Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

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Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by stockton » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:30 pm

I have been given to understand that there is a legal height restriction, of 150feet or 45 odd meters, on flying radio control aircraft.
Is this true and how does this effect radio control gliders, which I could, on a good day, launch higher than that?
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Mon Apr 23, 2018 4:55 pm

This specific regulation is defined in one of the CAA sub parts, give me a few min I will find the exact part and direct you there or paste it here.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:09 pm

There you go, Part94.06.11

Operation of model aircraft

94.06.11 Model aircraft are exempted from these regulations—

(a)

except from regulation 94.05.1; and



(b)

provided that no model aircraft shall be flown—

(i)

higher than 150 feet above the surface; or

(ii)

from or above a public road,

unless with the prior approval of the Director and on conditions determined by him or her; or in airspace specifically approved for the purpose by the Director and on conditions set by him or her for the use of such airspace.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by happyskipper » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:13 pm

So - this would not apply to a SAMAA aerodrome?
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:14 pm

If under a microscope the regulation does not define a distance from the operator meaning that as long as you are below 150ft you are not limited in distance.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:19 pm

happyskipper wrote:So - this would not apply to a SAMAA aerodrome?
I don't have an answer to that Skipper, but I don't see how there could be two criteria when the zones are not identified accurately. ie where and where not are SAMAA fields listed in publications, circulars. Yes they are listed at flight club level where a SAMAA model field is within proximity but nothing more than that I have seen.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by heisan » Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:12 pm

SAMAA registered fields are listed in the AIPs, and have different ceilings. Most are at least 400'. Dedicated gliding clubs are usually 1000' or 1500'.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:18 am

heisan wrote:SAMAA registered fields are listed in the AIPs, and have different ceilings. Most are at least 400'. Dedicated gliding clubs are usually 1000' or 1500'.
Ok Thanks Justin, as long as they are listed in the publications then I agree with the difference from Part94.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by heisan » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:48 am

Multirotordronepilot wrote:
heisan wrote:SAMAA registered fields are listed in the AIPs, and have different ceilings. Most are at least 400'. Dedicated gliding clubs are usually 1000' or 1500'.
Ok Thanks Justin, as long as they are listed in the publications then I agree with the difference from Part94.
It is not exactly a 'difference' from Part 94. As quoted above, the Part 94 rule ends with:
...unless with the prior approval of the Director and on conditions determined by him or her; or in airspace specifically approved for the purpose by the Director and on conditions set by him or her for the use of such airspace.
In the SAMAA ARO documentation, the Director gives SAMAA permission to act on their behalf in respect of this rule. So SAMAA can set their own limits at every field. Other aviation users are informed of these limits in the AIPs.
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:21 am

heisan wrote:
Multirotordronepilot wrote:
heisan wrote:SAMAA registered fields are listed in the AIPs, and have different ceilings. Most are at least 400'. Dedicated gliding clubs are usually 1000' or 1500'.
Ok Thanks Justin, as long as they are listed in the publications then I agree with the difference from Part94.
It is not exactly a 'difference' from Part 94. As quoted above, the Part 94 rule ends with:
...unless with the prior approval of the Director and on conditions determined by him or her; or in airspace specifically approved for the purpose by the Director and on conditions set by him or her for the use of such airspace.
In the SAMAA ARO documentation, the Director gives SAMAA permission to act on their behalf in respect of this rule. So SAMAA can set their own limits at every field. Other aviation users are informed of these limits in the AIPs.

Others have said it and I agree, Justin you are the absolute exception in understanding the detail contained in legislation =D>
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Re: Ceiling of 150feet for Radio control aircraft

Unread post by Trevor Duane » Mon May 21, 2018 4:52 pm

I have not forgotten about about this and made time to go and find the details in the publication see the pic for the exact section within part 2 of the AIP's
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