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Change of status for slope soarers over 7kg mass

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John Minchell

Martyn

Its 7kg up to 14kg, which was an arbitrary weight the CAA decided upon without consultation and against Dave Phipps recommendation of 20kg.

So still not there quite yet but progress in the right direction.

 

John M

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martynk

Thanks for clarifying John. It was a typo. Maiy because I was expecting 20kg. Doh

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Steve J

@martynk The 7-14kg glider permission has been in place since August 24th.

@John Minchell A similar clause in the latest EU draft only goes up to 10kg.

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By way of derogation from point (2), unmanned sailplanes with a MTOM, including payload, of less than 10 kg, may be flown at a distance in excess of 120 metres from the closest point of the surface of the earth, provided that the unmanned sailplane is not flown at a height greater than 120 metres above the remote pilot at any time.

Steve 

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Biggles

Just to put all this together for clarity:

The published exemption from the standard 400 ft maximum for all small unmanned aircraft >7kg applies to BMFA, LMA, SAA and FPV-UK members only. (Ref: Para 2, ANO 2016)

A glider with a mass that is greater than 7kg but less than 14kg may be flown at a height in excess of 400ft above the surface of the earth beneath it, provided that the aircraft is not flown at a height greater than 400ft above the remote pilot at any time. (Ref: para3.f, ANO 2016)

If your slope soarer is less than 7kg then you may fly higher than 400ft measured anyhow, provided you maintain visual contact sufficient for control. 

All this is providing you are not within a flight restricted zone (FRZ) within which you need to ask permission to fly.

Now, what’s tomorrow’s forecast…

John

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oipigface
11 hours ago, Biggles said:

>7kg

“<“, surely?

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