Club Rules



This document is designed to detail the rules of CADMFC that are specific to the flying site or in addition to the BMFA members handbook.

Members will at all times adhere the guidelines of the BMFA and the Club rules. If at any time a member is in breach of the rules they are open to being dealt with under the disciplinary code.

Remember, failing to observe these rules could lead to your insurance being invalid and in extreme circumstances expulsion from the Club.

Club membership runs from 1 January to 31 December each year, this is also the dates for BMFA membership and insurance if you insure under the BMFA scheme.

2. No member or visitors will carry out any flying activity without valid insurance cover.

3. In the event that a member arranges their insurance privately, i.e. not through the Club, proof of valid insurance must be supplied at the time of membership renewal.

4. Insurance documentation must be carried at all times when flying at the flying site so that any Club official can inspect the documentation if required

5. As a BMFA affiliated Club all members are to abide by the rules of Members Insurance.

6. The access gate and roads are shared with two farms and the gate is to be locked at all times unless it is open when you arrive. Leave the gate as you find it. A gate key is provided to each member on joining the Club, these keys are not to be given or loaned to any non club member and must be kept secure at all times. In the event that the key is lost or stolen a Club official should be informed as soon as possible, any cost incurred will be passed on to the Club member.

7. The site is available 7 days a week, no flying is to take place before 09:30 hours. When travelling through the villages around the site observe all speed limits and make as little noise as possible. Be aware that there are often horses being ridden on the roads, slow right down or stop to let them past.

8. Vehicles are not to exceed 20 mph on the farm road, and not exceed 10 mph when in the site area. Farm vehicles must be given priority on the roads at all times.

9. Parking areas are provided both sides of, and to the rear of the Clubhouse.

10. Vehicles may be taken up to the pits area to load/unload. All vehicles must as soon as possible be moved to the parking area allocated.

11. Be aware that there are footpaths on and near to the flying field used by the public walking and horse riding. Pilots that are airborne must be careful to avoid these paths when they are being used.

12. Dogs are not to be brought to the site under any circumstances

13. The Club has a policy using the BMFA Policy Document “Promotion of and Welfare of Children and Vulnerable Adults”, that all children must be under the care of their parents or an adult Guardian when on the Club site. All children should be supervised at all times, they should not be allowed to wander about in the pits when engines are running, neither must they be allowed on the approach or landing areas.

14. It is recommended that no more than two non-flying visitors be brought to the site by any member, this is to ensure greater supervision of the site. All members should ensure that they make any visitors that they bring to the airfield aware of the safety procedures that are to be followed.

15. Helicopter pilots must not fly with the fixed wing aircraft, but should fly on the area of grass East of the Clubhouse.

16. All of the fields around the flying site are farmed and no member has right of access. If a model is landed on any of these fields only one person should retrieve the model, making sure that any damage to the crop is kept to a minimum. Failure to observe this rule could lead to complaints from the farmer with a possible loss of the site.

17. The Club shares the airfield with full size aircraft who are to be given priority at all times. All pilots must constantly be alert to the fact that they also use our airspace. Anyone spotting a full size aircraft approaching , either sound the horn or call out FULL SIZE and the direction of travel. All pilots who are flying must land or carry out low circuits until the airspace is clear.

18. All fliers must observe field discipline and comply with the Air Navigation Order, all relevant BMFA safety codes as contained within the BMFA Members’ Handbook and Civil Aviation publication (CAP) 658.

19. On matters of field safety needing an immediate decision, the responsibility lies with instructors, safety officer, a member of the Executive Committee or two committee members, in that order. Any instructions must be accepted without dissent. However, should a member believe the instructions to be wrong, then he should bring this to the attention of the Committee through Article 15 of the Constitution.

20. Any pilot not holding their solo qualification for the type of aircraft they are flying must not fly without the supervision of an instructor or their specially appointed deputy if the instructors are absent from the field. If no instructors are present at the site, any member holding the BMFA ‘B’ Certificate may act as an appointed deputy until an instructor arrives.

21. Warnings are to be shouted at all times while flying eg on the patch when taking their model out o the take off point, taking off, landing, dead stick and a fly through.

22. No more than 10 aircraft shall be airborne at any one time unless as part of a competition.

23. All flying is to be done in the designated areas only. Take off and landings are to be performed as per the site safety document displayed on the club house notice board.

24. There is to be no over flying of the car packs, clubhouse or pits area.

25. No take offs must be performed with anybody in front of the plane without the explicit permission of that person/persons.

26. Any person wishing to enter or cross the runway area must seek clearance from any pilots flying at the time before doing so.

