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Upper Cumberland Radio Control Society


Equipment and Insurance Requirements

These Requirements are mandated by the Upper Cumberland Radio Control Society for the use of this Flying Facility.

  1. No person shall operate any model aircraft, including helicopters, at the  flying facilities unless they have current membership with the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA).   Proof of membership is a valid and current membership card from AMA.  The only exception to this rule is for beginners who are under the direct control of an instructor pilot who is a current member of AMA.  

  2. All radio control transmitters shall be AMA approved for "Narrow Band" operation.  All transmitters so approved will have a Gold AMA sticker affixed to the transmitter allowing for the use of more channels of operation and reducing the risk of radio interference with other transmitter channels.  If you don't know if your equipment meets this requirement, contact a club officer.  All recently manufactured (since 1991) radios are "Gold Stickered".

  3. Membership in Upper Cumberland Radio Control Society (UCRCS) is required for any individual who uses the flying facilities on a repeat basis.  Visitors are welcome provided they meet the eqmt & insurance requirements and follow our safety rules.   Anyone who uses the facilities on a regular basis is expected to join UCRCS.  Membership dues help the Club maintain the flying facilities and provide other services for the Members. 

  4. No person shall fly any model aircraft that is not in a safe condition.  Each pilot should check his model for defects before it is flown.  If you are unsure about the condition of your aircraft, contact a club officer who can help inspect the aircraft for you. Model aircraft that are unsafe can cause injury not only to the pilot but also to spectators in the area.  If there are any serious injuries or damage, the Club could lose the use of the flying facility.

Air & Ground Safety Rules

These Rules are intended to facilitate the safety of Users, Spectators, and near-by Residents of the Flying Field. It is a Club Requirement to follow these rules and promote safety at all times.

    1. Frequency Board.  Always check the frequency board before operating any transmitter.  Prior to turning on any transmitter you must ensure that no one else is operating on your transmitter channel. The frequency board is located in the pit area next to the runway. There is a slot for each authorized transmitter channel.  If your transmitter channel is being used by someone else, do not turn on your transmitter!  If no one is using your channel, place your AMA membership card in the slot on the Frequency Board corresponding with your transmitter channel.  If you have more than one radio and use more than one channel, make sure to move your card to the appropriate slot before turning on your transmitter.  Do not operate any transmitter unless your AMA card is in the appropriate slot for everyone to see! Operating two transmitters on the same channel at the same time causes interference. This can be disastrous for planes in the air as well as on the ground.  

    2. All persons who fly model aircraft at the flying facilities must follow the AMA safety code.  This code is part of your membership packet when you join the AMA.  The AMA safety code was adopted to help make the flying of model aircraft safe for both the pilots and the spectators.

    3. Avoid standing or crossing the runway unless necessary.  If you do go on the runway, announce to other pilots that you are doing so.  Clear the runway as soon as possible and announce when you have cleared the runway.  If you are preparing to land your model, announce that fact to other pilots so that they can clear the runway for your landing. 

    4. Helicopters should be launched & landed from either end of the Pit Area.  All setting up, testing, hovering, and practice flights should be done in this practice area. When finished with testing or setup, enter normal flight patterns in the fly-over area. Always use caution and announce any entry onto the runway.