FIELD NOTICES for members...
Field Update 15 May 2013:
It's back to weekend flying for most. The field is greening up well, the few dead spots have had some seed sown into these areas and they are coming away well. There's currently no significant issue with soft ground, so parkings still not too much of an issue just yet, but stay close to the sandy areas to make sure. Remember, no smoking in the pit's please. So for now just get out out there and have some fun before winter really sets in.
ELECTRIC FENCE around the Flying Runway & Pits areas:
The electric fence system is back at full capacity and running well. Be aware that it now gives the cows a good shock if they touch it, and that goes the same for us humans !!! Please do not leave fences arcing (shorting) on the ground as this can damage the wiring. If you cause any significant damage to the wire, such as breaks to a wire or the handles etc, please effect a repair as best you can and notify either Gordon, Phil or Grant (see Contacts page) as soon as posssible thereafter. Also, the Fence Power Unit must never be turned off, likewise the battery must never be disconnected, or used for other purposes (eg charging batteries). We cant afford to have a faulty fence as the cows will walk right through it and the damage could pontentially be huge. Please take care to put the fence up correctly.
The last Person at the field must ensure the Electric Fences are correctly erected (put up) and working before leaving the flying site. Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should the electric fencing be left lying on the ground if there are no persons using the runway at the club site.
You are invited to visit the club flying site on any Saturday or Sunday morning. There will usually be a number club members present (weather permitting) who will be happy to answer any questions you have (though, preferably not while they are actually flying). Sunday is generally the most popular day, and best between 10am & 1pm.
The flying field is located on Collins Road, Melville. Heading south out of Hamilton on Ohaupo Road (SH 3), turn right onto Collins Road at the traffic lights, opposite the Urlich Ave Shopping Centre. The access track to the field is located 2.4 km west along Collins road, not long after passing over the railway lines. Look for Fonterra Dairy # 73442 and the Model Aircraft sign on your left side next to a long private acccessway (a tanker track). Take this metal track straight for 1 km south and you will find the flying field on the right hand side. Please drive slowly (no faster than 35 km/h). Park on the sides of the track or in the parking area immediately adjoining the Pits .
Visiting Club Pilots and other non-club members may only fly when accompanied by a Club Member or by prior arrangement with an HMAC Club official. Note the electric fence around the flying field must be errected before departing in all circumstances. The Electric fences must never be left down when no one is on site.
As the Airfield is located on Private Property, please treat the property with respect. Remember to DRIVE SLOWLY down the access road. Thanks.
FLOAT PLANE FLYING: From time to time we also fly at Lake D (Kainui) near Horotiu
See events calendar (front page)
Lake D (Kainui) is situated on Lake Road Horotiu. The easiest way to get there is to take State Highway 1 to Horotiu, turn into Horotiu Bridge Road, go over the bridge, turn left onto River Road,then after 400mtr turn right into Lake Road. Stay on Lake Road for 4 Km until you see the driveway to the lake on your left hand side.
Good Flying Safety Practice at HMAC
- Pilots operating Transmitters using frequencies other than 2.4Ghz (ie: 27, 29, 35, 36, 40 & &72 Mhz) must use the Frequency Control Peg Board. A pilot must place his "Name Peg" on the board against any established frequency channel they intend using. The pilots Name Peg must remain on the peg board whenever they are using that frequency. No pilot may use a frequency that is in use by another pilot, until the first pilot has removed his name peg from that Frequency Channel on the peg board.
- Pilots operating FPV (First Person View) equipment must establish their equipment does not interfere with any other FPV users prior to operation of their equipment.
- Ensure that your model is airworthy, batteries charged and controls working properly before you start your model.
- Carry out a range check on your radio as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Understand where you are allowed to fly (site map is on the shed wall).
- Models with internal combustion (ic) engines must be tethered or restrained whilst starting.
- Models with 30cc engines or larger must use the "starting pole stations" for starting and should not be started within the general Pits area.
- No taxiing in the pits area.
- A maximum of five aircraft can operate from the main runway at any one time. Five orange cones should be placed in the pilot box on busy days.
- Establish a set takeoff and landing direction and place the flight “Circuit Direction Sign” near the pilot box.
- Have an observer available to watch for full sized aircraft.
- For FPV flying an observer must maintain direct visual contact with the model and take over flying if required.
- Check with other pilots in the pilot box before you taxi/walk on to the runway in case they are about to land or do a low pass over the runway.
- After taking off, promptly move to a spare cone in the pilot box.
- Remain standing in the pilot box so you can communicate clearly with other pilots.
- Announce if you are doing a low pass over the runway and get clear agreement to this from everyone on the flight line.
- Keep upwind passes overhead the runway and downwind passes further away. Separation of at least 70m is required.
- Announce any emergency in flight or a dead stick landing. Announce the direction of the landing if not from the established direction.
- With a normal landing announce that you are in the circuit and about to land.
- Inform the other pilots if you are to walk onto the runway to a retrieve model and again when you have cleared the runway.
- Consider that your fellow pilots’ abilities may not be as skilled as your own so leave room for mistakes.
- There is a maximum Height Restriction of 400ft above ground for models operating from this Field
- All flyers must be financial members of the Hamilton Model Aero Club. A non club member must be sponsored by a club member at all times.
- The club captain, competition director or committee members are designated Safety Officers for scheduled flying days and events.
- All flyers without a Wings Badge must have an observer who has a Wings Badge.
- All "Internal Combustion Engines" must have a suitable effective muffler. All Pilots are expected to ensure noise outputs from their models are kept to within reasonable sound limits. ie: the quieter the better. The Club & Club Officials reserve the right to deem a motor too noisy for operation at a club venue.
- The flying field is a NO SMOKING area.
- All children under 10 years must be under the direct supervision of an adult.
- Dogs or Animals must be under control and on a leash.
- All fliers must be conversant with the Site Map and Good Flying Safety Practice.
- Flying of gliders, small electric planes and helicopter hovering is permitted to the North of the pits, but must be from a safe distance.
- Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol are not permitted to have control of an aircraft.
- There is a height restriction of 400ft above ground for models operating in this area. Manned aircraft have absolute right of way and model pilots have no rights and all responsibility. Models must remain well clear of manned aircraft at all times.
- Flyers in an organised club event have preferential use of the airfield during the times specified for the event, or as directed by the event organiser
- When running up or testing motors, consider the safety and comfort of other members in the area. Do not run your engine at high rev's whilst someone is towards the front of the propeller
- When retrieving models use the gates if you need to get to another paddock. Ensure you close any gates that you open.
- The last pilot to fly is responsible for ensuring that the cones, flight direction sign and peg board are returned to the shed, the club shed door is closed and the electric fence erected correctly and re-connected before leaving.
- The last person to leave is to close the entrance gate to the flying site.
- Keep your speed below 35kmh on the farm track.
- Leave the main gate from Collins Road as you find it.
- The Club & Club Officials reserve the right to expel any person from the HMAC Field for breach of rules or conduct.