WMAC – Registration – Battle Hill Flying Site

Club Flying Site registration check list for

Battle Hill Forest Park

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  Battle Hill Forest Park
Latitude Longitude  -41.06024,  174.9395
Grid reference  N/A
a. That the owner, and other existing or traditional users, consent to model aircraft operations. Greater Wellington Regional Council: GWRC identify areas where UAVs are permitted and note that you can not operate a UAV at the following: all designated picnic areas, all designated camping areas, areas of Battle Hill Farm Forest Park and Belmont Regional Park seasonally closed for lambing and calving, all wetland and nesting or roosting bird habitat areas in parks, closer than 30 metres to any vehicles, boats or park buildings or structures, in other locations when asked to cease flying by a Park Ranger or member of the public
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.  The area known as ‘The Airstrip’ is well suited to model flying with minimal impact on visiting walkers and it is bordered by fences on its northern and western edges.
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
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
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 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.  -41.06024,  174.9395
b. The distance and direction to the nearest existing model flying site.  13km to Seddon Field, Upper Hutt on a heading of 140 degrees
c. The flight line, runway and pits areas.  See map
d. The car parking and public spectator areas.   See map
e. The estimated airspace zone that will be used, and the prevailing wind(s)   See map. Prevailing winds from north and south
f. The distance and direction to the nearest noise-sensitive building.  120m west
g. Natural and man-made hazards, such as power pylons, trees, wildlife.  Grazing stock (sheep and cattle), some trees on perimeters
h. Areas of regular public use, such as: sports and playing fields, walkways, picnic areas and the like.  Walking and horse riding trails cross the north western corner of the field.
I. Residential and/or other built-up areas. This includes schools, churches, prisons and other institutions.  Primarily rural location with two adjoining residences
j. Areas where stock are grazed. This should also include seasonal restriction, for instance lambing ewes.  Yes. Access is subject to seasonal restrictions
k. Areas where RC cars or boats have been known to operate, or may reasonably be expected to operate.  no
l. The distance and direction to the nearest airport/airfield/aerodrome.  17km to Paraparaumu airport on bearing 13.6 degrees

Draft club rules and procedures shall be provided

See Attached.



Battle Hill Flying site