Peninsula Aeronautical Radio Control Society
PARCS Flying Rules
- These Rules are to be read in conjunction with the Society's Rules of Incorporation
- The term Aircraft includes helicopter and fixed wing aeroplanes
- These Rules apply to all persons flying an Aircraft or operating equipment at a PARCS controlled flying site
- It is the responsibility of each Member to acquaint himself/herself with these Rules and to ensure that any visitor in his/her charge is also made aware of them
- Non-observance of tese Rules may result in disciplinary action by the Committee in accordance with the Society's Rules of Incorporation
- These Rules are subject to amendment and/or repeal
- Members are reminded that these Rules are aimed at providing a safe environment for members and visitors to enjoy the sport
- No person shall fly an Aircraft that is not airworthy nor fly an Aircraft or operate equipment in a manner as to present the likelihood of harm or injury to persons and/or property
- No person shall fly an aircraft unless wearing their current Club Membership Identification
- No person who has consumed alcohol shall fly an Aircraft that day
- No person, who is not the holder of MAAA Bronze Wing rating or better, shall fly an Aircraft unassisted until approved to do so by a PARCS' approved instructor
- Radio transmitters shall be certified to 20KHz or better at least every 24 months and pilots shall ensure that the radio crystals in use are as recorded in the transmitter certification label.
- Effective silencers shall be used on internal combustion engines above 0.09 cc (0.0055 cubic inches).
- A pilot whose Aircraft has lost power may call "deadstick" in which case other pilots will, as far as they are able, keep their Aircraft clear of the landing area to facilitate the safe landing of the unpowered Aircraft.
- Any lawful directive, pertaining to safety, from an elected Committee Member shall be complied with immediately. Any dispute shall be settled later by the Committee
- Any Aircraft that is incapable of being flown in accordance with the flying Rules is not to be flown by any pilot.
- If there are any breaches of the flying rules, the following consequences will occur
- First offence - 1 month flying ban
- Second offence - 3 months flying ban
- Third offence - expulsion from the club on accordance with rules 8 and 9 of the Rules of Incorporation of the Association (conduct prejudicial to the interest of the Association).
- Any flyer that breaches a flying ban will face the Committee and be subject to an immediate 6 month extension to their existing flying ban and the risks expulsion from the club in accordance with rules 8 and 9 of the Rules of Incorporation of the Association.
- At flying sites at which a keyboard in available:
- The keyboard shall be used at all times
- Pilots shall use a 50mm Frequency Key on which the frequency and pilot's name are clearly marked
- No person shall fly an Aircraft or operate a radio transmitter without the appropriate frequency key being in place on the keyboard
- No person, other than it's owner, shall remove a Frequency Key from the keyboard
- When not in use, radio transmitters shall be switched off, have their aerial retracted, and be placed in the transmitter pound
- All operators of 2.4gHz transmitters and equipment are to place a Key with their name clearly marked in the appropriate keyboard
- At flying sites at which a keyboard is not available:
- One person shall be nominated to register all frequncies in use against the names of the corresponding pilots
- A new arrival at the site shall register his/her frequency and name with that nominated person
- At the Boundary Road flying site:
- Aircraft shall not take off from nor fly over an area extending 30 meters outside the pits, spectator area, car park, and buildings and shall be flown north of Boundary Road and east of the Gun Club situated in Rossiter Road and also east and north of the Pistol Club situated on Boundary Road
- Motors, both internal combustion and electric, shall not be started in the car park public area or any building
- WHen the motor of a fixe wing Aeroplane is started, it is mandatory that either an effective mechanical Restraint be used or the Aeroplane be securely held by a second person. Motors that are to be run at above idle are to be removed from the pit area.
- Aircraft or equipment shall not be left on landing or take off areas
- All flying is to cease while mowing of runways or taxiways is in progress
- Cars are to be parked only in the car park
- The last key holder member to leave the property each day shall ensure that all equipment has been put away and that the hanger container and all gates are locked. If this cannot be done for any reason it is this person's responsibility to notify a Committee Member
- It is recommended that members do not fly when alone at the field
- In flying fixed wing Aeroplanes:
- Pilots shall fly from the sign-posted pilot areas (see exception for Gliders 14.9.5 below). Pilots may move from the pilot area to obtain clear vision of take-off, landing, or to recover an aircraft
- Aeroplanes shall not be taxied or hand launched in the pits, spectator area, car park, or pilot area nor committed to take off until clear of the taxiways and pilot areas
- Take-offs, landings and circuits shall be in accordance with the direction indicated by the flying arrow, when it is in place, and when it is not in place as dicted by the wind direction
- Pilots operating models over 7Kg shall be assisted when in the pits, on the taxiways and on entering the take-off area
- Notwithstanding 14.9.1 above winch or bungee launched Gliders will be launched from, and flown from, outside the perimeter fence
- Aeroplanes shall not be flown near Helicopter pilots using the alternative runway
- In flying Helicopters:
- Pilots shall use the designated area of the runway not being used by the fixed wing pilots. THe designated areas are the north end of the north/south runway and the west end of the east/west runway
- Helicopters shall not be taxie in taxiways but rather shall be carried to the designated area
- Helicopters shall not be flown near Aeroplane pilots using the alternative runway
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- For the duration of a Contest any of these Rules, with the exception of PREAMBLE (i) to (Vii) inclusive and GENERAL 1, 3, 5 and 6 may be suspended or altered, under the responsibility of the Contest Director, by the Contest Director or his/her representative
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- Any member who causes loss or damage to another member's Aircraft, property or equipment through breach of these rulesor by dangerous or irresponsible behaviour shall be liable for such loss or damage.