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Lake Sawyer Hawks Radio Control Flyers Club

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General Safety Policy - Lake Sawyer Hawks



In 2011 Bill Newman wrote a short letter to members of the Marymoor R/C Club expressing his philosophy on his new role as club safety coordinator.  Our club officers were impressed by Bill's insight and wisdom and decided that the Lake Sawyer Hawks should strive to accomplish Bill's goals.  With Bill's permission excerpts of his letter are reprinted here:


"First, my new role as the club’s safety coordinator for 2011 is primarily as a safety ‘conscience’ rather than an ‘enforcer’ of field operating rules. It must be the individual responsibility of each member to fly within both the AMA Safety Code and our club’s field operating rules. Unfortunately our printed rules are necessarily concise; they don’t cover the entire philosophy of how our club operates at Marymoor."

"What is unique about our sport (compared to full-scale flying) is that our planes are constantly turning, climbing and diving in a relatively small air space, close to the runway and flying stations. Fun, incident-free R/C flying requires adherence to the ‘three C's’ (my terms) key to our sport: Competence, Courtesy and Common sense.

Competence, or R/C flying proficiency is something that must be achieved by every flying member, particularly new members. It applies to guest flyers as well. An R/C pilot must be able to safely takeoff, land, and keep his model in the designated flying area, conforming with basic pit area and flight line operating procedures. If you’re rusty, particularly after a winter layoff, keep it high and simple for awhile—or get on a buddy box with someone who is proficient.

Courtesy is certainly important when four or five pilot stations are filled and when the "members only" area is crowded. Some of our posted operating rules and all of the "etiquette" items are in this category, along with many unwritten customs (calling takeoffs, landings, on-the-field, etc.) Some of these enhance safety and all promote confidence and trust between members. All club members are encouraged to remind others when breaches of courtesy, especially unsafe ones, are any time of day.

Common sense, or rather lack of, is why most rules exist in organizations involved with potentially hazardous operations or objects. Our R/C aircraft are potential flying hazards weighing between 1 and 30+ pounds. Proper construction, electronics/servo installation, and balance/trim set-up are mandatory for the model to be mechanically safe, even before we consider pilot proficiency. There are many experienced club members to consult if you’re unsure of model assembly/check-out issues. Common sense is even more critical on the ol’ transmitter. Simply put, don’t attempt a maneuver (this includes altitude) beyond your capability or which violates field rules."



Members of Lake Sawyer Hawks should contact any of our club officers regarding safety issues or observations.



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Fire Extinguisher Locations


    Fire Extinguisher Mounted on Frequency Kiosk

    Existing Fire Extinguisher in Club House


Please make a note of these locations and be sure to have your personal  fire extinguisher* at your fueling location when using aviation gasoline.


*Minimum required rating is class "B"

Fire extinguishers with a Class B rating are effective against flammable liquid fires. These can be fires where cooking liquids, oil, gasoline, kerosene, or paint have become ignited. Two commonly used chemicals are effective in fighting these types of fires. Monoammonium phosphate effectively smothers the fire, while sodium bicarbonate induces a chemical reaction which extinguishes the fire.



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