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Field Safety and Courtesy

For the safety and enjoyment of all members it is recommended that the following precautions be observed during flying periods.

Transmitters

Before switching on any transmitter for any reason check the frequency board to ensure that your channel is not in use. If the channel is clear insert your key into the appropriate slot.

In the pits

Please start the engines at low revs with the aircraft in a position which prevents dust and oil being blown over other models, cars etc. For high rev.tuning please take the model outside in the front of the pits in case a prop flies off or breaks, or excessive dust is blown.

Take off

If the flight line is vacant and the wind direction is suitable it is permissible to takeoff along the taxi strip providing there is no danger to other people. The aircraft is flown directly to the appropriate flight quadrant and the pilot proceeds immediately to the pilot station. There should be no deliberate flying in the field quadrant adjacent to the pit area. If the flight line is occupied, proceed to a position near to the pilot station and indicate your intention to take off to the occupiers. Ensure that your intentions are understood and approval given before continuing to the strip and taking off. Remember that some members have hearing or sight impediments and adopt a suitable method of communication to ensure understanding. After takeoff proceed to the pilot station as soon as possible in order to keep the strip clear.

Circuit

If only two aircraft are being flown, pilots may agree to fly in different quadrants. If more aircraft are launched, all aircraft should be flown in the direction to be decided and called by the person who was first to launch. Pilots practicing touch and go or low passes should give priority to takeoffs and landings.

Landings

Pilots intending a dead stick have priority on the strip and should loudly call dead stick in order for other pilots to clear the strip. Power-on landings should be announced by loudly calling landing. If unable to land at the first attempt inform the other pilots that you are going around to ensure the strip is kept clear for you. Repeat if necessary. After landing inform other pilots that you are down. Remove aircraft from strip and call strip clear. If taxing back to pits give way to pilots taxing to the strip. Stop engines at a distance of more than five metres from the pits.


RULES FOR USE OF FIELD

1. ALL FLYERS MUST HAVE CURRENT M.A.S.A. MEMBERSHIPS
2. NO POWER FLYING BEFORE: 9am. MONDAY -SATURDAY 10am. SUNDAY
3. M.A.A.A. NOISE LEVELS APPLY. MODELS TO HAVE BEEN TESTED
4. FLYING OVER PITS AND CARPARK PROHIBITED
5. NO FLYING OVER THE MAIN BITUMEN ROAD OR SOUTHERN FIELD BOUNDARY
6. CARS MUST BE PARKED IN DESIGNATED PARKING AREA ON THE PROPERTY
7. DURING SUMMER MONTHS AND ON EXTREMELY HOT DAYS REFRAIN FROM SMOKING TO MINIMIZE FIRE RISK NAP SACK SPRAYS MUST BE AT THE PITS WHILST FLYING IS IN PROGRESS
8. CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL PROHIBITED BEFORE AND DURING FLYING
9. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PHONE: (08) 8339 6656
10. CONTRAVENTION OF THESE RULES WILL INCUR HEAVY PENALTIES

BY ORDER
S.A.A.A. Inc./O.R.A.M. Inc.


Noise and Environment

One of the most important factors facing aeromodelling today is noise. Environmentalists are using noise plus other factors to close down flying sites throughout the world. MASA (Model Aerosport S.A.) has decided that it is important for members of the association be seen as responsible members of the community and keep model aircraft noise down to an acceptable and legal level.

It is in our own self interest to ensure that we do so as we are aware that only the truly anti social would knowingly create a nuisance for other people. The Onkaparinga Radio Aero Modellers will use a sound meter provided by the association to check all models and record the results.

The initial level recommended is 98DB. at 3 metres measured over grass.


Field Safety and Courtesy: Cont.

Pilot Station

Occupancy of the flight area and pilot station is restricted during flying to pilots (with helper if needed) and pilots under instruction. Spectators are not permitted on the field during flying.

Spectators

Spectators and guests are the responsibility of the member by whom they were invited. They should ensure that they comply with all restrictions and precautions. For safety reasons spectators are not allowed in the pits or the area in front of the pits, on the field at any time aircraft are being flown, or being prepared to be flown.


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Noise level test procedure.

The maximum noise level will be 98DB. measured at a distance of 3 metres from the centre line of the model with the model placed over grass in the flying site. With the motor at full power the measurement will be taken at 90 degrees from the model on both the left and right sides as well as from the front and the rear (i.e. 4 positions at 90 degrees). The sound level meter shall be place on a stand 30cm. above the ground. No noise reflecting objects shall be nearer than 3 metres. The noise measurement will be the average of the four readings taken.