Club Rules

Issued – November 2011

  1. The Society shall be known as “The Severn Spinners Radio Control Society
  2. The aims of the Society shall be the enjoyment of flying all types of fixed wing radio control model aircraft.
  3. (a) The Officers shall consist of a Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer, together with 2 or more additional members as may be required for specific duties. Officers and Committee members will retire at the A.G.M. but shall be eligible for re-election. (b) In exceptional circumstances, a Society member will be co-opted by the Committee to perform a specific duty.
  4. The duties of the Hon. Secretary will be to deal with correspondence of the Society, record minutes of meetings and to carry out the instructions of the Committee.
  5. The duties of the Hon. Treasurer will be to receive subscriptions, make payments on behalf of the Society and generally to deal with the finances of the Society. He will also deal with all insurances and membership matters pertaining to the B.M.F.A.
  6. The Hon. Treasurer on behalf of the Society will operate a bank current account, and at the discretion of the Committee a bank or building society account. Signatories to all Society accounts will comprise any two of the Chairman, Hon. Secretary and Hon. Treasurer.
  7. The committee shall be empowered to discipline or dismiss any member including Committee members, whose conduct is likely to endanger the Society’s flying facilities or otherwise bring the Society into disrepute. The member will have the right to explain his action to the Committee in writing or in person. Any member who is so disciplined will receive confirmation in writing from the Committee.
  8. Application for membership will be require a completed application form together with a proposal from a current member of the Society. The acceptance or rejection of any application shall be at the absolute discretion of the committee. The total membership of the Society shall not exceed 50 Full Members and 15 Junior Members. A Junior Member becomes eligible for Senior Membership on attaining the age of 18.
  9. Subscriptions are due yearly, on the 1st December. Any member in arrears at 31st December shall forfeit his membership and be required to re-join as if he was a new member, unless the member can satisfy the Committee that exceptional circumstances prevented his compliance. New members joining after July shall pay 60 per cent of the Society’s portion of the current fee plus the B.M.F.A. fee (if applicable).
  10. Annual accounts will be submitted by the Hon. Treasurer to each A.G.M. for the year ended 31st October. The accounts will be audited and signed by two members appointed auditors art the previous A.G.M. or by one member if a qualified accountant.
  11. The A.G.M. shall be held in November each year, upon 21 days notice to each member.
  12. An E.G.M. may be called for any serious business by 25% or more of the total membership, who shall give 21 days notice. The quorum shall be 25% of the total members.
  13. The society shall only be disbanded by a majority vote at the A.G.M or E.G.M. called specifically for the purpose. In the event of disbanding, the Society’s assets shall be realised, the accounts audited, and the funds distributed between all members at the time of disbanding, in proportion between to their full years of membership. Each member shall be entitled to a copy of the Society’s final audited accounts.
  14. All members and guests shall be fully paid up members of the B.M.F.A. Guests may fly from the Society’s field by written application to the Committee or at the discretion of an accompanying Club Member, three times per annum being appropriate. Those under age of 18 years, or who are vulnerable adults, must be accompanied by a parent or another with written authority to be in charge of them. The guest must be a current member of the B.M.F.A. accordingly insured and satisfy the noise requirements of Rule 16.RULES of FLYING
  15. Where applicable, the recommendations contained in the B.M.F.A. Members Handbook which relate to safety and operational matters are adopted by the Society. In particular, the Society requires all it’s members to attain the B.M.F.A. ‘A’ Certificate of Proficiency. Members who do not meet at least this requirement will only be permitted to fly under the supervision of a member holding the B.M.F.A. ‘A’ Certificate of Proficiency.
  16. Every model aircraft fitted with an internal combustion, (hereafter known as Type 1 aircraft, flying at the Society’s field must comply with the 1982 DOE Code of Practice on noise from Model Aircraft as follows:
    1. No model shall be operated which gives a noise measurement at 7 metres of more than 82 dbA.
    2. The noise level emitted shall be the maximum value of four readings,
      1. Model pointing directly at the meter,
      2. Model pointing directly away from the meter,
      3. Model pointing at 90 degrees to the left of the meter.
      4. Model pointing at 90 degrees to the right of the meter.
        Meter set at A rating and Slow response
    3. No ­Type 1 aircraft may be flown until it has received a certificate from the Noise Officer to the effect that the model complies with the DOE Code of Practice. Such certificates shall be dated and give particulars of the engine, silencer and propeller used. Should any two members of the Society require it, any model shall be subjected to a noise test at any time, notwithstanding the existence of a noise certificate.
  17. Model aircraft with electric motors, or gliders without propulsive means, shall be known as Type 2 aircraft.
  18. Type 1 aircraft must be flown within the boundaries marked on the attached plan. Type 2 aircraft are not subject to any boundary restriction but must not overfly any dwelling. Any member who ignores this rule will be liable to disciplinary proceedings.
  19. All transmitters, when not in use, shall have their aerials retracted.
  20. Every transmitter aerial shall bear a ribbon on pennant to indicate the frequency in use. No split frequencies will be allowed for transmitters in the 27 MHz band.
  21. When two or more members are flying, the frequency board shall be used. No more than 4 models shall be airborne at any one time.
  22. Members are expected to fly in an unselfish manner giving due consideration to other members wishing to fly and waiting to land.
  23. All models fitted with an engine over 2.5cc. must be fitted with some form of engine throttle control.
  24. No model shall have a wingspan greater than 3 metres.
  25. Children (under 18 years of age), vulnerable adults or dogs taken to the field(s) by a member or their guest shall at all times be under the supervision of the person bringing them. This shall apply whether the children or vulnerable adults are members or not. At no time shall any member take responsibility for the child of another member or guest without their written permission.
  26. All members (and guests) shall use the flying field in accordance with the Field Safety Procedures published by the Committee as required, and must sign the Attendance Register on arrival and departure.
  27. Times of Flying.Type 1 aircraft are limited to 10:00 to 16:30hrs. on Saturdays and 10:30 to 14:30 hrs. on Sundays and Bank Holidays (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day.Type 2 aircraft may be flown from 10:00 to 20:00 hrs. on any day.

    As stated in the Club Rules, novice pilots may only fly under the direct supervision of an instructor

Flight-line Discipline

  1. The position of the pits area for most wind directions experienced at the field is shown in Diagram 1 below. If on rare occasions the wind direction makes the indicated position unsafe, then an alternative position may be selected. Under no circumstances may any models taking-off, or landing, fly over the road or the cars.
  2. Pilots shall stand together in an agreed safe position, away from the pits, while flying theit models.
  3. Do not taxi your model out of the pits, but carry it to a safe position for take-off.
  4. Do not taxi your model into the pits after landing – stop the engine at a safe distance and walk to retrieve it when safe to do so.
  5. Do not carry your transmitter to the model when retrieving it after landing.
  6. Transmitter aerials are to remain retracted until the next flight.
  7. Do not switch on transmitter by the cars.

Electric helicopters may be flown at less busy times subject to the following conditions:

  1. Fixed wing pilots
  2. Electric helicopters and fixed wing
  3. The ‘no more than 4 models at a time rule shall also apply to electric helicopters.

Please NOTE
Rules of Flying, Field Safety Procedures, No Fly Zone maps, yet to be approved in principle by Members and the Committee.