FPV Racing Procedures and Guidelines – May 2017

 

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NEHC FPV Multi-Rotor Flying Procedures & Guidelines – May 2017

 

 Governing Body Alignment

The rules outlined in the following ‘Rules Section’ are specific to the NEHC field.  Other rules set down by governing bodies supersede the NEHC field rules, except where specifically stated.  Pilots will follow and abide by the Flying Procedures and Guidelines set down by the following organizations:

  • NEHC – Although some New England Heli Crew rules may be repeated below, all NEHC rules supersede the rules set forth in the below.
  • AMA – Pilots active in any of the various RC sports are expected to abide by the rules, regulations, and guidelines set down by the Academy of Model Aeronautics. You can find more information on the official AMA website: modelaircraft.org
  • FAA – The Federal Aviation Administration rules, regulations and guidelines pertaining to drone use should also be followed.
  • MultiGP – During MultiGP events being held at the field, all attendees will follow related MultiGP rules.
  • FCC-The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is an independent government agency responsible for regulating the radio, television and phone industries. The FCC regulates all interstate communications, such as wire, satellite and cable, and international communications originating or terminating in the United States.

1)   General Rules

  1. Keep our field CLEAN and spotless! Please plan to bring whatever trash you create at the field home with you. In additional, it is expected that any trash you see laying around will be picked up.
  2. If a pilot hits a gate and it comes apart, he/she should put the gate back together at the next safe opportunity. If a pilot destroys a gate so that it cannot be put back together, that pilot should repair the gate, or make arrangements with another pilot to have the gate repaired or replaced.
  3. If a pilot finds him/herself in a situation where the pilot is no longer in complete control of the aircraft, the pilot will immediately kill power to the aircraft. No exceptions. Further, to avoid issues where an aircraft lands hard, crashes, or hits a gate, pilots will inspect their aircraft for issues prior to taking off again.  This includes taking off after the aircraft has hit the ground or another obstruction.
  4. Pilots must have an AMA membership to fly at the NEHC field. Pilots should be prepared to present their AMA card upon arrival at the field.
  5. Pilots must be a member of NEHC or visiting the field as a guest of a member.
  1. To Fly as a Guest:
    1. Proof of valid AMA membership is required to fly, such as an AMA membership card or a receipt of the AMA payment.
    2. A guest must have a host member with them at ALL Times. The NEHC hosting member is responsible for their guest’s orientation, education and actions while at the field.

You must agree and sign and date the NEHC FPV Multi-Rotor Flying Procedures and Guidelines. Please leave your signed copy behind in the tool box.

  1. A member can host one guest per day.
  2. Guests are limited to 3 visits per year.
  3. A guest can use an open frequency. If the pool of frequencies is consumed by members, the guest must share the frequency with their host and/or other guests.
  4. All event guest privileges expire at the end of the racing event.
  5. Attending an event does not count toward the 3 times per year limit.
  1. No flying in the tent.
  2. No charging of batteries under the tent.
  3. If you are doing repair work under the tent that requires you to plug in a LIPO battery, remove the props or use a current limiting light bulb (smoke stopper).
  4. All members, active and applicants, will abide by our Code of Conduct and will:
    1. At all times, demonstrate safe, good and sound judgment on the ground and in the air.
    2. Follow all club and field rules which are posted at the field, or referred to in this document. No exceptions.
    3. Support the interests of our club and support the club mission.
    4. Demonstrate good behavior which politely and professionally promotes the hobby/sport of model aviation.
    5. Will avoid using foul language and verbally or physically abusing each other.
    6. Will be particularly sensitive to good common-sense behavior in the presence of youth.
  5. When arriving at the field to fly, at any time, each pilot will check in with each pilot already on the field to ensure proper frequency alignment.
  6. Changing frequencies while another pilot is in the air is prohibited. If you need to change your frequency, you must coordinate with every pilot at the field, to ensure that there are no pilots in flight while you adjust.
  7. To decease frequency splashing, do not fly your machine within 25 feet of another pilot who is flying. This also applies to taking off and working on your machine, as well as simply powering on your machine. These activities can and will cause frequency interruption, and are prohibited.
  8. VTX Frequency Control:
    1. Pilots can “only” choose from the recommended frequencies within the 5.8mhz band. Using these channels will allow for maximum pilots to fly at one time.
    2. Using other 5.8 frequencies is prohibited. 1.28mhz, 1.3mhz, 3.3mhz 2.4mhz 2.6mhz and Digital VTX’s on a fixed frequency within specified bands are acceptable for other FPV actives while 5.8mhz is in use.
    3. If a pilot feels that it’s needed, then all pilots will abide by the agreed upon form of frequency management procedure determined by consensus in the field.
    4. NEHC recommends using known high quality video equipment to avoid interference with others.
    5. We recommend adjustable power vtx equipment, currently the limit is 200mw at the field, this is subject to change as the trend in the hobby is moving towards 25mw, which is proving more successful.
    6. RTF (Ready-To -Fly) models must be set to meet NEHC power / frequency rules. For example, Vortex out of the box, outputs 350 Mw.  Which exceeds our rules. They must be configured on low power.
    7. VTX spamming. If your equipment is found to interfere with others, you maybe be asked to abstain from flying until your issue are resolved.

 

Color Frequency Band Name Channel
red 5685 Boscam E 2
orange 5760 Fatshark 2
green 5800 Fatshark 4
black 5860 Fatshark 7
Blue 5905 Boscam E 6

 

  1. When flying on the course, you must follow the established directional pattern. Unless you have arranged to fly in a direction on the course that is contrary to the direction the course was designed to be flown in with the other pilots on the field, pilots must follow the proper direction on the various courses.
    1. MultiGP Tsunami Course Example – Flying through the 5 gates in the proper sequence, starting at Gate 1, then Gate 2, and so on. Do not fly through the gates in the opposite direction, or through random gates while other pilots are attempting to navigate the course the way it was designed to be flown.
  2. When flying at the field, there will be four designated areas. Below is a description of each area. These areas will be set as multiple pilots arrive to fly.  The areas that will be established are:
    1. The Pit Area – This area is where tents, tables, and gear can be setup. This is the only area of the filed where pilots are allowed to work on their machines, If working on your machines means you need to change your VTX channel.
    2. The Take Off Area – This is the area where pilots should bring their machines to, prior to power in it on. The Take Off Area will be no less than 25 feet from the area pilots are flying from, as well as no less than 25 feet from the Pit Area.
    3. The Landing Area – This area can be the same as the Take Off Area. However, with several pilots flying, it may be safer to establish another area where pilots will land their machine.
    4. The Course – This is the area, which can be more than one, where flight is allowed. For Free Fly, Practice, and events, this will be established in advance.  When just showing up on the field, work out the areas where you will be flying with other pilots.
  3. No flying outside of designated areas. Again, these areas can be communicated and agreed upon during fun fly. For practice and events, designated areas will be established and communicated prior.
  4. In order to allow other member pilots the opportunity to plan ahead, all Events and Practices shall be coordinated with the field coordinator and approved by subcommittee.
    1. Event announcements shall be communicated on the yahoo group  no less than 7 days in advance. This will allow member pilots not participating in the club team or event, to have the opportunity to fly when they can, without being impacted by practices and events.
    2. All members are required to respect each other’s rights to the field. No last-minute event planning or pickup practices.  If someone shows up to fly on day that was not communicated as described above, the practice or event will yield to the show up Pilot and allow the pilot to fly as if it were a typical free fly day.
  5. During Practice and Events, there will be no FPV flying (5.8gHz) without coordination with event organizer. Allowing this would impact the control of frequency during practice and events. Example, there is a scheduled practice or event, and a pilot wants to show up and use another part of the field to fly in.  This is prohibited.
    1. Retrieval of aircraft needs to be safely coordinated with other pilots
    2. When sharing a frequency, we leave it up to pilots to determine an equitable sharing of time
  6. Flying Procedures and Guidelines are subject to change.

 

 

Please leave this signed sheet in the NEHC FPV tool Box:

I have read and agree to the

 NEHC FPV Multirotor Flying Procedures & Guidelines.

 

Guest Printed Name______________________________

Guest AMA#___________________________

Guest Signature_______________________Date______________

Guest Cell Phone_____________________

MultiGP Nick Name____________________________

Event   Y  or  N

Date Guest 1st ____ 2nd____3rd___

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NEHC Member/sponsor agrees to be responsible for the guest all times while @ the NEHC

Sponsors name______________________________

Signature_______________________________date__________

Sponsors cell #______________________________

Please leave this signed sheet in the NEHC Multi-Rotor FPV tool Box: