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Thread: EASA Protoytpe Rules could Decimate RC flying. Covering Drones and Aircraft.

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    its worth pointing out that the Article 15 provisions in essence exempt those flying under the auspices of a nationally recognised ( and regulated ) model aircraft clubs, These "proposed" regulations only affect non club members. Given the attitude of the MCAI ( and its insurance), that means most drone flyers

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    Or.....keep the thing under wraps and only fly it in rural areas when nobody's about!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junctionmad View Post
    its worth pointing out that the Article 15 provisions in essence exempt those flying under the auspices of a nationally recognised ( and regulated ) model aircraft clubs, These "proposed" regulations only affect non club members. Given the attitude of the MACI ( and its insurance), that means most drone flyers
    One of the main benefits of MACI membership is the insurance and being able to fly at approved flying areas. Not worth the hassle of having an accident which involves people or property anymore. Sadly a loss will need to occur before people realise the threat that carelessly flown model aircraft can bring, drones or not
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    More rules coming in the UK - at some undetermined point in the future.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-40684581
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    Quote Originally Posted by Junctionmad View Post
    its worth pointing out that the Article 15 provisions in essence exempt those flying under the auspices of a nationally recognised ( and regulated ) model aircraft clubs, These "proposed" regulations only affect non club members. Given the attitude of the MCAI ( and its insurance), that means most drone flyers
    And a good thing too. I don't think it will change much for typical MACI affiliated club members with insurance, who carry out responsible RC flying (fixed wing or choppers), as most folks only fly from club sites as long as I can remember going back to the 70s. It will rightly bring a much needed degree of regulatory and safety control over lone drone operators. I say drone 'operators' rather than 'flyers' as drones require little flying skill compared to RC aircraft.

    It doesn't seem that many years ago since we as MACI members were invited to perform RC displays at Baldonnel airshows only 100s of meters away from operational full size aircraft. All fully controlled, briefed and safety rehearsed days beforehand, but looking back it seems a little casual. We had two giant model 'toffee' bombers that used to drop sweats with tiny parachute streamers over the crowd line! RC models have also got much larger and heavier than 20 years ago with 8-12ft wingspan giant scale models not uncommon. One of those out of control is a much greater safety risk to the public than a DJI Phantom drone.

    The days of parking a car in the country side, climbing over the gate and launching a toy model aircraft from a farmers field is long gone, just as launching a DJI Phantom from a public green space, or urban space, except for licensed and certified professionals.

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