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All member pilots must comply with the AMA Safety Code as well as the following FLYRC field rules established for safety, and to enhance our enjoyment of our hobby.  Members must keep in mind that safety is the responsibility of all members, and infractions should be discussed and acted upon whenever they happen by all members present. Each of us has the responsibility to enforce the rules for all our safety. In addition, we are all guests of Mitchell farm and must act accordingly.  

  1. 72 Mhz flyers must identify themselves to other flyers and avoid overlapping frequencies.

  2. Only four aircraft may be in the air at the same time.

  3. No flying over the pits, towards the pits ,behind the flight line, over the buildings or towards spectator areas. The initial turn after takeoff shall be away from these areas.  (See map)

  4. Normal flying hours are 9:00AM until Dusk. Quiet electrics may fly starting at 7:00AM, and properly illuminated, quiet electrics may fly after Dusk until 10:00PM.

  5. Engine runup is only allowed in the flight box, and not for an extended time. If you need to tune your engine for more than 5 minutes, you must leave the box and set up a table or other aircraft restraint by the shed end of the pits facing the end fence.

  6. Guests must be accompanied by a member who is responsible for guest conduct. They must have a current AMA card, fill out a guest survey, and only fly with a qualified host member in the flight box. A guest may fly on only three occasions during one calendar year. If they desire to fly more, they must apply for membership. The host member is responsible for making sure all club rules are followed by their guest.

  7. A guest without an AMA card must be accompanied by an Introductory Instructor on a Buddy Box when participating in an introductory flight. An exception will be made for certain single day club sponsored events where other club selected experienced pilots may participate on the buddy box.

  8. Maiden flights will be announced and will ground all other aircraft. Pilots of these flights must exercise common courtesy and wait for a lull, so as not to interrupt other pilots.

  9. Helicopter and drone pilots will observe all rules and must adhere to the flight pattern unless they are the only one flying.

  10. Before flight, fuel planes may be started on a portable table lined-up behind an empty flight box or in a flight box. Electric planes must have batteries connected on a portable table lined-up as above or in the flight box. Transmitter throttle hold and/or safety plugs are recommended. No engine starts or battery connections may be made on a stationary prep table or in the pits!

  11. All fliers must have a current AMA card and current FLYRC membership card on their person. It is required that you always have your membership card in full view. All pilots flying solo must have their membership card signed by a FLYRC designated instructor pilot. Student pilots must have a FLYRC qualified instructor at their side during all flights.

  12. All aircraft must meet FLYRC sound rules:  At nine feet 93 decibels or less for any aircraft is satisfactory. For large two stroke motors RPM in thousands plus decibels must equal 104 or less. For four stroke motors RPM in thousands/2 plus decibels must equal 104 or less. Sound tests will be done at full throttle, restrained, and in a flight box. Non- compliant aircraft will be grounded until repaired and retested.

  13. Fly from designated flight boxes only. If you must go on the runway announce “on the field.”

  14. Absolutely no flying in restricted areas. Members will enter restricted areas only to retrieve aircraft. (See field map)

  15.  “Hot dogging” or 3D flying is permitted only with the consent of other pilots flying at the time and only down the far side of the runway, away from the pilot boxes. This type of flying is intimidating and distracting to some pilots, and may be done only with due consideration for others. There will be no “buzzing” of vehicles on the access road or farm workers. A flier shall not willfully and deliberately fly his model in a careless, reckless, or dangerous manner

  16.  All flights should be limited to 15 minutes.

  17. Young children are permitted at the field only if closely and continuously supervised by a non-flying, responsible individual. They are not allowed on the runway or in the flight boxes at any time. They are not to be unescorted at any time!

  18. Call out your landing to make other pilots aware of your intensions.  Yell “coming in” or “landing.”

  19. The flier of a dead stick aircraft shall clearly and loudly warn other pilots. Other pilots must then yield to dead stick aircraft.

  20. Do not taxi in the pits or taxi toward the pits at a fast rate of speed. Aircraft must stop and engines must be turned off before the model returns to the pit area.

  21. Only well mannered and leashed pets are allowed at the field.

  22. All takeoffs and landings are to be executed in the direction indicated by the consensus of pilots present.

  23. Do not litter. Pick up after yourself and remove all garbage from the field.

  24. No flying of free flight or control line planes at the field.

  25. No fuel powered turbine engines of any kind may be operated at the FLYRC field.

  26. Aircraft and equipment will be removed from the flight boxes when not in use.

  27. Aircraft will not be placed on the picnic tables in the eating area.

  28. Remove aircraft from the assembly tables when assembly is complete as space is limited.

  29. The grill and propane are for the use of club members only. When finished please clean the grill, remove the disposable grease receptacle, and return the grill to the shed in good order.

  30. The last person to leave the field will lock the shed, secure the solar charging station, and close the gate.

  31. There will be no consumption of alcoholic beverages during flying hours and flying while impaired is always prohibited under AMA rules.

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    This Page Last Updated: May 01, 2019