IMPORTANT SAFETY NOTICE FOR ALL MEMBERS
Nationally there has been an increase in claims on the BMFA insurance resulting in an increase in premiums for 2019.
Other than an emergency caused by equipment failure this should not happen if members are flying in accordance with club rules and the safety guidance provided by the BMFA.
In particular pilots should:
Only fly when standing on an agreed flightline for the conditions on the day.
Stand within communication distance of each other when flying.
Do not fly over or behind the flightline.
Do not fly over the pits, people, or parked cars.
Before each flight check that the failsafe for your particular Rx is correctly set and consider the SWEETS and SMART Acronyms.
– Where is the sun in relation to where you will be flying? Will it affect your flight patterns? What actions will you take if you accidentally fly ‘through ’ the sun? Should you be wearing sunglasses? Remember that low sun in winter can be a particular problem.
W – Wind
– Consider the wind strength and direction. How will this affect your flights? Will you have to modify your normal launch and, especially, your landing patterns? From your local knowledge, will there be any turbulence with ‘this’ wind direction and strength? And how bad might it be?
E – Eventualities
– What will you do if you hear or see a full size aircraft or helicopter flying at low level near the slope? What if the landing area is suddenly obstructed when you are on finals to land? What will you do if members of the public enter the slope.
E – Emergencies
How will you warn other field users if you have an emergency?
T – Transmitter Control Are you familiar with the system and understand how it works?
S – Site Rules
– Are there any specific site rules you should be aware of? Most importantly, where are the no- fly zones or dead airspace areas on the site?
Before Connecting Drive battery or starting engine check:
S – Switches ON (Tx before Rx)
M – Model selected is correct.
A – Aerial secure / extended if appropriate.
R – Rate switches all in correct positions.
T -Transmitter voltage good and Trims all in correct positions.
Apologies if this is seen as teaching an elderly female relative to suck eggs, but it is in all our interests to ensure that we operate and fly our models in a safe manner and that we maintain our excellent safety record..
WITH THANKS TO DAVID BRADFIELD AND FROME MODEL FLYING CLUB.