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SMAC RULES

            
FOR THE SAFETY OF SMAC MEMBERS, VISITORS, PROPERTY, OPERATION OF MODELS AND THE ENJOYMENT OF THE SPORT

1: ALL Transmitters are to be placed in the TRANSMITTER POUND UPON ARRIVAL at the Flying Field and left there at ALL times, other than when flying, performing flight related checks or leaving the Flying Field for the day. When in use, the FREQUENCY KEY SYSTEM MUST BE USED AT ALL TIMES. If you have any doubts how the system works ASK SOMEONE who is familiar with the system. After every flight, your TRANSMITTER is to be RETURNED to the TRANSMITTER POUND and your FREQUENCY KEY REMOVED from the board as other pilots may be on the same frequency as yourself and may want to fly.

NOTE: The above directive does not apple to 2.4 GHz transmitters.

2: Pilots not having gained their BRONZE WINGS must have a pilot holding either BRONZE or GOLD WINGS standing alongside them. This rule does not apply to pilots who have been granted SOLO FLYING STATUS by one of the SMAC flying instructors. SOLO FLYING STATUS is a recognition that the pilot is competent to perform take-off, flying and landing without endangering others as defined by the Senior Flying Instructor, but has not yet achieved the BRONZE WINGS STANDARD.

3: Engine starting procedures MUST be followed. NO STARTING OR RUNNING ENGINES behind the STARTING BENCHES or RESTRAINTS and with the aircraft FACING THE NORTH / SOUTH RUNWAY. AIRCRAFT MUST BE RESTRAINED either by an assistant, the supplied starting benches or ground-mounted restraints.

4: Aircraft are NOT TO BE TAXIED OUT OF THE PITS AREA – they must be carried or restrained.

5: When flying, pilots are to CLEARLY ANNOUNCE THEIR INTENSIONS to other pilots on the flight line. e.g. “Taking Off”…”landing”…”Dead Stick” etc. DEAD STICK LANDINGS ALWAYS HAVE PRIORITY.

6: CIRCUIT DIRECTION will be at the DISCRETION of the SAFETY OFFICER and the signs places accordingly to reflect this. If no Safety Officer is in attendance then those present will mutually decide the Circuit Direction and abide by the decision. CIRCUIT DIRECTION MUST BE FOLLOWED WHEN TWO OR MORE AIRCRAFT ARE IN THE AIR AT ANY ONE TIME. If only one aircraft is in the air then the Circuit Direction is not an issue.

7: ALL pilots upon HEARING, SEEING or BEING NOTIFIED that FULL-SIZED AIRCRAFT are IN THE VICINITY of the Flying Field shall LAND IMMEDIATELY and shall not return to the air until the FULL-SIZRD AIRCRAFT HAS CLEARED THE VICINITY or HAS LANDED.

8: Should a pilot require, for a specific reason, to have solo use of the airspace for a particular flight (e.g. first test flight) the Safety Officer can authorize and state a time limit and advise the members present.

9: No flying closer that 30 METRES to any spectator area, including pit fence adjoining the runways.

10: ALL MOTORS ARE TO BE STOPPED PRIOR TO ENTERING THE PIT AREA AFTER ANY FLYING.

11: Slow flying electric models and helicopters may be flown on the East / West strip while the main North / South strip is in use provided that they (a) Do not under any circumstances fly further East than the pit fence separating the pits from the North / South strip. (b) Stand on the yellow markers provided.

12: THE SAFETY OFFICERS’ DIRECTIONS ARE TO BE FOLLOWED AT ALL TIMES. Any direction by the Safety Officer will remain in force until the Executive Committee or a General Meeting decides to amend or retract the direction.

13: NO FLYING OVER THE PITS OR CARS PARK AREAS.The Safety Officers for the coming year will be elected at the AGM, and it is the responsibility of the members to familiarize themselves with who the Safety Officers are.If an issue with the Safety Officer arises it should be brought to the attention of the Executive Committee for discussion and possible action.The above rules may be amended from time to time; it is the responsibility of the Members to familiarize themselves with any changes that mat occur.

​Executive Committee Strathalbyn Model Aircraft Club Inc.