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  2. Made me laugh. I believe a certain book covers that requirement. I checked out the requirements for sub 70kg foot launched aircraft with the BMAA(British Microlight Aircraft Association) and I was surprised how little, well none actually, regulations there were. NO registration of the aircraft, NO pilot licence, NO medical or self statement of fitness, etc etc. In fact no nothing, just buy and fly. Preferable to have a short training course to avoid killing yourself. I watch from my front window the para motor flyers taking off from the beach and wish I was not in my 70's. Show how totally OTT the DRES is!
  3. I think that is very sad that you think that the BMFA should collapse because they had the audacity to accept members who fly toy aeroplanes that you don't approve of. By the way, FPVUK currently has around 3000 members. Steve
  4. Today
  5. 250gm….. ummm. Even that’s a joke. Some of the most dangerous drones to threaten human life are being developed by the likes of DARPA, weighing a lot less than 250gms. If DARPA can build them today the sort of people who really want to cause harm by bringing a passenger aircraft down or similar, will be able to build them tomorrow. This is just one example why the system envisaged by those “clever” people making big decisions in parliament is a farce. Another is, if my information is correct, Chinese manufacturers are actively working on <250gm drone technology with production lines preparing for the increased global demand fuelled by policy makers. New <250rm drones will be more stable and capable of almost everything their larger counterparts can do today. FPV technology for racers and for YouTubers lightweight high def cameras and improved lightweight recording circuit boards. No problem really, just look at our phones. Stability is the largest hurdle but not impossible, flies seem to manage pretty well. We will get there. No one has mentioned model rc hovercraft. I guess even pilots of >250gm hovercraft, will require registration? Heres another example, If an organisation or person, intent on transporting a quantity of explosive into the path of a passenger jet, wished to, he could do so quite easily without a drone. Simply dropping into a paraglider/powerglider shop, purchasing equipment, attaching a fan to himself a paragliding wing, must not forget the obligatory vest these terrorist types prefer to wear and he is all set to go. No required licence to purchase any of the aforementioned, well maybe the vest. Some may say it takes a lot of training to be able to fly one of these devices and a caa pilot licence, but thats not really a problem according to most power gliding schools who promise to get you in the air day one and solo flights within a week. To be honest this terrorist chap isn’t really going to be concerned about landing safely. I thought, no paraglider licence, this can’t be true, surely you need some sort of identification to purchase a power or para glider setup, but as I was reliably informed whilst talking to a paraglider pilot, this is not the case. Apparently the only identification required is of the queen, we all carry pictures of the queen. This paraglider chap also pointed out that if you have plenty of those pictures you can purchase a helicopter a light aircraft or pretty much any aircraft, money will always talk. Also, to pilot a power / para glider you don’t even need a para/power glider pilot licence. How about this: An exemption to the Air Navigation Order (ANO) 2016 has been issued to allow foot-launched self-propelled paragliders (more commonly known as paramotors) or self-propelled hang-gliders to be fitted with devices to support weight during take-off (e.g. wheels), with no change to the applicable regulatory requirements. Previously such aircraft could only be ‘foot-launched’, since the addition of wheels to a paramotor chassis would have seen the aircraft classified as a microlight aeroplane, therefore needing a pilot’s licence to fly. So there will be people flying in aircraft who require less paperwork to fly than us chaps and lasses flying a model biplane, model glider, model helicopter and a multicopter drone at our local field. This is where the baroness will step in and tell us that all this proposed legislation has nothing to do with terrorism, more to do with personal privacy, as she recently mentioned. I believe she has concerns while relaxing on her patio in the sunshine. <250gm drones, paraglider, power gliders and motor gliders may very well foil her policy. I hope they do. Think we should rename the baroness. How does Red Barron sound? That person used to like spoiling the day for British aviation enthusiasts. Except at that time we were allowed to shoot back. Rant over.
  6. Yesterday
  7. Thousands of individuals will just be ignored in the usual way. Regulations that make sense, heaven forfend.
  8. CL planes are even less likely to be a problem. But, they're included in DRES and any over 250gm have to be flown by a registered 'operator' and 'flyer'. Make sense of that if you can.
  9. ARex

    Wanted - Fredy or Mini Dragon

    Conrad, I bought this bird 2nd hand quite a few years ago and since it arrival it’s languished in my hangar unused in the condition indicated in the photos. As you will see on the photos the port wing has very some hangar rash (about 12mm long & less than 0.2mm deep) also the extreme tail end of the fuzz has also been repaired. This is the only repair I’ve found but the structure is sound. The port flap servo cover was missing when it arrived. All the servo covers could do with replacing as they don’t quite fit over the servos which are just proud of the wing surface. All the servos are working as confirmed using my servo tester - I don’t know what the wing servos are. The flap servos appear to have been set up to provide good downward throw. Obviously prior to flight a full setup, balance etc will be required. I think I have a part copy of the Freddy/Mini Dragon plan somewhere which may be useful for C of G position. No battery or Rx is supplied. I want £200.00 for the glider ‘AS IS’. If you are interested let me know. I will be travelling down to Oxford from Durham late tomorrow afternoon (Sunday 25) and returning Wednesday afternoon so perhaps we could meet en route. Athol
  10. David P is joining us as a late entry - he will fly as Spare A. It's going to be hot and sunny - don't forget drinks, hats and sunscreen. See you there.
  11. Nick Jackson

