Flying Rules
These Flying Rules are intended for the safe and enjoyable operation of radio controlled (R/C) models at the Wings India field by minimizing the risk of injury to people and/or property.
Types of rules
The Club's Flying Rules are divided into two categories:
  • Mandatory Rules - to be observed at the Wings India field at all times.
  • Good Practice - for aeromodellers.
Observance of rules
Wings India members and visitors are expected to observe these rules strictly. The Management Committee may initiate disciplinary action against any member or visitor who persistently fails to comply with the Club's Flying Rules.
MANDATORY RULES (To be observed at all times)
Flying at the Club Field
  • a. Wings India members
  • Regular pilots must be current members of the Wings India Model Flying Club.
  • b. Visiting pilots
  • Visiting pilots must be accompanied by a Wings India member.
  • c. Beginner pilots
  • Beginner pilots may have two days flying under the supervision of a Wings India member before joining Wings India.
Radios and frequency control
Prior to operating any flight, all aeromodellers are required to carry out routine range check of the radio equipments being used by them and as installed as per the recommendations of the manufacturers.
Frequency control procedure
All R/C flying operations, including helicopters and gliders, must observe frequency control procedures.All pilots should distinctly display the frequencies being used by them, on the transmitter as well as the RC vehicle (aircrafts, cars, boats etc). While those using 2.4 GHz frequencies, may use the RC radio systems freely; all others using other frequency bands, are required to follow the below mentioned procedure, compulsorily:
  1. A transmitter must not be switched on anywhere at the Wings India field, including in the car park unless its matching Frequency Key carrying the user's name and transmitter frequency has first been placed in the appropriate slot in the frequency keyboard in the FCB (Frequency Control Board).

  2. In order to provide a ready check that Frequency Keys are correctly located in the Frequency Keyboard, pilots are to provide an individual Frequency Key for each channel which they wish to use. Under no circumstances should a Frequency Key be inserted in the frequency keyboard in a slot which does not correspond with the channel marked on the key. (Visitor Keys are available in the FCB for use by visitors, beginner pilots or forgetful members, if necessary.) .

  3. Under no circumstances is a Frequency Key to be removed from the frequency keyboard, by any person other than the owner of the key. Transmitter location .
All fixed wing radio controlled (R/C) model aircraft must be flown from the airstrip and controlled from the Pilot Area. When retrieving a model from the airstrip or elsewhere on the field, the controlling transmitter must remain in the Pilot Area until the model is recovered. (To avoid damage to servos, it is suggested that the transmitter remain switched ‘on' until the model is recovered.)

Flying operations and flying areas
  1. Any aircraft what so ever in nature should not exceed the gross weight of 50 kilos, without fuel, but including other power sources like batteries.

  2. No model aircrafts should carry any articles which are inflammable, explosive, radio active, poisonous, hazardous or dangerous in a manner harmful to public, property or environment.

  3. Aeromodel flights will be permitted in fair whether conditions with clear visibility.

  4. Wings India administrative authorities reserves the right to restrict the no. of aircraft models flying at any given time at the flying field, depending upon the size and type of aircrafts and the availability of open space at the flying site.

  5. Fixed-wing aircraft: All fixed-wing radio controlled (R/C) aircraft must be flown from the airstrip and controlled from the Pilot Area. Gliders must be towed, winched or bungee launched as close to the airstrip as conditions permit, but must be controlled after launch from the Pilot Area.

  6. Helicopters :All R/C helicopters must be flown from the airstrip and controlled from the Pilot Area.

  7. Taxiing :For safety reasons, taxiing is not permitted in the Pit Area. Aircraft must be carried or wheeled to the Taxi Lanes. After landing, models may be taxied off the strip and down the Taxi Lanes.

  8. Repairs on the airstrip :Engine tuning or aircraft repairs on the airstrip are prohibited.

  9. Clear for take-off :Prior to taxying onto the airstrip for take-off (or similar launch by hand, or bungee line in the case of gliders), each pilot must first check that no-one is landing and then proceed for take-off.

  10. Take-off: A pilot may move onto the airstrip to control the model during take-off, but must then move promptly to the Pilot Area behind the Safety Barrier. (Pilots are encouraged to learn to take-off while standing behind the Safety Barrier.). All take-offs are to be along the airstrip and not across the airstrip, except by prior arrangement with pilots currently flying.

  11. Circuit: General flying is to be in a rectangular circuit, left-turning or right-turning as determined by the requirement to take-off and land into the wind along the airstrip.

  12. Aerobatics :Pilots performing Aerobatic maneuvres (including hovering) are to have due regard to the safety of other aircraft.

  13. Beat ups :Pilots intending to make a high-speed, low level pass over the airstrip must advise other pilots.

  14. Dead stick :A pilot whose model experiences an engine failure should immediately call ‘Dead Stick' to obtain landing priority. Other pilots must immediately give landing priority to the pilot of the 'Dead Stick' aircraft.

  15. Landing :When preparing to land, each pilot must call “Landing”. Landings have right of way ahead of take-offs.

  16. Entering the airstrip :Anyone wanting to enter the airstrip (for purposes other than take-off) must seek clearance from pilots currently flying, before proceeding.

Engine running in the Pit Area
Prolonged running of an engine in the Pit Area is discouraged. Anyone wishing to perform extended tuning or running, is to ensure that this is done well away from other models and people in, or adjacent to, the Pit Area.
Prop wash
When warming-up or adjusting motors in the Pit Area, care should be exercised to ensure that dust, smoke or oil does not blow onto other models or people.
The use of aircraft restraint systems (such as wheel chocks) in the Pit Area is strongly encouraged.
Please do not litter the area in any way. Please place litter in the bins provided.
Crash debris
If a model is crashed, please pick up and remove all the pieces.
GOOD PRACTICE (For aeromodellers)
Flying practice
When flying, pilots are encouraged to stand facing west and keep their aircraft clearly in front of them at all times to aid orientation with the circuit, to avoid over flying the flight line and other potential hazards such as flying into the sun or directly overhead.
Please keep all important paper work (such as these Flying Rules, your current Wings India membership card and Club receipt) in a readily accessible, safe place. Please seek the assistance of one of the committee members if you have any queries about the Club's Flying Rules or other paperwork. A fee may be charged by the Wings India to replace lost documents.
Running-in engines
Please ensure an engine is well run-in before it is flown in a model as this will avoid the need for prolonged running or tuning at the field. It will also reduce the possibility of a 'Dead Stick' on test flights!
Setting up radio transmitters and receivers
Radio transmitters and receivers should be set up at home to avoid extensive use of the frequency at the field when others are waiting to fly.




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