Field Rules & Regulations




(March 2013)


Preface:  Many of the following rules and regulations are imposed on Casa De Aero (CDA) by contract with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) or Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (ERAU).  Compliance is required.


1.0  Rules governing operation of R/C aircraft at ERAU.


1.1       The AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code is incorporated in total, by reference.


1.2      Aircraft powered by any form of internal combustion engine shall not be flown before 7:00 a.m.  Those using piston engines must use a muffler except by waiver granted by the Executive Board.


1.3      When manned aircraft approach our field at low altitude, model aircraft are to descend to a much lower altitude to avoid a potential conflict.


1.4       Solitary model aircraft operation is not permitted. Operation to include, running the power plant, taxiing, and flying. In addition to the model operator there must be at least one other responsible person to provide assistance in case of an accident or emergency.   Having a cell phone readily available on your person is highly recommended during solitary flying in case of an accident or emergency.


1.5      Model aircraft flight may only take place in the “Fly Zone” as indicated on the flying field diagram.  Special care must be taken to avoid flying over or near the ball field area to the left of the flying Field.  At no time are model aircraft to be purposely flown over the pit side of the Flying Field.  The “No Fly” zone is considered to be an extension in both directions of the railroad ties that separate the pit area from the flight line, 200 feet this side of the fence around the ball field area to the left of the Flying Field and the ERAU roadway area to the right side of the Flying field.


1.6      Model aircraft are to be flown only from the designated flight stations.  Temporary exceptions may be made for beginner students flying with an instructor and for initial test flights of new aircraft.


1.7      When anyone is observed on the road near the left end of the runway or in the field near the right end of the runway, landing approaches from or takeoffs to those directions may not be made until the people are sufficiently clear, so the low flying model aircraft will not constitute a hazard to them.  Care must be taken not to frighten anyone with low flying aircraft.


1.8      The Transmitter Frequency Control Panel located at the Flight Line contains appropriately numbered and painted clothespins for each radio channel allotted to the R/C aircraft 72MHz band and 27MHz band.  Before energizing your transmitter you must deposit your AMA or CDA card on the appropriate channel clip and then clip the channel clothespin to your transmitter or to your person.  Only model operators with the appropriate channel clothespin may energize their transmitters at the Flying Field.  This procedure is NOT required for model operators utilizing a transmitter on 2.4GHz.


1.9      CDA will publish updated rules and regulations specific to operation at the ERAU R/C Flying Field and will distribute them to all members of CDA.


1.10      CDA will post and maintain prominent signs on the flight line defining rules regarding maximum altitude and limits of the Flying Field parameters.


1.11      Planes may not be taxied into or through the pits.  Once a plane is ready for flight it must be physically conveyed to an opening in the railroad ties.  At the completion of a flight, the aircraft may be taxied back to an opening in the railroad ties, but not through the opening into the pit area.  At the opening the engine is to be shut down.


1.12 Dogs (and any other pet) must be kept on a leash and confined to the parking lot side of the rail fence. The exception is an assistant dog.


2.0  Regulation Governing Eligibility/Right to Fly.


2.1       All model aircraft pilots must hold a current membership in the Academy of Model Aeronautics.


2.2        All model aircraft pilots, other than quest pilots, must be current members of CASA DE  AERO, INC.  R/C Flying Club and have a CDA membership card on his person while operating R/C aircraft at the CDA Flying Field.


2.3       Guest pilots may fly provided they hold a current membership in the AMA and are accompanied by a current member of CDA.  If a guest pilot is not a member of the AMA, then he/she may fly only if the model aircraft is controlled by both the guest pilot and a current qualified model aircraft pilot member of the CDA using the buddy cord with two transmitters.


3.0  Amendments


3.1       This document may be amended at a membership meeting by a two-thirds vote of those present, providing a two week notice and a written copy of the proposed amendment was sent to the club members indicating the date, time, place and reason for the meeting.

















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