MAAA Wingspan - Quarterly Magazine

MAAALogo. 5 There has been an increase in the number of vehicles damaged at flying fields, either by models or mowing equipment. To reduce the risk of future damages, ensure your member flying sites properly comply with safety regulations. Flying Site Layout Flying sites ideally should be arranged so that all flight operations are conducted in front of the operators, with the pit area and all other persons to their rear. Where this is not possible, as a minimum, pilots should have a clear and unobstructed view of the flying area and there should be clearly designated ‘no fly zones’ that comply with the 30-metre rule- covering the pit and other public areas. The 30 Metre Rule Car parking facilities for both members and public should be arranged so they are at an absolute minimum distance of 30 metres from the flying area. However, greater distances are encouraged, as damage to cars is a significant insurance cost. Where possible, car parking facilities should be placed in a location which minimises the possibility of being struck by a model, should the control of the model be impaired during take off or landing. This includes being exposed to damage from flying stones and debris from mowing equipment. A Reminder of The CASR Regulation Subpart 101.B General prohibition on unsafe operation 101.055 Hazardous operation prohibited (1) A person must not operate an unmanned aircraft in a way that creates a hazard to another aircraft, another person or property. Penalty: 50 penalty units. Reporting Incidents A reminder that the MAAA has built an online Incident and Accident Management tool for clubs, with ‘7 simple steps’ for managing an incident and accident. You can access that here: incident/accident-management SAFETY MATTERS PREVENTING VEHICLE DAMAGE FROMMODEL AIRCRAFTS 0 FEBRUARY WING SPAN