Updated 2/21/2016

 OCM Flying Rules and Protocols rules

***COMMON SENSE MUST ALWAYS PREVAIL ***

 

 

 

Section 1 (General):  

  1. Wiskow Field is open for flying fuel-burning aircraft from 9:00 AM until sunset. Electric aircraft may start at 8:00 AM.
  2. All members must display their OCM ID on their person when entering the pit or flight line areas. All members should be prepared to show proof of FAA registration (if applicable). All UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) must be labeled with the AMA and FAA numbers (if applicable).
  3. ONLY Ocean County Modelers CLUB MEMBERS and their ESCORTED GUESTS are permitted to fly at this field.  The general public may enter to observe provided that they remain outside of the pit area and leave before members lock up.
  4. Guest pilots must be a FULL MEMBER of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) to fly at this field ~Park Flyer Membership is NOT acceptable.  Guests are permitted to fly on a one-time basis, provided an OCM member is present at the field. After this, they would have to join the club if they want to continue to use the facility.
  5. Club members may bring one non-AMA member guest into the pit area or up to the flight line, provided the guest is fully and constantly supervised by the member.  A club member may not have more than one non-AMA member guest in these areas at a time.  Should any other member present express safety concerns regarding the guests actions, then the supervising club member will remove the guest from these areas immediately.
  6. The last OCM member leaving the field must insure that the gate, trailer and shed are locked upon exiting the premises. This property is off-limits to outsiders due to the nature of the facility.
  7. The combination to the OCM lock for the gate entrance will only be released to OCM members.
  8. NO motor vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles, etc.) are permitted beyond the safety/spectator fence. NO EXCEPTIONS.
  9. NO trespassing into restricted areas.
  10. NO unrestrained pets are allowed at the flying site.
  11. NO SMOKING IN THE PITS or aircraft assembly area.
  12. NO DUMPING – ALL TRASH must be taken with you, as there is no trash pick-up at the field.
  13. NO flying will be permitted while field work is in progress.  This includes all work details and normal lawn maintenance.
  14. All AMA Safety Rules apply at this facility at ALL TIMES.  Any individual who flies at Wiskow Field must be familiar with and abide by the official AMA Safety Code.
  15. Once the plane is airborne, the pilot shall stand behind the fence (flight line), not in the opening between the fences.
  16. Pilot shall loudly announce his/her intention to Take-Off, perform a Touch & Go, and or to Land.
  17. No flying is permitted over pit or spectator areas.

 Section 2 (Pre-Flight):

  1. Any pilot using a non-2.4 GHz radio system must first obtain the appropriate frequency pin from the board. When you take a specific frequency pin from the board your AMA card must be left in its place.
  2. Respect, courtesy, communication, cooperation, and a little common sense is required to safely time-share use of the same frequency pin.
  3. Anyone who turns on a transmitter without the appropriate frequency pin, when another person is already flying on the same frequency, and causes the flyer to crash is liable for all damages and injuries resulting from that crash.
  4. Beginner pilots may not fly without the assistance of a recognized and qualified member of the club.
  5. Fueling and de-fueling should be done on one of the pads or flight tables and a fuel-re-capturing system should be used.
  6. The propeller shall face the runway during all engine runs.
  7. Engine break-ins and extended engine runs should NOT be performed on the flight line.  Stands are provided across the parking lot for this purpose.
  8. OCM enforces a sound level restriction of 98 Db measured, while the aircraft is on grass, at 9 feet downwind from the propeller with the engine(s) running at full throttle.
  9. Taxiing is permitted on the landing/takeoff area only. NO TAXIING in the pit area! When taxing the plane back to the pit area do not come in propeller facing the opening, rather parallel the fence Line.
  10. All FPV flights must be on a buddy box with the non-FPV pilot in control.  Flights will take off and land from the appropriate location, fixed wing from the runway and all rotary, including quad-copters, from the helicopter pad.  Aircraft must remain within those designated flight patterns and under no circumstances may they leave the property boundary or fly over the flight line, pit, or parking areas.  All AMA rules and restrictions apply, including limiting altitude to 400 feet above the ground. 

