Rules

Club Rules

1. No aircraft which in the opinion of a Committee Member or Safety Officer is unsafe, will be allowed to fly.

2. Models which emit more than 82dBA when measured in accordance with the appropriate BMFA procedures will not be allowed to fly. A noise meter is kept in the shed at the flying field, together with details of how the model should be tested: you will require a club member to assist you and to record the noise level(s). When a model is tested, details musty be entered into the book provided. Note that it is the model that is tested: ie it is the engine/model/silencer/propeller combination that is permitted to fly. Changing the propeller would require the model to be re-tested.

3. Radio equipment must be properly maintained, and periodic range checks carried out. If any radio equipment is suspect, in any way, it must not be used until rectified by a competent repairer. Any suspicion of outside radio interference must be reported to a Committee Member immediately.

4. All flying must be conducted in a safe and responsible manner. Models should at all times be flown within the area designated on the site map, or other area as advised by a Committee Member or Safety Officer. No flying is to take place over the pits, car park or adjacent road. All flying should be in front of the pilots, not behind the pits – the only exception is for multi-rotor pilots (see 8 below)

5. No member will be permitted to fly without the direct supervision of a Club designated instructor until they have gained their ‘A’ certificate, issued by a registered BMFA examiner.

6. A 10khz spacing will be used between frequencies for those flying with 35MHz equipment. If adjacent channel interference is suspected, DO NOT FLY until the source of the problem has been verified and eliminated. A pegboard is available in the mower shed and must be used at all times. Radios on 2.4 Ghz are excused the use of the Peg Board but care should still be taken.

7. All landings must be clearly called, and priority is to be given to deadstick landings and gliders.

8. All pilots shall remain in the same ‘pilot box’ area while flying, and all take-offs and landings are to be made in the same direction. There is an exception for multi-rotor pilots who fly from a designated area next to the pit area.

9. Helicopters are permitted to fly ONLY when no fixed-wing aircraft are airborne.

10. Unless advised otherwise by a Committee Member or Safety Officer, flying times are as follows:

Saturdays, Sundays
& Bank Holidays                    12.00 to 18.00     All aircraft types

Mondays & Wednesdays         17.00 to 21.00     Silent flight only

Tuesdays, Thursdays
& Fridays
                              12.00 to 21.00     All aircraft types

11. All litter, rubbish etc. to be removed from the field after each flying
session.

12. No vehicles should be taken on the field without the express permission of a Committee Member.

13. Any person breaking any of the rules may be asked to leave the club.

14. ANY incident involving personal injury or damage to property MUST BE REPORTED TO A COMMITTEE MEMBER AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.