Great Park Rules

  1. OCRCC is a club field – AMA insurance and OCRCC membership are required.
  2. The current AMA Safety Code, stated below, is in effect at all times.
  3. An OCRCC Club / Field Marshal must be on site for any member to fly. Please NOTE: Once fully authorized you can fly alone effectively being the Field Marshal yourself. The Field Marshal has the authority to suspend a pilot for the day, take the pilots badge, or report the pilot to the Board for disciplinary action. If at the request of the Field Marshal, the pilot refuses to tender their badge and/or threatens violence they shall be immediately and permanently removed from OCRCC.
  4. Each person on site must have signed the current year waiver.
  5. Each pilot must display badge on person at all times while at field. Guests must be AMA Members and have field marshal verify and issue temporary badge in order to fly.
  6. A member may bring a guest to fly at the field one day; additional flights after that day require OCRCC membership.
  7. Flying hours are from published sunrise, but not earlier than 0600, to published sunset, but not later than 1900.
  8. If two or more members are flying, the Field Marshall must be observing. If only one other member is flying, the Field Marshall may fly.
  9. No taxiing of any kind in the pits or spectator area.
  10. All spectators must remain behind the white line.
  11. Each pilot shall be in possession of a functional ABC Fire Extinguisher. Fire extinguishers are mandatory and must be visible and accessible outside the vehicle. No fire extinguisher, no flying.
  12. All battery charging at the field shall be done inside a fire proof container and outside the vehicle, no exceptions.
  13. No smoking at any time.
  14. No pets off leash, owner is responsible for clean up and/or any damage.
  15. All planes to be grounded before retrieving a crashed or downed aircraft. Exceptions permitted when safe and with all pilots notified of intention to recover.
  16. No electric or gas R/C cars allowed on the premises.
  17. A member using non-2.4Ghz equipment must obtain the appropriate frequency clip from the frequency board before operating the transmitter and aircraft. You must police yourselves to avoid frequency conflicts.
  18. Operating your transmitter before acquiring the frequency is STRICTLY PROHIBITED. If you violate this rule and cause damage to or loss of another’s aircraft you are financially responsible and shall make FULL compensation to the affected parties. Failure to make compensation will result in loss of any flying privileges.
  19. Use of the frequency pin is limited to 20 minutes, including troubleshooting.
  20. It is the responsibility of each member to ensure the safety of their guests/children and the member is fully responsible for their actions.
  21. It is each pilot’s responsibility to clean up after themselves and dispose of all trash in the provided trash container. This includes lipo batteries which must be taken with the owner and disposed at the local hazardous waste site, not left behind for someone else to dispose of.

Flying Rules

  1. All flying is to be beyond the Yellow centerline
  2. All flying shall be done in a safe and orderly manner. Flying over unprotected people is strictly PROHIBITED.
  3. Pilots must announce their intentions to other pilots and spectators by announcing “Landing (direction), Taking off (direction), Emergency or Dead Stick”. All take-offs and landings must be to/from the right or left consistent with the Yellow centerline. Hand launches must be in the direction of the centerline and performed from the left or right of the pilot boxes.
  4. Field/Club Marshals have the final say
  5. There are no flights near the Great Park Balloon, 800′ distance must be maintained all times. This will not happen if you stay within the defined flight boundaries.
  6. Emergency landings have priority over all other flying activities.
  7. A “See and Avoid” policy relative to full scale traffic is in effect at all times. If a full scale aircraft is in the vicinity, all models must land and stay grounded.
  8. There will be a maximum of five aircraft aloft at any time. A sixth position for use by an authorized club instructor is also available flight instruction by an authorized club instructor. Only electric aircraft less than 10 lbs. in weight with a maximum speed of 60mph in level flight are allowed.

Vertical Flight Zone

Use of 2.4GHz radios only in this area.

Maximum of 2 pilot stations.

Helicopters are limited to a 600 size or smaller.

20oz weight limit on 3D foamies (no exceptions).

All aircraft in the Vertical Flight Zone must stay out of the fixed wing landing pattern and away from the access road.

Helicopter Rules

  1. All beginner heli has to be inspected and verified for flight by an instructor prior to flight.
  2. Take off and landing should be in front of a safety line. All observers must stay back behind the safety line during flight (excluding instructors).
  3. Max number of pilots flying at once should be no more than 2 including 3D foamies.
  4. Beginners should be able to hover on their own without training gear prior to flying with an instructor.
  5. In order to fly without an instructor, a pilot must earn their “Rotors” by demonstrating the following to an instructor:
    a: Take off, hover and land safely (hover time should be long enough to determine the pilot is able to hover safely).
    b: Perform a circuit flight in the left direction and return to a hover.
    c: Perform a circuit flight in the right direction and return to a hover.
  6. Beginners are limited to 600 class helicopters, Pilots who have earned their “Rotors” are limited to 700 class helicopters.
  7. Only Heli’s and 3D foamies in the vertical area (20oz weight limit on 3D foamies – no exceptions).
  8. All aircraft in the Vertical Flight Zone must stay out of the fixed wing landing pattern and away from the access road.
  9. Use of 2.4GHz radios only in this area.

