Club Rules

INTRODUCTION

The following rules have been formulated with a view to maintaining a unified and safe operating environment. It must be remembered that safety is of paramount importance at all times. These rules are supplementary to the code of practice laid down by the British Mode! Flying Association, and are intended to cater for the particular requirements of the club flying site.

  1. INTRODUCTION

    1. The law of the land and any /or local byelaws shall take precedence over these rules.

    2. There must be compliance at all times with the AIR NAVIGATION ORDER and with the code of practice of the DEPARTMENT of THE ENVIRONMENT in respect of noise pollution.

    3. As a BMFA affiliated club the code of practice of this association must be followed wherever appropriate / practical.

    4. The demands of our land lords, the British Automobile Racing Club and the Ffos Las Races management, must be respected at all times.

    5. Contravention of these rules will be dealt with as laid out in the constitution, paragraph 8 in the club rules.

  2. FLYING SITE

    1. FLYING TIMES

      Pembrey Sands:

      Due to the operational demands of the ROYAL AIR FORCE, flying times at the Pembrey site are restricted as follows;

      • Monday to Thursday after 17.00Hrs.

      • Friday after 14.00 Hrs.

      • Saturday, Sunday, & All Bank Holidays all day.

      The membership will be informed of other non flying times, due to motor sport usage by the BARC, when information becomes available.

      Ffos Las:

      Flying days are Monday to Friday. The membership will be informed of non flying times, due to Race Meetings, etc when information becomes available.

      1. On entering the site, if models are flying, approach the car park with caution. You may be required to give way to models that are landing.

      2. Park cars as close as possible to the shed.

      3. Only 2.4 GHz and 35 MHz frequencies are permitted for use on this site. Ensure the peg board is activated for use and the windsock is raised.

      4. Decide on the duty runway with reference to the wind direction.

      5. Always fly facing the horse racing course.

      6. Never overfly the high bank as walkers and horses frequently use this area.

      7. Never overly the houses.

      8. If you are unfortunate enough to land/crash on the horse racing course, make sure you retrieve all model parts. Also notify the race course authorities as they will need to inspect the area themselves.

      9. As at Pembrey, only A certificate holders are permitted to fly unsupervised.

      10. At the end of your flying session, TAKE YOUR LITTER HOME.

    2. The only airspace used for the flying of models at Pembrey shall be as designated in the site map (see included sketch). This map is also affixed to the outside wall of the site cabin. At Ffos Las the “Duty Runway” or helicopter pad will be decided on upon the start of any flying session and will be dependant on wind direction.

    3. ARRIVAL ON SITE

      The first member/members to arrive on site will ensure the following:

      Pembrey – Weekdays after 17.00 hrs and Fridays after 14.00 hrs.
      1. That clearance to fly is obtained from the RAF control tower on 01554 892205. (If a fax machine tone is heard instead of an answer then it is safe to fly. If the call is answered conform to any times that may be given by the control tower staff).

      Pembrey – All occasions
      1. That the flag is raised on the flagpole on the perimeter road.

      2. That the stop sign and parking signs are placed in position.

      3. That the PEG BOARD is activated for use.

      4. That the windsock is raised on the pole affixed to the site cabin.

    4. MOBILE TELEPHONES

      Mobile phones must not be taken on to the flying site but should be left in the members’ cars in the car park.

    5. GATE PROTOCOL

      Pembrey Sands:

      After keying in the security code to open the gate and driving through members must wait until the gate automatically closes fully before driving off. This is a requirement of our landlord The BARC to unauthorized access and must be strictly observed when entering and exiting the site. If the gate is found open then it must be left open. The key code is issued to members on the strict understanding that it is for personal use only and must not be divulged to anyone else including family and friends

      Ffos Las

      If available the windsock must be raised before flying commences. The main gate must be left open if found open, and shut if found shut. Do not depend on other members to close the gate.

  3. RADIO EQUIPMENT

    1. Only the use of 35 MHz. and 2.4 GHz Equipment will be permitted on site.

    2. All radio equipment must be "type approved".

    3. Operation of radios is permitted on all legal 35 MHz frequencies

    4. All 35 MHz transmitters shall be tested on a frequency scanner at least once per year, (a record of all such tests will be kept). Transmitters not tested at these intervals, or which prove to be below the standard of variation allowed on test, will not be used until they have been tested/retested and reach the approved standard.

    5. In order to fly solo all pilots must have a minimum of an A certificate of the BMFA achievement scheme. Any pilot without an A Certificate must be supervised at all times.

  4. AIRFIELD DISCIPLINE

    1. PIT AREA

      1. The pit area will be positioned dependent on wind direction at the commencement of each flying session. It will commence at a point level with the DOWNWIND EDGE of the PILOTS’ BOX and extend down wind from that point. It should be noted that re-positioning of the pits may be necessary should there be a marked change of wind direction during a flying session. This change should not take place until all aircraft are safely on the ground.

      2. The pit area is solely for the purpose of parking and preparing aircraft for flight or for after flight checks. It is not to be used as a pilot seating area.

      3. Prolonged operation of engines for the purpose of running in etc. will not be permitted in the pits. Pilots wishing to carry out extended engine runs should move their aircraft to a point as far down wind of the pits (50yds minimum) as possible. No aircraft being operated in such a fashion shall be left unattended.

