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Ideal Christmas Present?

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Thousands will receive drones as Christmas presents this year but, as a recent near-miss with an airliner shows, the authorities face a battle to stop them being used irresponsibly.

I have a small quadcopter which is fun but it's not in the same league as the aircraft in this article. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30387107 Shocked
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This is a very worrying trend and many drones are expected to be given as presents at Christmas. In the recent near miss the aircraft was coming in to land at Heathrow and was at around 700 ft. This could have been disastrous over a built-up area. The aircraft was an Airbus with 180 passengers on board.
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It can only be a matter of time before some kids stop dropping bricks from motorway bridges, deciding it's more fun to buzz the traffic with their new Christmas present.
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I can imagine someone parking one on the roof of their local football ground and getting a free match day.
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...it's more fun to buzz the traffic with their new Christmas present.

We have similar problem with Kamikaze Pheasant taking on cars in the roads around here. However they are not too good at hovering so I guess they are not much use for holding cameras.
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Grilled pheasant, must be quite common on your local menu`s then..  Cheesy
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An unmanned aircraft must never be flown beyond the normal unaided "line of sight" of the person operating it - this is generally measured as 500m (1,640ft)horizontally or 400ft (122m) vertically
An unmanned aircraft fitted with a camera must always be flown at least 50m (164ft) distance away from a person, vehicle, building or structure

These two points i have a bone with.
What is the normnal line of sight? - It depends how big the aircraft is obviously. If it's a little quadcopter you'll never see any further than 50m.
The second one is pathetic considering many pilots will take off and land next to their vehicle, fly over their house to check the roof etc etc etc. A bonkers rule. Yes I agree that it should be a rule of thumb but to say it must always be 50m away is madness. How is anyone expected to know what 50m is? - It's like the car and foglight situation all over again.
As for drones / quadcopters.. i find them a bit boring to be honest. The real interesting RC helicopters are the ones that have the proper tail and head rotor with a variable swashplate. Then they have a nitro / electric engine and can actually carry a payload of reasonable weight. Trouble is that unlike the quadcopters, they're lethal in the wrong hands.. good as garden hedge cutters but lethal to any living creature.
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The second one is pathetic considering many pilots will take off and land next to their vehicle, fly over their house to check the roof etc etc etc

Not the pilot of an Airbus or Boeing Wink
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I did read somewhere that the pilot of a Quadcopter would need a basic pilot's licence if operating 'out of sight'.
This was regarding Amazon's proposal of Quadcopter parcel deliveries.
I found the whole thing a bit dubious to say the least.
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The second one is pathetic considering many pilots will take off and land next to their vehicle, fly over their house to check the roof etc etc etc

Not the pilot of an Airbus or Boeing Wink

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@Strat The same is true if you're flying a drone for any commercial purpose such as aerial photography - even if its in sight. As for out of site flight, the CAA don't allow that at present anyway hence the article shooting down amazons plans in the last few lines. Must admit i'd have been interested to see them deliver to a 3rd floor flat  Cheesy
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I'd much rather be flying one of these... 
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Here is a much more sensible Xmas pressie. A bike.
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Grilled pheasant,

Prefer my pheasant 'poached' Roll eyes Roll eyes
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Google map couldn't find Adair Towers and I'm not a spirits drinker Sad
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