DRONE AND MODEL AIRCRAFT REGULATIONS ARE NOW WITH US IN 2020.
OVER THE LAST 50 YEARS, MODEL FLYING HAS CHANGED FROM THIS … Very light gentle sedate slow flying models that could hardly hurt anything or anybody.
TO THIS … with the help from today’s technology …
The first picture shows the view of a drone camera well above cloud level and obviously into passenger aircraft space. The second picture showing a model aircraft that flies at speeds of over 450 mph.
IT HAS BEEN A NO BRAINER THAT SOMEBODY HAD TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT REGULATION OF MODEL FLYING.
UNFORTUNATELY for vintage modellers, the 250 grams limit prohibits the use of their existing models without registration. They may not even have a computer to register! So their lifelong passion, interest and hobby, will have gone forever. Technology is freezing out the oldies of this hobby. They invented and built up ‘Model Aircraft’ as we know it. So what is left for these guys/gals? Just Memories !
The big problem here is the very small 250 grams flying weight before registration is necessary and the threat of a thousand pound fine if people don’t register. Most oldies will just give up and Bow Out.
''Modern commercial jet aircraft structures must be able to withstand one 1.8 kg (4.0 lb) bird collision; the empennage (tail) must withstand one 3.6 kg (7.9 lb) bird collision.''
There are more than 15,000 bird strikes each year recorded with commercial aircraft. It is difficult to find a significant number of recorded model aircraft stikes even over the last decade.
Countries of the EU that don’t impose the low 250 grams limit include .. Norway Sweden Finland Estonia Latvia Lithuania Poland Germany Netherlands France Switzerland Austria Slovenia Croatia Italy Spain Romania Bulgaria Greece Portugal Ireland.
Above is for aircraft under 250 grams. (also applies to all other recreational model flying categories).
David Caudrey looks at Sub 250 grams model aircraft possibilities.
In an attempt to establish that a radio control model aircraft of less than 250 grams could be achieved, David Caudey has dug out a surviving wing and re-covered it with light clear heat shrink film. For starters the wing weighs in at around 40 grams and believed to come from a ‘Westwings Kestrel’. The wingspan is 39 inches with a 4 inches chord giving a total wing area of 150 square inches.
The model is aimed at Slope flying but also possible for flat field operation using an elastic bungee of string and flat elastic. Possibly 200 feet streched length.
Latest view of the fuselage constructed from light balsa sheet is shown.
The use of the ‘V’ tail is intended to reduce weight to a minimum.
There is a nose-block to add at the front and also some form of tow-hook and suporting bulkhead to allow flat field bungie take off flying. The primary objective of the model however is to take advantage of the natural airflow at the top of a hill slope. What better zero energy input could be achieved. All under 250 grams with no CAA regulation required. No chance of a thousand UK pound fine should some onlooker decide to report the use of this model.
The model will also be accepted by the regulations of all the countries of the EU and also America.
The model is named Vega. After the grassy slopes and meadows in Spain and astromonically a Super Bright Star. Oh ! and also its ‘V’ tailplane of course.
Latest picture of ‘DC’s Sub 250 grams model aircraft is looking good. Final fitment of a tow-hook and under fuselage protection for landings still to be added. The completed fuselage along with the installed radio gear plus battery is weighng in at 170 grams. So at present the total flying weight of the model including the 4 x 800mah NH battery pack is coming out around a shade below just 200 grams.
So there is no need for registration of this model and the fear of a £1000 fine along with the five year prison sentence being suggested by the CAA should a major violation happen.
Does ‘Education’ using severe threats really work ? Or does it just produce more dropouts leading to more criminal activity ?
Norcimguy Jan 2020
And perhaps a mini video camera could be fitted in the nose section. This one weighs just 17 grams !
Technology is a wonderful thing. Use responsibly !
The following R/C models from Banggood.com show the commecial interest in Sub-250 grams flying.
Flying regulations are not required and you can fly from any suitable open space without registration.
(note there are no links from the above images, you have to go direct to their website)
Hi, this page is slowly being added to as construction of DC’s Sub-250 gram model evolves.
Thanks for finding and reading this stuff !
David Caudrey and norcimguy 2020.