STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
These procedures supersede all previously published club safety and field rules and are to read in conjunction with MAAA Manual of Procedures.
1 Competition and Special Event Days. The contest director may lay down temporary rules to apply on the day of the competition or for the period of the event. They are to be read in conjunction with these operating procedures but will not override them.
2 Safety Officer. The Club Safety Officer has the authority to ground for the day anyone considered having knowingly and deliberately breached the safety standards and operating procedures of the club.
3 Car Parking. Cars are to be parked in the designated car parking area. Cars may be driven onto the field to unload heavy or awkward loads with the permission of a committee member but must return to the parking area after unloading.
4 Crossing, Entering the Field. Before entering onto the field or the active runway, call for permission from any pilots operating on the flight line.
5 Use of Radio. A key with the operator’s name and the frequency to be used is to be inserted in the appropriate place in the key board before the radio can be turned on. This rule does not apply to 2.4ghs radios.
6 Engine Starting. Engines are only to be started in the pits or tuning area. Models are to be carried out of the pits area to the taxiway and not to be taxied through the pit area heavy models may be started and taxied out of the heavy model area which is to the south of the tree line and toilet block.
6a Electric power models safety items. When installing battery make sure that the transmitter is on and the throttle is set at the correct position. When setting up ESC calibration in pit area make sure the propeller is off the motor
7 Gliders. Except for glider comp days the launch line is to be laid out clear of the runway in use for powered aircraft. Before launching pilots on the flight line are to be notified by a blast on a whistle. This signal is to be acknowledged by pilots on the flight line.
8 Flying Operations. a Helicopters. Helicopter training is to be carried out in the Heli training area situated to the south and east side of the car parking area. Helicopters are to comply with start-up procedures applicable to fixed wing aircraft but may be carried to the runway in use. All take-offs and landings to be made on the runway in use or a designated Heli pad if applicable.
b All flying to be conducted from the flight line only. If required the pilot may stand behind the aircraft, at the end of the runway, for take-off then return to the flight line. c Flying is not to be conducted over or beyond McGraths Road to the east or over the pits/flight line/car park/ spectator areas. d High speed and aerobatic flying to be conducted to the west of the N/S runway and not to be directed toward the pits/flight line area. e A clearance from pilots operating on the flight line is to be obtained before entering the runway in use for take-off.
9 Visitors. Visiting VMAA members may fly as a visitor for up to four times per year. They must be signed into the visitor’s book and checked by a club instructor who is to check for current VMAA membership. Non-member visitors are to be accompanied at all times by a club member, who is to be responsible for their behaviour, when inside the bounds of the club’s field.
10 Visitors. A club member may invite up to two flying visitors on one particular day; however, any more than that requires the approval of the committee.
John Hansford President Date 18/07/2019