R/C flying has an enviable safety record, helped in the main by having in place well established safety rules and guidelines. MAAC provides the rules for overall flying safety whilst the Clubs provide additional rules for their specific locations. It is a requirement of membership that club members follow them.
General Field Rules
Spectators and visitors must remain outside the spectator barrier unless under direct supervision of a Club member.
All cars are to be parked in the specified area on the south side of the driveway.
No pets are allowed beyond the spectator barrier.
Users of this field are to clean up after themselves and take home their garbage.
The flying field is located on City of Hamilton land. This land is designated as a park and is subject to City of Hamilton By-Law 11-080, which states that smoking is not permitted anywhere on the property.
Users of this field shall be courteous to other users and refrain from the use of inappropriate language.
All pilots must have a valid MAAC or AMA membership. Visiting pilots may be granted flying privileges for 3 days in a one-year period. They must be sponsored by a member, show proof of a valid MAAC or AMA membership and sign the Field Book.
The use of Remote Control cars and trucks is not permitted at this field.
Flying Safety Rules
1. Flight times for all flying activities, including the ground running of engines, are 10:00 a.m. until dusk, seven (7) days a week.
2. Frequency pegs (excluding 2.4GHz) must be used at all times and can only be posted or removed from the frequency board by the person named on the peg. All 72MHz transmitters must be impounded when not flying or performing ground checks.
3. Acceptable mufflers are mandatory on all engines. Maximum sound level for aircraft on the ground is 94 db at 25' at full throttle.
4. No student is permitted to fly without an instructor and buddy box until he/she has completed the wings program. Club instructors assume no responsibility for the student’s aircraft.
5. No fueling or engine start-up is allowed under the lean-to.
6. The two picnic tables under the lean-to are NOT to be used for aircraft set-up.
7. No taxiing is allowed in the pit areas.
8. Before starting motors all Airplanes, whether gas, glow or electric, must have suitable restraints in place.
9. Only Airplanes will be flown from Flight stations 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. Airplane flying in front of Flight stations 6 and 7 shall only be allowed when no helicopters are flying or if on approach for landing or a touch-and-go.
10. Only Helicopters will be flown from Flight stations 6 and 7. Station 7 is only to be used as a ‘hover pit’ (maximum of six feet flight from center point). Helicopter flying from, and in front of, Flight stations 1 to 5 shall only be allowed when no Airplanes are flying. (see Rule 19 for exception)
11. A maximum of two (2) turbine jets or five (5) non-turbine jet Aircraft are allowed in the air at one time (this number does not include any Helicopter operating in the Flight station 7 ‘hover pit’). A maximum of 8 Combat Aircraft are permitted at Combat Flying events scheduled and approved by the club executive.
12 All Aircraft take-offs, landings and touch-and-go’s must be called out to other flyers.
13. The initial turns on takeoff must be AWAY from the flight line.
14. No Aircraft shall fly closer than 75’ to Flight stations 1 to 5 unless landing, taking off, or performing a touch-and-go.
15. No flying is allowed over the pit areas, the parking areas or to the South of the creek.
16. No Aircraft shall fly over the Southeast of the field or the West corner over the driveway, unless taking off, landing or performing a touch-and-go.
17. Aircraft that are landing must be given priority over others.
18. No landing approaches are to be made toward the pits.
19. Airborne video recording by drones of other aircraft is permitted if coordinated between the pilots involved, and ALL other pilots not involved agree.
Definitions: AIRCRAFT - all flying vehicles. AIRPLANE - fixed wing aircraft, including gliders. HELICOPTER - rotary wing aircraft regardless of the number of rotors.
Exemption to Transport Canada Regulations on Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS)
Effective 1 June 2019 Transport Canada implemented new rules governing the flying of small RPAS (between 250 grams and 35 Kilos) in Canadian airspace. Note that RPAS refers to all remotely piloted aircraft and not just drones as did the previous temporary restrictions. MAAC has been working closely with Transport Canada and have secured an exemption to these rules for MAAC members subject to the conditions listed below. If you do not abide by all these conditions, for example you wish to also fly outside of a MAAC sanctioned location, then you must abide by the requirements set out in Part IX of the Canadian Aviation Regulations listed here.