Rules

 

 

  1. Channel Number Safety
     

Be aware that although the majority of the club have converted to 2.4 GHZ radio gear ther are still a small number of people using the 35 Mhz system & any using this frequency must check before switching on! Also some Park flyers are on 27Mhz

  

  1. Transmitter Safety

    35 Mhz TRANSMITTERS MUST NOT BE SWITCHED ON IN THE CAR PARK AT ANY TIME
     

 

  Pre-flight Safety
 

    • All engine carburettor servo installations must be capable of closing the barrel FULLY on the throttle trim, and this must be demonstrated by the pilot/owner if requested by a Committee Member or Instructor.
    • On 2.4 GHZ radio the failsafe must be set to close the throttle in the case of radio problem.
       
    • If a model is considered dangerous for WHATEVER  REASON by at least two Instructors or Committee Members, then the model will not be flown until the reason for concern is rectified.
       
    • Engines should not be ”run up” for an excessive length of time in the pit area - remove them to the edge of the pit area away from the people around.
       
    • No person will start or run their engines in the pits if people are either in line with, or in front of  the propeller and within approximately 10 feet of the model and DO NOT rev your engine when you are in front of it, or with your face near it.
       
    • No model must be left unattended whilst the engines are running, and should be restrained at all times.
       
    • Range checking of models should be carried out on a  regular basis - DON’T rely on the fact that it was      “O.K. last time I flew it”. If you have a heavy landing, or it is a new model, CHECK IT OUT - IT IS CHEAPER THAN A FULL BLOWN CRASH! It is preferable to check it out about every ten flights - even if they were all perfect.
       
    • If you are carrying a model out to the flight line - you must carry it round the OUTSIDE of the pits and NOT through the middle.
       
    • Any releasable object from a model must be approved by a Committee member other than the flyer.

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  1.  Flying Safety
     
    • Anyone who has not passed the Club Proficiency Test  must have an Approved Club Instructor with them at ALL TIMES whilst flying. An ”A” Certificate obtained at another club IS NOT SUFFICIENT for flying solo at Sale MFC.
    • There will be NO FLYING in the following areas:
       
      1. Over the pits area or behind it,
         
      2. Over the rugby field or car park,
         
      3. No model must be flown at excessive distances towards the traffic lights, Urmston or the houses on the other side of the river.
         
    • The flight line will be substantially parallel to the wind direction where practical.
       
    • Take off run of the model should commence at the end of the flight line or away from it. This is to avoid the chance of the model turning towards the crowd line on take off.
       
    • Taxying can take place to bring the model away from the centre of the strip but it MUST NOT BE POINTING AT THE FLIGHT LINE OR PITS AT ANY TIME within approximately 30 feet of the flight line (ie. taxy past the pits to the side about 30 feet past the last person in line). NO PLANE must taxy parallel to the flight line within 30 feet of that line.
       
    • All fliers must observe the established flight line and not fly ”behind” the imaginary extended line of the flight line the ground - particularly in  the direction of the traffic lights.
       
    • Pilots must not spread out excessively along the flight line.
       
    • “LANDING” or ”ON THE FIELD“ or ”LOW PASS“ MUST be called out CLEARLY& LOUDLY when any of these actions is taking place so that other pilots are aware of your actions.
       
    • All low passes MUST be into wind (i.e. a ”circuit direction”; must be in operation).

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S.M.F.C. HEALTH AND SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR ENGINE STARTING

 ** PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS  ARE GUIDELINES - ONLY YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY - READ YOUR BMFA HANDBOOK
 

  1. No smoking on the pit line - some aircraft are fuelled with petrol.
     
  2. Ensure all electrical connections are in good order and insulated where appropriate.
     
  3. The aircraft should be securely tethered with no danger of forward motion on starting.
     
  4. The club recommends use of a remote-starting jack  for the glow plug - collet  type and rechargeable glow  clips are not recommended - a circuit diagram is  available from a committee member.
     
  5. After priming the engine, ensure transmitter throttle is set to the idle position before starting the engine.
  6. Electric models the throttle must be closed before connecting the power leads
     
  7. When powering the glow plug ensure you firmly grasp the propeller blade - remember i.c. engines have been known to self start due to residual gases in the combustion chamber.
     
  8. We recommend the use of a ‘chicken finger’ if not using an electric starter.
     
  9. Verbally indicate you are about to start the engine by calling ’clear prop or such remark and ensure there are no club members or visitors behind or immediately to your right- or left-hand side.
     
  10. Use wide exaggerated hand movements when operating near the propeller in particular take great care removing the glow clip (if a remote-starting jack cannot be used).
     
  11. Try to obtain assistance for ’nose-up’ tests and transfer of aircraft to the runway.

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BMFA rules adherence

In addition to the above CLUB rules, all members will, at ALL times, observe the British Model Flying Association Safety Code for General Flying. Should any of these rules be broken, then the offender will be warned and reported to the Committee who will decide  the action to take as per the Club Rules (CommitteeMembers and all Approved Instructors are Safety Officers for the above purposes).

The BMFA Handbook ”Safety Code for General Flying” (Introduction), states -

‘Model flying must not only BE safe - it must be SEEN to be safe’.

If you have any questions, or don’t understand anything, then ask an EXPERIENCED flyer as we do not wish you to be disappointed in your chosen sport!

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THE USE OF UNWELDED CELLS (rechargeable or dry) in the model

These are PROHIBITED in our club because they are KNOWN TO FAIL due to poor contact in the battery holders. As this ALWAYS means a crashed aircraft - which could hurt someone too - we prohibit them.

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