Field and Safety Rules



All members must observe field discipline and comply with the relevant Air Navigation Orders, all BMFA safety codes and guidelines as recorded in the BMFA Handbook and CAP 658.

On matters of safety needing immediate attention instructions from instructors or committee members must be accepted.

No member joining the club after the first of January 1989 shall fly any fixed wing aircraft without the supervision of a Club Instructor, unless the member has passed the Club Flying Test. If a new member already holds a BMFA “A” or “B” certificate that member must initially fly supervised to demonstrate their ability to fly safely.

In the interests of safety, all members present shall be responsible for the control of spectators.

All flying is to be done in the designated areas. Therefore, there will be no flying: Over the pits or behind the pits Over the Rugby Club field Over the Car Park Models are also not allowed to fly excessive distances towards the Traffic Lights and the Houses across the river Mersey.

The Pits area is on the Northern side as you enter the field and is clearly marked on the grass. Pilots are to stand at the far-left corner of the pits area whilst flying. Any person wishing to enter the runway area must seek clearance from any pilot flying at the time before doing so.

Pilots wishing to land or perform a low pass down the runway area must indicate their intentions by calling “LANDING” or “LOW PASS” loud enough for all pilots and spectators to hear. A gap of at least 10 meters between the aircraft and the flight line or the pits must be maintained whilst performing Landing and Low Pass maneuvers.

The take-off run of the model should commence at the windward end of the flight line or away from it. This is to avoid the chance of the model turning towards the spectators and Pits area on take-off.

Taxying can take place to bring the model away from the center of the strip but it MUST NOT BE POINTING AT THE FLIGHT LINE OR PITS AT ANY TIME.

All aircraft in the pits area must be pointing outwards from the pits area.

Some aircraft are fueled with petrol and consequently smoking is not allowed in the pits. All turbine flyers must have a fire extinguisher near their model.

All new or repaired models should be checked out by an instructor or an experienced flying member before being allowed to fly. All models are subject to random safety checks and if considered unsafe by an instructor it will be grounded until the problem is rectified.

Members must ensure that models comply with the D of E Noise Code for the Minimisation of Noise from Model Aircraft. if required. Add on silencers or quieter props should be fitted unless the model emits below 82 decibels at 7 meters. Notwithstanding if in the opinion of the committee a model is excessively noisy in the air, it will be grounded until rectified.

Children must be closely supervised and no dogs are permitted on the field unless kept on a lead.

Radio Safety

All new members are to use 2.4 GHz radio equipment.

The club no longer operates a peg system for 35 Mhz as very few members still use this frequency. However, if it is to be used, anyone using 35 Mhz must check before switching on that their frequency is not in use.

35Mhz transmitters must not be turned on in the car park.

The use of unwelded cells in the model is PROHIBITED. They are known to fail due to poor contact in the battery holders often losing contact caused by engine vibration. Some of the cheaper transmitters are supplied with a battery box for unwelded cells and these can be used that way, but we recommend the battery box be replaced with a rechargeable welded battery pack if possible.

Range checking of models should be carried out on a regular basis. DON’T rely on the fact that it was “OK the last time I flew it”. If you have a heavy landing or it is a new model DO A RANGE CHECK before you fly. We would recommend you do a range check every 10 flights, even though the radio gear is working well.
All models must have a failsafe set. This must either, bring electric models to stop the motor running or for I C motors either idle tick over or stop, if radio contact is lost. On 2.4 GHz equipment fail safe is by default, it sets the throttle fail safe when the binding process is done. It therefor is VITAL when binding a receiver, you ensure the throttle stick is at the closed position. Some of the more advanced transmitters allow you to set other flight control settings, they are probably not necessary, but be aware that the setting titled “HOLD LAST POSITION” can be dangerous and must not be used.

Engine Starting

Before starting an engine, the model must be suitably restrained and the member starting the engine must ensure no other persons are within 10 feet either side or in front of the propeller arc.

Before starting an engine ensure the throttle position on the transmitter is set at idle. Electric models must have their throttle on the transmitter set at stop position when connecting the power leads.

When powering a glow plug ensure you firmly grasp the propeller blade, it has been known for an engine to self-start due to residual gases in the combustion chamber. The club recommends the use of a remote starting jack for the glow plug. Rechargeable glow clips are not recommended as they make it easier to put a finger in the revolving prop when being disconnected and can also spring forward into the arc of the propeller when running the engine.

We recommend the use of a “chicken finger” if not using an electric starter.

No model should be left unattended whilst the engine is running or electric motors armed. Engines should not be “run up” for an excessive time in the pit area. They should be removed to the edge of the pit area away from the people around.

Use wide exaggerated hand movements when operating near the propeller. In particular take great care removing the glow clip, if a remote starting jack cannot be used.


The Safety and Flying Discipline Rules may be amended by the committee as safety and circumstances dictate and adherence to them shall form part of the conditions of membership.

Nothing in the foregoing shall affect any of the legal rights or responsibilities of any member.