Please find a link to the RAF Shawbury's drone safety leaflet 

https://www.raf.mod.uk/rafshawbury/rafcms/mediafiles/C7F31AA4_5056_A318_A8E12352C8DCB361.pdf

Interesting, if you'd like to listen to the RAF Squadron Leader, talking about drone incidents in Shropshire then listen hear

Enjoy Andrew

The aerotow event scheduled for this coming Sunday (14th May) is cancelled. The decision has been made based on the parcticalities of towing and landing large models at close proximity to a high and dense rape seed crop plus the unsuitable weather forecast. It is hoped that another day will be possible later in the year.

I am pleased to announce that the SMFC weather station is now installed and live. You can view real time weather at Forton field by going to the Weather Underground website: https://www.wunderground.com/personal-weather-station/dashboard?ID=IMONTFOR15  
The weather station contacts and updates the weather underground website every 45 seconds, if you click on the small 'gear wheel' at the top right of the web page, you can choose between metric or imperial display. Our thanks to the talented Richard Golding for building this project.

Rgds
Secretaryweather station

Multi Rotor pilots should watch and absorb this.

 

 

Q(1)     Who Regulates all civil flying activities over the United Kingdom, including model aircraft ?

The Civil Aviation Authority

Q(2)     How are the rules and regulations for flying established in law by Parliament (statute) ?

As a series of Articles contained within in the Air Navigation Order (ANO).

Q(3)     What does Article 240 (previously 137) of the ANO state ?

A person must not recklessly or negligently act in a manner likely to endanger an aircraft, or any person in an aircraft.

Q(4)     What does Article 241 (previously 138) of the ANO state ?

A person must not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property.

Q(5)     Who is legally responsible to ensure that a model is flown safely ?

The pilot in command

Q (6)    Which Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) relates specifically to the use of model aircraft, and for which specific purposes only ?

CAP 658, for sport and recreation purposes only

Q(7)     According to CAP 658, which model aircraft are required to have an operating failsafe and what is the minimum setting ?

    Any aircraft over 7kg
    Any Gas Turbine powered aircraft
    Any powered model aircraft fitted with a receiver capable of operating in failsafe mode

As a minimum, reduce the engine(s) speed to idle on loss or corruption of signal.

Q(8)    What does Article 94 (previously 166) of the ANO say about the responsibilities of the person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft ?

The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft may only fly the aircraft if reasonably satisfied that the flight can safely be made.

Q(9)    What does Article 94 (previously 166) of the ANO say about visual contact with small unmanned aircraft ?

The person in charge must maintain direct, unaided visual contact with the aircraft sufficient to monitor its flight path in relation to other aircraft, persons, vehicles, vessels and structures for the purpose of avoiding collisions.

Q(10)  What does Article 94 (previously 166) of the ANO say about small unmanned aircraft above 7kg ?

The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft which has a mass of more than 7 kg must only fly the aircraft:

    Clear of controlled airspace unless with Air Traffic Control (ATC) permission.
    Clear of any Aerodrome Traffic Zone (ATZ) unless with ATC permission.
    At less than 400 ft above the point of launch except with permission as above.

Q(11)  What does Article 94 (previously 166) of the ANO say about ‘commercial operation’ (previously referred to as ‘aerial work’) for small unmanned aircraft ?

The person in charge of a small unmanned aircraft must not fly the aircraft for the purposes of commercial operation except in accordance with a permission granted by the CAA.

Q(12)   How is a flight for the purpose of ‘commercial operation’ (previously referred to as ‘aerial work’) defined ?

Any flight for which ‘valuable consideration’ is given or promised in respect of the flight or the purpose of the flight. Essentially any operation of an aircraft in return for remuneration or other valuable consideration.

Q(13)   How is ‘a small unmanned surveillance aircraft’ defined ?

An aircraft which is equipped to undertake any form of surveillance or data acquisition.(this includes all camera equipped aircraft)
NOTE: The provision of data solely for the use of monitoring the model is not considered to be applicable to the meaning of ‘surveillance or data acquisition’.

Q(14)  What are the separation requirements of Article 95 (previously 167) – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – when operating over or within a congested area or organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons ?

The aircraft must not fly over or within 150 metres of a congested area or organised open-air assembly of more than 1,000 persons

Q(15)  What are the separation requirements of Article 95 (previously 167) – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – in respect of any vessel, vehicle or structure which is not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft ?

The aircraft must not fly within 50 metres of any vessel, vehicle or structure not under the control of the person in charge of the aircraft.

Q(16) Except during take-off and landing, what are the separation requirements of Article 95 (previously 167) – for small unmanned surveillance aircraft – excluding the person in charge of the aircraft or anyone under their control ?

The aircraft must not fly within 50 metres of any person

Q(17)  What must be obtained before any flight within controlled airspace or an ATZ of an aircraft over 7kg?

Obtain permission from the appropriate air traffic control unit.

Q(18)   CAA General Exemption E 4049 – permits FPV flight without a buddy box, but with a competent observer. (a) How must the competent observer monitor the flight and (b) What is the maximum mass of aircraft that may be flown under this exemption?

    (a) The competent observer must maintain direct unaided visual contact with the model at all times
    (b) The aircraft must be below 3.5kg including batteries and fuel

Q(19)   Who has legal responsibility for the safety of an FPV flight   a) conducted with a buddy box lead and b) conducted without a buddy box lead ?

    (a) The person in charge who must maintain direct unaided visual contact with the model at all times
    (b) The person piloting the aircraft (SUA)

Q(20)   According to CAP 658 what are the 8 ‘Only fly if’ checks for an FPV flight of an aircraft over 3.5kg ?

    The activity is solely for ‘sport and recreation’ purposes;
    Two pilots take part;
    A Buddy Box system is employed;
    The person in charge operates the master transmitter;
    The person in charge does not wear the headset or view a screen;
    The aircraft remains within the natural unaided visual range of the person in charge;
    Reliable operation of the Buddy Box is established; and
    A clear handover protocol is established.