Haverfordwest Model Club
The following rules have been formulated with a view to maintaining a unified and safe operating environment.
It must be remembered that safety is of paramount importance at all times.
These rules are supplementary to the code of practice laid down by the British Model Flying association, and are intended to cater for the particular requirements of the club flying site.
1a. The law of the land and/or local bye-laws shall take precedence over these rules.
1b. There must be compliance at all times with the AIR NAVIGATION ORDER and with the code of practice of the DEPARTMENT of THE ENVIRONMENT in respect of noise pollution.
All aircraft shall be tested on site according to the Department and in conjunction with BMFA guide lines, this will be carried out by the club nominated testers and the requirement for an aircraft to pass will be no more than 82dbA at a distance of 7metres.
Any aircraft not complying will be grounded and not allowed to fly on the site.
Gas turbine aircraft are not subject to these tests.
1c. As a BMFA affiliated club the codes of practice of this association must be followed wherever appropriate/practice.
1d. It must be remembered that as holders of a lease from the Ministry of Defence that they are our landlords and their wishes must be conformed to.
1e. It is a requirement of the club and in order to satisfy the CHILD PROTECTION ACT 1989 that all children up to the age of SEVENTEEN YEARS are to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, VULNERABLE ADULTS to be accompanied by a guardian/carer/responsible adult, whilst at the flying site.
Club members shall not be regarded as guardians, carers or responsible adults as described in Clause 1e above. The only exception being club members who have children/vulnerable adults in their care.
1f. Contravention of these rules will be dealt with as laid out in the constitution clause 28.
2. FLYING SITE.
2a. FLYING TIMES at the Templeton site are as follows:
10am to 7.30pm daily for all i.c. powered aircraft and 10am to sunset daily for electric powered aircraft
– excluding Christmas day and New year’s day – subject to any restriction imposed by the Commanding Officer at Penally Camp. The secretary will be notified by the MOD OC’s office listing dates when training will be taking place.
2b. ARRIVAL ON SITE.
All members are required on arrival to sign the club log book and insert the date and time and time when leaving.
The first member/members to arrive on site will ensure the following:
That the PEGBOARD (where necessary) is activated for use.
The windsock is raised on the pole affixed to the site cabin.
MOBILE TELEPHONES must not be taken on to the flying site, but should be left in the members car.
On arrival at site members MUST (where necessary) check the pegboard for frequencies being used before removing their equipment from their car prior to setting up.
3. RADIO EQUIPMENT.
3a. Only the use of legal 35MHz and 2.4GHz equipment will be permitted on site.
3b. All radio equipment must be “type approved”.
3c. All 35MHz transmitters shall be tested on a frequency scanner at least once per year, (a record of all such tests will be kept). Transmitters not tested at these intervals, or which prove to be below standard of variation allowed on test, will not be used until they have been tested/re-tested and reach the approved standard.
4. AIRFIELD DISCIPLINE.
4a.1 The club area is defined by the electric fence around its perimeter, on entry the parking and pits area is on the right behind the pilot box,which is marked on the ground as a plastic rectangle. Parking is limited to the right hand side along the electric fence or on the concrete outside the club area to avoid damage to the grassed area under very wet conditions.
4a.2 The pits area is solely for the purpose of preparing aircraft for flight checks. It is not to be used as a pilot seating area, seating being limited to the parking area by the vehicles.
4a.3 Prolonged operation of engines for the purpose of running in etc. will not be permitted in the pits. Pilots wishing to carry out extended engine runs should move their aircraft to a point as far down wind of the pits (50yds minimum) as possible. No aircraft being operated in such fashion shall be left unattended.
4b. On arrival at the flying field VEHICLES will stop at the corner and will not drive in front of the landing approach point until given the all clear from the pilot area.
4c. All members are required to allow safety officers unrestricted access to aircraft and radio radio equipment and will demonstrate equipment when requested.
4d. When in the pits, aircraft of all types must be externally restrained prior to engine starting and while engines are running or are capable of running including electric powered models.
5. FREQUENCY CONTROL.
5a. THE PEG BOARD must be used for the duration of all flying sessions.
5b. No pilot (or helper) will switch on a 35MHz TRANSMITTER until that person is in the possession of the correct peg for their frequency to be used.
