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- Flying your helicopter
are of course a great many different places that you may decide to try
to fly your helicopter.
people fly with a model aircraft club, and in that case, you will be
flying on a recognised flying site that will have the relevant
organization to ensure that no more than one person has a LIVE RADIO at
any one time. It will also assign you a specified flying area.
all flying clubs have one major rule that must be adhered to at all
times, and that is that you must NEVER fly your aircraft anywhere else
than out in front of you, which will always be away from the pits and
reasons for this are pretty obvious, as nobody wants to loose control,
and have their aircraft fly into other people etc, and as we all know,
control loss does happen, especially with helicopters.
is a bit of a misnomer, but covers flying in any place that is not a
recognized flying club site. This includes public parks and other
public open land (hence the name), parking lots and pretty well anywhere
else you can think of that is accessible by the public.
of the first things is that you really should carry insurance to cover
third party risks. The BMFA provides a good scheme that you can
get when you join them. CLICK
HERE for more info on BMFA insurance. Some household contents
insurance policies can cover flying RC helicopters, but often it is only
for electric helicopters, which they rather strangely classify as TOYS -
you choose to fly in a public area, you need to check the local
regulations or park regulations, or even contact the local authority to
make sure that flying is permitted. Many parks do not allow flying
of any form.
flying is permitted in a public area, there may well be a limit on the
type of aircraft, or it's form of propulsion (electric/nitro/gasser) and
the size of the power unit used.
you have performed these checks, you have your 3rd party insurance, and
you are at the flying site, choose your flying area very
carefully. It absolutely must be an area that is totally clear of
any other people anywhere in the area that you will be flying
over. Also check that there are no people around who may wander
over toward your flying area while you have your helicopter in the
air. If this happens, LAND IMMEDIATELY and wait until the area is
YOUR PRE-FLIGHT CHECKS CAREFULLY
FLY YOUR HELICOPTER SAFELY
LAND YOUR HELICOPTER SAFELY
NEVER TRY TO SHOW OFF TO YOUR FRIENDS
YOUR FLYING !