Hespeler Model Aviators
Hespeler Model Aviators Inc. Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
These Rules, Regulations, and Procedures are put in place for two
1) We are insured through our membership in MAAC, both our Club
membership and individual membership. If clubs or members
violate any of these safety rules and there is an accident, the
insurer may be able to deny coverage.
2) Everybody wants to enjoy themselves and also to feel safe at the
field. Following the rules is important to promote safety. It is the
responsibility of all members ensure they conduct flight
operations in a safe manner.
It is acceptable and encouraged that
we remind each other about MAAC cards in the frequency slots,
violation of no-fly zones, circuit flying etc.
Violation of Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
Violation of any of the following Rules, Regulations, and Procedures,
or behaviour unacceptable to Club members as deemed by a
majority of the Executive, or a majority of members at a regular or
special Club meeting, will result in one written warning from the Club
Executive on behalf of the Club. Should another violation or offence
occur, the violating or offending member's record will be reviewed for
termination. Attending members at a regular or special meeting have
the right, by majority vote, to waive the written warning and proceed
directly to immediate dismissal. Any such dismissal will be conveyed
in writing to the member.
MAAC Membership Card: All pilots' MAAC cards must be placed in
the appropriate frequency slot before any transmitter may be turned
on. The MAAC card will identify persons at the field and which
frequencies are currently in use. Pilots on 72 MHz must take
additional care to post their MAAC card in the appropriate slot or pin
their frequency on the frequency board.
Restraints must be used. If you are starting your aircraft on the
ground you must use restraints that are inserted into the ground and
they must hold your aircraft securely. If you are using a Flight Stand
you don't need to use another form of restraint.
Only R/C aircraft may be flown at the field. Free flight, Control Line,
and UAV's are prohibited. Gas turbines are also prohibited.
Only current HMA member pilots with MAAC wings or MAAC blades,
HMA member students with an instructor, and guests that can show a
current MAAC card and can demonstrate basic pilot proficiency are
permitted to fly at the field. Instructors should verify the abilities of
MAAC Wings: All members wishing to fly aircraft must have MAAC
Wings. This includes all fixed wing aircraft, be they hand launch,
bungee launch, or take off under their own power.
All pilots of all types of aircraft must show they are proficient to fly at
least a .30 size aircraft, either Nitro or Electric, have knowledge of the
HMA Safety Rules and passed the equivalent of the HMA Wings
Student pilots must never fly except in the presence of a designated
club instructor. New members will not be given the gate combination
until satisfactorily passing the HMA Wings or equivalent endorsement
and be conversant with the HMA field Safety Rules.
MAAC Blades: All members wishing to fly helicopters of any kind
must have been qualified under the MAAC Blades program and are
restricted to fly according to their qualifications. Helicopter flyers
must be ‘Blades’ endorsed before using the field for solo flying.
No Taxiing is allowed in the pits. After an engine is started and a
plane is ready for takeoff, it must be rolled by hand, or carried to the
area between the flight stations on the side towards the flight line.
No Fly Zone: The No Fly Zone is behind the flight line and includes
flying over Hespeler Rd. If you have any questions at all about the No
Fly Zone please ask a member of the executive for clarification.
Members are encouraged to remind other pilots who compromise the
No Fly Zone to stay out of the No Fly Zone. Flying over the pits or
parking area is never allowed and is a direct contravention of MAAC
Manned aircraft: Model aircraft must never interfere with full scale
aircraft. Our proximity to the local airport means we must be extra
vigilant in this regard. All model aircraft will immediately drop to treetop
altitude when a full scale aircraft approaches the field. If you are
not flying and you see one coming please call out to the flying
members that there is a full scale aircraft flying over. The use of
spotters is encouraged especially on days of increased flight school
All pilots must remain at the Flight Station for the full duration of the
The purpose of the Club is to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere
for the enjoyment of RC modelling. We have neighbours and we are
friendly with them. We encourage visitor flyers and spectators.
