- All pilots must have a valid MAAC insurance & club membership card and display them on their person
- No flight may exceed 10 minutues in duration if other pilots are present at the field
- Fixed wing aircraft are not permitted to be flown at any time
- FPV aircraft are not permitted to be flown at any time
- Multi-Rotor (drone) aircraft are not generally permitted to be flown
- New pilots please seek assistance from an experienced member to determine airworthiness of your heli
- No spooling up of blades at anytime within pit area & absolutely no flying over pits
- Never operate helicopter beyond your experience level. Push new maneuvers out further & higher
- Pilots operating in an unsafe/dangerous manner WILL be subject to dismissal by select club marshals
- Maintain a minimum distance of 30ft from heli at all times, including take off and landing
- Please stand within flight line when flying. Maintain a safe distance at all times from other pilots and exercise good airmanship
- If your radio is in the 72MHz band, you must display your exact channel on the frequency board. 2.4GHz is always open
- All aircraft must land when grass is being cut Please take ALL garbage that you bring to the field back home. Everyone needs to do their part. Anyone reported leaving garbage will be issued a warning and then subject to dismissal
Pilot Flight Stations
The image below shows the airspace allocated for each flight station currently indicated by numbered signs on flight line, and separated by the orange cones at our field.
This is to be used as a courtesy and respect towards your neighbor at the next flight station. Of course if there are no pilots flying at adjoining flight stations you are welcome to use all available airspace, but will be expected to respect the boundary line should another pilot come out.
If a pilot is for instance hovering in the infield for entire flights, it may be permissible to utilize their airspace only by means of intentionally separating your flight path in an exaggerated manner. Distance in this situation would be more appropriate over altitude.
Flying overhead at 300ft is not good pilot decision making, dangerous, and would only serve to spook the neighboring pilot and perhaps warrant membership revocation. Remember 45 degrees and below from yourself is always a recommended safe perspective for all pilots to maintain orientation.
It is certainly highly recommended to chat and coordinate with any concerning pilots prior to any intentional breach of airspace. Pilots have every right to refuse sharing airspace if they are at all uncomfortable in doing so.
When operating any model aircraft TRHC members will adhere to the following:
- I will not fly my model aircraft in competition or in the presence of spectators until it is proven airworthy by a previous successful test-flight.
- I will abide by the MAAC Safety Code, the specific rules of my special interest category as well as the safety rules of the flying site(s) I use.
- Where the specific rules of a specific interest category contain easements or enhancements to the MAAC Safety Code, such rules form part of the MAAC Safety Code for all activities of that special interest category.
- I will not willfully and deliberately fly my models in a careless, reckless, and/or dangerous manner.
- I will not operate my model while under the influence of any alcohol or drugs which may impair my judgment.
- I will complete a successful radio equipment ground range check before the first flight of the day
- I will not fly my model aircraft in the presence of spectators until I become a qualified flyer, unless assisted by an experienced R/C Pilot.
- I will not perform flight of any sort, including aerobatic maneuvers, or landing approaches, over a pit, spectator or parking areas.
- I will not fly on the pilot station side of the Flight-line.
- I will not deliberately fly an aircraft without visual contact. (ie. the aircraft must be kept within “line of sight” of the R/C Pilot).
- I will ensure that all powered R/C aircraft, equipped with fail-safe function are programmed so that the throttle is set to idle. The other controls can be set as the pilot sees fit.
- R/C Pilots will yield “right of way” of their model aircraft to man carrying piloted aircraft with no exceptions. Model flying operations will cease when a man carrying a piloted aircraft are in the proximity of model flying operations.
- Pyrotechnic and explosive devices will not be carried or activated by model aircraft.
- All R/C Pilots/modelers will respect the safety codes.
- R/C Pilots/modelers will restrict their use of the operating frequency when others are waiting.
- R/C Pilots/modelers are responsible for their guests or visitors including children and pets.
- R/C Pilots/modelers will be considerate when sharing the sky with other R/C Pilots/modelers by operating their aircraft in a way not to interfere with others.
