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CADMAC’S GUIDE TO SAFETY AT WOLSTON FLYING FIELD.

The primary aim of our Club is to encourage the building and flying of model aircraft, and to ensure that we have some fun at the same time. Whilst we have an excellent safety record, due partly to a common sense approach adopted by the vast majority of members, it is accepted that our newer members may be unaware, or unsure just what kind of activities might be considered unsafe, and so, with this in mind, a brief discussion follows, together with the advice that if you are unfamiliar with radio controlled aircraft then please ask an established club member for advice and help. We are a friendly crowd and are happy to give assistance to anyone who needs it. There are several recognised instructors in the club who will help you on the way to becoming a fully fledged pilot, whilst minimising the risk to you and your model.

Learning to fly

 

For the safety of everyone always have an experienced pilot standing next to you, preferably with an attached trainer cable (or “buddy” cable as it is commonly known) during the time you are striving for your “A” test. Once you have achieved this test, then flying solo will be naturally safer due to what you have learned.

Transmitter control/Peg frequency board.

Always use the peg frequency board before turning on your transmitter. If you do not have a peg then somebody else is probably using it and they will crash if you turn on. This is critical if using 35 MHz equipment but with the anti-interference capabilities of 2.4 GHz equipment, a peg is not needed. but do leave your name tag on the back of the peg board. Please do not turn transmitters on in the car park even if you do have a peg.

Model Restraint.

 

Ensure model is restrained when starting, to prevent model lurching forward when power is applied. This applies to both internal combustion and electric power as both are capable of giving serious injury to you or passers by. When starting your engine or motor ensure no one is standing in front of, or even to the side of the rotating propeller, as a spinner or propeller breaking or coming loose will fly forwards and outwards at high velocity causing injury to those it hits. When you have successfully started your engine lay down any starting equipment and walk around to a position behind the propeller before removing the glow stick. For your own safety never reach over the propeller arc with your hand as your wrist is in danger of being sliced open with the blade tips. Try to keep to a minimum of twenty meters from the flight line when starting your model (there is a line marked on the grass for this purpose) and point your model away from the seating/viewing area when starting for the reasons mentioned above.

 

Flying area (the Patch) protocol.

Models must not be taxied to or from the flying area, they should be carried or pushed. When going out to the flying area to fly your model, ensure it is safe to do so by first looking at the situation (somebody may be about to land or take off), and then asking other flyers if it is safe to go “on the patch?” Please wait for confirmation from all pilots before doing so. Before you actually take off, ask if it is safe by calling out “taking off?” When you wish to land, calling out “landing?” will alert other pilots of your intentions but do not assume it is safe, somebody may not have heard you. Should you be unlucky enough to suffer an engine failure in flight then immediately call out “dead stick!” and consider your options to enable you to land in a safe place. Should you need to retrieve your model from the patch or elsewhere, make doubly sure the engine has actually stopped before handing your transmitter to somebody else whilst you recover the model. Let other pilots know what you are about to do before venturing off onto the patch or start roaming the field for a lost model.

General flying.
Avoid flying the model directly above you, this is dangerous and you are likely to become disorientated and never fly over people or property (i.e. the pits, car park, anywhere that people may be walking or standing). You may be a great pilot but mechanical or electrical failure, although rare, can strike when you least expect it, and where the model crashes will probably be out of your control. So, to minimize the risk to others, keep the model out in front of yourself. For your own peace of mind it is recommended not to fly your model too far away as orientation problems can occur, and if the engine or motor fails then you will struggle to get the aircraft back onto the same field that you took off from!

Car parking.

Please park your car as far away from the flight line as possible. This will help your cause in the event of an insurance claim should your car ever be hit by a model (this, by the way, is an extremely rare event). If, due to a mobility infirmity that causes you difficulty in carrying your equipment, then you may drive your car up to the pits area (not the flight line!) to unload your aircraft and equipment, but only if no aircraft are flying or about to fly at the time. Once unloaded, drive your car back to the car park so flying may resume.

 


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