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With over one hundred club members we all have to follow some basic rules to ensure safety, fairness and enjoyment of our hobby. If you are unsure on any aspect of the rules then please ask.

Field & Safety Rules     Top of Page

Frequency Peg BoardFrequency peg board1. Transmitter Control

On arrival you must check to see if it is safe to use your frequency. If there are more than 3 flyers present it is mandatory that the PegBoard is brought into use. You must ensure at all times that you have possession of the relevant frequency peg and that it is clearly displayed before the transmitter is switched on,

Note that this includes any ground checks.

You should also have a peg, painted yellow with your name on it, to fit to the PegBoard in place of your frequency peg. (See picture left)

You must keep your aerial retracted until reaching the pilot’s area prior to take off.

Don’t be a ‘Peghog’ please show consideration to other users who may be waiting


2. Pits area and engine testing

The pit line will usually be marked with a white line.

The pits area must be at least 30 feet away from the flight line,even if you are the only person at the field.

This is a precaution so that should other fliers arrive after you the pits area will be at a safe distance from the flight line.

When adjusting or testing an running engine (apart from minor pre-flight adjustments) it must be done away from the pits ,flight line or the pilots area.

All models must be either restrained with ground pegs or held firmly by a helper when starting.

Pilots must ensure that no one, including himself or herself, are in front of the aircraft when "running up".

Only the person starting the engine should be in front of the propeller at any time. Everyone else must always be kept behind at all times.

Models with their engine running must not be left unattended at any time.

3. Pre-Flight Checks     Top of Page

Always carry out pre-flight checks prior to every take-off, check that all control surfaces are secure and move in the correct direction.

If using a model fitted with a "failsafe" or PCM receiver It is mandatory that if a loss of signal occurs that the engine must be set to stop or run at a low idle. Please check if using a computer radio system that the correct model memory is selected. It is the pilots ultimate responsibility to ensure that his aircraft is airworthy

Only the person starting the engine should be in front of the propeller at any time. Everyone else must always be kept behind at all times.

Model restrained by ground pegs
restrained

When hand starting it is advisable to use finger protection or 'chicken stick'.
using finger protection

4. Range Testing

Prior to a Models 1st Flight, or following any heavy landing, crash or alteration to radio gear, a model must be range tested preferably with the engine running to ensure correct operation

5. Flying times and noise limits.

All models must conform to 82 db noise limit measured at 7 meters in accordance with BMFA guidance .
Flying times for quiet electric and gliders (not Hotliners) is from dawn to dusk.
I/C models ,EDF and noisy electric  NOT to start before 10am and STOP flying/Running at 7PM.
Later ending times for I/C etc will only allowed at  organised club events e.g. Members day or Club days when we have night flying and fireworks.

6. Prevailing Weather     Top of Page

Pilots should agree to use the flight line on the day that best suits the prevailing weather conditions:

7. Restricted Flying Areas

All flying is to be beyond the pilot’s stance. No over flying of the pits or car park. The reed beds at the Harty site are a strictly ‘No Low Flying’ zone.

8. . Lost Models

No person shall attempt to retrieve a model from any farmland adjacent to the flying site without prior consultation with a committee member to ensure that the situation is properly assessed and minimal disruption caused. If the committee member considers that the landowner’s permission should be sought before retrieving the model, it will be the committee member who must approach them for permission.

Failure to comply will result in dismissal from the membership.

In light of problems associated with the recovery of lost models, all models should carry the address and telephone number of the owner. It is also the committee’s strong recommendation that models carry some form of lost model indication device.

9. Pilot Area

All pilots must be in the designated "Pilot Area" area when flying. This ensures better communication for dealing with any hazard or "deadstick" situation.

10. Mobile Phones

Mobile phones should not be kept in close proximity to computerised transmitters and must not be taken onto the flight line when switched on.

11. Cars on the Field

All cars to be parked in the designated parking area. When conditions permit they may be driven onto the field to drop off models etc Then removed to the parking area. Members with mobility issue can park in the safe area next to porta-cabin after speaking to a committee member.

12. Children     Top of Page

Children must be under adult supervision at all times. This is in the interest of both the child’s safety and prevention of damage to models. The adult is accountable for the child’s actions.

13. Dogs

Dogs are not allowed onto the flying field.

14. Litter

Do not leave litter or debris in the area, including cigarette butts, broken props etc.

15. Shutting Gates

It is the responsibility of the members to ensure that all gates are closed and properly secured at all times.

16. Etiquette

Please drive carefully, maintenance for an access road such as ours is not inconsiderable. Keep your speed low, to help reduce erosion to a minimum. It is also good manners to respect your surroundings and helps us to project a safe and responsible image of ourselves.

When approaching the pits when flying is in progress, walk around the edge of the field and not across the flight path.

17. FPV


FPV flight is now allowed at Medway MFC provided that all BMFA guidelines and recommendations are adhered to.

