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by Rob Buckley
December 5th, 2019, 7:23 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Nothing's changed since the last email I sent to everyone a couple of weeks ago- Aircraft Marking - For Everyone As an operator, you will have to mark all of your in-scope aircraft- - On the fuselage (or main body) - In clear block capital letters at least 3mm high - Visible from the outside or insi...
by Rob Buckley
December 5th, 2019, 5:00 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

It's 2 sheets of paper from the caa to stick in the bottom of your tx box on the off chance the feds turn up.
That and your membership doc is all you need.
by Rob Buckley
November 30th, 2019, 9:42 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

You don't need the actual certificates if it says on your association membership card/document what qualifications / certificates you have.
by Rob Buckley
November 30th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

If you go on the CAA website, register as an operator and pass the pilot competency test you will get an operator ID and a flyer ID. You don't need an operator ID to get a flyer ID and you don't need a flyer ID to get an operator ID. A CAA flyer ID just shows that you have passed the CAA competency ...
by Rob Buckley
November 29th, 2019, 10:31 pm
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

Re: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers

Renewals should be available in a week, maybe a bit longer. We need to make changes to our membership machinery to deal with the CAA registration & finish off the insurance arrangements for 2020 before we can start the renewals & issue all the membership documents. As long as you've requeste...
by Rob Buckley
November 22nd, 2019, 7:33 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: New DRES number query.
Replies: 6
Views: 421

Re: New DRES number query.

Andy, The CAA have updated the official word to allow marking inside a window as I asked them to. Now says... How to label your drone or model aircraft Your operator ID must be: visible from the outside, or within a compartment that can easily be accessed without using a tool clear and in block capi...
by Rob Buckley
October 23rd, 2019, 11:25 am
Forum: General Discussion Topics
Topic: An Update on the UK Regulations for Model Flyers
Replies: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 1876

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: 1876

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 909

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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: 171
Views: 10065

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...

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