Flying Field Rule Proposal

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The Club Executive Committee is proposing the following rules for the MVMAC flying fields. Please provide feedback or comments prior to our meeting on the 24th of May when we will bring this to the meeting for a vote. Feedback can be provided via this forum or by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leaving me a text or voice message at 575-343-0374


MVMAC Flying Field Rules:

In addition to the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) Safety Code, the following apply to both Jornada Field and the Las Cruces R/C Airpark. As applied, these rules are consistent with and do not supersede, conflict with, or otherwise alter the AMA Safety Code.

1. Pilots must display club membership or AMA card while flying at the field. Lanyards are available upon request.

2. It is recommended that each new pilot fly the first time at the field with a club member who will review the club safety and field rules, AMA safety code, and ascertain that the new pilot can adequately and safely fly his aircraft.

3. After hours guests shall be allowed flying privileges at the field only if the host of the guest will assume responsibility to see that club rules are observed. This includes verification that
the guest possesses AMA membership.

4. All fliers must have a frequency pin to fly if on 72 mhz. Do not turn on your transmitter without a frequency pin. Place your frequency pin on the appropriate frequency only if no other pin occupies that frequency. Frequency pin must have pilot’s name and AMA number easily legible.

5. If using video downlink, frequency coordination with other pilots using video must be accomplished. If a video frequency board is present, pilots will put a frequency pin on the frequency to be utilized. No more than (4) four pilots will fly video at any one time. If video is being flown at another part of the field, all efforts will be made to coordinate with all pilots prior to powering up the video transmitter.

6. Complete a satisfactory range check of your equipment before maiden flight or after repairs to your aircraft. It is recommended to confirm range check on a regular basis. Pilots should complete an airframe pre-flight before each flying session.

7. Aircraft shall include identification markings per AMA and FAA requirements. It is recommended to include name, phone/contact information, AMA and FAA numbers.

8. Starting times for reciprocating internal combustion powered aircraft is 8:00 AM and no engine runs will be allowed after 8:00 PM. CLUB MAY WAIVER START TIMES FOR SCHEDULED EVENTS.

9. Engines will be run at the Start Up Area and the Run Up area only, preferably using the start stands or appropriate hold devices. Servicing engines on the runway or on the pit tables is prohibited.

10. Mufflers are REQUIRED on all Aircraft. (Electric is exempt) All aircraft must meet a 96 DB Maximum sound level as tested by AMA procedure.

11. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted at the field at any time. This includes the parking lot.

12. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the area from the pits to the flight line. Smoking is allowed in the designated smoking area and parking lot. Please use the butt cans.

13. After-hours access gate will be locked upon entering/leaving without exception.

14. MVMAC Officers and all members will ensure compliance to these rules.

Rules Applying to Air Traffic/Field Etiquette:

1. NO Take-offs from anything other than approved runway surfaces.

2. Flying is not allowed above the Pit or Parking area.

3. Avoid flying directly over people. Remember the potential of people present at the archery range.

4. Avoid flying over or around the electrical substation on the north side of the Las Cruces R/C Airfield.

5. Do not stand on the Runway while Flying. Use the Pilot's stations behind the safety barriers.

6. Pilots will ensure safe clearance onto the runway by looking both ways, then loudly announcing the intent to enter the runway prior to doing so. Aircraft already on the field and aircraft on final landing approach have precedence. It is good practice to announce “Take-Off”, “Landing”, “Dead Stick” as well as other maneuvers performed over the runway to brief fellow plots of your intentions.

7. While flying at the same time, Student pilots under instruction have priority for air space. It is up to the experienced pilot to avoid the student airspace.

8. The following priorities in flying shall be honored: (0) Manned Aircraft, (1) A person on the field, (2) Dead Stick Landing, (3) An aircraft on landing final, (4) An aircraft ready to take off

9. Aircraft stalled on the runway shall be retrieved as quickly as possible. Intent to walk onto the runway shall be loudly announced prior to doing so.

10. Pilots performing 3D maneuvers over the runway area during normal operations will yield the right away to aircraft taking off, landing or performing touch-n-goes. Stationary/3D/Hovering flight shall be conducted on the non-active runway or control line circle and out of the flight pattern when other aircraft are in the pattern if practical and safe.

11. It is recommended when 2 or more aircraft are being flown at the same time that an active runway and pattern direction is established. It is common courtesy that upon arrival, the arriving pilot coordinate with earlier pilot(s) regarding change in active runway or pattern direction.

12. When (4) four or more aircraft are flying in the pattern, each pilot should have a spotter to assist with locating other airborne aircraft.

Multirotors and other special aircraft

1. The FPV, sUAS, autopilot equipped, and other unique aircraft will be governed and operated under AMA and/or applicable FAA rules for these applications.

2. FPV flight operations require the implementation of a spotter who can visually see and identify your aircraft without the aid of binoculars, telescope, or lenses other than standard glasses.

3. FPV is defined as flight using first person view video signal. This can be via computer, gps signal, video monitor, goggles, or any other devise that depicts the flight of the aircraft.
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