WMAC – Health and Safety – Gladstone


Wellington Model Aeroplane Club




Gladstone Road Gladstone

October 2017

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Committee

Date: 11/10/2017

divider imageIntroduction

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club conducts free flight model aircraft flying activities at Gladstone Road Gladstone for club members and invited members of other clubs affiliated to Model Flying New Zealand.

Whilst flying model aircraft at this location does not constitute a public event, spectators are welcome to attend and observe.

Safety is of paramount importance in all of the flying conducted at this site.

Rules and Procedures

Rules governing the safe operation of radio controlled model aircraft at this location are listed in the following publications:

  1. CAA Regulations Part 101
  2. Model Flying New Zealand Members Manual
  3. This Club’s safety rules and guidelines

MFNZ has approved this site for the flying of free flight model aircraft in terms of the above listed publications.

Hazards and Risks

A Risk Assessment has been undertaken and a Register of Hazards established. Both the severity of a risk and the frequency of the risk occurring are taken into account to give a final score by using the methodology recorded in MFNZ’s Risk Assessment Procedure”.

Mitigation of identified risks is undertaken by a number of control methods to lower the final score to an acceptable level.

Should a serious accident occur, a post-accident audit will be conducted to capture any additional actions to make model flying at this site even safer.

Any queries regards this document should be directed to the Club’s President.

Proximity to Personnel

The approach adopted to ensure the safety of members, observers and nearby residents is one of lateral separation and flight direction limitations. This is a similar approach to that taken when considering safety at aviation locations and events. The logic is based on accepting a low risk of an aircraft accident, and following this occurrence, trying to ensure the aircraft is as far away from any people as possible.

The layout of the airfield and establishing safety lines makes best use of this approach.

First Aid

Some members carry their own first aid supplies.

Fire Hazard

Model aircraft flown at this site carry batteries and devices which may combust in the event of a crash or use of incorrect procedures. The fire is of a very short duration and risk of environmental damage is low, except possibly during dry summer conditions.

Fire Mitigation

A Knap-Sack water sprayer and fire beaters are located on site and are readily accessible to all club members. In addition, some flyers carry fire extinguishers in their vehicles.


  1. Key Contacts List
  2. Hazards Register
  3. Flight Line Guidelines

Attachments: Separate Electronic Documents

  1. Risk Assessments and Control Measures
  2. Aircraft Inspection Form
  3. Club Safety Rules and Guidelines


Attachment 1: Key Contacts List

List of Contacts List name of contact List phone numbers
Club Committee Leo Duflou
Phil Bolton
Jonathan Du Preez
Michael Cuthbert
Chris Murphy
Paul Bealing
Lee Kleynhans
Gavin Rhodes
04 235 6925 or 027 444 1233
027 440 7967
021 482 832
027 660 6556
027 3386 383
04 970 7268
021 026 76572
021 029 86529 
Club Safety Officer  Chris Murphy See above
Carterton Fire Station Emergency Call 111
Masterton Ambulance Station Emergency Call 111
Model Flying New Zealand Jonathan Shorer 06 362 6313
CAA Manager Special Flight Operations and Recreational Aviation  04 560 9400
Land Owner Andrew & Lottie Rayner 06 379 9344 (lotties.queens@xtra.co.nz)

Attachment 2: Hazards Register

<tdFailure of communications system

Environmental   (The following are examples of type of information to be recorded)
Airspace   The flight ceiling is 400′ AGL
Full sized aircraft may only occasionally transit this airspace.
Airfield Runways Flying area decided on the day according to conditions.
Flight Envelope   Flying within the site boundaries.
Surrounding Area
  • Public Road
  • Farm Land
  • Roadway to the North, West and South
  • Farm Land in all directions
Grounds Layout Parking Area


Flying and Parking areas to be decided on the day according to conditions.
Radio Spectrum  DT Radio, Communications Use of MFNZ approved frequencies only with most pilots using 2.4 Ghz. UHF CB.
Meteorology   Visual contact with aircraft
Fire   Spread of fire through grass and crops
Aircraft   Failure of aircraft
RC system   Failure of aircraft
Fuel   Fire Hazard – IC fuel
Accident/Failure   On site
Off site
Collision   On site
Pilot Qualification   Experience and safe operation of aircraft
Operational Limitations   Operating within airspace and geographical limits.
Pilot Awareness/Co-ordination   Loss of awareness of operating environment
Safety Management   Co-ordination of safety response.
Medical   Unexpected medical event.
Sunburn and dehydration.
Minor and/ or major injuries.


Attachment 3:


Gladstone Road Gladstone


When more than one pilot is present, the following matters are to be discussed and agreed: –


  • In Use
  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Queuing

Startup Area:

  • Positioning


  • Once airborne join time keeper
  • Assisted launches away from people and vehicles


  • Limitations 400 ft AGL, with flying to remain within the farm boundary


  • Knap Sack extinguisher and fire beaters located on site
  • Fire extinguishers in some vehicles
  • Communication – evacuation

Engine outs:

  • Verbally communicate immediately