Please read and respect the safety and other information provided on this page.
These arrangements have been agreed with the Shuttleworth Management Team and form part of the agreement under which ModelAir runs model flying events at Old Warden.
If you are requested by one of the ModelAir Marshalls to take a specific action, please do so. The Marshalls are volunteers who help ModelAir to meet the safety requirements agreed with the Shuttleworth Management. Thank you.
MODEL FLYING TIMES FOR ALL DISCIPLINES
Model Flying commences at 10.01 and finishes at 17.45 to allow time for the airfield to be clear by 18.00 for May and July events.
In September, Model Flying commences at 10.01 and finishes at 16.45 to allow time for the airfield to be clear by 17.00.
Between 10.00 – 18.00 (17.00 in September) the airfield will be closed to full size activity unless previously arranged.
PILOT SAFETY REGULATIONS
ALL MODELLERS flying model aircraft at the ModelAir model flying events, whether free flight, control-line or radio control, MUST carry proof of current BMFA insurance whilst flying – and be prepared to show it to a ModelAir Marshall, if asked.
This is a requirement of the Shuttleworth Management Team, and failure to comply could mean the permanent loss of the airfield to modellers.
PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO BMFA/CAA GUIDELINES, WE WILL BE FOLLOWING A ‘NO PROOF – NO FLY’ POLICY AT ALL MODELAIR EVENTS.
RADIO CONTROL including Radio Assist:
All pilots wishing to fly on the RC line must book in to the Transmitter Control and show proof of insurance and ‘A’ Certificate (vintage models) or ‘B’ certificate (all other model types). An aircraft safety check will be carried out on all RC models.
10kg: RC and RC assist
FREE FLIGHT RTM (radio trimmed model) is permitted only in the Free Flight area, using 2.4GHz radio only and single or 2-channel control.
- Pilots using RTM must comply with the RC rules, i.e. they must book in their transmitters at RC Tx Control (adjacent to the RC area) BEFORE flying RTM in the free-flight area.
- Free Flight RTM MUST be flown in the spirit in which authorisation has been provisionally given, i.e. the radio is operated ONLY to keep the model in the field. That is to say, the majority of the flight time is WITHOUT radio assistance, radio only being used to change the model’s direction from one that would see it leaving the confines of the airfield.
- RTM MUST NOT BE FLOWN UNDER FULL CONTROL EITHER BY USING TX STICKS OR TRIM LEVERS, ONLY TO PREVENT MODELS LEAVING THE FIELD – NO EXCEPTIONS!
- ModelAir Marshalls will make regular checks in the FF area, to ensure that the spirit of FF RTM is being followed. Abuse of this authorisation will result in FF RTM being banned from the FF area.
FREE FLIGHT pilots are expected to observe basic safety considerations regarding personal safety, other pilots and spectators, and weight : power ratio. Weight Restriction: 500g
NEW REQUIREMENTS FOR CONTROL LINE
Weight restriction 5kg
- All fliers must be BMFA insured and proof is required before flying. (Need to check insurance requirements for continental fliers)
- No entrance to the flying areas is allowed before 10.00 am.
- All circles to be marked on a joint basis with adequate safety zones.
- Circle centres to be marked to prevent wandering (a circle of flexible drain rods is good for this purpose).
- All pilots to use wrist straps.
- All lines and wrist straps to be pull tested to BMFA requirements immediately prior to each flight. Luggage scales are satisfactory but suitable attachments need to be added for attachment to the handle and strap to give an even pull.
- Where no pull test requirements as specified for that class, a figure to be used will be agreed between the organisers and relevant CD’s.
- A maximum line length for all classes of 60 ft will apply.
- No engine testing or running is to be conducted adjacent to spectator fences or in the car park. Any engine running that needs to be carried out can be done adjacent to the tape running from the control tower to the fence.
- No drones to be flown at any time.
SPECIFIC CONTROL LINE CLASS REQUIREMENTS
- The rules governing C/L Carrier, Aerobatics, Scale and Combat remain unchanged.
- Weatherman speed will have an engine capacity limit of 1.5cc. Modern racing engines with schnürle porting to be fitted with an effective silencer.
- The rules for Profile Weatherman, Phantom Speed, Champ Testing (ED Bee power), Beebug, Trojan, Phantom Pursuit, and Rascal remain unchanged.