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Flying field info, rules and regulations

When using the flying field, there are a few important things to know to ensure a safe and fun environment for all pilots and spectators alike.  Some of these rules are mandated by the club, some by the MFNZ, and most of them by common sense.  If everyone follows the rules and is considerate of all of the others around, then we all end up having enjoyable flying days.

Park Access Gates

Make sure gate locks are closed link with other padlocks so other users of the park can get access without hassles.

The main gate at the road can be left open during flying hours.  Please close this gate if you are the last one to leave (unless someone is at the farm or sheds).

The second park access gate MUST be kept closed.  While flying, just use the gate hook and leave it unlocked for other members to have easy entry and exit.  Again, if you are the last to leave, make sure the gate is padlocked.

Field Gate

This gate is there to keep the livestock out.  If the horses and cows are at the other end of the park then it can be left open, but if there's any sign of the animals coming near (especially the horses which can run pretty fast) please close the gate to keep them out.

Car Parking

Please park cars in a line along the edge of the parking area, either nose in or out facing the runway to allow easy arrival and departure of other members.  (see diagram below for reference)

Toilet facilities

Although there are no facilities on-site, common sense and modesty should prevail when using the natural resources for the benefit of others who may be sensitive to these private activities.

Radio Frequency Check

Before you turn on your transmitter, make sure you know what frequency you and others are on.

Model Check

This should go without saying, but do your model checks before you fly!  There have been a few incidents that have cost several members a few dollars in repair parts through complacency.  Here's the cheat sheet you should go through every time:

  • Range check
  • Control surfaces working and not reversed
  • Motor mount secure and muffler suited to our 90db limit
  • All parts secured, bolted, screwed, rubber banded into place properly.
  • CG (Centre of Gravity) - make sure it's correct for your model, and that everything in the model is secure and won't move and change the CG in-flight (particularly batteries).


Flying Area

Make sure you know the flying envelope.  No flying behind the flight boundary or anywhere behind the imaginary line that extends out from it (see diagram below for reference), keep well away from the sports field, and keep 30m away from the walking track around the waterfront.  The height restriction is 800 ft.  Don't go above this or the CAA will be talking to you.

Taxi, Takeoff and Landing

Please carry your model to the strip.  If you want to taxi your model onto or off the strip, you must be considerate of others and be safety concious.  As soon as you leave the runway whille taxiing, all others have the right of way.

Takeoffs and landing are permitted on the runway only.  Do not takeoff from the taxiway, pilots box or from the parking area, even with hand launch models.  If there is a crosswind and it's difficult to take off up the strip, either don't fly or learn to control your model in windy conditions. 

Do not prepare to take off or land when other models are on the strip, and call out your intentions to enter the strip area to other flyers so that there is no mistake about your intention to be on the strip.  This is very important to prevent accidents in the case that someone else is landing, or has a malfunction and needs to put their model down in a hurry.  Flyers looking at the sky will not know you are there unless you tell them.

Always call our your intention to land to ensure no-one enters the strip, or tries to land at the same time.  Never land whlie someone is on the strip.

Model Flying

Control of in-flight models is only permitted from the pilots box.  If you must hand launch a model, return to the pilot box as soon as the model is in the air.

Keep the chatter and socialising for the pits.  Some models and manouvres take a lot of concentration to keep the model around for another day, especially for the less seasoned pilot.  Keep the comments to only those that are necessary while in the pilots box.

If your model dead sticks (motor fails) call it out clearly.  All other pilots must give way to the plane doing the emergency landing.

Model Crashing

Don't do this.  However if you see someone breaking this rule, mark the spot for the pilot if you can to enable them and their helpers to locate the model.

Please retrieve all parts from the site and dispose/repair them at your own premesis.

Field Reference Diagram

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