Club Rules

Heart of England Aeromodellers Limited Club Rules

Access to Flying Site

  • Access to the flying site is only through the gate off Maxstoke Lane, the code for the gate lock being changed periodically and only issued to paid up members of the club;
  • For the time being all vehicles are to be parked neatly on the temporary car park area just to the left of the gate;
  • The flight line is only to be accessed by foot, travelling down the edge of the field to the left before turning through 90’ and walking along “tram lines” in the cropped area, well behind the flight line, to the pits/flight line area;
  • To return to the temporary car park, the reverse of this sequence is to be followed.
  • The access gate should be closed after entry, and the last person leaving the site should lock it behind them.

Sound levels and testing

  • No model shall be flown, (or its engine/motor run) with a sound level greater than 82db as tested in accordance with the BMFA guide to measuring sound levels;
  • All models to be tested and the results of sound level tests logged and recorded together with propeller size, motive power details, silencing etc;
  • Any change to a models’ set up will require the new set up to be retested.

Hours of Operation

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Monday – Friday9.30-9pm9.30am – 7pm
Saturday9.30-9pm11am – 3pm
Sunday & Bank Holidays10am-9pm
Flying Times
  • In all instances no flying of any type is allowed after sunset
  •  All pilots shall sign the club’s field attendance book, giving the time of their arrival, and then departure

Fly/No fly Zones

  • Attached to these flight rules is a drawing showing the fly/no fly zones which must be adhered to at all times;
  • No flying is allowed behind the extended flight line.
  • There is also a limit  of 400 feet above ground level, above which no flying is allowed, in accordance with current CAA/ANO regulations.

BMFA membership and Insurance

  • All members are required to be fully paid up members of the BMFA and have the benefits of BMFA insurance.

CAA Registration

  •  Operators of models should be registered as operators/flyers of their model as required by the CAA/ANO;
  • Their operator’s registration number to be displayed in accordance with the requirements of the CAA.

Documentation required

  • All members wishing to fly shall carry with them, and have available for checking their club membership card; BMFA membership card and such documentation as required by the CAA/ANO;
  • No member should fly without having all of the above with them at the field.

Circuit Direction

  • Taking off from left to right, all models follow a left hand circuit pattern;
  • Taking off from right to left all models to follow a right hand circuit pattern.

Flight line procedures

  • When wishing to take off the pilot should ascertain whether the approach is clear and if so call “ on the runway”, place their model in the take-off position, return to the pilots’ box, call “clear” and promptly take off in the circuit direction. Models already on the runway have priority over those not yet on final approach. There should be no “running up” of the engine on the runway
  • When ready to land a pilot should ascertain if it is safe to do so and if so call “landing”, land on the runway. Before retrieving the model he should check it is safe to do so, call “on the runway” collect the model and return it to the pits area, calling “clear” when off the runway. Models on final approach have priority over those pilots wishing to enter the runway.
  • In the event of a model going “deadstick” then other pilots should keep clear and give them priority.
  • Pilots of all types should be prepared to fly together whether, fixed-wing, helicopters, or multi-rotor.
  • Only by agreement between those pilots present should a pilot be given sole access to fly, (for a first flight, test flight, or other such reason), but such agreement should not be unreasonably withheld.   
  • All non-flying equipment must be kept in the Pits
  • No model shall be flown in a reckless or dangerous manner or flown outside the relevant zones marked for flying on the site maps provided by and amended from time to time by the committee. No model shall be flown over any person(s).
  •  No model should be flown during field maintenance or cultivation (whole field)
  •  If any member observes an incident (whether they are involved or not) at the flying club where a person(s) and/or animal(s) is injured or their safety is compromised or property is damaged they must bring the incident to the attention of a club official. ( Contact details displayed in club caravan);
  •  If it becomes necessary to retrieve a model from crops, use tractor tramlines to minimize damage to the crop  
  • Members are responsible for their guests whilst on the flying site and must ensure that all relevant details are recorded in the visitor’s book (situated in the club caravan) before flying.  Flying guests must have with them for inspection, the same documentation as required from a club member  This rule does not apply to prospective members or guests who are flying on a buddy system under the instruction of a Registered Club Instructor. All Guests are subject to, and must abide, by the club rules.  Guest flyers are allowed to fly at the club on a maximum of three (3) occasions during any calendar year.
  • Children must be supervised at all times by a Parent / Guardian whilst on the flying site.
  • All model flying activities, by club members at the club flying field(s), both in the air and on the ground are to strictly comply with the procedures incorporated in the BMFA Members’ Handbook, all CAA regulations and the ANO, any BMFA Guidance Notes, etc., with particular (but not exclusive) reference to the operation of FPV models; Multi-Rotor Models, and Gas Turbines (see also the BMFA Code of Practice for the Operation of Gas Turbine Powered Model Aircraft).
  • In addition the operation of Gas Turbine Powered Model Aircraft is strictly forbidden when there are crops of a combustible nature in the area surrounding the flight strip, or any persons or machinery present in the surrounding area, whether agricultural workers or others.
  • All club members are to be personally responsible for familiarising themselves with the above-mentioned publications, any periodic amendments/upgrades to same, and for complying with the contents therein.

