Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Inc.
HEALTH AND SAFETY PLAN
FOR OPERATING MODEL AIRCRAFT
Seddon Range, Alexander Road, Trentham
Wellington Model Aeroplane Club Committee
Wellington Model Aeroplane Club conducts model aircraft flying activities at Seddon Range Alexander Road Trentham Upper Hutt for club members and invited members of other clubs affiliated to Model Flying New Zealand.
Whilst flying model aircraft at this location does not constitute a public event, spectators are welcome to attend and observe.
Safety is of paramount importance in all of the flying conducted at this airfield.
Rules and Procedures
Rules governing the safe operation of radio controlled model aircraft at this location are listed in the following publications:
- CAA Regulations Part 101
- Model Flying New Zealand Members Manual
- NZJMA’s Jet Turbine Code of Practice
- This Club’s safety rules and guidelines
MFNZ and NZJMA have approved this site for the flying of all types of model aircraft including jet turbine models 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.
A comprehensive first aid kit is located on site and some members also carry their own first aid supplies.
The location of the nearest Defibrillator. This should be posted on the club house for all members to see.
Radio controlled model aircraft generally fall into three categories: –
Diesel, Methanol and Petrol fuelled Aircraft
These types of model aircraft have been flown internationally for several decades with a very low incidence of fire.
Electric Powered Aircraft
Electric aircraft are powered by Lithium Polymer batteries which may combust in the event of a crash or use of incorrect charging procedures. The fire is of a very short duration and risk of environmental damage is low.
Jet Turbine Aircraft
Jet turbines use Diesel, Kerosene or Jet A1 fuel for their operation. The small fuel loads carried and the temperature of exhaust gases pose a small risk to the surrounding area.
A commercial sized dry power fire extinguisher is located on site and is readily accessible to all club members. Charge stations should be a stand alone area that if fire develops fire damage is limited.
Each jet turbine pilot shall have his personal CO² fire extinguisher when flying at this location.
- Key Contacts List
- Hazards Register
- Flight Line Guidelines
Attachments: Separate Electronic Documents
- Risk Assessments and Control Measures
- Aircraft Inspection Form
- Club Safety Rules and Guidelines
Attachment 1: Key Contacts List
|List of Contacts||List name of contact||List phone numbers|
|Club Committee||Leo Duflou
Jonathan Du Preez
|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 Officers||Lee Kleynhans, Gavin Rhodes||See above|
|Trentham Fire Station||Emergency Call||111|
|Upper Hutt Ambulance Station||Emergency Call||111|
|Trentham Military Camp Guard House||Duty Officer||Via supplied Radio|
|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||CAA has a registered “Danger Zone” as per map attached with a flight ceiling of 1500 FASL (1350 FAGL).
Full sized aircraft may only transit this airspace in an emergancy.
|Airfield||Runways||North/South alignment – 75 metres with cleared and levelled approach area to the north and south.
Other flying areas as per attached map.
|Flight Envelope||North to the road, South to the hill top, East to Dante Road, South to the prison security boundary. Aircraft to be within line of sight at all times.|
|Prison = no fly
Roads = no fly
Army camp = no fly
Reserve = over-fly is allowed
Golf course = over-fly is allowed
Area to the East
|Grassed area – fire hazard
Personnel close to runway
Scrub-land – fire hazard
Pits/spectator area 10 metres from runway
|Radio Spectrum||Use of MFNZ approved frequencies with most pilots using 2.4 GHz.|
|Meteorology||Visual contact with aircraft
Wind affecting model performance – crosswind
|Fire||Spread of fire through grass and gorse.|
|Aircraft||Failure of aircraft|
|RC system||Failure of aircraft|
|Fuel||Fire Hazard – Fuel/Battery – covered above|
|Collision||Ground and air|
|Pilot Qualification||Safe 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.
Minor and/or major injuries
FLIGHT-LINE GUIDELINES FOR FLYING AT
Seddon Range Alexander Road Trentham
When more than one pilot is present, the following matters are to be discussed and agreed: –
- In Use
- Circuit Direction
- Jets – fire extinguishers present
- Safety barriers
- Once airborne move to Pilots’ Box
- Takeoff run, only 50m down mown runway.
- Aircraft not to be at full speed when passing the pits
- Assisted launches away from people and vehicles
- Limitations 1350 ft AGL
- No direct turns or manoeuvres directly towards any occupied areas
- No over-flying of residential properties, Army camp or Prison
- Jet turbine pilots – personal fire extinguishers on hand
- Club Fire extinguisher and buckets of sand are located in the club hut
- Anyone going to recover aircraft MUST have verbal approval of active pilots
- No one on the active runway unless specifically cleared by active pilots
- Verbally communicate immediately
- Control aircraft to runway, or if not possible, to any other suitable area away from people and vehicles