Representatives from the BMFA attended the ‘annual review of
model flying’ with the CAA yesterday (26th November) along with
representatives of the LMA, SAA, BARCS and FPVuK.
The BMFA submitted proposals that
came out of the BMFA FPV & Multirotor
Special Interest Group meeting held on 20/4/2013 that the
existing General Exemption for First Person View Flying should be amended to
increase the maximum take off mass for all aircraft types to 3.5Kg (currently
1.8Kg for fixed wing aircraft and 2.5Kg for rotorcraft) and that the maximum
height of operation should be increased from 400ft to 1000ft agl. These were
agreed and will come into effect from
minutes of the FPV & Multirotor SIG can be downloaded here.
Please note the requirement for
a “competent observer” still applies. The current exemption can be downloaded
The BMFA’s proposal was supported by all parties including
FPVuK who provided some useful input.
Other topics discussed included permanent inclusion of
selected flying sites on the CAA Air Charts, the use of metal helicopter
blades, the use of return to home failsafes, programmable waypoint flying and
the operation of high speed turbine powered aircraft.