Ground works on the racecourse site, whether they are by council workers, racecourse staff or simply the mowing of the clubs patch must ALWAYS take precedence over flying for both safety and maintenance reasons. Anyone reportedly flying whilst it is unsafe to do so for the above reasons is liable to investigation by the clubs safety officer and the committee.
Any new model taking its maiden flight, or any unproven model (never before flown by the owner), must have a club registered instructor stood with the pilot for the entire duration of the aforementioned first flight.
If ANY model appears to be not under full control upon take-off OR landing,
and reaches the airspace ABOVE THE FIRST RACECOURSE FENCE,
(immediately behind the pits), the pilot MUST cut the throttle and either manoeuvre the model back "on course" without power, or make an emergency landing / arrival BEFORE the perimeter of the racecourse (outer fence) is reached.
1. All members are required to adhere to the guidelines in the BMFA Handbook and with this Code of Practice. Attention is drawn to the `Legal Controls over Model Flying’ under the Air Navigation Order (ANO) outlined in the Handbook.
2. No cars or vehicles are to be taken on to the flying site unless the Committee has given special dispensation. No member’s vehicle is to be parked outside the site in a manner likely to prevent access by authorised vehicles.
3. Mobile phones are best switched off when entering the site. Under no circumstances are phones to be switched on within 10 metres of the flight line’
4. Members must not leave litter in any form on the site.
5. Members must comply with requests made by grounds men, park rangers or caretakers, as appropriate to the site. Their decision is final and members should not question this.
6. Sight of TRCMFC membership cards or proof of BMFA insurance may be requested by rangers, ground staff or any Club Committee member, at any time.
7. At all flying sessions, a safety marshal should be appointed; the members present normally share this duty. Members may only fly alone if accompanied by a responsible adult observer (not necessarily a Club Member).
8. All members who joined the Club after December 1993 must pass the BMFA `A’ or the Trent ‘A’ test before flying without the supervision of a Club or BMFA registered instructor
9. The correct frequency pennant must be displayed for 35 Mhz.
10. Pegboards are to be used when available and no Tx is to be switched
on without possession of the appropriate peg.
11. 35 Mhz FM type approved Txs only are permitted.
12. 2.4Ghz equipment is also permitted.
13. Day visitors are allowed 4 times per year by invitation and must
have BMFA membership and insurance. Their host is responsible
for their conduct and safety and must also notify the Club
Club Secretary to record their visit.
14. Non-club members, without BMFA insurance, are allowed 3
visits for air experience, either with their own or the Club’s model,
under the supervision of the nominated Club instructor, all as
approved by the BMFA.
15 If any Club member has a grievance or problem related to
activities on a Club flying site, then this should be referred to
Committee member either directly or by telephone/ email
preferably in writing.
16 Any model aircraft or helicopter fitted with a PCM or DSP
failsafe system must be set to low throttle shutdown.
17. Due consideration should be given to trainee or novice pilots.
18. In the event that the pleasure or concentration of the pilot is affected
by the flying style of another, preference will be given to the pilot
who was airborne first.
Intimidating flying of any sort is not permitted.
19. All new or repaired models should be checked by an instructor before
being allowed to fly. All models are subject to random safety spot
checks carried out by an instructor or his deputy and if in his opinion
it is unsafe and does not conform to Club rules it will be grounded
20. Should an aircraft suffer loss of control, the first priority is the,
safety of persons with the second being avoidance of damage,
to property.A warning must be given by the pilot which must be taken up by other members.
21 Txs should not be taken away from the flight-line when
retrieving a model, unless to do so would aid retrieval of the
model. In this instance the matter should be supervised by a
safety officer or his deputy so this may be carried out without
risk of overflying the Tx
Rules specific to the Colwick Race Course Site
1. FLYING TIMES
Monday to Friday
9.00am until ½ hour before official lighting up time.
9.00am until 5.30 pm or ½ hour before official lighting,
up time if earlier.
1.00pm until ½ hour before official lighting up time.
2. The pits area of models, boxes and club members must not extend further than 8 metres south of the cinder track. Members must use the paths for access to the site and not cut across the Racecourse.
3. All models, flight boxes etc are to be located downwind of the pegboard/take off point
4. No engine may exceed a maximum noise level of 82 dba at full rpm at 7 metres.
5.Flight time is to be a maximum of 15 minutes when other members using the same frequency are present. This means 15 minutes total time in possession of the peg.
6. Engines are to be started and tuned in the pits area, not on the take off/landing area.
7. Only frequencies in the range of 55 to 90 and 2.4Ghz can be used for fixed wing models and helicopters. No79 is deleted due to a nearby user.
8. All flying must take place within the inner rail of the racetrack with no flying over or behind the pits area i.e. from the north side of the cinder track to the far rail.
9.Under current Civil Aviation legislation, it is an offence to permit a model aircraft to endanger any person or property. All members are individually and personally liable at law. This applies to the whole site within the inner track fence at Colwick, the same as it does to any other area.
Additionally, if any activity, other than passers by, is taking place
from the cinder track to the far rail, then no flying is to take place.
10. Members must clearly announce `on the field`, `take off` and `landing`, to members already flying and be confident that they have been heard. `Dead stick` landings must also be called. Overshoot practice is permitted and `abort` should be called. Members must check that the airspace above and behind them is clear, before taking off.
11. Any low passes must be made well into the field, clear of the take-off/landing area and only after ensuring that no members of the public or Club are present in the area.
12.No fixed wing flying is permitted when helicopters are airborne.
13.All fixed wing models fitted with an undercarriage must be restrained either by a fixed device or by a third party.
14. All fixed wing models must be carried from the pits to the flight line by a third party.
15. All models must be positioned at the up wind end of the pits area
prior to take off or launch
16.No flying is permitted when contractors are mowing on site in front of our pits area. Flying is permitted if contractors are mowing to the pitches to
our right but avoid over flying them. No flying is permitted if contractors are white-lining anywhere on the site.
Flying Helicopters & Multi-Rotors & Quadcopter ,
1.Rules 1 to 13 apply, except where specific to only fixed
2.Helicopters to be flown when fixed wing flyers stand
3. Pilot’s position for helicopter flying is 4m metres from the cinder track.
4. In the interests of site safety, helicopters powered by a,
“60”size engine or above or Electric powered by a 6cell LiPo or above to be flown by “B” certificate holders or experienced
“A” certificate holders only
Rules specific to jet models
All pilots must have a minimum of a BMFA ‘B’ certificate.
2. Pits and start up area must be at the downwind end of the flight-
line and be clear of debris. Jet blast must be directed away from
models and people with tailpipe directed downwind. Beware of
dry grass (fire risk).
3. Engines using liquefied gaseous fuel must be refuelled in a desi-
gnated area remote from the normal pits area.
4. No smoking is allowed during engine start up and no members
to be down wind of the model.
5. A trained person must be in attendance to operate the fire extin-
guisher for every flight.
6. Models must not be taxied in or out of the pits area, they must be
carried or restrained ensuring that the jet blast is always directed
away from the pit area.
7. Pilots must have a helper in attendance on the flight-line for
all flights to maintain a look out for any unusual circumstances.
8. Due to the increased noise level after- burners are discouraged.
With the exception of take off and landing, all low flying (below
3metres/10ft) may only be undertaken with models flying on a
constant heading in the direction parallel to the runway centre.
10. Thorough pre- flight checks must be made prior to any flight.
11. Post flight checks must be made following any flight.
Child Protection Act
A junior member is defined as being less than 18years of age.
A responsible adult is defined as a senior member or parent/guardian who has the experience commensurate with the type and degree of supervision required
Junior members must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. The level of supervision is to be commensurate with the junior member’s age, maturity, capabilities and levels of experience.
Junior members under the age of 14 years shall not start an engine or carry a model with the engine running unless they are supervised by a responsible adult.
No junior member under the age of 14 years shall fly a model aircraft unless supervised by a responsible adult or the junior member holds the minimum of a BMFA Achievement Scheme “A” certificate and has been authorised to do so by the Club Committee.
No senior member is to be expected to assume responsibility for a junior member unless he/she has been specifically requested to do so by the junior member’s parent/guardian. If required to do so, he/she is to assume complete and total responsibility for the junior member whilst he/she is in their charge.
Notwithstanding the requirements of Paragraph 6, should a member discover a junior member is unsupervised he/she must assume responsibility for the junior member’s safety in the first instance. The situation should then be rectified as soon as possible by seeking out the junior member’s parent/guardian/nominated supervisor. Any instance of such an occurrence is to be reported to the Committee as soon as possible.
Whilst supervising junior members, senior members should be aware of the
requirements of The Children Act (1989) and avoid placing themselves in
a position that could be open to misinterpretation or question. A leaflet giving advice is available from the BMFA Leicester officer or from the Club