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Friday, 25 November 2005 05:04


The entrance gates to the flying field must always be closed.


All vehicles must be driven along the recognised roadways and parked in the parking area next to, or behind the clubhouse. Care must be taken when driving past the Boys Town buildings to avoid dust. The area on the right (toilet) side of the clubhouse is reserved for vehicles with aircraft trailers. Nobody is allowed to drive on the runway side of the vibra-crete wall. Special care and a sharp lookout must be kept whilst driving in the vicinity of the flying field for any aircraft.


Owners are responsible for their animals on the club premises.


Ensure that your slipstream does not blow dust or oil onto other aircraft or equipment. Full throttle runs in the pit area are prohibited.

No engines are to be started on the club house side of the pit wall or the braai patio area

No engines are to be started whilst the aircraft is standing on one of the tables


Unauthorized use of another members' field equipment is not permitted.
Any member of the public may only be permitted in the pit area if accompanied by a club member.
Children, except in the case of junior members, are not allowed in the pit area.
Taxiing in the pit area is not allowed


Members who invite visiting pilots to HRF must advise a committee member beforehand.
Visiting pilots are not required to pay a landing fee. However, a maximum of three visits to the club is allowed. Thereafter regular visitors to the flying field must be encouraged to join the club as soon as possible or stop using the facilities.


All members/visiting pilots to the Helderberg Radio Flyers facility must have a valid Aviation Recreation Organisation (ARO) and/or HRF membership card. This card must be available to display on request. NO CARD, NO FLY!
All new members must qualify to fly solo by successful completion of an ARO test. Visitors must show proof of the successful completion of the test (ARO membership card). Until such time as this level of competency is reached; an instructor must accompany the trainee/student. Should an instructor not be available, arrangements to assist must be made with another member who has an equivalent rating for the task.
Only members who hold a current ARO Display Pilot Rating may regularly take part in public displays at sites other than the club's official flying facility.
The names of members qualified to judge Proficiency tests as well as a list of Club Instructors will be published from time to time.


a. Only senior members of the club can purchase a set of keys to the clubhouse.
The first person to arrive at the flying field is responsible to open the clubhouse and to check the condition of the clubhouse. Please make sure that when you leave the field that somebody else has a key to the clubhouse and make that person responsible for locking the clubhouse. It is the person who opened the clubhouse' responsibility to have it locked.
If you are the last person to leave, please check that all windows are closed, the doors are closed, the roller door is latched in and that all the taps are closed.
b. Keep the field and clubhouse tidy. Remove your refuse and dispose of it at your home.

c. No aircraft is to be stored in the clubhouse over weekends.
d. The toilets must always be kept clean and tidy .
e. No smoking is allowed in the toilets.
f. Do not dispose of any foreign objects (i.e. cigarette butts, sanitary products, etc.) in the toilets. We have a septic tank system!
g. The chairs in the clubhouse are personalized and were purchased during a fundraising project. It is for the exclusive use of its owner and you may contact the committee to purchase your own.
f. No model aircraft will be allowed in the clubhouse or social area.

Helderberg Radio Flyers has adopted the SACAA ARO Safety and flying Rules and these rules together with the HRF club rules will be the Rules at all times.

a. Transmitters
All transmitters must always be kept inside the transmitter pound unless you have clipped your membership card onto the appropriate frequency on the pegboard.
Transmitters may not be left in motorcars or retained in flight boxes in the pit area. Make sure your transmitter is switched off before placing it in the transmitter box.
All transmitters must at all times display correct colour ribbon relative to your frequency.
All new transmitters and transmitters of new members must be checked by a Committee member before they will be allowed on. (Valid frequency, crystal compatible with colour ribbon).

b. Frequency control
Only SACAA recognised R/C frequencies are allowed. The pegboard will at all times be up to date with the latest legal SACAA frequencies.
Frequency control operates on the system whereby flyers must clip their membership card onto the appropriate frequency on the pegboard ("peg on" system) in order to use his/her transmitter. If the required frequency is occupied by a membership card, you may not remove your transmitter from the transmitter control box until the person using that frequency has removed his/her membership card. Pilots using 2.4 ghz radios must also put their membership card onto the pegboard in the 2.4 ghz section.
Only valid membership cards (or valid ARO cards) are allowed on the pegboard. NO CARD, NO FLY!