Flying Instruction and Solo flying

  • All flying instruction shall be carried out under the guide of a club instructor;
  • Instruction flights are to be given using either a buddy lead, or buddy wireless system.
  • The instructor’s CAA operator’s registration number should be displayed in accordance with the requirements of the CAA;
  • Solo flying is only to be carried out by a suitable experienced pilot with a minimum of a BMFA BPC certification for the type of model being flown. The model should carry the pilot’s CAA operator’s registration number as required by the CAA. The pilot has to have completed and passed the CAA competency test, or the BMFA equivalent.
  • Instruction will be undertaken with the “Buddy-box system” of control by a club instructor. When the instructor is of the opinion that the student has reached a satisfactory level of competence, the student will be allowed to fly “off  the buddy box” PROVIDED the student has passed the CAA flight competency test and is supervised and accompanied by an instructor who flies on the same “mode” as the student. This shall be for a maximum period of one month during which time the student will be required to take a BMFA relevant flight  test. In the event of failure the student will have to undertake a further period of tuition before re-taking the test.
  • Once the student has passed the relevant flight test he/she will be allowed to fly models solo, of a type which concurs with the particular test undertaken ,provided he complies with the requirements of the CAA/ANO;
  • o   Rotary wing pilots and micro fixed wing pilots flying off a buddy link have to have their CAA operator’s registration number displayed the same as fixed wing models, and have to have passed the CAA flyer’s competency test (or BMFA equivalent) and must demonstrate their ability to fly their model to a standard considered to safe by a Club Instructor before being permitted to fly “FROM THE MAIN RUNWAY.” Until then flying shall be restricted to the hover patch but with the same requirements in respect of CAA registration/competency etc.
  • No member will be allowed to fly models over 7 (Seven) kg from the club-flying site unless documentary evidence is produced to the satisfaction of the committee, that said member has sought and obtained the necessary permission from Birmingham Air Traffic Control, in accordance with the Air Navigation Order, that the model complies with CAA guidelines and the pilot holds a BMFA (B) certificate. This documentation should be kept on the pilot’s person at the club field at all times when flying such a model.

Junior fliers

  • Junior fliers below the age of 18 should fly in accordance with the rules of the CAA/ANO.

Transmitter Control

  • When using 35mHz equipment the club uses its Membership Card and a frequency board as a method of frequency control.
  • The pilot’s club membership card with the pilot’s name should be  placed on the frequency board, IF the frequency is available. A frequency pennant must be displayed on your transmitter at all times when your transmitter is to be used.
  • No transmitter can be switched on unless that frequency is available, the appropriate membership card has been placed on the frequency board and there is complete understanding of the method of frequency control.
  • The use of DSC (direct servo control) without switching on the transmitter is not permitted without conforming to such frequency control. Members who fly with PCM radio MUST before each flying session make sure that the “FAILSAFE” is set to reduce the Throttle to tick-over in the event of radio interference.

First Person View

  • All FPV flights shall be undertaken with a “ competent observer” alongside the pilot for the whole duration of the flight, in accordance with the CAA requirements, suitable briefed and experienced.
  • The onserver should keep the subject model in sight at all times;
  • Only models below 3.5kg all up weight, including fuel or batteries may be flown FPV;
  • Only one model at a time can be monitored by each “competent observer”.
  • If the competent observer is of the opinion that a flight should be terminated or the flight pattern amended for any reason then the pilot must concur and act accordingly.

Commercial Flying

  • No commercial flying may be undertaken at any time from the Club’s flying field, nor using the club’s field facilities.

Abbreviations Used

ANO                   Air Navigation Order
BMFA                British Model Flying Association
CAA                    Civil Aviation Authority
FPV                     First Person View.