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Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones
14/06/2019 10:11:12
Posted by davidqc on 14/06/2019 09:19:33:

I learn Dr Anna Jackman was appointed Specialist Adviser to the Science and Technology Committee Inquiry.

Dr. Jackman appears to be qualified for the position. I wish her well.

Steve

13/06/2019 13:23:56
Posted by Chris Barlow on 12/06/2019 18:43:58:
Posted by Steve J on 12/06/2019 18:38:56:

Posted by Chris Barlow on 12/06/2019 18:26:28:

Incidentally the registration scheme is to be started in October to enable all operators and pilots to be registered by November. So that doesn't leave much time from the release of the Drone Bill in August to put and plan into effect!

The registration and testing scheme is coming in later this year because of AN(A)O 2018 from last May. See CAP 1763 for details of AN(A)O 2018 and AN(A)O 2019.

Just repeating what the CAA rep said in the video.

I believe that you are referring to Q13. That is about stop and search, spot fines and the other stuff that was in the July '18 consultation.

Steve

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
13/06/2019 10:18:27

The link that I posted says that Government Digital Services experience is essential. It is also asking for security clearances.

The £2.8M breaks down as £1.5M running, £1M further development and £0.3M public awareness campaign. As I read it, the CAA are running the system in house.

It seems on the high side, but I have never worked on government contracts. In my industry I know that jobs for some clients always end up being more expensive than for others because of the way they want things done.

Steve

13/06/2019 07:31:19

Posted by MattyB on 12/06/2019 22:31:11:

The government have extensive policies around how IT services are procured; I highly doubt the CAA will have led the procurement of the system.

The contract appears to have been let by the CAA and went to a large software house.

CAP 1775 says that the government provided funding for initial development. The running costs look high to me, but I suspect that they may be covering more than just the registration system. The costs of maintaining the geo-fencing database are going to have to be covered somewhere.

Steve

Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones
12/06/2019 18:38:56

Posted by Chris Barlow on 12/06/2019 18:26:28:

Incidentally the registration scheme is to be started in October to enable all operators and pilots to be registered by November. So that doesn't leave much time from the release of the Drone Bill in August to put and plan into effect!

The registration and testing scheme is coming in later this year because of AN(A)O 2018 from last May. See CAP 1763 for details of AN(A)O 2018 and AN(A)O 2019.

Steve

12/06/2019 18:13:10
Posted by Chris Barlow on 12/06/2019 17:54:13:

The CAA guy even said that clubs or the BMFA could act as operator for all their members for £16.50

I am surprised that the BMFA haven't come out with a statement on this (or maybe they have and I haven't see it). To me it is a non-starter. I wouldn't take responsibility for what a club mate does with his toys and I wouldn't expect anybody else to take responsibility for what I do with mine.

Steve

Edited By Steve J on 12/06/2019 18:14:11

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
12/06/2019 18:08:30
Posted by Martin Harris on 12/06/2019 17:59:39:

Shall I submit a complaint about getting a standard reply to a complaint of getting a standard reply or should I accept that banging my head against a brick wall is just too painful?

CAA had a total of 178 complaints in '16/17 and 131 in '17/18. I wonder what the number for '19/20 will be? smiley

Steve

Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones
12/06/2019 17:54:29
Posted by Martin Harris on 12/06/2019 17:46:06:

It's not clear from this statement on the BMFA website...

I saw that and have read the BMFA's submission. I think that it's a shame that the BMFA weren't in the room.

Steve

12/06/2019 17:27:08
Posted by Old Geezer on 12/06/2019 16:16:13:

the Beastly Baroness has obviously either not listened to the facts relating to our models, or had already made up her tiny mind that drones and r.c. model aircraft are one and the same thing.

I don't see how comments like this help our case. The big decisions were made long before Baroness Vere joined the DfT. At this point the only things in the DfT/CAA's gift are the funding model and the mechanics of the system, e.g. whether or not there is an interface to the BMFA membership system.

