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RULES 2007


1) All club members must join the BMFA, for insurance purposes, either by joining through the club or by joining as an individual directly with the BMFA.

2) Members must at all times fly their model in a safe manner and not likely to cause damage or nuisance to people, property or the public at large.

3) All powered aircraft must conform to current noise emission levels and codes of practice set by:

  • The sport governing body (BMFA)
  • Local byelaws
  • Club rules
  • Where these conflict, the lowest noise level is required.
  • All new aircraft and IC engines should be checked, plus any existing aircraft at the request of any committee member if infringement of the noise levels is suspected.
  • Full size aircraft have absolute priority if we are being overflown, all models should be brought down to a low level.
  • CAA rules. In particular no model over 7kg and no flying above 400ft (we are in controlled LBA airspace and do not have permission to fly above these heights).

In accordance with the above noise emission rules, two-stroke IC powered aircraft (including helicopters) are not permitted. We are a four-stroke and electric club only. There may be exceptional circumstances where two-stroke aircraft are permitted to fly, but this will be strictly controlled, e.g. for approved two-stroke glider towing tugs, requiring permission from the Committee before being allowed to fly.

4) Members are required to check and abide by any flying time/area restrictions. These will be displayed in the club hut and members are required to check before flying.

5) No member of the club shall fly a model aircraft, powered or otherwise in any place, circumstances, or any manner which could invalidate any protection afforded to him or the club under the BMFA’s insurance arrangements. In the case of any situation arising in which a claim could be made against the club or any individual with regard to the BMFA's insurance arrangements, the member will give immediate notice to any of the club's elected officers to enable clarification to be obtained from the club's insurers, and a decision to be made by the committee.

6) A member is not permitted to operate or fly a model after having consumed alcohol. This rule is required to protect the club, its Committee and its members against possible litigation and to align the club with BMFA guidelines and CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) policy.

7) Green Peg Award: As from Oct 1 2007 all members flying solo must have passed the Green Peg proficiency scheme. If you have not passed this scheme, then you will only be permitted to fly with a buddy box, controlled by a club member who has passed the scheme. At the discretion of a committee member, and after having achieved a level of proficiency sufficient to practice for the Green Peg award, you may be permitted to fly without a buddy box, albeit with a Green Peg member stood next to you.

8) New models:

New model preparation: No member should fly a new model without being checked out by a committee member (note that irrespective of the committee members specific role, all have a safety officer responsibility).

Flying a new model: All new models must be test flown with at least one other Green Peg club member present. Depending on the model and setup, the committee member agreeing the above will recommend if a buddy box system is required.

9) Only four model aircraft (excluding gliders) to be flying at any one time (electric and/or IC).

10) Gliders/glider towing: In the event of a busy flying/glider towing day, those participating in this activity must appoint a spotter to be on hand to warn about low level full size flying aircraft.

Note: All flyers should give adequate clearance to full?size commercial/light aircraft in the vicinity of the flying field (see rule 3 - CAA rules).

11) Under no circumstances will a member verbally, or in writing, accept liability to a third party for any incident where a claim could be made against the club's insurers until instructed by the insurers.

12) Before flying and on arrival to the site, all members must ensure that they are familiar with the pitting and flying arrangements for the day, i.e. these will be determined on the day by the first senior member arriving at the site, and according to the wind direction. These may change during the day and members must ensure they are aware of the current arrangements before operating/flying their model. This is in accordance with BMFA safety recommendations (see BMFA Handbook).

Note: When deciding on the “runway in use” consideration/priority will be given to large/scale models, ie a large/scale model may HAVE to use a runway with a slightly higher crosswind component to acquire the stopping distance.

13) All models must be tethered when starting and running the engine in the pitting area(s). The car park is only to be used for unloading and assembling models – IC engines must not be started in the car park area.

Note: running in a new engine should be carried out to the very far side of (and beyond) the car parking area.

14) No club member should walk over the flying strip when aircraft are flying other than to take-off or recover a model.

15) No club member shall deliberately fly a model over:

  • The pitting area
  • Spectators
  • Car park area

No member should ever fly behind themselves except in an emergency or when using runways red one/red two (see diagram in portakabin to identify runways). All four strokes should carry out their flying to the West and North of the field (except on base leg/landing approach).

16) Members will at all times:

  • Use recognised frequency spacing on all the authorised bands.
  • Supply and use a correctly numbered and named frequency peg which must be fixed to the club's pegboard prior to switching the transmitter on.
  • Note: members operating on 2.4Ghz are also required to use a peg – this should be marked with the members name/2.4 Ghz and placed on the bottom of the peg board in the marked position.
  • Keep the Tx aerial retracted in the pits and only extend when flying or about to take off.
  • Remove all debris from the flying site, including broken props etc to protect livestock (see rule 27).

17) Members should be aware of other members' requirements to use the same channel and limit flight times accordingly.

18) Children under 16 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.

19) Aircraft may only be taxied away from the pits/pilot box and towards the pits up to the halfway point (the engine should then be stopped and the plane carried to the pits).

20) The Tx should only be switched on when the peg is on the frequency board alongside the appropriate frequency.

21) When flying is in progress, pilots should stand together in the designated pilot box and communicate significant intentions to all other flyers (e.g. take off, landing, low pass, dead stick landing, and when retrieving a plane from the strip).

22) Aircraft in difficulty, e.g. dead stick landings must be given priority by other pilots.

23) All committee members have a safety officer responsibility and therefore all activities will be under their control.

24) Member's guests or casual visitors may fly if they are already covered by BMFA insurance. This concession will be allowed on up to three occasions to the visitor in any 12 month period. Any visitor must be personally supervised by the host club member. Host club members need permission from a committee member to supervise a visitor.

25) Dogs: All members must abide by the BMFA handbook recommendations (to quote), ‘Dogs and model aircraft do not mix. If you take your dog to the flying field it should be on a lead and restrained at all times’.

26) Members are required to check and abide by any flying time/area restrictions.

27) All rubbish and debris (including broken propellers etc) must be either placed in the bin provided, or removed from the flying field. It is the responsibility of the member to ensure that any debris from their crashed plane is removed from the field/strip. The flying site & the Club hut should be kept clean & tidy at all times.

28) Courtesy to passing horse-riders must be shown at all times, e.g. by keeping away from the road and at sufficient height so as not to disturb the passing horse(s).

29) After four verbal warnings (by a committee member) and at the discretion of the committee, action may be taken. This could include suspension and/or exclusion from the club.

Note: verbal warnings may be given where the member is found to be in breach of these rules and/or their attitude warrants a verbal warning. This will be at the discretion of the committee member taking into account the circumstances at the time. After four verbal warnings, the member will be given the opportunity to state their case in writing for consideration by the full committee before any sanctions are imposed.

30) Rules applying to new members:

  • three months probationary period, to be lifted subject to a committee decision
  • all new members are encouraged to seek the advice of a more experienced modeller, i.e. after the initial check (see rule 8) and before flying a modified aircraft, e.g. fitting gyros and other stabilising devices etc.

Change History:
18.01.2008 Imported original 2007 rules. Minor formatting changes for the web, fixed some punctuation.
12.03.2008 Superseded by 2008 rules