Hello HMAC Members and fellow Aviation folk
Reminder: The HMAC Annual General Meeting is Scheduled for Wed 14th Feb 2024 at the Beerescourt Bowling Club rooms, 68A Maeroa Road, 7:30pm.
Advance warning that subscriptions for the 2024-25 year will be due before the 1st of April. The fee amounts will be set at the AGM
HMAC’s Reekers Flying Field is currently
“OPEN for Flying”
Covid19 restrictions no longer apply
Please note of the following guidelines when visiting the HMAC field no longer apply at the present time, this may change in the future.
We are keeping these available for future reference.
Please follow Covid Government guidelines when visiting the HMAC field plus follow our local requirements below.
Covid guidelines are here for your information
Health & Safety:
- Social Distancing rules apply. Maintain 1 metre separation.
- Anyone feeling unwell or with potential Covid-19 symptoms must stay away.
- You must be a current 2021-2022 member to resume flying.
- Everyone (includes visitors) must Scan the Covid Location Poster or fill out the Contact Tracing Register in the Letter Box upon arrival at the field. Please sanitise your hands immediately afterwards.
- Bring your own hand Sanitiser and Bacterial Wet Wipes etc to the field for your use.
- Bring a soapy water spray or similar for sanitising your planes and equipment (eg: Handy Andy, Dettol, dishwashing soap or similar in a spray bottle with cleaning rags/paper towels). Please take home all of your own rubbish and cleaning items.
- Take home “all” of your rubbish including paper towels, gloves, rags, food items and any potentially contaminated items.
- Sanitise hands before and after putting the fence “down or up” and when closing the road gate. Alternatively use gloves.
- Sanitise all public equipment before and after use: eg Club Chairs, Table Handles, Road Cones and any club equipment used from the shed.
- Do not touch other peoples aircraft or equipment unless asked to do so by the owner and sanitise hands immediately afterwards.
- Sanitise/clean your aircraft, Transmitter, Starting Equipment & Tools etc regularly if others are to handle these items.
- Maintain 2 metre separation
- Use the starting poles or a model restraint for your aircraft when starting IC motors
- Main runway: Only three pilots to be flying at a time from the pilots box.
- Only fly whilst standing on the painted pavers or remain a minimum of 2m apart
- Electric and glider flying: may take place from the paddock on the north side of the car park. There is no restriction on number of pilots flying from here, however remain 2m apart.
- In the unlikely event that you or anybody you come in contact with develops Covid-19
you must contact a member of the committee immediately to assist with contact tracing.
Dated 04/12/2021 – HMAC Committee
Air Traffic Control Zone Change
As mentioned in the presidents November 2016 bulletin report, the Hamilton Airport Air Traffic Control Zone boundaries have now changed. These boundary changes came into affect from Thursday 10th Nov and will have a direct affect on HMAC activities.
The requirement for members to phone the Control Tower prior to and on completion of flying activities has now ceased (as from 10th Nov). The signage on the field will be removed in due course.
Important issues to note that arise as a result of the boundary change:
- Full size aircraft will no longer be notified of our flying activity.
- Full size aircraft were usually over 1000ft passing over our field, this is no longer controlled by ATC and they may be lower.
- Full size aircraft can pass over our field as low as 500ft. This means that the separation between our model flying ceiling of 400ft and full size is only 100ft.
- Aircraft can now approach us from any direction (previously this was predominantly an east/west traffic pattern)
So what does this mean for us:
- The role of the observer will be far more critical in both identifying incoming aircraft and relaying information about it’s height and track.
- Our maximum 400 ft height limit will be closely monitored and must be strictly adhered to by all fliers.
- Pilots must have current wings badge (and for the model type they are flying) or be under supervision of a wings badge holder.
Note: Altitude recorders and live altitude telemetry systems are options available to assist learning to effectively estimate how high 400ft looks like.
Those are the key points, remember to play it safe and fly low or land whenever full size aircraft are in the area, we don’t want any accidents!