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Flying Field Rules
- All members – experienced or novice – must be registered with the British Model Flying Association.
- Members must also be registered with the Civil Aviation Authority to obtain an Operator ID code. Members models must have this code as a label on their models, accessible to view without the need of tools etc.
- Flying at Kinnersley Manor is only permitted on Saturdays and Wednesdays between the times of 11.30 – 18.30 (or sunset, whichever is earlier).
- At every flying session a minimum of two members must be present, one of whom must be at least a BMFA “A” Certificate holder.
- There is a maximum limit of five IC powered models in the air at one time. Gliders and/or electric models are not restricted, save for common sense.
- DO NOT fly over the pits area nor fly past the river Mole boundary where the Kinnersley Manor residence is located (refer to the location map page where this is clearly described on an aerial view of the flying field).
- DO NOT taxi aircraft through, into or out of the pits area.
- For IC powered aircraft, the maximum noise limit is 84db @ 7m. The Club has a noise meter to check for compliance in cases of doubt. Do not fly at high throttle at the South Eastern side of the field as this is closer to the Kinnersley Manor residences.
- Models are to be placed in the designated pits area at all times unless flying.
- For aircraft using 35MHz equipment, check the frequencies with others flying on 35MHz before flying. A peg board system is in operation but always play safe and CHECK, CHECK and CHECK. Comply with and fully understand any frequency control system in operation on the day. Always leave the TX aerial retracted until you have established channel clearance, then extend fully before starting and flying.
- Electric models; ensure you have enabled power and throttle cut-off fail safes. Instructions for this will be found in your transmitter/receiver manufacturers manual.
- Pilots must stand close together when flying and not take transmitters onto the landing strip, or flying area, when retrieving aircraft.
- When a model lands in the field beyond the airstrip, only one person should go to retrieve it while other aircraft are still airborne. The field is farmed; walk in a manner to minimise any crop impact or damage as far as is possible.
- All members are responsible for ensuring the field is kept, and left, rubbish free and in a clean and tidy condition. The last member to leave the site must ensure the access gate is securely closed and locked.
Code of Etiquette and Further Good Practice
- Carry out normal range and pre-flight checks before flying – especially with new equipment or equipment that has not been used for a season.
- Declare in a loud voice your intentions, i.e., “Take off”, “Landing”, “Dead stick!”
- Do not conduct maneuvers over the runway and avoid flying up or down the runway, except for landing approaches.
- Do not distract pilots when starting up or flying as this could cause an incident.
- For IC powered aircraft, securely peg down the model before starting the motor.
- Check that your model engine / prop / silencer combination is not overly noisy. Use common sense and the Club noise meter. We do not want to give warranted cause for complaint.
- Always check the condition of your aircraft pre-flight and post flight; losing a control surface function through loosened linkages etc. is never welcome!