WMAC – Risk Assessment – Baring Head

RISK ASSESSMENT TEMPLATE

SECTION 1

Name of Model Flying Club Wellington Model Aeroplane Club
Name and Location of Model Flying Site Baring Head
Site Owner’s name Greater Wellington Regional 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? No
Does the club have Resource Consent for flying of model aircraft at this site? No
Assessor’s name (1)  Warren Whitcher
Position in Club  Senior Member
Assessor’s Signature Warren
Assessor’s Name (2)  Michael Cuthbert
Position in Club  Committee Member & Treasurer
Assessor’s Signature Michael
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
 Walkers
 Vehicles
 Livestock
 Cliff Edge
 Paragliders & Hang-gliders
 

SECTION 5 – HAZARDS REGISTER

Date Hazard
11/10/2017  Other Model Aircraft
11/10/2017  Lipo Batteries
11/10/2017  Pilots
11/10/2017  Walkers
11/10/2017  Vehicles
11/10/2017  Paragliders
11/10/2017 Hang-gliders
11/10/2017  Livestock
11/10/2017  Cliff  Edge
   

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 launch area

  • Paragliders & Hang-gliders
1

2

1

1

1

2

 

 

2

2

1

1

1

2

 

 

2

4

1

1

1

4

 

Control Measures:
· CAA approval held to 400ft. AGL
·  Full size aircraft may transition the controlled airspace. Flight plan and approval from Wellington Air Traffic Control Tower
· No more than three model aircraft flying at any one time.
· Flight envelope to the South of launch area avoids sun problems
· Defined spectator area 50 metres from launch area
· Observers for each pilot when large scale gliders are being flown
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Airfield launch area 2 metres aligned north to south
1 1 1
Control Measures:
Club safety rules defining: –
· use of launch area
· approach area
· flight envelope defined
· positioning of pilots’ box to facilitate separation between pilots.
Residual
1
Residual
1
Residual
1
Details of Hazard:
Walkers on track
1 2 2
Control Measures:
· Pilots to be 50 meters from walking track.
·
1 1 1
Details of Hazard:
Livestock
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· Pilots to be outside a 20 meter radius from nearest livestock .
·Livestock should be in fenced paddock.
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:
Vehicles.
1 1 1
Control Measures:
· Pilot to be a minimum of 50 meters from vehicles either parked or moving on the gravel road
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:

Cliff Edge

3 1  3
Control Measures:

Pilots to position themselves behind the cliff edge with a minimum 5 meter distance

Residual

2

Residual

1

Residual

2

Details of Hazard:      
Control Measures: Residual Residual Residual
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.
     
Control Measures:
Transmitter “Range Check” for every model being flown prior to first flight each day.
 2  1  2
Details of Hazard:
Receiver battery failure.
     
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.
     
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.
· Members encouraged to use fire proof bags when charging LIPO batteries.
 2  1  2
Details of Hazard:
Collision of model aircraft being flown at the same time.
     
Control Measures:
· No more than three aircraft in the air at any one time.
· Gliders or electric powered gliders only
· All aircraft 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)
Details of Hazard:

Mechanical failure of control linkages in aircraft

     
Control Measures:

All aircraft should be inspected prior to a days flying and after any crash

Residual

3

Residual

1

Residual

3

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
     
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.
 1  1  1
Details of Hazard:
Operational Limitations – operating within approved flight envelope and geographical limits.
     
Control Measures:
· Briefing of new club members and bona fide visitors on flight envelope.
· All flying within flight envelope.
 1  1  1
Details of Hazard:
Pilot awareness/co-ordination – loss of awareness of operating environment.
     
Control Measures:
· Pilot briefing prior to flying on hazards ie. cliff edge
 1  1  1

GROUP B SITE SPECIFIC RISKS – HUMAN

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

Site being used by Paragliders and/or Hang-gliders

     
Control Measures:

Designated Club Flying Officer must communicate with these users on their flight intentions and the Slope Soaring Pilot’s intentions and flight box parameters

Residual

3

Residual

1

Residual

3

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