Safety Guidelines

In the event of an accident please ask if anyone has a First aid Kit you can use (we do not recommend administering First Aid unless you are a qualified First Aider). The Chairman always carries a new unused First Aid Kit if required.

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FMFC Safety 2018

Our main source of Safety information comes from the Scottish Aeromodellers Association (SAA) their website can be found following the link at the bottom of the FMFC webpages. There are lots of safety guidelines rules and good tips, below are a few to consider. The club also holds an accident register and incident log for training and safety purposes. If you feel you wish to discuss safety or report an incident then contact any of the Committee, this can easily be done by using the Contact email page on this site. You can also find “Club Rules” and guidance on the Club Rules and Guidance page contained on this website.

In the January 2017 Newsletter the Committee reminded the members of these 9 guidelines,

  1. Do not take off or land if anyone is on or crossing the strip.

  2. Ask pilots for permission to take off or land before you fly.

  3. Call clearly, Taking off, Landing, Crossing, Dead stick.

  4. Do not take off or launch anything behind the Pilots who are flying.

  5. Do not fly behind the flight line/Pilots Stance e.g. behind yourself as you look at the strip or near buildings e.g. Geordies farm house/buildings (SAA Safety Code – “No model should be permitted to fly behind the pilots stance”).

  6. Restrain your plane in the pit area at all times if the IC engine is running or you plug in the battery (SAA Safety code – “treat an electric model like an IC one if the battery has been connected”).

  7. Retreat to the Pilots stance after take-off as soon as possible.

  8. Don’t tune engines at head height close to other members. “It is essential that other people remain behind and are a safe distance from the propeller” (at least 5 meters away).

  9. For FPV Flying a spotter is required at all times. Drone type aircraft should ideally fly over the main strip and follow the club rules laid down for fixed wing and helicopter models.

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Aircraft

  • Models should be checked for Structural Soundness

  • Engines must be set up so they can be stopped in an emergency

  • All engine tuning and operating at full power should only be carried out at a start-up bench or area out with the pits but behind the pilots stance. It is essential that other people remain behind the propeller.

  • The condition of all batteries must be known, and if any doubt exists the batteries should be fully charged before each flight.

  • If models have been sitting over the winter give them a good check over.

  • Electric models once the battery is connected should be treated as an IC model

Field Conduct

  • All people in attendance shall be responsible for their own and everyone else’s safety

  • Mobile phones should not be used within 5 meters of a computerised transmitter

  • Aircraft must never be launched from the pits or pound area.

  • On no account should a rotating propeller be allowed to point toward any persons.

  • For the first flight of a new model, the pilot should be given sole use of the strip

  • Use a purpose designed model start-up stand where available, enlist the help of another modeller to restrain the model

  • Check that there is no-one in front of or in line with the propeller.

 

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