Soo Modellers pilot pit area and spectator seating.

The club has an excellent facility for both land and water based aircraft (i.e. floatplanes, seaplanes, etc.). The two fightlines: Flying Field and Waterfront (Dock) are far enough apart that both can operate independently.

This is a major change for most of us. Traditionally, there are many occasions when aeromodellers tend to come into close proximity (less than 2 metres). Examples include:

  1. Inspection, troubleshooting, starting, and adjustments at the starting benches. Modellers “instinctively” cluster around to assist each other.
  2. Sitting next to each other on the “spectator” benches – aka “peanut gallery”
  3. Standing side-by-side at the flightline – for training or as a spotter for FPV or competition flying (aka “caller”)

All these items can be safely addressed while maintaining a physical distance of 2 metres. For example, additional safety restraints may be required, in lieu of someone holding your model during start up.

With minor “adjustments” to some long standing habits, proper physical distancing is possible and must be maintained!

General Rules

  1. All flyers must join Model Aeronautics Association of Canada (MAAC) or Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA) members. Please be prepared to show your current annual card if requested. Visiting flyers must be accompanied by a club member, unless alternate arrangements have been made.
  2. New pilots must be trained following the club’s Wings Program. Pilots new to the club or returning to the hobby may be required to submit to a review by a club instructor prior to flying on their own. Any questions can be answered by a club instructor or executive member.
  3. Flying hours are 9:00am until dusk 7 days per week. Quiet electrics can fly at any time.
  4. Mufflers are mandatory on all internal combustion engines – with proper expansion chamber / baffles etc. (cannot be flow through designs).
  5. In the event you lose your aircraft in the Solar Panel field DO NOT RETRIEVE IT! Contact Craig or Kevin. We will make the appropriate arrangements to recover your airplane.
  6. Please keep your dog properly leashed and controlled. Bring your pooper scooper. You cannot fly and have control of an animal at the same time.
  7. Last person leaving the flying site at any time of day must close and lock the gates.

Flying Field

  1. M.A.A.C. Safety Code and Safety Guidelines for Field Operation apply. Copies are available from the club executive or on the MAAC website then click on Committee (Standing) – Safety.
  2. Use of the frequency control board is manditory for all radios on frequencies other than 2.4 GHz.
  3. The flight line and area of operation are clearly defined,
  4. The Pit area is for pilots, assistants, and escorted guests only. Please ensure your guests / children act appropriately.
  5. Large aircraft (with engine size 30cc and up) MUST NOT be started on the assembly benches. Please use the provided starting gates at each end of the pits or suitable hold downs when starting large aircraft.
  6. Maximum of 4 aircraft in the air at one time, not including any floatplanes or small electrics. Common sense should dictate the number of aircraft in the air at any time.
  7. Absolutely NO flying behind the pits or over the field behind the club’s property.
  8. Please fly from the designated pilot stations, behind the safety fence,
  9. No flying while field maintenance is in progress.
  10. Vehicles must be parked in the designated area north of the garage after unloading. (Except when float flying).

Waterfront Operations

Soo Modellers water based flying.

  1. A tag must be fixed to the frequency board indicating that the dock area is in use for flight operations. A separate area on the frequency board is provided for this purpose. Members planning to operate from the dock area should prepare a tag or similar to affix to the frequency board before using the dock area.
  2. The frequency to be used must be indicated. It is highly recommended that operations from the dock area be restricted to 2.4 GHZ radios.
  3. Flight operations should not interfere directly with normal operations at the land strip.
  4. Exercise extreme caution when crossing the flight line on the way to the dock area.
  5. Close gate to deck area when leaving to keep geese off of the deck.
  6. Water is shallow at dock, no diving allowed.
  7. The “buddy” system applies at the dock – don’t fly alone.
  8. It is recommended that an additional person to act as a “spotter” to ensure float operations do not encroach on land operations.
  9. Parking should be at a safe location.

Model Identification

Member ID card example

To comply with MAAC Procedure MPPD 10 – Owner Contact Info (as posted on MAAC website) all models must be identified as follows:

  1. Member’s MAAC number (required)
  2. MAAC website address: (required)
  3. MAAC office phone number (855-359-6222)  or  members home/cell phone number (required)
  4. Members name (optional)
  5. After printing, add the appropriate information, sign the back, and place in each of your models.

Canadian Aviation Regulations Part IX – MAAC Exemption

All Soo Modellers are members of MAAC (Model Aviation Association of Canada) and our flying site is sanctioned by MAAC. Therefore, flight operations are exempt from Canadian Aviation Regulations (CAR) Part IX, which governs the use of small remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS). For more info, please refer to the following documents


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