Safety is the highest priority of the Desert Hawks RC Club. We are a charter member of the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) and adhere to their Safety Code, found at https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/105.pdf . The AMA is also our insurance provider, as the Club is required to carry insurance by Lake Havasu City Parks and Recreation, our Lessor. For members, being a member of AMA provides additional individual insurance and is a requirement for membership in the Desert Hawks RC Club.
We also have Club Safety Rules which must be followed by all members and visitors while operating a model anywhere on our Sterling Field RC Complex. These rules are posted in the Members Area of our website and are posted below for viewing.
You may also download a PDF version on these safety rules HERE which will open in a new window.
Desert Hawks RC Club Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex 2020 Safety Rules
Note: The term “MODEL” pertains to airplanes, jets, helicopters, drones, cars, trucks, buggies, anything operated by Remote Control (RC). The term “OPERATOR” pertains to anyone operating an RC Model. The potential risk of accidents to people and equipment is of utmost concern for our club. The following Desert Hawks RC Club (DHRCC) Safety Rules are currently in effect and govern all activities at Jim Sterling Memorial RC Complex (JSMC).
- CLUB REQUIREMENTS:
a. Desert Hawks RC Club operates under the guidelines and protection of the AMA’s prevailing National Model Aircraft Safety Code. (Copy in “Model Aviation” magazine and on this Bulletin Board). These DHRCC Safety Rules are specific to the JSMC and are in addition to the AMA Safety Code.
b. Current Desert Hawks RC Club Membership andAMA/MAAC membership is required for EVERYONE operating a model at JSMC (see Guest Item 3 for exceptions). Any operator on JSMC not showing proper ID will be asked to cease operation and show proof of current membership.
c. All members operating a model on the JSMC must wear their Club Identification and carry proof of AMA/MAAC Membership.
- GENERAL ITEMS
a. Illegal Drugs & Alcoholic beverages are not tolerated anywhere on JSMC. This is a DHRCC ZERO Tolerance policy.
b. The last member leaving the complex is responsible for locking the gate on the way out.
c. All solid waste/trash will be placed in the appropriate containers. Large items should be placed in the dumpster beside the restrooms.
d. Junior Members (under 19) must be accompanied by a Regular Member when operating an RC model on JSMC.
a. A GUEST is allowed one free visit. This visit will be for the sole purposed of determining if the facility meets their expectations. During this visit, they may operate a model providing they are closely supervised and sponsored by a Regular Club Member in good standing.
b. Frequent guests of club members with a current AMA card may operate an RC model 3 times for free during each calendar year. After the three (3) free-gratis visits, if they do not join DHRCC, they will be charged a daily “DHRCC JSMC Maintenance Fee”. The fee is $5.00/day for weekdays (Monday through Friday), and $10.00/day for weekend days. (Saturday & Sunday).
c. ALL Guests must be signed in at the Bulletin Board so proper accounting is maintained.
d. There is no daily field user fee during the open time on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
e. Sponsoring members are responsible for assuring that their guest’s conduct is in accordance with the DHRCC Safety Rules and the AMA Safety Code.
- FIELD AIRSPACE ALLOCATION:
a. Deliberately flying airplanes on the south side of the active runway (over the pits) is prohibited.
b. Pilots should avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles and occupied structures.
c. The runway is off limits to any model other than “Aircraft”.
d. Call out intentions to enter the runway, take off, land, touch and go landings, emergency landings.
e. Our operating altitude maximum is 400’ AGL
- ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
a. A volunteer instructor is not responsible for damage to aircraft or equipment that arises during or as a result of his/her assisting other operators.
b. DHRCC acknowledges there are certain risks in model operation where a variety of circumstances may result in loss or damage of one or more models. DHRCC recognizes a “No-Fault” policy governing accidents with the following exceptions:
1) Operators operating equipment in a flagrantly unsafe manner, under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance will be financially responsible for all damages they cause.
2) Operators who turn on their FM transmitter without having the channel pin in their possession will assume all financial responsibility for all damage caused by the operator that is pinned up on that channel.
3) If 5a or5 b above is in effect then financial responsibility will be the repair and/or replacement of any equipment damaged. Repairs must be agreeable between all parties involved.
4) The monetary value of damage to models should be determined by the parties involved. If satisfactory assessment of such damage cannot be reached in this manner, all parties agree to be bound by an evaluation made by the DHRCC current Board of Directors.
5) Any accident involving personal injury or damage to property, other than the models, must be immediately reported to a Club Officer and an Incident Form Completed (forms are by the bulletin board).
- NOISE ABATEMENT
All aircraft engines larger than .060 cu. in. must have effective mufflers. “No Exceptions”
- CLOSING NOTES
Continued disregard for the DHRCC Safety Rules and the AMA Safety Code will result in disciplinary action as indicated in the Club By-Laws.
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING THESE SAFETY RULES, PLEASE CONSULT WITH ANY MEMBER OF THE CLUB’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO OPERATE A MODEL.