Hespeler Model Aviators Inc. Rules, Regulations, and Procedures
These Rules, Regulations, and Procedures are put in place for two reasons:
1) We are insured through our membership in MAAC, both our Club membership and individual membership. If clubs or members violate any safety rules and there is an accident, the insurer may in fact be able to deny coverage.
2) Everybody wants to peacefully enjoy themselves and also to feel safe. Following the rules will assure everyone of that. It is the responsibility of all members to help each other. We all, and we stress the word all, have occasional lapses in the things we do. It is okay and expected 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 if 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 (1) 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 to immediate dismissal in writing, with the promise of the return of the member's membership fee, upon receipt of any Club property, including keys.
MAAC Membership Card: All pilots' MAAC cards must be placed in the appropriate frequency bin before any transmitter may be removed from your car, van, or truck. The MAAC card will identify persons at the field and which frequencies are currently in use. There are no exceptions. Your HMA card does not count.
Do not speak to or approach anyone if they are at a Flight Station. The only exception to this is to warn of approaching full scale aircraft, or to inform them that they are flying in a No Fly Zone.
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 at full throttle. If you are using a Flight Stand you don't need to use another form of restraint. The Flight Stands get moved from time to time. Our pits are not level. Make sure the flight stand is level or pointing down. It is okay to move them forward. Under no conditions block up the stand with stones, bricks etc.
Only R/C aircraft may be flown at the field. Free flight, Control Line, and UAV's are 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. All other persons are prohibited.
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.
MAAC Blades: All members wishing to fly helicopters of any kind must be participating in the MAAC Blades program and are restricted to fly according to their qualifications.
No Taxiing 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. At the HMA field you may not taxi within ten (10) feet of a flight station. The first raised grass area in front of each flight station indicates the ten (10) foot mark.
No Fly Zone: The No Fly Zone is behind the flight line and makes a turn to avoid the highway. If you have ANY questions at all about the No Fly Zone please ask a member of the executive for clarification. You are obligated to remind other pilots who compromise the No Fly Zone to stay out of the No Fly Zone.
Manned aircraft: All model aircraft will immediately drop to tree-top 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.
All pilots must remain at the Flight Station for the full duration of the flight.
The purpose of the Club is to provide a safe and friendly atmosphere for the enjoyment of RC modeling. 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 or sitting at a picnic table 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 adequate.
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.
The Pits: this is an area from the back of the flight stations to the edge of the west parking area. This is where set up, pre flights, engine starting etc is done. It can be a dangerous place.
Flight Stands: aircraft stands are to be used only for preparing an aircraft for flight. 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, you must stand 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 second tall grass area marks the flight line. You may taxi on either side of the buffer but not closer than ten (10) feet.
Takeoffs: The HMA runway runs basically N/S or S/N depending on the wind direction. 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. The aircraft will then join the circuit.
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, high speed pass, low pass, touch and go, and dead stick". Deadstick landings have priority in all situations.
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 back fence of the pilot station and the plane shall be 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 the plane. 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.
Circuit Flying: HMA requires circuit flying when more than one plane is airborne. It is the safest way to fly, as it eliminates head on's, and keeps the pace slower in the air. Acrobatics such as loops, rolls etc, can be done on the upwind or downwind legs. Split S, stall turns, immelmans etc, are allowed at the base line ends as long as they are done in the proper direction.
Exceptions to circuits are only in two cases. When only one aircraft is airborne, the pilot can fly any 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 reform 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. The problem with them is, which direction is the first turn, thus the circuit? We highly recommend that all pilots take off on a diagonal if necessary and learn to take oiff and land in a cross wind. Most experienced guys will help. None of us knew how until we learned. The only exception would be a plane that "weather vanes badly, (ie WWI biplane) or a plane with only rudder and elevator. In these cases, all pilots will 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. Question that.
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. It takes about 10 minutes to get the equipment out and get going which gives lots of time to finish any existing flights. Field maintenance takes 2 guys about 3 hours when done properly.
If we respect our neighbours, we will never have to concern ourselves about complaints which can jeopardize the long term viability of our field. A number of senior members made it a point to personally speak to the neighbours in the summer of 2006. We have a good relationship with them. We will visit them again in 2008.
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 people out. We have the occasional problem with some young kids who come in with "quads" and they tear up the grass. We were advised by the police and our lawyer 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 no one is allowed, 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 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. The flight stands and stations are left in place all year. Same rules apply. Depending on the spring thaw, the field may be closed for up to 3 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 at least one member of the Executive.
All pilots of all types of aircraft must show they are proficient to fly a .30 size aircraft, either Nitro or Electric, have knowledge of the HMA Safety Rules and passed the equivalent of the HMA Wings program.
New members will not be given gate keys until satisfactorily passing the HMA Wings or equivalent endorsement and be conversant with the HMA field Safety Rules.
Helicopter flyers will have an equivalent program ‘Blades’ endorsed similar Wings program before using the field for solo flying.
Safe and Fun Flying. Don't be afraid to approach the executive with any comments or criticisms you may have.
Last Edited: May 23, 2012
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