Safety Rules

Barnyard Buzzards Model Airplane Club 


  Any full club member shall have the authority to enforce the rules herein. 

If a member deliberately refuses to comply with a specific safety rule, the facts should be  reported to any club officer. The incident shall then become club business and be open for  discussion and any appropriate corrective action if/as deemed necessary at the next regularly  scheduled board meeting. (Refer to Section 6 of the club by-laws for more details.) 

The Official AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code and below listed safety rules and  regulations shall apply to all flying activity at the field, including but not limited to fixed wing  aircraft, gliders, multi rotor, and helicopters. The rules/regulations are divided into three  categories; operational, flying and Boat-Float. For safety’s sake, don’t be bashful. 

All safety rules apply at all Barnyard Buzzard facilities. 


Common sense and courtesy shall prevail at all times. 


 1. All members and guests who operate aircraft at the field must be a member in good  standing with the AMA and have in their possession a valid membership card. 

2. All members and guest flyers will sign the flying log 

3. All members are responsible for their guests. 

4. Operation of model aircraft is limited to members in good standing and invited guests.  Any and all guests must be accompanied by a club member and fully understand the field  and safety rules provided to them by the member.  

   • Individuals may only fly free as a guest a maximum of three (3) times. 

   • Members are limited to one (1) guest per day.  

   • No more than one (1) guest in the air at a time.  

   • All guests will be required to sign the guest list and provide the information  requested. 

   • (Sponsoring member and both of their AMA numbers). 

5. Sponsor must remain with guest while guest is flying. 

6. A muffler is required on all engines greater than .074 cu. in. displacement. REV A Last Edited 1-12-2020 

7. All pilots NOT using 2.4 GHz transmitters will ensure that the current channel number is  on the frequency board and is not in use. No transmitter may be turned on unless the  operator has placed his/her AMA card in the appropriate frequency slot. All transmitters  should be identified with an appropriate frequency flag and channel numbers.) Frequency  control is considered to be in operation at all times at the field. 

8. All members are expected to keep the flying and parking areas clean and free of litter. 

9. There shall be no running or horseplay in the pit or runway areas. Small children and/or  animals shall not be allowed in the pit areas. All pets that present a nuisance to the safe  operation of aircraft shall be leashed or confined. 

10. Automobiles shall be parked in the designated area only. No personal vehicles shall be  driven onto the flying field. 

11. Spectators are welcome, but must remain behind the flight stations. 

12. Alcoholic beverages and drugs are strictly forbidden at the flying field. This shall include  all members, guests and spectators. 

13. All models must comply with the Official AMA National Model Aircraft Safety Code. 

14. If any 72 MHz aircraft is “shot down” as a result of a transmitter being turned on, the  individual responsible for turning on the transmitter shall be financially liable for the  “shot down” aircraft provided the pilot of the airborne aircraft is flying by the rules, (i.e.- he/she has their AMA card as the first card for that frequency). 15. FPV (First Person View) flying must be done in strict accordance with the AMA rules  governing FPV aircraft. AMA Document #550 16. Flying Turbine powered aircraft is not allowed. Non-Flying demonstrations of Turbine engines/airframes is allowed with proper restraint of the engine/airframe so as to not  cause any damage to property or people. 17. Any flyer not complying with the Field and Safety Rules may be subject to loss of  privileges at the sites. (Refer to Section 6 of the club by-laws for more details.) 


1. All new members must complete a safety flight check prior to solo flying. This check off  flight must be verified by a non-sponsoring soloed member. 

2. No student pilots may fly at the field at any time unless accompanied by a Club qualified  pilot/instructor. REV A Last Edited 1-12-2020 

3. Pilots shall not stand on the runway while flying, with exception to hand launch type  aircraft, and/or, testing a new model, but only when the runway is clear.

4. Pilots are urged to use pilot station. It is recommended that pilots have spotters. 

5. NO aircraft is to be flown over or behind the pit and spectator areas. High speed low  passes and touch-and-go landings shall be conducted in such a manner as to prevent a  potential hazard to other flyers and spectators.  

6. Pilots must communicate their intentions to their fellow pilots by calling out. Good  communication is more than a courtesy, it promotes safety, (i.e., “take off,” “landing,”  “dead-stick,” etc.) 

7. There shall be no flying or action that will endanger any spectator or club member.  Flying over or between the pit and parking area, and high-speed maneuvers in the  direction of /or over the pilot stations / flight line are strictly prohibited. 

8. There shall be no taxiing of aircraft behind pilot stations. 

9. All hand launched aircraft shall be launched from the runway side of the pilot stations or  perpendicular to the last pilot station. 

10. All engine run-up operations shall also be accomplished with the airplane facing toward  the runway. Pilots must ensure that no person is standing in line with the prop arc. 

11. Any pilot may declare an emergency (including a dead stick). Once declared, he/she has  the right-of way over all other aircraft under power. There shall be no take-offs or  landings until the declared emergency has been terminated. 

12. Landing aircraft have the right-of-way except as noted in an emergency situation. Pilots  should announce landing intentions if others are flying. 

13. No more than four (4) airplanes shall be airborne at the same time, in addition to special  glider area. A maximum of three (3) is recommended. Gliders and quads flying outside  the normal flight box are exempt.


1. No RC activities are permitted while boater or swimmers are utilizing the lake. 

2. Any use of the 72 MHz frequencies by aircraft should be only after the flying field notice  to block 72 MHz use has been posted on the frequency board. 72 MHz transmitters  should be marked with channel numbers as a minimum (per AMA Safety Rules) .

3. Surface vehicles should be limited to 75 MHz or 2.4 GHz. REV A Last Edited 1-12-2020 

4. Notice of boat and float events must be given to scout management. 

5. Safety (flotation) devices of appropriate specs must be available at all times while using  the lake facilities. 

6. First Aid Supplies will be available at the lake. 

7. A rescue craft should be available for rescuing vehicles .

8. No more than three (3) airplanes shall be airborne at the same time at the lake facility 


 1. If you see something you think is unsafe, please report it to a board member. 

2. Surface vehicles should be limited to 75 MHz or 2.4 GHz. 

3. To preserve the airplane runway, RC Cars/Trucks are not allowed. 

4. No littering, please clean-up after yourself as well as any trash in your immediate area. Last person leaving: 

5. Turn off power to the charging station.. 

6. Close and lock container. 

7. Close and lock gate