Safety practices are required in the pit area:
- When starting the helicopter, pilots will ensure that they have a firm grip on the rotor head and that no one is standing in line with the rotor and tail blades.
- Smoking is prohibited in the pit area.
- R/C Pilots are responsible for ensuring their spotter/helper is properly briefed regarding the carrying, testing, adjusting and general handling of the model aircraft.
When operating any Radio Control model aircraft at night TRHC members will adhere to the following:
- Night is defined as the time between 1/2 hour after sunset and 1/2 hour before sunrise.
- I will equip my night flying aircraft with a lighting system that clearly defines the aircraft’s attitude.
- I will test the lighting system of my night flying aircraft prior to every night flight.
- I will limit my night flying aircraft to aircraft not capable of speeds in excess of 100 km/h.
When operating any Turbine Engine model aircraft TRHC members will adhere to the following:
NOTE: These rules are designed to ensure the safety of turbine operators as well as spectators and the general public. The rules are not intended to restrict or impede engine or airframe development and as such shall be reviewed on an annual basis to accommodate the changing technological advances in turbine engine manufacture and operations.
- I will follow the Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Model Gas Turbines, published by the Gas Turbine Builders Association, sections 1 through 8.
- I will have a CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) fire extinguisher present and manned for all turbine operations.
- I will not use flexible plastic bags (i.e. intravenous bag) as fuel tanks in turbine engine model aircraft.
- I will fuel and start my turbine engine model aircraft following safety procedures established by the manufacturer.
- I will fuel propane powered turbine engine model aircraft in a remote area away from spectators, engines, start areas and ignition sources.
- I will ensure the tailpipe (exhaust) is not pointed at any person, combustible or fragile object.
- I will ensure all non-essential personnel remain 10 meters from the turbine engine model aircraft during the starting process.
- I will have an electrical (i.e. solenoid) or mechanical fuel shutoff valve in the fuel delivery system capable of restricting fuel flow in the event of an emergency.
- I will not attempt any speed record utilizing a turbine engine model aircraft in Canada until both the Jet and Safety Committee has been consulted.
- I will have a spotter/assistant when operating a turbine engine model aircraft.
- I will not fly turbine engine model aircraft with the turbine mounted on the outside of the airframe (i.e. below the fuselage), unless the turbine is mounted in such a way that during normal flight operations (including a retract failure) the hot section of the turbine body does not come in contact with the ground.
When operating any Electric powered model aircraft RC HELI members will adhere to the following:
- It is recommended that the models power batteries be disconnected during transportation, or disarming switch/system used and/or remove the propeller from the motor.
- It is recommended that while working, adjusting, installing or demonstrating the model and its operation, that themodeler remain aware of power of the system and remove, if need be, the propeller. Note: An electromechanical glitch can cause a temporary burst of power to the prop and cause bodily damage.
- It is recommended that modelers educate themselves about the properties and power of rechargeable batteries. Be aware of the potential for fire or explosion from shorted cells, or from the over charging of battery packs or charging hot, recently used packs.
- It is recommended that used, useless L i-Po / NiCd / NiMH batteries be disposed of by returning them to the factory or the retailer for recycling/disposal. Be aware that L i-Po / NiCd / NiMH contain toxic substances and direct contact of internal compounds must be avoided.
- It is recommended that when using a charging system that takes its power directly from a 12v car battery, that the modeler be aware of the potential for explosion of battery gases. To be safe wear safety glasses or avert eyes and face when connecting leads. Prepare your own course of action in the case of an emergency. It’s highly recommended to always fly with a buddy for safety, never fly alone.
- It is recommended that before turning a system on (TX) or pressing/switching an arming mechanism (ESC/RX) that the modeler double-checks that the transmitter throttle stick is in the OFF position.
- When a landed model is being retrieved by a second person, it is wise to inform that person of the correct method of carrying and/or switching the model off.
- Follow all other safety rules pertaining to the use and operation of radio control models as published in the MAAC safety code. Follow all local club safety rules. Make yourself aware of all local safety rules when visiting a new field.
- Additional Club Rules
Failure to abide by these rules could result in IMMEDIATE revocation of club membership.