Rules

Member Rules

  • All members must follow the bylaws.
  • Provisional members are excluded from the fly alone privilege. You need to be a full member in good standing with the club to be considered for flying alone.
  • You are responsible for the condition of the field. Trash shall not be left behind for any reason whatsoever!
  • Pilots not following the field rules or flying a non-approved “Fly Alone model” by themselves will have their membership immediately revoked!
  • Pilots must keep the aircraft within the established flight boundaries of the field.
  • Pilots need to take into consideration several factors, including piloting ability, weight, size, and speed of the fly alone model.
  • Models should be remotely controlled, remain within the pilot’s line of sight at all times, and always be flown safely by the operator.
  • Car speed limited to 12 mph when at or approaching the site, unless posted otherwise.
  • Club ID cards must be worn at all times.
  • Only Pilots and Assistants are allowed at the Flight Line.
  • All new or repaired Models will have a pre-flight check prior to first flight including Radio Range Check.
  • All models should have their fail-safe modes properly adjusted including remote engine shutoff, and the pilot should be able to demonstrate their operation (on bench) if requested.
  • Engine testing shall only be in designated area.
  • Field charging cannot be done with the charger and battery placed directly under the hood of a vehicle. Chargers may only be connected with 10 foot leads and must be kept away from the vehicle.
  • New Members must pass a flight test before being allowed to fly “solo”.
  • Pilots shall make appropriate announcements when taking off, landing or emergency situations.
  • All Model Airplanes must face away from the pit area at all times.
  • One Pilot per Flight Station (max of 4 aircraft at any one time).
  • No Taxing in Pit Area.
  • ALL Aircraft will takeoff/land from the center of the runway.
  • Pilots will not fly over the Pit Area and stay at least 25 feet from the Flight Stations.
  • All 3D Maneuvers MUST be done 100 feet from Flight Stations (over high grass section).
  • 3D Maneuvers cannot be done when more than one pilot is flying.
  • Each transmitter (non-2.4 GHZ) MUST display frequency ID. (72MHZ)
  • Established club Frequency Control Plan will be enforced at all times.
  • Direction of flight is determined by wind direction and agreement between all Pilots.
  • All Flying Guests must be with a club member and sign a Waiver.
  • All visitors must remain behind PIT AREA.
  • Models will fly only in pre-designated area and will yield right-of-way to full-size aircraft.
  • First Aid Kit is located under Frequency Board.
  • No flying over pit area or parking and spectator areas.
  • All Models will comply with AMA/Club noise levels. All engines shall have a muffler and not exceed 100 dB at 3 meters.


Fixed-Wing Fly-Alone Rules

  • Electric or of any similar quiet means of propulsion.
  • Wingspan no greater than 43”.
  • Model weight will be less than 2 lbs.
  • Speed will be less than 60mph.
  • Radio fail-safe must pass inspection.
  • Use of throttle hold/lock switch is required.
  • Prop saver drive is highly recommended for pilot safety.


Helicopter Fly-Alone Rules

  • Helicopter model is to be no larger than a 450 class heli.
  • Use of throttle hold/lock switch is required.
  • Radio fail-safe must pass inspection.
  • No stretched kits allowed. Must be stock format.


Helicopter General Rules

  • Each transmitter MUST BE 2.4GHZ.
  • No main rotors are to be spun up under power behind the flight line or in the pits (no exceptions). If the head mechanics/electronics are going to be tested both the main and tail blades must be removed.
  • Pilots shall call next up before current pilot lands and be ready for flight once pilot clears flying area.
  • ALL Aircraft will takeoff/land from the center of the respectively marked flying field.
  • All 3D Maneuvers MUST be done 100 feet from Flight Stations unless announced ahead of time and accompanied by a spotter (Heli Side).
  • Pilots will not fly over the Pit Area and stay at least 25 feet from the Flight Stations.
  • High Speed Passes MUST be 50 feet from Flight Stations.


FPV Rules

  • FPV novice pilots must use a buddy-box system with an FPV spotter while learning to fly FPV.
  • FPV flights require an FPV pilot to have a spotter next to him/her while maintaining Visual Line of Sight (VLOS).
  • FPV pilot must brief the spotter on the spotter's duties, communications and hand-over control procedures before the FPV flight.
  • Spotter must communicate with the FPV pilot to ensure the FPV aircraft remains within VLOS and within the field’s perimeter, warning the FPV pilot of approaching aircraft, and when avoidance techniques are necessary.
  • Spotter may at any time during an FPV flight acquire the transmitter from the FPV pilot and assume VLOS control of the model aircraft.
  • If the FPV pilot experiences a problem due to a loss of video link, orientation, or is unable to safely fly, he/she must abandon FPV mode and fly VLOS or pass the RC transmitter to the FPV spotter to assume VLOS control of the model aircraft.
  • Before the initial flight of an FPV model aircraft and/or after any changes or repairs to essential flight systems, the FPV model aircraft must have an R/C test flight by conventional VLOS.
  • FPV model aircraft must use frequencies approved by the FCC for both the RC system and the wireless video system. Pilots must meet applicable FCC licensing requirements if they choose to operate the RC flight control system or the wireless video system on Amateur Band frequencies.
  • FPV flights must stay within the field boundaries at all times.
  • Model aircraft flown using FPV must remain at or below 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL).
  • Model aircraft flown FPV are limited to a weight (including fuel, batteries, and onboard FPV equipment) of 15lbs. and a speed of 70mph.
  • FPV novice pilots should consider using a cockpit view flight simulator to become accustomed to FPV flight.
  • FPV pilots should consider using a programmable autopilot (AMA Document #560) with a failsafe "return to launch" (RTL) feature that will maintain control of the aircraft in the event of signal loss.
  • An onboard camera equipped with a pan and tilt mount that is positioned by head tracking goggles, will improve the FPV pilot's situational awareness of airspace surrounding the FPV aircraft during flight, but does not replace the requirement for a spotter.
  • When purchasing FPV operational systems, always try to select quality equipment, verify its compatibility, install components for interference rejection, and determine that signal range is adequate for maximum VLOS range.