18. Jets

No pulse jet or turbine powered models including turbine powered helicopters will be flown at MMFC sites.

19 . Guest flyers.

Members may have guests at the field . The member will be responsible for ensuring that the guest is insured , is competent to fly and their conduct while at MMFC. Up to four visits (Flying/active ) per year . After four visits guests will be asked to join or stop active visits for the year. Member to contact a Committee member prior to taking a guest to fly . Social visits are unlimited .


 

Pits Diagrams     Top of Page

Pits Layout According to Wind Directions (Stickfast Lane)

** The pit area must be 30ft away from the flight line, even if you are on your own.**
This will avoid having to move the pit area if more flyers arrive.

These diagrams are for your guidance. Please be thoughtful and think about other club members.
Please think safety, yours and others! This page should be read in conjuction with the Field Rules Section

IMPORTANT: If the line of pits need to be extended due to number of members at the field
Please extend into safe, non flying area Do Not Extend The Pits Along The Patch

no fly zone

Constitution     Top of Page

Constitution & Rules of the
Medway Model Flying Club 2003
Amended 2007 and 2012

General

  1. The Medway Model Flying Club is an affiliated member of the British Model Flying Association and is club number 2133. The Medway Model Flying Club shall hereinafter be referred to as the Club.
  1. The statement of constitution and rules were adopted at the February 2003 Annual General Meeting (AGM) and amended at the December 2007AGM and supersedes and replaces all former statements of constitution and rules.
  1. The aims of the Club shall be to unite modelers dedicated to the building, safe flying and enjoyment of all types of model aircraft, and from time to time to organise events at which the members may fly such aircraft.

To assist those modelers in the design, building and safe flying of model aircraft.

To liaise with and to represent the Club’s interests with other Clubs and Organisations.

To offer the services of the Club to other groups and bodies in connection with the organisation of meetings and events involving the flying of model aircraft.

Committee

4.    The Chairman of the Club shall be elected and the Committee of the Club shall be elected and constituted as follows: -

The Committee consisting of Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Competition Secretaries, Safety Officers and one Ordinary Member will be elected by a majority vote at the Annual General Meeting. Members shall not be eligible to serve on the committee until they have fulfilled 3 years continuous membership. A welfare officer will be included in the committee as part of the clubs policy for The care and protection of Children and vulnerable adults.

5.    The Committee will, if they decide, co-opt further members as required.

6.    Any member of the Committee may retire on 14 days notice to the Chairman in writing.

  1. Committee meetings will be held from time to time as deemed necessary by the Chairman.

 

  1. Committee meetings will be conducted by the Chairman.  He will not be entitled to vote except in the event of a tied vote of the remaining members.  The Chairman will be entitled to cast a deciding vote.

9.    The Chairman and Committee members will serve from one Annual General Meeting to the next.

           
10.   The yearly accounts will cover the period of one year commencing on a date decided by the Treasurer which enables a report to be prepared in sufficient time for the Annual General Meeting.

11.   The accounts prepared by the Treasurer will be audited by at least 1 ordinary member of the Club duly appointed and having knowledge in the constitution of such accounting procedures.

12.    In all matters concerning the management of the Club and the conduct of the membership, is at the sole discretion of the Committee, but views and votes, where taken will be fully considered when agreeing at a decision. 
       The Chairman will have a casting vote and his decision is final.

Membership     Top of Page

  1. Members agree to abide by the Constitution and Rules of the Club by accepting membership.

14.Senior member, 18 years old and over

     Junior members , are members who are under 18 years of age on the 31st January
      members who have remained in full time education after their 18th birthday will only
      have to pay a junior membership subscription.
      Junior members up to 18 years of age must be accompanied  at all times by a parent or
      legal named guardian ( family member)at any club meeting, flying site or function.

15.   A member may withdraw from membership of the Club at any time upon giving written notice to the Secretary.  Membership will be deemed to have ceased if any member has failed to pay his annual subscription by the 31st January in any year.

16.   In the event that a member breaks the club rules or his conduct on the field or elsewhere is contrary to the aims of the Club or is disruptive and behaves in a manner designed to interrupt the proper and harmonious conduct of the Club the action shall be as follows:

  1. Action shall be taken where an incident is formally reported by at least 3 club members or 1 committee member.
  2. Each incident shall be heard before the full committee.
  3. The offender shall be given 1 verbal warning, 1 written warning and ultimately dismissal from the club.
  4. Any serious infringement shall be brought immediately before the committee, which will make a decision accordingly.

17.   The Secretary will give notice to the member of termination of membership in writing and such notice shall set out in brief form the grounds upon which the decision has been taken.  The decision of the committee is final.

18.   Membership of the Club shall be limited to a number decided upon from time to time by the Committee.

19.   New members will be admitted when and if vacancies occur following the AGM in any year.

  1. The Committee will select new members from a waiting list.

21.   Any keys fitting the field padlocks, which remain the property of the Club, must be returned to the Club when membership ceases.

