Q: Is there a membership wait list?
A: We are a private club and reserve the right to restrict membership numbers.  Each calendar year is different and our membership numbers vary from year to year.  As of July 2018, we are accepting new member applications.

Q: Do you have discounted memberships if I join late in the year?
A: If you join the club after September 1 of any given year, you will be given a card for the following year. This will allow you to fly the remainder of the current year and all of the next year.  This coincides with MAAC’s membership renewal ‘rollover’ date, also on September 1.

Models roosting at the edge of the pits waiting for their turn to fly.

Q: Can I use my 72Mhz or 50Mhz transmitter at the field?
A:
No, the older-style analog transmitters operating on 72Mhz and 50Mhz are not permitted. There is no frequency control at the field to accomodate these transmitters. We allow digital spread-spectrum transmitters only. (433mHz / 2.4Ghz / 5.8Ghz).

We require that all transmitters have a valid IC/FCC number affixed or printed on them.  This is typically not a problem for any mainstream branded transmitters such as Spektrum, Futaba, Hitec, FrSky, DJI, etc, but may not be present on cheap direct imports, specifically from China.

Q: Are gas/glow powered planes allowed?
A:
Yes. Internal combustion powered aircraft are permitted but noise levels are strictly enforced.

All engines must not exceed a noise level of 92 dB. The noise level is defined as the average of four readings (front, rear, left and right) measured with “A” weighting, 3 ft. (1 m) above the ground and a distance of 10 ft. (3 m) from the model. Jet turbine powered models are prohibited.

Q: Do full-scale aircraft fly in or out of the Renegade Flyers field?
A: Yes, but rarely.  The Renegade Flyers club field shares space with a private ultralight field.  On rare occasions, ultralight aircraft may land or take off from our field.  If an ultralight aircraft is on the ground and starts their engine, all pilots must land until the intentions of the full-scale pilot are known or the ultralight takes off and clears the nearby airspace.  If an ultralight enters the local area, all pilots must land until the ultralight lands or clears the airspace.  Ultralight aircraft intending to land on our field will typically fly perpendicular to or circle over the runway area before entering a pattern to land from the east.  This gives pilots time to land their model aircraft and yield the airspace to the ultralight aircraft.

As RC pilots, we’re at the bottom of the food chain. We all have a duty to sense and avoid any and all full-scale aircraft.

Q: Can I fly my helicopter or multirotor at the club field?
A:
Existing club members (before July 1st, 2018) may fly multi rotors (drones) with the understanding that our club is primarily intended for fixed-wing models.  New members who demonstrate a primary interest in fixed-wing models and have been checked off as a certified fixed-wing pilot will be granted the same privilege.  See this news item for more information.  Helicopters are currently not permitted but will be considered for the 2019 season after consultation with the membership.

Renegade Flyers should not be considered by those who want to fly drones or helicopters as their primary activity.

Q: Does the club allow 3D flying?
A: Yes. 3D flyers are expected to fly within the pattern of airplanes already airborne but may fly anywhere within the permitted airspace when flying alone.

Q: Is there an altitude limit?
A: Yes. 500 feet is the maximum for general flight in the regular pattern.  Pilots flying gliders can fly to 1000 feet provided they have a non-flying spotter nearby to listen and watch for full-scale traffic.  The glider pilot MUST IMMEDIATELY make an expedited dive to a safer lower altitude if a low-flying full-scale aircraft is expected to fly near our field.  Full-scale traffic often overfly our field at altitudes near and sometimes below 1000 feet.  A telemetry system to report model altitude is strongly recommended for pilots flying above 500 feet.

As RC pilots, we’re at the bottom of the food chain. We all have a duty to sense and avoid any and all full-scale aircraft.

Q: Do you allow FPV (First-Person-View) flying?
A: Yes, with conditions.  Any pilot using goggles or a headset that blocks peripheral view MUST have a spotter standing or sitting with them. The spotter must not be using any FPV equipment. Any pilot using a monitor or screen for FPV that does not block the pilot’s peripheral vision does not require a spotter.  Any pilot flying FPV while other aircraft are in the air MUST fly in the pattern or in the eastern areas outside of the existing pattern.

All airborne video transmitters (onboard the aircraft) capable of operating on the 2.4Ghz ISM band MUST have a valid FCC/IC number affixed or printed on them or available in the official documentation kept with the aircraft.

Still Have Questions?

If you would like clarification for any of these questions or if you would like to suggest another question, please contact Tim, our Chief Pilot.