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dougal99

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Re: RC planes - licence?
« Reply #25 on: February 22, 2010, 09:56:35 am »

There is an article in today's Daily Telegraph about the technology and current restrictions. Satellites are involved vis a vis out of sight control.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/transport/7285850/Unmanned-drones-set-to-give-defence-a-lift.html
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Re: RC planes - licence?
« Reply #26 on: February 22, 2010, 08:32:09 pm »

Ref the original topic.
There are a number of 'weasel words' here. This is probably the kind of terms that would be thrashed out in court.

'Surveillance' - Perhaps aerial photography for purposes other than gathering information or watching people (stalking/paparazzi) are exempt.

'Aircraft' - At what point does an model become a craft.

'Unmanned' - There will probably be some distinction between unmanned and radio control. Perhaps having the technology to fly further than line of sight. I.E. some telemetry, or TV with a pilots eye view beamed back to an operator.

Not sure about the others but a model plane effectively becomes an aircraft when it needs a CAA exemption certificate. This is determined by its weight. The exemption is from Air Navigation Orders applicable to aircraft.

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