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New Ideas for the Club / Proposed Field & Safety Rules
« on: February 19, 2014, 02:00:13 PM »
We did a complete rewrite as the Field & Safety rules needed to be combined into only one place.

So I'm going to close the old thread and open up a new one here.

The officers of the club have now approved this version to open it up for discussion and to be voted on at the next general meeting on the 11th of March 2014.

PDF version Attached.

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Proposed SKSS Field & Safety Rules

A “sailplane” is an airplane that has no motor installed.
A “self-launched sailplane” is a sailplane that has a motor which is primarily used for launching.
An “electric aircraft” is any airborne vehicle that uses a motor(s) most of the time it is in flight.
An “aircraft” is all of the above.

1.  All pilots and models must adhere to the current “Official AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code”.
2.  The field is available during normal park hours, 8AM to sunset.
3.  Mowing takes priority over flight activity.
4.  No lipo battery charging in the Birdhouse. Outdoor electrical outlets are available for battery charging.
5.  Pilots using radios other than 2.4 GHz will use a frequency pin and sign in, and out, on the frequency pin board.
6.  Flight activity is limited to sailplanes and models powered by electric motor(s).
7.  Additionally, gas powered tow planes will be permitted to fly solely for the purposes of towing sailplanes aloft
and, on a limited basis, for the test flying of the tow plane. The frequency of gas tow plane flying will be
determined by the Executive Committee.
8.  Sailplanes that are being launched via winch, high start, or aerotow have right-of-way over all other aircraft.
9.  Sailplanes have right-of-way over powered models.
10.  The direction of the winch/high start setup has priority and will determine which runways sailplanes and electric
aircraft will use.
11.  Self-launched sailplanes may, if flown alongside the winch/high start, use the same active launch and landing
12.  When the winch/high start is set up on the east/west runway sufficient space will be allowed for pilots and
vehicles to gain access to the north/south runway without physically interfering with the winch line or turn
around pulley.
13.  All electric aircraft will maintain an adequate distance from the winch/high start lines.
14.  Electric aircraft will only cross the winch/high start line above the highest altitude that sailplanes are being
15.  All electric aircraft will be flown within the confines of the field and will not be flown “behind” the current flight
line. Note that the flight line will change depending on which runway is being used. Unless the flight line is
specified, good judgment must be used in determining where the flight line is located for a given runway.
16.  All electric aircraft will operate on the same runway and use the same direction of flight.
17.  All aircraft will be operated so as to be within gliding distance of the field.
18.  The tree line along the eastern edge of the field will begin the No Fly Zone (NFZ; the red line on the diagram) and
will extend north and south along that line. The NFZ will extend to the east of that boundary. The NFZ will
include Paper Mill Road and the houses on the opposite side of the road. No airplane of ANY kind will be
permitted to cross into the NFZ.
19.  Flying low along the edge of the NFZ is discouraged and should be avoided. We do not want to distract the
people driving along Paper Mill Rd.
20.  During a contest, or club event, the Contest Director/Event Coordinator may alter these rules to fit the situation.
Rules may only be altered with caution. In no case shall the AMA Safety Code or the No Fly Zone be violated.

If a situation occurs that is not covered by these rules it is expected that the member
involved will use good judgment and proceed with caution.

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Zone A:
1.  All aircraft will takeoff (or launch) and land in this zone.
2.  Only pilots and their helpers are allowed in Zone A when airplanes are flying.
3.  Entering the area in which models are actively flying is discouraged but if it is necessary the person will
notify the pilots before entering the area.
4.  Pilots will keep their airplanes well away from any person, vehicle or equipment in Zone A.

Zone B:
1.  Only sailplanes and self-launched sailplanes that are flying with their motor off are allowed to fly in Zone B.
2.  Electric aircraft are prohibited from flying in Zone B.
3.  The lowest allowable altitude between the field entrance gate and the pedestrian gate west of the
Birdhouse will be the top of the telephone pole, approximately 25 feet. Launching, intentional landing or
low altitude flying is prohibited in this area.
4.  There is no low altitude limit between the field entrance and Paper Mill Rd.
5.  It is imperative that the AMA Safety Code be especially honored in Zone B; i.e., no flight over unprotected
people, vehicles or buildings, and no flight within 25 feet of the same.

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Updated 19th Feb 2014: closing this thread and opening up a new one for

Proposed Field and Safety Rules:

Ed Filkins

Updated on 16 Feb 2014

I was asked to go over our safety rules and update them if needed.

Attached is a PDF version of the proposed rules.

This is what I started with, The Club Rules

Winch launched Sailplanes have priority from 10 A.M. to 3 P.M. Wheeled Electric Planes may be flown when there is no Sailplane activity. There is no time restriction on Non-Wheeled Electrics or Electric Sailplanes.

