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Ottawa Remote Control Club Rules & Regulations

Safely is our Priority

For the safety of all Ottawa Remote Control Club (ORCC) members and their guests, and for the mutual enjoyment of Club facilities, the following rules have been adopted by the Club and must be observed when using Club facilities. The ORCC has an outdoor and an indoor flying facility, both of which are MAAC chartered.

Every ORCC member is responsible for ensuring that MAAC rules and ORCC rules are respected. At the discretion of the Club Executive, Club membership may be revoked for violation of these rules.

Facility Related Rules

• Vehicles are to be parked in the designated parking area.

• No garbage is to be left. If you bring it, take it home with you.

• Spectators must remain in spectator designated areas. The red and white painted posts separate the pit area from the spectator area at the outdoor field, and a sun shelter is there for spectator seating.

Pilot Qualifications

• Pilots must be ready to show proof of being a current member of the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) and of the ORCC, or a visiting pilot, or a sponsored guest. Visiting pilots and sponsored guests must also be current members of MAAC. ORCC members who sponsor guests are responsible for ensuring that their guests have MAAC membership and that they are understand and follow ORCC rules. Guests, while flying, must be accompanied by their sponsors.

• The MAAC Safety Code always applies and each pilot flying independently must be a qualified pilot as per the MAAC definition. Students may only fly under the direct supervision of a MAAC qualified instructor.

Outdoor Flying Rules

• Pilots must fly from one of the five pilot stations next to the runway.

• A maximum of five aircraft (including helicopters and drones) may be in the air at any one time in the general traffic pattern.

• Flying is never allowed behind the flight line. The flight line is a line running parallel to the runway 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) in front of the pilots' stations and extending to the horizon on either end of the runway.

• The airspace beyond the fence (the landowner’s laneway) north of the runway is a no-fly zone.

• Never overfly people, animals or vehicles and yield to full-scale aircraft and helicopters.

• When the lawnmower or other equipment is on the runway, the no-fly rule is in effect.

• Each aircraft that flies must carry ownership identification as required by MAAC.

• Pilots are to announce their intentions to taxi on the runway, takeoff, or launch, execute a low pass and land.

• Pilots are to announce the intension to physically encroach on the runway and obtain acknowledgement from others flying before doing so.

• Pilots will follow the general traffic pattern established according to wind direction when more than one aircraft is airborne.

• Pilots will call out "dead stick" when appropriate and will be given priority for landing.

• On training nights priority shall be given to student training flights.

• A radio ‘Range Check’ is required before the first flight of the day for each individual aircraft.

• Aircraft are to be parked on the ground (off the tables) in the pits when not flying or doing run-ups.

• Start up and running of aircraft internal combustion engines and connection of batteries in electric aircraft is only allowed on the startup tables or on the ground past the ends of the safety fence, with the model pointed toward the runway.

• Electric powered aircraft can not be left unattended with the ESC (electronic speed control) armed.

• Mufflers are mandatory on all internal combustion engines over .049 cu. in.

Indoor Flying Rules

• For indoor flying at the Arena the Point of Contact (PoC) between ORCC flyers and Ward is Mark Winstanley (613-552-2054, rusty505050@gmail.com).

• Flying may only commence once permission is obtained directly from Ward by email (ward@electrosportRC.com). At least 12 hrs notice is required. If your plans change and you cannot keep the appointment, advise Ward at the same email address. If you are in a group only one member of the group need obtain permission.

• Do not enter the arena to fly unless you have a return email form Ward granting permission.

• Pilots will only fly from the established flight line on the racetrack straight opposite the drivers ’elevated platform at ground level

• A pit area adjacent to the north of the racetrack may be used for set up and repairs. The pit area is a no-fly zone.

• Weight and/or size limits apply: Aeroplanes and helicopters – max 250g; Quads – max 3” size and 3s LiPo battery.

• A maximum of five aircraft may be in the air at any one time.

• Aeroplanes/helicopters and quads are not to fly at the same time unless separate flight areas are established.

• Take-off and landing on the racetrack is permitted. Walking on the racetrack for aircraft retrieval is permitted.

• Flying is restricted to the arena only – flight through any open large bay door is not permitted.

• No flying is permitted if the racetrack is in operation for car racing.

• Guests are permitted and are to be always accompanied.

• Children under 18 must be always supervised.

• No pets are allowed.

• Climbing on the Arena framework for aircraft retrieval is not permitted. Any aircraft trapped out of reach in the Arena framework to be reported to the PoC for arrangements for retrieval.

• The electrical panels located in the Arena are not to be accessed except by authorised personnel.

• Lighting is not to be operated without explicit permission. Night flying with lighting may be authorised at a charge when prior arrangements are made with Ward.

• The pit rooms may be used for repairs and charging of batteries. Pit room heaters are not to be used unless prior authorization is obtained from Ward. Designated personnel only are permitted to operate the heaters. Care must be taken when re-entering the flying area from the pit room to be aware of flying aircraft.

• Any damage to the facility to be reported to the PoC immediately.

Transmitter Related Rules

• All transmitters must meet current Canadian standards.

• Few pilots currently use a 72MHz transmitter. If you do, your transmitter must be switched off until you have determined if other pilots at the field are using 72MHz transmitters. If multiple pilots are using 72MHz transmitters, it is up to them to coordinate frequency use. The frequency control board is available to facilitate that.

Safely Enjoy Flying at our Facilities