Field Safety Rules

This document is to be read in conjunction with the Club Constitution and Bylaws, Local Municipal Bylaws and MAAC rules. The following is to be followed where not in contravention:

Common sense and best practices is to followed at all times
Animals shall stay out of the pit area. Dogs shall be on a leash, and at all times all animals shall be under the active control of the owner.

All vehicles to be parked as close to Lochside Road as possible at the west side of the field

  1. Unaccompanied spectators (any observer who is not a club member) must stay out of the pit area
  2. MAAC insurance is mandatory to fly at the field.
    “A” wings qualifications required before solo flying at the field
  3. Current VRCMS and MAAC membership card (or photocopy) to be prominently displayed
  4. All non 2.4 GH transmitters shall be placed in the impound upon arrival at the field
  5. No transmitter shall be switched on without the appropriate MAAC recommended frequency pin (with pilot name and channel) first being attached to the frequency board. When the transmitter is turned off, the pin is to be removed from the frequency board by the pilot and the transmitter returned to the impound
  6. Aircraft shall utilize a restraint when being started or left running in the pit area
    No flying or running of gas powered motors before 10 am.
  7. Flying operations are only permitted from 10 am to 9 pm or dusk (whichever is earlier for gas powered aircraft and for Small Electrics (20 oz or less) 9:00 am to 9:30 pm or dusk (whichever is earlier)
  8. No breaking in engines in the pit area while other members are flying
    When in the pit area, aircraft shall be placed between the pilot and the runway (except when starting aircraft) to enhance awareness of the potential hazards posed by already flying aircraft.
  9. Starting benches or designated grass areas are to be used when starting gas and nitro powered aircraft.
  10. No Taxing in the pit area. Engines off when clear of the runway after landing.
  11. Maximum of three aircraft flying at the same time (exception special events)
  12. Pin possession time is limited to 15 minutes per flight
  13. There will be absolutely no flying:
    – Over any general area where field workers or equipment are active
    – Behind the flight line no matter how far away from the runway. No flying over the pits, Lochside Road, or any area west of Lochside
    – Over any agricultural areas that are designated as “no fly” zones on a field map posted at the field
    – Over any agricultural areas closed by a member of the Executive or Safety Committee while at the field.
    Note: the presence of active field workers could easily require that no flying take place at all.
  14. Pilots to announce their intention to land or take off
  15. All aircraft shall be flown in a safe manner with consideration to others at the field
  16. Flying models will immediately descend to stay well below and out of the way of all full size aircraft that may be over flying the field.
  17. Landing aircraft shall have the right of way.
  18. When the flight line is busy Fixed Wing and Helicopters will minimize hovering over the active runway for long periods of time.
  19. Noise limits per MAAC and per local bylaw. Aircraft shall be flown in a fashion so as to minimize the noise footprint as perceived in adjacent areas
  20. Any member of the VRCMS Safety Committee and Executive may temporarily suspend the flying privileges of any other member. The duration of the suspension and terms of reinstatement will be made by majority vote of the VRCMS Executive after hearing an explanation of the circumstances leading to the suspension and receiving a recommendation from the Safety Committee concerning reinstatement
  21. By April 1st 2010 all model planes/helicopters 20oz (568g) and greater will have failsafe programmed to low throttle on signal interruption. This is the minimum and it is suggested that consideration be given to presets on the aileron/elevator/rudder
  22. Per MAAC the builder/flier of the aircraft is responsible to ensure it is airworthy. By April 1st 2010 all model planes/helicopters 20oz (568g) and greater will be required to be inspected and passed by a member of the Safety Committee before it is flown at the field. Thereafter a re-inspection is only required after a major rebuild