Safety

Liberty Flyers takes safety seriously. From emphasizing pre-flight checkouts to careful handling of today's high-energy Lithium-Polymer batteries and model aviation fuel, our focus is on providing a safe and enjoyable environment for everyone.

Here are the club's safety rules:

  1. AMA Open insurance is required at Liberty Field therefore all members must be AMA members.  Think safe!  Fly safe!  Be safe!
  2. All pilots must abide by AMA rules and Liberty Flyers field rules.
  3. Only members and their guest are allowed to fly at Liberty Field.  Guest can fly one time only and must be in the company of a member.       
  4. Entrance to the field has a locked gate. You may unlock and leave the gate open while at the field. The gate must be closed and locked when no Liberty Flyers are at the field.  The lock must be locked together with the other locks, if available, as in a Daisy Chain. This allows PG&E access to their easement and owner access to his property.  Last Liberty Flyer to leave must lock the gate.
  5. You may fly 7 days a week.  Hours for flying at Liberty Field are 7 am to Sundown for any type aircraft with electric motors and 9 am to Sundown for nitro engines. 
  6. The speed limit for all roads is 5 mph. 
  7. Park in designated area only.  Parking is in the area on the south side of the main runway, between the tables and the outhouse.  Do not drive or park on the runway. Occasionally, during wet weather, the parking area may be coned off with orange cones due to deep mud. Park at the west end beyond the cones if necessary.
  8. While flying, stand in designated areas only, on the south side of the flight line behind the safety fence.  Do not stand on the runway unless you have coordinated with everyone at the field. For example: maiden flights or some jets may require the pilot to be on the runway during takeoff. 
  9. Fly in the designated area only
    • To the north -- DO NOT FLY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BIG TREES ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE RUNWAY right across from the flight line. These neighbors are particularly sensitive.
    • To the east -- Do not go beyond Stony Point Road
    • To the south -- Do not fly behind the flight line unless unavoidable.
    • To the West – Do not fly beyond the old hangar buildings.

  10. Altitude -  Less than 400 Ft and watchful for any full size aircraft or ultra light planes that might enter our airspace.
  11. No more than (4) aircraft in the air at one time except under special circumstances like combat events or other special organized events.
  12. All pilots must look first then audibly announce when they take off, land, dead stick, going on runway, etc. 
  13. When airplanes are flying, do not fly Quads or Helis unless all pilots agree. Likewise, when Quads or Helis are flying, do not fly airplanes unless all pilots agree.   
  14. A Fire Extinguisher is provided near the charging stations. Be aware where it is located in case it is needed.
  15. Mufflers are required on all gas or nitro engines. The club sound limit is 96 db. 
  16. Take your trash with you when you leave.
  17. Restroom is available at the west end of the field.
  18. Keep out of the Hangers at the west end of the field.
  19. No Smoking while at Liberty Flying Field.
  20. When flying using FPV, there must be a spotter available to observe the flight and provide feedback to the FPV pilot in case of an emergency situation.

Revised Jan 2020

Academy of Model Aeronautics Safety Code

A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s). It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and related AMA guidelines, any additional rules specific to the flying site, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

As an AMA member I agree:

  • I will not fly a model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner. 
  • I will not interfere with and will yield the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft using AMA’s See and Avoid Guidance and a spotter when appropriate.
  • I will not operate any model aircraft while I am under the influence of alcohol or any drug that could adversely affect my ability to safely control the model. 
  • I will avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles, and occupied structures.
  • I will fly Free Flight (FF) and Control Line (CL) models in compliance with AMA’s safety programming. 
  • I will maintain visual contact of an RC model aircraft without enhancement other than corrective lenses prescribed to me. When using an advanced flight system, such as an autopilot, or flying First-Person View (FPV), I will comply with AMA’s Advanced Flight System programming. 
  • I will only fly models weighing more than 55 pounds, including fuel, if certified through AMA’s Large Model Airplane Program.
  • I will only fly a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with AMA’s Gas Turbine Program. 
  • I will not fly a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for myself or my helper(s) located at the flightline, unless I am taking off and landing, or as otherwise provided in AMA’s Competition Regulation.
  • I will use an established safety line to separate all model aircraft operations from spectators and bystanders.

The AMA Safety Handbook

Creating a safe environment to protect bystanders, other model pilots, as well as surrounding property, is crucial and the responsibility of every individual participating in modeling activities. The AMA has an informative safety handbook that is a compilation of AMA documents and programs covering safe model operation. It is intended to provide a centralized location to find all pertinent safety information, and can be a valuable tool for club officers, contest directors, event managers, and others.

Download the AMA Safety Handbook


Liberty Flyers of Petaluma

821 Holly Avenue, Rohnert Park, California, 94928

(707) 321-2704 


           

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