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North Leeds Model Flying Club

Club Rules 2013



  1. All club members must, for insurance purposes, be members of the BMFA.

  2. No member shall operate any model in any manner that could invalidate his or the club's insurance.

  3. Any event that might result in an insurance claim against either the member or the club must immediately be notified to the committee so that appropriate action can be taken.

  4. Under no circumstances shall a member accept responsibility either verbally or in writing for any incident unless and until instructed by the insurers.

General Field Rules

  1. In general, flying at any time is permitted for electric flight.  I.C Powered models may fly between 10am and 9pm.   However, members are required to check and abide by any flying time or area restrictions that may be required from time to time and these will be displayed in the hut.

  2. No member is permitted to operate a model after having consumed alcohol.

  3. Children, both members and non-members, under the age of sixteen must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

  4. Visitors may fly as guests of a member with the permission of a committee member and if they can show evidence of current BMFA membership. The visitor must be personally supervised by the host member and no more than three visits by the same guest will be allowed in a twelve month period.

  5. Dogs are not allowed on any area of the flying site.  Dogs must be kept in the car at all times.

  6. Motor vehicles should not be driven on grassed areas (except immediately adjacent to the car park) for any reason whatsoever.

  7. All rubbish and debris must either be placed in the bin provided in the hut or removed from the field. It is particularly important that debris that may cause harm to livestock be removed from both the outlying fields and inside the flying area. The site should be kept clean and tidy at all times.

  8. The field gate should be kept closed at all times. As a courtesy to fellow members we ask that anyone near the gate open and close it for cars arriving or departing.

  9. Engines should not be run unnecessarily in the pits.

General Safety Rules

  1. All Committee members have a Safety Officer responsibility and therefore all flying activities will be under their control.

  2. On any given day, the first senior member on site assumes responsibility for safety, until a committee member arrives. The responsible member should

- Determine the pitting area, runway and pilot box to be used based on the wind direction and the requirements of any models in use, particularly large models which might have to operate on the longer runways,
- Place the peg board and pilot box signs.

These arrangements may have to change from time to time during the day.

  1. On arrival at the site and before each flight, members must ensure that they are familiar with the pitting and flying arrangements currently in force.

  2. Members who joined after October 1st 2007 and members being trained by the club are required to hold a Green Peg Award or BMFA “A” certificate or better before flying solo.  However, at the discretion of the committee a member without a green peg may be required to “buddy up” with a certified pilot or to have one standing alongside while flying.

  3. Members must at all times operate their models in a safe manner that is not likely to cause damage or nuisance to other members, property, or the public at large.

Transmitter Safety

  1. The club uses a peg board with a peg-on system for all transmitters operating on both 35MHz and 2.4GHz. There is a special area for 2.4GHz pegs on the peg board. Pegs should be labelled with your name and channel (or 2.4GHz where appropriate).

  2. Transmitters must not be switched on until the peg is in place on the board adjacent to the appropriate channel.

  3. Pegs for the 35MHz band should be removed from the board after each flight to free the channel for others' use. This is not required for 2.4GHz transmitters but the peg should be removed when the member leaves the field for the day.

  4. Members should use only recognised frequencies for all radio equipment.

  5. Keep the transmitter aerial retracted in the pits and only extend it prior to taking off to avoid swamping nearby receivers.

  6. Members should accommodate other members' requirements to use the channel by sharing flight times appropriately.

Aircraft and Flight

  1. All powered aircraft must conform to noise emission levels and codes of practice set out by

- Local by-laws
- Club rules

Where these are in conflict, the strictest rule will be used. All aircraft may be checked at the discretion of the committee.

  1. All powered aircraft will be required to confirm to the BMFA reccomoendations in respect of noise, that is no model should be operated which gives a noise measurement at 7 metres of more than 82 dB(A). In addition to noise testing members should be sympathetic to local residents and fly to the north of the site.

  2. Due to the proximity of Leeds-Bradford Airport we are in controlled airspace and neither models over 7kg or any model flying over 400ft AGL are permitted.

  3. Full-size aircraft must be given absolute priority. Members should be aware that we are from time to time overflown at very low level. For some activities, particularly glider towing, a spotter should be appointed to keep watch for low flying full-size aircraft.

  4. All members are encouraged to have new models scrutinised by another experienced member or a committee member. Inexperienced modellers should always seek the advice of a more experienced modeller, and the committee reserves the right to inspect any model at any time at its discretion.

  5. Members are advised to have another experienced modeller with them for the first flight of a new model, and less experienced members may wish to have a more experienced modeller take the first flight.

  6. All IC and large electric models must be tethered when starting in the pits area. Tethers should be sufficient to restrain the model at full throttle. IC and large electric models should point outward from the pits.

  7. Aircraft may only be taxied away from the pits. On return, they may be taxied to the half-way point to enable to runway to be cleared rapidly but then the engine must be stopped and large electric models should have the motor disabled.

  8. When flying, pilots must stand together in the designated pilot box. They should communicate significant intentions to other flyers (e.g. take-off, landing, low pass, dead-stick landing, and retrieving a plane from the strip).

  9. Aircraft in difficulty (e.g. dead-stick landings) must be given absolute priority in the air and on the ground.

  10. Members must not walk on the in-use strip while flying is in progress other than to take-off or recover a model. Other flying members should be alerted before the strip is entered.

  11. No member should deliberately fly over

- The pits
- Spectators
- The car park

- Behind themselves (in the opposite direction to the runway in use)


  1. Only four power models (excluding gliders, either powered or un-powered) to be in the air at once.

  2. Courtesy to passing horse-riders should be shown at all times. When horses are negotiating the road adjacent to the flying strip, aircaft  should be flown at a sufficient height and distance that the horses are not agitated. When horses are negotiating the bridle path that runs across the field adjacent to the flying strip, attention should be brought to pilots with models in the air of the presence of horses, and aircraft in the air should be landed as quickly as safety allows. Care should be taken to avoid alarming livestock.

Membership and Conduct

  1. New members are subject to a three-month probationary period and their membership will become permanent at the end of that period subject to Committee approval.

  2. Members whose conduct on the field or elsewhere is considered to be prejudicial to the club and the safety and enjoyment of its members will be subject to a disciplinary procedure as outlined in section 8 of the Constitution.

Revision History:

12.03.08 FIrst added.
20.04.10 Updated to reflect 2 stroke ruling at 2010 AGM
An annotated copty of the rules, showing the relationship between these rules and the old ones can be found here [PDF]. 
The old (2007) rules can be found here.