thunder
This guy pretty much puts it all in a nutshell.
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Sterling101
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This guy pretty much puts it all in a nutshell.

Pretty much me being a member of the bmfa and affiliated clubs I don't need to do anything at all.
But it's like he says, the ones who buy a quad from a shop and take it out the box in the carpark and fly it around won't care anyway - the idiot fringe as he put it!
Usual case of government having to seen to be doing something rather than doing something right...
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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thunder
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Pretty much me being a member of the bmfa and affiliated clubs I don't need to do anything at all.
But it's like he says, the ones who buy a quad from a shop and take it out the box in the carpark and fly it around won't care anyway - the idiot fringe as he put it!
Usual case of government having to seen to be doing something rather than doing something right...

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Pretty much me being a member of the bmfa and affiliated clubs I don't need to do anything at all.
But it's like he says, the ones who buy a quad from a shop and take it out the box in the carpark and fly it around won't care anyway - the idiot fringe as he put it!
Usual case of government having to seen to be doing something rather than doing something right...

The first thing that annoys me is that they wont classify that anything GPS equipped is a drone,and everything else ie plane,multi rotor,helicopter,is a UAV,,,as you rightly point out,a man can walk into a shop and buy a drone [ GPS ] equipped,take it into the car park and fly it,its that simple,but you cant do that with the rest without practice and skills,which can take several weeks to attain,but now we are having these draconian rules upon us because of those idiots flying in the car park.Could you give me a rough idea of the costs to be a member of your club ie licence and insurance cost,and how often do you have to take the competent to fly test ? thanks for posting.
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The first thing that annoys me is that they wont classify that anything GPS equipped is a drone,and everything else ie plane,multi rotor,helicopter,is a UAV,,,as you rightly point out,a man can walk into a shop and buy a drone [ GPS ] equipped,take it into the car park and fly it,its that simple,but you cant do that with the rest without practice and skills,which can take several weeks to attain,but now we are having these draconian rules upon us because of those idiots flying in the car park.Could you give me a rough idea of the costs to be a member of your club ie licence and insurance cost,and how often do you have to take the competent to fly test ? thanks for posting.

Yearly membership of the BMFA is currently £33 which covers all insurance and legal support.
I'm a member of two clubs, one is £25 and the other, larger club, is £50 per year.

The basic requirement for solo flight at both clubs is to hold a BMFA 'A' certificate which is a one time test to ascertain you are at a suitable skill level to fly safely but also have a grasp on the legalities involved in flying in the UK.
It's a two part test which requires a good enough flying ability to show you have control over your plane and a theory section which requires a working knowledge of both the club's own safety and general rules and also the current up to date laws set out by the CAA.
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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thunder
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Yearly membership of the BMFA is currently £33 which covers all insurance and legal support.
I'm a member of two clubs, one is £25 and the other, larger club, is £50 per year.

The basic requirement for solo flight at both clubs is to hold a BMFA 'A' certificate which is a one time test to ascertain you are at a suitable skill level to fly safely but also have a grasp on the legalities involved in flying in the UK.
It's a two part test which requires a good enough flying ability to show you have control over your plane and a theory section which requires a working knowledge of both the club's own safety and general rules and also the current up to date laws set out by the CAA.

Those costs have surprised me,i thought it would be a lot more [ smile ] Are you limited regarding what you can fly,plane,quad,heli,or can you fly whatever you bring to the club.Can more that one person fly at the same time,and do you guys do FPV ? And finally are you restricted regarding what days you can fly,can you fly 7 days a week if you wanted to. Thanks
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Those costs have surprised me,i thought it would be a lot more [ smile ] Are you limited regarding what you can fly,plane,quad,heli,or can you fly whatever you bring to the club.Can more that one person fly at the same time,and do you guys do FPV ? And finally are you restricted regarding what days you can fly,can you fly 7 days a week if you wanted to. Thanks

At the club which is based at the airfield it's fixed wing only with no FPV but there's no restrictions on flight times or people in the air as it's a very big area. When I took my A test there were another 15 people in the air at the same time!
The other club you can fly anything you like but we tend to only fly one at a time due to it being much smaller.
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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At the club which is based at the airfield it's fixed wing only with no FPV but there's no restrictions on flight times or people in the air as it's a very big area. When I took my A test there were another 15 people in the air at the same time!
The other club you can fly anything you like but we tend to only fly one at a time due to it being much smaller.

Ok,thanks for the info,i am keeping an eye on the [ new rules ] situation as they will affect me,what i fly and where i fly is currently legal but things will soon change and its just a matter of when the new rules become policy,lots of consultations going on at the moment,but i have to say that its not looking good for the RC pilot. Out of curiosity,,,can you or anybody reading this comment name an incident where a plane,heli,or quad [ non GPS ] has been reported for flying where it shouldnt,every report i have seen so far,the culprit has been somebody [ flying ] a GPS equipped drone,and yet ALL plane,heli,and quad pilots are being punished for it. If your dog had a pee on the carpet you would not go out and punish every dog on the street !!
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At the club which is based at the airfield it's fixed wing only with no FPV but there's no restrictions on flight times or people in the air as it's a very big area. When I took my A test there were another 15 people in the air at the same time!
The other club you can fly anything you like but we tend to only fly one at a time due to it being much smaller.

If you hear anything regarding the rules or what they are and when they will finally be put in place,could you post the info here or on the main forum. thanks
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If you hear anything regarding the rules or what they are and when they will finally be put in place,could you post the info here or on the main forum. thanks

So far all we know is club member's flying won't be affected but if I hear more I'll post back here.
Time will tell if anything will actually go ahead but there's a long way to go before it can be implemented anyway.
Whoever said nothing is impossible had obviously never tried slamming a revolving door...
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So far all we know is club member's flying won't be affected but if I hear more I'll post back here.
Time will tell if anything will actually go ahead but there's a long way to go before it can be implemented anyway.

Thanks,i intend to continue flying just about everything that i have got until the doomsday arrives.I am currently getting to grips with FPV and i maidened my beautiful Align trex 550 flybarred heli last week.I hope that the powers that be actually go after the [ fliers ] with their drones who are causing the problems,,and leave us [ the good guys ] alone,,
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From what I have seen where I fly I am not sure it is 'drones' that are the problem but rather FPV be it plane, helicopter or quad.
With FPV there is a real temptation to fly out of sight simply because it feels no more difficult or dangerous to do so whereas with conventional RC you have to keep within effective visual range (in practice rather less than direct line of sight) or risk a crash.
Just my point of view.
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From what I have seen where I fly I am not sure it is 'drones' that are the problem but rather FPV be it plane, helicopter or quad.
With FPV there is a real temptation to fly out of sight simply because it feels no more difficult or dangerous to do so whereas with conventional RC you have to keep within effective visual range (in practice rather less than direct line of sight) or risk a crash.
Just my point of view.

Where do you do your flying ?
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