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Are new restrictions on the RC horizon for Uk model fliers??

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Martin Sondstroom15/12/2014 18:51:41
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I recently read with some dismay of the FAA considering new rules regards

quadcopters being flown in risky situations and so many near miss reports.

My first introduction to flying was learning to fly full sized Cessna's at a local

aeroclub,so i'm well up on Uk air law and because of cost eventually turned

to RC modelling which is more affordable but are we going to have more

restrictions because of people being sold aircraft by shops that have put

sales before safety!-not enough info regards safe use etc? Does it really

take much effort(common sense) to realise the dangers of flying near

airports/crowded town centres or passing helis/ light aircraft? I'm not saying

people should'nt be able to buy such things but folks need to made aware

of the risks even with models,i turned to RC Flying to fill a hole left by being

no longer able to afford to fly bigger things which it does very well and in

some ways its harder than fullsize cos there's no feedback via yer bum!!

We're constantly told its noisey/dangerous etc but thats only true if the

risks etc are not managed or ignored!

ChrisB15/12/2014 19:30:04
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Edited By ChrisB on 15/12/2014 19:31:44

stu knowles15/12/2014 19:32:37
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If you search around this and other forums Martin, you will find that this topic has been pretty much done to death several times in the recent past. Opinions vary Between 'the end of model flying' and no change.

Actually, there are a good selection of laws to cover most inappropriate actions with a model aircraft, regardless of its 'subtype', although it perhaps likely that someone will be made an example of before too long, hopefully in an incident that does not involve anyone getting hurt but most people who have been around model flying for some time are aware that models can bite and can wander off on their own.

The whole fuss reminds be of the 'CB' craze that arrived a few years ago. It was a blinking nuisance for a while but who has a CB set now?

ChrisB15/12/2014 19:42:57
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I agree Stu, I think us aeromodellers will stay for years, but I think the quad copter type toy flyers will soon fizzle out and a new craze will sweep the nation.

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