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SAFETY - Flying your helicopter

There are of course a great many different places that you may decide to try to fly your helicopter.

Flying Clubs

Many 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.

Almost 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 spectating areas.

The 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.

Park Flying

This 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.

One 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 - Honestly 

If 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.

If 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.

Once 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 clear again.

PERFORM YOUR PRE-FLIGHT CHECKS CAREFULLY
FLY YOUR HELICOPTER SAFELY
LAND YOUR HELICOPTER SAFELY
NEVER TRY TO SHOW OFF TO YOUR FRIENDS

ENJOY YOUR FLYING !

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