Safety Code

All members of the Long Island Foam Flyers must abide by the set of RC airplane safety rules set forth below. Safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we want to ensure that all pilots have a safe and accident free experience. No flyer is permitted to fly unless he/she sings a liability waiver and agrees to the safety code in its entirety. Please CLICK HERE to visit our page containing information on the liability waiver.

Rules and Guidelines

  1. All RC airplane flyers must be current AMA members, as required by the listed flying sites. Not being an AMA member will prevent you from legally flying in those areas.

  2. All RC airplane flyers must possess the necessary permits to fly at the flying sites. Not posessing a permit will prevent you from legally flying at any of the flying sites.

  3. Flying must be restricted to the zones designated as safe to fly over. No member shall purposely fly over any areas that contain people, buildings, structures, vehicles or domesticated animals.

  4. Before flight, a safe takeoff and landing approach must be identified (based on weather conditions). This approach must avoid taking any path that could endanger people or objects of any value.

  5. When more than one pilot is flying, there should always be a "pilot line", regardless of where you choose to fly (public OR private site). A pilot's line is a designated area where pilots will control their aircraft from and aircraft should not cross. The reason aircraft must not approach or fly over this area in case a pilot loses control. This area needs to be a safe haven which allows pilots to fly their plane putting them out of risk for an accident. Observance of a pilot's line is required at all four NYS park locations, even if you are the only person flying.

  6. If a spectator or storage area is required, it should be treated exactly like the pilot's area. It is recommended that such an area reside behind the pilot line, however in some locations this is not required. The storage/spectator area may exist in a separate location if it is well outside of the flight zone. No aircraft should approach or fly over this location.

  7. If a field location has preset locations for a flight line, or spectator area, these designated locations must be used.

  8. All other site rules will supersede that of the club, unless they prove to be negligent or dangerous.

  9. Be aware of spectators, children or animals that may wander into a flight area. Inform other pilots if you see this happen.

  10. Pilots shall land their plane in a designated landing area. This area should be predetermined before flight. Landings must take place one at a time, and other pilots must wait until the previous pilot has landed and retrieved their aircraft.

  11. If a pilot lands far outside of the landing area, the plane must be abandoned until all pilots land. No pilots should make additional launches until the plane has been retrieved.

  12. At any point, club officers may call for all planes to land (for any reason), and all club members must obey.

  13. Pilots shall inform other pilots of their intent to land.

  14. Pilots with the lowest estimated battery level get first priority to land. A dead stick (no battery) has immediate priority, even if a plane is already on approach.

  15. Pilots shall inform other pilots if there is a malfunction, or if they lose control of their aircraft.

  16. All pilots should use 2.4 Ghz radios to prevent interference between transmitters.

  17. Your transmitter should be off and disabled when not in use.

  18. When a plane is not in use, the battery must be disconnected from the plane.

  19. If a LiPo battery is involved in a crash and damage is suspected, it must be separated from the other equipment/batteries and stored in a suitable storage container.

  20. If conditions are not suitable for flying (i.e. excessive wind), please do not fly.

  21. Novice pilots who have little or no experience with RC flight must not fly fast moving, large or hard to control aircraft. It is recommended that new pilots work with the supervision and guidance of more experienced flyers.

  22. The maximum number of aircraft in the air simultaneously shall not exceed three in number.

  23. When a novice pilot is in the air, the maximum number of aircraft shall be limited to two planes. This number may be lowered to only one plane if the club officers deem it necessary.

  24. For all other items that may not be listed here, members are expected to use common sense and good judgment. If you are unsure about anything, always err on the side of safety.

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