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Field Rules

Updated 2022

  • Compliance with these and the AMA safety rules will be enforced and is the responsibility of each participant. Failure to comply could result in the loss of flight privileges
  • Flyers must have current AMA and club memberships to fly. A St. Augustine Flyers (SARCF) club member must accompany visitors and guests
  • If your aircraft weighs .55 pounds or more the required FAA registration number must be applied to the outside of the aircraft.
  • Deliberate flying over the pit and spectator areas is prohibited. Flying over the BMX track should be avoided when it is active.
  • Each transmitted must display frequency identification if not a 2.4ghz system
  • Taxiing is not allowed in the pilot area.
  • When flying alone flyers must have a cell phone in case of emergency
  • Unsupervised and unaccompanied children are not permitted beyond the spectator area
  • Direction of flight is determined by the wind direction
  • Models will fly only in pre-designated areas and will yield right-of-way to full-size aircraft
  • There will be no turning props under the shelter areas (gas, electric, or glow powered)
  • Pilots must make clear and loud announcements when taking off, landing, occupying the runway, or any other emergency situation. Pilots must stand within the designated pilot safety boxes
  • No liquid fuel (gasoline or glow fuel) can be spilled on the ground. Accommodations must be made to catch and contain any overflow using a container or absorbent cloth.

Academy of Model Aeronautics
National Model Aircraft Safety Code
Effective January 1, 2018

A model aircraft is a non-human-carrying device capable of sustained flight within visual line of sight of the pilot or spotter(s). It may not exceed limitations of this code and is intended exclusively for sport, recreation, education and/or competition. All model flights must be conducted in accordance with this safety code and related AMA guidelines, any additional rules specific to the flying site, as well as all applicable laws and regulations.

As an AMA member I agree:

  • I will not fly a model aircraft in a careless or reckless manner.
  • I will not interfere with and will yield the right of way to all human-carrying aircraft using AMA’s See and Avoid Guidance and a spotter when appropriate.
  • I will not operate any model aircraft while I am under the influence of alcohol or any drug that could adversely affect my ability to safely control the model.
  • I will avoid flying directly over unprotected people, moving vehicles, and occupied structures.
  • I will fly Free Flight (FF) and Control Line (CL) models in compliance with AMA’s safety programming.
  • I will maintain visual contact of an RC model aircraft without enhancement other than corrective lenses prescribed to me. When using an advanced flight system, such as an autopilot, or flying First-Person View (FPV), I will comply with AMA’s Advanced Flight System programming.
  • I will only fly models weighing more than 55 pounds, including fuel, if certified through AMA’s Large Model Airplane Program.
  • I will only fly a turbine-powered model aircraft in compliance with AMA’s Gas Turbine Program.
  • I will not fly a powered model outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for myself or my helper(s) located at the flightline, unless I am taking off and landing, or as otherwise provided in AMA’s Competition Regulation.
  • I will use an established safety line to separate all model aircraft operations from spectators and bystanders.