Field Safety Guidelines

NOTE: Please note that all members and visiting pilots must read and understand the below Field Safety Guidelines when flying at Popp's Field (BAM's flying site).

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A. General

  1. All pilots shall be current members of AMA. Proof of current AMA membership is required prior to flying at BAM.
  2. Visiting AMA pilots and new members of BAM shall receive a safety orientation by one of BAM’s members prior to their first flight.
  3. Pilots shall ensure flight operations in accordance with AMA’s Safety Code and these Field Safety Guidelines at all times.
  4. Pilots are responsible for the safe operation of their aircraft at all times.
  5. All guests, spectators, children, and pets shall be supervised by a BAM member at all times while inside the flying field (fenced area) and are encouraged to remain behind the pit tables.
  6. Pilots shall always secure/restrain running or armed aircraft.
  7. R/C cars and other surface vehicles are prohibited anywhere inside the flying field (fenced area) during active flight operation.
  8. Smoking is prohibited anywhere inside the flying field (fenced area).
  9. The consumption of alcoholic beverages before or during flight is prohibited.

B. Pre-Flight Operation

  1. Pilots that use AM/FM radio equipment (50 MHz, 53 MHz, and 72 MHz) shall possess the appropriate frequency pin.
  2. Pilots shall place their AMA card on the respective channel pin on the frequency board. This does not apply to pilots using 2.4 GHz transmitters.
  3. Pilots shall not start/run their aircraft in the pit area.
  4. For extended engine tuning and troubleshooting procedures (e.g., more than usually needed to start the engine), pilots shall use the marked areas designated for tune-ups, break-in and troubleshooting.
  5. Pilots shall never leave their aircraft unattended while the aircraft is running or armed even if it is secured and restrained.

C. Flight Operation

  1. Pilots shall only taxi aircraft on the taxiways and runway. No taxiing is permitted in the pit area.
  2. While flying, pilots must remain behind the safety fence.
  3. Pilots shall verbally communicate their intentions during takeoffs, landings, low passes, touch-and-gos, and emergencies.
  4. Pilots shall always fly their aircraft north of the centerline of the runway and remain within the approved fly zones (see Fly-Zone Map for details).
  5. Only pilots and a supervised helper are permitted beyond the safety fence (e.g., to retrieve an aircraft).
  6. Landing aircraft have the right of way. Dead-stick landings shall be called as such and given immediate right of way.
  7. Aircraft shall not take off from the taxiways south of the safety fence.
  8. Aircraft shall not land on the taxiways at any time.
  9. Pilots shall call all maiden flights prior to flight. All other aircraft shall be grounded until the maiden flight has been completed.

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