Field Rules and Safety

General Rules for ROGO Field: 

  1. All flyers must be current MAAC or AMA members. No exceptions!
  2. Flyers must be TEMAC members, in good-standing, or a visitor of a member.
  3. Visitors are welcome to enjoy themselves as a guest of a member who is present, for one visit. If you would like to fly again, membership is required.
  4. Members are responsible for any children in their care and should ensure they are in a safe place and properly supervised.
  5. A maximum of 5 pilots may be airborne at any time.
  6. Pilots must stand behind the pilot stations to fly their models. No flying over the pits, or an extended area reaching to the Stouffville Side Road and no taxiing in the pits.
  7. As a courtesy, pilots conducting a maiden flight should be afforded the entire airspace and field to themselves and may stand in any location on the field from the pilot stations eastward to conduct such flight.
  8. Taxiways are for taxiing. Take-offs should not be conducted from the geotex taxiways or the grass taxiways between pilot stations.
  9. Flying area is over the eastern section of the field. Do not fly closer than 150’ (46m) to Stouffville Side Road. Pilots should use the raised mound as a northern limit for safe flying. (See field diagram for “No Fly Zones.”)
  10. Excessively noisy aircraft are not permitted.
  11. Charging battery packs must be supervised by their owners. Do not charge near anything flammable.
  12. All 72MHz flyers must place a pin on the frequency board (on their frequency, of course) before turning their transmitters on, and must remove the pin after turning their transmitters off.
  13. People wishing to smoke must do so in the parking area only.
  14. Any generators must be located downwind from the pits.
  15. Please take any garbage away from the field, including all cigarette ends.

TEMAC Safety Rules:

  1. Pilots must display their Wings pin or badge at all times when flying at TEMAC.
  2. Members who have not earned their Pilot’s Wings or Park Wings must fly under the supervision of a club instructor.
  3. New members with wings certification by another club will require a check flight observed by a club instructor.
  4. Pilots should always fly on the far side (east) of the flight line, which is the western edge of the geotex runway and runs the entire length of the TEMAC field.
  5. Fly right hand (clockwise) circuits into a northerly wind and left hand (counter-clockwise) circuits into a southerly wind.
  6. All aircraft shall be flown at a speed and in a manner commensurate with safety of other pilots and aircraft.
  7. Call out your intentions and wait for acknowledgement by the other pilots.
    • Call “On the field” if intending to go on to the runway (either to collect or launch a model.)
    • Call “Clear” when exiting the field.
    • Call “Taking Off” or “Launching” when intending to take-off or hand-launch a model.
    • Call “Landing” when intending to land.
    • Announce “Taxiing” when taxiing a model on to the field.
    • Announce “Low Pass” when flying a model (in the circuit) low over the runway
  8. Bungee launches must be done observing the following:
    • Launches to the south must be done from the south side of the southernmost pilot station.
    • Launches to the north must be done from the north side of the northernmost pilot station.
  9. Based on manoeuverability, RC aircraft have priority right-of-way in the following order: Gliders or dead stick aeroplanes, fixed wing aeroplanes, rotor (single or multi) or 3D-style flying aircraft.
  10. Rotor Aircraft – Helicopters and multi-rotor aircraft should be flown on the flying field in the pattern with due regard for the other pilots in the pattern.
    • At no time should a rotor aircraft interfere with fixed wing aircraft flying in the circuit.
    • Rotor aircraft must fly in the active circuit at a safe speed and manner with other aircraft and not slow to a speed that would cause, to all intents and purposes, a “stationary obstacle” to fixed wing aircraft.
    • Only 5 aircraft of any type can be in the air over the main field at one time. (So not 5 fixed wing plus 1 or more rotor aircraft.)
  11. Formation flights should be conducted with the consent of those pilots involved.
  12. Aerobatic flight is defined as manoeuvers intentionally performed by an aircraft involving an abrupt change in its attitude, an abnormal attitude, or abnormal variation in speed. It includes spins, loops, rolls, stall turns, Immelman, Cuban eights, Split-S, chandelles, spiral dives, inverted flight and other types of abnormal attitude manoeuvres
    • Aerobatic manoeuvers shall be performed a safe distance out from the flight line and not cause interference with other models flying a conventional pattern.
  13. 3D Aerobatic flight is defined as any deliberate manoeuver where the aircraft’s flying surfaces are stalled and the airplane remains stationary or near stationary suspended only by the thrust of the propeller and doesn’t move in a normal flight path. MAAC rules apply and are repeated here:
    • Prior to performing any 3D manoeuver, the pilot shall announce his/her intentions to other pilots.
    • No 3D manoeuvers shall be performed along the flight line when other models are flying a conventional pattern.
    • All 3D manoeuvers shall be performed a safe distance out from the flight line.
  14. FPV (First Person View) – MAAC rules apply.
    • Pilots flying FPV must fly with a spotter who would be capable of taking control of the aircraft if required (so MAAC wings are required for the spotter.)
    • The aircraft must remain within sight at all times.
    • The normal boundaries of the airfield apply.
    • FPV pilots should be located at a pilot station in order to communicate with other pilots.
  15. When full size aircraft are in the vicinity of the field, members should call “full size” to inform all present, and pilots should stay well away and below 500’.
  16. You must not operate a model in a careless, reckless or dangerous manner or in a manner, or in conditions that may pose an unreasonable risk of harm or damage to a person or property.
  17. Disconnect the main power batteries whenever the model is not being flown or serviced.
  18. Always set your transmitter to a safe starting position before activating your aircraft.
  19. Tables are intended for assembly only. Do not start motors, with propellers installed, on the tables. Properly restrain the model on the ground.
  20. Following any crash, place any battery involved, even if not deformed, in a safe area away from cars or spectators, for observation for at least 15 minutes to ensure no delayed reaction occurs.
  21. All members are requested to be aware of visitors and engage with them to ensure their safety.
  22. All MAAC rules apply. See MAAC website for current Safety Guidelines at http://www.maac.ca/en/safety_code.php.

Any member or guest who fails to abide by the above rules may be asked to leave, or have their membership revoked.

(Revised by the BOD April, 2016.)