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It is the responsibility of every RC pilot to put safety first in everything they do in the hobby. Spinning propellers can easily cause irreparable harm to fingers and other body parts. Model aircraft that can weigh anywhere from 2 to 20 pounds and fly at speeds from 25-75 mph (or faster) require steadfast concentration and often the support of helpers who act as spotters, advising the flyer of other planes or people in the vicinity. The layout of the flying field, designated no-fly areas, taxiing requirements, and fencing all provide additional protection for pilots and spectators alike. Most importantly, Prop Masters RC Aero Club strongly encourages flyers to always act safely and responsibly, creates frequent dialogue among club members to identify safety issues, and continually strives to make the field and its operation as safe as possible.
The Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) has a safety code (https://www.modelaircraft.org/sites/default/files/documents/100.pdf) to which Prop Masters RC Aero Club adheres. Additionally, the club has provided clarifications specific to the Springbrook Prairie Model Aircraft Field.
A key element of Prop Masters RC Aero Club safety plan is the observation of unsafe conditions or behaviors, which are discussed at club meetings to mitigate any risk. These observations have led to recommendations that make specific model aircraft designs safer, maintain sufficient distance between flying aircraft and spectators, and instill prudent practices when starting up engines in the pit area and getting model aircraft to and from the runway.
Everyone is strongly encouraged to notify a club member or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org should a hazardous condition exist at the field or a person's behavior compromises safety in any way.
There are several stakeholder groups that have unique safety rules and guidelines that recreational RC pilots should be familiar with.
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