 Section 2a (Safety Guidelines for starting an internal-combustion-engine-powered airplane ):

  1. Safety is everyone’s responsibility and safety judgment needs to be applied to all engine  starts. 
  2. If a large airplane’s engine is to be started on the ground, it must have a tail hook holder or other means of rigid support.   You must ensure prior to stating the engine that no slack exists between the plane and the rigid support.  If slack exists, the plane can jump forward as soon as the engine starts, causing injury. 
  3. When starting an internal-combustion-engine-powered airplane , wear a  glove if you intend to hand-start the engine. A chicken stick (broom or mop handle measuring roughly 8 inches long) can also be used to flip the propeller. You should install a piece of insulating foam over the stick; that way, if the propeller strikes the stick on a backfire, the stick won’t break the propeller. When using an electric starter, remain holding the starter once the engine starts and remove it from the area in front of the plane.  Do not place it on the ground in front of the plane. 
  4. It is extremely useful to have a backup holder when you are attempting to start a large model airplane with an internal combustion engine, especially if using an electric starter.  Ask one of your fellow pilots to assist you.  This additional level of safety will go a long way in preventing injuries associated with engine startup.  Likewise, be a good neighbor to your fellow pilots.  If you see them preparing to start an engine, offer your services as a backup holder. 
  5. Wear substantial shoes—not flip-flops—if you intend to prepare and fly a model airplane.  An unprotected foot placed inadvertently in the arc of a spinning propeller may lead to injury.  When you start the aircraft engine, be aware of anything that could fall within the propeller arc. The wires from the field box, glow plug igniter, and wires from the electric starter need to be arranged so that they will never come in contact with the propeller. Also remove your neck strap for supporting the transmitter. 
  6. Check the grass area by the propeller for small loose objects, such as rocks or sticks; these should be cleared from the area before you start your engine.  Anything within  the propeller arc could be slung up and into yourself or an innocent bystander.  Similar concerns about pieces being thrown from the propeller arise following a hard landing in which the propeller may have been splintered or nicked.  A flaw in the propeller can weaken it enough to cause it to fly apart if run again to a high rpm.  Inspect the propeller thoroughly for damage after a hard landing if you plan to continue using it. 
  7. Keep in mind that at full throttle, propeller tip speed is between Mach 0.3 and 0.5 (250-350 mph).  This is definitely not a good time for you to be, hurried, tired, stressed out, distracted, or overconfident.  As a very important safety precaution, move  to the rear of the aircraft to remove the glow plug igniter and to make any engine adjustments.
  8. Many model engines generate a noise level of 90 decibels at a distance of 10 feet when operated at full throttle. This level is even higher when you are in a position to adjust the throttle. It is recommended you wear a set of earplugs, a hearing-protection headset, or both. 
  9. Responding to an injury is time sensitive.  If you’re the first person at the field, remove the First Aid kit from the shed and place it on the hook next to the shed door.  If  you’re the last person leaving the field, place the First Aid kit back inside the shed, lock the shed, and the gate, as you leave the field

Section 3 (Fixed Wing Flight):

  1. The maximum number of fixed-wing airplanes that can fly at the same time is five (5).
  2. Direction of takeoff and landing will be determined by the prevailing winds and/or other conditions that may dictate safe flying. The first turn after takeoff must be in a direction away from the flight line.
  3. When multiple model aircraft is in the air, a racetrack flight pattern must be established and followed by all. In such a situation no turnarounds (e.g. split S) are permitted over the runway.
  4. DO NOT fly closer than 25 feet from the edge of the flight line. The flight line extends to infinity on both ends and should never be crossed.
  5. Pilots are allowed to make 270 degree procedure turns on the right side of the field across the infinite flight line, provided that the turns are made beyond a marker stake which will be placed 150 – 200 feet past the last station on the imaginary flight line.  
  6. Section 4 (Copter Flight):
  7. Separate air space is designated for R/C copter operations as a means to maximize safe copter flying.
  8. Flying a maximum of five (5) copters simultaneously is permitted within the copter-designated area.
  9. Takeoffs and landings should be initiated on the copter landing pads positioned approximately 20 to 25 feet in front of the copter pilot stations.
  10. Copter pilots must make every effort to fly their copters within the copter-designated boundaries. NO-FLY ZONES for copters include:
  11. The parking lot and spectator areas
  12. The airplane runway
  13. The main airplane flight-line/pit area
  14. Beyond or over any tree-line

** COMMON SENSE MUST ALWAYS PREVAIL ***

Update 5/20/2017

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