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WINNIPEG MAAC MEN
SAFETY GUIDELINES

 SECTION 1

GENERAL FLYING RULES:

     All members and guests shall observe all Park rules at all times and follow direction from park officials.

     There will be no internal combustion engines used at the Field.

     MAAC Men Gliding Club Shall follow the Wings Program to train Pilots.

     All R/C flyers shall be properly insured and carry their M.A.A.C. membership with them. If foreign guest flyers are using our facility they must have the qualifications and insurance, by the equivalent body in their own country. Upon request, any flyer shall be prepared to prove his qualifications.

     No vehicles shall be allowed on the park grounds except in designated parking areas.

     Visitors and guests shall be the direct responsibility of the members of the club present, whether the member is flying or not, and all precautions shall be taken to see that such visitors and guests are contained in an area where they are subject to the least danger.

     All members and guests shall be responsible for their own refuse and shall endeavor to keep the field in as clean and tidy a condition as possible.

     The pit areas will be located away from the launch area and landing zones. The Pit Area will be 30meters/100feet away from the Parking Area and the Runway/launching area will be 15 meters/50 feet away from the Pit Area. The landing Area should be 7.5 meters/25 feet behind the launch line.

     The winch or hi-start lines shall not cross any park roadways.

     All members shall take every precaution to fly and operate in as safe a manner as possible and abide by M.A.A.C. Safety guidelines.

     During launch, all people in the immediate area of the aircraft shall be at least 10' behind the aircraft. People upwind waiting for or retrieving towlines shall be at least 10' from any active towline.

     Any hand launching of aircraft shall occur in the designated landing area.

     Flying shall be done in such a manner as to avoid flying over the pit areas, picnic areas and spectator areas.

     Frequency control procedures shall be in effect at all flying sessions. Only Canadian frequencies as approved by M. A.A.C. may be used by club members. Members are required to provide their own frequency pins. Pins must cover the frequency being used and have the owners name and frequency on the pin.

     All Electric Aircraft not classified as a gliders are restricted to a weight of 1 kilogram or less. The Flying of Ducted fan aircraft is not permitted at the Field.

 SECTION 2

 CONTEST FLYING GENERAL RULES AND GUIDELINES

QUALIFYING SEASON CHAMPIONSHIP

To declare a champion for the season there must be at least four completed contests during the flying season. This includes any completed re fly contests. Contest dates and re fly dates are determined before the start of the season. The goal is to get as many contests in as possible to give all an opportunity.

 QUALIFYING CONTEST DAY:

 All contestants must be registered prior to the start of the first round.

Three (3) rounds must be flown to qualify the day for season championship points for the contestants, however five (5) rounds are desired each day to reduce the luck factor.

A pilot's score does not count towards Season Championship points if the pilot flies two (2) rounds or less per day and the contest director has determined that the pilot's glider and back up is un-flyable or the contestant is unable to continue.

 RESTRICTED FLY ZONES

 No flight over any parking lot or pit/spectator area. Zero flight score for infraction of Restricted Flying Zone.  The ruling of the contest director or the assistant will be required. A warning may be issued at the discretion of the CD for infractions that occur that are not within the pilots control.

 MANDATORY LAUNCH EQUIPMENT USAGE

 Each contestant shall use the assigned launch and landing circle. Initial determination is by drawing of numbers. The intent is to have all contestants use all the equipment.

Those contestants who are not comfortable launching themselves may use assistants to hold and launch the aircraft. Novice contestants can also have the helper fly the aircraft on launch up to the release and to level flight.

 POP-OFFS

 A pop off must be declared immediately and a re-launch after a pop off is permitted but the flight still must be commenced in the working window if one is in place.

RELAUNCH

 A re-launch is permitted at the discretion of the contest director when requested by the contestant and one of the following conditions has occurred:

w        The contestant's model collides in flight with another model or an airborne obstacle without the fault of the contestant. The pilot shall inform the timekeeper within 30 seconds of the incident whether he/she will continue the flight or request a re-launch.

w        The timing equipment malfunctions

w        The launching system malfunctions.

w        The contestant's model collides with another model or another launch cable during process of launching, (if the contestant continues the flight then no re-launch will be permitted)

*In all cases the CD must be notified immediately for a ruling.

 Re-launch for any of the above reasons will be flown at the end of the round.

  TYPES AND NUMBER OF MODELS

 The contest is open to all non motorized size classes of model gliders and sailplanes unless specified by the contest e.g. RES, 2 meter

 Only Club Members can fly a Motorized Gliders in a Contest and theyre ranking in scores is only for the contest in which they are entered. Their / Motorized glider score will not be Normalized and used for year-end rankings.

 Each contestant is limited to two (2) models for the contest. Each model must be designated as primary or alternate. The model that the contestant chooses to start the contest with will be designated as the primary model. Parts of both aircraft shall be identified accordingly. Any alternate part(s), including wing modification by the addition or by removal of panels, the replacement of the entire wing or horizontal stabilizer when used with the fuselage of the primary model shall constitute the alternate model. A contestant may only change models at the end of a round. Once the secondary model has flown in the contest the primary model cannot be used.

 FLIGHT TIMING/ TIMERS

 w        Timing of all launched flights will begin at the instant of towline releases from the model.

w        Timing will end when the model, or any part of the model contacts the ground or a ground-based object such as a tree, grass, vehicle, or person. Flight times can be rounded to the nearest second except where a flight has exceeded the task flight time then there is no rounding down. Eg 1/10th of a second over is one second over penalty.

w        If the model disappears behind some obstacle or cloud the timer is
allowed to wait a maximum of 10 seconds. If the model does not reappear, timing shall cease and the 10 seconds shall be subtracted from the time of flight.

w        Use of binoculars or other sight augmenting devices by pilots and timers is forbidden.

w        The timer shall not be required to provide a countdown during the
last 10 seconds of the flight unless directed by the contestant prior to the start of the flight. (The contestant prior to launch may use any helper/timer. In any event the timer will not be responsible for any misunderstanding of the countdown.)

 FLIGHT POINTS SCORING

For the flight to be scored the model must land within the designated park boundaries. The recommended boundaries are:  Chain Fence to the east and south, dirt path to the west, trees to the north. Prior to the start of a contest the contest director may change the boundaries if required for special conditions or events.

The actual flight points will be calculated using the timing of the flight and the formula for the event being flown.

The total score for each flight shall consists of the sum of the flight points and the bonus landing points as laid out in the particular contest guidelines.

 LANDING POINTS

Bonus Landing: An additional number of points will be added to the flight score if the nose of the model comes to rest within pre-determined distance from a spot (i.e. landing circle). The number of points awarded shall be read from the tape at the point of the nose of the aircraft: a fixed WHOLE number (e.g. 25, 50, 95, 100, etc.). Some landing tasks will require the aircraft to come to rest before crossing a line perpendicular to the landing tape.

 Lost Parts and Inverted Rule

 No landing points shall be awarded if the model loses parts during the flight and landing or comes to rest in an inverted position during landing.

 

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