Club - General Rules

  1. A copy of these rules shall be supplied free to each member. Additional CMFC rules are embodied in the Articles of Association for CMFC Ltd which is available on request.
  2. The club's financial and flying year will run from the first (1st) of September each year. Annual subscriptions will cover the Calendar Year with a payment renewal deadline of 31st. January.
  3. Each member by their acceptance of membership of the club fully agrees that no liability of any kind will attach to the committee of the club for the time being, arising from and in any manner in connection with any insurance, any claim or any loss whatsoever.
  4. It shall be the responsibility of each member to ensure that their operation of free flight, control line or radio controlled model aircraft shall comply in every particular with any legislation, rule or official requirement governing, controlling or appertaining to the operation of such model and each member accepts that the appropriate insurance cover shall not protect them from loss if they are in any breach of such requirement.
  5. A strict silencing rule shall be enforced. The Department of the Environment Code of Practice for the minimisation of noise from model aircraft shall apply. Should any model conform to the DoE silencing rules, but still appear excessively noisy in the air, then the committee shall decide whether the model should be flown. The committee’s decision in this matter shall be final.
  6. Any model exceeding 7Kg but less than 20Kg in weight without fuel must be fitted with a fully operational fail-safe mechanism which on powered models must set the throttle to tick-over (stopped in the case of electric power) regardless of the other control operations governed by the failsafe. The pilot must satisfy him/herself that the flight can be safely made in line with the recommendations detailed in Article 76A.(2).(a) of the Air Navigation Order. Any member wishing to fly a model exceeding 20Kg in weight without fuel is reminded that the model is now classified as an ‘aircraft’ and he/she must obtain a C.A.A. Exemption Certificate. A copy of the certificate should then be lodged with the club secretary before the model is flown.
  7. The BMFA proficiency achievement scheme will apply and 'trainee' & ‘solo’ pilots are recommended to contact club examiners/instructors regarding tuition and BMFA tests. A full list of instructors passed by the committee to give tuition or conduct tests and a list of all ‘B’ pilots willing to give tuition will be available from the Club Chief Instructor.
  8. All pilots must use their own ‘club issue’ peg at all times. It must be the correct colour to represent current achievement level, - these are:

    Trainee = RED – ‘T’
    Solo, (power) = GREEN – ‘S’
    Solo, (electric) = GREEN - ‘SE’
    Solo, (glider) = GREEN - ‘SG’
    A Cert. = BLACK– ‘A’
    B Cert., Examiner, Chief Examiner = BLUE – ‘B’, ‘E’, ‘CE’

    Pilots flying helicopters must display on their peg their achievement level as a colour coded final suffix ‘H’

  9. No trainee pilot shall fly at club fields except under the supervision of an instructor approved by the committee.
  10. 'Guests' are permitted in the flying field. Their safety is the sole responsibility of the member accompanying them.
  11. In addition to rule 10, ‘Flying Guests’ must be BMFA insured and hold a minimum of a BMFA ‘A’ Certificate. They must only fly under the supervision of a BMFA ‘B’ Certificate club member and must provide proof of current BMFA insurance cover. They must use an official club issue ‘GUEST’ frequency peg.
  12. Displays may be undertaken by the club. The committee and the BMFA must sanction all venues. A display co-ordinator will be appointed for the display event.
  13. Mowing the flying area of the club field(s) will be a condition of membership of the club. Exemption may be given for health reasons. This will be reviewed each year at the AGM. If an outside contractor is engaged/retained to perform this task, then all members for the time being will be exempt.

Club - Field Rules all Sites

  1. Each paid up member will be issued with a current membership card. This should be carried at all times at the flying field. The committee will be in possession of a list of members and will have the right to inspect Membership cards. Any person flying at the field without a current membership card in their possession, may be ejected from the field.
  2. The BMFA Safety Code must be observed by all members at all times and will be rigidly enforced by the committee. Every member is a Safety Officer in his/her own right. If you witness a transgression, you should politely inform the member concerned of their error, or if appropriate, report the matter to the committee who will take further action if necessary in the interests of all.
  3. Members who fly on 2.4GHz do not need to use the peg board. However, the club Frequency Peg Board must be used by all members flying on 35MHz using their club issued personal peg. All transmitters must display a 35MHz frequency pennant appropriately coloured and correctly numbered. Members must ensure that, subject to the following frequency rules, no transmitter is ever switched on unless that particular frequency is clear and not in use, and the frequency has first been claimed by placing their own peg in the correct slot on the peg board.

    This means that you can not fly on 35Mhz under any circumstances unless your peg is on the board. The first member using 35Mhz to arrive at the field to fly must set up the Frequency Peg Board. Members are solely responsible for their own peg, and must never allow others to place it on, or remove it from the board.

  4. Generally the use of all legal frequencies will be permitted.
    (Subject to possible restrictions embodied in the Individual site rules).

    35 MHz Band 34.950 MHz to 35.300 MHz. (Channels 55-90 inclusive) Note: On the 35 MHz band, at least 20 KHz spacing must be observed at all times.

    27 MHz Band 26.995 MHz to 27.245 MHz. (Brown, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, and Blue) No split frequencies allowed.

    UHF 458.5 MHz to 459.5 MHz.

    2.4 GHz

  5. (a) All aircraft (fixed wing and helicopters) should be prepared for flight on the aircraft park (pits area) as shown on the latest issue site map displayed at each site.
    (b) Pilots when flying must stand together on the edge of the takeoff and landing patch.
    (c) All aircraft (fixed wing and helicopters) must fly circuits in the same direction, as dictated by the wind direction. The patch should only be over-flown ‘into wind’.
    (d) Prior warning of ‘take-off’ and ‘landing’ must be clearly called.
    (e) No aircraft must ever be taxied toward the pits area.
    (f) No trainee pilot shall fly at club fields except under the supervision of an instructor approved by the Committee.
    (g) If helicopters are being hovered only, then this must take place on the patch and under no circumstances elsewhere on the flying area. When this takes place, no fixed wing aircraft are to be flown until the patch is clear. For helicopters flying circuits, - 5(c) above applies.

  6. Only three I/C powered models should be in the air at any one time. All flying should take place from the close mown patch and the flight pattern should, where practical, be over our own field. Do not over-fly designated ‘Dead Airspace’, and take care to keep all aircraft away from any nearby dwellings and other sensitive areas.
  7. After flying and before leaving site, each member must enter details of model(s) flown on the Flight Log Sheets kept in the club hut and must also ensure that no litter or rubbish is left at the site.
  8. Each member will be supplied with a map of the field layout, and appropriate keys to fit Club padlocks. All keys remain the property of CMFC Ltd, and must be returned to a committee member at the members own cost on termination of membership.