee Requirements
22/10/2019 22:48:54

If you can answer the 'A' cert questions, you can do the CAA online test.

Thread: Storage of models in light of the new CAA regs
22/10/2019 18:20:58
Posted by Tony Packe on 22/10/2019 18:08:52:

Think about transporting a plane in a car, as bad as plod finding a firearm in the boot!

From the counter-UA strategy that was published yesterday:

"the [Air Traffic Management and Unmanned Aircraft Bill] will make provision for new powers for police officers to allow them to better enforce drone regulations in the Air Navigation Order, and prohibitions related to prisons in the UK. This will include powers to stop and search in specific circumstances, and powers to issue fixed penalty notices for minor offences."

22/10/2019 18:11:58
Posted by Tony Packe on 22/10/2019 17:47:32:

If you own them aren't you classed as an operator?

A SUA operator is a person who has management of a SUA.

ANO articles 94D and 94F apply to flying SUA not owning them.


Thread: Clubs as Operators?
22/10/2019 15:10:31

Chris, The most recent statement from the CAA on this subject that I am aware of is in the evidence that they gave to the Commons STC enquiry in July.

"Under the relevant UK legislation, the Air Navigation Order 2016, an ‘operator’ is defined as the person who has management of the drone or model aircraft being flown. In practice, the majority of model aircraft association members own, maintain and control (i.e. determine when, where and by whom the model aircraft is flown) one or more model aircraft. This means that members of model aircraft associations are demonstrating operator responsibilities, and they would therefore be required to register individually."

Thread: Latest CAA Update
22/10/2019 13:04:28
Posted by Zflyer on 22/10/2019 12:08:09:

Alternatively why not see if we can delay the outcome via the Courts by challenging the misrepresentation of the evidence.

What evidence has been misrepresented?

Registration is a step in a process that started over four years ago and still has a long way to go.


22/10/2019 09:52:00
Posted by GONZO on 22/10/2019 09:45:10:
But, if there is no opt out for paying the registration fee I shall leave the BMFA.

There has to be an opt out. Some people don't fly over 250g and some people are members of two associations.


21/10/2019 22:48:06
Posted by cymaz on 21/10/2019 22:31:05:

At least Mr Shapps seems to have got the message and the lobbying.

Grant Shapps was an ally who wants to reform the CAA long before he became SoS. That is why it is such a stroke of luck that he became SoS.


21/10/2019 22:34:35
Posted by kevin b on 21/10/2019 22:27:53:

Anybody who fails the online test cannot fly

You can't fail the test.

21/10/2019 22:16:42

Anybody else notice that the 'A' cert exemption only lasts until 30th June (at least initially)?

"To allow operators to demonstrate competence if challenged (for example by the police) the CAA will be issuing a formal exemption that can be used alongside existing permissions / achievements and any other relevant documents. This exemption will be in place until 30 June 2020, when new regulations are expected. We will be working with stakeholders in 2020 to put these into place."


21/10/2019 20:21:06
Posted by Alan Gorham_ on 21/10/2019 19:51:32:

I'm not quite sure what to make of the yearly fee when IIRC Mr Shapps asked them to look at reducing it below £5 was it?

I have seen it reported elsewhere that Mr Shapps told the CAA to get the fee below £10. I personally was hoping for £5.


21/10/2019 19:39:16
Posted by Chris Berry on 21/10/2019 19:22:36:

You should be asking what have we avoided losing?

£7.50 ?

21/10/2019 18:47:34
Posted by GONZO on 21/10/2019 18:43:25:

At £9 / year it's still 5X the cost in the states, not forgetting it's free in France

I agree. £9/year is still excessive and I don't care about not having to do a trivial test or being able to register through the BMFA.


21/10/2019 17:57:29

£9 / year.

Register through the associations.

'A' equivalent to online test.

21/10/2019 17:35:46
Posted by MattyB on 21/10/2019 17:26:40:

A quick search of the document shows they have not used the term "conspicuity" or "electronically conspicuous".

Funnily enough, I did exactly the same search. Interesting contrast with the US where things seem to be moving on regarding electronic IDs. Last week the FAA Drone Advisory Committee indicated that the ASTM remote ID standard may be published in the middle of next month.


21/10/2019 15:46:28

UK Counter-Unmanned Aircraft Strategy

"The UK's new strategy for harnessing the economic and social benefits of unmanned aircraft, by reducing the risk posed by malicious or illegal use."

21/10/2019 08:26:41


All the points that you raise have be discussed before. I suggest that you read this topic and the commons committee one.


Thread: Spektrum DX7
18/10/2019 11:04:57

The original DX7 was a JR 2720 with a Spektrum RF board.

Thread: Latest CAA Update
17/10/2019 15:20:29

Posted by Brian Stevenson 1 on 17/10/2019 13:01:39:

Only the most mindless 'jobsworth' can possibly think this registration nonsense is a 'good idea'. It's just a totally ineffective knee-jerk response to one completely unproven occurrence at Gatwick, designed to convince the general public that the authorities are 'doing something'.

I never cease to be amazed by the efficiency of our government. They managed to legislate a knee jerk response to the Gatwick drone incident six months before it happened .


Thread: Spektrum DX7
17/10/2019 13:52:43
Posted by Nigel R on 17/10/2019 13:39:21:

Lastly, if DSM2 is so good, why has it been replaced?

Because it isn't compliant with EN 300 328 1.8.1 (and is a bit dodgy with regard to 1.7.1).

I don't disagree that DSMX is better, but I have no problems with DSM2 and I have a lot of telemetry data to back that up.


17/10/2019 13:00:30
Posted by Chris Walby on 17/10/2019 11:20:01:

I though the only difference was DSM2 didn't dynamically channel hop compared to DSMX.

DSM2 hops between two 1MHz channels, DSMX hops between 23 (or 27?).


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