MAAC Safety and Transport Canada Advisory Groups have paved the way for a return to flying inside controlled airspace. As you should all know, our Leigh’s Bay field is 3.8 nautical miles from the centre of the Sault Airport, which puts us in controlled airspace.
There are several steps that need to be completed before we return; these are:
- Prepare a set of club rules that meet the requirements to return,
- Earn a Site Operating Certificate for the Leigh’s Bay field from the MAAC Safety Advisory group,
- Members must take a drone pilot online exam: Small Advanced Exam (Transport Canada (TC) Link), you must pass this exam and your flight review to get your Pilot Certificate – Here is the knowledge requirements for the RPAS 250 g up to and including 25 kg (Transport Canada (TC) Link).
- Members must register their models through the Drone Management Portal (TC Link to Portal) and provide a Manufacturer’s safety declaration
- Understand how to create a Site Survey
This site is in controlled airspace – strict compliance with these rules is required. The following rules package must be available to all RPAS Pilots while operating mRPAS and RPAS at this site, either electronically or in print. These rules are available in print from a club executive or instructor or online.
In addition to the following club rules, the following concepts must be met by all members.
- Each RPAS must be registered with Transport Canada with a Manufacturer Safety Assurance Declaration, either under the MAAC declaration (Model Aircraft, Fixed Wing, Rotary wing, or Hybrid) or with another established manufacturer (DJI etc.) and each RPAS must have the required documentation available (owners user/maintenance “manual”),
- All RPAS pilots must have an Advanced RPAS Certificate or be operating under the direct supervision of an Advanced RPAS Certificate holder and,
- Each individual pilot’s RPAS flying session must have permission from the controlling agency via NAV DRONE. There is no group permission ability to date.
In an emergency, phone (911); the civic address for first responders is Leigh’s Bay Road, south of Base Line
Site Location or address:
Leigh’s Bay, Sault Ste, Marie Ontario, Entrance Coordinates are:521067, -84.423249
Pilot’s stations coordinates are: 513964, -84.424226
Floatplane station coordinates are: 511189, -84.423755
The site is in the NAV CANADA Sault Ste. Marie (CYAM) Class D control zone. Air Traffic Control services are provided by CYAM Air Traffic Control, 7 days a week from 1130z to 0330z (0730 local to 1130pm local). RPAS operations are not permitted outside these hours (mRPAS, control line and surface vehicles are permitted).
- RPAS activities are permitted from 9:00AM to 30 minutes before sunset. The time of sunset will be determined using any weather or aviation site data or RPAS Wilco. Night flying/modelling is prohibited unless your model is brightly lit. The entire flying circle and buffer area must also be well-lit for tethered aircraft,
- Any Pilot operating an mRPAS or RPAS at Leigh’s Bay site must:
- Be a current club member in good standing,
- Be a current MAAC member in good standing.,
- Have their club Wings Certification.
- A Full Member may sponsor a Guest to fly at the field. If so, that Guest is flying on the Full Member’s membership obligations.
- It is up to the Full Member to ensure that all regulations (MAAC, Club Policy, Standards, Aircraft Inspection, Flying Proficiency, etc.) are being adhered to, and the Full Member accepts full responsibility for their Guest.
- A Guest, who would like to fly at the field shall meet the following criteria:
- MAAC membership in good standing is required,
- Must be approved by a club instructor,
- If over age 16, must have advanced RPAS Certification to operate RPAS,
- Must understand and meet all club safety and field regulations including:
- MAAC Rules applicable to the type of RPAS,
- Flying Proficiency demonstrated to club instructor or executive member,
- Aircraft/RPAS Inspection,
- Field Rules and boundaries reviewed,
- Safety Procedures reviewed.
- Sault Ste. Marie Radio Control Model Airplane Club, #86 allows the following modelling categories:
- RPAS (250 grams to 25 kgs)
- mRPAS, (less than 250 grams)
- Tethered (control line),
- surface vehicles.
- Space models (rockets) or Free Flight are not permitted.
General site Rules
- Surface Vehicle Specific must yield to RPAS,
- A fire extinguisher must be present for all powered model operations,
- Tethered flights must be centered such that the pit area and flight line fence is not overflown,
- Flying/modelling is not permitted if non-modellers occupy the site. DO NOT breach this rule – wait for others to finish or come back another time.
- Members can only hold events or competitions if the club has received additional permission,
- Clean up after you leave – do not leave any garbage or crashed airplane parts behind,
- A copy of the filed lease/license agreement is available from the club executive if needed.
- Members not complying with these, or any club /MAAC rules, will be subject to disciplinary actions including permanent expulsion from the club, as well as potential sanctions from MAAC.
- All participants must have proven competency following the club’s Wings program.