Site – General
- Outer gate must remain locked at all times that a member of staff is not on site (season ticket holders only status).
- Inner gates may be left open until flying ceases and last person leaves (gates must be anchored open using hooks provided and combination lock must be closed and tumbled)
- The primary flyers parking is Carpark A or the visitors parking around reception, alternative parking locations only by arrangement.
- Season ticket holders are permitted to host non-member guests on 3 separate occasions (conditions apply, see Season Ticket Arrangements 2018)
- No naked flames or fires on site.
- Charging Lithium Polymer batteries must be supervised at all times.
- No smoking in any indoor space.
The General Flying rules and principles detailed in the BMFA Members Handbook apply at BMFA Buckminster.
Flying – General
- All pilots must show proof of BMFA or equivalent liability insurance.
- Specific rules will be implemented and briefed for individual events as appropriate.
- All pilots must check in at reception prior to commencing flying (unless alternative arrangements are in place for the day).
- All pilots should familiarise themselves with site layout/operating rules prior to flying.
- Pilots must observe the specified ‘dead airspace’ for each flightline/pilots box.
- Vehicles must be parked in the designated parking area for the specific activity.
- Flightline/pilots box in use for R/C flying will be designated at the start of each flying day.
- Vehicles not to be taken out onto flightlines unless with specific permission from Event Organiser, Flightline Controller or duty staff member.
- All rubbish and debris must be removed from the flight line and flying area.
- Please take all of your litter home.
- Damaged/scrap lithium polymer batteries must be disposed of appropriately, do not place them in general waste bins, seek guidance from duty staff member or remove from site completely.
- When mixed activity is taking place it is expected that all parties will communicate effectively to ensure safe practice and best utilisation of facilities.
- Pilots should ensure that they are appropriately briefed on the operation and orientation for the day.
- Pilots should familiarise themselves with the dead-side (no fly zone) for each runway and pilot box (see airfield maps)
- For general flying 2.4GHz and 35MHz equipment may be used
- All transmitting equipment must be compliant with the relevant UK law.
- Models must not be flown close to or over the buildings, car park or camping areas.
- The flight paths must be kept as far as possible to the west, north and east of the site (and NOT to the south).
- Only ‘Silent Flight’ (including quiet electric) models may be flown before 010:00hrs on any day.
- Failsafes should be correctly set where appropriate, spot checks will be carried out for compliance (remember this is a legal requirement).
- A range check should be carried out at the start of each flying session.
- A pre-flight check should be carried out before each flight.
- General operation will require aircraft to comply with the DoE Noise Code (82Dba at 7 metres)
- Aircraft coming to rest outside of the site boundaries should be retrieved with the knowledge and permission of the Flight Line Controller.
- Turbine aircraft may only be operated by prior arrangement and permission.
- Permission to operate turbine aircraft must be obtained a minimum of 24 hours before flying.
- Turbine operations will be restricted subject to local crop and ground considerations.
- When operating aircraft powered by gas turbines a spotter is compulsory.
Over 20kg Aircraft
- Over 20kg aircraft may only be operated by prior arrangement and permission.
- Permission to operate over 20kg aircraft must be obtained a minimum of 24 hours before flying.
- When operating over 20kg aircraft or aircraft a spotter is compulsory.
- Flying must only take place in designated areas.
- Launching to take place from within designated sector advised by the flight-line controller for the day/flying session.
- Fuse type dethermalisers are not permitted.
- Before retrieving aircraft from outside the site boundaries ensure that the event/flightline controller/duty staff member is aware of your intent and is in possession of your contact details.
- Flying must only take place in designated areas.
- A line pull test must be carried out where appropriate.
First Person View
- All equipment must be compliant with relevant UK requirements
- All FPV operation must be in accordance with the terms of the current CAA Exemption for FPV flight.
- Where practical rotorcraft will be allocated to a dedicated flightline.
- Rotorcraft flight may take place on a shared fixed wing flightline where appropriate and with the agreement of all parties.
- Suitable aircraft may be flown in the events building by arrangement.
- No running of internal combustion engines indoors.
- No naked flames.
- If you are involved in an incident at the National Centre or witness unsafe practice then this should be reported to a member of staff at the earliest opportunity.
- Any matter relating to site security, equipment damage or unauthorised activity should be reported at the earliest opportunity.
- If you witness a security incident or unauthorised access please record time and date details in order that security camera footage can be reviewed and saved.
- The site currently benefits from an exemption to the Air Navigation Order which permits the operation of over 7kg aircraft above 400 feet (agl) the site also benefits from a NOTAM (Notice to Airmen).
- These do not legally represent segregated airspace but form a warning to air users of unusual or hazardous activity.
- This means that effective lookout should still be maintained at all times flying is taking place.
- It is also worth remembering that the length and orientation of the main runway could make it an attractive landing proposition for a light aircraft with an inflight emergency, and also for a sailplane/glider unable to locate a thermal in which to climb away.
- Be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times.
- Emergency requiring ambulance – dial 999 and if possible post person(s) at entrance to guide ambulance to required location within site.
- Report incident to staff member at earliest opportunity.
- The address for the National Centre is:
Lincolnshire, NG33 5RW
Co-ordinates of entrance:- Lat 52.777138, Lon -0.704075
- See website or on-site notices for rules and information relating to camping and non-flying related matters.