Constitution & Rules March 2002
1. The members of the club will elect annually from its membership a management committee consisting of:-
a) A CHAIRMAN who will be responsible for the orderly conduct of meetings and
for ensuring that agreed policies are pursued.
The Chairman will convene a minimum of three committee meetings per year with a quorum of three. One of these meetings will be convened just prior to the AGM.
b) A TREASURER who will maintain the records of the club and be responsible for club receipts and payments.
c) A SECRETARY who will deal with matters of membership and BMFA affiliation.
d) A FIELD SAFETY OFFICER who will be responsible for ensuring that club rules are adhered to.
e) A FIELD MAINTENANCE OFFICER who will ensure that the grass cutting machinery, the hut and hut security (padlocks, chains etc) are maintained, with worn or damaged items repaired/replaced as necessary. He will also ensure that the grass cutting duties are fairly shared.
2. Members may only be voted onto the committee after a minimum membership
period of one
3. The accounting date of the club will be the 30th November each year.
4. The Chairman will convene an Annual General Meeting within two months of the year end.
5. Proposals will be put to a meeting by the chairman. Decisions will be made
by the majority
of the members present.
1. The following membership restrictions will apply:-
Full Members - 40
Junior Members - 10
Associate Members - Unlimited
Full and junior members are entitled to use all of the facilities offered by the club. Associate members are not entitled to fly at the club flying field. Junior members are defined as those under 18 and not working.
2. A joining fee of £10 will be paid by new, full, members in addition to their first years membership fee.
3. Membership fees MUST be paid on or before 30th November. Failure to comply will result in termination of membership. Ex-members, who have allowed their membership to lapse, may apply to join the club. They will not be given priority over the membership waiting list and, if invited to join, will be required to pay the joining fee as stated above.
4. All members must belong to the British Model Flying Association which will ensure that they are adequately insured and is a pre-requisite of our affiliation to that association.
5. The committee may propose at a properly convened meeting that a member may be excluded from the club for conduct which, in the unanimous opinion of the committee, contravenes the rules or is detrimental to the club.
6. Guests may be invited to fly at the clubs site in compliance with the following conditions:-
a) The guest may only fly on a maximum of three flying days in any calendar year.
b) The guest must be a member of the BMFA and MUST show a current BMFA membership card to the club member accompanying him/her. Temporary BMFA membership/insurance is available from the secretary for a small fee, if necessary (24Hrs notice required).
c) A guest may never fly at the clubs site without the introducing club member in attendance.
d) The club member who invited the guest MUST ensure that his guest adheres to the clubs rules, with particular emphasis to "no go areas" and noise testing of the model, and will be responsible for his guests ability and behaviour AT ALL TIMES.
CODE OF CONDUCT
1. The gate giving access to the field must be kept locked at all times. Members
who lose their key may obtain a new one from the secretary at cost.
2. During the dry months of the year cars may be driven to the flying pits area. Members MUST keep to the track closest to the fence. The landlord has mentioned this several times to committee members, please do not create your own track. When conditions prohibit driving to the pits, members should park near the gate and walk to the flying area. Generally, you should not drive to the strip if the track is very wet and it is likely that your car will become stuck. Spinning tyres tend to damage the track and parking area near the flying pits!
3. During the growing season, members must refrain from treading the crops as far as they are able. To retrieve a model please walk along the track rather than through the field.
4. Do not leave any rubbish in the field, take it home with you.
5. Do not store any equipment in the hut as space is at a premium.
6. All members are responsible for the maintenance of the flying strip and each member should ensure that they take their turn at the lawnmower/roller.
7. The strip is cut to a size agreed with the landlord. DO NOT under any circumstance increase the size of the strip when mowing.
8. Flying is not permitted whilst strip maintenance is being carried out.
SAFETY (Please refer also to the map attached)
1. There will be no flying above parked cars, pits area, or other members whatsoever.
2. There will be no low or dangerous flying above the take off/landing area
whilst other members are present on the strip retrieving models or taking off/landing.
Members should only venture onto the take off/landing area when it is clear to do so. Other members wishing to land ALWAYS have priority. Members wishing to land should give a loud and clear warning, especially then "deadstick".
3. Members must ensure that their models are flown at a distance of more than 250 metres from the nearest buildings.
4. A frequency peg system shall be used at all times when fling is in progress. The appropriately numbered disc must be removed from the peg board BEFORE your transmitter is turned on.
5. Transmitters must remain in the vicinity of the pits and flying area at all times.
6. Other than when taking off or landing, members must stand behind the line
of the two bollards which will be placed at a safe distance from the take off/landing
area (this rule also applies when glider aerotowing is being carried out). Members
must not taxi their aircraft from the landing area to the pits. Members must
not stand on the far side of the strip when taking off or landing (that is,
the side remote from the pits).
7. Models should always be pointed towards the flying strip when the engine is being started or is running.
8. Tuition for novices will be provided by appointed instructors. No member may fly solo until he has been approved by the committee to be competent to do so. Under no circumstances must a novice fly without the supervision of an approved instructor. Novices should approach a committee member for names of appointed instructors.
9. The appointed Field Safety Officer will enforce the above rules of safety. The Field Safety Officer has absolute decision on the observation of these rules in the light of any given circumstances. In the absence of the Field Marshall any other committee member will assume his responsibilities for the day. ALL CLUB MEMBERS should ensure that other members flying adhere to the rules and remind transgressors of their responsibilities. THIS IS IN THE INTERESTS OF ALL OF US.
10. The use of 27MHz radio control equipment in model aircraft is not permitted at the clubs flying field.
11. Transmitters will be checked for correct operation when noise checks are carried out using the clubs calibrator.
12. ALL powered models must be fitted with a spinner or domed nut with a minimum
radius of 7.5mm. Failure to do so will result in being grounded.
13. When 'running-in' a new engine on the ground, this must be carried out at the far right end of the pits.
14. Frequency numbers 55-59 must not be used, 80-90 may only be used with Dual Conversion or PCM receivers.
15. Helicopters may be hovered on the strip, however, it is preferable that this is not done whilst fixed-wing models are flying and must be carried out at the right hand end of the strip. Always liase with other members present to inform them of your intentions.
16.In addition to the above, all members must comply with the safety guidelines as outlined in the BMFA Handbook.
1. The noise limit is set at 82dB as recommended by the Pollution Control and Local Government Order 1978 and will be rigidly enforced.
2. Every model/engine/prop combination must be cleared by the noise control officers before it may be flown from the site. A register will be maintained of approved combinations. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES will a member fly or operate a powered model at the site prior to its submission to the noise control officers for testing and subsequent approval.
3. There shall be no more than four powered models flying at any one time.
4. Committee members and others appointed are the only noise control officers.
5. Members must to fly their models in an imaginary box above the take off/landing strip and the copse, as far away from the roads as possible. Members must also refrain from flying at a great height (ceiling of 400 feet).
6. Landing approaches, from the direction of the M25 motorway, are only permitted from a left hand circuit.
The following flying time restrictions will be observed:-
Monday - Friday 0930 to 1930 hrs
Saturday - 09.30 to 17.00 hrs
Sunday - 09.00 to 14.00 hrs (1)
Public & Bank holidays - Sunday Hours
(1) During British Summer Time (BST), otherwise 0900 to dusk.