FLYING SITE SAFETY NOTICE – ISSUED 7th July 2016
You will recall there have been several emails, articles in the club magazine etc. relating to one or two members forgetting basic safety procedures and putting us all at risk of injury. Also, the Committee is concerned that complaints may be received from local residents about members practices (particularly about permitted flying times). We have pulled together the following note to draw these matters to your attention and to ask for your full support in their application whenever you are at the clubs flying strip:
Hours of flight: – The club’s planning consent permits flying between the hours of 9am to 9pm, 7 days a week. To fly outside these permitted times would breach our approved planning permissions, potentially leading to our planning consent being revoked by the Council and to us losing our flying site. Please abide strictly by these permitted flying times.
The peg board: – Before switching on your transmitter you must put your peg on the frequency peg board. This is for both 35Mhz and 2.4Ghz. The committee did look into a proposal to remove the need to do this and concluded we should continue this practice as a lot of members continue to fly both frequencies. Please ensure a peg is put on the board BEFORE you switch on a transmitter.
Running engines in the pits: – It is fine to start your tethered aircraft’s engine in the pits. Make sure it is running then go flying. If you are to do more than that, to avoid disturbing other members for long periods please take your aircraft a good distance behind the pits. Please have the propeller facing away from the pits e.g. at the trees and complete engine checks etc. there.
Chatting in front of your models: – We have notice that a lot more people are standing chatting in front of their models. Not a problem until someone goes to start up. Good safety practice is for people to congregate and chat behind the model line. If people are stood in front of your model when you intend to start up, please ask them to move away from the front of your model before you start up – We do not want a propeller hitting anyone!
Standing position when flying: We have noticed that some members are flying their models from the carpark end of the strip irrespective of the direction of take-off. This practice is incredibly dangerous when members are taking off in the direction of the carpark. This practice MUST CEASE with immediate effect. For safety’s sake, flyers MUST stand to fly their models from the downwind point. This means, if you are taking off towards the carpark then you MUST stand at the opposite end of the flying strip to the carpark.
First Person View (FPV) – If you are flying FPV, it is essential that you have a spotter with you to keep a direct line of site on your model at all times.
Flying: A maximum of 6 aircraft should be in the air at any one time. It may be the case that if larger aircraft are flying then less aircraft should be in the air at the same time.
The above are captured in our club rules and in the safety information on our club website. For your own, and the safety of those around you, please ensure you abide at all times by these simple practices and club rules. If you have any questions or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact a Committee Member.