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The following Club rules are in addition to, and in some cases a
restatement of, the AMA safety code which is in force at all times
(see AMA Handbook) AND
our compliance with rules dictated by the County of San Diego (the
leaseholder of the flying field).
It is not appropriate to simply ignore any rule.
A club member who has a
quarrel with any rule must continue to comply with the club rules
and take his objection to the board for change consideration.
(Applies to all lithium-based batteries)
All lithium-based batteries must be charged on the designated charging
Each member must provide his/her own charger that is designed for
charging his/her specific type of lithium-based battery and understand
its operations. Failure to operate it properly can result in damage to
the battery and or charger. The charging system is limited to 5 amps
maximum per station.
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REGULATIONS AND RESTRICTIONS
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Flying of electric only aircraft is permitted during the hours of 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M seven days a week. Flying of glow powered aircraft is permitted during the hours of 9:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. seven days a week.
All pilots, students and incoming members, must be
certified for solo flight by an instructor or skilled
pilot prior to flying solo. Practice flights before
certification should be performed with an instructor or
skilled pilot, preferably with a buddy box.
Pilots who have not flown recently and/or are uncertain
of their competence to handle an aircraft should request
the assistance of an instructor or skilled pilot
to test fly the aircraft. This will improve
safety and the life expectancy of your aircraft.
If, in the opinion of two or more club
members, a pilot's flying ability or aircraft's
airworthiness is judged to create a danger, he may be
requested to cease flying and make improvements in his
flying skills or his aircraft. He may ask the assistance
of an instructor or practice with a skilled pilot. When
he feels his skills or aircraft are safe he should ask
an instructor or skilled pilot for a check out. Any
member so approached should treat this attention to his
equipment and flying as in his best interest and also
that of the club and his fellow fliers.
All members must carry a current Wingmasters membership
card and their AMA membership card.
No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the flying site.
turbine powered aircraft are allowed.
Spectators/visitors are not allowed in the pit area or
Pilot Stations—unless at the specific invitation of a
member pilot. In this case, the member pilot assumes
responsibility for the actions of the spectator/visitor.
The pit area is marked by a yellow line and/or a fence.
Young children must be continuously monitored by an
adult. Animals must be leashed at all times.
All pilots are required to do their part in maintaining
the cleanliness of the field. If you bring it in (trash)
you must take it out.
Our landlord has prohibited the flying of any rotary
ft (helicopters, quads, etc.) at our
Maximum noise level for all aircraft not to be exceeded is 90 dBA at 9
Using their subjective judgment, any club member has the authority to
question the validity of the aircraft and to verify the maximum noise
level or questionable power equipment.
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Transmitters must have one and only one clearly
distinguishable frequency flag attached at all
times. The exception is 2.4 GHz transmitters.
ALL TRANSMITTERS MUST meet the AMA requirements for
aircraft radio systems.
Engines and motors should not be run at high RPM for an
extended period in the pit area. Be aware of the effect
of your prop wash and exhaust spray at all times.
A preflight radio check and control surface direction
check before each flight is strongly advised. A range
check is additionally required prior to a first flight
of a new or repaired aircraft.
Never fly using a radio that is showing any signs of
intermittent operation or less than perfect performance.
No transmitter other than 2.4 GHZ may be turned on for
any reason without first obtaining the frequency control
pin and clipping it to your transmitter. All pilots
should be aware of others on the same frequency and be
courteous and careful in sharing the frequency pin.
Aircraft must never be taxied on the pit
side of the safety fence.
It is the pilot’s responsibility to insure that no one
is in line with the rotational plane of his propeller
when starting and operating the aircraft engine in the
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All pilots must fly from the four Pilot Stations only,
to enhance good pilot to pilot communications.
All aircraft will take off and land in the runway
direction as dictated by the prevailing wind. In the
case of a strong crosswind, a consensus between the
flying pilots must be verbally agreed to.
Liftoff of the aircraft should not occur before the
model has passed all of the pilots in the
Pilot Stations. Similarly, power for "touch and go" take
offs should not be applied before passing all the pilots
in the Pilot Stations.
