Letchworth Model Aeronautical Society



Code of Practice

Code of Practice - all sites

  • Because the flying of model aircraft can be DANGEROUS every member must adopt a responsible attitude and only fly within his/her capability.
  • Due care should be observed at all times. Members should be aware of, and use, the pits, flight line, and runway appropriate to the wind direction.
  • Crops must not be damaged.
  • Gates must be closed after use.
  • Litter, or debris from damaged models must not be left on the sites.
  • The noise emission from any model must not exceed that specified for each site.
  • Transmitters must not be switched on without displaying their channel identification and having the correct peg on the frequency control peg-board, unless they are operating in the 2.4GHz band.
  • Always check that there is no landing approach in progress before proceeding to the take-off point.
  • The point of launch of any model using an internal combustion (ic) engine shall not be closer to any noise sensitive premises than 250 metres.
  • IC powered models should only be launched from a point on the appropriate runway as far away from noise sensitive premises as is practicable.
  • Once airborne stand clear of the strip as soon as possible and get to the flight line with other pilots.
  • Models should not be flown closer to any noise sensitive premises than 250 metres and, apart from take-off and landing, should not fly any closer to noise sensitive premises than their launch point.
  • Do not overfly the pits or flight line at low altitudes.
  • Do not take off such that your model passes close to the pilot flight line.
  • Do not fly your model at speed in close proximity to the flight line.
  • Make clear to other pilots your intention to land in good time .
  • Permitted flying hours are as stated for the individual sites.
  • The transmitter frequencies for flying at the Club are as stated for the individual sites.
  • Pilots flying FPV (First Person View) must be accompanied by a competent spotter who will warn the pilot of any imminent danger.
  • Pilots flying FPV must NOT fly their aircraft out of sight of their spotter.
  • Aircraft being flown FPV must have a maximum flying weight less than 3.5 kg, including batteries, fuel etc.

Code of Practice - Rugby Club

  • The site is open to models powered by electric motors or internal combustion engines, subject to a maximum noise emission of 82db(A). Every attempt should be made to reduce emissions to below 79db(A).
  • No flying shall take place when any field is in use for other organised activities.
  • Do not take cars onto the field, except Blue Badge holders who may park adjacent to the hedgerow near the pits area.
  • Every effort must be made not to overfly the school (especially when it is in use), the Leisure Centre or its car park, any adjacent sports ground, or the Jackmans estate.
  • Fixed wing aircraft should not use the playing surfaces (other than behind the touch line, or the designated runway on the practice pitch at the east end of the site), unless it is vital in the interest of safety.
  • Multi-rotor and helicopter pilots are advised to use the rugby pitches for their flying, especially when fixed wing aircraft are using the normal flying area. They must NOT fly near the runway when fixed wing aircraft are flying.
  • Flying times: All days; 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or lighting-up time, whichever is the earlier (to 7:30 p.m. for quiet electric models, irrespective of lighting-up time).
  • Transmitter frequencies:
    • 35Mhz EVEN channels only
    • 27Mhz SOLID colours only
    • 2.4Ghz spread spectrum system

Code of Practice - Wilbury Farm

  • The site is for flying electric-powered models and unpowered gliders only, subject to a maximum noise emission of 72dB(A).
  • Models should not overfly the farmhouse, caravan site, or adjacent houses at low level.
  • Flying times: All days; 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. or lighting-up time, whichever is the earlier
  • Transmitter frequencies:
    • 35Mhz all channels
    • 27Mhz SOLID colours only
    • 2.4Ghz spread spectrum system

Code of Practice - Weston village hall

  • The site is for flying small electric powered models suitable for indoor flight.
  • In the event of an accident models should not be capable of causing personal injury or damage to the hall fixtures and fittings.
  • All models must weigh under 200g, including batteries.
  • A payment of £2.50 per person per 1 hour session is required to cover the cost of hiring the hall. Any profit at the end of the year will go into club funds.

Noise testing

The club noise meter is kept by the Secretary and shall be made available for noise readings when required.
Noise readings shall be taken in a maximum force 2 wind with the model 7 metres downwind of the meter and 1.2 metres above the ground, as follows:-
  1. nose of the model facing meter
  2. port side of the model facing meter
  3. starboard side of the model facing meter
  4. tail of the model facing meter

Insurance

  • All members are insured against third party claims arising from the flying of model aircraft. Third Parties include other members.
  • Maximum cover is £1,000,000 subject to an excess of £100. Damage to model aircraft is excluded.
  • Cover extends to the use of sites other than our own flying fields.
  • In the event of an accident:
  • Exchange names and addresses with the other party
  • Note the extent of damage
  • DO NOT ADMIT LIABILITY
  • Do not admit you are insured
  • Contact the Secretary with the details in writing as soon as possible.

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