    2. VEHICLES

      Vehicles shall not be permitted to enter the pits area except for the purpose of loading or off loading. Immediately either of these operations is complete vehicles must be removed to the designated parking area.

    3. SEATING

      A defined seating area is to be found in the area of the site cabin, and should be used by all guests/visitors. Seating will not be permitted on any other part of the site. See Above.

      Seating Plan

  5. FREQUENCY CONTROL

    1. PEG BOARD The PEG BOARD must be used for the duration of all flying sessions when 35 MHz equipment is being used.

    2. No pilot (or helper) will switch on a transmitter until that person is in possession of the correct peg for the frequency to be used, unless using 2.4 GHz.

    3. All 35 MHz transmitters shall have affixed to the Aerial a pennant bearing the appropriate frequency number, it should also have the frequency peg attached to the carrying handle or Aerial. The pennant must be of a standard size (the dimensions are stated in the BMFA handbook.) It must also conform to the standard of white lettering on an orange background.

    4. All 35 MHz Frequency pegs must be returned to the peg board on the completion of a flight.

    5. ADJACENT FREQUENCY. If, the frequency adjacent to the frequency to be used is in use DO NOT REMOVE THE PEG. Identify the pilot using the adjacent frequency and carry out an adjacent frequency check in accordance with the method laid down in the BMFA handbook. The simultaneous use of adjacent frequencies will be by mutual agreement of the pilots concerned.

  6. FLYING

    The site is marked with two runways (33/15 & 28/10) and two helicopter pads.

    1. The "duty runway" or helicopter pad will be decided on upon the start of any flying session and will be dependent on wind direction.

    2. Should a change of wind direction occur during a flying session a change of runway and pit position may be required for safety. See rule 4a.

    3. The duty runway shall be considered to start from the upwind extremity of the pilots’ box, on the active side of the white line.

    4. All landings and take offs will commence at this point.

    5. Immediately after take off all pilots must enter the Pilots’ Box and control the remainder of the flight from there. All A and B certificate pilots should make their take offs while standing in the Pilots’ Box. This does not apply to hand launched models.

    6. Helicopters will be flown off from the appropriate pad (down wind) of the pilot box.

    7. Experienced helicopter pilots may, after lift off, join the circuit and conform to the same flying pattern as fixed wing aircraft.

    8. On no account will take off or landing be permitted in the area immediately in front of the pits.

    9. No flying is permitted above or behind the pits. All flying must take place in the designated airspace. See 2b, and site plan.

    10. In the event of an in flight engine failure the pilot will call out DEAD STICK as a warning to other pilots.

    11. All landings must be prefixed by a call of LANDING or LANDING DEAD STICK.

    12. Transmitters must not be taken out onto the active runway when retrieving models after landing or an aborted take off.

    13. Pilots/helpers must not enter the active runway until they have ensured that it is clear to do so.

    14. In the event of a person wandering into the path of an aircraft taking off or landing the pilot of that aircraft will take immediate avoiding action, even at the risk of damage to his aircraft, to avoid injury to persons or property.

    15. No pilot shall fly SOLO unless he /she holds a minimum of an A certificate of the BMFA achievement scheme. He/she must otherwise be supervised by a person holding a minimum of the A certificate.

    16. Aircraft on final approach shall take precedent over aircraft or the ground, and aircraft on dead stick approach shall have precedence over all other approaches.

    17. Low passes must not be flown down the centre line of the runway, but along the edge of the runway furthest from the pilot box. Touch and go passes may be flown down the centre line of the runway.

  7. HEALTH AND SAFETY

    1. No one below the age of FOURTEEN (irrespective of experience or qualification) will start an engine, or carry an aircraft (with the engine running) to the take off point unless supervised by a responsible adult. This is a requirement under the 1989 CHILD PROTECTION ACT.

    2. Pilots not flying must be aware of the possibility of the presence of full sized aircraft encroaching our airspace, and warn pilots flying model aircraft of their approach, if the full size aircraft is considered too dangerously low or close, then the incident must be recorded in the incident book kept in the cabin. As much detail as possible must be included, i.e. A/C registration estimated height & position and time.

    3. Ground movements of vehicles are a potential hazard, as they enter or leave the site, pilots not flying must keep a watch for such movements. They should confirm with pilots in the pilots’ box that it is safe for a vehicle to enter or leave the site before calling on any such vehicle.

    4. Smoking is not permitted in the site cabin or toilet at any time.

    5. In the event of an accident involving a visit to a hospital an accident report must be completed on the relevant form in the site cabin. This will be submitted to our landlords as a matter of legal requirement.

    6. Do not leave litter behind when leaving the site. All litter must be removed and disposed of in the correct manner

    7. Language should at all times be moderate. It must be remembered that there will be young persons and members of the opposite sex present and only the appropriate language should be used.

    8. In the event of the approach of a full size EMERGENCY AIRCRAFT all models will land immediately and remain grounded until the emergency aircraft has cleared our area. If any such aircraft lands, pilots of models will remain grounded until it (the emergency aircraft) has taken off and cleared the area.

    9. No animals are permitted on the flying site. This is also a requirement of our
      terms of lease and must be strictly adhered to.

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The Llanelli Model Flying Club was formed some 50+ years ago by a small group of enthusiasts, and from those humble beginnings has grown to the point where we have nearing seventy members of all ages and two flying sites.

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