Club RulesThese rules come into force on 1 January 2013.
Rule 1 - Entrance Gate
- Under no circumstances whatsoever should the entrance gate be left unattended whilst unlocked or opened by a Club key holder.
- All Club key holders must ensure at all times that if they open the gate for any reason, they also close it immediately after use.
- Any Club member holding a key will be required to pay a deposit of 20 pounds, which will be refundable on the return of the key to a member of the Management Committee (which comprises the Chairman, Club Treasurer/Secretary or Vice Chairman/Site Officer).
- Being in possession of the key does not deem ownership, and the return of the key may be requested by the Management Committee at any time.
- Any key holder who is no longer a member of the Club must return the key as soon as possible to a member of the Management Committee. (Any former members found on the Club site without prior arrangement will be seen as trespassing.)
Rule 2 - InsuranceAll members and guests (see rule 7) must hold valid RCHA (Remote Controlled Helicopter Association) or BMFA (British Model Flying Association) insurance or similar in order to fly at the Club: and be prepared to provide proof of such if requested.
Rule 3 - Safe Flying GuidelinesAll Club members must abide by RCHA and BMFA insurance guidelines to safe flying, for example when using flight lines or over-flying the pits, etc. These guide lines will be displayed in the Club house.
Please use common sense when flying. If there are any doubts or queries regarding the correct procedure, check with a Club officer or experienced, senior Club member where possible.
Rule 4 - Designated Flying AreasModel flying is permitted only in designated areas and, for safety reasons, must be strictly adhered to.
Rule 5 - Communications Etiquette
- All members must ensure any other flyers already on the flight line are aware of and acknowledge their presence before attempting to fly from the flight line.
- If any member wants to fly whilst another member is flying then the agreement of the other flyer/s already present must be obtained first but no more than 3 helis or 5 planes in the air at any one time.
- When flying, remember it is vital to inform other flyers of your intentions especially when taking-off and landing.
- Before crossing the flying field, ensure that the other flyers are aware of and have acknowledged your presence first and only cross when you have been cleared to do so.
- No member should feel pressured into sharing the flight line. The default condition is one flight at a time.
Rule 6 - On-Site Vehicle AccessNo vehicles are to be driven over the point-to-point race track, unless otherwise instructed by the Chairman, Secretary or Site Officer. Failure to observe this rule puts the Club at risk of losing the use of the site.
All vehicles should be left on or beside the path in the designated area at the eastern end of the field.
All Club members are requested to take the utmost care when entering or leaving the site, and whilst on the site. Club members are also expected to be courteous when meeting other occupiers of the farm sharing the route to the flying field site.
Rule 7 - Guest Flyer Policy
- Any Club member is permitted to invite a guest flyer once, without charge. For a further visit, a guest flyer will be required to pay a fee of 8 pounds but if they then subsequently join the Club any monies already paid will be deducted from the membership fees - subject to confirmation from the guest registration book (see below).
- The hosting Club member and guest flyer will be required to sign- in using the guest registration book in the Club house. Fees are to be paid by either a bank transfer or by cash to the Chairman, Secretary or Site Office at the earliest opportunity.
- The Club member must be present when hosting a guest flyer, and will be held responsible for the behaviour of their guest. A Club member may only host one guest flyer per day.
- There is a maximum of 5 visits per guest per year.
- Any abuse of this policy may lead to disciplinary action as it is not fair on the other fully paid-up Club members.
Rule 8 - Site CleanlinessAll Club members are responsible for the removal of their own rubbish and crash debris. All smokers must dispose of their butts responsibly.
Rule 9 - Smoking PolicySmoking in the Club house is strictly forbidden, and Club members and guests are expected to smoke responsibly when outside.
Rule 10 - Changes to RulesThe Club Chairman reserves the right to add or change the rules where necessary and a notice period of 14 days will be given to Club members by a posting in the Club house, or by e-mail or texts.
The above rules are in addition to the Club Constitution, which is available to view on request.
FOOTNOTE: This is not a rule, but first and foremost we are here to enjoy our hobby in one another's company at the Club whether it be flying a helicopter or flying a plane. So, enjoy yourselves and have FUN!