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Lancaster Area Soaring Society




·        The first and most important rule is to have FUN. Your chances of having fun will be enhanced if you fly your aircraft safely and conduct your activities with consideration for the interest and property of others. Therefore, exercising care in adherence to these flying site rules is essential for our success in the enjoyment of our hobby.

·        Fly only model aircraft that are quiet. Reciprocating gas, alcohol, diesel engines are not quiet and not permitted, electric powered planes are allowed as most are sailplane types.

All members must have current AMA license and have their AMA number displayed on the upper side of the right wing. Membership in good standing in LASS is required except for monthly contests where only AMA is needed.

 ·        Alcoholic beverages or other intoxicating substances are  prohibited.

 ·        Prior to the first flight of the day a proper range check should be made and all frequency conflicts should be resolved. Alternating flights is one way to deal with the issue, communicate with others. Your channel number should be clearly displayed on your Tx, also collapse your antenna when not flying unless you have a "rubber ducky" antenna

·        Full size aircraft always have the right of way, avoid them!! Abide by the AMA safety code for model aircraft!

 ·        Model aircraft in the air have priority over those being launched. (Note this is different from the AMA contest rule but we think the launching     aircraft has the option of delay for collision avoidance. Also the launching plane carries a lot more energy under tow and could blast right through a thermaling ship. Common sense should be used to avoid midairs).

·        If the use of winch and retriever are unfamiliar to you, get help! If you decide to use a high start, set it up well away from the winch but not so far away that you are out of earshot, this will avoid tangles and keep communications with other modelers open.

·        Landing approaches must be planned to prevent low flight over any nearby residences or buildings or the flight line/ people. Landing spots should be used to practice landings and keep activities coordinated. Alert others around you by voice when you are on final approach. Models should be parked away from the landing spot, winch site and clear of wind blown launch lines.

·        Unproven aircraft should be inspected by a responsible and experienced club member before the first flight.

 The following general items are recommended by our flying site committee and the property owner.


·        Vehicles such as cars are not permitted to drive on the sod, this includes making wide “U” turns. Cars and vans are allowed to park on the shoulder along Junction road. Make sure your vehicle is off the road and not more than 4 or 5 feet into the grass.

·        KEEP THE SOD FARM CLEAN!!! Anything you bring onto the flying site you must remove this includes tape, rubber bands, paper, cans, balsa scraps, or other crash debris (hopefully this won’t happen!). In fact removal of other wind blown paper etc. even if it is not yours is encouraged. This rule also applies to cigarette butts and cigar stubs! Anything that’s not grass should not litter the field.

·        Anything left on the sod that will damage the lawn mowing equipment like wing rods, wires, and retriever wicket could be a real problem! Pick them up! 

·        Any divots a hard landing may produce should be fixed by returning the sod to the proper place and pressing it back down. The turn around pulley also can make a damage mark. Place it on a bare spot to avoid this and don’t forget to pull it out when flying is done!

·        Do help to set up and take down the winch, retriever, batteries and landing tape. Remember the person who has the winch and or batteries has to unload all that stuff at home, give him some help.

·        Stay off the field if the grass is frosted, because walking on frozen grass will damage it! (This rule is for you “All-Season” flyers).

·        For safety, children must be kept away from the winch and retriever while in operation.

·        Keeping a desirable relationship with the property owner and those who reside around the flying site is of utmost importance! Anything you do to strengthen and improve this relationship is encouraged and appreciated.

·        SAFE FLYING IS NO ACCIDENT !!!!!!!!!!!!


L.A.S.S. Flying Site Committee Feb.25,2000