FLYING SITE RULES


THE WHAMS



VEHICLES APPROACHING OR LEAVING THE CAR PARK


Members will have a Universal Key for the 2 Gates and Martin Black Cabin. (A Key may be obtained from the Flight Training Co-ordinator on payment of a small charge). Enter through the Browns Edge Road gate and proceed down the track to the Whams gate and comply with the following safety instructions


Drivers of Vehicles approaching or leaving the Car Park must stop at the Safety Sign or Marker and wait for a signal that it is safe to proceed with care.


Models Taking Off and Landing on the East /West Runway must Give Way to Vehicles approaching or leaving the Car Park at all times.


ALWAYS CLOSE ALL GATES IMMEDIATELY.



FREQUENCY CONTROL


2.4GHz frequencies are predominantly operated at the Whams however some members do still use equipment on 35MHz.

Due to the close proximity of other sites, only the following transmitter frequencies are allowed on the Whams.
Only Odd 61 to 89 frequencies may be used. Not 55, 57, 59.

Frequency control and safety is the responsibility of the members using the site. A pegboard is available in the Pits Area.
All Members MUST exchange their own plaque or peg with the Frequency Clip from the Pegboard before switching on their Transmitters or flying (Including 2.4GHz for personal identification and the reassurance of fellow flyers). Guests should use a guest transmitter clip. The Pegboard system must be used when more than two members are flying.


R 15.1 Members must comply with the Site Rules posted in the Cabin on the field.


R 15.2 Members must not fly their models over the Pits and Car Park area or over the Helicopter area across the stream or any other designated No-Fly area.


R 15.21 Charging of LiPo batteries is not permitted in the car park


R 15.3 Models weighing in excess of 7kg and Gas Turbine models must not be flown within 50 metres of Spectators or the Boundary of the Pits This may be reduced to 30 metres for Take Off and Landing only. (C.A.A Rules)


R 15.4 Members must not fly their models whilst the Grass Mower is in use. Only the Groundsman or his appointee may use the ride-on mower. (Insurance Rule)


R 15.5 Dogs are not permitted in the Pits or on the Flying Area even on a lead.



NOISE LEVELS - AS LAID DOWN IN PLANNING REGULATIONS


R 15.6 The engines of ALL Power Models must be adequately silenced.


R 15.7 If required by any member of the Committee a member must submit a model to a sound level test using the Club Sound Level Meter. If the highest of four readings measured at 7 metres from the source is:


a) In excess of 82 dBA then the model must not be flown from a Club site until modified and retested.


b) In excess of 80 dBA but less than 82dBA, the model may be flown for the next session.


c) Less than 80dBA, then the engine/propeller/silencer combination is acceptable for flying on Club fields.

HELICOPTERS and MULTICOPTERS ON THE WHAMS


R 15.8 Helicopters/multicopters may be flown in slots agreed with all the other flyers.


R 15.9 For Safety reasons, Helicopters/multicopters and Fixed Wing models should not be flown at the same time on the Whams Main Field.


R 16.0 New members must have a familiarisation flight with a club examiner if they wish to fly at the Whams.



THE WHAMS TIMES OF USE - (as laid down in Planning Regulations)


Thermal / Slope Soarers and Electric Models - UNRESTRICTED.


Powered Models (I/C engine).


Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Weekdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 3 models maximum in use.

Weekdays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.

Wednesdays 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. 10 models maximum in use.



SHELLEY HIGH SCHOOL


Shelley High School playing fields are for the use of Thermal Soarers and Electric Powered aircraft only.


The use of I/C engine powered models is not permitted.


Members using the site are responsible for frequency control and all frequencies are permitted.


Flying is permitted at any time provided there is no other authorised use of the playing fields.


When Sports are taking place there must be No Flying.



HULLOCK BANK - SLOPE


This site is for gliders only (no electric models)


The Club has exclusive use which covers all wind directions from south to north via west.

Frequencies - 2.4GHz and 35MHz on 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72, 74, 76, 78, 80, 82.


Members using the site are responsible for executing frequency control.


Parking is along the bridleway to the north of the site.


Ensure that gates are kept closed and damage to crops accessing the slope and retrieving models is minimised


Some of the land we fly over is classed as 'Open Access' but otherwise seek permission from landowners before retrieving models.


NO ELECTRIC MODELS - GLIDERS ONLY


More information on the Slope Soaring page



ROYD MOOR - SLOPE


Park either on the lane or the road. Enter by using the steel gate where the arrow is pointing. There may be sheep in the field so it is important that the gate is kept closed at all times.


NO ELECTRIC MODELS - GLIDERS ONLY


More information on the Slope Soaring page




WHITLEY EDGE - SLOPE


Please be aware that the slopes are on a busy farm and the land owner Ian suggests for our own safety that we give the cattle (a bull and many cows with calves) a wide birth.


Members are asked to show consideration in using this site. Park your car on Whitley Road but please do not park near the gate as this can cause obstructions to the farmer who needs constant access. Close all gates after passing through and no climbing over fences or walls.


NO ELECTRIC MODELS - GLIDERS ONLY


More information on the Slope Soaring page




Rules for flying on all HDMAC Slope Sites


1. It is the responsibility of the individual flier to be sure it is safe to fly before launching.


2. Models must be launched and landed a safe distance from other fliers and spectators. The flier intending to launch or land should shout “launching” or “landing” allowing time for other fliers to respond and take appropriate action.


3. Models must not be deliberately flown close to or over other fliers, spectators, or members of the public. Particular attention should be paid to members of the public using the track in front of the slope at Royd Moor.


4. Fliers must announce their intention to enter the landing area, and announce when they have retrieved their model and cleared the area.


5. On windy days particular care should be taken to avoid models blowing back and hitting other fliers and spectators. Consideration should be given to launching from down the slope or delaying the launch to allow other fliers to land first.


6. A model’s maiden flight (or first flight following significant changes) should be undertaken with no other models flying to allow all persons present to react accordingly to any unexpected flying characteristics.


7. Members’ cars at Royd Moor must be parked near to the entrance to the bridle path and never immediately downwind of the landing field.


8. Electric models must not be flown on Club slope sites.


9. Fliers on 35 MHz must only use even frequencies and announce their frequency before launching.



DEMONSTRATIONS AND DISPLAYS


From time to time the club may be asked to perform at local Fetes and if the site is suitable, these engagements may be accepted.


Club members flying in such demonstrations must hold a full Certificate of Competence (B.M.F.A. “B” Certificate) and be fully conversant with the safety code relevant to Public Demonstrations.


A Demonstration Director will be appointed for each demonstration and his word is final upon any matter appertaining to flying or crowd control.


If sites are not suitable for safe flying, then the Club may arrange a Static Exhibition of Models. These are found to create much interest from the public.


Displays performed properly and safely can only improve the image of our sport in the eyes of the general public.


Fly-ins and similar small scale events may be organised on Club sites following the guidelines in the BMFA Members handbook which requires an Overall Event Organiser and Flight Marshal to ensure safety.