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Multirotor, multicopter and quadcopter discussion thread.

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RomanNose, Jan 13, 2012.

  1. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,242

    Can’t believe you have to pay them money and print your own label.
     
  2. Cyclone

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 23, 2007

    Posts: 3,702

    Location: Essex

    Someone on one of the FB groups did this, so Ive filled it in and keeping it in the bag with the Mavic. I dont want stickers all over it :)

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  3. SimonCHere

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 24, 2008

    Posts: 1,152

    Although that's a nice form, the whole point is the number on your drone so when we lose them (apparently a quarter of us have lost one) you can be identified from it.
    In fact if you don't add the code to your quad, your £9 was wasted as:
    https://register-drones.caa.co.uk/labelling-your-drone-or-model-aircraft

    simon
     
  4. rhysduck

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2009

    Posts: 6,030

    Location: Nelson, South Wales

    But who is going to police it? The Police surely aren't. It's all a right farce, waste of time and waste of money.
     
  5. SimonCHere

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 24, 2008

    Posts: 1,152

    Totally agree. In fact I've not registered yet. But it seems an odd choice to have actually done the quiz, paid the money and then stay on the wrong side of the law because you don't want to stick a sticker on your drone.

    I am not sure where the line is drawn between a rc helicopter that is >1kg that hasn't been out of it's box for 8 years, a 6' glider that's been hanging on my wall for >10 years, a 5 inch quad at 650g that doesn't have all it's motors attached at the moment, a small CP RC heli again on a shelf, a 3" 240g quad, a tiny whoop and a motor on a stick that you attach to a paper airplane and control with your phone.

    I'm going with if I'm not actually flying something >250g I'm not registering. As soon as I do I will pay my money, do the test, stick the number on whatever and carry on.

    Simon
     
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  6. Lakeland

    Soldato

    Joined: Nov 1, 2005

    Posts: 5,242

    What are people’s thoughts on the software updates that will allow people to locate pilot’s details and physical location when flying drones? Seems like an opportunity for thieves to locate people with expensive toys when they’re mid flight
     
  7. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,753

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    I'm a member of both FPV UK and DroneSafe Register. We have a grace period until January 2020 as FPV UK members are exempt from the registration deadline until then. Between now and then, FPV UK will contact its members and request the fee then pay it upon your behalf. As a responsible drone pilot I have no real problem with this. I think regulation is a good thing although......those who will fly irresponsibly or those who will use UAV's for criminal activity will not give a hoot about this at all. So that's a bit of a beef.

    And as far as policing this is concerned, it's going to be a simply huge task. However, and I can't say to much on a public forum but.....in my current job/specialist role I work alongside a number of partnership agencies and police units. In my neck of the woods. Believe me, UAV usage will and is being policed. I've spoken to our dedicated Police CAA liaison officer and his department receive hundreds of alerts and complaints per week which are prioritised and followed up. All of them. Maybe not immediately but all are subject to scrutiny and appropriate follow up action is exercised. The police are well aware of the potential negative issues of drone usage, and are most interested in criminal activity and the CT threat that a weaponized drone could pose. Yes, even here in the UK.

    I've been flying UAV's for years and the last technical input delivery we had from the officer I mentioned above opened my eyes to just how aware and proactive the authorities in the UK are to UAV's being used criminally. In fact, during the technical input he delivered his service mobile phone went off a number of times with reports coming in of irresponsible or illegal flying activities. However folks, what they are most interested in is exactly this - the criminal element and above all the CT element. Irresponsible pilots will also pop up on their radar but will get prioritised accordingly for action if that makes sense?
     
  8. Bigpops

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 4,136

    Location: Sheffield, UK

    You're only exempt from registering as an operator.

    You still need to prove competency after Nov 30th. You do that by either holding a certificate from BMFA or in your case FPV UK and carrying your certificate and a copy of the exemption (http://publicapps.caa.co.uk/docs/33/1328.pdf), or by getting a flyer ID from the CAA.

    Like I put above, I only found out about this yesterday. I too (BMFA member for 10 years) thought we were exempt, but it's only an exemption from registering as an operator, which is the bit that costs £9.
     
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  9. Draeger

    Capodecina

    Joined: Feb 4, 2004

    Posts: 12,753

    Location: Falkirk, Scotland

    Yep, I've completed the FPV UK 'A' Certificate, printed out and laminated. Job done.
     
  10. AndyCr15

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 28, 2011

    Posts: 9,664

    Location: London, UK

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    Wow, this thing really is small! Obviously it's crazy light too and does feel a little like a kids toy. Just charging now, I don't know if I'll get to test it tonight or wait until the morning.
     
  11. SimonCHere

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 24, 2008

    Posts: 1,152

    Where are you going to stick your operator id?
    Look how tiny it is. Would be interested to see some vid from it.
     
  12. Snaggle

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 18, 2002

    Posts: 3,255

    Location: Northants

    Picked this up for a song the other day . Been reading all the manuals and stuff.. done all the firmware.. Need to register it and get out for my first flight !!

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  13. AndyCr15

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Apr 28, 2011

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    Location: London, UK

    What am I going to stick my what on?

    I think you're mistaking me for someone that needs to register anything... :)
     
  14. SimonCHere

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 24, 2008

    Posts: 1,152

    Ah 249g I forgot. Nice!
     
  15. Paul2k12

    Hitman

    Joined: Apr 22, 2003

    Posts: 504

    Location: Newcastle

    Enjoy, I’ve got one of these too, start off in beginner mode and it’ll be simple. Just keep it low and close to you (although the collision avoidance sensors will annoy you) and learn the basic manoeuvres. Once you’ve got that down start with the camera and enjoy. They are super stable and very very easy to fly.

    I’m happy to answer any questions etc!
     
  16. pioneer2000

    Soldato

    Joined: Jun 20, 2004

    Posts: 5,386

    Location: Essex

    You will be in June 2020 when the restriction on drones with cameras comes in to effect! :p
     
  17. MadMossy

    Soldato

    Joined: Oct 25, 2004

    Posts: 6,069

    Location: Sunny Torbaydos

    I got a nice fleet of custom built FPV drones, several 5" and many many 3" and lower. The 3" and lower are all sub 250g, the larger 5" are all over but in pieces for now as I have no intention of registering until at least Summer when I will get to fly them.
     
  18. Andybtsn

    Don

    Joined: Oct 23, 2005

    Posts: 39,239

    Location: North Yorkshire

    I had a Phantom 3 a couple of years back but I'm seriously considering one of these. They look brilliant. What is the picture quality like?
     
  19. MadMossy

    Soldato

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    Location: Sunny Torbaydos

    2.7k 60fps video from what I remember more than good enough for most hobbyists.
     
  20. AndyCr15

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    Obviously that's the frame rate and resolution of course, not the picture quality though. I went out to try it this morning, only to find the memory card I'd put in wasn't working, so we'll have to wait and see what the quality is like.