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by Rob Buckley
October 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Hold that thought on the insurance, further information on that angle should be forthcoming in the near future.

Don't forget though that although insurance is a very nice to have, there is no legal requirement for it for model aircraft under 20kg
by Rob Buckley
October 23rd, 2019, 8:37 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Not on LMA ones, no. Other associations I can't say. Everyone who registers as an operator via whatever route will have a confirmation / certificate directly from the DRES system. That will be their proof of operator registration. For competency, there will be 2 ways to show demonstrated competency ...
by Rob Buckley
October 22nd, 2019, 7:47 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

I can't speak directly for the BMFA, but the ability for associations to register their members with the CAA DRES scheme has been made available by the government to make registration easier for association members. It does not mean the association needs to keep any additional records, simply pass o...
by Rob Buckley
October 22nd, 2019, 6:42 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

No matter how many associations you may be a member of, you will only have to register once, either through an association or directly on the CAA website. Registration through an association will be entirely optional, and if you choose to do it the association will pass your registration information...
by Rob Buckley
October 2nd, 2019, 7:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: Mobile phones on flight line
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

Re: Mobile phones on flight line

In that case it should be fairly straightforward to replicate if it was the phone. Do a range test and ring the phone / download something onto the phone and the radio should stop working.

If it can't be replicated, it probably wasn't the phone.
by Rob Buckley
September 30th, 2019, 8:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: Mobile phones on flight line
Replies: 13
Views: 1585

Re: Mobile phones on flight line

Radio-wise the phone part of a mobile phone is not on 2.4GHz, but the WiFi & Bluetooth are. I've also heard the tales of mobile phones doing strange things to computer transmitter memories, but it was a looooong time ago, and I've never actually seen or experienced it in practice, and not heard ...
by Rob Buckley
September 30th, 2019, 8:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The government / CAA operator registration and pilot competency testing (DRES) system that I’m sure you’ve all been waiting excitedly for was due to go live on Tuesday 1 October, but now won’t. This is in part due to the response received from the model flying community, so thanks to everyone who co...
by Rob Buckley
September 28th, 2019, 12:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: New look for 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: New look for 2019

All the new clothing is now available in the online shop, just click on 'shop' up at the top of the screen.
by Rob Buckley
September 13th, 2019, 8:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The registration and competency testing legislation has been in place since summer 2018 with a coming into force date of November 2019.

Anyone wanting to slap the back of the LMA, do please carry on. I don't do gluten these days, so bisquits aren't much use I'm afraid.
by Rob Buckley
September 12th, 2019, 3:53 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

yes the LMA is involved, I'll be sending updated info to everyone when it's more concrete.

Luckily I'm not in this for the back slapping...or the pay!
by Rob Buckley
September 12th, 2019, 8:04 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Indeed, it is promising progress.

I'll say more when something concrete can be said beyond what is currently on the front page of the BMFA website.

Thanks to all for their continued support.
by Rob Buckley
August 27th, 2019, 12:26 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The location of model flying will be in the interoperable traffic management system(s) when the models are flying, so that other users of the same airspace will be aware and can route themselves appropriately.
by Rob Buckley
August 27th, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

There are indeed lots of laws, and some of them allow entry to private property without a warrant for specific reasons (about 900 such laws according to the .gov website). While the likely content of the Drones Bill is outlined in the DfT consultation released back in January, quite what the final b...
by Rob Buckley
August 26th, 2019, 6:02 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Maybe, faced with a spectacularly low uptake, the powers that be will take the opportunity of some easy and public enforcement & finings on a nice day to aid the publicity campaign. Especially when folk could, for example, have posted their intentions on the internet under their real name, and w...
by Rob Buckley
August 26th, 2019, 2:17 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The DRES system uses the terms 'model aircraft and 'drone'. The requirements to register as operators and demonstrate remote pilot competence are in the ANO, and have been since mid 2018. The DRES system is providing the mechanism to allow people to comply with the ANO requirements that the CAA is r...
by Rob Buckley
August 26th, 2019, 9:34 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The legal responsibility for a flight is entirely with the Operator and the Remote Pilot, no one else. For model aircraft under 20kg there is no legal requirement for insurance. For the club committee, it will depend on what the club rules are for operator registration & remote pilot competency ...
by Rob Buckley
August 24th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

More Regulation- There's the 'drones' Unmanned Aircraft Bill from the DfT that will include some extra requirements on operators and extra police powers / fines we're told. We have not seen a draft though, and don't know when it will be published / start its parliamentary journey. The EASA requireme...
by Rob Buckley
August 24th, 2019, 11:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Can't I'm afraid, as it not going to be finished & live until 1 October and there is no public link to the development version.
by Rob Buckley
August 24th, 2019, 8:53 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

'flustrating'...I like that, sums it up well. A blend of frustration & a toilet!
by Rob Buckley
August 24th, 2019, 8:51 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6321

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

That is what we are NOT doing. It gives no benefit at all, generates more work and costs us more money. As a club, do you check the driving license, V5, MOT & motor insurance of everyone who drives onto your flying site? They are all legally required, and motor vehicles kill quite a few people e...

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