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FIELD REGULATION

EFFECTIVE 2003 (Last Update 5/2005)


GENERAL:

Safety and compliance with the rules herein is every GSWAM member’s responsibility. For accident prevention and safety, members are encouraged to make on-the-spot corrections as needed. In accordance with the Bylaws, documented and substantiated repeat violators of the Field Regulations may receive a suspension of field privileges or membership revocation.

 

A. GENERAL SAFETY RULES:

1. Safety is first. When in doubt act on the side of caution.

2. The first GSWAM member arriving at the field shall unlock and open the cage allowing quick access to the First Aid Kit.

3. Alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

4. Pilots must fly their aircraft in a safe manner and condition. A pre-flight should be completed prior to the first flight each day and following a hard landing or crash.

5. Unless it is an emergency, landing in or over flying the pit area, parking lot or westward by any aircraft is prohibited.

6. When there is an out of control aircraft, the pilot or any observer shall shout a warning for all to hear in the pit area and to other pilots at their flying stations. All concerned take necessary precaution.

7. It is prohibited to taxi a radio control aircraft within, out of, or into the pit area. The aircraft must be held anytime the engine is running inside (west) the safety fence.

8. Children must be supervised at all times, kept out of the pit/flying area and away from running engines.

9. Bleachers are provided for visitor’s use. Pets must be on a leash and kept west of the sheltered area.

10. Pilots who have not completed a solo may fly only with an instructor.

11. Pilots have a responsibility to watch for and to avoid other aircraft. The use of a spotter is encouraged during flight and during engine startup.

12. Pilots should be especially aware of a student’s or novice pilot’s airborne aircraft and yield the right-of-way.

13. Pilots of maiden or test flights should inform/alert the flight line pilots of such.

14. Pilots should talk with each other to resolve conflicting airspace problems. Members must be respectful, coordinate, cooperate, and share the airspace. When a conflict cannot be resolved, land and wait for the airspace to clear.

15. Make on-the-spot corrections to prevent an injury. Unresolved unsafe acts should be reported immediately to a club officer or an instructor for assistance.

16. ACTIVITY CALLS: Using the below activity calls all pilots must announce their intentions.

They are, in order of priority:

(1) On the field (pilot or plane on the field; announce, “clear” after field is clear).

(2) Dead stick (in flight loss of power).

(3) Landing (routine landing).

(4) Touch & Go (practice landing and takeoff).

(5) Auto rotation (helo, actual or simulated, loss of power in flight).

(6) Hover (helo).

(7) Takeoff (routine takeoff).

 

B. FIELD RULES

1:The last GSWAM member to leave the field shall ensure that all club property is secure, store

chairs in the cage area, lock the cage, turn off main water valve to the runway, and lock the front gate upon departure.

2. It is recommended to use a spotter and never fly alone. When flying alone, do so at your own peril.

3. Hearing protection is recommended.

4. A GSWAM member may sponsor one (1) guest pilot a day, maximum of three (3) visits for any one guest. A guest cannot be a member of the previous year who is in the arrears with payment of their dues.

5. Deposit all trash in appropriate receptacles or take it out with you. Leave the area cleaner than you found it.

6. After crashing, or seeing any FOD (Foreign Object Debris), remove the debris, especially on the runway and pit area. Place all unwanted debris in the trash.

7. Internal combustible engines require a muffler with baffle or other device (see D10).

 

C. FREQUENCY BOARD AND TRANSMITTERS:

1. Do not turn-on transmitter without first verifying that your channel is not in use. The pilot violating this procedure is morally responsible for the consequences ensuing and should make the other pilot whole for the loss. When the frequency pin for your channel is missing or in use, locate the person(s) using the channel and coordinate sharing the channel.

2. Place your GSWAM membership card (guests may use AMA card) in appropriate channel position & attach pin to antenna prior to turning on transmitter. Prospective pilots/non-members may coordinate with their coach for use of their GSWAM card for this purpose.