27. All vehicles must be parked in the designated area only.

28. The Club operates a “peg on” system, the club will provide a peg for the member to use after writing their name on the peg. The Board or Electronic Scanner is to be located in the central area of the pits by the first person who arrives ready for the days use. The peg must be placed on the appropriate frequency number before activating the transmitter. In the case of 2.4Ghz the peg is placed on the black stripe on the right hand side of the peg board. When the site is busy, this is normally at weekends, the frequency shall not be used for more than 15 minutes flying and the peg removed immediately after landing.

29. The Club has allocated the frequency numbers as specified by the following:-

55 Club training only.
56 to 78 Fixed wing aircraft.
79 Out of use.
80 to 90 Helicopters

Flying on adjacent frequencies is not permitted unless the specified BMFA test has been carried out for the models in question.

30. Frequency numbers must be called out before the transmitter in question is switched on.

31. All transmitter aerials must remain retracted unless the model is being flown. The flight is defined from the point of release to when the engine is stopped or the model is restrained.

32. Transmitters should not be taken away from the flight line when retrieving an aircraft, unless to do so would aid retrieval of the model. In this instance the matter should be brought to the attention of the safety officers so that this may be carried out without the risk of over-flying the transmitter.

33. Should an aircraft go out of control, the first priority must be the safety of persons with the second being avoidance of damage to property. A warning is to be shouted by the pilot which is to be taken up by other members.

34. In the event of an unexplained loss of control of a model, all transmitters are to be impounded and checked to ensure they are operating on their declared frequency.

35. Before starting an engine the model must be suitably restrained either by a tether or by an assistant.

36. Once engines have been started in the pits area models are to be taken out to the other side of the concrete roadway pointing towards the waste ground/ patch before performing a full throttle engine check.

37. In the interest of safety, assistance should be sought when running up engines and taking models to the runway for take-off. All helpers must have BMFA membership. The use of an assistant for pilots with Helicopters is recommended for starting and carrying the model to the flight line.

38. Appropriate use should be made of all available pit area, and under no circumstances should engines be set up in the immediate vicinity of the pilots who are flying at that time. Where practical, models should face outward from the pit area.

39. Under no circumstances must an engine be run unless all persons are behind the line of the propeller with the exception of the person starting the engine. When carrying out power checks all persons including the pilot are to be behind the line of the propeller.

40. Models having their engines run in on the ground must not be left unattended whilst the engine is running.

41. All new or repaired models should be checked out by an instructor or their appointed deputy before being allowed to fly. All models are subject to random safety spot checks which will be carried out by an instructor. If in his opinion a model is unsafe to fly or does not conform to Club rules, it will be grounded until rectified.

42. Members must ensure that they comply with the D of E Noise Code for the Minimisation of Noise from Model Aircraft. “Add on” silencers and “quiet” propellers should be fitted unless the model emits below 82 decibels at 7 metres without them. Notwithstanding if in the opinion of the Committee a model is excessively noisy in the air, then it is to be grounded until rectified.

43. All operational failsafes in use on powered models operated from our Club site must set the throttle to tick-over, not hold, (stopped in the case of electric power) regardless of the other control operations governed by the failsafe. Particular care must be taken when operating on Pulse Code Modulation (PCM) or when swapping from normal modulation (PPM) to PCM to ensure that the Failsafe is correctly programmed. Failsafes are to be checked prior to flight by switching the transmitter off whilst the model is restrained.

44. There are two pilot boxes marked out they are orientated one for an East and one for a West wind, the one in use for the day will be marked by two cones, these cones are to be put in place by the first member arriving.

45. Mobile telephones should not be kept in close proximity to computerised transmitters and must not be taken onto the flight line.

46. No smoking is permitted in the vicinity of inflammable fuels and materials.

47. No smoking is permitted in the clubhouse.

48. Children must be closely supervised at all times and must not be allowed to run around the pit area or runways.

49. The Club has two Safety Officers, but it is the responsibility of all pilots to fly safely on all occasions. Anyone repeatedly transgressing the BMFA safety code will be dealt with by the Committee taking into account the recommendations of the Safety Officers. Committee Members are empowered to halt any flying, or ground any aircraft believed to be unsafe to fly or the pilot does not have the confidence or skill to fly a particular aircraft.

50. CADMFC Committee reserve the right to terminate an individuals membership in accordance with the Clubs disciplinary procedures.

51. Any accident involving a third party or another member must be reported to the clubs BMFA Delegate as soon as possible, who will then inform the Executive Committee.

52. From 01/01/2009 no member should fly unsupervised unless accompanied by either a BMFA "B" certificate holder or instructor if they do not hold a BMFA "A" certificate.

53. From 01/01/2010 if a pilot is flying a turbine powered aircraft they must have standing with them an assistant to look out for other aircraft.