BBQ back on this Thursday, 23 May!
*** IMPORTANT REQUEST ***
CAA consultation on DRES charge
The current CAA consultation specifically covers the proposed charge for the operator registration scheme. If you wish your views on this aspect to be taken into account in the final decision on the level of the charge, then please complete the short consultation at https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration.
CAA PROPOSES £16.50 ANNUAL REGISTRATION CHARGE – ACT NOW!
Following the recent sudden announcement of Flight Restriction Zones around protected aerodromes capturing the operation of all unmanned aircraft of any weight and at any height (and the unreasonable three week notice period given for our clubs and members to comply), the CAA have dropped yet another bombshell on us with no prior warning.
They have today published a consultation (CAP1775) on their proposed charges for the registration of all operators of unmanned aircraft – which includes all of our members. The fee the CAA is proposing is £16.50 per annum which is significantly more than the cost levied on model flyers in any other EASA country, something they have conveniently omitted from the comparison figures in the document. An interesting direct comparison not included is France where their equivalent registration scheme is completely free and valid for five years.
It is accepted that the EASA regulations do mandate the registration of all operators of unmanned aircraft (including model flyers) in their country of residence, but also state that in terms of model flying ‘Associations may register their members into the registration system on their behalf’ which the CAA have made excessively onerous and also completely disregarded in their consultation document.
There are some significant costs associated with the ongoing upkeep of the CAA registration system which they are expecting you to pay for. We believe that their figures for the number of users registering in the system are also somewhat ‘optimistic’ and the consequence of fewer users could be even higher costs. The BMFA did offer to make its new membership system available to the CAA at cost, but didn’t receive any response!
We believe that the proposals will be detrimental to the future of model flying in the UK and place requirements on us which are more excessive than those for manned aviation – despite the DfT/CAA acknowledging that model flying has established an excellent record over the last century. Even in France where the registration scheme is free, the model flying community has already reduced by 10%.
The UK Model Flying Associations are strongly opposed to the CAA’s proposals and believe that they represent the worst excesses of ‘gold plating’ of regulations (something which the CAA are committed to avoid). We would strongly encourage all members to respond to the consultation and register their concerns without delay (please encourage your club mates to do the same) before the UK Government/CAA destroy model flying in the UK.
The UK Model Flying Associations will continue to work with the CAA & DfT and bring political pressure to bear to try and minimise the impact of excessive regulation on our members, but we need your support to show the strength of feeling, so please respond to the consultation.
Full details of the consultation and how to respond can be found here: https://consultations.caa.co.uk/finance/drone-registration/
The consultation will close on 7 June 2019.
Someone forgot to lock the toilets the other day. Please check club hut, toilet and gate are securely locked if you are last to leave!
Take great care when flying on Saturdays to avoid the area down to the right near the road. The riding stables are busy with children and families those days and we can’t have any horses spooked. Please avoid that area.
Club membership is now closed for this year. If you wish to join us, fill in the form on the Membership page, and you will be added to a list.
Latest Bulletin from BMFA is now on the ‘BMFA News’ page. Link above.
David Page is unavailable for instruction for a while, and Steve Green has broken his elbow, so we are a struggling for instructors at the moment.
The club has booked a Friday and Saturday fly-in at BMFA Buckminster on 12-13 July. Free for all Langar club members, there is a Midland Area Flyin on the Sunday to which we are invited, but there will be a charge for that.
Camping is available at £8 a night. This is going to be a cracking event at a fabulous venue, with close cropped grass and all facilities. More details nearer the date.
Please note that the water is back on at Langar.
If you have a key for the club hut, PLEASE make sure the lock is turned TWICE. This deadlocks it, we keep finding the lock only turned once. MAKE SURE THE GATE LOCK IS SECURE!!!! Also, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE clean up before you leave and put tops on coffee jars etc.
Jets are ok at Langar again. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A WORKING FIRE EXTINGUISHER WITH YOU.
Great weekend at the flyin!
Here is an interesting story from a US guy who visited Seagull Models factory. Bit of an eye opener, far from the sweat shop impression most of us get of far eastern model suppliers, this is a very professional organisation! Click here
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE!
A Riding for Disabled school is now operating at the far corner of the hedge at the back of the South field. Models doing reversals etc have been drifting over this area (and the road) and this has to stop. Please end all southerly circuits halfway down the field AT LEAST.
This is especially for large, fast aerobats and turbine powered models. This map shows the new NO FLY ZONE. Drifting over that area will cause problems for our neighbours and eventually the club. There is an abundance of room further North and East.
If the problem continues, we will have no choice but to move the pilots box further to the North, which inconveniences everyone, so please take notice, and also make sure anyone else flying is aware.
In order to bring us in line with the latest Data Protection laws, please read the ‘Privacy Notice’ link at the top of the page.
The huge Gee Bee of Glenn Masters being prepared. Not flying yet as it has to be scrutinised under the LMA scheme.
PROSPECTIVE MEMBERS PLEASE NOTE THAT NO HELICOPTERS, QUADCOPTERS OR FPV MODELS OR FREE FLIGHT MODELS ARE ALLOWED AT LANGAR.
LANGARMAC IS FIXED WING ONLY. Gas turbine, electric, glow and petrol are all used at Langar.
Glenns Harvard on a fast, low pass
Freddies Spitfire pics are on the Gallery page now
Ted Cookes latest, an electric Super Constellation.
Bobs Gee Bee representing the mount of Francisco Sarabia, who broke the Mexico City-New York record and crashed on the return journey into the Potomac and died.
No, its not a Zero. Its a Ki-84, fastest Japanese fighter of WW2