No children under 12 can be left unattended anywhere on the
property. Flying your plane while your kids are running around in the
pits is considered leaving them unattended.
The Johnny on the spot is maintained and should be used. The
barbeque is provided for the benefit of all members. The Club fills the
propane tanks for our fun fly and corn roast and that is usually
Our fire number is 2400 Hespeler Road. If you have to make an
emergency call of any kind, that is the address to give.
The front gate is to be left unlocked once you arrive at the field.
Should an emergency vehicle have to come, they must be able to get
in. The front gate is to be locked by the last person leaving.
The sod farm is our neighbour. We only rent the main field, pits and
parking area. We have permission to cross on to the sod farm to
retrieve airplanes. Under no conditions, are markings of any kind to
be placed on our neighbour's property. Our landlord, the game
warden and the sod farm people are out there on a regular basis.
Please take your own garbage home, including any broken parts. As
well, please retrieve all broken parts as well as broken propellors from
Sanctioning: All club events where spectators may be involved will be
officially sanctioned with MAAC for insurance purposes. This
includes the Mall Show, Club Sponsored Fun Flies and the fall Corn
Roast. Please note that sanctioning of any other event under the
HMA name requires approval of the club executive prior to
submission to the MAAC Zone Director.
The Pits: this is an area from the back of the flight stations to the
edge of the parking area. This is where airplane and heli set up, pre
flights, engine starting etc is done. It can be a dangerous place and
non-pilot spectators should not be in the pit area. All non-flying pilots
and spectators should remain well back from the active flight line
during flight operations.
Flight Stands: aircraft stands are to be used for preparing an aircraft
for flight. When there are many pilots at the field, if you are not
starting your plane in preparation for flight, please remove it from the
aircraft stand so someone else may use it.
Flight Stations: After placing your aircraft in the Ready to Taxi area in
front of the flight stations, you must position yourself on a Flight
Station for the duration of your flight.
Taxiing: Our runway basically runs north and south. Taxi to the
appropriate end of the runway and turn into the wind. The edge of the
second tall grass area marks the active flight line.
Takeoffs: The HMA runway runs basically N/S or S/N depending on
the wind direction. Takeoffs and landings should be facilitated into the
wind. Proper procedure is to taxi to the downwind side of the field
and turn your plane into the wind. After coming to a stop and
checking the surrounding airspace, pilots will announce out loud
"taking off" to indicate his intentions to the other pilots. Upon takeoff
the first turn should always be away from the flight stations after
which the aircraft will then join the circuit with other pilots.
Vertical Takeoffs: All aircraft that take off vertically must be carried to
the Ready to Taxi position 10 feet past the flight station. After
returning to the flight station and checking the surrounding airspace,
pilots will announce out loud "taking off" to indicate his intentions to
the other pilots. The aircraft will then join the circuit.
Hand Launching: Some planes require hand launching. In these
cases, if it is necessary to do so from the field, then the launcher shall
announce, "on the field to hand launch". When completed the
launcher will announce, "off the field".
We also require loud announcements for "landing". Communication
between pilots at the flight line is always encouraged so people are
aware of what is going on. Deadstick landings have priority in all
Landing: Upon landing, all pilots will taxi back from the runway to the
area between each flight station. The movement of the plane shall
stop before it is past the front fence of the pilot station and the plane
shall be promptly walked back to the pilot's work area.
In the event of a dead stick landing or a stalled motor, the plane can
remain on the field until it is established that it is safe to recover.
Before entering the field to recover the plane the person shall
announce in a loud voice, "on the field" and upon recovery of the
plane shall announce, "off the field" so the other pilots can continue
in a safe manner. After announcing “on the field” you should always
wait for flying pilots to acknowledge before proceeding onto the flight
line. Please be cautious and alert when retrieving planes from an
active runway. Also please do not dawdle ! Retrieve the aircraft as
quickly as possible or alternatively wait until it is safe to do so.
