These rules are to be read in conjunction with:
- The general model flying rules as defined in the Model Flying New Zealand (MFNZ) Club Manual, available online at: http://www.modelflyingnz.org/clubs.html , and
- Part 101 of the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”) Rules, available online at: https://www.caa.govt.nz/rules/Rule_Consolidations/Part_101_Consolidation.pdf , and
- The Hutt City Councils “Policy on flying drones on, in and around Hutt City Council parks and reserves”. https://www.airshare.co.nz/sites/default/files/Hutt%20City%20Council%20RPAS%20Policy.pdf
Te Whiti Park is used by Wellington Model Aeroplane Club to host the Summer Soaring Series. The event is intended for gliders and slow park fliers. The park is not a dedicated flying site as it is shared with the public. Extra care must be taken when operating model aircraft in this environment.
- The Club Captain, a Committee member or another senior club member will act as Flight Steward. All fliers must conform to direction from the Flight Steward in all operational matters. The first committee member or senior club member to arrive at the park will assume the role of Flight Steward. This role can be passed to another qualified member by mutual agreement.
- Fliers without a Wings badge must fly only under the active supervision of a Club Instructor or Wings badge holder. Fliers without a Wings badge must not operate a winch / bungee unless they have proven experience.
- A frequency control system must be used by all pilots not using 2.4GHz. All intending fliers using frequencies other than 2.4GHz must take active steps to ensure that switching on the transmitter will not result in a shoot down.
- Models will not be flown that are deemed unsuitable for use at the park by the Flight Steward. This includes the following categories of aircraft:
a. Aircraft powered by Internal Combustion engines.
b. Noisy aircraft that that can be clearly heard outside the boundaries of the park.
c. Aircraft that are considered too fast to be safely operated in the park.
d. Aircraft that are considered too large to be safely operated in the park or are larger than the size limits imposed by the Hutt City Council in their policy document referred to above.
- No model shall be launched when there is any risk of airframe failure, high speed stall or other uncontrolled manoeuvre leading to injury to a member of the public or to another modeller.
- Models considered by the Flight Steward to be of poor construction or in a damaged condition shall not be flown.
- No model will be bungee launched if members of the public are present in the area around the bungee and beyond the anchor peg.
- All pilots must be accompanied by an active observer. If, therefore, there are only two members present only one may fly; the other will act as an observer while the other flies.
- Electric powered and assisted models must be flown in airspace well clear of the glider launch and landing areas.
- Any mishaps involving injury (or even manifest fright) to a member of the public must be reported to the Flight Steward or to the WMAC Secretary immediately.
Please be assured that the Committee will take any proven breaches of these rules very seriously.