Flying Site Rules
The following rules are for all PADMAC Club Members benefit to ensure
we have safe and enjoyable use of the club’s flying facilities. Please
comply with them, and if you see others breaking them please point this
out to them. Failure to comply may not only cause potential injury
and/or damage to property, but may compromise our use of the site.
Remember it is no use the club issuing rules if YOU don’t read them or
comply with them. Any suggestions or changes please let one of the
committee know. Above all enjoy your use of the flying field and act
Unfortunately some members will break the rules, as we are not all
perfect. However some will continue to do so even after being reminded
of their responsibilities by the committee. In the final resort the
committee reserve the right to cancel the membership of the offender
after consultation with other club members.
- The gate to the site is to be kept shut at all
times, unless the farmer has kept it open for his work. If livestock
are present then please make sure the open gate is attended at all
times when you are entering or exiting to make sure no animals escape
as this could result in the Club losing the site and cost us a great
deal of money for damage to livestock.
- The normal car parking area is adjacent to the
site cabinet, but members should satisfy themselves that the ground is
firm enough BEFORE entering the field and parking up.
- On entering the site, members should enter
their name and details in the log book held in the site cabinet, also
log out when leaving.
- Please keep the site tidy, take your rubbish
and bits of broken planes home with you.
- The electric fence is to be re-installed at the
end of a flying session to prevent animals getting onto the patch.
|Mon to Sat
Members may invite guests to fly subject to the approval of a Committee
member. Please contact any committee member to obtain the
necessary clearance. If in doubt, don’t allow your guest to fly until
you have asked.
- At all times the guest(s) are the
responsibility of the person inviting them to fly (the Host).
- Any committee member will be able to check the
guests ability to fly and advise both guest and host of any
restrictions. This must be done whatever the guests ability, or
experience to point out any issues or restrictions on our
- BMFA or other insurance certificates may be
asked to be shown. For foreign visitors their insurance and
qualifications may be required. Note:- the club can arrange temporary
BMFA insurance cover if required.
- Guests should never fly on their own without
the host in attendance.
- To fly at the PADMAC site the minimum
qualification which is required to fly unattended is the ‘A’ level in
the BMFA Achievement Scheme Rating.
- Novices and members without an ‘A’ certificate
should only fly under the guidance of one of the clubs instructors, in
the early stages this could be using a buddy box. The club instructors
will determine when the member is ready to take the exam or be allowed
to fly solo under the direction of other experienced flyers (i.e. those
who have a least an A and are deemed to be experienced flyers), if in
You have voted for a Safety Officer who responsibility is to make sure
we all fly and operate our models in a safe and sensible way. However
in addition to the safety officer we are all responsible for our own
actions and should always act as safety officers for each other. It is
no good after the event to point out to someone that “I thought you
might cut your hand off by doing that, but I didn’t like to say
anything, sorry. Do you want a lift to the hospital ?”
- Please read the BMFA handbook for further
guidance on operating safely.
- Remember SAFETY is no accident - i.e. you have
to think and do something about it.
- Pilots should always stand together along the
pilots line when controlling flying models to aid communication and
safety. (See diagram at the end of these rules).
- When flying helicopters, control line
models, and line launched gliders etc, other members present
should be consulted, before any flying takes place so that the area may
be freed up to accommodate the special requirements of these types of
- The pit area will be sited in front of the row
of seats set up at each flying session.
- Do not taxi in or out of the pits area. Wheel
or carry your model well clear of the pits before commencing taxying
and stop the model well clear when taxying back after landing. Do not
put other flyers at risk.
- Helicopters they may start their engine(s) in
the pit area but should only run up the rotors when on the patch.
Helicopters should also shut down on the patch when flying is completed.
- Engines unless they are being run-in should
only be started in the pits and pointing away from the seated
- If engines are being run-in then they should be
sited as far away as possible from the flying area so as not to annoy
other members and to keep the noise down. Also be aware that prolonged
running of engines even at slow speed can be very annoying. So act with
- Endeavour to fly within the confines of the
site, but should you land in an adjacent field then avoid damaging
fences or crops when retrieving the model.
- You should never fly over any roads surrounding
the site for obvious reasons and never fly behind the pilots line in
accordance with the BMFA rules and common sense.
- Only 2 I/C powered models to be in the air at
any one time.
- No pet animals to be brought onto the site.
- No pesticides, herbicides, or other hazardous
substances to be used.
- All aircraft must comply with the Department of
Environment Noise Code, (see the BMFA Handbook for details).
- The maximum allowable engine noise is currently
82dB in accordance with the guidelines laid down by the BMFA.
- To comply with this at the PADMAC site all I/C
aircraft must be tested before being flown or after a change (e.g.
different engine or propeller) and a mark made on the model when the
test has been completed. The present of the noise pass mark may be
checked at any time.
- If any member feels that a model is too noisy,
please point this out to the owner/member or guest so that action may
be taken before the model is flown again.
Types of Models
- Members should agree amongst each other the
time available for different classes of models e.g. control line and
helicopters, so that everyone has fair use of the patch.
- We want to encourage the maximum variety of
models to be flown at our site, but obviously there are some types and
sizes which will be unsuitable and therefore should not be flown or the
engines run, these would be for example a 20ft span Vulcan bomber
powered by 4 pulse jets, control line speed, rockets etc.
- Members should always use common sense when
deciding to bring a large/unusual type of model to our site and ask
themselves the following questions.
- Will it be able to fly within the site
- Will it be safe to fly?
- Does it exceed 82dB?
- Will I be able to see and control it at all
- Am I confident in my abilities to fly it, and
do others think the same?
- If unsure about any aspect, please ring or ask
a committee member for guidance.
- If in doubt don’t fly, but show it off to all
and sundry and take it home in one piece to fly somewhere else.
- Members may only fly on permitted UK
Frequencies which are currently 27, 35, 459MHz and 2.4GHz
- We use a “Peg-on” pegboard system for
controlling Tx transmissions. Members are responsible for co-ordinating
their own frequency control and must supply a clothes peg and take it
home with them when they leave, your name should be inked on the peg
- When more than one member is using the same
frequency (27 and 35MHz), in addition to the Peg Board System, the non
flier must place their Tx next to the flying members pit and not switch
on his Tx until the member who is flying has indicated that his Tx is
- If any interference is experienced whatever
frequency you are using please check with other flyers that you are not
causing interference to them. If you are don’t fly and get your
equipment serviced. The club has a 35MHz scanner for use by members in
assisting them with any frequency conflicts.
- Remember you may be liable to pay for the
damage to the other member’s model if you cause loss of control because
you interfered with the frequency in use, plus the crash may have major
And lastly please remember the following when you fly at the PADMAC
- Have Fun
- Act responsibly
- Fly Safely
- Look after each other
- Let the committee know if anything untoward
Flying Site Layout
Issued by PADMAC committee, March 2014