FIELD SAFETY RULES
Rev: September 12,2015
AIRMASTERS RADIO CONTROL CLUB, AMA CHARTER 2814
I. Use of field
Use of the flying field is restricted to club members and their guest. Members using spread spectrum (2.4MHz) are not required to use the frequency board. Members still using (72 MHz) must use the frequency board and display the pin on their transmitter along with leaving their ID card in place of the pin number.
All flyers are required to have an AMA membership and a club membership. Guest of members must belong to the AMA and provide proof. The member bringing the guest must be present at the flying field when he/she fly's.
The Official National AMA Safety Code is an integral part of the club's field rules.
Permission to fly solo is restricted to current AMA members. Club members or their guests may fly using a buddy box yoked to a master transmitter in the hands of a qualified instructor.
In order to qualify to fly solo, a pilot must demonstrate to the safety coordinator,club officer or flight instructor his/her safe control of the RC aircraft.
III. Spectators and Visitors
Spectators must remain under the shelter or behind the fence separating the pits from the parking area.
Visiting AMA members qualified to fly solo are welcome to fly up to five days a/year as guests, at the pleasure of the membership. Relatives or out-of-town guests of a club member may fly with their host up to ten days a/year.
IV. Radio Frequency Control
1. Pilots may use only those radio frequencies approved by the FCC for model aviation. Including 2.4 GHz and 72 MHz (See the AMA's table of approved frequencies) or be FCC licensed (HAM) operators using the amateur-service radio frequencies 50 MHz (channels 00 - 09). Please note: this 50MHz frequency is also used by ground boats and car/trucks. 27 MHz channel A1 - A6 (mostly used by park flyers and CB radio).
2. Because radios transmitting on the same fixed frequency (e.g., channel 55 on the 72 MHz band) interfere with each other, the following frequency-control procedures apply: Radios that transmit on a fixed frequency must NOT be turned on until the corresponding frequency-control pin (the one bearing the same channel number as the transmitter) has been transferred to the transmitter from the clubs frequency control board. The pin must remain with the transmitter while in use. When not in use, the pin should be returned to the frequency control board, and the transmitter should be switched off and kept in the impound area. Use of the frequency pin (channel) is limited to 15 minutes when others are waiting to fly on that channel. Pilots sharing a common frequency (channel) should inform each other of that fact and cooperate in the interest of safety.
3. Signals radiating from spread spectrum transmitters (2.4 GHz) do not interfere with each other so frequency-control procedures are unnecessary for 2.4 GHz.
If anyone causes an accident by failing to follow the rules above, the pilot will be liable for all losses. If more than one person is at fault, they share the liability.
V. Flight Restrictions
Flying over the pits or the spectator and parking areas is forbidden.
A maximum of five (5) aircraft are allowed in the air at one time. Exceptions may be made (at the discretion of the Safety Coordinator) for special occasions.
Fast aerobatic maneuvers directly above the runway that aims the airplane's heading, even temporarily, toward the pits are forbidden.
Turbine engines Turbine engines are permitted but speed is limited to 150 miles per hour.
VI. Runway and Pits Procedures
Airplanes must be physically restrained while starting and running up their engines.
Airplanes must not be taxied through the pits at any time before takeoffs or after landings. Large aircraft may taxi out of the pit area under hand control of the aircraft until it reaches the entrance to the runway.
Hand launching from the flight line amended
It is permissible to hand- launch gliders and small aircraft from pilot stations. If another pilot is in close proximity, be sure he is aware of your intentions. If at all possible, hand launches should take place at the ends of the pilot-stations row and on the sides away from other pilots flying at the time.
Takeoffs and landings must be in the direction indicated by the sign located near the middle of the field. If the wind direction changes and the pattern direction should be reversed, that pilot needs to ask all pilots flying if they can change. All pilots flying must agree before change can be made.
Before taxiing out to take off, a pilot must advise those flying that they are going to be taking off.
Before walking onto the runway, a person must advise those flying (loudly) that there is a going to be a person "on the runway," and then get on and off the field as quickly as possible.
