There are several things you can do to help safety at the Club fields, most of which are covered by BMFA rules, the ones listed are not an exclusive list but a selection of the more important ones.
At CAMFC we operate a ‘Peg on’ frequency control system for 35MHz transmitters.
‘Peg On’ was selected as this negates the need for a number of frequency pegs to exist and overcomes the problem of pegs disappearing home at the end of the session.
The system requires the user to display an indicator on a pegboard to denote that he is using a given frequency.
You should check the peg board Before turning on any transmitter
The system requires the marker to bear the identification of the owner, and this requirement is adhered to, the system can be very good indeed. (Most guys use a wooden clothes peg) Failure to adhere to frequency control can cause serious accidents and will be treated very seriously by the club… We do not operate a frequency control system for 2.4GHz transmitters.
A major change to BMFA rules recently is that you should be aware of is the new requirement for failsafe setting.
This stipulates that if your aircraft is fitted with equipment that has a selectable failsafe option, then you must set it to a minimum of throttle idle on loss of signal (and not leave it in the default setting which is generally ‘hold last position’).
This applies to power models of any weight (both i/c and electric, even a ‘Shockie’).
Many after- market receivers now have this option and it is not just limited to high spec PCM capable sets so bear this in mind when purchasing new receivers.
The requirement for failsafe on models over 7kg is unchanged but all gas turbine powered models must now be failsafe equipped no matter what their weight.
The whirly bit at the front end can cause untold damage – keep children, pets and modellers well behind the prop when running in the pits. It is especially important to remove any debris which could be sucked into the propeller before attempting a start, loose glow leads and inappropriately placed electric starter leads can cause injury when sucked in at any engine speed. A cold engine opened up rapidly can easily kick off a prop. Four strokes are especially prone to this. Clothing type is important too, beware of the anorak hood draw cords, ties etc.