Field Rules

 Revised November 2012

Section 1. AMA.
All flyers including guests shall be a current member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics [AMA].

Guest flyers who are AMA members may use the site only during the presence of an open member acting as a host.

Section 2. BUDDY BOX.
Members or guests who cannot demonstrate the ability to fly in a safe and controlled manner shall be required to fly with the aid of a Buddy Box controlled by an experienced club flyer.

Section 3. FIELD PASSES.
EDRCF members shall place their field pass on the frequency board in place of the frequency pin they remove. Members with non-frequency controlled radios shall place their badge on the designated location on the frequency board.

Section 4. PARKING.
All vehicles shall be parked on club property adjacent to the Payen Road fence. [No parking on Payen Road]

Section 5. FREQUENCY CONTROL.
FM (72MHz) transmitters shall be turned OFF and placed in the transmitter impound shelter upon arrival. Transmitters shall be removed and turned ON only while the pilot has possession of the appropriate frequency pin, and has replaced the pin with his or her nametag. Using your vehicle as impound is approved. When more than one flyer is using the same frequency, each flyer is limited to 15 minutes maximum per flight and must have possession of the frequency pin for that channel when turning on their transmitter.

Section 6. PIT ACTIVITIES.
Taxiing in the pit area is not allowed. The aircraft shall be under physical control at all times. No engine break-in is allowed in the pit area. Running of engines for purposes other than flying should be located in a remote area of the field and away from the shade structure to not interfere with spectators or those flying. All pets shall be kept on a leash and away from the pit area. Aircraft shall face the safety fence during run-up. Pit area is restricted to flyers and flight crew only. Children shall be under direct adult supervision at all times.

Section 7. FLIGHT OPERATIONS:
Direction of all take-offs and landings shall be into the wind or as determined by a majority of the flyers during cross wind or calm conditionsLanding aircraft takes precedence over aircraft taking off. Announced dead-stick approaches take precedence over all other flight operations. Announce and acknowledge all intentions, especially landings and takeoffs. Pilots shall fly from  within the pilot stations.

Definitions:
Allowable flight area: .  See attached map for specific boundary location.

First Person View (FPV) Aircraft:  All aircraft capable of flight control with the aid of a first person video system.

Helicopters: All aircraft capable of unlimited hovering, vertical take-off and vertical landing.

3D Airplanes: Aircraft capable of take-off within the width of the runway and landing within 25 feet or less.

Park Fliers: Fixed wing aircraft capable of hand launch and spot landing (such as IFOs).

Fixed Wing: Aircraft requiring the entire EDRCF runway for take-off and landing as well as 3D airplanes with wing spans of 4 feet or greater.

Safe Distance: As defined by the AMA safety rule, aircraft must remain 25 feet from any individual except for take-off and landing. The pilot and his helper may be closer than 25 feet.

Field Airspace Rules:
All aircraft are permitted to fly at the EDRCF field and in the general surrounding areas except as noted below or other sections of the Field Rules.

All flight operations will be within all the requirements of the AMA rules.

Student pilots will have priority over other flight operations.

During take-off and landing, fixed wing will have priority access to the runway. When fixed wing aircraft are taking off or landing, all other aircraft will go to the unrestricted areas or land.

In accordance with the above rules the following are permitted.

1. FPV-equipped models must be flown by two AMA members. All FPV flights require an AMA FPV pilot to have an AMA FPV spotter next to him or her maintaining VLOS with the FPV sUAS throughout its flight. The operational range of the model is limited to the lesser of, the pilot in command’s visual line of sight or the unrestricted flight area boundaries.

2. Helicopters may fly and hover over the runway as long as they remain 25 feet or more from all other individuals (approximately mid runway); however, if a fixed wing aircraft is in the air or preparing to take off or land, the helicopter must land or go to the unrestricted area.

3. 3D aircraft may use the runway area for low speed aerobatics. They must remain a safe distance from other individuals (25 feet) and they must go to the unrestricted areas when fixed wing aircraft are in the air, landing or taking off.

4. Park fliers may use the runway area for low speed aerobatics. They must remain a safe distance from other individuals (25 feet) and they must go to the unrestricted areas when fixed wing aircraft are in the air, landing or taking off. Depending on the specific model, park fliers may also use the unrestricted helipad area.

5. For safety reasons, high speed flight will always be conducted west of the field boundary (wind sock fence).

There shall be no more than four aircraft in the air at one time. As a courtesy to a flyer requesting a maiden flight, other aircraft should remain grounded.

Section 8. NOISE RESTRICTIONS.
All engines shall have an effective muffler capable of reducing the sound output to a maximum of 94 DB or to AMA or county requirements, whichever is lower. Sound shall be measured in accordance with the AMA sound guidelines. Persons operating aircraft suspected of not meeting these requirements must submit to testing when requested by a Board member or Event Director. Members may have their aircraft sound tested by arrangement with the Board.

Section 9. SITE USAGE.
The site may be closed for flight operations by the Field Marshal or Board member during routine and special maintenance. No flight operations are permitted during this time. Engine run-up and other non-flight activities are permitted. Normal flight operations may be suspended a maximum of 12 days per calendar year during special events at the discretion of the Event Director.

Section 10. SECURITY.
EDRCF members shall be responsible for opening the site and ensuring that the site is secure upon leaving.

Section 11. SAFETY CODE.
EDRCF adopts the AMA Safety Code.

Section 12. CONFORMITY.
Failure of a member to follow these requirements may be grounds for removal from the flying site and/or removal from the club for a period of time to be determined by the Board.

Section 13. CHANGES.
Flying Site Safety and Flight Operating rules may be revised only after the proposed changes have been posted in the News Letter and followed by a favorable vote of a 2/3 majority at a general meeting attended by a quorum of 20 members.
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