VII. Flight-Line Procedures
Meetings: Any time a club meeting is scheduled by The Board of Directors or Club President at the flying site of the Airmasters RC Club (10) ten minutes prior to the meeting, all engines in the pit area will stop, and flying will stop until the meeting has been adjourned.
Flight stations: While flying, pilots must stand behind the safety fence If a pilot stands on the runway to take off (e.g., to hand-launch a power aircraft/glider or simply to ensure a safe takeoff), the pilot is to return behind the safety fence.
Pattern: When two or more pilots are flying at the same time they should generally fly in the same clockwise or counterclockwise pattern, with the up-wind leg being above the runway and the down-wind leg being farther out.
Intentions: when a pilot plans to land or do touch and goes they must advise other pilots on the flight line of their intentions
Dead stick: a pilot forced to make a dead-stick landing must shout out the words "dead-stick" so that others, including those standing far out on the runway, can hear the warning and yield the right-of-way.
Flight time,is limited to 10 minutes (per flight) when others are waiting to fly.
Moving from electric power to liquid-fuel engines If a new pilot has learned on electric airplanes and has never flown one with glow or gasoline power, the pilot must work with a club instructor for a check-flight on the liquid-fuel powered aircraft before operating it as a solo pilot (Required)
Experienced pilots who have only flown electric aircraft should also work with a club instructor to make sure they understand the performance differences in liquid - fuel powered aircraft before flying as a solo pilot. (Optional but recommended)
Training flights Flight instructors should generally limit training flights to ten minutes each, with three flights per student per day.
Yielding to other aircraft Members are expected to use common sense and courtesy before taking off when other aircraft are flying. Trying to mix dissimilar aircraft or styles of flying may cause unsafe conflicts. For example, if combat is taking place, it would be unwise for a student pilot to be in the air. Good judgment should be used if there are people flying 3D, high-speed racing planes or jets, micro planes, very slow aircraft trainers, helicopters, etc. The question to ask is, "Will my airplane or style of flying cause conflict with other aircraft in the air: "If so it would be best to wait until conditions change or to ask flight-line pilots if it's okay to take off.
VIII. Noise Control
Mufflers or sound-muffling exhaust pipes are required on engines that are .090 cubic inch or larger. Engines that require long periods of run time to test, adjust or break them in must be done in the designed test area at the southern edge of the parking area.
IX. Safety Coordinator
The club's Safety Coordinator is authorized to investigate alleged rule violations and to dispense appropriate counseling, warnings or reprimands as needed. Any member who repeatedly ignores the Safety Coordinator's counsel is to be considered to be in flagrant violation of the rules and will be issued a written notice to that effect by the President in consultation with the Safety Coordinator.
If a member in flagrant violation of the rules continues to violate the rules, his flying privileges will be suspended, at the discretion of the President in consultation with the Safety Coordinator and the Board of Directors. A member may appeal to the Board of Directors to have his flying privileges reinstated.
The Safety Coordinator may put an airplane or a pilot on probation at a moment's notice stipulating that specific steps be taken to resolve a hazardous situation; for example, "This airplane must not be flown until it passes a radio range test," or "You must not fly solo when the wind is out of the west until you can land safely from the east. The plane or pilot comes off probation automatically once the remedial steps have resolved the hazard. If a claimed hazard is in dispute, the Board of Directors is the final arbiter.
The club's flight instructors are deputized to fill in for the Safety Coordinator in their absence for pre-flight inspections of new and rebuilt (after crash) aircraft.
The plane's owner's responsibility is to ask the Safety Coordinator or a flight instructor to perform this inspection.
Flying this type of aircraft from the main runway is not permitted until the pilot is proficient at flying them.
Helicopters/Drones/Quad-copters and fixed wing aircraft are not to fly at the same time.
Beginners must fly at the south end of the north-south runway at a safe distance from the pit area and east-west runway to practice maneuvers never allowing the aircraft to enter an active runway.
Proficiency examples are:
a. Be able to show a stable hover keeping the aircraft from drifting.
b. Be comfortable in forward flight.
c. Be able to do figure eights while maintaining a consistent altitude and speed.
d. Be able to preform a controlled decent.
e. Show safety awareness when handling,starting,and or disarming the aircraft.