- Members will make sure the gate off SR64 is closed once they pass. The interior gate will be closed when the last person is leaving for the day. Stay on advised track and avoid making ruts.
- No aircraft will be energized in the “cold pit.” Assembly only in this area. The Ready Stand will be available for run ups and energized planes.
- Trash, rubbish, and refuse will be disposed of in the trash can. When the can is full, take the bag to the dumpster or home. Use your best judgment.
- No alcohol may be served or consumed.
- Flying alone is allowed, however, SSF highly encourages flying with another member or at the very least, with a non-flyer present. A working cell phone must be in one’s possession when flying alone. The address is 20600 S.R. 64 Bradenton FL 34212 or the west side of the Bradenton Motorsports Park.
- Pets must be on a leash. Pick up after your pets.
- Children must be supervised by parents.
- No smoking in the canopy area or upwind of the canopy area. No butts on the ground.
- ID Badges, when available, will be worn by all members.
- Visitors are welcome.
- Unless flying or spotting, everyone will remain behind a red line beginning at the canopies, and running east and west.
- Guest Pilots may fly a max of three times, except for fly ins. Guest flyers will be sponsored by a flying member.
- The last member leaving is required to secure the facility and gates.
- There may be times when the field is closed for reason, and members must adhere to that rule.
- Parking will be directly behind the canopy on the fence line
- Aircraft will stay well clear of arriving automobile traffic.
- All aircraft will remain in the designated flying box. The box is defined as the south side north edge of the runway, half way between the fence and the row of pine trees to the east, the fence on the north, and half way between the fence and the blue building to the west. Under no condition should planes fly near or over the blue building to the west.
There will be NO FPV flying beyond the established flying box – UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES. (Click here to view flying box)
- There will be no harassment/communication of any flying pilot, unless an immediate safety item arises. Communication as to flying out of the box etc. will take place after the pilot lands.
- CRASHES/ INCIDENTS at the Flying Field: Crashes are a serious matter. Although not mandatory, the board encourages all crashes within the confines of the designated flying area be reported to the safety officer or IP so that they may assist the pilot and help pinpoint the cause of the incident.
ALL crashes that take place OUTSIDE of the designated flying area MUST BE REPORTED to the Safety Officer, an IP or board member.
If a crash outside of the designated flying area is NOT reported, the pilot/owner of the plane may have his membership terminated at the discretion of the board. Pilots who crash outside of the designated flying area will be grounded immediately until the safety officer investigates the crash and clears the pilot to return to active flying status.
FLYING WHILE GROUNDED IS CAUSE FOR IMMEDIATE DISMISSAL FROM THE CLUB.
General Flight Rules:
- There is a maximum of five pilot stations. Pilots must occupy a station, to take-off, fly, and land. Exceptions are during sponsored events such as “combat.” Spotters, when used, may occupy the flying station or stand adjacent.
- Helicopter pilots will use the west most stand when flying from the runway. Also, when completed, helicopter pilots will have a heli pad for use.
- Pilots must be in good standing with SSF. Student pilots must be accompanied by an IP until solo.
- The runway is used for taking off and recovering models. Other use (aerobatics, hovering, show passes) will be secondary and not interfere with take offs and landings of other aircraft.
- All flying happens North of the runway (on the grass) unless specified or called.
- Planes with an emergency have landing priority. Secondary priority is when planes are landing. Aircraft in or above the runway must vacate immediately to either the pattern or the free flight zone.
- Pilots must call out their intentions prior to execution. Examples are “Entering the runway, Taking Off, Landing, Hovering, Low Pass).
- Pilots must clear the runway as soon as possible after landing.
- With more than one aircraft in the air a race track pattern will be flown, unless prior communication is established between flying pilots.
- New pilots will be trained by an assigned IP. When the IP deems the student is ready for solo, another IP or the Safety Officer will administer the solo as described in paragraph 4.
- Visitors must show proof of AMA membership.
- The visitor will be briefed on the local rules by an IP or sponsored member, and have his equipment examined for flight safety.
- The visitor must demonstrate command of the model with a controlled take-off, ascent, entering the pattern, completing a controlled level figure “8” maneuver, and a descent to landing. At that point the visitor has full landing rights for the day.
- Student pilots
- Student pilots must show proof of AMA membership and be a member of SSF.
- SSF trains student pilots with the use of a “buddy box”. The Safety Officer will pair a student to an IP.
- Generally, the student must furnish their own equipment. The IP will inspect the equipment for flight safety.
- Each student will progress at their own pace.
- A record will be maintained at the field to record the student’s progress.
- For the “solo” flight, the student will still be connected to the sign-off IP via buddy cord. The student will demonstrate command of the model with a controlled take-off, ascent, entering the pattern, completing a controlled level figure “8” maneuver, and a descent to landing. The student will perform the “solo” routine again within an hour, for a total of two demonstrations.
- If the student passes the judgment of the IP that he can fly without a buddy cord, the IP will then notify the Safety Officer the student has passed solo.
- Fledgling pilots should enlist the aid of an experienced pilot to aid as a spotter/coach until the Safety Officer deems this is no longer necessary.
Safety / Infractions
SSF is dedicated to the enjoyment of radio control electric flight. All members are charged with ensuring that safe procedures are followed. We highly encourage “peer to peer” on the spot corrections to unsafe practices. Repeated or egregious infractions should be reported to the Safety Officer first, any Board member second, or an IP present.
Infractions will be handled on a case by case basis. Corrective actions may include training or grounding. Grounding by the Safety Officer or an IP will be immediate. The member will be able to plead his case for resuming flying status when a quorum of the Board is available.
- Unless in a designated “combat” contest, pilots should avoid each other. However, inadvertent collisions will occur. Unless one party was making egregious attempts to hit the other, the “mid-air” shall be considered “no fault” and the parties resolve any outstanding issues amongst themselves. The Safety Officer will be notified of all mid-airs and near-misses that result in a crash.
- Any damages to the runway or the structures will be repaired by the member. This includes prop strikes in the runway. SSF will have repair material and instructions available.
Field Layout and Definitions