Field Rules

Field Rules (Effective June, 2011)

General Rules of Conduct While at Flying Field

  • All pilots must comply with the AMA Safety Code. This can be found in the AMA Membership Application.
  • Pilots must be a member in good standing of the CSF and/or the AMA to fly aircraft in association with the CSF.
  • No consumption of alcohol at the field during flying sessions.
  • No loud noises or boisterous behavior.
  • Handle uninvited visitors the best and most courteous way possible.
  • For sanctioned contests. Contest Director’s instructions and rules override the printed rules.
  • Carry out everything you carry in and more - leave no trash, bottles, cans or broken planes.
  • New members and guest pilots will be required to demonstrate flight proficiency.
  • Members without previous R/C flying experience must undergo flight training before flying unsupervised at the field.
  • A pilot about to make a "maiden" flight, or the first flight after repair, must inform the others on the flight line and in the pit area. This ensures that everyone is alert in the event of a problem.
  • All pilots are to announce take offs, landings and when on or crossing the runway.
  • Pilots should stand at the flight line (paving blocks), away from the runway.
  • Runway priority is:
    • Dead stick or emergency landings
    • Powered landings
    • Take offs
  • All spectators must remain behind the spectator line at all times. All small children must be accompanied by and under the control of a supervising adult.
  • Your name and address or your AMA membership number must be displayed on your model.


Specific Field Restrictions

  • The CSF field is for ELECTRIC powered aircraft or un-powered sailplanes ONLY.
  • All flying must be East of the runway and flight line. The “no fly” zone MUST be observed at all times.
  • Winches and high starts for sailplanes must be set up parallel and on the east side of the runway.
  • Effective June, 2011 ALL charging of LiPo batteries must be done in an approved vessel - such as LiPo sack or modified ammo case.
  • Last member out locks the gate, resets lock to read 0-0-0-0 .

 

FREQUENCY CONTROL & SAFETY RULES

  • Use of the Frequency Board must be obeyed at all times. This includes Spread Spectrum transmitters.
  • All pilots are required to check for frequency conflicts before turning on a transmitter. DO NOT turn your transmitter on unless you have checked that no one else is on the same frequency.
  • NO motor testing in the pit area. Motor testing may be done on the south end of the pit area, with the aircraft pointed away from the pits.
  • NO battery should be connected in the pit area. Use the flight stands, or the taxi way for connecting batteries
  • Heli batteries may be connected either at the flight stands, or beyond the south end of the hanger.
  • NEVER reach over a propeller while the motor is powered on. All aircraft adjustments shall be made from BEHIND the propeller, if tractor-configuration, or in FRONT of the propeller if pusher-configuration.
  • Radio lanyards must be unhooked at all times while in the pit area
  • Always keep your thumb on the throttle stick in the down position when transporting aircraft to and from the runway.
  • DO NOT take off from the middle of the runway. Take offs should be in the last 1/3 of the runway towards either end.
  • Helicopter pilots must have throttle hold engaged while in the pit area.

 

Electric Ducted Fans (EDFs) & HIGH RPM PUSHERS

  • The flying of EDFs and high rpm pusher props are limited to every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and Thursdays from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. PLEASE follow this schedule so we can continue to fly EDF's and Pusher Prop planes. 
  • All flying MUST be done east of the runway.
  • Pilots MUST avoid using full throttle beyond the south end of the runway.
  • Only 3 EDFs are permitted in the air at any one time.
  • In the event an activity is planned at Stonebridge on a specified day, we will suspend flying EDFs for that day.
  • Club members are responsible for policing themselves, as well as each other.
  • Failure to comply with these rules may result in suspension of flying privileges and/or expulsion from the CSF.