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Thread: CAA ID number discussion
24/02/2020 15:09:41
Posted by Peter Robinson 9 on 24/02/2020 14:52:48:
 
If I remember correctly the CAA predicted 180,000 rc flers who needed to register.

The estimate in CAP1804 is 130k. There will be over 100k registrations when all the ones from the associations have been processed. 

Baroness Vere in the Lords on a couple of weeks ago -

"At the moment, the CAA registration scheme, which went live in November last year, has 80,000 people registered on it. That is higher than we had anticipated."

Edited By Steve J on 24/02/2020 15:20:44

Thread: Closed loop...
23/02/2020 19:36:49

Are there springs between the rudder and tailwheel. If there are, what happens if you elevate the fuse so that the tailwheel is no longer in contact with the bench?

Thread: CAA ID number discussion
23/02/2020 19:18:37
Posted by cymaz on 23/02/2020 19:02:53:
Posted by Steve J on 23/02/2020 18:07:02:
Posted by cymaz on 23/02/2020 17:39:25:

I can’t believe what a dog’s breakfast it’s turned into. The CAA should have left it all to the bmfa ( I include LMA and SAA ).Even to the point of giving Chacksfield some personnel to help, they know the fliers, they know their records.

Interesting spin. I would say the opposite. All the issues are because of the batch transfers and exemptions that the associations (and some of their members) wanted. If you register directly with the CAA and do their test it is all very straightforward.

Mrs C did her flyer online test via the CAA. I’ve paid my operator £9, and it’s registered on the bmfa portal asthe operator...Mrs C has the operator numberindecision

I am going to guess from this that you are both using the same email address and that the CAA system has simply attached an operator registration to an existing user.

As Mrs C is the operator, remember to ask for her permission before you go flying laugh.

Edited By Steve J on 23/02/2020 19:22:37

23/02/2020 18:07:02
Posted by cymaz on 23/02/2020 17:39:25:

I can’t believe what a dog’s breakfast it’s turned into. The CAA should have left it all to the bmfa ( I include LMA and SAA ).Even to the point of giving Chacksfield some personnel to help, they know the fliers, they know their records.

Interesting spin. I would say the opposite. All the issues are because of the batch transfers and exemptions that the associations (and some of their members) wanted. If you register directly with the CAA and do their test it is all very straightforward.

23/02/2020 09:15:02
Posted by Peter Miller on 23/02/2020 08:28:19:

Therefore I will be printing out the recent article from the BMFA explaining the incompetance of the CAA and stating that we don't need a Flyer ID.

Before long we will need a file an inch thick in our flight boxes just to prove that we are legal.

Have you considered spending 10 minutes doing the CAA test and getting a flyer ID? If you did you wouldn't have to bother with the article 94F exemption. Just a suggestion.

Thread: Failsafe...no idea
22/02/2020 21:28:18
Posted by Peter Jenkins on 22/02/2020 12:32:05:

What gaining a B does is to help you to fly an aircraft while you are under full control of it at all times. That is, that you can fly in a straight line parallel to the flight line in use (surprisingly difficult for many pilots), conduct a manoeuvre at a place of your choosing and not where the aircraft happens to be, and to take off and land in a straight line even in a cross wind. The added bonus is that you are less likely to resort to a black bin bag! It also helps to to think about what you want to achieve in each flight before you get airborne. All good reasons for training to fly the B to a pass standard - nothing to do with flashy low level stuff whether 3D or other!

I have flown with a few 'B' cert holders and I think that this is complete nonsense. All that having a 'B' cert means is that one or two people were prepared to sign a bit of paper.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
21/02/2020 18:31:03

Spurious post.

Edited By Steve J on 21/02/2020 18:31:45

21/02/2020 18:30:02

Posted by Martin Harris on 21/02/2020 18:00:27:

Posted by Steve J on 21/02/2020 17:43:32:
Posted by Martin Harris on 21/02/2020 17:30:28:

I think it's a reasonable assumption that as they weren't visible during the flight, visual line of sight wasn't maintained.

I don't. You have no idea where the pilot was. Neither do I, but I doubt if he was standing in the water.

While I can only speculate why you have only quoted part of my posting omitting the bit where I stated that "The only unknown is the position of the operator but I think it's a reasonable assumption that as they weren't visible during the flight, visual line of sight wasn't maintained"

I am making it clear what I am replying to. You say that you are making a "reasonable assumption". I don't agree.

