Safe Flying Is No Accident
Dangerous flying or any breach of the rules, or of the BMFA code of practice may result in the offender being banned from use of the club facilities for a period to be determined by the committee, with no refund of subscription.
With the move away from paper membership forms Members are agreeing to abide by the rules and regulations as set out by the CAA, the BMFA and Maidenhead Radio Modellers when renewing their membership or joining the Club.
As from November 30th 2019 BMFA members will need a Certificate of Competence or hold an A certificate or higher. (The test is free and can be taken at https://rcc.bmfa.uk/ – click on Competency at the top right of the page or with the CAA).
As from February 23rd 2020 no one may fly unless they have an Operator ID. This is available to BMFA members as part of the membership renewal process and costs £9.00 for 2020. The Operator ID is also available from the CAA at the same cost. Please check with a member of the Committee if you are unsure of the regulations. This is now law and carries a fine of £1,000 for non-compliance.
FLYING FIELD RESTRICTIONS:
- Models, including helicopters, shall be noise tested to comply with BMFA policy before first being flown and shall be re-tested if the motor, propeller size or silencing system is changed. A club noise meter is available. Random noise checks may be carried out at any time.
- Flying areas laid down in these rules must be strictly adhered to. (NOTE – these restrictions form part of our Planning Agreement)
- Unless a member has passed a club solo or holds a BMFA (A or higher) certificate, they may only fly under the supervision of a Committee Member or other member authorised by the committee.
TRANSMITTER FREQUENCY CONTROL:
- 35MHz users – it is not possible to operate two transmitters on the same channel without interference. For safety reasons, you may not fly unless you display the correct pennant and have placed the associated peg correctly on the Peg Board (see ‘Flying Models Safely’).
- For members using 2.4GHz there is a section painted black on the bottom right of the board. Using a peg is now optional for 2.4GHz users.
SPECIFIC FLYING RULES FOR HYDE FARM:
- No more than FOUR powered models shall be in the air at any one time.
- Only the ‘East-West’ strip may be used as a runway.
- The accompanying map shows the flying areas as defined in our planning agreement. Please stick closely to them or we will risk losing the site – in particular, do not fly anywhere near the farm, or South of an extended line along the pits side of the strip.
- There must be no over-flying of the public road or the concrete road to Hyde Farm at any height.
- All normal flying must take place over the fields towards the Marlow bypass.
- In addition to the noise test requirement above, a model may be banned from flying if, in the opinion of a committee member, it is excessively noisy.
- Be courteous to and mindful of others when running engines in the pits.
- Extra care must be exercised when members of the public are in the vicinity. Be aware of and show courtesy to horse riders, walkers, cyclists, road users and farm personnel.
- The permission of the committee is required before flying a twin-engined model. No jet turbine engines will be permitted.
- In the event of an unplanned landing in the field please take care to not cause damage to any crop being grown. The ‘tramlines’ left by the tractor are an easy way to get into the field and can be accessed from the road leading to the farm.
CAR PARKING AT HYDE FARM:
- Cars must not be parked on the grass verges along the public road.
- Take off and landings must never be carried out towards or over the parked cars. Take care not to drift South when the wind is Northerly. In order to avoid this, cars should be parked in the area marked Car Park 1, along the hedge. Cars must not be parked nearer to the runway than the sign which marks the limit of the parking area.
- If any member of the public approaches you and complains while you are flying then, without detriment to safety, land and then please obtain the complainant’s name and details of the complaint. Pass the information to a committee member as soon as possible. Be polite.
- The Club welcomes interested visitors to our flying site, but as spectators only – if anyone wishes to fly as a guest, they must be given agreement from the Committee in advance. It is essential that all visitors are aware of the hazards involved and be informed of the safe areas from which to watch; if you invite guests, their safety remains your responsibility at all times, and you must tell them what to do and look after them. They must never be left to wander around freely unless they are familiar with the operation of model aircraft.
- There is the possibility of passers-by stopping to watch the flying; If you notice someone whom you do not know wandering about or standing in a dangerous position, please tell them what to do and where to stand for their own safety.
- It must be stressed that the foregoing applies particularly to children. The safe operation of our flying sites is in the hands of every member on the flying site at any time; the committee can make recommendations but it is up to each and every one of us to be aware of the risks involved, and to do one’s best to avoid them.
HELICOPTERS AND MULTI-ROTORS:
- Helicopters and multi-rotors must not occupy the strip for long periods of time and must conform to the same rules as fixed wing models.
- Any 3D flying should take place clear of the strip and in the general flying area.
FIRST PERSON VIEW (FPV):
- The permission of the Committee is required before flying FPV. The reason being that with the changing regulations we must ensure compliance. The 30/50m rule poses particular problems at our site with the proximity of Dungrove Hill Lane.
- Members will need briefing from a member of the Committee in relation to the rules and an understanding of ‘line of site’.