The operation of model aircraft has inherent dangers; our main objective is to ensure we have as much fun flying model aircraft with as little regulation as possible to ensure maximum safety for pilots and spectators. To this end certain rules need to be followed as set out below. Follow the rules and have safe fun.
All members must observe field discipline and comply with the Air Navigation Order, all relevant BMFA safety codes as contained within the BMFA Members Handbook and Civil Aviation Publication (CAP) 658.
1. All new members will receive an induction upon their acceptance into the club. This will be carried out before any new member may fly any model.
Amongst other items at the induction the members will be told how to gain entrance to the flying field and clubhouse; where the ‘pits’ areas and take-off and landing areas are laid out and the safe areas for spectators. They will also be advised of the no-fly zones, transmitter control and other safety aspects.
Note that flying is restricted to the hours shown in the ‘Flying Hours’ section below, this is not an arbitrary decision but a condition of planning consent for the flying field and these hours must not be exceeded!
2. Before any flying commences YOUR PLANE MUST HAVE BEEN NOISE TESTED. No model will be allowed to fly if its noise level exceeds 82 dB (A) at 7 metres when tested in accordance with the BMFA and D. of E. code of practice. Club members should aim to keep their engines as quiet as possible (There are no rules against throttling back during flight! Remember that our close neighbours may not be as enamoured with our sport as we are). Any changes to the model that might affect its noise output, e.g. change of engine, change of propeller, change of silencer, change of engine cowling, etc., will require that it be re-tested. Noise test results will be recorded in the back of the Flying Field Log.
3. All transmitters, except those operating on 2.4ghz, MUST be left in the pound when not in use. All transmitters must carry the owner’s name and telephone number. No transmitter, except those operating on 2.4 ghz, may be switched on without the user first acquiring the appropriate numbered frequency peg from the pegboard, the frequency peg must be fixed to your transmitter when in use. The appropriate colour pennant (e.g. orange for 35 MHz) and the frequency number must be displayed on your transmitter at all times. When you have a frequency peg your personal tag must replace it on the pegboard.
4. The club only flies on even numbered frequencies in the 35 mhz waveband, channels 56 to 90, but channels 86, 88 and 90 which are exclusively allocated to the club trainers.
5. The club also flies on 2.4 ghz waveband Spread Spectrum Radio Control Equipment.
6. The club no longer allows flying on the 27 mhz waveband.
7. Members must enter their details, as required, into the Flying Field Log on their arrival and departure. These entries may be checked from time to time by a Local Authority officer.
8. A maximum of six aircraft may be flown at the same time of which ONLY THREE MAY BE POWERED BY INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINES, the remaining three can be electric powered or gliders.
9. Flying over designated No Fly Zones must be avoided at all times, these include 200 metres proximity to any residential premises, roads, the pits area, the car parks and any area behind the flight line (See the diagram following later in this manual). It may not always be possible to control people walking by at a reasonable distance from the take-off/landing area but you should take care not to fly over them at low level. Avoid flying close to any animals or birds.
10. Any member not holding a BMFA ‘A’ Certificate or higher MUST have an experienced flyer, holding at least an ‘A’ Certificate, in attendance in the pilots’ box when flying.
11. Aircraft MUST NOT be taxied behind the flight line or towards the pilots’ box.
12. Members MUST obey directions given by the safety marshals at all times. Should you disagree with the marshal’s decision it must still be obeyed and the matter brought to the attention of a committee member.
13. Before taking your aircraft on to the take-off strip you must call out loudly to pilots already flying “on the strip taking off” and do not proceed until they acknowledge that it is safe to do so.
14. Before landing or doing ‘touch and goes’ you must clearly signal your intention by calling out loudly “landing” or “dead stick” or whatever is appropriate to the situation, this includes “low passes” in either direction. Never assume that the landing area is clear, even if you have called landing. Pilots landing should have priority but must never assume that they have been heard as a pilot going out to take off may not have heard a call over the noise of his model’s engine.
15. In emergency situations call for help from your fellow flyers and always be prepared to land in a safe place off the normal landing area if necessary. In ALL cases the safety of people is paramount.
16. Do not enter onto the take-off/landing strip to recover your aircraft until it is safe to do so and you have called loudly to other pilots “on the strip” and received acknowledgement. Do not take your transmitter onto the landing strip with you when retrieving your plane, put it on the transmitter stand by the pilots’ box or hang it on one of the purpose-built hooks on the pilots’ box fence. Do not switch off your transmitter until you have switched off the aircraft’s receiver. Once you have recovered your aircraft and exited the take-off/landing strip call out clearly “clear of the strip”. Remember other pilots cannot see what you are doing whilst they are concentrating on flying their aircraft. Never loiter unnecessarily on the flying strip.