So, what's a 'Non-Wheeled Electrics' Heli, quad, hot liner all fit that?  If I pop the wheels off of a Super Cub this it's OK?

When Electric flight is active, Safety Zones and separation from winch lines is required. See the posted diagrams for these zones. Electric Sailplanes may cross the winch line at or above the normal winch launch height only. Unpowered planes have the right of way over powered craft. Winch or High start launching planes have the right of way over all craft in flight.

All Sailplanes, electric or unpowered, should be operated to ensure that they are within gliding distance of the field boundaries, and well clear of the residence and outbuildings south of Smith Mill (Fairhill School) Road. Operate all other electric planes within the physical boundaries of the field. Powered craft will operate on the same runway and use the same flight line and pattern direction.

This really doesn't say anything not covered by the AMA rules

Now let me go over the new rules I'm proposing.

1) All pilots and models must adhere to the current “Official AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code”.

This handles all the small stuff so we don't have to repeat it all in our rules.

2) The field is available during normal park hours: 8A.M. To sunset.

3) Flight activity is limited to the operation of sailplanes and electric powered aircraft. No internal combustion powered aircraft will be used except on a limited basis to launch sailplanes only.

4) Mowing takes priority over any flight activity. NO FLYING WHILE THE GRASS IS BEING CUT !!!

5) No Li-Po charging is allowed in the Bird house. Outlets are available outside for charging..

These are the same as the old rules, they are good and don't need to be changed. 

5) Flight Line: Being a primary Soaring club we don't have a set flight line as it changes with the wind and launch equipment being used.

We set up the flight line based on the wind, with the winch and high start having priority. Everyone else has to work around that and that's what the next rules are for.

We do have the following flying zones for powered and unpowered aircraft, which are defined as.

Powered: the motor(s) or engine is energized and propelling the aircraft.
Unpowered: An aircraft without a motor, or if a motor is installed, where the motor is not energized. (Notes: Unpowered aircraft have the right of way over powered aircraft. Remember that aircraft can transition from powered to unpowered and back again during flight, act accordingly)

This is really settled in the model world, the battles where fought in ALES, F5J and the LSF and I will not fight it here. A aircraft can change from Powered to Unpowered while in flight and the rules governing said aircraft change with it.

Powered, Helicopters, quads, Jets, rockets, 3D, Hot Liners and ALES/F5J type aircraft in launch mode and all similar type aircraft are powered while in flight. And I use aircraft because it covers everything that leaves the ground basically.

Zone A: 
1. Only Pilots and the pilot's helper(s) are allowed in this area.
2. All powered flight under 50 feet (15m) and the launching and landing of all aircraft take place here.
3. If people or equipment(cars, winches, high-start, etc) are within Zone A then no powered flight will happen overhead or within 50 feet of the people or equipment. Winch & high-start have priory in selecting their flight line.
4. The launching of unpowered aircraft have the right of way over all aircraft in flight.

Want to set up the winch, take off, land or launch a aircraft then do it here.
If it's a powered aircraft and less then 50 feet off the ground then it need to be in this area. Think helicopters, quadcopters and 3d flying type things.

This also sets up a 50 foot buffer zone around the winch, highstart(from winch to turn-around & launch to anchor) and cars in Zone A that powered aircraft should not fly in. This includes the launching of e-soaring aircraft as written.

Zone B: No powered flight, no unpowered flight below the height of 25ft, which is the height of the telephone pole next to the birdhouse.

Sorry folks, but this is public space and our buffer zone between us and the public. We want the public to be here and be safe, we want them to watch what we're doing and ask questions and hopefully join us in our hobby.  So no powered flight, period (except for certain pilots during aerotow).  Unpowered Sailplanes are fine just keep them above 25 feet, that's easy. Fly your Radian here, just keep the motor turned off.

Zone C: No Fly Zone, the area north of Smith Mill Road and east of the west edge of Hwy 72, Paper Mill Road, See diagram below.

I understand that we where asked in the past by a property owner not to fly over the area I have shaded in the picture here. This complies with the AMA letter "Model Fliers and their Neighbors" and I checked Delaware state trespass law and if asked then we're not to over fly someone's property (real aircraft have a different law)

All areas not covered by above: no flight will happen under 50 feet(15m) and no powered flight over people, vehicles or houses.

This one is easy,
Unpowered: once your over 50 feet off the ground you can fly anywhere except Zone C.
Powered: anywhere except Zones B & C.

A big hint here, if your not in zone A and your under 50 feet you most likely can't see your plane or it's stuck in a tree. Both of which are bad.

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