Wellington Model Aeroplane Club
HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN
FOR OPERATING MODEL AIRCRAFT
Gladstone Road Gladstone
Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Committee
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:
- CAA Regulations Part 101
- Model Flying New Zealand Members Manual
- 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.
Some members carry their own first aid supplies.
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.
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.
- Key Contacts List
- Hazards Register
- Flight Line Guidelines
Attachments: Separate Electronic Documents
- Risk Assessments and Control Measures
- Aircraft Inspection Form
- Club Safety Rules and Guidelines
Attachment 1: Key Contacts List
|List of Contacts||List name of contact||List phone numbers|
|Club Committee||Leo Duflou
Jonathan Du Preez
|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 (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
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.|
|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|
|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.
FLIGHT-LINE GUIDELINES FOR FLYING AT
Gladstone Road Gladstone
When more than one pilot is present, the following matters are to be discussed and agreed: –
- In Use
- 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
- Verbally communicate immediately