Link to AMA Safety Rules
Field Procedures and Safety Rules
1) All flyers must be current members of a national
modeling organization offering liability insurance, and all flying must be
in strict accordance with respective current national model aircraft safety
2) Each flyer must strictly adhere to current frequency
control rules and procedures (see separate set of rules). The frequency
control board must be used by each flyer. Make sure you "own" your channel
before turning on transmitter.
3) Pilots should stand within one of the four flight
stations with safety barriers. Do not fly over the pavilion, pit or
spectator areas. Takeoffs and landings should be into the wind.
4) If more than one aircraft is flying, there shall be
NO low-altitude (less than ~25') high speed passes over the runway.
5) No spectators are allowed on field side (east) of
heavy red stripe on taxiway and its imaginary north-south extensions.
6) Pets must be on leash. Children shall be supervised
at all times.
7) A maximum of four planes shall be in the air at any
one time unless a special event is occurring.
8) Carefully preflight aircraft mechanical and
electrical functions before flying, including checks of control surface
9) Be considerate of other flyers and their need to use
tables for assembly, disassembly or repairs.
10) Do not run engines under pavilion or behind (west
of) red line.. Use proper restraint when starting. It is recommended to use
a glove or chicken stick when hand starting. When running up an engine, do
not stand in front of, or in line with, the propeller arc. Make sure that
spectators are also clear of prop and prop wash blast.
11) Do not tie up the runway to start or adjust
engines. Do not do taxi tests when there are more than one flyer.
12) Verbal calls shall be loudly made to announce
intentions and include:
"Emergency Landing" - #1 landing priority
Stick" - #2 landing priority
" - #3 landing priority (call ~15 seconds before touchdown)
and Go" - #4 landing priority (call ~15 seconds before touchdown)
e. "On the
Runway" - any time a person goes on or crosses the runway to retrieve a
plane. No landings or takeoffs until runway is clear.
Clear" - as soon as person is clear of the runway. Make retrieval
expeditiously so that takeoffs and landings may be resumed.
Out" - before taxiing onto runway.
13) Solo student flights will be allowed only when
authorized by and supervised by instructors.
14) Alcoholic beverages shall not be consumed by pilots
prior to, nor during participation in any model operations.
15) Persons doing field maintenance or mowing
operations may curtail flight operations as they see fit. A "Field Closed"
sign will be posted on frequency board.
Helicopters will abide by all fixed wing rules.
b. If a
helicopter is flying by itself and another plane is ready to take off or
land, the helicopter must accommodate the other plane (move out of the way).
extended hovering directly in front of you over the runway if any other
plane is flying.
may be done, while others are flying, at the South end of the field out of
the traffic pattern and out of the way of other aircraft.
hovering at the South end of the field transition to forward flight is only
allowed if the southern most pilot box is empty and the runway is clear. If
not, stop the rotor and move to a vacant pilot box and takeoff from the
and adjustments are to be made on the helicopter table which is located
beyond the red AMA line and away from other the pit area of other fliers.
g. Prior to
starting: the pilot must insure the idle up switches are off and one hand
must be on the blades while starting.
17) All engines should have a muffler or effective
18) After landing, do not taxi back past the flight
19) Before leaving, place all your garbage into trash
barrels. Flatten aluminum cans and place in can barrel. The last person at
the field shall put up chairs, flags, etc.; lock storage and tractor sheds;
and lock the field gate.
20) All flyers are to use the facility in a safe and
responsible manner. Dangerous or reckless behavior will not be tolerated. Be
considerate of your fellow flyer and always apply the golden rule.
21) Be polite and courteous to visitors and answer
their questions where possible. Above all else, conduct yourself in a
professional and mature manner.