Winston-Salem Radio Control Club Rules
All members using the official club flying field shall abide by the following rules and regulations. It shall be the responsibility of each member of WSRC to remind any member and/or non-member guest of any infraction of these rules and regulations and to report any consistent infractions to the members of the Board of Directors. These rules and regulations were formulated through many years of experience and were adopted by the members of WSRC to promote safety and good flying habits by the members and/or non-member guests of WSRC. Each year a greater numbers of members, non-member guests, as well as spectators are drawn to the official club flying field, therefore strict rules and regulations are necessary to maintain "traffic control" in order that all model flyers and spectators can enjoy our hobby to its fullest extent.
These rules and regulations supersede all those previously published including any amendments made and approved thereof.
GENERAL RULES AND REGULATIONS
Members in good standing and/or non-member guests may use the official club flying field at any time with the following exceptions:
- Non-member guests must abide by all of the rules and regulations including those specifically pertaining to guests.
- Members and/or non-member guests using the official club flying field during a WSRC special event, contest or an official Academy of Model Aeronautics Sanctioned Contest must abide by any special rules and are under the direct authority of the Contest Director officially approved by the club.
- No alcoholic beverages will be allowed at the official club flying field.
- Guests that are being introduced to the sport of model flying and have not yet made official application to join WSRC.
EQUIPMENT RULES AND REGULATIONS
When more than one member and/or non-member guest is using the flying site, the frequency board must be properly displayed.
When more than one member and/or non-member guest is using the flying site, the transmitters must be placed in the impound area. At no time shall a transmitter, including any buddy box transmitter, be turned on without the proper frequency pin attached to the transmitter!
A rotation system shall be observed for frequency control. To ensure that everyone may share like frequencies, possession of the frequency pin may not exceed 20 minutes when a particular frequency is crowded. It shall be the responsibility of every member to show good sportsmanship in the sharing of frequency pins.
A readily identifiable frequency identification must be displayed on all transmitters.
Spinners or AMA Safety Prop Nuts are required on all engines .10 cubic inch and larger.
Mufflers are required on all engines .10 cubic inch and larger.
Special engines and scale models where mufflers are impractical or impossible may be operated at the discretion of the appointed CD or a member of the Board of Directors.
"Breaking In" of a new engine must be done at a far corner of the flying field so as not to disturb fellow flyers.
All radio transmitters and receivers operated at the flying site must be narrow band frequencies.
FLYING RULES AND REGULATIONS
For safety reasons, we require that new members learn our safety rules and demonstrate safe, proficient flying skills prior to being released to fly by themselves.
The area inside the spectator safety barrier next to the flying field shall be designated as the pit area. All models and flying equipment shall be kept in this area.
All take-offs, flying and landings must be made with the pilot standing behind the designated flight line with the following exceptions:
With students, new models or general sport flying, take-offs may be made with the pilot standing behind the model at the end of the runway. After take-off, the pilot must return to the designated flight line.
After the model is airborne, all turns must be made away from the pit area and spectators. There shall be no flying west of the club designated flight line. This line is defined from the pilot stations as a line running north and south from horizon to horizon with the following exceptions:
Powered and non-powered sailplanes are permitted to fly west of the designated flight line for the purpose of exploring and achieving maximum thermal soaring. In no case are these models exempted from flying over the pit area and the parking lot. This area is defined as the area that is west of the designated flight line.
There will be absolutely no flying over the pit area, spectators, or parking lot at any time.
All take-offs must yield to landing models.
To ensure right-of-way, all dead stick landings shall be announced in a loud and clear voice.
NON-MEMBER GUEST RULES AND REGULATIONS
A member of WSRC in good standing is permitted to invite a resident non-member guest to the official flying field not more than three times during a calendar year unless otherwise approved by the Board of Directors. A resident non-member guest is defined as a person who because of their residency would normally be eligible to be a member of WSRC.
