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Martin Dilly 111/01/2019 23:14:30
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Possibly as a result of the Gatwick/Heathrow problems, there's an up-date on the government's response to the drone consultation on the BMFA website here: https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2565/Government-Publishes-its-Response-to-the-Consultation-on-the-Future-of-Drones-in-the-UK.

The full response from the DfT is here: **LINK**

Daithi O Buitigh12/01/2019 01:10:19
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Interesting reference in that referring to the BMFA exemption "...the small unmanned aircraft shall not be a rotorcraft with more than one lift generating rotor or propellor..."

Guess that means no scale Chinooks or Ospreys.

Piers Bowlan12/01/2019 10:22:19
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That should keep 99.9% of helicopter fanciers happy smiley

supertigrefan12/01/2019 12:17:13
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Posted by Daithi O Buitigh on 12/01/2019 01:10:19:

Interesting reference in that referring to the BMFA exemption "...the small unmanned aircraft shall not be a rotorcraft with more than one lift generating rotor or propellor..."

Guess that means no scale Chinooks or Ospreys.

Where does Tony Nijhuis Harrier fall into this categorising?

Barryorbik12/01/2019 12:20:20
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Keeps the hovercraft fanceirs happy too Piers

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PatMc12/01/2019 12:24:59
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Posted by supertigrefan on 12/01/2019 12:17:13:
Posted by Daithi O Buitigh on 12/01/2019 01:10:19:

Interesting reference in that referring to the BMFA exemption "...the small unmanned aircraft shall not be a rotorcraft with more than one lift generating rotor or propellor..."

Guess that means no scale Chinooks or Ospreys.

Where does Tony Nijhuis Harrier fall into this categorising?

The same as Chinooks & Ospreys.

AFAICS the only restriction over "normal" model flying is 400 ft max altitude. I doubt that the pilots any of these or similar models would want to exceed this altitude.

Steve J12/01/2019 12:34:01
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Posted by Daithi O Buitigh on 12/01/2019 01:10:19:

... the BMFA exemption ...

Which was issued in July last year.

Steve

Steve J12/01/2019 12:38:37
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The defence secretary has been reported telling airports to get their cheque books out.

Steve

kc12/01/2019 12:50:37
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Presumably the Boddington etc twin rotor autogyros ( really just fixed wing models with rotors on the wing tips) are affected too......or are those rotors not "lift generating" ?

PatMc12/01/2019 13:35:33
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Posted by kc on 12/01/2019 12:50:37:

Presumably the Boddington etc twin rotor autogyros ( really just fixed wing models with rotors on the wing tips) are affected too......or are those rotors not "lift generating" ?

IMO that definition is academic, would anyone want to fly one above 400ft ?

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