c. Peg time
Maximum peg time is twenty minutes. This includes engine starting, taxiing, hovering, etc. In the event of technical trouble with any part of the aircraft, engine or equipment, the normal peg time still applies.

d. Take-offs
Take-offs and hand launching are only allowed from the recognised runways, i.e. it is not allowed to take off from the pit area or taxi strips. Taxiing and take-off are not allowed across the pilots' area.
Direction of take-off will be determined by the safety officer on duty. This direction will also apply to landings and will not be deviated from until the safety officer sanctions a new direction.
Before taxiing or stepping onto the runway, the pilot must call 'TAKE-OFF!' He must then make sure that no other aircraft flying are coming in to land. He must also make sure that there are no other people on the runway collecting their aircraft, or for whatever reason. He need not wait for permission to take off, but if any pilot replies to his take-off call by calling "LANDING!" he must wait until that pilot has landed his aircraft and cleared the runway.
Immediately after take-off, the pilot will move into the pilot's area, a safe distance from the edge of the runway and remain there for the duration of his flight.

e. Low flying
Low passes are not permitted near the pilots' area, but must be done on the far side of the runway.
Touch-and-go manoeuvres are permitted, but only in the normal direction of take-off and landing. This manoeuvre must be announced as for landing.

f. General flying
Pilots are not permitted to fly their aircraft over the pit area, the clubhouse, spectator areas, parking areas or the N2.
Pilots will at all times fly their aircraft in such a manner that the pilot is positioned between his aircraft and the pits. This rule also applies to landings.

No 3D flying is permitted whilst any other aircraft is flying and vice versa.

No 3D flying such that the aircraft is over the pit side of the runway.

g. Gliding
All forms of gliding are allowed at HRF including launching by winch or bungee.
The bungee/winch must be so laid out that when taking the prevailing wind direction into account the line does not descend onto the runways; taxiways, pit area, entrance road, parking area or clubhouse after release of the glider.

h. Helicopters
Helicopters and fixed wing aircraft may only be flown at the same time off the same runways or in the same air space once the helicopter pilot has passed a proficiency test as approved by the Committee.
Helicopters may not be flown or hovered in the area between the clubhouse and the runways or between the clubhouse and the helicopter pad.
All trainee helicopter pilots shall fly off the helicopter pad

i. Landings
When a pilot wishes to land his aircraft, he will announce to do so in a loud, clear voice, by calling 'LANDING!'
The safety officer on duty will determine direction of landing. This direction will also apply to take-off and no deviation will be allowed until the safety officer sanctions a new direction.
Pilots must land on the recognised runways. If someone is unable to do so, he must land on the far side, away from the pilot's area and the clubhouse.
Emergency landings of any nature, particularly 'DEAD STICK!' landings, take preference over normal landings and take-offs.
After landing, the pilot will immediately remove his aircraft to the pit area. If required to go and retrieve the model from the runway, make sure it is safe to do so. If crossing the runway, the pilot must take care and ensure that he notifies the other pilot' s still flying. Once in the pits, the radio must be switched off and the transmitter returned to the Transmitter pound and your membership card removed from the pegboard.

j. Safety Officers
A safety officer will be appointed for every competition. On general flying days any member may be appointed by his fellow members present or by a Committee member to perform this duty. Safety officers must point out infringements of these rules. Should a member fail to give his co-operation, the incident must be reported to the committee so that further steps may be considered in accordance with Clause 8 of the Constitution.


The safety of pilots and spectators must at all times be considered of primary importance.
Pilots may not drink alcohol and fly.


Any guests, including non-flying, are the full responsibility of the hosting club member. The hosting club member will be held liable in full, for all actions at the club by their respective guest. A guest in this context, is defined as any person a club member brings to the flying field, including family, friends and external club members.

Any guests, that will fly, brought to club must first be announced to any committee member by the hosting club member, informing the committee member of the guest ARO number and ARO proficiency. Please point 7 above for additional information.


A pilot who contravenes the safety rules and who in the opinion of the Safety Officer or a Committee Member constitutes a threat to the safety of members and visitors may be grounded for the remainder of the day. For serious breaches of safety rules that member may face disciplinary action under Clause 8 of the Club's constitution.

Unruly behaviour will not be tolerated. This will lead to a member's immediate suspension from the club as per the Committees mandate and will face disciplinary action under Clause 8 of the Club's constitution.


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