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  1. When you find that insurer..let us all know!!
  2. ...quote. BUT this is the rules for the BMFA only, not all modelers or FPV flyers. ...unquote That's true but it will apply to any club OR member with BMFA insurance cover . What about getting your own insurance when you are flying "outside" the BMFA at a place that is not a BMFA insured flying field (i.e. anywhere else)? Insurers talk to each other..sooner or later they will all catch on and when you seek insurance off your own bat they'll think "ah yes..a modeller with video....ching! and you will probably get slapped with a sizeable premium and a whole string of what is covered and not covered. Be interesting to hear from someone who could approach a UK insurer (probably an aircraft insurance broker) and see what they think about cover for unlimited FPV. The trouble here is..the insurers may feel ok about it but the CAA will more than likely raise its head about models flying willy nilly cross country! FPV pages RC GRoups page 4 show my reply to questions raised on this matter. There is no such thing as free airspace in the UK and quite rigid rules apply. We have to understand them. By the way..the BMFA rule on FPV is not just for "students" it's ALL FPV "pilots" and as someone asked in the RC Group FPV pages..What happens if you fancy a bit of FPV when on holiday in the UK. ..Where do you get the 2nd qualified model pilot?. We have a problem and it is not going to go away. The more modellers try to emulate fullsize pilots/flying the closer the Civil Aviation Authority will look at FPV. After all..the BMFA consulted the CAA over this so they are not unaware of modellers and FPV.
  3. Here you go..if you have not seen this from the BMFA (British Model Flying Association). After consultations with the Civil Aviation Authority and our insurers, the BMFA is happy to confirm that First Person R/C will be a legal and recognised aspect of model flying and as such covered by the BMFA Insurance policy but ONLY where the following conditions are applied: The activity is solely for 'sport and recreation' purposes. Two pilots must take part A buddy box system must be employed The pilot in charge must operate the master transmitter The pilot in charge must not wear the headset or view a screen The aircraft remains within the natural unaided visual range of the pilot in charge Reliable operation of the Buddy Box is established A clear handover protocol is established The pilot in charge is solely responsible for the safety of the flight These operating conditions very clearly place the legal responsibility for the safety of the flight on the pilot in charge. Only by compliance with the above procedures can First Person RC take place as a lawful and insurable aspect of model flying activity". Manny Williamson, Development Officer, British Model Flying Association. Thre has been a discussion on RC GROUPS FPV pages about this. See pages 3 and 4..UK FPV Insurance for latest. It matters
  4. As someone who worked in Air Traffic as a Flight Briefing Officer, I had pinned on my office wall a notice for all to see. Flying in itself is not inherently dangerous...it is however..terribly unforgiving of negligence and stupidity! A few aeromodellers I know could well take note of this!!
  5. Just removed BNC video/ power plugs from the cable coming from camera and have left 1 red wire covered in strands of copper wire and one white..the same. Red obviously pos supply. White obviously video feed. Have assumed black is therefor common to both (seeing as only one black wire plugs into camera). This seems to split out to become the copper stranded wires around the white and red wires .Am I right? I have left the plug for the camera plugged into the camera with the wires attached.. I have meanwhile "tinned" the white and red ends and both copper stranded tinned into separate pigtails. Be glad of confirmation as to my actions ok. Thanks.
  6. Why not try the local Model Boat Club if there is one? They usually have an "expert" who could help - also a lot of Boat clubs have web pages/forums where your question would be more than likely be answered quickly... just Google Model Boat Club..dozens there.
  7. Seems the UK British Flying Model Association have had the question of insurance for FVP flying raised. The BMFA Insurers decision will be made in the near future. BMFA have also consulted the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) (sounds ominous!). RCME magazine OCT Page 14 refers.
  8. Great video and a pleasure to see nice steady transmitter stick work!
  9. USEFUL CONNECTORS:If you get the right pin spacing for these plugs/skts ( and there are quite a few types) you'll find the three way sockets fit Futaba and Hitec receivers as well. Off the top I think the pin spacing is 2.54 (Pitch Pin Headers and Sockets). They start at 2 way and go up to 50 ways (!). Most electronic suppliers should stock them. They are slightly smaller than the normal RC plug and socket but non the less useful for quite a number of jobs. Wherever you are, just Google FARNELL. You'll see a page with about every country's flag..just click yours (or nearest) and search for connectors & (Pitch Pin Headers and Sockets). You can make sure these p/skts really firmly plugged together by using 6.4mm heatshrink tubing over the pair. I use them a lot when connecting power to model nav/landing lights etc. Works out in the UK about 60 pence a plug and socket. No crimping either. . .(fixed pins)! They can be seen on for details. (scroll halfway down the page). Another supplier in the UK is RS. Just Google RS and at the bottom of their intro page click on Worldwide and go from there. For example (USA= Allied Electronics). Both firms have a huge catalogue of electronic items.
  10. There are some nice smooth faced glassfibre sheets about now - about 500mm x 350mm from 0.5mm - 1mm - 1.5mm - 2mm - 2.5mm up to 3mm thick that can be used as a mounting board. Not too expensive and should solve a few problems. Easy to drill, lightweight..tough and easy to cut (but wear a mask when doing so) ..GF dust is not the best thing to breathe in!
  11. Expensive. Why not use a modified camera filter (UV) filter/ hood
  12. Not seen the lens but you could always make one.
  13. FARNELL will probably have it. Google them, they have an outfit in the USA. (in fact..world wide).
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