WRCS Rules, Regulations and Safety Guidelines
Issue Date: 15th January 2018 Issue control : Sec WRCS
Note: These Rules and Regulations are supplementary to the CASA regulations and MAAA procedures. It is a condition of flying at WRCS Belrose that a pilot complies with all CASA regulations and MAAA procedures.
a) Each member has the obligation to co-operate to ensure the safe operation of all model aircraft.
b) Flying times at the Jack Black Field are Monday to Saturday 8.00am to dusk, Sunday and public holidays 9.00 am to dusk, however members may fly small, fixed wing, foamies from 8am on Sundays as long as the aircraft is very quiet, and cannot be heard, at all, beyond the area of our lease (eg the wooden entrance at the western end of the field). This precludes high speed aircraft, ducted fans, multirotors. If in any doubt about the noise generated, or if any comment is made about the noise of a particular model, please ground it until after 9am.
(Flying times for events may be varied by the WRCS Committee)
c) Definitions of Areas and Restrictions:
*The “Restricted Area” is only for pilots and assistants. It commences at the first fence, (directly ahead after crossing the bridge) and extends to the third fence and also the flying field.
* The “Flight Line” is the area between the second (ie middle) fence and the third fence.
* The “Start Up” area is between the first and second fences.
* The “Pits” is the Total area extending from the Container sheds located to the west of the sheds to the east side fence and from the creek to the 3rd fence.
* The “Running in” area is 30 metres from the east fence
* The “Helicopter / Multirotor Hovering” area is in a reserved part of the field at the NE corner of the field.
d) To comply with insurance requirements, visiting flyers MUST sign and fill in the visiting flyers register located in the pound with MAAA number if applicable and MOP certificates shown, if applicable. The name and MAAA number of introducing member must also be recorded. A maximum of three visits may be permitted before membership must be completed.
e) Membership badges must be worn to help identification that insurance is current. Affiliate (other than WRCS club) members must provide current membership card as proof of MAAA Insurance.
f) All children are to be in the company of and under the direct supervision of an adult parent or guardian. Children under the age of 10 years are not permitted to fly solo.
g) All dogs are to be on a leash at all times.
h) All mobile phones must be turned off prior to being taken into the flight box, ie the considerate use of mobile phones in the pits is permitted, but they must not be used, or allowed to ring or vibrate in the pilot area.
j) Please take all rubbish, waste, damaged and broken models and anything else you bring into the site away when you leave.
k) The flying of jet turbine or rocket powered aircraft is BANNED due to the potential bush fire hazard.
l) It is a membership condition at WRCS that any member may have their membership suspended or revoked by the WRCS Committee at any time.
2. Transmitter Operation
a) ALL frequencies OTHER THAN 2.4 GHz must use a frequency key, clearly marked with name and frequency and placed in the key board in the pound when flying. At other times the Transmitter (marked with name and Frequency) is to be switched off and placed in the pound with the key on the throttle stick. A separate key is required for each frequency.
b) No Transmitter, other than 2.4 GHz, may be operated for any purpose, unless the appropriate frequency key has been inserted in the correct slot in the Frequency Keyboard.
c) A total maximum time of 20 minutes is considered fair for any one use of a frequency. There is no limit on time for 2.4 GHz.
d) The frequency bands that may be used are 2.4 GHz; 29 MHz; 36 MHz odd numbers only.
e) Small electric park flyers up to 500 gms and max. 9v batteries may use the 27 MHz band.
f) If you are unlucky enough to land in the bush, turn off your transmitter and return it to the pound before departing on your search.
a) Engine Etiquette:
i) All engines, (inc. electric motors) MUST ONLY be started/armed and run in the start-up area. All large models or engines above 40 cc must be started outside the pits on the field side of the fence
ii) Prolonged running must be removed to the run up area to the east of flight line.
iii) As a courtesy, starting and/or revving behind the flight line is to be avoided.
iv) Effective mufflers are compulsory. Models that are perceived to be ‘noisy’ may be subject to noise assessment (including meter testing - Max 98db meter @ 3 metres, 1 metre above ground).
b) Prior to flying please observe the following:
i) All members and visiting flyers must hold at least the minimum wings qualification for their aircraft type, before flying on the main field without a supervising instructor. (Helicopters and multirotors in the hovering area are excepted).