17. Pilots flying must stand in the ‘pilots’ box’ after take-off and not wander about. Wherever possible pilots should place their models on the flying strip and return to the pilots’ box before starting the take-off run – THIS SHOULD BE DONE WITHOUT DELAY. Models should not be rotated for take-off until they have passed the pilots’ box, this will minimize any danger of a model veering towards the box. Care must be taken at all times to avoid flying over operating transmitters (pilots taking off). Any stalled engines/planes should be cleared off of landing strip.
18. Never distract pilots, particularly when they are engaged in taking off or landing – THERE SHOULD BE NO SPECTATORS IN THE PILOT BOX – ONLY FLLIERS AND HELPERS/SPOTTERS
19. At any sign of malfunction or an unexpected jettisoning of model parts, land as soon as it is safe to do so.
20. The staging of deliberate mid-air collisions at any time is banned and invalidates your BMFA insurance.
21. Due consideration should be given at all times to trainee or novice pilots in the circuit.
22. Any examiner can deem a pilot unsafe to fly. The member in question can take this decision to the Committee.
General Model Safety
1. Models must be built to a standard such that they will not fail under normal circumstances, giving full attention to control surfaces and connections.
2. Models should be checked thoroughly prior to each flying session and after any abnormally heavy landing. A radio range check should be carried out on each model before each flying session begins. Failsafe systems, where available, must be set and correct operation must be checked. The correct operation of the failsafe must be checked on each model before each flight.
3. All projections ahead of the propeller on models powered by internal combustion engines and electric motors, e.g. spinners, prop nuts, etc. should be of not less than 7.5 mm radius measured tangentially to all intersecting surfaces, i.e. no needle noses. Exposed prop nuts, i.e. not covered by spinners, should be of the domed type as manufacturers supplied nuts and locking nuts will not meet the requirement.
4. Metal or damaged propellers must not be used.
5. Care should be taken by the operator to ensure that propellers are of a suitable size and construction for the engine or motor they are being used on.
6. Heavy ballast, or any other heavy part, subject to jettisoning in flight is prohibited. Jettisonable ballast must be of a safe nature, e.g. water.
7. All radio-controlled models are subject to in-flight vibrations, landing knocks, transport damage, etc. Ensure that receivers and batteries are well protected and securely fixed, also that servos are firmly fixed. Ensure that control linkages (pushrods, snakes, closed loops, etc.) are robust enough for their purpose, are properly supported where necessary, are as ‘slop free’ as possible and that all control surface hinges and horns are fitted correctly and are secure.
8. There are starting benches available, during flying hours these are to be used for starting only – not for assembly. Do not leave equipment or debris as a trip hazard around benches – boxes should be placed under benches or against the fence. Please ensure clear commands when starting engine and check area is safe to start.
9. When starting an engine, or switching on an electric motor, always make sure the model is restrained and cannot move forward. Never put yourself in a position where your face is in line with a turning propeller. A broken propeller will fly outwards and forwards so make all engine adjustments from the rear if possible.
10. A broken propeller may also be a danger to those standing nearby so take care that no one is in line with it when starting your engine.
11. Models should be suitably restrained before starting an engine. This includes electric models. Models must not be left unattended with the engine running. Any “running in” of engines should be carried out on the bench to the far side of the car park.
1. Waveney Model Flying Club operates an open and honest communication policy. Negative comments to or about other members will not be tolerated. Any comments or disputes should be taken to a Committee Member if cannot be resolved on a one-to-one basis
2. Children must be closely supervised and must not be allowed to run around the pit area of runways
There are designated spaces near the start- up benches for less-abled members – please leave these free
Helicopters have the use the helipad. However, should a qualified helicopter pilot wish to use the strip other fixed-wing fliers should give this opportunity.
5. Only fliers and their helpers should be in the pilots box – spectators ARE a distraction.
6. Clubhouse is available for members and guests to use. Please ensure rubbish is taken home with you.
7. First aid boxes are available in Clubhouse – in the signing in book are the coo-ordinates for Emergency Services to attend.
8. Please be considerate of other fliers, offer help where needed, thank those involved and above all have fun and fly safe!
Rules amended and approved by the committee 2:11:2017
Summer (1st May to 31st August inclusive)
Monday and Friday: 14.00 to 21.00 hours for non-ducted fan electric powered models only.
Tuesday /Wednesday/Thursday: 14:00 to 21:00 hours
Saturday: 13:00 to19:00 hours
Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 hours
16:00 to 20:00 hours for electric powered planes and gliders only.
Winter (1st September to 30th April inclusive)
Monday and Friday 13.00 hours to dusk for non-ducted fan electric powered models only.
Tuesday /Wednesday/Thursday: 13:00 hours to dusk
Saturday: 10:00 hours to dusk
Sunday: 10:00 to 14:00 hours
16:00 to 20:00 hours or dusk whichever is earlier, for electric powered planes and gliders only