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DCW09/07/2015 22:15:38
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I don’t like to use the word ‘drone’ I prefer UAV or Multi-rotor, but it looks like we are stuck with it. So I will follow everyone else and call them drones. I quite like these machines, or for that matter any form of model flying. My concern is however, that these aircraft are not just being sold by our favourite model shops, with all of the help, advice and safety recommendations that usually follow. That is...

Why not join a club and get help learning to fly your new machine.

Get yourself insured by joining an organisation BMFA, LMA, BARCS etc.

Don’t fly in built-up areas or on private land without permission. And so on.

Maybe these RC aircraft are being sold by the wrong people, to the wrong people. My first reaction is ‘not my problem’, on second thoughts though, well, maybe it is. Particularly if local authorities start to bring in restrictions or maybe refuse planning permission for new clubs etc. We are after all ‘Judged by our worst’. I wonder just how many of these non-model shops are responsible enough to give the above advice. How about a few of us becoming ‘secret shoppers’ and reporting the results back to this thread? Any ideas? DW

john stones 109/07/2015 23:25:23
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I reckon there's lots of secret shopping going on already DW judging by the build threads wink


cymaz10/07/2015 06:44:34
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Our club has banned FPV etc. The landlords should know of this. Hopefully then, if anyone found flying one by our landlords they won't be a member so the club will not be in trouble.

We have to wait and see.

Dave Hopkin10/07/2015 07:41:38
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When I read this last night I decided to have a look at a reputable retailer selling drones to see what advise they gave on operation of them, I picked Maplins, nothing showing at all on the website about the legalities of flying them, so I picked the "ask a question" about the product option and asked "why they were encouraging people to break the ANO by suggesting you can fluy a small drone upto 2Km away"

Looked at my email this morning and guess what - my question has been moderated and removed!!!!

Pete B - Moderator10/07/2015 10:42:48
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Posted by Dave Hopkin on 10/07/2015 07:41:38:

When I read this last night I decided to have a look at a reputable retailer selling drones to see what advise they gave on operation of them,

Fair point, Dave. Out of interest, I've just looked at three very well-known online model shops and, guess what - none of them mention anything about the legalities, either.....disgust


Dave Hopkin10/07/2015 10:55:49
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I was wrong - on the Maplins Web Site pages for drones have a small link embedded after the main product characteristics entitled "Responsible Flying pdf" - this links through to a document showing the main points of the ANO and a further link to the CAA - no mention of the BMFA sadly

Pete B - Moderator10/07/2015 11:00:41
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That's very decent of you to correct yourself - do you want me to delete your post?wink 2teeth 2


Dave Hopkin10/07/2015 11:09:20
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Its not the first time I have been wrong Pete, I remember the last time, 18th August 1987 it was wink

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