Edited By Steve J on 21/02/2020 18:32:14

21/02/2020 17:46:47
Posted by Nigel R on 21/02/2020 12:27:01:

unless I'm mistaken those fields flood most years. They flooded last year. They are all very low lying.

If they flood most years, I suspect that the farmer would leave planting them until the spring.

21/02/2020 17:43:32
Posted by Martin Harris on 21/02/2020 17:30:28:

I think it's a reasonable assumption that as they weren't visible during the flight, visual line of sight wasn't maintained.

I don't. You have no idea where the pilot was. Neither do I, but I doubt if he was standing in the water.

19/02/2020 17:11:34

Posted by Martin Harris on 19/02/2020 15:00:16:

That's precisely the point - there were several hedges between the drone and the presumed operator's position. At 3 feet AGL I don't think anyone except Steve Austin with his bionic eye would have been able to monitor the flight sufficiently to avoid a collision with someone or something on the ground - what if the video feed had failed while the drone was flying towards the road - and ground conditions were certainly not favourable for GHz frequency performance.

You don't know where the pilot (and observer?) were and you don't know how close the UA was to the road. There was nothing to collide with. If the video feed had failed the pilot would have stopped and either gained a bit of altitude or hit the return to home switch.

I wonder if the NFU are working with the CAA on standard scenarios for farming?

19/02/2020 16:23:21

BMFA update

Thread: Loose trim
18/02/2020 18:14:36
Posted by Bruce Collinson on 18/02/2020 15:58:32:

Has anyone tried clear heat shrink covering to stop the thin pointy bits of trim from persistently lifting off? I was ironing thin pointy bits on a s/h Curare last night with the sinking inevitability that they will lift off again, deciding whether to smear Clearcoat on it and thinking about better ways.

While I have used clear film over bits of trim and coloured film that refuse to stay down, my preferred method is to seal the edges with clear nail varnish thinned with acetone.

Thread: The Gov't, CAA, BMFA & UAV legislation thread
18/02/2020 13:00:34

Grant Shapps is the Secretary of State and definitely has a strong interest in aviation. There are five Ministers/Undersecretaries in the DfT in addition to him. Sugg and Vere had the Aviation Minister title in addition to being Undersecretaries. IIRC Paul Maynard MP had the title until he was dumped last week.

18/02/2020 12:31:03
Posted by Erfolg on 18/02/2020 12:06:25:

I do seem to remember that it was Baroness Sugg. The important aspect was that many forumites were very very pleased with her replacement (I think as an undersecretary by Grant Shapps), as many took the view she had an apparent disregard to cogent argument and facts.

Baroness Sugg was an Undersecretary at the DfT / Aviation Minister from October '17 to April '19 when she was moved to International Development. She was replaced at the DfT by Baroness Vere. Vere lost the Aviation Minister title in the reshuffle after Mr. Johnson became PM but stay with the DfT. I don't know who the Aviation Minister is after last week's reshuffle. We may find out when the bill gets to the Commons.

The other Baroness of note is Randerson who is a Lib Dem peer and has been pushing for more regulation of UA.

18/02/2020 10:02:24

Posted by MattyB on 18/02/2020 00:33:27:

The exemption simply states all national association members are exempted from Article 94D; it is not limited only to those members who are yet to register as Operators.

ORS4 1345 makes operator registration optional until the 30th June for association members. I wish that I had kept to my original plan of not registering until just before my first flight after the 31st January.

17/02/2020 18:13:48

The only way to get a flyer ID is to do the CAA test.

You can fly using the article 94F exemption if you have a BMFA achievement.

Edited By Steve J on 17/02/2020 18:16:06

17/02/2020 15:52:14
Posted by Erfolg on 15/02/2020 15:35:32:

Who mentioned Ms Veres?

You did unless you were referring to a different Baroness in your post at 12:56 on the 15th.

Baroness Vere of Norbiton, aka Charlotte Vere, Undersecretary of State at the DfT.

17/02/2020 15:44:01
Posted by MattyB on 17/02/2020 14:48:13:
Posted by Steve J on 17/02/2020 13:36:39:

The CAA have issue a new exemption.

Indeed, it seems like their upload may not have gone very smoothly...

I suspect that the CAA may be regretting the decision to allow batch imports from the associations. Late changes always cause problems.

17/02/2020 13:36:39

The CAA have issue a new exemption.

ORS4 1345

A well known expression involving breweries and people consuming alcohol springs to mind.

Edited By Steve J on 17/02/2020 13:38:05

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