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  WIREGRASS RADIO CONTROL CLUB FLYING FIELD GUIDELINES January 2018 1. NO MODEL FLYING IS ALLOWED IF FULL SIZE AIRCRAFT ARE OPERATING OR PARKED ANYWHERE ON THE FIELD.  This rule dictated by Ft. Rucker regulation 95-2. 1. You should perform a preflight check of your aircraft prior to each flying session. Internal combustion engines with open exhaust ports are not allowed. Open exhausts may damage hearing. 1. When starting and running your engine, it is your responsibility to clear the immediate area to each side and in front of your propeller to minimize the chance of a broken propeller striking someone.  The engine or motor start up line should be a reasonable distance forward of the pit area. No engine or motor will be started or armed behind this line.  Always be cognizant of your prop wash and its effect on other models and personnel on the flight line.  If engine work and subsequent run-ups are required, make these well away from the pit area.  Major engine work and long run-ups, or engine break-in should not be performed at the flying site. 1. It is the responsibility of all pilots using 72mHz to coordinate with other pilots operating on 72mHz to avoid frequency conflicts. These pilots are responsible for using frequency control prior to turning on their transmitters. Any pilot who causes damage to another model by not observing this rule will be financially responsible for damage to the other model. 1. Model aircraft that weigh over 55 lbs, or are powered by turbine engines must be flown in accordance with all current AMA regulations applying to these models.  A fire extinguisher shall be available for turbine engine operation.   Very Fast, Very Slow, Non RC Aircraft, Flight Instruction, or aircraft making maintenance test flights, may need special attention to be flown safely with more typical type RC aircraft.  If a pilot wants to fly a turbine powered aircraft, non RC aircraft, non flying RC device, or any extremely fast or very slow type aircraft the pilot should coordinate with other pilots to have exclusive use of the flying airspace, OR coordinate with other pilots to exclusively use the opposite side of the parking area for separation. Please do not request excessive time when no one else can fly.  Dividing the field on each side of the parking area may be used for flying very different types of aircraft.  Flying will normally be up and down the runway, however, when the wind is unfavorable for that, and pilots agree, the direction may be moved to anything that is agreeable.  If making low, high speed passes, plan on keeping the model over or beyond the runway centerline.  All aircraft should not be flown at low altitudes (below 500 feet), not over the tower, classrooms, Fire Station, Pit Area.  All takeoffs and landings must be in a direction not pointed at the pit area or parking area.  If the wind changes and takeoff direction needs reversed, all pilots flying should be notified that the takeoff and landing direction is being changed. Multiple patterns are not allowed when a portion of the patterns could overlap. 1. Each pilot for RC aircraft is requested to stand so that there is about 20 feet between operational transmitters.  Runway markers or plastic cones may be used as visual pilot separators 1. In accordance with AMA rules, spectators not involved with flight operations must stay behind the Pit area where any aircraft are flying.  Pre-painted lines or concrete expansion joints may be designated, briefed and used for this purpose if a visual reference is needed.  1. A maximum of 5 flyers should be in the air at one time on each side of the parking area. If 3 or more aircraft are in the air then each pilot must have a spotter. 1. All pilots must observe air traffic priority.  1. Any non-powered aircraft or aircraft with a dead engine, 2. Powered aircraft.  The pilot of any aircraft that has had an engine failure is responsible for loudly announcing  “ENGINE FAILURE” or “DEAD STICK” to establish traffic priority. 1. SPECTATORS:  Any club member who notices visiting spectators should insure that they are aware of flight line operations and safety procedure and remain behind the pit area. 1.  VISITING PILOTS MUST BE AMA MEMBERS OR SPONSORED GUEST IAW CURRENT BYLAWS, TO USE THIS FIELD.  Pilots planning on flying for more than three (3) weekends should see a club member about membership in the club.  EVERY CLUB MEMBER IS CONSIDERED A SAFETY OFFICER AND SHOULD MAKE REASONABLE REQUEST TO OTHER MEMBERS TO COMPLY WITH THESE GUIDELINES. Any damage to the flying site must be reported to a club officer as soon as possible.