Field Rules

1) All flyers must be current members of a national modeling organization offering liability insurance, and all flying must be in strict accordance with respective current national model aircraft safety codes. If you are a member of the AMA, please visit the AMA safety page for more info.

2) Each flyer must strictly adhere to current frequency control rules and procedures (see separate set of rules). The frequency control board must be used by each flyer. Make sure you “own” your channel before turning on transmitter.

3) Pilots should stand within one of the four flight stations with safety barriers. Do not fly over the pavilion, pit or spectator areas. Takeoffs and landings should be into the wind.

4) If more than one aircraft is flying, there shall be NO low-altitude (less than ~25′) high speed passes over the runway.

5) No spectators are allowed on field side (east) of heavy red stripe on taxiway and its imaginary north-south extensions.

6) Pets must be on leash. Children shall be supervised at all times.

7) A maximum of four planes shall be in the air at any one time unless a special event is occurring.

8) Carefully preflight aircraft mechanical and electrical functions before flying, including checks of control surface operations.

9) Be considerate of other flyers and their need to use tables for assembly, disassembly or repairs.

10) Do not run engines under pavilion or behind (west of) red line.. Use proper restraint when starting. It is recommended to use a glove or chicken stick when hand starting. When running up an engine, do not stand in front of, or in line with, the propeller arc. Make sure that spectators are also clear of prop and prop wash blast.

11) Do not tie up the runway to start or adjust engines. Do not do taxi tests when there are more than one flyer.

12) Verbal calls shall be loudly made to announce intentions and include:

  • “Emergency Landing” – #1 landing priority
  • “Dead Stick” – #2 landing priority
  • “Landing ” – #3 landing priority (call ~15 seconds before touchdown)
  • “Touch and Go” – #4 landing priority (call ~15 seconds before touchdown)
  • “On the Runway” – any time a person goes on or crosses the runway to retrieve a plane. No landings or takeoffs until runway is clear.
  • “Runway Clear” – as soon as person is clear of the runway. Make retrieval expeditiously so that takeoffs and landings may be resumed.
  •  “Coming Out” – before taxiing onto runway.

13) Solo student flights will be allowed only when authorized by and supervised by instructors.

14) Alcoholic beverages shall not be consumed by pilots prior to, nor during participation in any model operations.

15) Persons doing field maintenance or mowing operations may curtail flight operations as they see fit. A “Field Closed” sign will be posted on frequency board.

16) Helicopters

  • Helicopters will abide by all fixed wing rules.
  • If a helicopter is flying by itself and another plane is ready to take off or land, the helicopter must accommodate the other plane (move out of the way).
  • No extended hovering directly in front of you over the runway if any other plane is flying.
  • Hovering may be done, while others are flying, at the South end of the field out of the traffic pattern and out of the way of other aircraft.
  • If hovering at the South end of the field transition to forward flight is only allowed if the southern most pilot box is empty and the runway is clear. If not, stop the rotor and move to a vacant pilot box and takeoff from the runway.
  • Starting and adjustments are to be made on the helicopter table which is located beyond the red AMA line and away from other the pit area of other fliers.
  • Prior to starting: the pilot must insure the idle up switches are off and one hand must be on the blades while starting.

17) All engines should have a muffler or effective silencer.

18) After landing, do not taxi back past the flight stations.

19) Before leaving, place all your garbage into trash barrels. Flatten aluminum cans and place in can barrel. The last person at the field shall put up chairs, flags, etc.; lock storage and tractor sheds; and lock the field gate.

20) All flyers are to use the facility in a safe and responsible manner. Dangerous or reckless behavior will not be tolerated. Be considerate of your fellow flyer and always apply the golden rule.

21) Be polite and courteous to visitors and answer their questions where possible. Above all else, conduct yourself in a professional and mature manner.