Anyway, it's a shame that the BMFA were not invited to give oral evidence to the committee. If ARPAS were there, then I think that the BMFA should have been as well.

Steve

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
11/06/2019 20:21:07

Four more questions from friendly MPs were answered today by the DfT. I'm not going to bother posting the answers as they are the same stuff that the DfT keep saying.

The friendly MPs are Richard Burden, Theresa Villiers and John Healey.

Steve

Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones
11/06/2019 17:26:40

There is a transcript of this morning's session.

I love this exchange.

CAA chap: The Government consulted last year on the proposal to create a registration scheme and to include model aircraft. In its 7 January response, it was clear that it expected model aircraft to be part of the scheme.

Gavin Robinson MP: Yes, but the Government also stood on a manifesto that said there was no need for unnecessary regulation, so I am wondering about the necessity to include model aircraft in this registration scheme.

Steve

11/06/2019 14:13:06
Posted by Nigel R on 11/06/2019 11:59:22:

Worth noting DJI recommend that the US cost of $5 per three year period is about right, and the UK projected £10-£15 per year is too much and will likely result in a high degree of non-registration.

Yes, not a bad submission by DJI:

"if there was to be an annual charge of £10-£15, there is a real risk that many would not sign up to this. For context, the US charges $5 per person every three years for the same service. DJI would therefore urge Government to contemplate statutory co-funding of such a scheme (e.g. as part of the forthcoming Drones Bill)."

Of the submissions that I read, I found the Blighter one to be the most interesting.

Steve

11/06/2019 11:09:49

BMFA article.

There is some interesting stuff in the written evidence.

Steve

Edited By Steve J on 11/06/2019 11:10:22

Thread: Interesting reply from email to Richard Moriarty, CAA
11/06/2019 10:38:57
Posted by Cuban8 on 11/06/2019 08:32:00:

not really bothered by that because it will fail in its aims

I disagree. I think that it will succeed in achieving its primary aims.

Steve

Thread: Understanding the numbers....
10/06/2019 20:19:39
Posted by Roger Dyke on 10/06/2019 19:54:24:

On the Orange R620X receiver, both 'A' and the 'B' record the main receiver signals. With the satellite then plugged in there is no difference at all to any of the telemetry readbacks. The 'L' and 'R' locations remain at '0'.

Then Don's hypothesis is correct and the remote isn't working. Or the Orange isn't bothering to report it.

Incidentally, the only Spekkie receivers I have that have two internal circuits and a remote are my trusty DSM2 AR9000 and AR9300.

Steve

Edited By Steve J on 10/06/2019 20:23:16

10/06/2019 19:11:52

I am assuming that the main unit is 'A', the remote is 'B' and the receiving circuits are switching between the two antenna on each unit.

Steve

10/06/2019 16:10:55
Posted by Roger Dyke on 10/06/2019 15:56:16:

the 'A' antenna is definitely not doing me any favours. It would be useful to know which one out of the two that is.

I don't use Orange, but I suspect that the main unit only has one receiving circuit and switches between the two antennas. With a Spektrum receiver you would be able to tell by the number of orange LEDs.

Steve

10/06/2019 15:45:49
Posted by Nigel R on 10/06/2019 14:58:49:

Concur on the main RX "A" aerial, wherever it is, it isn't being much use

The antennas on the main uint appear to be lateral and and vertical ones in the first photo.

Steve

10/06/2019 15:41:25
Posted by Roger Dyke on 10/06/2019 14:24:37:

Your thoughts?

I would have expected much better numbers from that installation and I don't understand why it is reporting a larger number for frame losses than the minimum of A and B.

I would suggest trying a genuine Spektrum receiver or a Lemon.

Steve

Thread: Good luck to the BMFA
08/06/2019 16:14:47
Posted by Dane Crosby on 08/06/2019 16:08:05:

It is those types that won't bother to register or learn about drone flying get us all in tarred with the same brush in the eye of the general public.

In a couple of years, RTF multirotors over 250g will be geofenced and transmitting their location and operator ID (EU delegated act that will be law this month).

Steve

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