"Dead stick" landings should be announced loudly to all
pilots in the Pilot Stations by yelling "DEAD STICK".
"Dead stick" landings have priority over all other
flight and taxi operations and other pilots should
immediately yield and assure the "dead stick" pilot that
he has the runway.
If your model goes out of control, or you see someone
else's model apparently out of control, yell "HEADS UP"
or some appropriate warning immediately. Don't wait to
see if it's really necessary.
All flying, except for takeoff, landing and touch and
goes, must take place north of the runway (the side
opposite from the pits) and west of our self-imposed
eastern boundary line (if you need further clarification
of this, see the diagram posted on the bulletin board,
or ask a club officer).
Pilots must communicate with others using the field
their intentions so as to avoid collisions or
conflicting flight. Before taxiing onto the
runway, a pilot must announce "OK to taxi out".
Other pilots can then acknowledge his intention, or
object to it if it is in conflict with their activity.
When landing a pilot must announce to all pilots in the
Pilot Stations "Landing". Pilots may object if
this landing may interfere with safe operation of their
NEVER FLY OVER THE AREA TO THE SOUTH OF THE RUNWAY.
No more than three (3) internal combustion powered
aircraft may be in the air at the same time. Four
aircraft is permissible if one is a glider, or electric
When going out on the runway to retrieve a plane,
announce to those flying by calling "ON THE FIELD".
Minimize your time on the runway and be watchful for
other aircraft. Call "CLEAR" when you are clear of the
Flying guests must have a current AMA membership and have been
checked out for flying proficiency by an experienced club member
in order to fly their own, or their host's, aircraft. The
host member is
responsible for ensuring that the guest understands the club
rules and that these rules are adhered to. It is considered a
courtesy to other club members that guest privileges be limited
to occasional use only. If a guest wishes to fly more often, he
must join the club.
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- LOCKED GATE
The gate lock-chain protocol is extremely important. There are several
entities authorized to access the landfill and each has its own lock. It
is possible to accidently lock around an existing lock. This causes the
owner of that lock to be denied access. Please adhere to the following
The first club member to arrive can unlock the gate and is to relock the
chain around the stationary gate support. This must be done between the
two ends of the chain and within the lock pattern to prevent
lock-around. Additionally, this prevents someone from walking off with
the chain and locks. We are allowed to leave the gate
open while one or more club members are present. The last member to
leave must lock the gate unless a county work crew is present. The last
member to leave should be observant for anyone who has strayed into the
site who does not belong and could be locked in.
We are allowed to drive on the main road between the gate and our
parking area only. Do not drive on any roads or paths other than this.
COUNTY REQUIREMENTS - RAIN EVENTS
We are NOT allowed on the site during and 5 days following a "rain
event". A rain event is described as 1/4 inch or more rain over a 3 day
period. A special "rain lock" will be installed in place of our regular
lock during this period. See our web site for information on whether the
field is open or closed if in doubt.
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RULES ARE NOT A SUBSTITUTE FOR COMMON SENSE
Please consider when operating your model aircraft that this
club was established to promote and assist those interested in
the hobby. The Wingmasters have invested a great deal of time
and money in the flying field. Please insure that your actions
will in no instance jeopardize your own, or other club members’,
right to fly at our facility.
We have been allowed to use the land which comprises our flying field
solely at the discretion of the County authorities. This right can be
withdrawn at any time should your actions or those of any other member
create a situation which prompts the County to do so. In this regard,
strict adherence to our sound restrictions is vital—as well as a
sensible flight pattern that does not overfly the area east of the line
shown on the club table top. If in doubt, ask a club officer or a more
experienced club flier.
A critical aspect of model aircraft flying that should receive every
club member's continued attention is safety. The accident record of the
Wingmasters Club has been very good, but the very nature of the sport
requires continued vigilance if we are to maintain this record. In all
cases, the operation of an aircraft should be dictated by a concern for
the safety of yourself, other pilots and spectators.
When there is any
doubt about safety:
DO NOT FLY
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