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Wingmasters Board of Directors
unanimously agree to allow Lithium battery powered models to
be operated at the Wingmasters flying site. The use of Lithium battery power requires the
registration of pilot/owner, aircraft, and power system in the LiPo Logbook on the field.
Wingmaster’s Lithium Battery Charging Policy
(Applies to all lithium-based batteries) --
- All lithium-based batteries must be charged on the designated charging
table and in a closed, suitable
fireproof container provided by the member.
- Each member must provide his/her own charger that is designed for charging
his/her specific type of lithium-based battery.
- Each member must provide his/her own power source (ie: sealed lead acid
battery with a capacity between 7 amp-hours and 28 amp-hours). Connections shall
be secure and all connections properly insulated. For more information about
sealed Lead Acid (SLA) batteries go to: SLA
- Each member who is charging a lithium-based battery shall periodically monitor
his/her battery while it is charging.
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).
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- Flying 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
prior to flying solo. Practice flights before certification
should be performed with an instructor or accomplished
pilot, preferably with 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 ask a more experienced pilot to test fly the aircraft.
This will improve safety and the life expectancy of your
- If, in the opinion of two or more
safety committee 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 using
buddy box. When he feels his skills or aircraft are safe he
should ask an instructor 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.
- No gasoline powered aircraft are
- 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.
- Helicopter pilots must adhere to
the following rules:
- The pilot must be a competent helicopter flier.
- The helicopter flight must be conducted with the
agreement of all fliers present.
- The helicopter must meet the field sound
- Frequency control is the same as for fixed wing.
- All hovering and forward flight maneuvering will be
conducted well clear of the pit area.
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- All engines must have mufflers.
Muffled tuned pipes are acceptable. Maximum noise levels
not to be exceeded are:
- 2-cycle - The dBA reading, using the club
provided sound meter, measured from the exhaust side of
the aircraft at 9 feet, with the maximum throttle
setting, must not exceed 90 dBA.
- 4-cycle - Same as for 2-cycle engines listed
- Electric - 90 dBA at nine feet.
- Using their subjective judgment,
any club member has the authority to question the validity
of these measurements and request retesting to verify the
maximum noise level.
- All members must log the results
of the noise measurements in the log provided. This log is
of value to all members in assisting the decision on what
engine, prop, and muffler system to use in their similar
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- Transmitters must have one and
only one clearly distinguishable frequency
flag attached at all times. The exception is 2.4
- Transmitters must be Gold Sticker
- Engines 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
mandatory. 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
- No transmitter 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 pit area.
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- All members must use the field
flight log. This is in accord with our agreement with the
Bonsall Planning Group The log provides field and frequency
- All pilots must fly from the four Pilot Stations only,
to enhance good pilot to pilot communications.
- All aircraft will takeoff 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 map carved into the club
table top, or ask a club officer).
- 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
- 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 a
club instructor in order to fly their own, or their host's,
aircraft. The host member is responsible for insuring 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 should join the club.
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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