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Old 18th Feb 2021, 15:49
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The AAIB found that the Alauda Airspeeder Mk II was not designed, built or tested to any recognisable standards and that its design and build quality were of a poor standard. The operator’s Operating Safety Case contained several statements that were shown to be untrue.
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Old 18th Feb 2021, 16:03
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95 kg of UAV freefalls from 8,000 ft and lands 40 m from a group of houses - you couldn't make this stuff up.

Inadequate (bordering on non-existent) oversight of a bunch of cowboys.
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Old 18th Feb 2021, 16:59
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"Alauda is pioneering the future of racing motorsport"

A lauda ? Niki was a thoughtful and thorough man. I'm not sure he'd have had anything to do with this mob.
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Old 18th Feb 2021, 19:02
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Latin for a skylark. Nothing to do with Niki. Julius Caesar had a Legion made of Gauls known as "Alauda".
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Old 18th Feb 2021, 19:17
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He took the best bits from each one?
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 13:03
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A couple of quotes from the report:

"All the [flight control system] assemblies failed an evaluation against all IPC A-610 classes due to quality and workmanship issues. Examples included misaligned components, burnt insulation, the use of solder bridges, excessive flux residues and a power connector that appeared to be installed in the incorrect orientation..."

"During the course of the investigation the operator demonstrated little knowledge or understanding of appropriate industry standards, in particular, those relating to airworthiness and for developing electronic hardware and software."

https://assets.publishing.service.go...g_na_03-21.pdf
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 19:11
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Assuming this follows the course of just about every other accident report since the dawn of mankind, the professionalism and forensic detail will be lost to the fog of time, coz, no casualties = no headlines = no action.

Cynic...moi?

yeah...I can read. I see all the recommendations...tis not really my point.
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Old 19th Feb 2021, 19:37
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What other actions would you have liked to see, apart from actioning the recommendations ?
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 07:54
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Page 60 of the report might be relevant: "The operator conducted their own investigation into the accident which included a detailed review of its processes and procedures. As part of this process, they generated 53 recommendations for improvement and, as of December 2020, all actions had either been completed or were being in the process of implementation."
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 07:57
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Oh, well that’s alright then, job done.

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Old 20th Feb 2021, 08:49
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From 'The register', with some pictures showing the quality of the 'workmanship'.
It looks awful!

https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/...investigation/

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Old 20th Feb 2021, 09:20
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Runaway drone infringes on Gatwick airspace

Interesting article in The Register about a 95kg drone, poorly designed and manufactured, which climbed out of control into the Gatwick TMA. https://www.theregister.com/2021/02/...investigation/

And the AAIB report is at https://www.gov.uk/aaib-reports/aaib...slash-a-040719

From the report intro blurb:The AAIB found that the Alauda Airspeeder Mk II was not designed, built or tested to any recognisable standards and that its design and build quality were of a poor standard. The operatorís Operating Safety Case contained several statements that were shown to be untrue.

The Civil Aviation Authorityís Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Unit had assessed the operatorís application and, after clarification and amendment of some aspects, issued an exemption to the Air Navigation Order to allow flights in accordance with the operatorís Operating Safety Case. The Civil Aviation Authority did not meet the operator or inspect the Alauda Airspeeder Mk II before the accident flight.
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 10:00
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See the discussion at UK drone accident
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 13:13
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Those pictures are lifted from the report...
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Old 20th Feb 2021, 20:45
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I've read the whole report. What I find incomprehensible is that the CAA approved the operation of a prototype drone, imported for the purposes of a commercial demonstration, without even seeing it!

I offer this royalty-free headline to the Daily Mail:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Remotely Approved!
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 18:03
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Originally Posted by India Four Two View Post
I've read the whole report. What I find incomprehensible is that the CAA approved the operation of a prototype drone, imported for the purposes of a commercial demonstration, without even seeing it!

I offer this royalty-free headline to the Daily Mail:

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Remotely Approved!
Taking a cue from the FAA/Boeing style of 'oversight' one assumes?
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Old 21st Feb 2021, 19:46
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Strewth - the CAA certainly seem to have approached supervision of that exercise a tad casually. Given how rigorously they expect pilots, designers and engineers/maintainers of full size aeroplanes to behave and how much fuss has been made about radio control aircraft models and their control, this one seems to have been allowed to slip through rather too easily !

A 90Kg flying object effectively out of control at a public event is a darn scary thought.
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