HMAC’s September 2020 Flight Lines Newsletter is now online


HMAC’s September 2020 Flight Lines Newsletter is now online and ready to read under the “Newsletters” Tab of our web page http://www.hamiltonmac.org.nz/.
 
Don’t miss our September Club Night Meeting (following Covid level 2 guidelines)  which is scheduled for Wednesday 9th September at the Beerescourt Bowling Club Club Rooms, 68A Maeroa Road (behind the tennis pavilion). 7.30pm – 10pm
 
Club Night: HMAC’s up coming Club Night meeting subject is: An Introduction to basic RC Aerobatics with Frazer Briggs

HMAC’s Reekers Flying Field “Open for Flying” under Covid Level 2

HMAC’s Reekers Flying Field is

“Open for Flying”

Covid19 Level 2 Restrictions Apply

We are currently at Covid Level 2, we would appreciate it if you practiced the Level 2  guidelines when visiting the HMAC field.

Covid Level 2 guidelines are here for your information

Health & Safety:

  • Social Distancing rules apply. Maintain 2 metres separation
  • Anyone feeling unwell or with potential Covid-19 symptoms must stay away
  • You must be a current 2020-2021 member to resume flying
  • Everyone (includes visitors) must 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 to the field
  • 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)
  • Sanitise hands before and after putting the fence “down or up” and when closing the road gate
  • 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 handle these items
  • Take home “all” of your rubbish including paper towels, gloves, rags, food items and any potentially contaminated items

Flying:

  • Maintain 2 metres 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 & remain a minimum of 2m apart
  • Electric and glider flying: may take place from the paddock on the north side of the carpark. There is no restriction on number of pilots flying from here, however remain 2m apart.

Covid19 Reporting:

  • 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 for contact tracing purposes

 

 Dated 12 August 2020 – HMAC Committee

Hamilton Airport Air Traffic Control Zone change

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!