Club Rules
REVISED 3/01/06
RIVER VALLEY FLYERS


Flying Field Rules, Regulations & Courtesies

Effective June 1, 2001

PURPOSE
To provide safe and fun flying opportunities for each Club member, whether beginner or expert, consistent with the safety and consideration of other fliers and spectators. No member shall, by virtue of his Club position, personal situation, or flying frequency, be allowed to infringe upon, or in any way compromise, another member's safety or flying activities, as defined by these Rules, Regulations and Courtesies.

GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS


1. AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) SAFETY RULES shall apply at all times.
2. All fliers must be a member of AMA.
3. All fliers must be a member in good standing with RVF (River Valley Flyers) except that a Club member for the purpose of acquainting them with the hobby can extend guest privileges to an individual.
4. No guest shall be allowed to use the Club flying field without the Club sponsor being present. Guests having "hands-on' participation are limited to three (3) visits with a member in good standing. Additional privileges may be extended to guests on an individual basis, but must be voted on by the general membership and carried by a majority vote.
5. You are responsible for any and all actions by yourself, your family, your pets, and guests. This responsibility includes damage to property including aircraft and equipment.
6. Consumption of alcoholic beverages or any drug, which could impair or impede the ability to operate a model aircraft, shall not be allowed while engaged in flying activities. This rule shall include arriving at the flying field under the influence.
7. FREQUENCY CONTROL:
a . Three systems for frequency control shall be used depending on the number of fliers and frequency conflicts. Pilots shall decide on the system to be used during a flying session, and all pilots shall abide by the most restrictive desires of any one individual. The three systems, listed in order of increasing restrictive ness include:
I. Individual monitoring of the active frequencies of other fliers.
II. Use of Club supplied Frequency Control Board and Frequency Pins.
III. Transmitter impound in combination with system II.
b. All transmitters shall be OFF upon arrival to the flying field. Any individual arriving at the flying field with a transmitter (whether planning to fly or not) shall abide by the frequency control system, which is in effect. If Frequency Control System III is in effect, all transmitters shall be immediately taken to the designated transmitter impound location.
c. If Frequency Control System I is in effect, no transmitter shall be turned on without first checking with other fliers on the same frequency to coordinate flying activities. If Frequency Control System II or III is in effect, no transmitter shall be turned on unless the operator has possession of the Club-supplied frequency pin from the Frequency Control Board, which corresponds to the operating frequency of the transmitter. With Frequency Control System III, transmitters shall not be removed from the impound, without the designated frequency pin unless the owner is leaving the flying site.
d. REGARDLESS of the frequency control system used, it is the operator's responsibility to assure him that someone else is not flying on the same frequency before operating a transmitter.
8. A maiden pre-flight inspection shall be conducted of any new aircraft, or newly repaired aircraft by at least one qualified Club member, other than the builder of the aircraft.
9. At the beginning of a flying session, each pilot shall perform an initial range check of the radio control equipment, as well as a routine pre-flight inspection of the aircraft.
10. ALL flying shall be conducted away from the pit, spectator and parking areas. Take-offs and landings shall be performed parallel to the flight line. Take-offs or landings shall not be made from or towards the pit area. Helicopters must be carried to a safe distance away from the pit, spectator and parking areas BEFORE executing a take-off.
11. Any pilot may declare an emergency (including 'dead-stick') by verbal announcement. Once declared, the pilot's aircraft shall have right-of-way over all other operating craft.
12. 'Buzz Jobs' over the pit, spectator or dangerous or erratic flying shall not be permitted.
13. At no time shall taxiing be done toward the pit area. You are allowed to taxi parallel to the pit area only. You must then shut down your motor and retrieve your aircraft from the flying field.
14. For additional safety, the pit area shall be located on the parking lot side of the large wooden spools. Also, all canopies and sunshades shall be erected on the parking lot side of the spools, and not on the runway side. Exceptions will be made to this rule on a case by case basis for all attendants as necessary.
15. When fueling your aircraft, excess fuel must not be allowed to spill onto the ground. An overflow bottle or similar device must be used to catch excess fuel.

ADDITIONAL COURTESIES


1. To avoid landing conflicts, and to advise other verbally announce intentions to attempt a touch-and-go, or to land an aircraft.
2. Excessive running of model engines, or engine break-in should not be performed in the pit area to avoid annoyance to other fliers.
3. Engine mufflers are required. All pilots are mandated to equip their model engines with suitable mufflers to avoid annoyance to others.
4. DO NOT LITTER! You are responsible to clean up after flying. Trash to be removed is defined as anything that didn't grow there, and includes cigarette butts.

ENFORCEMENT


1. Violation of the above rules or the AMA Safety Code, or any flagrant disregard of courtesies to others at the flying field can cause suspension of field privileges, or permanent expulsion from the RVF Club. Any such suspension or expulsion must be approved by a vote of the general membership and carried by a majority.

FLYING FIELD LAYOUT


1. Attached figures A & B illustrate two alternative flying field layouts which could be used depending on site conditions and wind direction. During each flying session, the designated flight line, pit, spectator, and parking areas shall be agreed on by a consensus of the pilots present. ALL pilots must conform to the established flight line, pit, spectator, and parking areas.
2. The Pit Area is defined as that area used for parking aircraft and equipment.
3. The flight line is generally defined as being parallel to the direction of take-offs and landings, and is an imaginary line, which separates the Pit Area from the runway surface. The flight line should be established consistent with wind direction, and should not result in aircraft taking-off or landing over the pit, spectator or parking areas.
4. Spectator and parking areas should be established BEHIND the flight line and pit area. Spectators, including children and pets should remain behind the pit area, and are not allowed on the runway surface under any circumstances.
5. Only pilots and flight crew assistants are allowed in pit areas and on the runway surface, Except for take-offs and landings, pilots shall stand behind the flight line while flying their aircraft.
6. Automobiles and similar vehicles are not allowed on the runway surface (mowed area). This includes turning around on the field.
7. Charcoal in a suitable cooking device is permitted at the flying field. However, it is important to observe care in the handling and extinguishing of hot embers. Hot embers should be snuffed out in dirt, and not dumped in grassed areas.

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