WMAC – Safety Plan – Karori Skyline


Wellington Model Aeroplane Club




Karori Skyline, Parkvale Road, Wellington

October 2017

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Committee

Date: 11/10/2017

divider imageIntroduction

Wellington Model Aeroplane Club conducts Dynamic Soaring flying activities at this site for club members and invited members of other clubs affiliated to Model Flying New Zealand.

Flying model aircraft at this location is by invitation only and is not a public event.

Safety is of paramount importance in all of the flying conducted at this site.

Rules and Procedures

Rules governing the safe operation of radio controlled model aircraft at this location are listed in the following publications:

  1. CAA Regulations Part 101
  2. Model Flying New Zealand Members Manual
  3. This Club’s safety rules and guidelines

MFNZ has approved this site for the flying of DS type model aircraft in terms of the above listed publications.

Hazards and Risks

A Risk Assessment has been undertaken and a Register of Hazards established. Both the severity of a risk and the frequency of the risk occurring are taken into account to give a final score by using the methodology recorded in MFNZ’s Risk Assessment Procedure”.

Mitigation of identified risks is undertaken by a number of control methods to lower the final score to an acceptable level.

Should a serious accident occur, a post-accident audit will be conducted to capture any additional actions to make model flying at this site even safer.

Any queries regards this document should be directed to the Club’s President.

Proximity to Personnel

The approach adopted to ensure the safety of members, observers and nearby residents is one of lateral separation and flight direction limitations. This is a similar approach to that taken when considering safety at aviation locations and events. The logic is based on accepting a low risk of an aircraft accident, and following this occurrence, trying to ensure the aircraft is as far away from any people as possible.

The layout of the airfield and establishing safety lines makes best use of this approach.

First Aid

Some members carry their own first aid supplies.

Fire Hazard

Radio controlled model aircraft carry batteries which are unlikely to combust in the event of a crash.

Fire Mitigation



  1. Key Contacts List
  2. Hazards Register
  3. Flight Line Guidelines

Attachments: Separate Electronic Documents

  1. Risk Assessments and Control Measures
  2. Aircraft Inspection Form
  3. Club Safety Rules and Guidelines


Attachment 1: Key Contacts List

List of Contacts List name of contact List phone numbers
Club Committee Leo Duflou
Phil Bolton
Jonathan Du Preez
Michael Cuthbert
Chris Murphy
Paul Bealing
Lee Kleynhans
Gavin Rhodes
04 235 6925 or 027 444 1233
027 440 7967
021 482 832
027 660 6556
027 3386 383
04 970 7268
021 026 76572
021 029 86529
Club Safety Officer Peter Glassey 021 738 390
Karori Fire Station Emergency Call 111
Thorndon Ambulance Station Emergency Call 111
Wellington City Council Emergency Call 04 499-4444
Model Flying New Zealand Jonathan Shorer 06 362 6313
CAA Manager Special Flight Operations and Recreational Aviation  04 560 9400

Attachment 2: Hazards Register

<tdFailure of communications system

Environmental   (The following are examples of type of information to be recorded)
Airspace   This site is within controlled air space to be used as a shielded operation only.
Airfield Runways n.a.
Flight Envelope   See attached map (shielded operation)
Surrounding Area
  • Farm Land
  • In all directions
  • Scrub covered hill to the South
Grounds Layout Ridge edge Grassed area
Radio Spectrum   Use of MFNZ approved frequencies only with most pilots using 2.4 Ghz.
Meteorology   Visual contact with aircraft
Fire   Spread of fire through scrub
Aircraft   Failure of aircraft
RC system   Failure of aircraft
Fuel   n.a.
Accident/Failure   On airstrip
Off airstrip
Collision   On circuit
Pilot Qualification   Control of aircraft
Operational Limitations   Operating within airspace and geographical limits.
Pilot Awareness/Co-ordination   Loss of awareness of operating environment
Safety Management   Co-ordination of safety response.
Medical   Unexpected medical event affecting ability to control aircraft.
Sunburn and dehydration
Minor and/or major injuries


Attachment 3:


Karori Skyline, Parkvale Road, Wellington


When more than one pilot is present, the following matters are to be discussed and agreed: –

Launch Area:

  • In Use
  • Circuit Direction
  • Entry
  • Exit


  • Once airborne move to Pilots’ Box
  • Assisted launches away from people


  • Shielded operation


  • Anyone going to recover aircraft MUST have approval of active pilots
  • No one on the launch area unless specifically cleared by active pilots

Aircraft failure:

  • Verbally communicate immediately