Radio Signal Modelers RC Flying Club

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INTRODUCTION TO THE SCHILLER PARK FLYING FIELD

Welcome! We are glad you are also interested in this exciting hobby and welcome you aboard! The "Radio Signal Modelers Flying Club" has been chartered to operate this field since 1971 and our many experienced flying club members are here to help you get started. Guest pilots should introduce themselves upon arriving at the field. New, beginner flyers should ask to be assisted by an experienced helper or club instructor. No impatient, know-it-all, or reckless flyers will be tolerated. Spectators and dog walkers are not allowed on the field or pit area at any time, kindly ask them to leave the area.


Club Benefits: Joining our flying club has many benefits such as free expert flight instruction, soloing, plane checkups, flying tips, advice and use of dual control "buddy box" hardware to hopefully save your model from a crash. Our club also has special events such as Fun-Flys and BBQ's. Your club dues pay for all the field maintenance, permits, etc. If you fly here often, please do your part and join the club. New planes that have not had their maiden flight should be checked by one of our experienced pilots to ensure it is safe before it’s first and initial flight. We usually find a problem or two that could have caused a crash. Please have patience and take advantage of our club’s experience. This hobby can be very dangerous to yourself and others at the field.


FIELD RULES

Insurance card is mandatory: AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) liability insurance is mandatory for use of this field. Get it at the AMA website (link on the club's Home page).  You must also read and understand the official AMA safety code and abide by all AMA rules in addition to the field rules enumerated below.


Use of our radio frequency control board is mandatory: Only a current "AMA CARD" , or printout of your "AMA RECEIPT" , or our RSM CLUB card will be allowed to secure a channel on the frequency board. This includes those pilots using 2.4 Ghz to substantiate AMA status.  If using 72 Mhz, immediately upon arriving at the field, walk over to the frequency board and check to see if your channel is in use. If free, then post your AMA card in the channel slot. If not, then find the person on your channel and share it by mutual agreement.


Field Maintenance: No flying is permitted during periods of field maintenance. All club members are asked to pitch-in and help out with the grass cutting, edging, trimming etc. If you see one of the members working at the field, just ask what you can do to help.


Airplanes Safety Rules:

Takeoffs, landings, or flying over the pit or spectator area is not permitted.


Pilots shall fly from behind the ORANGE flight line fence.


Flying is not allowed close to the flight line and must be beyond the safety stripe.


Use common sense while helicopters are in the air.  Wait to fly until it is safe if a helicopter is in close proximity to the takeoff and landing approach, or you! Use courtesy to arrange with helicopter pilots reasonable sharing of the field.  


Engines must be started on the supplied benches or on the ground with a sufficient hold down device.  Starting of engines is not allowed on the picnic tables.


Engine break-in's must be performed at the far end of the pit area to avoid damage to the grass or noise hazards in the flight line area.  Please use courtesy and respect your fellow pilots when performing this necessary (but noisy) procedure!


You are not allowed to taxi in or out of the pit area.  Carry your aircraft to the flight line.

 

Flyers must pickup all crashed model parts and dispose of properly.


Helicopter Safety Rules:

Takeoffs, landings, or flying over the pit or spectator area is not permitted.


Pilots shall fly from behind the ORANGE flight line fence.


Flying is not allowed close to the flight line and must be beyond the safety stripe.


Helicopter pilots please use the tables located west of the shed.  Engines must be started on the supplied square tables or aircraft benches, not the picnic tables.


Use common sense while airplanes are in the air.  Wait to fly until it is safe if an airplane is in close proximity to your flying area.  Use courtesy to arrange with airplane pilots reasonable sharing of the field.  Do not fly directly in front of airplane or helicopter pilots on the flight line.     


Hovering practice and testing is restricted to the round helicopter pad area located at the extreme west side of the pit area and can be done at anytime.


Required Call Outs:

When entering the taxi area yell out "TAXIING!"


Pilots on takeoff shall yell out "TAKING OFF!"


Pilots on final approach for a landing shall have priority over all other aircraft and yell out "LANDING!" Other pilots should respond "UP AND OUT!" and then free up the runway area.


When a potentially out-of-control and hazardous flight over flyers or spectators is about to happen, it shall be the duty of any observer to yell out a loud warning such as "HEADS UP!!!"


A pilot making an engine-out approach shall yell out "DEAD STICK!" All other pilots must give immediate priority to him.


When walking out on the field to pick-up your downed aircraft, yell "ON THE FIELD"! and make sure you get a response from other flying pilots.  When leaving the field, yell "FIELD CLEAR!"


Above all, use good judgment and vigilance at all times.


Thank you for reading this and helping to keep this flying field a fun and safe place to fly!


-Radio Signal Modelers Flying Club