1. Flyers must be AMA members. Additionally, they must be either a NVRC club member or an accompanied guest of a NVRC club member.
  2. New club members will qualify for unsupervised flight status in accord with the current NVRC Pilot Training and Qualification Guide.   New Members or members in training will attach an ORANGE band to their radio.
  3. No pilot will fly while impaired by the use of alcohol, medications, or drugs.
  4. All flying will be done North of the FOUL LINE, which will be 30′ in front of the PILOT LINE. Flyers will not stand on the airfield and/or the taxiways when flying.
  5. No more than four (4) aircraft may be in the air at the same time.
  6. Engines will not be run up in the pits.
  7. No torque rolls over the short grass, also known as the runway.
  8. Flyers will obtain the proper frequency control pin and attach it to the transmitter antenna when in use. When obtaining a frequency pin, a flyer will leave his NVRC club card (or his AMA card if he is a guest) in the associated control pin slot.
  9. Radios will be range checked before the first flight of the day.
  10. No explosives or fireworks of any kind are allowed at the field at any time.
  11. All engines having a displacement of more than 0.10 cubic inches must be fitted with an effective silencing device when being operated at the flying site.
  12. All transmitters must have an AMA gold sticker (narrow-band) if manufactured prior to 1992. All receivers are to be of the narrow-band type for operation at 20 KHz frequency separation. The 27 MHz and 53 MHz bands are exempt from these requirements.
  13. The use of transmitters on frequencies in the Amateur Radio Service bands above 50 MHz is restricted to persons holding either a Technician, General, Advanced or Extra class Amateur Radio Service License issued by the FCC.
  14. All transmitters will be marked with the appropriate channel number and/or colored wind streamers) as outlined in the AMA Membership Manual.  To fly SOLO, transmitters MUST have a GREEN band attached to it.
  15. Members of the Safety Committee may inspect aircraft to insure that it complies with the narrow-band receiver requirement. Instructors, while doing a safety inspection of a student’s aircraft, should also insure that the narrow-band requirements are met before the aircraft is allowed to fly.
  16. Helicopter Procedures (Helicopter Qualifications coming soon)
  • Helicopter training, practice and extended hovering are not permitted. Helicopter pilots who can depart and return in forward flight will fly the same traffic pattern as fixed-wing pilots. A pilot may be requested to demonstrate controlled forward flight to a club officer.
  • Pre-flight testing and trimming will only be done in the designated helicopter hovering area to the left of the pits. Only the last pilot station on the left will be used by helicopter pilots when flying in a traffic pattern. The helicopter shall not be hovered in front of a pilot station, or anywhere over the runway, for more that 30 seconds before joining aircraft in the traffic pattern.
  • Starting will be done in the pit area. The rotor head will be held stationary whenever the model is at rest. The helicopter will be carried (not flown) between the pit area, hover trimming area, and the runway.
  • Whenever fixed wing aircraft are in operation, the helicopter pilot using the hovering area shall have a spotter who is observing the aircraft.

POPLAR FORD RC MODEL AIRCRAFT USE RULES (Amended May 27, 2015)

  1. This property is owned and operated by the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA).
  2. This RC Model Aircraft Park is permitted for use to the Northern Virginia Radio Control Club (NVRC).
  3. The FCPA has a Memorandum of Agreement with the (NVRC).
  4. All RC model pilots must members of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) in order to ensure appropriate personal liability insurance coverage for their RC model aircraft activities.
  5. Liability insurance for each pilot shall be in the minimum amount of $2,500,000. An exception is made for aircraft with electric motors weighing less than 2 lbs. and which are incapable of speeds exceeding 60 mph; the liability requirement for such aircraft shall be in the amount of $500,000.
  6. RC model aircraft pilots shall demonstrate competency for flying model aircraft as judged by the NVRC Safety Officer or his delegate.
  7. New RC model aircraft pilots will qualify for unsupervised flight status in accord with the current NVRC Pilot Training and Qualification Guide.
  8. No pilot will operate RC model aircraft while impaired by the use of alcohol, medications, or drugs.
  9. All RC model aircraft use will be done North of the PILOT LINE. Flyers will not stand on the airfield and/or the taxiways when flying.
  10. No more than four (4) aircraft shall be in the air at the same time.
  11. Engines shall not be run up in the pits.
  12. No torque rolls over the short grass, also known as the runway.
  13. Flyers shall obtain the proper frequency control pin and attach it to the transmitter antenna when in use, and shall maintain their transmitter on the impound stand when not in use. When obtaining a frequency pin, a flyer shall leave his NVRC club card (or his AMA card if he is a guest) in the associated control pin slot.
  14. Radios shall be range checked before the first flight of the day.
  15. No explosives or fireworks of any kind are allowed at the field at any time.
  16. All engines having a displacement of more than 0.10 cubic inches must be fitted with an effective silencing device when being operated at the flying site.
  17. All transmitters must have an AMA gold sticker (narrow-band) if manufactured prior to 1992. All receivers are to be of the narrow-band type for operation at 20 KHz frequency separation. The 27 MHz and 53 MHz bands are exempt from these requirements.
  18. The use of transmitters on frequencies in the Amateur Radio Service bands above 50 MHz is restricted to persons holding either a Technician, General, Advanced or Extra class Amateur Radio Service License issued by the FCC.
  19. All transmitters shall be marked with the appropriate channel number and/or colored wind streamers) as outlined in the AMA Membership Manual.
  20. Model aircraft size may not exceed 55 lbs. in weight, and must have mufflers to suppress noise. All aircraft flying in the Overfly Area shall not exceed Fairfax County sound thresholds. The threshold shall be 96 dBA at 3 meters (measured with slow response off the wingtip) on hard surface and 94 dBA on dirt/short grass.

