Every year more and more modellers are attending waterplane events
which is good news but because of the type of location where this flying
takes place there are basic rules to be observed. As the flying day is only
6 to 7 hours it is essential (and good practice!) that all setting up is
completed before arrival. This allows the frequency peg to be allocated
to those pilots ready to fly their planes. For safety reasons a few checks
will be carried out before you can fly. To the key points:-
Aircraft in good condition structurally.
Flight Batteries and Transmitter Batteries fully charged.
Battery charge lead accessible.
All linkages adequately secured.
Where radio equipment has a failsafe facility, as a minimum it must
be set to reduce the engine /motor speed to idle on loss of signal. (CAP 658).
Engine fitted with effective silencer.
You are in possession of BMFA ‘A’ or SAA ‘Bronze’ or better
Certificate as proof of insurance.
Should any of the above not be in a satisfactory condition the Pilot
will make the necessary changes before flying can take place.
Air Navigation Order Article 74 states ‘You are personally responsible for any flights you make and knowledge of your legal responsibilities is important. A person shall not recklessly or negligently cause or permit an aircraft to endanger any person or property
The Flight Line Marshall will brief all Pilots before flying can commence on local conditions, including take off and landing directions , circuit direction, fly by distance from shore and aerobatics area. Taking off and landing towards the shore will not be allowed. Aircraft must keep well clear of passing vessels. Pilots must land their aircraft as quickly as possible when asked to do so by the Flight Line Marshall.
Dunking is a real hazard – if any radio gear gets wet it must be replaced or
do not fly again that day – carry a set of spares !