Circuit Flying: HMA requires circuit flying when more than one plane
is airborne. It is the safest way to fly, as it reduces head on's, and
keeps the pace slower in the air. Aerobatics such as loops, rolls etc,
can be done on the upwind or downwind legs as long as space
between aircraft allows. Split S, Stall turns, Immelmanns etc, are
allowed at the base line ends as long as they are done in the proper
direction and do not interfere with others. 3D hovering or other
stationary aerobatics should not be undertaken when there are other
pilots in the air, as this poses a collision hazard.
Exceptions to circuit flying are only allowed in two cases. When only
one aircraft is airborne, the pilot can fly any maneuvers including 3D
maneuvers, as long as they are done safely. When electric gliders or
regular gliders are aloft searching thermals, they may stay out of the
circuit formation. However, electric powered gliders and gliders when
entering the normal airspace of other planes, +- 300', they shall then
return to the circuit if other planes are airborne.
Wind Direction change with Circuits: In some unusual circumstances
when there is a wind direction change while more than one plane is
airborne, it may be required to do a circuit direction change to set up
a safe landing approach. One of the airborne pilots shall announce
loudly, "circuit change necessary", "all ready", "okay".
Cross Wind Takeoffs: These types of take offs can be dangerous. At
the HMA field we occasionally get a direct in your face cross wind. In
this situation we recommend that pilots take off on a diagonal if
necessary and learn to take off and land in a cross wind. If you are
having trouble landing ask for help from an experienced pilot. If a
plane "weather vanes” badly, (ie WWI biplane) or a plane with only
rudder and elevator, in these cases pilots may carefully line the plane
up for take off, announce loudly, "cross wind take off", and upon
becoming airborne shall join the existing circuit.
Common Sense: If it doesn't feel safe, it probably isn't. If you think
you are doing something wrong, you probably are. If the wind is
above your capabilities it is better not to fly for your own safety and
aircraft preservation. Particular caution is important especially on
windy days. Keep the aircraft out and away from the pilot stations
and leave yourself a margin for error.
Field Maintenance: Our field is maintained by volunteers. Lawn
cutting etc, takes priority over flying. When the guys show up to cut,
all flying must stop. Field maintenance takes 2 guys about 3 hours
when done properly. If the crew is working in the pits they may allow
flying by mutual agreement.
If we respect our neighbours, we will never have to concern ourselves
about complaints which can jeopardize the long term viability of our
We welcome visitors at all times. People will stop in often out of
curiosity when the gates are open. Be polite, but no violation of pit or
flightline rules are allowed. Domestic animals are NOT allowed
anywhere on the property.
We have posted a "Members only, No trespassing" sign at the
entrance. The purpose of the sign is not to keep interested people
out. We have had the occasional problem with some individuals who
come in with "quads" and they tear up the grass. We were advised by
the police that we must post the sign in order to charge any violations
of this nature. Under no circumstances is any one to be told that "this
is private property and you are trespassing". If a situation presents
itself that anyone is questioning please contact a member of your
executive so that it may be looked into.
The sod farm neighbour is a bonus. Please respect their equipment
when they are out cutting and spraying. We have an arrangement
with them to spray our field for weeds. The field will be closed for the
day of the spraying. When they are stripping sod we may have to
close the field for flying at certain times. This will typically only occur
when they are stripping at the approaches at each end of the runway.
The field is open all year. The driveway is not plowed in the winter
months. When it is snowed in, you can walk in. At least one flight
stand and station are left in place all year. Same rules apply in the
winter. Depending on the spring thaw, the field may be closed for
several weeks. The HMA field sits on a very high water table. The
ground can get very muddy and damage is done by vehicles if driven
on at these times. It is lots of work and expense to do repairs and not
fair to the rest of the Club. Closure and opening of the field is at the
sole discretion of the Field Manager after consultation with the
The HMA Club encourages Safe and Fun Flying. Don't be afraid to
approach the executive with any comments or concerns you may
Last Edited: October 1, 2019