Extracts from the Club Handbook
All members shall be Members of the BMFA either through the TVSF or as an individual.
New members must only fly under the supervision of a nominated instructor until they have reached a level of competence acceptable to the committee and have achieved the BFMA 'A' Certificate.
A member has the use of all TVSF flying sites.
Meetings shall normally be held on the first Tuesday of every month. This forum is intended as a social gathering for the exchange of information related to soaring and the activities of the club.
Whilst the main aim of our sport is enjoyment, we must not let it override our responsibility for the safety and well being of others in the community, some of whom may not be sympathetic to our hobby. We should at all times act in a responsible manner so as to promote a positive and safe attitude in accordance with the BM17A rule and Articles 63 and 64 of the Air Navigation Order.
Members should ensure that their conduct when using any of the Club sites and facilities is responsible, and does not detract from our hobby. The aim should be to promote the hobby, generally and the interests of TVSF in particular.
It is in the interest and therefore the responsibility of each member to support the guidelines and help to remind other members who have digressed. TVSF relies on the responsible attitude of its members towards the potential dangers of flying.
Safety And Flying Discipline
Safe flying must be our prime consideration; the future of our hobby depends on it. Before flying think of any potential risks and plan accordingly, every time.
IF YOU DON'T THINK IT'S SAFE - DON'T DO IT
The latest BMFA Handbook is our primary reference for safety and flying discipline at TVSF. Although some parts may seem irrelevant to silent and electric flight we do not live in a vacuum and a general knowledge and understanding of other disciplines, for example when attending aero-tow meetings, is strongly recommended.
Pilots should always stand together when flying to minimise radio interference and in the interests of personal safety
IGNORANCE IS NO EXCUSE.
TVSF Peg Board System
TVSF uses a peg board operated in PEG ON mode. Each flyer is required to have a peg marked with both their name and transmitter frequency. This means that you should be in possession of a suitably marked peg for each frequency that you might use.
Each flyer is required to place their peg on the board at the mark for the appropriate frequency. Under no circumstances should you switch on your transmitter unless your peg is on the peg board.
·Members operating 2.4GHz systems must place a black peg upon which their name is marked clearly and legibly on the appropriate space provided to the side of the pegboard and in addition should fly a black pennant on their Tx to indicate to other members they are operating on the 2.4GHz frequency'
Peg Board Use
On arrival at a Club site, determine where the peg board in use is located. This is not necessarily the permanently mounted board near the primary flying field as with the option of using different fields, it is may be more convenient to use a peg board at the pit area of the actual site in operation.
Check the peg board to ensure your proposed frequency is not in use by another flyer.
If your transmitter uses plug in crystals, confirm that the crystal in your transmitter is in fact the frequency you think it is. If your transmitter is of the frequency synthesiser type, verify the operating frequency in accordance with the manufacturer's instructions.
Place your peg on the board in the space corresponding to your transmitter frequency. Only now is the frequency yours to use and your transmitter permitted to be switched on.
DO NOT ASSUME anything. 'It is your responsibility to ensure that your transmitter does not cause a frequency clash with another flyer. For flyers under instruction, this responsibility lies with the pupil although the instructor should verify that the procedures are being correctly followed.
If more than one flyer wishes to use the same frequency, the flyers concerned must liaise together. DO NOT REMOVE another flyer's peg from the board unless specifically instructed by the other flyer. Only the flyer whose peg is on the board is permitted to switch on his/her transmitter.
When you have stopped flying and your transmitter is switched off remove your peg from the board so that the frequency becomes available for another user.
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