AMA Rules

  1. A model aircraft shall be defined as a non-human carrying device capable of sustained flight in the atmosphere. It shall not exceed limitations established in this code and is intended to be used exclusively for recreational or competition activity.
  2. The maximum takeoff weight of a model aircraft, including fuel, is 55 pounds, except for those flown under the AMA Experimental Aircraft Rules.
  3. I will abide by this Safety Code and all rules established for the flying site I use. I will not willfully fly my model aircraft in a reckless and/or dangerous manner.
  4. I will not fly my model aircraft in sanctioned events, air shows, or model demonstrations until it has been proven airworthy.
  5. I will not fly my aircraft higher than approximately 400 feet above ground level, when within 3 miles of an airport without notifying the airport operator. I will yield the right-of-way and avoid flying in the proximity of full-scale aircraft, utilizing a spotter when appropriate.
  6. I will not fly my model aircraft unless it is identified with my name and address, or AMA number, inside or affixed to the outside of the model aircraft. This does not apply to model aircraft flown indoors.
  7. I will not operate model aircraft with metal-blade propellers or with gaseous boosts (other than air), nor will I operate model aircraft with fuels containing Tetranitromethane or hydrazine.
  8. I will not operate model aircraft carrying pyrotechnic devices which explode or burn, or any device, which propels a projectile of any kind. Exceptions include Free Flight fuses or devices that burn producing smoke and are securely attached to the model aircraft during flight. Rocket motors up to a G-series size may be used, provided they remain firmly attached to the model aircraft during flight. Model rockets may be flown in accordance with the] National Model Rocketry Safety Code; however they may not be launched from model aircraft. Officially designated AMA Air Show Teams (AST) are authorized to use devices and practices as defined within the Air Show Advisory Committee Document.
  9. I will not operate my model aircraft while under the influence of alcohol or within eight (8) hours of having consumed alcohol.
  10. I will not operate my model aircraft while using any drug which could adversely affect my ability to safely control my model aircraft.
  11. Children under six (6) years old are only allowed on a flight line or in a flight area as a pilot of while under flight instruction.
  12. When and where required by rule, helmets must be properly worn and fastened. They must be OSHA, DOT, ANSI, SNELL or NOCSAE approved of or comply with all comparable standards.
  13. AMA Rules – Radio Control
    All model flying shall be conducted in a manner to avoid over flight of unprotected people.
  14. I will have completed a successful radio equipment ground-range check before the first flight of a new or repaired model aircraft.
  15. I will not fly my model aircraft in the presence of spectators until I become a proficient flier, unless I am assisted by an experienced pilot.
  16. At all flying sites a safety line or lines must be established, in front of which all flying takes place. Only personnel associated with flying the model aircraft are allowed at or in front of the safety line. In the case of airshows or demonstrations a straight safety line must be established. An area away from the safety line must be maintained for spectators. Intentional flying behind the safety line is prohibited.
  17. I will operate my model aircraft using only radio-control frequencies currently allowed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Only individuals properly licensed by the FCC are authorized to operate equipment on Amateur Band frequencies.
  18. I will not knowingly operate my model aircraft within three (3) miles of any preexisting flying site without a frequency-management agreement. A frequency-management agreement may be an allocation of frequencies for each site, a day-use agreement between sites, or testing which determines that no interference exists. A frequency-management agreement may exist between two or more AMA chartered clubs. AMA clubs and individual AMA members or individual AMA members. Frequency-management agreements, including an interference test report if the agreement indicates no interference exists, will be signed by all parties and copies provided to AMA Headquarters.
  19. With the exception of events flown under official AMA Competition Regulations rules, excluding takeoff and landing, no powered model may be flown outdoors closer than 25 feet to any individual, except for the pilot and the pilot’s helper(s) located at the flight line.
  20. Under no circumstances may a pilot or other person touch a model aircraft in flight while it is still under power, except to divert it from striking an individual.
  21. Radio-controlled night flying is limited to low-performance model aircraft (less than 100mph). The model aircraft must be equipped with a lighting system which clearly defines the aircraft’s attitude and direction at all times.
  22. The operator of a radio-controlled model aircraft shall control it during the entire flight, maintaining visual contact without enhancement other than by corrective lenses that are prescribed for the pilot. No model aircraft shall be equipped with devices which allow it to be flown to a selected location which is beyond the visual range of the pilot.