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An update on the UK regulations for model flyers - a bit of good news at last!

I published an update on the BMFA website on 23rd August (https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/ArticleID/2608/An-update-on-the-UK-regulations-for-model-flyers ) which provided a summary of our position at that time. This was also going to be the basis of my article for the forthcoming issue of the BMFA NEWS. However, the very next day I received a telephone call to tell me that the new Secretary of State for Transport (the Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP) had picked up the case for us and would ‘be in touch...
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An update on the UK regulations for model flyers

We would like to record our thanks to all those members who responded to our ‘Call to Action’ in response to CAP1775, the CAA’s consultation of the Drone Registration and Education Scheme (DRES) for which they are expecting our members to contribute a significant element of the annual £2.8 million running costs. The response from our members was fantastic, with the CAA receiving over 11,000 responses to the consultation – the biggest ever response they have ever received to anything.  Despi...
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HOUSE OF COMMONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE - COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL DRONE USE INQUIRY - THIRD EVIDENCE SESSION

The Science and Technology Committee holds its third evidence session on its Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK inquiry on Tuesday 9th July.  Watch it online at Parliament TV. Witnesses: At 9.30 am Gemma Alcock, Founder, SkyBound Rescuer Professor David Dunn, International Politics, University of Birmingham David Phipps, Chief Executive, British Model Flying Association  At 10.30 am Baroness Vere of Norbiton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Depart...
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BBC 2 Documentary “Britain’s Next Air Disaster?”

BMFA members have been expressing their deep concern and criticism of the BBC Two documentary, ‘Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones?’, which sensationalised the potential risks from ‘drones’ and grossly mis-represented the entirely safe activities routinely undertaken by thousands of lawful ‘drone’ operators. The BMFA and other UK Associations acknowledge that unlawful operation of unmanned aircraft could potentially result in unacceptable conflict with manned aviation, but the risk shou...
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Comments made by NATS at the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - 26 June

We have this morning registered our concern with Martin Rolfe, the CEO of NATS regarding the comments made by their representative at the Select Committee evidence hearing which took place on the 26th June, where 'drone' operators were categorised as either 'clueless, careless or criminal'. We have received assurances that NATS would never categorise operators in the inappropriate manner described by their representative and they will be taking steps to make sure that the Select Committee under...
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CAA Publishes CAP1789 – Outlining the EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft

The EU regulations for Unmanned Aircraft were published in the Official Journal of the European Union on the 11th June and the Implementing Regulation will become applicable on 1st July, 2020. The CAA have recently published CAP1789 which provides a detailed guide to the EU regulations which you can find here: http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/CAP1789%20EU%20UAS%20Regulations-Guidance.pdf CAP1789 includes a paragraph specifically relating to model aircraft which states: Additional provision...
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HOUSE OF COMMONS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY COMMITTEE - COMMERCIAL AND RECREATIONAL DRONE USE INQUIRY - SECOND EVIDENCE SESSION

The Science and Technology Committee will hold its second evidence session on its Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK inquiry on Wednesday 26th June. Watch it online at Parliament TV. Witnesses: At 9.30 am Captain Tim Pottage, Chairman of RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)     Working Group, British Airline Pilots Association Andy Sage, Head of Unmanned Traffic Management, National Air Traffic Services Special Sergeant Kevin Taylor, Chief Pilot, Lincolnshire Police Dro...
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House of Commons Science and Technology Committee - Commercial and Recreational Drone use Inquiry

The Science and Technology Committee holds its first evidence session on its Commercial and recreational drone use in the UK inquiry.   Watch it online at Parliament TV.   Witnesses: At 9.45 am Tim Johnson, Policy Director, Civil Aviation Authority Richard Parker, Chief Executive Officer, Altitude Angel Anne-Lise Scaillierez, Director, Association of Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems UK   At 10.45 am ·         Professor James P. Scanlan, University of Southampton Brendan Schulm...
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Meeting with the Aviation Minister – Baroness Vere

Representatives from the UK Model Flying Associations met with the Aviation Minister, Baroness Vere of Norbiton at the Department for Transport yesterday (Tuesday 5th June 2019). Whilst the meeting provided a good opportunity for both sides to clarify their position and understand each other’s priorities, there is little in the way of good news to report to our members. It was clear that the government sees the public order and security risk posed by unmanned aircraft as very serious, which i...
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