FIELD ETIQUETTE AND OPERATING PROCEDURES

  1. Each member is responsible for removing his trash.
  2. Flyers should use the appropriate preflight inspection and/or initial inspection checklist contained in the current NVRC Pilot Training/Qualification guide prior to the first flight of the day on each aircraft to be flown.
  3. Only NVRC members, flyers, and escorted guests are allowed on the North side of the spectator fence. An escorted guest is one who is under the direct supervision of an NVRC club member. The guest will have been briefed by the member as to proper, safe behavior, and will act in a responsible manner. The guest should never be at the impound area, on the flight line, walking among other pit areas unsupervised, or be inattentive to the hazards of the field.
  4. Flying will be North of the runway whenever practical.
  5. Taxiways are defined at the East and West ends of the pilot area, and at the edge of the runway just North of the Foul Line. Aircraft will not be taxied in the area between the pilot line and the transmitter impound stand, nor into the pits.
  6. Takeoff will not commence from the taxiways.
  7. Runway usage will be controlled by good communications between flyers.
  8. AMA guidelines for propeller spinners or safety nuts will be followed whenever practical.
  9. Engines will not be stopped by contact with the spinner or propeller except in emergencies.
  10. Engine restarts on the runway will not be attempted if there are other aircraft in the air.
  11. If others are waiting for the frequency pin, the maximum time allowed for engine testing/other maintenance and flight will be 15 minutes.

MAIDEN FLIGHT PREFLIGHT

INTERNAL (Remove wing if attached)

1. Servo mount, servos, servo arms secure.

2. Push rods secure

3. Receiver and battery padded and secure.

4. Check for loose items that could foul servo or pushrod movement.

5. Check for fuel leaks – tank area fuel proofed?

WING

1. Check for breaks, wraps, etc.

2. Insure center section is adequately reinforced.

3. Check aileron pushrods and aileron clevis’ (if equipped) before securing wing to aircraft.

4. Brief new pilots on adequacy of rubber bands.

5. After wing is in place, check for proper incidence and alignment as best you can.

ENGINE AREA

1. Firewall area fuel proofed.

2. Check engine mount, engine, muffler and prop nut and/or spinner for security.

3. Check prop for nicks, cracks, etc. Brief new pilot on importance of this check.

4. Check nose steering mechanism (if equipped).

5. Check cowl secure (if equipped).

6. Check engine for obvious thrust misalignment.

TAIL SECTION

1. Check vertical fin, rudder and rudder clevis for security.

2. Check tail wheel security (if equipped).

3. Check horizontal stabilizer, elevator and elevator clevis for security.

BALANCE

1. Balance aircraft with fuel tank empty.

2. Show new pilots proper balance point and balance technique.

3. Explain danger of a tail heavy aircraft.

4. Tail heavy situations should be corrected prior to flight.

RANGE CHECK/STARTING ENGINE

1. Insure that radio batteries have been adequately charged

2. When frequency pin is available, attach to antenna and range check aircraft with antenna collapsed (explain why to new pilots)

3. Check to insure that all flight controls and engine controls move in the proper direction

4. Check that flight control surfaces are in proper trim

5. Fuel aircraft

6. Start engine

7. Tune engine (away from pits)

ROUTINE PREFLIGHT INSPECTION

INTERNAL (Before attaching wing)

1. Check servo mount, servo, and servo arms secure.

2. Check pushrods secure.

3. Check receiver and battery secure.

4. Check for loose items/wires that could foul servo arms/ pushrods.

5. Check for fuel leaks.

WING

1. Check wing for breaks, warps, cracks, etc.

2. Check aileron pushrods, linkage and clevis’ (if equipped) prior to securing wing to aircraft.

ENGINE AREA

1. Check engine mount, engine, muffler, prop nut and/or spinner for security.

2. Check prop for nicks, cracks, etc.

3. Check nose steering mechanism (if equipped).

4. Check cowl secure (if equipped).

TAIL SECTION

1. Check vertical fin, rudder and rudder clevis foe security.

2. Check tail wheel (if equipped).

3. Check horizontal stabilizer, elevator and elevator clevis for security.

RANGE CHECK/FLIGHT CONTROL CHECK

1. When frequency pin is available, attach to antenna and range check aircraft with antenna collapsed.

2. Check that flight controls move in proper direction.

3. Check that flight control surfaces are in proper trim.

 

DEALING WITH HORSE RIDERS WHILE TRAVELING TO AND FROM THE FIELD ON THE GRAVEL ROAD

If you encounter a horse back rider on any part of the road to or from the field, you must do the following:

*STOP
*Wait for the horse rider to pass OR to wave you on to pass
*If the horse rider waves you on to pass and move forward, do so slowly and on the side of the road

If for some reason you are unclear how to proceed, get out of your car and speak directly to the horse rider for instructions on how to proceed safely.

Be careful when exiting the field where the new and old road intersect.  You should always have a speed of no more than 10mph when traveling up and down the road.

This policy is for the safety of everyone.  Please adhere to this policy when a horse back rider is on the road.

Any individuals not adhering to this policy will be brought to the attention of the board.

 

 

 

Last review:  27 May 2015