San Diego
WINGMASTERS R/C CLUB, INC.
AMA Charter #1615

Field Rules
(Revised 2/8/14)

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NOTE:  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.

LITHIUM BATTERY CHARGING POLICY

(Applies to all lithium-based batteries)

    1.  All lithium-based batteries must be charged on the designated charging table.

   2.  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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. All members must carry a current Wingmasters membership card and their AMA membership card.
  6. No alcoholic beverages are permitted at the flying site.
  7. No gasoline or turbine powered aircraft are allowed.
  8. 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.
  9. Young children must be continuously monitored by an adult. Animals must be leashed at all times.
  10. 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. 
  11. Our landlord has prohibited the flying of any rotary wing aircraft (helicopters, quads, etc.) at our field. 
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 NOISE AND POWER

    1.  Maximum noise level for all aircraft not to be exceeded is 90 dBA at 9 feet.

    2.  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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GROUND OPERATIONS

  1. Transmitters must have one and only one clearly distinguishable frequency flag attached at all times.   The exception is 2.4 GHz transmitters.
  2. ALL TRANSMITTERS MUST meet the AMA requirements for aircraft radio systems.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Never fly using a radio that is showing any signs of intermittent operation or less than perfect performance.
  6. 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.
  7. Aircraft must never be taxied on the pit side of the safety fence.
  8. 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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AIR OPERATIONS 

  1. All pilots must fly from the four Pilot Stations only, to enhance good pilot to pilot communications.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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).
  7. 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 aircraft. 
  8. NEVER FLY OVER THE AREA TO THE SOUTH OF THE RUNWAY.  
  9. 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 powered.
  10. 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 runway.
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FLYING GUESTS

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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COUNTY REQUIREMENTS - 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 procedure.

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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First release: 3/19/99        Updated: 04/02/2014