5b.1 All 35MHz TRANSMITTERS shall have affixed to the aerial a pennant bearing the appropriate frequency number, it should also have the frequency peg attached to the carrying handle or aerial. The pennant must be of a standard size (the dimensions are stated in the BMFA handbook). It must also conform to the standard of white lettering on an orange background.
5b.2 Frequency pegs must be returned to the peg board on completion of a flight.
5c. No pilot/helper will remove more than one peg from the board. The practice of removing the peg each side of a frequency to be used is not permitted.
5d. ADJACENT FREQUENCIES. If the frequency adjacent to the frequency to be used is in use DO NOT REMOVE THE PEG, identify the pilot using the adjacent frequency and carry out an adjacent frequency check in accordance with the method laid down in the BMFA handbook.
The simultaneous use of adjacent frequencies will be by mutual agreement of pilots concerned.
6.1 Flying is not permitted in the no fly zone as shown by the hatched area on the following diagram. (Click here)
6.2 Dependent on wind direction take-off will be from the right or left of the pilot box and the take-off direction will then dictate clockwise or anti-clockwise flying direction. Cross winds may dictate diagonal take-offs at times but under no circumstances can a take-off be made towards the pits.
6.3 Flying of helicopters and fixed wing at the same time is not practical, however helicopter pilots have the same rights as all other members and as such they must be given equal opportunities to fly.
6.4 Immediately after take off all pilots must enter the pilot box and control the remainder of the flight from this position.Hand launching of aircraft must be carried out by a helper and away from the pilot box.
6.5 For safety reasons low flying near to the pits area is not permitted for Helicopters or Fixed Wing and as such any low flying must not be closer than the midway point on the strip to ensure a safe margin of air space.
6.6 Communication between flyers in the pilot box is essential and all maneuvers over the landing area should be called in advance.
6.7 In the event of an in flight engine failure the pilot will call out "DEAD STICK" as a warning to other pilots.
6.8 All landings must be prefixed by a call of "LANDING" or "LANDING DEAD STICK".
6.9 Pilots/helpers will not enter the active runway until they have ensured that it is safe to do so and have clearace from all other flyers in the pilot box.
6.10 In the event of a person wandering into the path of an aircraft taking off or landing the pilot of that aircraft will take immediate avoiding action, even at the risk of damage to his aircraft, to avoid injury to persons or property.
6.11 Aircraft on final approach shall take precedence over aircraft on the ground, and aircraft on dead stick approach shall have precedence over all other approaches.
6.12 Aircraft will not be taxied back into the pits area. Engines will be cut and the aircraft carried or towed into the pits area.
6.13 All aircraft will have a fully operational failsafe such that as a minimum on signal loss engines will go to low tick over.
6.14 Models powered by petrol engines should, barring exceptional circumstances, be fitted with an ignition kill switch operated from the transmitter.
7.HEALTH AND SAFETY
7.1 All new members must complete a Safety Check Flight with either a club examiner or safety officer before being allowed to fly solo at the Club Field. Further to this, any pilot whose flying gives cause for concern, could be grounded and required to repeat the check flight.
7.2 No one below the age of FOURTEEN (irrespective of experience or qualification) will start an engine, or carry an aircraft (with the engine running) to the take off point unless supervised by a responsible adult. This is a requirement under the CHILD PROTECTION ACT.
7.3 No flying over any vehicles, walkers,horse riders or military personnel. If they cannot be avoided then land until they leave the area.
7.4 In the event of an accident involving a visit to a hospital an accident report must be completed on the relevant form in the site cabin.
7.5 Do not leave litter behind when leaving the site. All litter must be removed and disposed of in the correct manner.
7.6 Language should at all times be moderate. It must be remembered that there may be young persons and members of the opposite sex present and only the appropriate language should be used.
7.7 In the event of the approach of a full size EMERGENCY MILITARY AIRCRAFT all models will land immediately and remain grounded until the emergency aircraft has cleared our area. If any such aircraft lands, pilots of models will remain grounded until it, (the emergency aircraft) has taken off and cleared the area.
7.8 No dogs are permitted on the flying site unless they are fully restrained at all times. Sheep and cattle graze on the airfield.
7.9 A maximum of six aircraft may be airborne at any one time.