Club Rules

Model fliers have a number of legal obligations set out in CAA publication CAP658 and the guidance contained within the BMFA Members' Handbook is generally designed to ensure that if followed, members will comply with current requirements.

WMAC is affiliated to the BMFA and therefore requires our members to adhere to both the BMFA guidelines and these Club specified rules:-

  1. Always check to see who else is on the same frequency.
  2. Do not switch your transmitter on, unless you are in possession of the appropriate frequency peg.
  3. Return the frequency peg to the board after your flight and post-flight checks.
  4. Do not hog or forget to return the peg.
  5. If more than two modellers are on site, you must use the frequency control peg system.
  6. Don't go home with the frequency peg.
  7. An Orange pennant (35MHz) identifying your frequency number should be attached to your transmitter.
  8. Always restrain your model, either by helper or by some sort of tail restraint before attempting to start your engine.
  9. Never start engines facing the pits. Face the flying area. Make sure your prop wash is not going in the direction of anyone.
  10. Always inform other pilots flying of your intentions (there may be someone on dead stick approach).
  11. Noise regulations will be in accordance with BMFA guidelines.
  12. No aerials will be extended in the pits area.
  13. Engines must not be run for prolonged periods in the pits area.
  14. No more than 4 i.c. models to be in the air at one time.
  15. All pilots must produce BMFA insurance proof on request.
  16. No unleashed dogs allowed in the field.
  17. The lighting of fires is not permitted under any circumstances.
  18. All litter and the remains of damaged models to be removed.
  19. No person to fly a model unless completely satisfied that it is safe to do so. This includes weather conditions as well as air worthiness. Note under CAA rules, this responsibility rests with the pilot and you could be prosecuted for any failure to comply.
  20. Pilots must be in possession of a BMFA 'A' Certificate before flying solo.
  21. Guest fliers are welcome but only by prior consent of a committee member, must be accompanied by the inviting member at all times and must produce proof of insurance. A guest flyer may attend up to 3 times per year. The inviting member is responsible at all times for the guest and their behaviour.
  22. No games or horseplay on the field.
  23. A parent or legal guardian must supervise any vulnerable adult or person under eighteen at all times.
  24. Models larger than 50cc must be flown in front of 2 committee members before being flown solo unless already noise tested using a club noise meter.

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