ii) All models must comply with MAAA guidelines and any relevant certificates (MOP) must be available for inspection before flying.
iii) Test flights of new models may be carried out from the field if the pilot obtains permission from pilots on the flight line and advises non flyers as appropriate for general awareness and safety. No other aircraft to be operated while pilot is on the main field.
iv) Large models (over 7 Kgs), multi-engine IC aircraft, high performance aircraft and 700 size helicopters, require the pilot to have a minimum standard Gold Wings.
v) No taxiing is permitted in the pits
vi) All aircraft must be effectively restrained during start up and at all times when engine is running in the pits.
c) Immediately prior and during Take Off please observe the following:
i) Clearance must be obtained from all pilots with aircraft in the air before taking off…..NO RESPONSE NO TAKE OFF!
Pilots must take their position on the flight line before commencing take off.
ii) Hand launching of any model is from the 30 metre line, NOT the flight line. Take off at right angles away from the flight line is permitted.
d) During Flight please observe the following:
i) All models must be flown from the flight line. Helicopter and Multirotor pilots wishing to practice hovering must do so in the NE area and their aircraft must not encroach on or overfly the main runway.
ii) Aircraft in flight must keep at least 30 metre south of the first fence ie. the edge of the long grass/mown strip and our maximum altitude limit is 400 feet above average height in the location which equates, approximately, to 550 feet above the pilot area given that our field is in a valley. Your aircraft should be kept below this maximum ceiling at all times.
iii)Helicopters, multirotors and fixed wing aircraft must fly circuits if other aircraft are in the air.
iv) Helicopters are not to have blades turning before the 30 metre line from the east fence.
v) Aerobatic manoeuvres of aircraft of any type require a clearance from other pilots with aircraft in the air.
vi) No flying is allowed over the pits. Aircraft must not fly over the helicopter hovering area except at event days as directed by the CD of the day. The car park ought to be avoided except on controlled landing approaches.
e) Priority for Landing ‘Right of Way’:
i) Power models with engine failure have right of way if the pilot has called ‘DEAD STICK’
ii) Gliders on landing circuit have right of way after the pilot has called ‘GLIDER LANDING’
iii) Powered models landing after Pilot calls ‘LANDING’ clearly on entering a landing circuit. If ‘GOING AROUND’ this must also be called.
f) Multirotor and FPV special conditions
i) Multirotors using the main strip must fly circuits unless they are the only type of aircraft in the air and there is common agreement between the active pilots to fly in a non-circuit format
ii) In the event that a fixed wing aircraft pilot chooses to join the flight line, any multirotor and FPV pilots flying non-circuit must resume circuit immediately. They should not wait for a request before doing so.
iii) CASA and the MAAA have special conditions governing multirotor, drone and FPV flying, and it is an absolute condition that pilots at WRCS observe these conditions. For FPV users where the aircraft exceeds 2kg or operation above 100ft AGL, their attention is drawn to the requirement to have a spotter with them with “line of sight” to the aircraft at all times who is appropriately qualified and able to take immediate and safe control of the aircraft if needed.
iv) For FPV racing and Self-Guided Model Aircraft (SGMA), MAAA MOP066 is to be used when setting flight conditions, controls and supervisory requirements.
g) Post Flight
i) Before retrieving models on the field, clearance to go on the field must be requested and granted from all other pilots currently flying. Access and Exit from the field must be by the shortest practical route.
ii) Taxiing back must be by the side taxi ways. The exit area at the flight line is not for returning aircraft.
iii) After flight all engines must be shut down before entering the Pits. Aircraft should be turned nose away from the pits before shutting down
SAFETY REPORTING OFFICER (SRO)
Members may report any perceived safety incident/breach to the SAFETY REPORTING OFFICER [always the current Vice President], which in the opinion of the member, may have, or did cause, a serious injury.
LOST PLANE SEARCH, ADVISORY:
When entering the bush (any area other than the mown field or access road) it is strongly advised that:
· At least one member on the field be advised of the search
· Take a mobile phone – switched on. Have a list of mobile numbers to ring back to the field.
· Call & advise status from time to time
· Take water
· Make and share a plan in terms of your trip, so that someone knows when to take further action and/or raise the alarm if you don't return on time.