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Bruce Simpson
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Attempting the impossible on a daily basis
Attempting the impossible on a daily basis

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If you've seen my last two videos you'll have realised that the South Waikato District Council has gone back on their word, effectively reinstating a ban on drone flying in the towns parks by residents and their children.

If you would care to have your say about this, there's a post on the SWDC's facebook page to which you could add your comments -- but please be polite and and let them know why you think the reinstatement of this ban and the renegging on a promise is not good form.

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Interesting news from CAA.

I just received this email from them which kind of indicates that my call for folk to make a submission was taken up by a good number. It will be very interesting to see the data when it is released later this week:

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Hi Bruce

We are planning to release the summary of RPAS survey results by the end of this week.

In addition, we are also planning to make the survey’s dataset available (in the form of an anonymised-as-possible spreadsheet). This due to the large response (1,245), the amount of useful information and considered responses we gained from the survey, and to show that we have reviewed and considered all responses.

Within that dataset your name does come up a number of times regarding the need for better collaboration and engagement with the sector/experts/key members of the community etc. Before we release it I just want to be sure you are comfortable with you name being included - if not I can remove it.

Please let me know either way.

Kind regards

Seamus

Seamus Brady | Policy Advisor

International & Regulatory Strategy Unit | Strategy & Governance Group

Civil Aviation Authority of New Zealand Q Te Mana Rererangi Tūmatanui o Aotearoa
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I've just started a Facebook group for the planned international RC fly-in which, depending on negotiations with our local council) will be held this coming Southern Summer (probably in early March 2018 or thereabouts).

Everyone is welcome to take a look and leave comments/suggestions. If you'd like to come (or not) then please click the appropriate option in the poll on that page:
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Oh FFS.... the media are at it again!

In this story from News.com.au they report on the in-air emergency experienced by a flight to China when a turbofan engine had what looked like some kind of duct failure. The story admits they have no idea what caused it and an aviation expert suggests that it may have been a maintenance issue but news.com.au just can't help getting in their usual hysterical dig at drones when they say:

"DEBRIS or even a drone are considered possible causes of significant damage to a China Eastern Airlines’ A330, as it left the runway at Sydney Airport Sunday night"

Seriously?

www.news.com.au/travel/travel-updates/incidents/china-eastern-airlines-airbus-a330-turns-back-to-sydney-after-hole-torn-in-engine-cowling/news-story/d3aefb53f996b9c1ee9d89a34020e757
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This just in...

Airspace regulators around the world have issued a stern warning to drone operators. A representative for the word's regulators told a press conference today:

"Those who have drones should avoid flying them after dark on the 24th of December. A failure to adhere to this advice could result in a collision between a drone and other legitimate airspace users, such as Santa Claus."

Regulators and the media have regularly warned drone operators that their reckless activities (called flying) creates huge risk to aircraft, helicopters, wildlife and the cute little fairies at the bottom of your garden.

"It is only a matter of time before a drone (perhaps disguised as a supermarket shopping bag) brings down an A380 filled with orphans this Christmas. What's more, it's highly likely that that A380 will plunge into one (or more) hospitals when it hits the ground, killing all in side. All our attempts to control drone operators, including registration, frowning, ignoring Casey Neistat and such, have had little effect and we're getting very cross. Pretty soon we're going to have to put down our stampy-foot!"

Others have challenged the regulators' assertions by pointing out that no recreational drone has ever killed anyone or been hit by a full-sized aircraft in the entire history of recreational drone flying.

"The commie, Nazi, ISIS supporters who challenge our risk assessments are as guilty as those who actually fly these evil flying demons" the spokesman for regulators said in response to such claims.

So please, be careful with your evil baby-killing drones this Christmas. How would you like to be the one who, through your reckless disregard for the rules which have been created by those who know nothing about that which they regulated, killed Santa.

A Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year my friends.
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And they tell us (with a straight face) that a 250g toy "drone" will bring down an airliner?

What are the world's regulators smoking?

Surely it's now time to register all bird-owners and breeders, since mid-air collisions between birds and aircraft result in over $400m damage every year. The cost of mid-air collisions between drones and aircraft? ZERO!
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Hmmm... did I start something with this video?

Compare the model in my YouTube video to the DIY ISIS drone pictured in this news story: http://www.popsci.com/isis-drones


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgp3j-odseo
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LOL... wow, forget your crappy old lipos, if you're an FPV racer then just look at the specs on these batteries. Wow, where can I get some labels like this for my tired old packs? That C-rating, it's "almost" unbelievable eh? And those XT60 connectors must be pretty slick to handle a peak current of more than 300A. Fantastic! (pffffft!)
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For those interested, I should  (the technology gods allowing) be part of the sUASNews hangout discussion which starts today at about 2100GMT.
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