WMAC – Health and Safety – Indoor

 

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club

HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN

FOR OPERATING MODEL AIRCRAFT

AT

Expressions Hall, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Central, Upper Hutt

 October 2017

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Committee

Date: 11/10/2017

divider imageIntroduction

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club conducts model aircraft flying activities at Expressions Hall, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Central, Upper Hutt 5018 for club members and invited members of other clubs affiliated to Model Flying New Zealand.

Members of the public are not admitted into the hall when the Wellington Model Aeroplane Club is undertaking flying activities there.

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

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 all types of indoor model aircraft.

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 and observers 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 hall and establishing safety lines makes best use of this approach.

First Aid

Some members carry their own first aid supplies.

Fire Hazard

Radio controlled model aircraft flown at the hall are generally powered by Lithium polymer batteries which may combust in the event of a crash or use of incorrect charging procedures.

Fire Mitigation

Fire hose reels and dry powder fire extinguishers are located around the hall.

Attachments:

  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

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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  Michael Cuthbert  See Above
Trentham Fire Station  Emergency Call  111
Upper Hutt Ambulance Station  Emergency Call  111
Upper Hutt Council    (04) 527 2168
Model Flying New Zealand Jonathan Shorer 06 362 6313
     

Attachment 2: Hazards Register

 

Environmental    
Airspace   Model aircraft may fly anywhere in the hall other than over the flight line and pits area.
Airfield Runways Model aircraft may take off and land anywhere in the hall other than over the flight line and pits area.
Flight Envelope   Model aircraft may fly anywhere in the hall other than over the flight line and pits area.
Surrounding Area   N/A
Grounds Layout Take off/landing
Pilots’ Box
Pits
Spectators
Personnel close to flying aircraft
Hall constructed with some flammable materials – fire hazard
Pits/spectator area adjacent to flying area
Radio Spectrum   Use of MFNZ approved frequencies only with most pilots using 2.4 Ghz.
Meteorology   Visual contact with aircraft
No wind effects in hall
Fire   Spread of fire through building.
Mechanical    
Aircraft   Failure of aircraft
RC system   Failure of aircraft
Fuel   Fire Hazard – covered above
Accident/Failure   On ‘airstrip’
Off ‘airstrip’
Collision   On circuit
Human    
Pilot Qualification   Control of aircraft
Operational Limitations   Operating within hall airspace.
Pilot Awareness/Co-ordination   Loss of awareness of operating environment
Safety Management   Co-ordination of safety response.
Medical   Unexpected medical event affecting ability to control aircraft.
Minor and/ or major injuries

 

Attachment 3:

FLIGHT-LINE GUIDELINES FOR FLYING AT

Expressions Hall, Expressions Arts & Entertainment Centre, 836 Fergusson Dr, Upper Hutt Central, Upper Hutt

 

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

Runway:

  • In Use
  • Circuit Direction
  • Entry
  • Exit
  • Queuing

Startup Area:

  • Positioning

Take Off:

  • Once airborne move to flight line
  • Takeoff run, down the hall and away from the pits/spectator area.

Circuit:

  • Limitations: height, width and length of hall
  • No flying over the pits/spectator area

Emergencies:

  • Fire extinguishers and hose reels in several locations throughout the hall
  • Five emergency exits located around the hall
  • Anyone going to recover aircraft MUST have approval of active pilots
  • No one on the hall floor unless specifically cleared by active pilots