MARCS club members and guests must have current AMA membership in order to operate model aircraft at the MARCS flying field. Club members, guests and/or spectators are required to observe the AMA safety code and the MARCS flying rules. Everyone's cooperation ensures safety and the continued use of our flying field.
1. Other than electric Park Flyers, no engine operation is allowed before 9:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday, and not before 10:00 a.m. on Sundays and holidays. Gas turbine engines are not allowed at any time. Flying will not be allowed while mowing operations are in progress, or when workers are present anywhere in the flying area.
2. Noise restrictions: The sound of the R/C aircraft may not exceed 85db at full power as measured at ten meters (33 feet) from the R/C aircraft while it is restrained on the ground.
3. The runway is oriented north-south with pilots facing east at the flight stations. Pilots will establish which direction will be used for takeoffs and landings based on wind direction, and fly a left-hand "race track" traffic pattern.
4. Pilots will only fly from one of the designated pilot stations on the flight line. No more than four (4) R/C aircraft will be flown at any one time unless express permission is obtained.
5. NO-FLY zones: Flying is prohibited West of (behind) the north-south line of flight stations as per AMA regulations, and flying is prohibited past the tree line to the south. Keep aircraft away from the south side of the property at all times, due to neighbors and the proximity of the main road.
6. The designated parking area is on either side of the road behind the pits. Do not park adjacent to the storage building. The entrances to the pits and the access road leading to the MARCS flying field must be kept clear at all times for normal access and emergency use. During special events, additional temporary parking areas will be marked.
7. Lengthy engine runs for the purpose of "breaking in" or extended testing should be performed outside of the pits area to avoid disturbing other members- we suggest using the opposite side of the access road. Members need to remain with their tethered planes while the engine is running.
8. Non-members may fly as Guest Pilots, as long as they are current AMA members and accompanied by a MARCS club member at the field. The club member is responsible for his guest's actions at the field. Guest Pilots are permitted flying sessions on up to 3 different days, after which they must apply and become members of the club to continue flying at the field. All Guest Pilots must be proficient R/C pilots to fly at the field. Qualified MARCS members (see #9) can vouch for the proficiency of their guest or use a "buddy box". All Guest Pilots must be made aware and must comply with the MARCS flying rules and procedures and the AMA safety code, especially the "no-fly" zones.
9. The membership chairman shall affix and validate a colored sticker on each club member's AMA card to indicate paid membership for the current year. (A different color may be used each year.) An additional yellow sticker will be used to indicate "students" (pilots who have not yet been qualified, see below). The member's stickered AMA card (or a guest's card) will be used to control flight station usage (refer to the "Frequency Control System" section).
In order to fly “SOLO”, pilots must first be qualified by a MARCS flight instructor or event CD in order to ensure that they are able to safely control their R/C aircraft and that they understand the flying rules and procedures. All club members will be qualified in four "skill" categories. When qualified, the student sticker will be removed and the category letter will be marked on the club member's AMA card membership sticker and validated by the instructor's initials. The updated status will be communicated to the membership chairman. Member's qualifications will be recorded on the club roster. (Note, renewing members will receive a new sticker for their new AMA card). Class A: Trainer R/C aircraft (high wing) 0 - 0.60 CID or electric motor equivalent Class B: High-Performance R/C aircraft (mid-wing, low-wing, biplane, & other types) 0 - 1.20 CID or electric motor equivalent Class C: "Giant Scale" R/C aircraft and those greater than 1.20 CID or electric motor equivalent Class D: Park Flyers (Electric motor aircraft - 2 pounds max. or top speed under 60 mph.)
10. Pilots should not fly alone and are required to use a spotter while flying. The spotter is responsible to assist the pilots in maintaining situational awareness. As well as observing that all flying is performed "in bounds" and in a safe manner, the spotter should watch other activities and advise the pilot regarding other planes in the flight pattern, obstructions to landing, other pilots in the runway area, and so on.
11. The entire runway area in front of the flight stations is considered "no mans land". When its necessary for a pilot or spotter to enter the runway area to launch or retrieve an aircraft, they must loudly proclaim "Man on the field". Exit the area as soon as possible. When clear of the runway area they must loudly proclaim "Field is clear". Pilots are not allowed to start or restart their R/C aircraft engines anywhere in the runway area while other pilots or R/Caircraft are operating. Pilots and spotters must remain behind the flight line while anyone is flying.
12. During normal flight operations landing R/C aircraft always have the right-of-way over other aircraft, and the pilot or spotter should loudly proclaim "taking off" or "landing" when appropriate. If an R/Caircraft experiences complete loss of engine power during flight, the pilot or spotter will signal the other pilots by loudly proclaiming "dead stick". If an R/C aircraft becomes uncontrollable during flight, the pilot or spotter should immediately alert others by loudly proclaiming "heads up". In such cases, the R/C aircraft will have priority and right-of-way over all other R/C aircraft that are either on the ground or in the air and the other pilots must take evasive action and clear the runway area.
13. Pilots are responsible for damage incurred to other aircraft, personal property, or physical injury which are due to their own actions or their aircraft's actions, and are expected to assume financial responsibility. In the event of a midair collision, both pilots are deemed to be equally responsible and will not be held liable to the other for damages. Since accidents are considered inevitable during training, instructor pilots will not be liable for damage incurred to a student's model aircraft under the instructor's control or supervision. All accidents at the flying field should be reported to the club's safety officer.
14. When using the main flying area, helicopters pilots must use the farthest upwind flight station and must use the same takeoff and landing procedures (and flight pattern) as fixed wing aircraft when flying with other aircraft.
15. All pilots flying gas or methanol fuel aircraft should use a fuel recovery bottle when fueling or de-fueling in the grass pits area. Fueling and/or motor testing may also be done in the parking area.
16. Per AMA rules, operators of gasoline powered R/C aircraft must have a fire extinguisher (of the type approved for flammable liquids) present and ready for use whenever such aircraft are being fueled, started, or de-fueled. Also, gasoline powered R/Caircraft must be located in a safe area and securely restrained while starting the engine, and the aircraft must be equipped with an ignition kill switch.
17. Alcoholic beverages and/or firearms are not permitted at the MARCS flying field. Smoking is not permitted inside the pit area or at the flight line.
Other rules may be posted at any time on the bulletin board at the flying field and on the club website. Members and guests are urged to check postings often for changes and other official club notices. Please help keep the field clean by removing trash. Thanks for your cooperation!
Frequency Control System
1. 2.4GHz (Spread Spektrum, DSSS. DSMX) and "Ham" radio transmitters do not require impounding. 72mhz transmitters are required to be "off" when not in use and must have frequency identification numbers attached.
2. A control board will be used so that all pilots can see who is flying and that they are qualified. All pilots will attach their AMA card to the matrix on the frequency control board before a flight. The matrix will consist of four columns and four rows to indicate the flight stations in use and qualification classes.
3. A separate frequency control board will be available for 72mhz transmitters, adjacent to the control board. Posting the appropriate frequency number card on the control board indicates that the pilot has control of that frequency at the field, and the transmitter is allowed to be turned on for use in the pits or on the flight line. All pilots who use 72mhz transmitters should check the board before turning on their radios. During club events 72mzh transmitters may be impounded if deemed necessary by the event CD.
4. Upon completing a flight, the pilot will retrieve his AMA card to "release" the pilot station and/or frequency control. If there is another card waiting, the pilot will call out the name of the next flyer in turn so that they may attach their AMA card to the control board. If the first flyer wishes to make another flight, he will place his AMA card behind the active card on the control board, thus placing himself "back in line".