Site Useage

CROSSMANS FARM

MAP co-ordinates – Decimal 51.910   1.104 (51°54’34.9″N 1°06’16.1″E)

  • Our site is for the use of members of the TMFC and their guests only. Any other person wishing to fly at this site must apply to a committee member.
    Guests are only allowed to visit the club on 3 occasions to fly after which they will need to join the club.
  • When events or competitions are hosted by the club, persons taking part (other than the aforementioned) will be admitted at the discretion of the organisers who will required to show proof of insurance along with their identity.
  • All users of the site should adhere to the BMFA guidelines where these are applicable to our site parameters.
  • Club Members should be fully conversant with Club Rules and where necessary inform ‘guests’ to the field regarding such.
  • Between the end of October and the end of February, all flying should cease a half hour before dark in accordance with the following rules.
  • IC Aircraft.
    • Can only be flown between 10:00 and 18:00.  This is governed in conjunction with daylight hours where it is not permissible to fly 30 minutes before sunset.
      I.e. if sunset is at 17:00 you should stop flying at 16:30.  If sunset is at 20:00 you have to stop flying at 18:00
    • Electric Aircraft
      Flying can start from 09:00 and must finish 30 minutes before sunset.
Vehicles.

Please adhere to a maximum speed of 5mph when using the lane to approach our site and when on site pay attention to you surroundings.

Vehicles should be sensibly parked and away from the Pit area, once models and equipment have been unloaded or loaded. The appropriate location for parking must be used.

At no time should your vehicle be parked on the access road to the site blocking other vehicles.

Children

For their safety, unsupervised children are not permitted on the flying field at any time models are being flown. Members, their guests and visitors who attend the club field with children and young persons; i.e. 16yrs and under, will be directly responsible for their supervision at all times.

Children/Young person/s should not be allowed in proximity to models and related equipment.in the Pits area or the flying field; UNLESS under direction supervision of a parent/guardian or, responsible person.

This exception is for the purposes of the young person assisting an adult with matters/tasks in relation to a model aircraft or in the course of instruction relating thereto.

Insurance.

All Club members/flyers must have current BMFA insurance.   Their ‘Guests’ who wish to fly their models will need to show evidence of Insurance in respect of model flying. Proof of Insurance will also be requested from NON members attending Club events, who intend to fly their models.

Pit area
  • 35 MHz Aerials should only be fully extended at the flight line.
  • Aircraft in use should be positioned at the FRONT of the pit area, with the propeller facing towards the flight line.
  • Aircraft that are being started should be restrained by a purpose made model restraint wherever possible. Otherwise rely on a helper to hold the model. Electric powered models should be subject of a similar procedure once the battery has been connected up.
  • Do not taxi into the pits from the flight line.
  • The Safe area is behind the aircraft.
Fail-safe

Aircraft heavier than 7kg MUST be fitted with a fail-safe device that at least controls the throttle/speed controller. Indeed it must also be good practice to use this feature in all models. In respect of Gliders it is also considered good practice to utilise a failsafe device.

Noise

Model aircraft using IC engines can be regarded as noisy! The BMFA Codes of Practice state that noise emitted by model aircraft should not exceed 82 decibels. Guidelines exist as to how this is measured and are covered in the BMFA handbook. Anything less is of course good!  A sensible approach should be adopted by all to this emotive subject ensuring your engine is effectively muffled. There is seldom a need to operate an engine continually to its optimum power and thus exponentially create excessive noise.

The Club Committee and the Safety Officers can ‘ground’ any aircraft deemed to be excessively noisy.  Request owner to reduce noise emission to an acceptable level before subsequent flights are undertaken.

Frequency utilisation.
  • A pegboard system is desirable when operating radio Transmitters.
  • Each pilot requires a ‘peg’, Attached to this an Identity feature, clearly indicating their name and BMFA number.
  • The pegboard system is a PEG ON system; i.e. a pilot must put his peg on the board before operating a Transmitter.
  • When not in use or after use; remove from Peg Board.
  • Do not fly on 35 MHz adjacent channels, UNLESS the combination has been checked out previously; the decision to fly on adjacent channels MUST be agreed upon by the respective pilots.
  • All channels, 55-90 on the 35 MHz band can be used.
  • For 2.4 GHz equipment it is considered best practice for your ‘Peg’ and I. D to be placed on the relevant part of the frequency board to show such is in use by a member.
FLIGHT LINE RULES
  • Have you performed a range check and checked correct functioning of all controls before take-off?
  • Pilots should stand in proximity to one another, at the designated area. This allows for them to communicate
  • Do not walk onto the flying area while flying a model plane.
  • Do not land or take-off towards the pit area and the Pilots position even if the wind direction would dictate this. A good reason to practice crosswind take-off and landings so that you’re prepared!
  • Novice pilots should not fly unassisted. Ask an instructor to assist you and when none is available, ask an experienced pilot.
  • The use of a ‘Buddy Box’ is considered essential UNLESS the instructor in HIS opinion and knowledge of the ‘Novice’ deems it unnecessary.
  • Hand launches should be from the strip and into the prevailing wind.
  • Helicopters, Multi Rotor craft and fixed wing models, all can be flown on our site.  However due consideration must be given to flying of fixed wing with rotary bladed craft.  It is recommended that these are not flown simultaneously.
  • No more than four ‘aircraft’ airborne simultaneously at any time unless a Safety Officer allows and deems it safe to do so.
  • When flying, make sure that other pilots are aware of your intentions; i.e. tell them that you are ‘taking off’, ‘landing’ or have a ‘Dead-Stick’ situation. Make them aware of any unusual situation such as loss of control or interference.
  • Tell the other pilots when you are about to go on the strip to retrieve an aircraft. Remember, they are watching their aircraft – not you!!
  • Should a model land in other than on the grassed flying area, the retrieving person shall have respect for standing crops and chose the shortest , least damaging route
  • A Pilot shall be deemed inexperienced until at least an ‘A’ Certificate has been obtained or a Club Instructor or committee has deemed them sufficiently competent to control a model aircraft safely and to an ‘A’ Certificate standard for fixed wing.