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UK PFAW renewal, flight hours

Discussion in 'Certified UAV Pilots' started by SimonMW, Jul 27, 2016.

  1. SimonMW

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    Quick question. With the changeable weather it hasn't been easy to get out recently. I have done simulator practice as a last resort (along with real flying whenever I can).

    With the renewal and logbooks, is simulator time valid when you have no choice as well as real flights? I remember ages ago being told that it was fine as a last resort, but I can't find any references anywhere.
     
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    It's only real flights that the CAA would want to have fall back records of. Their perspective is safety which doesn't come into sim practice. You only have to show 2 months worth of flight at renewal anyway.

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    Yes, they are after safety, but it states "Flight Time" hours. When I originally did the BNUC-S ground school, there was reference to sim flights being valid, but I wanted t double check. Does anyone here know for sure?
     
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    Sorry I don't know for sure, only CAA could answer that I think. Flight time to me is time in the air not in a sim. I don't think manned pilots count time in a simulator as flight times. Just doesn't seem right to me. You should have no bother getting your real flight time hours up though even in our changeable weather. 2 hours every 3 months is not hard to hit!

    EDIT: PS. That's less than 3x 15min flights a month. You would need to be doing a lot more than that to make having a PFAW worth while. Imo.

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    It is when you are running a full time video production that isn't focussed solely on aerial video, and the local area has nowhere you can easily legally fly!

    Anyway, I have checked directly with the CAA, and they told me.... that they didn't actually know themselves, but to err on the side of caution and only submit real flying hours.
     
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    I can't help you on the CAA rules, but perhaps I can help on where you can fly legally.

    I am currently building time and experience on a UAV with a view to getting my PFAW at some point (I have been into RC fixed wing on and off for 20 years), so I spent quite a bit of time working out where to practise legally.

    I live in west London, so you would think - no chance for anywhere local, but in fact I have two locations 15 minutes drive away. Both are local council sites in parks (google "model flying" plus the name of councils in your area). One is linked to being a member of a model flying club, but the other is not. A third site is maybe 20 mins away - in a Royal park with no restrictions and a fourth site is also available around 30 minutes away with no restrictions on a common. Not sure why councils have designated flying areas, perhaps it dates back to when the sport was more popular?.

    I also joined a BMFA affiliated model flying club. Quite a few clubs were really sniffy about flying drones, but I did find one about 60 mins away with its own 7 day a week flying field that not only welcomed drones but also had an examiner for my BMFA A flight exam (still going to do ground school etc - but wanted to make sure I could actually fly the things before spending cash). One downside to this site is that I need my BMFA A cert before I can fly solo - but if you passed the flight test for your PFAW you should be able to get the A cert with ease on your first or second visit. It is basically just hovering (mostly tail in) and a few lazy figure 8s, plus some questions on the ANO related to model and UAV rules . The BMFA website has a club locator page - you would be surprised at how many model flying clubs there are out there.

    My first post on the forum - been lurking for months but finally a thread where I could add value!
     
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