Club Rules

Airfield Flying Rules at Ashhurst Model Fliers Field.  Issue Date: 24/6/2015.  Issue No 1

 

  • Flying of any plane emitting motor noise is only permitted within the following times:  Any day 9am – 5pm.  All other planes may be flown from dawn till dusk on any day.
  • Gates to be locked or left as found.  Last person leaving locks all gates required.
  • Road gate to be left closed at all times.
  • Under no circumstances are keys to be loaned, or the combination number to be given to non-club members, or non-financial club members.
  • All rubbish including broken parts is to be cleaned up and removed from the field.
  • Cars are not to be driven over the strips and must be parked in the correct area.
  • No flying areas are over the pits, and the wetland area.
  • No motor noise emitting aircraft are to be flown anywhere outside the Ashhurst side of the flood plain or past the railway line.
  • No aircraft are to take off over the vehicle track while pedestrians are present at the runway ends.
  • Pilots operating Transmitters using frequencies other than 2.4Ghz (ie: 27, 29, 35, 36, 40 & &72 Mhz) must use the Frequency Control Peg Board. A pilot must place their “Name Peg” on the board against any established frequency channel they intend using. The pilots Name Peg must remain on the peg board whenever they are using that frequency. No pilot may use a frequency that is in use by another pilot, until the first pilot has removed his name peg from that Frequency Channel on the peg board.
  • Pilots operating FPV (First Person View) equipment must establish their equipment does not interfere with any other pilots transmission/aircraft control equipment prior to operation of their equipment.
  • Ensure that your model is airworthy, batteries charged and controls working properly before you start your model.
  • Carry out a range check on your radio as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Models with internal combustion (ic) engines must be tethered or restrained whilst starting.
  • No taxiing in the pits area.
  • A maximum of four aircraft can be flown at any one time.
  • Establish a set take-off and landing direction and communicate this to other pilots.
  • Have an observer available to watch for full sized aircraft.
  • For FPV flying an observer must maintain direct visual contact with the model and take over flying if required.
  • Check with other pilots in the pilot box before you taxi/walk on to the runway in case they are about to land or do a low pass over the runway.
  • After taking off, promptly move to the pilot box.
  • Remain standing in the pilot box so you can communicate clearly with other pilots.
  • Announce if you are doing a low pass over the runway and get clear agreement to this from everyone on the flight line.
  • Keep upwind passes overhead the runway and downwind passes further away.  Separation of at least 70m is required.
  • Announce any emergency in flight or a dead stick landing. Announce the direction of the landing if not from the established direction.
  • With a normal landing announce that you are in the circuit and about to land.
  • Inform the other pilots if you are to walk onto the runway to retrieve a model and again when you have cleared the runway.
  • Consider that your fellow pilots’ abilities may not be as skilled as your own so leave room for mistakes.
  • There is a maximum Height Restriction of 400ft above ground for models operating from this Field

 

General Rules at Ashhurst Model Fliers Field.

 

  1. All flyers must be financial members of the Ashhurst Model Fliers Club. A non club member must be sponsored by a club member at all times.
  2. The club captain, competition director or committee members are designated Safety Officers for scheduled flying days and events.
  3. All flyers without a Wings Badge must have an observer who has a Wings Badge.
  4. All “Internal Combustion Engines” must have a suitable effective muffler. All Pilots are expected to ensure noise outputs from their models are kept to within reasonable sound limits. ie: the quieter the better. The Club & Club Officials reserve the right to deem a motor too noisy for operation at a club venue.
  5. All children under 10 years must be under the direct supervision of an adult.
  6. Dogs or Animals must be under control or on a leash.
  7. All fliers must be conversant with the Site Map and Good Flying Safety Practice.
  8. There is a height restriction of 400ft above ground for models operating in this area. Manned aircraft have absolute right of way and model pilots have no rights and all responsibility. Models must reduce height and remain well clear of manned aircraft at all times.
  9. Flyers in an organised club event have preferential use of the airfield during the times specified for the event, or as directed by the event organiser
  10. When running up or testing motors, consider the safety and comfort of other members in the area. Do not run your engine at high rev’s whilst someone is towards the front of the propeller
  11. When retrieving models in another paddock, ensure you close any gates that you open.
  12. Keep your vehicle speed below 15kmh on the track.
  13. Incidents of any type are to be reported to a club official/Executive Officer.
  14. The Club & Club Officials reserve the right to expel any person from the AMF Incorporated Field for breach of rules or conduct.