Safety Guidelines

Frequency Control

  1. All club members must have a current Membership and MAAC card with them while at the field. These cards form part of your frequency peg which must be attached to the frequency board on the proper channel at all times before turning on your transmitter. This includes 2.4 Ghz radios. Original cards must be in your possession.
     
  2. Your peg may remain on the board if no one else is sharing the same frequency. This is recommended, since another modeller arriving at the field would know immediately if there was a frequency conflict when he attempts to place his peg on the board.
     
  3. The first person at the field on any day should remove any pegs left on the frequency board from the previous day and pin them to the top of the board.

Aircraft Operations

  1. All pilots must abide by the current MAAC Safety Code at all times.
     
  2. All aircraft must use some form of restraining system to secure the aircraft in the designated areas while the engine is being started or while running it in the pit area.
     
  3. Electric aircraft must be secured or under control and must not be left unattended once power is applied, or while performing a range check.
     
  4. A maximum of three powered aircraft plus one glider are allowed in the air at one time. On Fun Fly days or special occasions a maximum of four powered aircraft including gliders are allowed as long as there is a spotter for each flyer.
     
  5. Announce your intention to enter the field area for any purpose in a loud clear voice to any other fliers, and wait for acknowledgement if possible. The same applies for take-offs and landings.
     
  6. Dead stick situations have priority for landing. Announce such a situation in a loud clear voice. All aircraft on the field must clear the area as quickly as possible.
     
  7. Pilots must fly from behind the designated flying stations at all times.  Flying from taxiways is prohibited.
     
  8. All aircraft should be pitted a minimum of 50 feet north of the south fence facing north at all times in the designated area north of the tables.
     
  9. No aircraft shall be taxied back into the pit area past the north fence.
     
  10. Fixed wing aircraft have priority over helicopters at all times.
     
  11. No aircraft shall be intentionally flown over the pit or parking area. All aircraft must keep well away from Steeles to the north, the railway tracks to the east, and Taspcott to the west.  See the attached map for the actual flying area and restrictions:  Fly_Zone.pdf

Noise Level

    All aircraft must meet the designated sound level determined by the club executive. At the moment this is under review. The executive is suggesting that the maximum noise level would not exceed that which is produced by a 50cc gas powered engine turning a standard 23" x 8" propeller and using a standard muffler. Any aircraft failing to meet this level is prohibited from flying until it meets the requirement.

General

  1. No one shall operate any aircraft on the field while the grass is being cut or during any other field maintenance where safety is a concern.
     
  2. Breaking in, extensive running, or extensive tuning of engines must be done as far away as possible from the pit area in either south corner of the parking lot. No frequency shall be tied up during this period.
     
  3. The designated hours for open flying are:
     
    • Monday to Saturday - 9:00 AM until dusk, (electrics may fly before 9:00 AM.)
       
    • Sundays and official holidays - 10:00 AM until dusk, (electrics as above)
       
  4. Club members who have their "wings" shall not operate their aircraft at the field during designated student training times, unless permitted by an instructor.
     
  5. Members are allowed to bring one guest to the field from time to time. The member is responsible for his guest. See the document on guests on our web site under the Membership > Members Info tab for further details.
     
  6. Spectators must be accompanied by a pilot at all times when in the pit area.
     
  7. All vehicles shall be parked in the designated parking areas.
     
  8. Members are responsible for the removal of their own garbage while at the field.
     
  9. Last person to leave the field on any day is responsible for locking the gate and cabinet.

 

Click on the file to the right to see a map of the flying area:  Fly_Zone.pdf

 

Revised - 2010-04-02

 

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