3. Transmitters must have the frequency pin attached to the antenna anytime it is turned on. Additionally, channels 11-60 should have attached to the antenna a red 72MHz streamer and a channel plaque with ¼ inch thick by 1 ½ inch high numbers that display the transmitter’s frequency channel. Channels A1 through A8 should use the black and colored streamer required for each channel and a channel plaque as described.

4. Transmitters in the sheltered overhead area should have the antenna collapsed.

CAUTION: Antenna must be fully extended prior to take-off.

5. Place your GSWAM card into the Standby Position immediately after each flight and return the pin to the frequency board.

 

D. FIXED WING AIRCRAFT (R/C aircraft with an engine, gliders, and sailplanes):

1. When winds are calm, the first airborne, powered fixed wing aircraft establishes the pattern forthat flight and others that follow until no aircraft are airborne.

2. When there is a wind, the prevailing north/south wind determines the pattern direction.

3. All aircraft must fly the same pattern, except gliders & sailplanes when soaring (high).

4. Extreme aerobatic or 3-D flying should be done outside the normal established pattern, east of the runway when other planes are flying the pattern (see D12). When helos are not using the helipad, hovering, 3-D, combat, and/or extreme aerobatics may be done over the northern half of the helipad. Helos have priority use of the helipad.

5. Pylon style flying/racing or combat flying is allowed when other aircraft are not flying an established pattern. Likewise, other aircraft are allowed to fly an established pattern after the pylon style flying/racing or combat flying (heat) is completed. Coordinate with each other.

6. The white safety fence represents the eastern edge of the pit area. It is a boundary/dividing line extending a reasonable distance, as far as practical, between helos and fixed wing aircraft to keep each from invading the other’s airspace. When both types of aircraft are active it establishes a no-fly zone for each. Neither aircraft shall over-fly the white safety fence extension, which would result with an intrusion of airspace for the other type of aircraft. Otherwise, the northern end of the white safety fence line ends at the mowed portion of the runway and the southern end of the fence line extends to Randol Mill Road .

7. South of the tree and ridge line next to Randol Mill Road is considered a no-fly zone.

8. Aircraft must be east of the instruction boards prior to starting and running the engine.

9. Aircraft with engine running in the pit area must be physically restrained (hands on) until reaching the taxiway of the runway. Position aircraft to prevent backwash from blowing debris onto other aircraft and people.

10. Any unreasonable loud, disturbing, unnecessary noise(s), which causes material distress, discomfort or injury to persons of ordinary sensibilities in the immediate vicinity, is prohibited. (See B7).

11. Pilots flying fuel-powered planes must stand at a designated flying position (1-9). Electric planes, glider, and sailplane pilot stations are unmarked, but are located south of the last entryway into the runway and along the west side of the white safety fence.

12. Mid-air collisions will happen. Most are an equally shared responsibility, because the pilots are flying the same pattern and in a safe manner. However a pilot not flying the established pattern or unsafely is morally responsible for the mid-air and should make the other party whole for the loss. Flying in an unsafe manner, against the pattern, aerobatic, hovering, 3-D, or vertical flight are a few examples of deviating from the established pattern.

 

E. HELICOPTERS:

1. All above applicable rules apply.

2. Three helos may fly at one time.

3. Helos must be outside of and north of the overhead shelter prior to starting or engine run-up.

4. When the main runway is not in use, helos may fly over it and into its airspace. However, helos cannot take off, hover, or land except in an emergency on the main runway.

 

F. CONTROL LINE FLYING:

1. All above applicable rules apply.

2. Control line flying shall take place at the designated control line area west of the parking lot.

 

G. ELECTRIC ASSIST GLIDERS, & SAILPLANES

1. All above applicable rules apply.

2. Pilots are not required to stand at a pilot station next to the white safety fence.

3. Pilots are permitted to soar (high) without regard to the established pattern.

4. Pilots may land and take off using high-start line with prior coordination from the main runway, control line area, or helicopter pad. If done, high-start line must be recovered immediately.

5. Pilots must announce “landing” when using the main runway.

 
 
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