Rules

Basic Club Rules

1. Anyone wishing to fly at Inter-River Park must be a member of the NVRCFC, and have current, valid MAAC insurance.

2. Flying is allowed only during the posted “Park Permit” field booking times. Absolutely NO flying when:

i.) DNV field maintenance personnel are on the field or

ii.) Other field users (i.e sports teams) or members of the public are on the field.

3. The orange cones must be set out prior to flying (even if flying alone). This is a MAAC requirement. Set up first row of cones in line with the third base line. These are the pilot flight stations. Set-up second row (flight line) 10 paces west from the first row. ALL flying must be done west of the flight line. If not familiar with proper cone set-up contact a club executive for clarification. 

4. All pilots are responsible to ensure that flying is restricted to the designated fly zone (as posted at field and per below).  This includes Fields 4, 5 & 6 plus west grass bank up to Dike Service Road, NOT over Lynn Creek near neighbours’ residences.

5. Altitude limit is 700 feet AGL.

6. Do not fly overhead, or within 30m laterally, of pedestrians walking outside the perimeter fence.

7. Pilots must avoid any damage to the field area including taking all precautions to insure no fuels are spilled on grass. The area used by the club is to be kept clean and free of litter at all times.

8. Sunday flying is restricted to electric powered or glider type aircraft

9. A maximum of two (2) gas/glow powered aircraft may be run at any time, but up to five (5) aircraft may be flown or run at any given time, i.e. two (2) gas/glow; three (3) electric/gliders.

10. A maximum sound level (per District Noise Bylaw # 7188) is enforced.  It is 55 db at 5 metres from source.

11. Max AUW (all up weight) of models must not exceed 5.44kg (12 lbs), except by special permission from club executive.

12. When there are other flyers waiting for a turn, limit flight time to 6 minutes.

13. All models must be labeled according to MAAC Policy MPPD #10.  See MAAC website https://www.maac.ca/en/documents.php for details.

14. MAAC and NVRCFC Rules concerning Field Safety and Etiquette must be followed at all times. MAAC Rules can be found at  https://www.maac.ca/en/documents.php  See relevant docs under “Advisory Group – Safety”.  It is the member’s responsibility to be familiar with and follow the rules relevant to his/her model type.

15. Use common sense safety precautions when at the field. It is a great privilege that the club maintains City permission to use Inter River Park. It is everyone’s responsibility to keep our field safe and incident free!

Flight Zone

Field Use Protocol

Read and be familiar with the Rules above. Pay attention to the no-fly zones.

Please approach other field users with kindness, explain that the club has paid to rent the field during this time and for their own safety they need to clear the field until (X o’clock). If they are testy and don’t want to leave, don’t escalate. Better to wait them out, or if a large group, come back at another time. It helps to be wearing your club membership card when you approach members of the public.

It is highly recommended to use the short chains in the storage box to “lock off” the north and south gates while flying. This reduces the possibility of people straying on to the field while you are flying. Remember to retrieve the chains when you leave or advise whoever will be “closing up” that they are there.

Nitro planes should be filled and started on the asphalt by the bleachers – not on the grass. Fuel spills kill the grass. Remember, no nitro flying on Sundays.

Please pick up your trash! Broken props, balsa fragments, elastics, foam chunks, etc. belong in the garbage, NOT tossed under the bench or left on the field.

If you crash hard, fill in the hole with the displaced turf. We don’t want to leave big divets in the field. And please pick up ALL the pieces, otherwise we are littering the field.

All planes must be labelled with the MAAC owner info. If you do not have one of these stickers download the template which is a sticky on the club Facebook page (see link to Facebook page on top right of new website Home Page). Again, this is a MAAC requirement.

Miscellaneous Safety Tips

Kill the throttle as soon as you cross the line on the edge of the field, entering the pitts area! An unfortunate incident caused a pilot to lose control, crashing into a parked plane – due to not closing the throttle in time!

When your plane is on the bench, and you accidentally bump the throttle stick to full throttle, don’t reach through the propeller to stop your plane.

Not a safety tip, but when flying a nitro or gas plane, using partial throttle and flying your plane over the fenced area at lower altitude can lower noise outputs from our neighbours’ perspectives.

Please email the webmaster your anonymous safety tips!