WMAC – Risk Assessment – Hutt Park

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

SECTION 1

Name of Model Flying Club Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Inc.
Name and Location of Model Flying Site  Hutt Park
Site Owner’s name  Hutt City Council
Does the club hold a formal lease defining use of site and term of tenancy?  No. Model flying is allowed as per the Hutt City Councils ‘Policy on flying drones (UAVs) on, in and around Hutt City Council parks and reserves’.
Is model flying at this site an approved activity in terms of the local Council’s District Plan? Yes
Does the club have Resource Consent for flying of model aircraft at this site? n.a.
Assessor’s name (1)  Paul Bealing
Position in Club  Senior Member
Assessor’s Signature Paul Bealing
Assessor’s Name (2)  Gavin Rhodes
Position in Club  Committee
Assessor’s Signature Gavin
Risk assessment checked and authorised by Club Committee on 11/10/2017
Review of Assessment due on 28/10/2019

(Unless circumstances relating to operation change, a period not exceeding 24 months is suggested)

SECTION 2

SUBJECT ASSESSED The operation of radio controlled model aircraft at the site specified above.

SECTION 3

Is/Are the Assessor(s) familiar with the requirements of: – Yes No
CAA Rule 101? Yes  
MFNZ Policy documents and Manuals? Yes  
NZJMA Turbine Code of Practice? n.a.  
This Club’s Safety Rules and Regulations? Yes  

SECTION 4 – SITE SPECIFIC RISKS

Record details of individuals, organisations, vehicles, buildings and anything else other than club members and bona fide visitors that could be placed at risk by Club operations
 Adjacent buildings and floodlight poles within the park boundary.
 Vehicles in public carparks on NW and SW park boundaries.
 Members of the public using the park
 
 
 

SECTION 5 – HAZARDS REGISTER

Date Hazard
11/10/2017 Lipo – Batteries
11/10/2017 Sports teams using the park
11/10/2017 Members of the public using the park
11/10/2017  Buildings and floodlight poles
11/10/2017  Vehicles in car parks adjacent to the grassed areas
   
   
   
   
   

RISK ASSESSMENT OF BEFORE AND AFTER CONTROL MEASURES

GROUP A RISKS – ENVIRONMENTAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Use of Airspace relative to: –
· Full sized aircraft
· Other club members aircraft
· Visibility – height
· Visibility – sun blindness
· Spectators close to runway
1 2 2
Control Measures:
· CAA approval held to 400ft. AGL
· No full size aircraft transition the airspace.
· No more than fifteen model aircraft flying at any one time.
· Flight envelope to the East of runway avoids sun problems
· Defined spectator area 30 metres from runway
· Observers for each pilot when large scale and jet aircraft being flown
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Takeoff and landing areas
1 2 2
Control Measures:
Club safety rules defining: –
· use of runway
· approach
· speed limitation on aircraft going past pilot box
· flight envelope
· positioning of pilots’ box to facilitate communication between pilots.
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Fire hazard due to surrounding gardens and grass
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· Gardens and grass maintained by council – clear and short.
· Some members carry fire extinguishers in their vehicles.
1 1 1
Details of Hazard:
Radio Spectrum issues causing loss of control of aircraft being flown.
3 1 3
Control Measures:
· Strict use of MFNZ approved frequencies.
· Most pilots use 2.4 GHz frequency hopping spread spectrum transmitters and receivers.
1 1 1
Details of Hazard:
Meteorology – poor visibility and adverse wind direction.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· Flying not permitted when visibility limited or wind could cause erratic flight
1 1 1

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – ENVIRONMENTAL

Details of Hazard:

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:

Adjacent buildings and floodlight poles within the park boundary.

2 1 2
Control Measures:

Fly with in approved flight envelope

Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:

Vehicles in public carparks on NW and SW park boundaries.

3 1 3
Control Measures:

Fly with in approved flight envelope

Limited to smaller park-flyer models

Residual

1

Residual

1

Residual

1

Details of Hazard:

Members of the public using the park

3 2 6
Control Measures:

. No flying over or near sports teams using the park

. No flying within 20 meters of members of the public using the park

. Observers to alert active flyers should other park users approach the flying area

. No flying over car parking areas

Residual
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Residual
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Residual
.
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual

GROUP A RISKS – MECHANICAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Radio control system – failure of aircraft communication system.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
Transmitter “Range Check” for every model being flown prior to first flight each day.
3 1 3
Details of Hazard:
Aircraft battery failure.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· Pilots self-regulatory check of battery voltage prior to first flight each day.
3 1 3
Details of Hazard:
LIPO battery fire due to aircraft crash, battery failure or incorrect charging procedures.
2 1 2
Control Measures:
· All LIPO batteries are charged on the ground away from vehicles and buildings.
· Fire is of limited duration (approximately 30 seconds) and contained within small area surrounding the battery.
· Members encouraged to use fire proof bags when charging LIPO batteries.
1 1  1
Details of Hazard:
Collision of model aircraft being flown at the same time.
2 2 4
Control Measures:
· No more than three aircraft in the air at any one time.
· Non flying pilots act as observers for active pilots.
· All takeoffs and landings to be flown in an agreed area and direction.
1  1  1

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – MECHANICAL

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual

GROUP A RISKS – HUMAN

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:
Pilot qualification – control of aircraft
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· All pilots current MFNZ members and covered by MFNZ insurance.
· Only pilots with MFNZ “Wings” badge appropriate to type of aircraft being flown.
· Other pilots must have an observer with MFNZ “Wings” badge appropriate to type of aircraft being flown.
3 1 3
Details of Hazard:
Operational Limitations – operating within approved flight envelope and geographical limits.
3 1 3
Control Measures:
· Briefing of new club members and bona fide visitors on flight envelope.
· No turns towards the pits or spectators.
· All flying as agreed on the day and within flight envelope.
3 1 3
Details of Hazard:
Pilot awareness/co-ordination – loss of awareness of operating environment.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· All pilots to be in Pilots’ Box to facilitate communication.
· Non flying pilots act as observers for active pilots.
3 1 3

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – HUMAN

Identity of Hazard Severity Frequency Risk Factor (S x F)
Details of Hazard:

Vehicles

3 2 6
Control Measures:

Park in designated car park area’s

Residual
2
Residual
1
Residual
2
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual