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by Bob Thompson1894
September 5th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

What we have been saying since day one.
by Bob Thompson1894
September 5th, 2019, 7:41 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

A couple of members have them, but they only appear if someone has lost a model in the crops..We dont allow FPV as we are also on a shared site with a safe record going back to the 70s.
by Bob Thompson1894
September 4th, 2019, 2:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

hmm...A Robin DR400 (F-GSBM) was descending on base leg to land on Runway 20 at Shoreham when its right wing struck a radio-controlled model glider. The Robin suffered minor damage and landed safely. The pilot of the Robin had not seen the glider and the pilot of the glider had not heard or seen the...
by Bob Thompson1894
September 3rd, 2019, 8:58 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The only two collision investigations I can find online are both model gliders and light aircraft. Very little damage was done to the aircraft. Which begs the question, why pick on 'drones' if there have been no proven collisions? As for the reports of near misses, "The aircraft pilot reported ...
by Bob Thompson1894
September 2nd, 2019, 11:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

The simple point, Alan, is that this will do absolutely nothing. Far better would be to insist that everyone is insured, and make it an offence not to be, so any plod can ask to see that. A database of names and addresses is useless to anyone, even the police, who can not access it. There is simply ...
by Bob Thompson1894
September 2nd, 2019, 9:10 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

I am not rubbishing the idea of terror weapons, indeed drones are already used. Its the idea that somehow this ill-conceived database will end or even reduce the risk of this happening. I dont think many terrorists will be coughing up £16.50. As for the sale of the things, the internet and ebay will...
by Bob Thompson1894
September 2nd, 2019, 7:11 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Sorry, but that is just rubbish. Just where does the register, the test and £16.50 come in to this? But yes, the situation at Gatwick (drone? what drone?) proves that innocent people will be targeted. Even though the database is supposedly not to be used for targeting suspects.
by Bob Thompson1894
September 1st, 2019, 5:22 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

I'm sure all the answers will be posted on the various Facebook pages for all to see, not that they should tax any of us. In any case, how do they know who is doing the test? One person could do it for the entire club. And what about those with no internet access? Still plenty of those. Its about as...
by Bob Thompson1894
September 1st, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Scott- this will be in the hands of our insurers. If they say we must be registered to comply with the law or we are not insured, then we are scuppered.
by Bob Thompson1894
August 30th, 2019, 7:00 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Me too Chris. But I can see wholesale resignations. And more work for hard pressed club officials.
by Bob Thompson1894
August 29th, 2019, 9:12 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Yes. I would be on the blower instantly. As I pointed out earlier, WE are the police. They have us by the short and curlies, unless the insurance companies are not bothered by the legislation, which is highly doubtful. So even if we are safe, legal and insured model fliers with As, Bs and Proficienc...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 29th, 2019, 8:21 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

yes. It is. Heres a situation- a member tells you they are certified and paid up. He crashes a model in to the back of someones head..(it has happened) and kills them. At the inquest the judge asks if he is certified. It turns out he is not. The judge then asks who checked his status? Committee is t...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 28th, 2019, 6:54 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Of course it is Alan. We police the insurance of our members, and now we will be obliged to ensure all members have passed the test in order to make them legal. So we are, in essence, policing it. If I see a member about to fly and I know he has not passed the stupid test, then I am obliged to tell ...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 27th, 2019, 4:03 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

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. As long as everyone reads and obeys the NOTAMS. That certainly does not happen now. We sh...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 27th, 2019, 9:27 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Golf? Around 12,000 golfing accidents happen each year in the UK. Get the feeling we are being picked on?
by Bob Thompson1894
August 27th, 2019, 8:52 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

I hope so. Its all a sledgehammer to crack a non-existant nut in my opinion. I have never seen a drone flying in the past year, despite all the Xmas presents. Nobody has asked if we allow drones on our strip, either. This makes interesting reading- https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports?aircraft_category%5...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 27th, 2019, 6:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

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 ...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 26th, 2019, 5:45 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

"The annual renewal cycle appears to be because the cost of the DRES system has to be paid annually, so the fee for next year will be set based mainly on how many people registered last year." but of course. Be ready for a hundred pound charge next time.
by Bob Thompson1894
August 26th, 2019, 5:43 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

I can accept that we live in a changing world, I can accept the desire to see a Register of airspace users and an identifying mark of anything that flies but I don't like being disrespected. I don't like being made a mug of and I don't feel like being the one that picks up the tab for some other pe...
by Bob Thompson1894
August 26th, 2019, 5:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 130
Views: 6334

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

And they are going to do this on our private land flying site without a warrant? I should like to see them get through our anti gyppo- sorry, anti trespasser steel gates with their door breaking gear. As i have said, the only way I will comply is if my insurance deems it to be essential. I await the...

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