Club Safety

The NMRCC Safety Officer is an AMA required Club Officer Position, which serves to ensure the field operations are performed safely. All of us from time to time need to be cautioned about our flying. Every club member is expected to ensure these rules are observed by everyone at the field.

Do not take requests that involve safety as a personal insult.

All members should use common sense above and beyond rules mentioned here.

GROUND RULES

  1. Flying is restricted to our Club Members and Guest with current AMA Memberships.
  2. Flight boxes and models being prepared for flight shall be restricted to the Pit Area.
  3. Frequency Impound – Frequency control procedures, including radio impoundment, are to be followed atall times, regardless of the number of pilots at the field. On arrival at the field, all Transmitters (including Spectrum / 2.4 GHz) shall be placed in the Frequency Impound area with the antenna collapsed (if possible), andTransmitter turned OFF. No Transmitters shall be removed from the Frequency Impound area unless the appropriate Frequency Pin (clip) is attached to the Transmitter and the current AMA and/or Club Membership Card of the flyer is in the frequency slot on the control board. Spectrum / 2.4 GHz Radios / 2.4 GHz Module Equipped Radios will require a Clip designated for 2.4 GHz and the current AMA Card and/or Club Membership Card of the flyer will be placed on the frequency board in a slot designated for 2.4 GHz Radios.
  4. Possession of the Frequency Pin shall be limited to 20 minutes if other flyers are waiting to use the same pin.
  5. All flyers are responsible for ensuring we do no harm to the environment in the vicinity of the field. Fueling with a catch can to prevent fuel contamination of the soil at the field is recommended.
  6. When engines are run up to full throttle in the Pit Area, ensure the model is positioned to prevent damage to other aircraft, Pilots, or bystanders in the area. Unattended running of engines will not be allowed.
  7. Cars must be parked in the designated areas only. Spectators are welcome to the field but must remain in the designated Spectator Area unless accompanied by a member.
  8. No children should be in the Pit or Flight Line area unless they are an AMA Member Pilot under instruction and/or supervised by an adult Club Member.

MODEL REQUIREMENTS

  1. All models must comply with AMA Safety requirements. Refer to the current AMA Safety guidelines for complete information on the requirements.
  2. Any model with newly installed receiver or an aircraft having been involved in a crash shall be range checked before the next flight. (AMA requirement)
  3. Any newly assembled model or a model or having been extensively rebuilt after being involved in a crash should be inspected by another club member to ensure the model is ready to be flown safely.

GENERAL RULES

  1. Fliers shall not consume alcoholic beverages or drugs at the flying field.
  2. Pets must be on a leash at all times and the leash must be strong enough to maintain control of the pet.
    Pets will only be permitted in the Spectator Area. At no time will a pet be allowed to run free or be in the vicinity of a club member’s aircraft or equipment.
  3. Anything you bring to the flying field shall be removed when you depart. No trash cans at the field.
  4. Individual members will be personally liable for any damage to the crops adjacent to our flying field. The club will not be responsible for damages.

FLIGHT RULES

NOTE: During special AMA sanctioned events, the event coordinator may deviate from the club general Flight Rules as long as safety of all individuals at the field is not jeopardized.

  1. All beginning pilots should be certified by a club appointed certification instructor or by a Club Officer before flying without assistance of an instructor. Appointed certification instructors will certify new pilots when they are able to safely perform certain basic flight and safety procedures as described by the club’s Instructor’s Checklist.
    Instructors are volunteers who have demonstrated flying skill, are approved by the Executive Committee, and whose names have been published by the Club President. This is not intended to mean that any volunteer who feels so inclined may not assist a student. They may, but only appointed certification instructors may certify the student to fly unassisted.
  2.  Takeoffs and landings must be made only on the active runway in direction into the wind. Pattern direction will be set by the first flyer on the flight line but can be changed if all flyers on the flight line at that time agree.
  3. Flying should be done in a race track pattern and passes into the wind should be over the runway. Downwind passes should be on the outside leg of the race track pattern. Intense aerobatic flying should not be performed over the runway.
  4. Hand launching is permitted only from the runway after making your intentions known to other flyers on the flight line. NO hand launching from the pits.
  5. If a model must be carried out onto the runway for takeoff, this intention must be previously announced to any other flyers on the flight line. Members pursuing this practice must promptly clear the runway when the model is released.
  6. Pilots must stand only in the “Pilot’s Box” or designated flight line Piloting stations. Only Pilots, Instructors, and Spotters are permitted to stand in the Piloting Stations or on the flight line. No person will stand on the runway.
  7. All takeoff and landing attempts shall be announced to other flyers on the flight line. Communication and cooperation with all flyers on the flight line is essential for safety.
  8. A “Dead Stick” aircraft has the right of way over all aircraft. A landing aircraft has the right of way over any aircraft taking off. When an engine dies in flight, announce the “Dead Stick” condition to warn others of the impending landing.
  9. In any case of a model malfunction in the air (radio or mechanical) promptly announce the in flight problem to other pilots on the flight line.
  10. Any person wishing to retrieve a model from the runway shall announce their intention to the other pilots then quickly retrieve the aircraft and clear the runway. Fliers on the flight line shall not fly over the runway while the aircraft is being removed. Engine restarts should not be made on the runway.
  11. Full Throttle Low Fly passes are not permitted closer to the pilot’s flight line than the far edge of the runway.
  12. Aircraft may taxi from the pits to the runway. On landing, engines shall be shut down as soon as possible after clearing the flight line or runway area. Taxing into the pits is a hazard that should be avoided.
  13. There shall be NO FLYING over the Pits, Spectator Area, Parking Lot, or any area where people are permitted to congregate. NO FLYING of any kind is permitted west of the parking area.
  14. There is to be no flying west of the runway with the exception of helicopter operations at the designated pads.
  15. Helicopters will fly in their designated areas on the west side of the fixed wing aircraft runway area unless they are flying the fixed wing race track pattern.
  16. No more than six (6) models are permitted in the air at one time except during and event at the discretion of the event coordinator.

2-21-2008