GUIDELINES FOR PITS/FLIGHT-LINE POSITIONING, ORGANISATION & SAFETY
These guidelines are to be applied in conjunction with our club rules and the relevant BMFA rules and guidelines.
• Take-off and landing must always be into wind.
• Where possible avoid taking-off towards the sun or landing from the sun. Be aware that the sun will move during the day.
• Position the flight-line parallel to the direction of take-off and set back from the edge of the mown patch by 15 meters (approx. 20 paces).
• Position the pits area a further 15 meters behind the flight-line. Motor running (IC and electric) is to be in this area only.
• The socializing area, where sitting, chatting and picnicking takes place, is 5 meters behind the pits.
• Keep an eye on the wind direction. If it changes and compromises safety MOVE THE PITS!
• All take-off runs and hand launches to be made from the mid-point of the downwind side of the mown patch.
• When possible have someone else carry your aircraft to the take-off point if the motor is running(IC) or connected(electric). Do not carry out a solo hand launch. Do not try to juggle the transmitter and aircraft yourself.
• All landings to be on the mown area or to either side of it, except in an emergency such as a ‘dead stick’, not in the area between the mown patch and the flight-line.
• No flying is permitted in the ¼ circle area that contains the pits. All flying is to be restricted to the other ¾ of the circle.
See the diagram for illustration of the above.
• All pilots must stand together on the flight-line. No more than 4 aircraft are to be airborne at any one time. Only pilots, observers (assisting pilots) and instructors are to be on the flight-line. No extraneous distractions are permitted.
• All pilots must announce their intentions in a loud clear voice and ensure acknowledgement from the others on the flight-line. This is particularly important when taking an aircraft to the patch for take-off or recovering one after landing.
• Pilots landing, including ‘dead stick’, having called out as above, must step forward to be clear of the others on the flight-line.
• Anyone going on to the patch while aircraft are airborne must take great care, be aware that someone may need to land in a hurry, keep a sharp lookout, listen for calls from the flight-line and vacate the area as quickly as possible.
• All FPV pilots must be accompanied by an observer, preferably one capable of taking over control in an emergency.
Committee members will monitor activities and advise as necessary but we can’t be there all the time. Members must take responsibility for their own actions with particular regard for the safety of fellow members. Think Safe and Be Safe.
If you think something isn’t right stop and do something about it. And if you are ever in a situation where things are going wrong, a bad take-off or a ‘dead stick’ for example, and there is a chance someone may be hurt then don’t fight to recover it, just dump the aircraft safely away from the pits. Much better to break a plane than someone’s head!
Version Date: 16th January 2017