to be observed by all members and visitors
SWARMS By Laws
The following set of
safety rules are published for the benefit and safety of all SWARMS
members and for the safety of the public at large. All members are
required to operate their model aircraft in accordance with these rules
and Civil Aviation Order (CAO) 95-21.
1. Under No circumstance
shall any person switch on a radio transmitter without first ensuring
that the appropriate frequency in the Frequency Key Board is clear and
they have inserted a Frequency Key in the Frequency key Board. On
completion of their flight the Frequency Key is to be removed from the
Frequency Key Board by the pilot after ensuring they have turned their
2. All modellers using
SWARMS field shall be either financial members, guests of members and/or
visitors and have current public liability insurance through club
3. All visitors who fly
at the SWARMS flying site shall enter their name and address and date in
the visitors book.
4. No member shall fly or
operate equipment which is faulty, in need of repair and/or not checked
prior to flying.
5. All flying activities
shall comply with CASR 101. And MAAA MOP14
General Rules and guidelines for operation of model aircraft.
6. All models are to be
suitably restrained while starting and tuning. Preferably located in the
restraints provided in the start-up area.
7. All modellers shall ensure that during start up and
tuning of aircraft engine to full power
for the purpose of checking performance prior to flight, it is
recommended that excessive noise on the start-up line be kept to a minimum..
8. Effective silencers must be used on engines except
where competition classes permit tuned pipes and/or the exclusion of
mufflers. Those who fly noisy aircraft may be requested by the Committee
and/or Safety Officer to land and rectify the problem before further
flying the model.
9. All electric powered
planes are to be treated the same as glow/petrol models and are to be
suitably restrained while arming.
10. Electric models are
not to be armed in the pits ie: the connecting of the battery to the speed
controller. The model is to be taken to the designated start up area
restrained and only then can the model be armed ready for flight
shall not be taxied in the pits and shall not take-off from the taxiways.
landing and on take-off flying towards and over the pits shall be avoided
at all times. Pilots whilst flying shall stand in the designated pilot flying
shall call intentions for take-off, dead stick landing, touch and go and
landing. At all times the pilot shall not proceed with the manoeuvre
without first receiving a definite acknowledgement from all the other
pilots except in the instance of a dead stick landing.
14. A powered
aircraft dead stick and/or glider shall have right of way at all times.
are not permitted in the flying area unless under the direct supervision
of an adult.
16. No member
shall remain tuning and/or starting an engine on the runway. If there is
a problem the aircraft shall be moved to the start up area for
location of the pilot flight line flying position should be close to the
take off point for an into wind take off. If the wind changes the pilot
flying position should be relocated to suit the new wind direction.
18. No member
shall consume alcohol prior to or whilst flying.
member shall be responsible for ensuring that they and any visitor/s in
their charge are aware of the Club flying and safety rules.
over 7.0kg in all up weight must have permits to fly. Enquire about
permits from your Committee Members.
given by the Safety Officer of the day shall be adhered to.
shall only be permitted within the confines of the car-park.
pilots will be covered by an Instructor's insurance for TWO flying dates
only. After those TWO flying dates it is expected that the trainee shall
have obtained adequate insurance in accordance with the MAAA insurance
policy. Instruction is provided under the strict understanding that "All care is taken however
owners will be deemed to be responsible for all eventualities including damage to their models.
24. For any test flights of new models
the pilot shall be given the opportunity to fly their model without other models in the air.
Free airspace should also be given for first solo pilots.
25. No member shall use other peoples
equipment without the prior approval of the owner.
26. Mobile phones are not permitted in the pit area,
start up area or flight line. All mobiles are to be left in the car or clubrooms.
27. The last person leaving the field
shall secure the field facilities, lock pit store room, lock clubrooms, lock toilets, ensure
car-park access gate is closed and lock the main gate.
28. All members shall comply with the
conditions of the Lease Agreement.
29. Any amendments to these rules should
be proposed by a notice of motion and voted on by the members as per the Club Constitution.
It is in your interest to
observe these rules.... Above use COMMONSENSE and FLY SAFELY and enjoy
your chosen hobby.