WMAC – Risk Assessment – Tawa College

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

SECTION 1

Name of Model Flying Club Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Inc.
Name and Location of Model Flying Site  Tawa College, 38 Duncan Street, Tawa
Site Owner’s name  Local Trust
Does the club hold a formal lease defining use of site and term of tenancy?  No formal lease
Is model flying at this site an approved activity in terms of the local Council’s District Plan? N/A
Does the club have Resource Consent for flying of model aircraft at this site? Not Required
Assessor’s name (1)  Keith Elliott
Position in Club  Club Member
Assessor’s Signature Keith
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?  
MFNZ Policy documents and Manuals?  
NZJMA Turbine Code of Practice?  N/A  
This Club’s Safety Rules and Regulations?  

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
 Car Park
 Sporting Activities
 Members of the public on the sports ground
 
 

SECTION 5 – HAZARDS REGISTER

Date Hazard
11/10/2017 Lipo – Batteries
11/10/2017 Members of the public
11/10/2017 Dry Grass (Summer)
11/10/2017  Buildings
11/10/2017  Car park, vehicles
   
   
   
   
   

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 four 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 scale and jet aircraft being flown
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Airfield runway 40 metres, aligned N/ S
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 dry grass
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· Dry Powder fire extinguisher located in members cars.
1 1 1
Details of Hazard:
Fire Hazard due to dry grass
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· School sports ground mowed at regularly to a low level.
1 1 1
Details of Hazard:
Radio Spectrum issues causing loss of control of aircraft being flown.
2 1 2
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)
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

2 1 2
Control Measures:

Fly within approved flight envelope

Residual
.
1
Residual
.
1
Residual
.
1
Details of Hazard:

Car Parks

3 1 3
Control Measures:

Fly within approved flight envelope

 

Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:

Sporting Activities

3  1 3
Control Measures:

No flying during sporting activities

Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:

Members of the public on the sports grounds

3  1  3
Control Measures:

Avoid any action that may injure other park users

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.
 1  1 1
Details of Hazard:
Receiver battery failure.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· Pilots self-regulatory check of battery voltage prior to first flight each day.
 1  1 1
Details of Hazard:
LIPO battery fire due to aircraft crash, battery failure or incorrect charging procedures.
3 2 6
Control Measures:
· All LIPO batteries are charged on the ground away from vehicles and club buildings.
· Fire is of limited duration (approximately 30 seconds) and contained within small area surrounding the battery.
· Some members carry fire extinguishers.
· 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 four aircraft in the air at any one time.
· All aircraft are flown in common circuit 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.
 1  1 1
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 down the strip and within flight envelope.
 1  1  1
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.
 1  1  1

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – HUMAN

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

Cars

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