- These rules are additional to anything contained in the Constitution.
- They do not cancel or supersede any safety codes or rules in the current BMFA Handbook.
- Members must have due regard to the current Air Law in respect of model flying. Compliance is a requirement.
Accidents and Emergencies:
- There is a First Aid kit in the shed.
- There is a notice in the shed giving the field location and NGR for emergency services if required. The nearest A&E is at Dorchester County Hospital.
- The unique 3-word designation for the field is HAZEL TREES FURY.
General and Flying Rules:
- No flying over the pits or parking area extending from the hedge gap to the shed to the flight line fencing. Avoid flying in the area behind the pits wherever possible.
- ‘Return to Home’ flight take off and landing point(s) for ANY aircraft must be beyond the flight line on the patch, return, loiter, orbit or auto land approach must avoid the no-fly area as above.
- FPV or photographic flights should respect the privacy of the domestic property in the field opposite.
- All FW aircraft to be suitably restrained when armed or engine running.
- All IC aircraft to have effective silencers.
- On entry to the site, stop at the yellow marker by the track and wait to be waved in, if flyers are active. Drive SLOWLY at all times in all areas. On exit, ensure flyers are aware of your intentions to clear if necessary. All members need to be active in assisting others with this, and also to act as ‘spotters’ for any full size activity near the patch.
- Be aware of wind direction before parking; if northerly or southerly, ensure the area near the hedge gap is clear for landing approach or overrun.
- Taxi out with care from the pits area, stop at flight line if other pilots are flying. Check OK to taxi, check OK for take off. Once cleared, call ‘TAKING OFF’.
- Once airborne, remain close to other pilots to maintain clear communication.
- If fixed and rotary wing aircraft are in the air at the same time, avoid each other’s airspace. If possible arrange with others not to mix aircraft types.
- Before landing, clearly call ‘LANDING’.
- In case of engine failure or aborted landing, clearly call ‘DEAD STICK’ or ‘ABORT’ as necessary.
- Once landed, taxi off the patch, stop at the flight line and cut the engine. NO taxiing into the parking area or pits. If you need to retrieve your aircraft do so when safe and clearly call ‘ON THE PATCH’.
- Members ae solely responsible for the conduct and safety of their guests, whether flying or not. Guests intending to fly must be able to show evidence of insurance and appropriate CAA registration.
- Dogs and aircraft do not mix. If you take a dog to the site it should be suitably restrained whilst any aircraft are operational on the ground or in the air.
- Take you litter home or use the bin in the shed. In the event of crash damage, recover ALL debris and take care not to damage crops or fences during recovery.
- Last person to leave the site must stow all equipment, ensure the shed is secure and shut the gate.
- For jet turbine models, a fire extinguisher is a requirement, and if available a designated helper should be utilised.
- Incidents involving significant injury, damage to property, or giving rise to an insurance claim, must be notified as soon as practicable to the Chairman.
- ALL members have a duty of care for their own safety and that of others. Any significant safety issues arising should initially be discussed and resolved at the time with the other pilots present. If not resolved, report the issue to a Committee member.
To promote safety and flying standards within the club, the benchmark for ‘Safe Solo’ is a BMFA BPC or A certificate. Members or guests are required to be supervised by a competent pilot, unless they have gained a BPC or A certificate. Club Examiners are available to assist with certification.
DB V3 Jan 2020