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Skylark UAV

Posted on February 28, 2010 at 11:41am 16 Comments

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I Really like the simplicity of this one - though I'm not sure how it lands. Is there anything like it in the hobby…


UK FPV Legality

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 7:59am 1 Comment

Just been reading the latest BMFA News (British Model Flying Association); they've got a small article about European UAS Seminar 2008 they presented at - essentially they're saying that the UAS guys needs to get their act together! Apparently they're unhappy that the UAS community don't have an umberella organisations, and don't appear to be taking safety seriously...

The other article that caught my eye was entitled "First Person R/C". It summarises their safety concerns, and lists… Continue

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At 11:32am on September 23, 2008, simonl said…
OK, this is only UAV related but I've just received the latest copy of BMFA News (British Model Flying Association) and it has a short article on FPV legality in the UK:

They're saying that FPV will only be legal and insurable in the UK if the following conditions are applied:

1. The activity is solely for 'sport and recreation' purposes;

2. Two pilots must take part;

3. A buddy box system must be employed;

4. The pilot in charge must operate the master transmitter;

5. The pilot in charge must not wear the headset or view a screen;

6. The aircraft remains within the natural unaided visual range of the pilot in charge;

7. Reliable operation of the buddy box is established;

8. A clear handover protocol is established

9. The pilot in charge is solely responsible for the safety of the flight.

The pilot in charge clearly has all the legal responsibility.

(I'm a little concerned about point 6 - it appears to prejudice those who wear spectacles! I'm assuming that's not what is intended, but we all know what insurance companys are like...)

How does that all compare with other countries?

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