WMAC – Registration – Gladstone Flying Site

Club Flying Site registration check list for

(Gladstone Freeflight Site)

Club name : Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Inc.

Club MFNZ number : 56

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Any application for registration of a flying site shall be in writing. Draft club rules and procedures shall be provided.

The following points have been addressed:

Flying site name  Gladstone Free Flight Flying Site
Latitude Longitude

-4102’ 18.07” S 175 36’ 30.23” E

Grid reference  N/A
a. That the owner, and other existing or traditional users, consent to model aircraft operations. Yes, site has been in continual use by WMAC, NZMAA/MFNZ since 1983
b. That the site will be operated safely, having particular regard for public access, walkways, car parking zones, nearby dwellings and animals/stock.  Yes
c. That the MFNZ restriction on model aircraft not overflying members of the public can be met with a reasonable safety margin, taking into account the local geography. Additional care shall be taken to ensure the trajectory corridor extending from either end of the runway does not intrude on public walkways for at least 200 metres. If the local geography does not allow this, the Club shall have a safety plan, and marshals located to ensure that landings/take-offs do not occur when the public is at risk. Yes
d. That noise will not become a source of complaints. The MFNZ Noise COP offers guidelines on noise levels that may be tolerated and means of reducing the possibilities of complaints. Occupiers of nearby dwellings should be advised/canvassed, and their general agreement sought if possible. A noise mitigation plan shall be written and be available to be implemented as may be required.  Yes
e. That model aircraft operations are not incompatible with the general local environment. Yes; environment is rural
f. The Local Authority and District Plan allows for the operation of model aircraft in the proposed new site. (This can be a complex issue and care should be taken before commitment to a new flying field. The MFNZ Council may be able to offer advice in this area.) Yes; zoning is rural
g. That model flying is permitted by CAA under the terms of controlled air space. (The MFNZ holds information concerning this and can advise concerning applications for dispensations) Yes; site has adequate separation (~10km) from nearest civil airport

Site Plan

At least one sketch plan (and preferably 2 or 3 with different scales) of the flying site shall be provided, clearly showing the following details:

a. The location of the proposed site, with either map or GPS co-ordinates.  -41⁰ 02’ 18.07” S 175⁰ 36’ 30.23” E (nominal centre of site)
b. The distance and direction to the nearest existing model flying site.  Nearest existing site is Wairarapa MAC site at Hood Aerodrome
c. The flight line, runway and pits areas.  Variable, see map for locations
d. The car parking and public spectator areas.  Variable-see map. Always located upwind of flightline
e. The estimated airspace zone that will be used, and the prevailing wind(s)  See map-boundary areas. Prevailing winds variable, but mainly NE-SW, and W.
f. The distance and direction to the nearest noise-sensitive building.  Site is farmland-nearest buildings 1.5-2km
g. Natural and man-made hazards, such as power pylons, trees, wildlife.  Various: trees, shelterbelts, fence-lines, creeks and drainage ditches. Only larger trees pose flying hazard in terms of downwind retrieval.
h. Areas of regular public use, such as: sports and playing fields, walkways, picnic areas and the like.  None-site is privately owned farmland with no normal public access; occasional access by agricultural contractors
I. Residential and/or other built-up areas. This includes schools, churches, prisons and other institutions.  None-site is farmland
j. Areas where stock are grazed. This should also include seasonal restriction, for instance lambing ewes.  Site is rural, mixed farming-mainly sheep with variable cropping. Flying and model retrieval is compatible with sheep grazing. Flightlines positioned as required to avoid overflying/landing in crops
k. Areas where RC cars or boats have been known to operate, or may reasonably be expected to operate.  None applicable
l. The distance and direction to the nearest airport/airfield/aerodrome.  Hood Aerodrome, on S edge of Masterton is ~ 10km NE of centre of flying site

Draft club rules and procedures shall be provided

See Attached.



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