The Department for Transport today published their response to the consultation that was held earlier in the year on the use of drones.
What is disappointing is the level of response. Of the 678 responses the DfT received, only 213 were from model flyers, which is somewhere in the region of 0.6% of the model flyers in this country who are the member of a model flying association.
What is positive is that the DfT recognise the long and safe history of organised model flying (and for ‘club’ read ‘association’)-
‘The Government will work with model aircraft flying clubs to examine ways in which it may be possible to exempt members of model aircraft flying clubs with adequate safety cultures and practices from certain elements of registration and other educational requirements, or where their club will be permitted to undertake regulatory requirements on their behalf. Flyers of model aircraft who are not members of a club, or are members of a club not deemed to have adequate standards will, however, not be excluded from registration or other requirements.’
While there is also a stated desire to amend the Air Navigation Order 2016 to ‘ban all drones of 7kg or less in weight flying above 400ft or 122m’, the flying of model aircraft as today over 400ft should be part of a UK Operational Authorisation that will be negotiated with the CAA when the EASA requirements come into force.
While this response is a statement of intent, rather than final policy, the LMA will, in conjunction with the other UK model flying associations, continue to work with the DfT & the CAA to make sure that model flying is not negatively impacted by the government’s understandable desire to not have a very nasty accident caused by inappropriate use of Drones.
As you may or may not have seen, EASA have published an updated set or proposed rules for the operation of ‘Drones’ (which will include model aircraft)-
‘NPA 2017-05 Introduction of a regulatory framework for the operation of drones — Unmanned aircraft system operations in the open and specific category’
The period for submitting comments to this NPA is from 12 May to 12 August. I shall be submitting a response on behalf of the LMA, but I would encourage all of you to read all 128 pages and submit a response too.
As a note, when EASA say ‘Model clubs and associations’, the UK CAA are reading this as existing national associations with a track record, the LMA, BMFA, SAA & FPVUK. Little Whinging MFC does not count, nor will starting a new gang to try and get round it all!
As with other consultations & proposals, I’m not creating any ‘stock’ responses, your thoughts are what matter rather than a thousand identical responses. When responding, please be polite! As irritating as this is to us all, rude emails to the people who have been given the job of doing this don’t help.
Any questions, please let me know and I’ll do what I can.
Secretary – Large Model Association
You can now by advance entry tickets to all our 2017 events online in the LMA Shop (shop link at the top of the page or here ).
All tickets are now delivered electronically so there’s no postage to pay or wait for.
There is also an attractive discount on advance tickets, and you save messing with cash on the gate, so don’t delay, buy your tickets today!
The show season was certainly opened successfully over last weekend, with a better than expected crowd for our first event at this new venue, on behalf of the LMA committee and event team, i would to thank everyone who came, public/traders/model display members, you all helped to put this event on the calendar, we hope to be back next year THANKYOU
Regards to all DAVE JOHNSON
The Large Model Association have decided that they want to stop those winter blues and get the show season started a bit earlier in 2017. At the end of every show season we close the year with our static show at the British Motor Museum, Gaydon. We look at the models that are currently being built and look forward to seeing them finished and flying in the new year. Well we thought it would be good to see these finished models up close and chat to the builders before they are put into a full season of flying.
As with any LMA show there is always a good trade presence, so you can get those final items for the coming season or grab an early bargain to start the year.
A bring and buy is also planned so bring the items that you no longer want and wish to sell on.
As with Gaydon there will be a chance to sit in on a various master class tutorials from some of the best modellers around the UK which will be running throughout the day. Talks will be held on how to glass cloth, Jeti radio, and jet turbines.