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Attention: RC-CAM.com will be closing down August 2021.

The RC-Cam.com forum was the very first online community dedicated to the advancement of wireless video cameras on radio controlled (R/C) models. This is now called "FPV" (First Person View). We are proud of the contributions that our members have made to the FPV hobby.

We've seen significant changes over the last twenty years. Initially there were a lot of eager R/C hobbyist that built their own video systems. Allowing these creative individuals to share their work was the purpose of this site. Now the FPV market is flooded with low cost systems; Sadly DiY FPV video projects are now rarely discussed.

RC-CAM.com (main site and forum) will be closing down August 2021. This is being announced now (March 2021) so that everyone has time to download any information that is important to them. After the site is shutdown the information will no longer be available here.

We appreciate every member's involvement with advancing the FPV hobby. It is indeed sad to say goodbye to all our online friends. Be safe and stay healthy.


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  1. I thought some people might be interested in this news: The British FPV Model Flying Association committee are today pleased to announce two new types of membership to the association. In addition to the usual £15 insured membership which renews each August, as of today members will be able to take a 9 month 'bridging' membership which begins December 1st and expires 31 August annually. This new membership costs £11.25. We are also now able to offer membership without insurance for those members who wish to be part of the BFPVMFA but already have insurance from elsewhere. This will cost
  2. Hi Terry, I see your point and I would not be surprised if the CAA's rules were initially based on the BMFA's but then they have been worded in such a way that they outlaw FPV entirely. I don't think the BMFA meant for FPV to be banned entirely so they may back us up and push the CAA to at least make the rule more clear (I also think that the way they've worded the clause actually outlaws flying models whilst wearing glasses...which will surely affect a huge number of model pilots). The BMFA's guidelines are a little more explicit than the CAA's. They say: Two pilots must take part
  3. Hi Terry, I agree with you. Would you make an approach to the BMFA and find out if they know/ if they can do anything to stop it please? I guess it would be Manny Williamson. In the past I've heard (2nd hand news) that he is a little anti-FPV but I'm very willing to be proved wrong on that. Thanks Simon
  4. That was a reply to a question on the comment and response document relating to the regulation of surveilance and data aquisition. No permission will need to be sought to have a camera on a model if you are doing it for recreation and away from people and property. However, separate to that, they have added 98(3) to the ANO which will make FPV flying illegal because we can not "maintain direct unaided visual contact with the aircraft". Incidentally this also outlaws anyone who wears glasses/ contact lenses or sunglasses when they fly.
  5. Dear All, I discovered yesterday that the CAA intend to make flying by FPV illegal in changes to the Air Navigation Order due to be introduced in November this year. This is despite previous written assurances that FPV flying would not be caught up in the new changes for UAV/ UAS operations. Page 13 of the document here http://www.caa.co.uk/docs/1727/20090923lLightUAVLetterOfIntentImpactAssessment.pdf includes the clause: PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE AIR NAVIGATION ORDER ARTICLES Regulation of Small Aircraft 98 (3) The person in charge of a small aircraft shall maintain direct unaided vis
  6. Hi, I have an unopened brand new Dragon OSD for sale. I bought it about 3 months ago and have never got around to installing it. As you can see from the photos it is exactly as brand new. You can see more details of the product here: http://www.intelligentflight.com/webstore/DragonOSD-Starter-Kit-P34.aspx This OSD has been developed by Daniel Wee and is open source and incredibly powerful. There is a big user community around the Dragon OSD. You can see from the link above that the item cost $564.75 AUS which is £294/ $480 USD/ 336 EUR today. I would like to get around £199 for it.
  7. Hi Kilrah, I absolutely agree with you. No insurance company will cover anyone who is being intentionally reckless, blatantly dangerous or stupid. We must promote safe flying at all times and our safety guidelines will be promoted thoroughly within the membership. We never want anything bad to happen to a 3rd party and we don't ever want to claim on the insurance. Because all of our members will be following our carefully thought out and thoroughly promoted guidelines the risk of this should be kept to an absolute minimum. We just need to be sure the policy covers normal risks and
  8. Hi guys, The BMFA quite clearly believe that none of their members will take any notice of anything they say unless they back up their statements with vague threats of the insurance being invalidated. Either this means that the BMFA have placed their insurance with a bunch of crooks or they are stretching the truth to make their guidelines seem a bit more like rules. The BFPVMFA insurance and its guidelines are two separate things and I think we should avoid the BMFA's tactics and never try to link the two. The insurance policy is a standard radio control model/ model engineer policy
  9. Fixed. This forum had included the ) as part of the url. Thanks Simon
  10. Dear All, Here is an email that I sent to everyone on the FirstPersonView.co.uk mailing list yesterday evening. I've had a fantastic response so far and the membership and insurance will cost under £20 each at the moment. With a few more members it'll come down further still. Please let me have your expressions of interest as mentioned below either by email through the contact form on firstpersonview.co.uk or by private message on this forum. Many thanks Simon Dale www.firstpersonview.co.uk -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dear UK
  11. We have a few bits and bobs available too... What do you need specifically? Simon www.firstpersonview.co.uk
  12. There are two things here. 1) The BMFA's FPV guidelines (in my opinion a knee jerk reaction without spending any time understanding FPV) 2) The CAA's rules (IE Law) about aerial work. First of all its important to remember that the BMFA don't make law. You will need follow their rules to be covered by their insurance and fly on their sites but that's quite different to air law. If you can fly on a non-BMFA site, ideally with your own insurance then you're clear of the BMFA's influence. Hopefully one day soon there will an FPV association with its own best practice guidelines and i
  13. Mark tells me we'll have these available first half of next week. The wait is almost over! Thankyou to the all of our patient customers who have pre-ordered. Simon
  14. I have been doing some digging and unfortunately 5.8GHz looks like a no go for legal use in the UK. Ofcom have reserved this for "Fixed Wireless Access" for Rural Broadband use and you need to apply for a license to use it for that purpose. Other uses, such as aerial video sending, seem to be illegal in the UK. http://www.ofcom.org.uk/radiocomms/ifi/lic.../5.8_fwa_index/ What services may use 5.8 GHz Band C? The band at 5725 MHz to 5850 MHz (Band C) can be used for the Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) services, with particular application in areas where broadband is unavailable through sta
  15. Daytona

    Hi Folks

    Hi Dan, You're just down the road from us, we're based in Wetherby, West Yorkshire (and admin office in Brighton). Welcome to a fantastic hobby/ sport! It sounds like you're going to be a very interesting one to watch with your knowledge and access to equipment! Anything you need to know, just ask. I, or the many many more experienced FPVers here, will be happy to help. Happy Flying! Simon
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