Free State Club Rules
Regulations Applicable To The Flying Site Of The Free State Aeromodelers Radio Control Club
Who can fly at our field?
All pilots shall be FSA members or an authorized guest. All pilots must have an AMA membership and appropriate FCC license. Guests will be permitted to use the field on no more than three occasions per season and must comply with all field rules including displaying their AMA membership card on their person. More than three visits will require the guest to become a club member. Sponsors must be present and the number of guests is limited to two (2). The sponsoring FSA member is responsible for ensuring that their guests follow club rules and fly in a controlled, safe and courteous manner.
General Conduct and Information
- All members must display the current FSA transmitter ribbon on their transmitters.
- Fuel tank overflow must be contained. No fuel shall be allowed to overflow onto the grass.
- The person who opens the gate shall lock the padlock onto the open gate hasp and the last person leaving the field shall ensure that the gate is secured and locked.
- All trash and refuse you generate must be taken with you when you leave.
- All cigarette butts shall be “field-stripped” or placed in the stone area of the parking lot.
- Verbal abuse directed towards any officer, safety official, or club member in connection with rules enforcement will not be tolerated, and may be grounds for suspension or termination of membership.
- Spectators shall remain in the designated areas. All club members share responsibility for ensuring that spectators are not in the pits or in the helipad area.
- The last person to leave the field must secure and lock the gate, making sure that the padlock numbers are reset to show all zeros (0).
- All pilots shall comply with the official AMA Safety Code. All participants are responsible to take effective action at the field to ensure compliance with the field rules contained herein.
- The Safety Officer/s and/or Field Marshals and/or Officers have the authority over all aircraft operations at the Club flying site. Either the Safety Officer/s or Field Marshals or Officer shall have the right to ask a pilot to leave the field if, in their opinion, the subject pilot continues to operate an aircraft in an unsafe manner after being warned. The decision of the Safety Officer and/or Field Marshal shall be final.
- At all model-flying occasions only those persons essential to the flight operations are permitted into the fenced pit and flight area. All spectators shall remain on the opposite side of the fence for safety and insurance reasons. All Club members are responsible for assuring that spectators remain behind the fence.
- Persons who are not pilots are not permitted to taxi aircraft onto or off the field unless they are AMA members and have the approval of the Safety Officer and are in the company of a qualified pilot.
- New pilots shall be assisted until they are judged to be safe by a Club Flight Instructor, Safety Officer, or Field Marshal.
- All transmitters shall be impounded upon arrival at the site. When not in use, transmitters must be placed in the impound.
- No transmitter shall be turned on unless the correct frequency control pin is attached to the transmitter antenna.
- Pilots on the same frequency shall fly in rotation. Maximum flight time is fifteen (15) minutes including pit time if you are sharing a pin with another pilot or other pilots are waiting to fly.
- All aircraft engines shall be started with the nose of the aircraft pointed toward the fence. Engine exhaust shall be directed away from other aircraft in the immediate area and from pilots in the flight box.
- No pilot shall proceed to the flight box in preparation for take-off if four aircraft are in the air and/or on the taxi area or active runway. When four planes are in the air and others are waiting to fly, pilots shall fly in rotation.
- All pilots shall remain within a flight box for the duration of their flights, except that a pilot may be out of the box while hand-launching a plane or by use of a Hi-Start or catapult.
- Aircraft shall not be taxied in, through or behind the pit or flight box areas.
- No aircraft shall be pitted behind the flight boxes.
- Flying behind the foul line and/or other designated no-flying area is forbidden (pit area, parking area, VanDusen Road, I-95).
- Persons intending to recover unpowered or damaged aircraft shall announce their intentions to other pilots. Unless an emergency exists, other pilots shall acknowledge and honor the request by keeping their aircraft away from the field until the inactive aircraft has been returned to the pit area.
- The “RIGHT OF WAY” on the runway, in order of precedence, shall be:
- Dead-stick landing.
- Normal landing.
- Low passes.
- Low passes shall be flown beyond the center line of the runway in the active direction only. Low passes may only be flown when there is one pilot flying, The only maneuvers permitted over the runway are approaches, landings, and touch¬and-goes, and these shall be done at a safe distance from the flight boxes.
- All engines shall be effectively muffled. Suggested guidelines are:
- Below 7500 rpm 96 db maximum
- 9000 rpm 95 db maximum
- 11,000 rpm 94 db maximum
- 12,300 rpm 93 db maximum
- 16,500 rpm 92 db maximum
- 20,000 rpm 91 db maximum
- above 20,000 rpm 90 db maximum
- The sound limits shown above may be included in the Club rules if a majority vote of active members instates these limits at a monthly Club meeting.
- There shall be no flying during work parties or when the mower is present or on the field. •Pilots must announce take-offs and landings. Landings have priority.
- Pilots must announce their intentions for a hand-launch before stepping out onto the runway for the launch (follow the pattern, never throw towards the pits or flight boxes). After launching, the pilot must step back off the runway and into a flight box.
- Take-offs and landings shall be made on the active runway only.
- Consumption of alcoholic beverages at the field is prohibited.
- All novice helicopter pilots must be certified by an instructor or designated Club member prior to operating a helicopter at The Club flying site.
- Certified helicopter pilots may practice hovering maneuvers without an instructor at the designated location.
- Helicopter pilots will use the designated flight box, or they may hover in the helipad area.
- Only one pilot may practice hovering at a time.
- Hovering maneuvers must not extend beyond a twenty-five (25) foot radius from the pilot.
- Hovering in the pit area or in the flight line is not allowed.
- Rotary wing aircraft shall not come closer than the center of the runway to a pilot box at any time. Rotary wing aircraft will take off and land in the designated area only. During normal flight, rotary wing aircraft shall follow the same rules as fixed wing aircraft.
- Helicopters must be carried out to the flight line.
Full Scale Safety
- When a full scale aircraft flies over the field, alert the active pilots by calling out “full scale”.
- All pilots must immediately bring their aircraft down to a low altitude when a full scale aircraft is approaching or over the field.
- All club members share the responsibility for being watchful and alerting pilots to a full scale aircraft.