It is the responsibility of every R/C pilot to put safety first in everything they do in the hobby. Spinning propellers can easily cause irreparable harm to fingers and other body parts. Model aircraft that can weigh anywhere from 2 to 20 pounds and fly at speeds from 25-75 mph (or faster) require steadfast concentration and often the support of helpers who act as spotters and advise the flyer of other planes or people in the vicinity. The layout of the flying field, designated no-fly areas, taxiing requirements and fencing all provide additional protection for pilots and spectators alike. Most importantly, Prop Masters strongly encourages flyers to always act safely and responsibly, creates frequent dialogue among club members to identify safety issues, and continually strives to make the field and its operation as safe as possible.
The AMA has a safety code http://www.modelaircraft.org/PDF-files/105.pdf to which Prop Masters adheres. Additionally, the club has provided clarifications specific to our field at Springbrook. A key element of Prop Masters' safety plan is the observation of unsafe conditions or behaviors, which are discussed at club meetings in an effort to mitigate any risk. These observations have led to recommendations that make specific model aircraft designs safer, maintain enough distance between flying aircraft and spectators, and instill prudent practices when starting up engines in the pit area or taxiing to and from the runway.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to notify a club member or send an email to
SAFETY RULES POSTED AT FIELD
All pilots must follow the AMA Safety Code. In particular or additionally:
1. All planes must be restrained before starting engine(s).2. Do not taxi planes from the pit area. Carry or push them past the pilot line.3. All pilots must use the pilot stations when flying.4. Always call-out to other pilots in a loud voice for:
"Taking-Off", "Landing", "Touch and Go", "Low Pass", "Dead-Stick" (always has the right-of-way), "Radio" (non-flyers turn off transmitters), "On the Field", and "Clear" (no longer on the field).
5. NEVER intentionally fly over the pilot stations, pit areas, or north of the path. Take-offs, landings, and low passes will not cross the no-flight line between the runway and pilot stations.6. Engine runs over 2 minutes will occur at the northwest corner of the field.7. All pilots must display their DuPage Forest Preserve permit in the impound stand frequency slot they will be using.8. Lastly, should any pilot make you feel unsafe through their flying maneuvers or behavior on the field; please mention your concerns with that pilot!