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Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
11/12/2019 18:36:23
Posted by Don Fry on 11/12/2019 18:17:42:

Do the regulations state a absolute master, or a bit more general, under supervision.

As far as I am aware, the regulations are silent on this subject. The buddy box business comes from a BMFA report of a meeting with the CAA.

11/12/2019 18:18:26
Posted by Colin Naylar on 11/12/2019 17:56:19:

If I take a friend to watch and he asks to have a go, does he have to have passed the online test and paid the £9 ?

Test - yes; £9 - no.


11/12/2019 15:03:31
Posted by RC Plane Flyer on 11/12/2019 11:56:59:

So the CAA has raised over £542700 during November registration 60300 persons

It will be interesting to see what the numbers are in March. It's looking like less than a third of operators will be members of the four associations.

11/12/2019 15:01:45
Posted by Dickw on 11/12/2019 14:54:55:

I can see nothing about the operator having to be a "flyer".

They don't. This page on the CAA website makes that clear.


10/12/2019 14:16:04
Posted by Keith Evans 3 on 10/12/2019 13:25:03:

I understand the requirement not to fly above 400 ft. but having no telemetry , how will I know if my 60 inch span trainer is at , under or over 400 ft ?

Install Google Earth on your computer. Look out of your window and pick a few things around 5ft that you think are 100m and 200m away. Check the distances with Google Earth. After a couple of iterations you will have a feel for what 5ft looks like.

Thread: Futaba T1OCP batteries
09/12/2019 17:12:35

You pay a premium for the Overlander badge. The same pack from CS is a bit cheaper.

09/12/2019 17:02:12

Eneloops are low self discharge (LSD) nickel metal hydrides (NiMH). That is a decent battery. Once you have a suitable charger, I would be tempted to cycle it couple of times (discharge at 1A, charge at 1.5A) to make sure that it is still OK.

There probably is a recent topic on here somewhere that discusses mid-range chargers.

09/12/2019 16:40:52

If you ask five people on this forum, you will get six answers.

I would say Eneloop 2000 cells and an iCharger, but the latter is OTT if you are not going to be charging lithium batteries. I don't know about the switch, most of mine are Futaba.

09/12/2019 15:57:09

Receiver batteries were done to death recently. Warning - you may lose the will to live before the end of the thread.

09/12/2019 15:44:58

I would suggest trying Component Shop for transmitter and receiver batteries.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
09/12/2019 15:08:45
Posted by Ben B on 09/12/2019 14:41:57:

I'm really confused!

The current drone and model aircraft code, competence test and registration requirements are based on UK law. The EU implementing regulation starts to apply from the 1st July 2020. The CAA state in 1789 that the ANO and various regulations will need to be changed to comply with the EU regulations. CAP 722B was changed last week.

The associations are negotiating an article 16 authorisation with the CAA. We will have to wait to see what this says before we know what the full impact of the EU regulations will be.

There is supposed to be an update of/replacement for CAP 658 in the pipeline, but this has been the case for the last four years, so I am not holding my breath.

Edited By Steve J on 09/12/2019 15:10:31

Thread: C.A.A Reg number ,inside or outside ????
08/12/2019 16:33:10

Most of mine will get the number written on with a Sharpie .

I did look at getting a stencil or vinyl labels made, but it's not worth it if the number may change.

Thread: BMFA News Dec 2019
08/12/2019 12:49:45

Posted by Martin Harris on 08/12/2019 12:13:51:

no doubt enhanced by working with them to collect the fee on their behalf.

I suspect that the CAA would prefer it if everybody registered through their website and they didn't have to mess about with importing data from the associations.

08/12/2019 12:47:24
Posted by cymaz on 08/12/2019 12:31:36:

It’s all been done for free and on our behalf, while the general club flier has sat back and not done a thing.

It's not "done for free". The membership pay for the BMFA to represent us.

Thread: C.A.A Reg number ,inside or outside ????
07/12/2019 15:08:10


Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
07/12/2019 15:05:54

Frank Skilbeck (assuming that you are still reading this topic), Nice article on page 51 on the News.

Edited By Steve J on 07/12/2019 15:09:43

06/12/2019 13:50:27

The ASTM UAS remote ID and tracking standard is now showing as approved and pending publication.

Thread: what type of battery pack for i/c engine trainer
06/12/2019 13:44:13
Posted by Piers Bowlan on 06/12/2019 12:41:33:

Could be for a case for having two batteries (with schottky diodes) or some form of battery backer?

Having two power sources for the receiver and servos is all well and good, but if you do so you need to make sure that you have system and testing regime that ensures that you have actually improved things and not just increased the number of failure points.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
05/12/2019 17:01:29

@MattyB, That is where the French are heading. Fly at a registered site or be electronically conspicuous.

05/12/2019 16:27:46

Slide from the recent FAA drone advisory committee meeting -

faa dac 43.jpg

Report on the DJI trial of the draft ASTM standard in Canada recently.

There have been other trials of the draft ASTM standard in Switzerland and the US.

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