Flying Field Procedures & Safety Guidelines
It is the responsibility of all club members to abide by these guidelines. If you observe someone who isn't, please ask them to cooperate. They are designed to make our field the safest. This is an overview of the basic safety and field procedures. ALL members should be thoroughly familiar with the ENTIRE Blue Max R/C Club Safety Guideline
There shall be no flying or running of engines at the field outside of these hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 PM Saturday and Sunday. Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm. ALL PILOTS WILL USE A SPOTTER WHEN FLYING!
- All A.M.A. rules apply. You must be a member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics to be a member of the Blue Max R/C Flying Club with flying privileges. Blue Max R/C Flying Club Constitution and By-laws provide for immediate suspension of membership of anyone in violation of A.M.A. rules.
- Never, ever, turn on your transmitter, or test your equipment, at your vehicle, or in the parking lot.
- Do not turn on your transmitter unless you have placed your frequency tag on the board. Tag should have your name and/or A.M.A. number.
- Never remove someone else's tag without their permission.
- When you turn on your transmitter, check to see if any airborne aircraft are affected. Be prepared to turn yours off again!
- Remove your frequency tag when you are not using your system.
- Never start a loose aircraft; get assistance. Use a safety hold down. Do not start at full throttle; partial is usually sufficient.
- Do not point prop blast or exhaust at spectators or other pit personnel.
- Do not turn your back to the flight area, especially if you are at a pilot station.
- Do not taxi your aircraft in the pit area. Carry it or hold on to it.
- Fly only from pilot stations; not in an opening. Fly with a copilot/spotter.
- Check control surface movement one last time before departing. Do not attempt to fly if anything is in doubt. Return to the pit area.
- Announce your intentions loud & clear: "taking off", "landing left", "landing right", "on the field", "dead stick", etc.
- Take off & depart on the crosswind leg of the pattern. Enter the pattern on the downwind leg.
- Do not fly beyond the arrows
- Police your area. Put trash (broken props, rubber bands, cigarette butts, etc.) into barrels. Your mother/wife doesn't fly here; you'll have to pick up after yourself.
- Personnel who are not piloting an aircraft should refrain from disturbing, or distracting those who are.
- No spectators or pets on pit side of the split rail fence.
- Talk to the spectators and answer their questions. If you are not comfortable in doing so, find some one who will. They are the future growth of the sport and our club. Everyone is a potential new member. Politely request that they remain on the outside of the fence.
- Above all else, conduct yourself in a professional and mature manner. Make club officers aware of those who don't, as they are detrimental to our image.