Here is a list of all the postings GONZO has made in our forums. Click on a thread name to jump to the thread.
|Thread: What are your three favourite war movies?|
What war was not specified, so;
1/ The Last Samurai
2/ Band of Brothers
5/ The tv series on the American Civil War (the one with the Ashokan Farewell theme)
and as a nod to the modern atomic age one of the nuclear war disaster films; Threads, The Day After etc for when I just want to see large mushroom clouds and massive destruction.
Edited By GONZO on 20/10/2019 07:40:42
|Thread: Latest CAA Update|
So why start all this and do the check in the first place. Just do as the BMFA suggest and make it a PERSONAL responsibility, KISS.
Alan, yes of course but there are rubber FF flyers whose models weigh less than 250gm.
ps the power not the modellers are rubber
Edited By GONZO on 17/10/2019 15:00:20
As a general observation I'm getting the impression that there is a subtle attitude being expressed that clubs should be policing the DRES. Or, am I mistaken?
MattyB As I said earlier. Its all well and good at annual membership renewals but what about day to day at the field. My club has members who are FF/CL flyers and thus don't have to register. But, lets say one decides to have a flight with a larger RC plane. To be covered the club would need to police the field/site otherwise the membership check is pointless.
May not be as easy as that. Just requiring compliance with the ANO for membership could raise the issue of 'due diligence' if an incident occurs and it is found that the 'member' has falsified his membership application. A club would be required to take reasonable steps to verify compliance with the ANO to avoid the accusation of not exercising due diligence in alloying membership to the club. Then there is the issue of those that join and only fly sub 250gm but sneak in occasional flights with larger models. Are we going to have committee members policing the field 24/7. I'm sure, with a little thought, other problematic situations can be envisioned. Making the club a pseudo policeman for the DRES opens a can of worms IMO. I believe this sort of issue is why the BMFA have very firmly stated that neither they or clubs are going to police the DRES.
|Thread: New build rubber powered balsa|
It was fine for you, the under camber covering, but for some it can be problematical, the Ajax build in the RCM&E by the editor. I was building KK flying scale models when I was 8. People have different skill levels, especially when starting. The OP's daughter has built one model with his assistance. But, its their choice. I was just pointing out a potential problem area.
The only thing I would say against the Senator and the Ajax is that they both have under cambered wings. This may be difficult to cover successfully for a relative newcomer. The Ace has a flat bottom wing (like the Gypsy) and a straight forward structure. The link I posted to Ripmax no longer seems to work so I'll re post KK planes
Edited By GONZO on 15/10/2019 18:09:23
I would recommend one of these reissued kits with laser cut parts. The 'ACE' is an ideal starter. The rubber powered models all come with props, rubber etc. Find them in stock at a convenient model shop. Keil Kraft Laser cut kits
|Thread: Commons Science and Technology Committee Enquiry on Drones|
Such a provision is pointless in a model club environment where all the planes operate within a 1000ft or so of a geographical fixed point. Hopefully the results of the discussions between CAA, DfT and the national model flying bodies result in a more benign regulatory frame work with a few concessions, namely the height limit for thermal soarers( at club site).
24. The Government should also ensure that all existing drones are retrofitted with electronic conspicuity within the next two years. (Paragraph 132)
Interesting. AFAIK the required technology does not yet exist.
|Thread: Latest CAA Update|
No. I was referring to the free on line test, the foundation test. If you only fly sub 250gm privately built, in sub category A-1, then according to the chart on page 42 of CAP 1789 the on line test is not required.
Martin_K Or take the test. But, it's worse than you think in your first * paragraph. Because of the site limitations most private clubs would have difficulty/not be able to comply. See my site diagram for the Delyn club which is a large site.
Law of diminishing returns. As the cost goes up less people sign up. Both figures grow at an exponential rate until the scheme collapses.
My Steve that's quite cheap. Try paying legal fees when you take legal action against a house builder(don't ask, no really don't ask me how I know).
If you build it yourself then to get it compliant with a specific product standard would require you to submit it and all design/production information to a test house for CE certification, least ways that's my interpretation. The important aspect that pushes all models into A3 is the requirement for lower ratings to have 'electronic conspicuity' (along with some other features). Look at my FB link to see how all this affects the DELYN MFC, and as I've said above I think this is a big site.
Welcome to the 'spiders web' that is DRES! It's not just the registration and testing. This other aspect is, I would suggest, even more important. With slight tweaks of the airspace/site requirements they can put everyone out of business by making it impossible to find a compliant site from which to fly.
Edited By GONZO on 08/10/2019 15:54:24
A3 Airspace at Club Field This is the only way I've found to show this, by providing a link to FB. I think a lot of clubs are going to struggle with this.
(Something strange with my account as I can't even upload and save previous photo's etc)
Edited By GONZO on 08/10/2019 15:28:30
On the point regarding A3 airspace/site distances etc. I generated a Google Earth image to show airspace limits for the Delyn MFC, which in my opinion has a generous flying site. Those on here who know the site I think would agree. It showed that a large part of the site to the West and North were very restricted and basically the area to the South round to the East were the only areas available. Although, using the South would mean flying behind the pits and flight line. I'd post it here but am unable to even save it to my account on here
Edited By GONZO on 08/10/2019 14:39:25
"We would also encourage members not to rush into registering or taking the test when the DRES is eventually rolled out until we have issued further guidance"
I think it is also useful to highlight this sentence for all those that are chomping at the bit.
|Thread: Balsacraft Limbo Dancer IC|
Want the latest issue of RCM&E? Use our magazine locator link to find your nearest stockist!