|Saint Charles Saints R/C Club|
Saint Charles Saints RC Flying Field
Meeting Schedule 2014
Our mower is back in the shed and the loaner is gone. Yea! More info later.
Hi from the Saints club.
We still have not heard any news on the tractor repair, so we are still using the rental mower. The field still looks great, so thanks to Pierre for that.
Recently I observed a situation at our field involving a quad-copter that had GPS aided guidance. The pilot flew to altitude, and then put it in position hold. Hereís the problem. He then put down the transmitter and walked to his car to get something. This seemed wrong, but I was not aware at the time that we had any rules that applied to this situation. I think he was a guest.
After this, I did some research and found out that the AMA has already issued safety rules for this situation which are posted at the field. The AMA document #560 says the pilot must be in direct line of site control of any aircraft regardless of stabilization or GPS control augmentation. This means they must be able to override any directions from gyros or GPS units at all times. Also, pilots must keep aircraft in direct line of site, or else they will have to comply with FAA rules on UAVís, rather than sport model aviation rules. That means you canít program an aircraft to fly out of site and return. If you have a quad with GPS augmented controls, please take time to download the AMA document and study it. When you sign up for AMA, you agree to follow these safety rules. Our safety rules just supplement the AMA rules. I will ask John Bouchillon to put these documents on our web site for easy reference.
If the situation with the quad copter at our field happened now, I would have challenged him about it now that I am aware of the AMA rules. We all need to keep up with technology.
I donít think we need to add anything to our rules for this situation since the AMA rules are already in effect. If you have any suggestions for additions to our safety rules, especially for electric aircraft, bring them to the next meeting. The current rules were written when we only had gas or nitro aircraft. I want to solicit input from the electric pilots. I donít want to put any more additional restrictions on electric aircraft than necessary, or in any way discourage anyone from flying them at the field.
Hope to see you at the next meeting. We will meet at the field on Thursday July 10th, barring storms. In case of bad weather, we will meet at the Mark Twain hobby shop. Remember to bring your lawn chairs.
WEBMASTER: The safety rules for our club are already on the website under
activities in the area and beyond:
Hoosier Scale Classic