Flying Field Rules


  1. The BMFA code for model flying shall be observed at all times and the guide observed as far as it is practical.
  2. A frequency control system shall be used at all times when flying is in progress. A Peg On system is used, requiring members to display their name and channel number on a peg supplied by them. The peg shall be placed on an official pegboard before the TX is turned on. Said peg should be removed from the peg board as soon as the TX is turned off.
  3. All persons wishing to use the club’s flying site(s) for the operation of model aircraft must be a current Reading & District Club member, evidence of which must be produced at the request of another club member or at the request of Oracle security staff, Land owner, or their agent
  4. Flyers of models weighing more than 7 kgs must satisfy a Committee member that the model complies with the current CAA Code of Practice before the model may be flown. Models in excess of 10 kgs or gas turbine aircraft may only be flown at the discretion of the Committee.
  5. At the Thames Valley Park /Dreadnought Site, all flying must take place beyond the pits side of the runway. An area of approximately 50 metres from the far side and at each end of the take off strip to a height of approximately 25 metres shall be reserved for take off and landing circuits. In this area a common circuit procedure shall prevail when more than one flyer is operating. The area to the roadside of the runway is dead air space and must not be over-flown. Aerobatics and general fun flying shall be conducted well clear of the circuit area and the far side of the river. The only exception being helicopters, whilst carrying out hovering manoeuvres over a prepared and agreed place.
  6. When flying all pilots must stand together at a pre-agreed place. The only exception being helicopter pilots, whilst carrying out hovering manoeuvres over a prepared and agreed place. As soon as they join the “circuit” they must move and stand with the other pilots.
  7. Model boxes and other equipment must be kept well clear of the runway. Members are to be responsible for the removal of all their own rubbish from the flying site. Barbecues and open fires of any type are not permitted.
  8. Models in the process of having their engines started shall be restrained by the use of an appropriate mechanical restraint. Model engines being run and tested for a protracted period shall be taken to a safe area away from the pit area and other persons and should be suitably restrained and supervised.
  9. In the event of a crash or radio malfunction, any subsequent testing of the equipment must not hold up another member waiting to fly on the same frequency. All incidents are to be reported to the Club Secretary.
  10. At times of peak activity, flyers shall observe a quarter – hour rule for holding a frequency at any one time.
  11. The entrance to the flying fields must be kept clear at all times and any gates must be kept closed. All members and guests are required to park sensibly in the roads adjoining the field entrances.
  12. Flying of models must be in accordance with the current operating times as decided by the Committee and published on the club web site at
  13. Radio flyers must not fly models without the supervision of an experienced pilot, until they have passed the BMFA “A” test. Flying is not permitted unless the pilot is accompanied by at least one other responsible person, who should act as observer.
  14. Flyers should place their models and field equipment in an orderly manner in the pit area. When flying, they should stand at least 4 metres back from the runway except when taking off or landing.
  15. Members will be responsible for the safe and proper behaviour of their guests and pets. In the pit area dogs must be kept on a lead and young children must be supervised at all times.
  16. Normally no more than five models should be airborne at the same time.
  17. In pursuance of BMFA guidelines the club operates a policy for the protection of children and vulnerable adults. A copy which is available from the club secretary. Junior members must be accompanied by a parent / guardian or a person specifically appointed by their parent / guardian.
  18. Members may invite guests to use the club’s flying site(s) provided that:
    • The guest has a valid BMFA membership card and proof of insurance.
    • The guest has a BMFA ‘A’ qualification for the aircraft type they propose to fly, or uses a “buddy lead”.
    • A guest may only visit on three occasions per year. Further visits must be sanctioned by the committee.
    • The member must accompany their guest at all times.
    • A committee member, safety officer, club examiner, club instructor or an appointed club member should supervise the guest’s first flight.
  19. Radio frequency and noise monitoring may take place as provided by the BMFA Code of Practice. Members must comply with the findings of any such monitoring.
  20. Any FPV flying must be in full compliance with the BMFA rules. The person in charge of the flight must operate the master transmitter of the buddy box system as required by the BMFA rules. Any such flight must not leave the club flying airspace and it is the responsibility of the person in charge to ensure that the model remains in this airspace.FPV flying in accordance with the exemption granted to FPV UK is not permitted under any circumstances at the Dreadnought flying site as the site is not suitable for this activity and the club operates only in accordance with the rules published by the BMFA.