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Daithi O Buitigh22/07/2017 03:05:18
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OK - the article does say 'drones' but, technically any remotely controlled aerial vehicle is a 'drone' (and has been since the days of the De Havilland Queen Bee) so action needs to be started now before some civil servant insists that all flying objects over 250 grammes will have to be registered. This happened in the uS (although I believe that has now been rescinded - maybe one of our trans-atlantic cousins can give us an update on that).

The article was in the Independent and does appear to be using the usual 'scare tactics' of claiming that they can be used by terrorists, people smuggling drugs, etc into prisons. What we need to be careful about is that it's made abundantly clear that fixed wing models are very unlikely to be used to drop supplies of whatever into Dartmoor.

cymaz22/07/2017 06:19:08
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Someone has got hold of half the story and printed it. I'm sure there will be new rules under EASA

Edited By cymaz on 22/07/2017 06:19:23

Edited By cymaz on 22/07/2017 06:19:43

David Ovenden22/07/2017 06:40:42
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BBC are also reporting the story.

**LINK**

bouncebounce crunch22/07/2017 07:03:13
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The logical answer is this.

you are proven legitimate within a club environment before you can purchase any model over 2kg including more than 4 channel radio. once this is accepted your bmfa or maaa insurance etcetera will restrict you to buying inappropriate models and equipment..

i hate beauracracy they make many silly rules but this is an issue.

Dave Hopkin22/07/2017 07:36:18
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Posted by bouncebounce crunch on 22/07/2017 07:03:13:

The logical answer is this.

you are proven legitimate within a club environment before you can purchase any model over 2kg including more than 4 channel radio. once this is accepted your bmfa or maaa insurance etcetera will restrict you to buying inappropriate models and equipment..

i hate beauracracy they make many silly rules but this is an issue.

That might work for a percentage of sales - but what about the Internet sales from overseas ???

While I strongly advocate club membership I would hesitate before making it a legal requirement,

Frank Skilbeck22/07/2017 07:47:29
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Sounds like they want to register users (pilots) and make sure they are aware of the safety rules, this will probably apply to all model fliers not just multi-rotor pilots.

As regards the US the need to register was overturned, but is now being re-introduced https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?2925228-AMA-Pushing-a-New-Bill-So-we-all-can-register-all-over-again%21%21

Percy Verance22/07/2017 08:04:51
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One wonders if the BMFA's estimated 10000+ non club flyers will all register if necessary? Somehow I doubt it. On my travels over the decades I've met model flyers whom hadn't the slightest notion a National Model Flying Association even existed. And indeed, I've spoken to individuals whom avoided clubs simply because they felt that their activities once they'd joined would be heavily regulated/controlled.

Steve J22/07/2017 08:06:13
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I wonder if this means that the results of the DfT consultation are about to be published?

It will be interesting to see how many model aircraft flyers bothered to respond to the consultation.

Steve

Steve J22/07/2017 09:10:05
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The government response has indeed appeared -

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213 people who said that they flew model aircraft responded to the consultation.

Steve

og22/07/2017 09:34:04
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i thought i was sort of already registered with my SAA membership and bronze cert (BMFA - A cert)

Edited By og on 22/07/2017 09:34:36

KELL22/07/2017 09:44:05
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Only 213 model flyers responded to the consultation. That will make the government think they won't up set many people when they start to make up silly rules to stop us flying. Once again it's ruining a past time for the many because of the stupid actions of a few. I know the BMFA is watching these rules coming out but I think we should all be aware now before the government sneak them under the door before we get a chance to oppose them in numbers.

John Emms 122/07/2017 09:48:41
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Clearly a Government press release of this morning: Following consultation, all drones over 250g will have to be registered, and I will have to undergo "Safety Awareness Training".

I have a very limited number of "drones" currently in flying condition, 6, with 4 kits that I intend to complete in the next year or so - do I get a bulk discount rate?

Does my 50 years of model flying, BMFA B, BMFA FW Instructor, and LMA Cert mean that I still have to pay to sit through a day of Safety Awareness Training? Presumably with "Active Participation".

I know that most forum members will have considerably more "drones" than I, perhaps a survey is called for? Will this spark a new interest in 249g models? Would large numbers of 249g models cause new concerns about an increase of flying in local parks?

Feel free to discusssmiley

John

Edited By David Ashby - RCME on 22/07/2017 13:37:40

Brian Cooper22/07/2017 10:07:31
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This will probably seem a tad controversial, but I really don't care:

Personally, I regard drones as the biggest threat to the continued existence of our cherished hobby. . Therefore I would like to see Drone operators (I won't call them pilots) coming under a similar scrutiny as people who apply for a firearms licence.

Anyone wanting one would have to undergo a background check and give convincing reasons for wanting one before being granted a licence to purchase one..... and the licence should be expensive.

Then, and only then, could someone buy one. . . After that -- and before any flights can be done -- the Drone operator would have to apply for a Provisional Flying Licence, and would have six months in which to pass practical tests with regards to their piloting ability and an awareness of the law. All of these flights should be fully documented and have a police-approved witness to confirm them. . Also, a drone should be kept in a locked cabinet and its Tx in a separate locked cabinet (just like firearms).

Any test failure would mean the licence being removed for ten years.

Anyone caught flying one without a licence should face a minimum of 10 years in jail.

B.C.

iqon22/07/2017 10:10:44
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that depends on your definition of a drone.

Simon Chaddock22/07/2017 10:16:46
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My own view is this has become a problem with the advent of FPV rather than multi rotors themselves.

When controlling visually only from the ground line of sight is a done deal.

If a way can be found to control/restrict radio transmissions from model aircraft........wink 2

trebor22/07/2017 10:43:34
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Posted by iqon on 22/07/2017 10:10:44:

that depends on your definition of a drone.

yes

What is it. Adding a camera, adding Fpv, adding Gps, adding more than 1 propellor ?

Bob Burton22/07/2017 10:50:39
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Posted by Brian Cooper on 22/07/2017 10:07:31:

Anyone caught flying one without a licence should face a minimum of 10 years in jail.

B.C.

Should your rules be adopted then I assume that they will apply to the pilot of *any* unmanned aerial vehicle ...

John Privett22/07/2017 10:52:17
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Posted by Steve J on 22/07/2017 09:10:05:

The government response has indeed appeared -

**LINK**

213 people who said that they flew model aircraft responded to the consultation.

Steve

Only 213? That is depressing. We have about 36,000 BMFA members and less than 0.6% of them responded to the consultation. Where was everybody else? I know the consultation was mentioned on here a few times (eg. here, here, and here.) Should we have made it more prominent? I hope I'm not the only person from here to have responded! Who were the other 212?

Ray Farrimond22/07/2017 10:56:35
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Drone

noun
1.
the male of the honeybee and other bees, stingless and making no honey.
Ray Farrimond22/07/2017 10:56:59
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Drone cont

 
2.
  1. an unmanned aircraft or ship that can navigate autonomously,without human control or beyond line of sight:
    the GPS of a U.S. spy drone.
  2. (loosely) any unmanned aircraft or ship that is guided remotely:
    a radio-controlled drone.
3.
a person who lives on the labor of others; parasitic loafer.

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