CAA Registration Petition

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Re: CAA Registration Petition

Post by Cliff Evans » 09 Sep 2019, 17:29

SP250 wrote:
09 Sep 2019, 16:47
Cliff

Where did you find the CAA test to be able to ascertain that you budgie could pass it?
Would like to have a look see.

John M
I found it on a French site a while back, it has now disappeared but, I can assure you it is not at all difficult to pass. Unless, it has been changed since that time.

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Re: CAA Registration Petition

Post by John Vella » 10 Sep 2019, 09:01

Sorry to add another rant but why is the Minimum age to be a registered Operator 18 YEARS OLD ? Come on a "CHILD" can fly a full-size glider SOLO at 14.

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Post by Cliff Evans » 10 Sep 2019, 09:13

You are absolutely right John this should be looked at. We need more youngsters to come into the hobby. We should not be discouraging them! I say we, it is not us but the authorities.
I was lucky enough to have been taught by two of the greats of our hobby. Cliff Charlesworth and Pat Teakle. I have since I can remember had an interest in all things flying and at the age of 9 years was taken to Crook Peak where I met Pat and started flying. My interest really started at a very early age when I was being brought up in Caterham in Surrey. At that time I lived with my grandparents about 2 miles from Kenly aerodrome. I spent most of my early days on and around that aerodrome watching all sorts of flying. What are kids going to say or do now when they are told: "sorry, you are not old enough". They will go back to their bedrooms and get back into their XBox's and the like. It is just fundamentally wrong.

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Re: CAA Registration Petition

Post by Barry_Cole » 10 Sep 2019, 09:49

Well said Cliff.

:D :D :D :D

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Re: CAA Registration Petition

Post by Cliff Evans » 12 Sep 2019, 13:17

Latest from the BMFA.

I published an update on the BMFA website on 23rd August (https://bmfa.org/News/News-Page/Article ... del-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’.

A few days later I received an invitation to attend a meeting with Grant at the Houses of Parliament. This meeting took place on Monday the 9th September and involved me (on behalf of the UK Model Flying Associations), Graham Brown from ARPAS (on behalf of commercial drone operators) and high-level delegations from both the CAA and DfT. The outcome of the meeting was that the CAA and DfT have been tasked to work in collaboration with us urgently to try and find an acceptable way forward.

This is very much work in progress and as such, I cannot provide much definitive information at this time. Please monitor the BMFA website and Facebook page for further updates in due course.

However, what I can confirm already is that those who only fly control line aircraft will be exempted from the DRES requirements and I can also confirm that registration numbers can be carried in an easily accessible location (such as within battery compartments) rather than on the exterior of model aircraft. The registration fee is also likely to be subject to a change (for the better). These items are the starting point.

We would, therefore, encourage members not to rush into registering or taking the test when the DRES is rolled out in the next few weeks until we have concluded our current round of discussions with the CAA and DfT and issued further guidance to members. For the time being, we would suggest that it remains ‘business as usual’.

Both the CAA and DfT have given a commitment to ‘re-set’ their relationships with the model flying community and work with us in close collaboration from this point forward, a very positive development which we greatly appreciate. It’s perhaps preferable to being inundated with correspondence from our magnificent members and their MP’s! Thanks again to all those members who have supported our relentless campaign so far.

Watch this space!

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Re: CAA Registration Petition

Post by terry white » 12 Sep 2019, 17:29

Excellent news. the tide seems to have turned at last. Fingers crossed for the next round of talks :D :D

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