Safety Comes First!

Please follow our safety guidelines and rules below in order to have a fun, enjoyable and safe experience.

Site Position

1: Flying should always take place in the same area of the field as shown on the Google Maps images available from the Safety Officer.

2: This is in the vicinity of the 2nd ‘pair’ of goal posts on the left as approaching from the Leisure centre side (left hand end of 2nd pitch up) and in the location of the all-weather cricket strip.

3: The only permitted deviation from this area is when it would not be safe to fly here due to a match taking place in the vicinity.

4: The Safety Officer or Deputy will advise a new location on the day considering that aircraft must not fly within 150m of gatherings or buildings.

5: Circuit direction will always be ACROSS the field when facing the rugby club end, i.e. Between the railway and the Brook irrespective of wind and runway direction.

6: Runway direction will be advised by the Safety Officer or Deputy on the day dependent on wind direction and may in extreme circumstances change during the session.

7: Pits area will be located behind the goal posts either to the left or the right depending upon the runway in use. ‘Pits A’ to be used when take-off direction is towards the Brook or up & down the field, ‘Pits B’ should be used when take-off direction is towards the railway.

8: Pilots’ box will be located between the goal posts but just beyond the posts facing the rugby club end.

9: Pits area should NEVER extend behind the pilots’ box.

10: Anyone approaching from the rugby club end should wait by the last set of goal posts until a clear signal from spotters or pilots is given to indicate that it is safe to cross to the pits.

Area's to fly (subject to wind)

Pits A - Flying Directions

Pits A - Flying Directions

Pits B- Flying Directions

Safety Rules

1: All aircraft in the pits area should face the rugby club end and should NEVER be aligned behind the pilots’ box.

2: All models must be adequately restrained before engine starting, I.C. models MUST be mechanically restrained.

3: All aircraft must have a functioning fail-safe (system allowing) or will NOT be allowed to fly. Pilots may be asked to demonstrate the function.

4: All I.C. models must have engine cut switch

5: Pilots entering or leaving the flight line must make their intentions clear by calling to others, ‘going out‘

6: Aircraft should NOT be carried through the pilots’ box to access the runway.

7: Aircraft should NOT be taxied behind the pilots’ box either to or from the pits.

8: Pilots should always stand in the pilots’ box when flying.

9: ONLY pilots and one spotter will be permitted in the pilots’ box.

10: Take-off run should be into wind starting in front or up wind of the pilots’ box and NEVER across it

11: Pilots are discouraged from standing in the runway during take-off ( unless hand launching ) and should be in or near to the pilots’ box before commencing the take-off run.

12: Only 6 aircraft are permitted in the air at any one time – maximum 4 I.C. models and 2 electrics.

13: Aircraft must NEVER be flown over or behind the pilots’ box

14: Pilots must clearly call ‘taking off’, ‘landing’, ‘dead stick’ or ‘lost control’ when appropriate.

15: At NO time should an aircraft be flown over or within 150m of the leisure centre.

16: Puffed / inflated LiPo batteries should NOT be used, they are a fire hazard. Batteries may be inspected and pilots advised not to use them if deemed unsafe.

17: The Safety Officer (or Deputy) is empowered to conduct a safety check (including demonstration of fail-safe) on any aircraft at any time.

18. Pilots refusing to co-operate with the safety officer will be subject to club sanctions.

19. If the safety officer considers an aircraft unsafe the pilot will not be permitted to fly that aircraft until the problem is rectified (In the event of a dispute a committee member will adjudicate the problem).

20. If in the opinions of both the Safety Officer and either a committee member or Instructor a pilot is deemed unsafe to fly the pilot will not be permitted to fly that session.

21: All pilots are asked to report crashes to the Safety Officer or Deputy and must fill out a crash report with as much information about the incident as possible along with any intentions to repair the model. It would also be helpful if any incidents at all were reported even if they did not result in a crash. Crashed models must be inspected by the Safety Officer or Deputy before being allowed to fly again after repair.