June 8, 2010

Field Rules of Manitwo Flyers Field

(Official flying site of the Manitwo Flyers, Ltd.)

The purpose is to provide safe and fun flying opportunities for each Club member, whether beginner or expert, consistent with the safety and consideration of other flyers and spectators. No member shall be allowed to infringe upon, or compromise, another’s safety or flying activities, as defined by these rules.

1.   The AMA (Academy of Model Aviation) Aircraft Safety Code and Regulations for all models shall be followed.  Model flying MUST be in accordance with these codes for AMA liability protection to apply. All visiting pilots including event participants shall abide by club rules.

2.   All flyers must be a member of AMA and the Manitwo Flyers or a current member of the AMA and a guest of the Manitwo Flyers.

3.   Intentional flying behind the flight line is prohibited. A No-Fly Zone is shown attached to these rules.

4.   A” FREQUENCY PIN” for your frequency must be in your possession PRIOR to turning on your transmitter. Your current AMA card is to be inserted in the appropriate slot next to where the “pin” was removed. Guests will abide by this rule also.

a. 2.4 (Spread Spectrum) users shall have a pin in their possession also. See above for AMA card placement.

5.   A preflight check of the aircraft and a range check of the radio equipment should be performed before the first flight for every new or repaired model prior to starting the engine and with the engine running.

6.   No aircraft powered by gas turbine or piston engine shall be started or flown before 8:00 AM or after sunset. Engine noise shall be kept to a minimum.

7.   All flying shall be done from and behind the pilot stations positioned on the edge of the East/West and North/South runways.  (Exceptions are as listed.)

a.   Pilots testing a new or repaired model, after informing all other pilots, may stand behind the model on the runway for takeoff.  After the model is airborne and trimmed, the pilot shall return to a proper flying station. As a courtesy, no other aircraft is allowed in the air during the test.

b.   Instructors shall have complete control of the flying field while instructing a student.  All other planes shall remain on the ground and shut down unless permission is granted by the controlling instructor to conduct specific activities.

c.    Helicopters may be flown off the end of the not in use runway (the south end of the north/south or the east end of the east/ west) to conduct usual hovering with minor lateral movement. More drastic maneuvers should be conducted from the pilot stations using the active runway as established in item 8 below.

8.   The active runway and either clockwise or counterclockwise flight pattern shall be established by the current wind direction and consensus of those pilots present for that day’s flying activities.  A pilot wishing to land will notify the pilots by calling out “landing.”

9.   Landing models have the right away.  “Dead Stick” landings have immediate priority.  A pilot whose engine quits shall immediately call out “dead stick” so other pilots are aware of an immediate landing. A person retrieving a model shall call out “on the field” prior to stepping out on the runway.  If another “dead Stick” should occur while someone is on the field, he/she shall clear the field immediately while avoiding the incoming aircraft.

10. Take Off.

a.   Take off runs shall be started from the center of the active runway.

b.   Hand and high start glider launches will be out on the grass across the active runway from the pilot stations with the launch directed parallel to the flight line.  After the launch the pilot shall return to the pilot station and the launcher shall return to the pit area.  It is expected that other pilots present will assist the launching pilot back to the pilot station.

11. Landings should be made as close to the center of the active runway as possible or on the grass on the far side of the east/west runway.

12. Intentional high speed and/or low level passes (less than six feet above the ground) on the active runway or toward the flight line or spectator area is prohibited. High speed low level passes shall be made over the grass on the far side of the active runway. Low level low speed passes may be made over the active runway.

13. Any pilot suspecting radio interference problems while airborne or taxiing shall call out “INTERFERENCE.”  All other pilots with aircraft on the ground preparing their models for flight shall immediately “turn off” their transmitters.  (This shall be done regardless of frequency pin in possession.)  Out of control aircraft shall be declared as soon as control is determined to be lost.

14. Models shall be restrained by mechanical means or by an assistant while starting engine(s).  (A simple rope loop with an anchor pin will suffice.)

15. Large models shall be directed toward the runway, on the taxi way, and with the prop “even with” or “in front of” the pilot stands while starting engines. Engines of smaller models may be started on the stands provided and must be carried to the edge of the runway. After landing an aircraft, a pilot may taxi it back to the pilot station, but must stop the engine parallel to the runway. Models should be set up to allow shutdown by radio control.

16. A maximum of five (5) models can be airborne at one time.  Combat or pylon racing rules may amend this rule for combat or pylon racing only.  When two or more aircraft are airborne, spotters shall be used.

17. Smoking is not allowed in the pits, on the flight line or under the shelter.

18. Combat flying or pylon racing will be done on scheduled evenings when the field will be closed for sport flying or with the consent of all other pilots at the field on non-scheduled days.

19. An effective means of containing all overflow and spillage shall be used when fueling.

20. Manitwo Flyers guests may use the Manitwo Field without charge under the following guidelines:

a.   A member of Manitwo Flyers Ltd. shall be present at all times.

b.   Be limited to 2 days per 30-day period unless special exceptions are made by vote at a monthly meeting.

c.   Members of reciprocal clubs competition (combat, pylon racing, and etc.) are exempt.

d.   Use beyond above limits subject to $5.00 /day landing fee, collectable by member present.

e.   Item “a” shall be fulfilled.  Any other use shall be considered trespassing..

21. Testing or prolonged running of engines (break in) will be on the grass off of the south side of the parking lot or next to the Gazebo. A stand is provided for smaller models.

22. If your actions cause the loss or damage of another’s aircraft, you should accept responsibility and make an offer of compensation.

23. Violation of the above rules or the AMA Safety Code, or any other flagrant disregard of courtesy to others at the flying field can cause suspension of field privileges.

24. ADDITIONAL COURTESY: Do Not Litter. You are responsible to clean up any trash, soda cans, paper etc, which you may have created, prior to leaving the field.