PANDAS Members Club & CAA Updates 30/4/2020

I hope everyone is keeping well and looking forward to a time when we can all go to the field again. I think we are going to have to implement some sort of social distancing rules when we can go out and start to enjoy our hobby again.

I am hoping by the 1st June, there may be some easing of the lockdown situation and we might be able to go to the field. Members will have to make their own decision based on their own health/welfare/family situation. It is not worth risking your own life or anyone else’s to effectively fly a toy aircraft.

With some common sense and club members support, I do think this is achievable at the PANDAS flying site.

Hopefully, the recent rain will have helped to get the grass starting to grow on the new field levelled area. Club member Ron Thornton had promised to do some sort of rain dance and that obviously has had some effect. Thanks for that Ron, keep up the good work.

I have attached the latest CAA publication (CAP 1789 April 2020). This is basically an overview of the new legislation that was due to come into force on 1st July 2020 (the implementation has been put back for at least 4 months for now).


It is quite a complex and technical document (47 pages) and it is aimed at the flying of all unmanned aircraft in the future. If you choose to read it all, you will soon get the idea, that much of the legalisation is aimed at camera equipped aircraft for use in the commercial world. Unfortunately, because of the definitions of unmanned aircraft/drone, this often encompasses the type of aircraft we fly.

There are numerous weights, age restrictions and other technical terms in the legislation.

The BMFA are continuing to liaise with the CAA and the hope is, we will be exempt from most of the legislation.

If you look at page 13 of the document, the below text is contained in the document. It basically gives the CAA permission, to exempt some aspects of model aircraft flying from the legislation. This is what the BMFA are hoping to achieve, so that we can in the main, continue as we do now.

Model aircraft

‘Additional provisions are made within the regulation to cater for operations, including registration and remote pilot competence, under the framework of model aircraft clubs or associations under a separate authorisation that can be negotiated with, and issued by, the CAA,.

There are terms such as not flying within 30/50 metres of uninvolved people.

There are basically 3 categories (page 5 of the document), Open, Specific & Certified. The aircraft are placed into a category depending on their size, weight, speed they fly at and where they are been flown. You could have an aircraft that was in the open category if flown in a private field in the middle of nowhere, but if you wanted to fly it in public place, it could move it up a category. There are more restrictions and hoops to jump through (risk assessments, transponders etc.) as you move up the categories.

I do not understand a lot of the technical terms and I am not going to try and explain them.






This is the question of the day is, if you have an aircraft flying at 80 kilometres an hour (50 mph) and it weighs 1 kilogram (2.2 pounds), what will the energy transmitted be, in joules, if it collided with a human head? Below is some text from the document that relates to this.

‘are made and perform in a way that if they collide with a human head, the energy transmitted will be less than 80 Joules’.

 I do not know the answer.

How they are ever going to enforce the legislation I do not know. How many of us know accurately, how fast our aircraft fly at?

The document is worth a flick through and for the more technical minded you can read the whole 47 pages, as some light bed time reading.

Martin Lynn,
PANDAS Chairman.
Mobile: 07802 725 231

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