WMAC – Risk Assessment – Karori Park

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

SECTION 1

Name of Model Flying Club Wellington Model Aeroplane Club
Name and Location of Model Flying Site Karori Park
Site Owner’s name Wellington City Council
Does the club hold a formal lease defining use of site and term of tenancy? No.
Is model flying at this site an approved activity in terms of the local Council’s District Plan? Model flying is not explicitly covered by the plan. However it is not forbidden.
Does the club have Resource Consent for flying of model aircraft at this site? N/A
Assessor’s name (1)  Mark Wilson
Position in Club  Member
Assessor’s Signature Mark W
Assessor’s Name (2)  Paul Bealing
Position in Club  Committee
Assessor’s Signature Paul Bealing
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
Buildings within the park boundary. Buildings are: Karori park changing rooms and pavillion on southern side of the park
Residences surrounding the park
Children using playground adjacent to the carpark at the southern end of the park
Bush to north of the playing field area
Vehicles in public carparks at northern and southern ends of the park
Members of the public using the park

SECTION 5 – HAZARDS REGISTER

Date Hazard
11/10/2017 Lipo batteries
11/10/2017 Bush and pines on the northern side of park (summer)
11/10/2017 Sports teams using the park
11/10/2017 Members of the public using the park and playground on the southern side of the park
11/10/2017 Members of the public exercising dogs in the park
11/10/2017 Members of the public flying kites/other model aircraft within the park
11/10/2017 Buildings  within the park
11/10/2017 Vehicles in public carparks at northern and southern ends of the park
   
   

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 twelve model aircraft flying at any one time.
· Flight envelope as specified by duty flight steward (dependent upon wind direction), no flightline faces the sun
· Defined pits/spectator area 30 metres from runway
· Non flying pilots to act as observers for active pilots
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Airfield runway. See map attached to the Flying Site Check List for details of these 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.· observers to alert active pilots should members of the public approach the designated runway
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Fire hazard due to surrounding trees and scrub-land
2 2 4
Control Measures:
· Some members carry dry powder fire extinguishers in their vehicles
2 2 4
Details of Hazard:
Fire Hazard due to dry grass on airfield.
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· Runways are regularly mowed to a low level by the Wellington City Council.
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:
· Weather minimum 3 km visibility (CAA Reg 101)
· Sufficient space for the runway to be realigned to mitigate the effects of cross winds
3 1 3

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – ENVIRONMENTAL

Details of Hazard:

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

Buildings within the park boundary

2 2 4
Control Measures:

  • No flying within 20 metres of buildings  within the park boundary
Residual

1

Residual

2

Residual

2

Details of Hazard:

Sports teams and members of the public using the park

2 2 4
Control Measures:

  • No flying over sports teams using the park
  • No flying within 20 metres of members of the public or playground
  • Observers to alert active flyers should other park users approach the runway
  • No flying over car parking areas
Residual

2

Residual

1

Residual

2

Details of Hazard:

Roadways, houses and bush outside the park boundary

3 2 6
Control Measures:

  • No flying outside the park boundary

 

Residual

1

Residual

1

Residual

1

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:
Receiver battery failure.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· Pilots self-regulatory check of battery voltage prior to each flight.
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.
· Some members have fire extinguishers available in their vehicles
· 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 twelve aircraft in the air at any one time.
· Non flying pilots act as observers for active pilots.
· All take offs and landings are flown in common circuit direction.
2 1 2

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – MECHANICAL

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

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