    BARCS ELG at the Nationals

    Draw for ELG at the Nats attached in case anyone wants it in advance (there will be the usual score cards on the day). I've put in a couple of Spares in case anyone not yet registered decides they want to stay on for the afternoon's flying. sf nats elg draw.pdf
  12. Vince

    FRsky OS

    On open TX the set up wizard does not work on the X10s and you cannot turn off the screen to save battery. I have always used the set up wizard on the Taranis. I don’t have the time or the inclination to be sat at a computer keep updating. So I thought that a pre installed OS would be better for me in the long run. I did put open TX on to the radio but changed it back to frsky OS.
  13. taggarc

    Wanted - Fredy or Mini Dragon

    Athol Yes would be very interested. Conrad
  14. Graham Woods

    Slope and DS videos

    Hi Greg Sorry about that, it was a copyright infringement on my part. They usually let it go with a note in the comments section on YouTube. I reckon there were 37 views in a short space of time which flagged it up. In any case, I put the video on my favonius.com website where you may be able to watch it (it may buffer) or download it from here... http://favonius.com/soaring/English%20Open/English%20Open.mp4 The Prize Giving is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MWUAgalOZ_A
  15. EssexBOF

    FRsky OS

    Cannot understand as to why you did not put it on Open Tx if you are used to that system??
  16. ARex

    Wanted - Fredy or Mini Dragon

    Conrad, I’ve a used Mini-Dragon that’s been in my hangar for years that I’m unlikely to use. If you’re still looking, I’ll get it out to remind myself what it looks like and send you some photos etc. Athol
  17. Darren_O

    Mibo Modeli - Electra F5j (early version)

    I could collect this any thursday and get it to Abergele on the North Wales coast if agreeable to seller/buyer. Saves a couple of hours drive time.
  18. Vince

    FRsky OS

    I bet you blokes are getting fed up with me by now. Ok so I’ve got flap to aileron , crow brakes and speed reflex or thermal flap. I can’t get speed and thermal. I’m sure I’m one switch away from sorting this. So in flight mode example speed is SWC MID when I go into trim mix an set up speed reflex I put that on SWC MID but that then stays for every other flight mode in trim mix. So to me it seems I can only use one mix per flight mode. I have set all mixes up across all flight modes. Sorry about this nearly there.
  19. Tony

    2nd hand market, in general

    Saw him at a gig at Loughborough Uni around '78, think it was the time of the Earth band but not sure. Good gig though.
  20. pete beadle

    2nd hand market, in general

    Hi Ikura Apt quote from the Manfred Mann song Regards Pete BARCS1702
  21. Ikura

    2nd hand market, in general

    Pretty Flamingo
  22. Last week
  23. Tony

    World Cup

    Yes I regularly watch his work
  24. All competitors were sent a note as follows:- "F3K hand launch competition info:- Please arrive by 0930 on Sunday so that we can kick off at 1000. I will schedule eight rounds but we will cut this short if required so as to finish around 1700. No new complete round will start after about 16:15. There will be a short lunch break if we can fit it in. There will be more details, task list, matrix, start list etc. on the BARCS forum thread as the info is produced:- https://www.barcs.co.uk/forums/topic/9367-f3k-national-championships-and-bmfa-league-25th-august/" The 8 rounds above was based on 3 slots per round (8 x 3 slots = 24) With only 10 entries, I have matrixed for 2 slots per round and will aim to run 10 rounds. (10 x 2 slots = 20). This means everybody will be out there for every round, flying or timing so we will have to have some breaks now and then. The other details in red above are unchanged. Here are the files for the task list, the start list and the matrix. BMFA Nationals 2019-Task-List.pdf BMFA Nationals 2019-Start-List.pdf BMFA Nationals 2019-Matrix.pdf
  25. Baldyslapnut

    Slope and DS videos

    Hi Graham, I cannot see the video. I think you may need to make it it public in You Tube. Regards Greg
  26. cirrusRC

    World Cup

    If you've not already seen them. Jure Pecar's videos are excellent.
  27. timboiow

    JACK SILE - AN APPRECIATION

    Jack was a great ambassador for our sport, always cheery and keen to see the sport grow, but rembering that at the same time that competition should always be fun. He started the first F3J newsletter, each edition of which, was eagerly awaited as this contained the latest f3j design ideas from the continent and further afield (before widespread use of the web). Saddened at his passinng but glad to have known the man. Thanks and RIP Jack.
  28. pete beadle

    F3-RES League Bungees

    Hi all I think there's a few quid waiting to be made by the first flyer to find out where the NHS gets the surgical rubber they used to buy in bulk, and that Dick Edmonds used to get for us all! Regards Pete BARCS1702
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