22.  New members shall be required to serve a probationary period of 12 months. During this time their membership may be terminated for unsatisfactory conduct. Once a new member gains their MMFC flying certificate they may not teach nor instruct any other person until they have held a further 1 years membership.

23.  The committee reserves the right to refuse membership to applicants.

  1.  Guest’s shall only be allowed 4 active visits to the clubs flying fields in any one year and at that point shall be asked to apply for membership or not attend again.

Members shall notify a committee member prior to bringing a guest. Guests must observe all rules as though they are members of the Club.

  1.  A member may be made a life member for extensive services to the Club of any nature, wherein the members benefit from having such advice, services and presence of the life member. Life members can only be created by a majority ballot of all club members.

 

26. In the event of the Club’s activities being frustrated due to the loss of the flying field’s and no alternative is in prospect, the Club will be wound up twelve months or other time as decided by the Committee after the event. 
       If funds allow, the subscriptions shall be reimbursed. Any monies remaining will be donated to a suitable charity or charities decided upon by members available at that time. 

Meetings

           
27.  The Annual General Meeting of the Club shall take place in November of each year and notification of it shall be sent to all current paid-up members.

28.  The said Annual General Meeting shall be conducted by the Chairman of the Club for the time being, who shall place before the members attending any matters which may in his view be properly discussed at such a meeting and in accordance with the following agenda: -

a)         Confirmation of the Minutes of the last meeting.

b)         Report by the Chairman

c)         Report by the Secretary

d)         Report by the Hon. Treasurer.

e)         Approval of Accounts.

f)         Report by the Competition Secretary.

g)         Election of Chairman and Committee members

h)         Any other business.

       Any member wishing to present a motion for discussion must present it in writing 28 days before the meeting. A maximum of 15 minutes discussion time shall be allocated to each motion prior to a vote being taken.

29.  For the  AGM a quorum of members shall be 20% of the membership excluding the Officers and Committee of the Club.  (Amended 28th November 2012 )

30. Alteration or amendment to the Constitution and Rules can only take place at the Annual General Meeting of the Club and requires a majority of two thirds of the votes of the members attending the meeting.

31.   If any member wishes to discuss any matter affecting the effect or composition of the rules he shall advise the Secretary in writing 28 days before the meeting. It will be at the Chairman’s discretion whether the matter be discussed at an ordinary meeting or the Annual General Meeting.

32.  If at least 25% members of the Club require it, an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club may be called at any time.  The said members must give notice of intention to call the meeting by their individual written requirement sent to the Secretary at the address of the Club.  The Rules governing the conduct of the said Extraordinary General Meeting shall be the same as those governing the conduct of the Annual General Meeting of the Club.

 Insurance     Top of Page

33.  As from the clubs affiliation to the BMFA, Insurance shall be as provided by the BMFA. The cost of BMFA membership shall be collected with club subscriptions during December each year. Any member who does not pay their subscriptions by the 31st of December will not be covered by BMFA insurance and will not be allowed to fly at any MMFC site. Pulse jet motors or any engines of this type must not be test run or flown on any of the clubs flying sites.
33a Any member of the club who wishes to obtain their own BMFA membership (country membership)  or obtains it through another BMFA affiliated club (their lead club) will only have to pay the club subs less the BMFA annual subscription. They will have to produce their valid BMFA certificate of insurance to the club secretary or membership secretary prior to their annual membership being confirmed.
33b Any “ excess” payments arising from any claim shall be the responsibility of the member making that claim and will not be the responsibility or be paid by the club.

34.  Each member by his acceptance of membership of the Club thereby fully agrees that no liability of any kind will attach to the Committee of the Club arising from and in any manner in connection with such insurance claim or such loss whatsoever.

35. It shall be the responsibility for each member to ensure that his operation of radio-controlled aircraft complies in every particular with any current legislation rule or official requirement governing, controlling, or appertaining to the operation of such model and each member accepts that the said insurance cover shall not protect him from loss if he is in breach of such requirements.

36.  Guests are to be under the supervision of a Club member, who shall be responsible for checking their insurance.

 Flying/Field Rules

  1. The Flying /Field Rules of the Club will be determined by the committee, and are subject to revision, taking into consideration the views of the membership, from time to time.  Such rules when revised will be issued to members as part of the periodic newsletters.

The care and protection of children and vulnerable adults
           

  1. The clubs policy is to provide a safe environment for children and vulnerable adults.

All Junior members or visiting juniors must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times at any club flying site or meeting or function. The club Welfare officer will act as a contact point and will keep any club instructors or members informed of any bulletins or information issued by the BMFA concerning the training of children or vulnerable adults. He will also advise any club members of their obligations under the act, as described in the BMFA handbook . Club instructors who instruct children or vulnerable adults will be asked to participate in the voluntary CRB (criminal records bureau ) check offered by the  BMFA.

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