The above rule does not apply to resident non-member guest being invited by a member to become briefly acquainted with the flying of Radio Controlled models on a one time basis; or to potential members of WSRC who are being taught flying by duly authorized instructors.
The above rule does not apply to invited non-resident guest who are members in good standing of any AMA chartered model airplane club.
A WSRC special event or contest does not count as one of the three visits of a non-member guest.
ENFORCEMENT OF RULES AND REGULATIONS
Each member of WSRC in good standing has full authority to issue bona fide warnings to other members and non-members guests who, in his opinion, violates any of the aforementioned rules. It shall also be the responsibility of each member to report such violation to a member of the Board of Directors for action.
It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to request the violator to be present at either a regular or special called meeting of the Board for possible action against the violator. Repeated violators may either be suspended from the club for a period of time or for serious violations, expelled from the club.
BY-LAWS OF WINSTON-SALEM RADIO CONTROL CLUB, INC.
Amended March 2015
The formal name of this corporation shall be Winston-Salem Radio Control Club, Inc. and shall also be known and designated herein by the short title of WSRC. This is a chartered club within the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a national organization.
The objectives of this club shall be:
1. To promote and encourage the construction, design, building and flying of radio controlled model aircraft.
2. To promote fellowship among radio control modelers in this area in the participation of this activity.
This club shall have at least one non-flying session each month or as needed. At this session the business of the club shall be carried on. At these sessions social activities will be scheduled according to the wishes of the members.
During the course of the monthly club session, members may present items of interest during “Show and Tell.”
Other activities shall include informal flying sessions during each month dependent upon weather conditions, some type of competitive activity and group participation in inter-club activities subject to majority membership wishes.
The officers of this organization shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, or combined Secretary/Treasurer, and five (5) Directors.
V. TERM OF OFFICE
The term of office for all officers and directors shall be for a period of one (1) year beginning January 1 of the year. The officers and directors shall be elected at the November business meeting of each year. Should any office become vacant, an election will be held at any business session following such vacancy, provided all members have been notified at least two (2) weeks in advance.
VI. BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The affairs of the corporation shall be managed by the Board of Directors consisting of nine (9) members who remain in good standing. The Board of Directors shall include the President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and four (4) Directors duly elected at the annual Election of Officers. The previous year's Ex-President shall automatically become an ex-officer/member of the Board of Directors and shall serve for a period of one year. If the incumbent President is reelected; then five (5) Directors shall be elected.
The Board of Directors meetings are open to the general membership. The members are invited to attend and discuss any issues brought before the Board of Directors.
VII. ELIGIBILITY OF OFFICERS AND BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Officers and Board of Directors of this organization must be members in good standing and be of legal age of eighteen (18) years.
VIII. OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES
The President shall appoint a Safety Officer and a Field Marshall in accordance with the club charter requirements of the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
The President shall appoint the following standing committees and may appoint any other committee as the need arises.
(1) Membership Committee.
(2) Rule Committee.
(3) Field Maintenance Committee.
(4) Program Committee.
IX. OFFICIAL COMMUNICATIONS
The periodical or newsletter "Prop-Wash", individual correspondence, or the club web site, shall serve the corporation as its official means of communication to the members of WSRC. Members advised through the medium of this periodical, individual correspondence, or web site shall consider the information contained therein as the official intent to inform the general membership of any scheduled meetings, proposed changes to the Board of Directors, dues structure or changes to the Bylaws. It shall be the responsibility of each member to advise the Secretary of the corporation of any change in mailing address or e-mail.
The President shall appoint the editor of the periodical called the "Prop-Wash".
A. There shall be one class of membership.
1. A full member shall:
a. Be a member in good standing with the Academy of Model Aeronautics.
b. Be an Adult or Youth member of WSRC (a Youth member is defined as a person under 19 years of age).
B. Any member in good standing shall:
1. Pay dues and/or assessments promptly.
2. Abide by the official club rules and regulations approved and adopted by the membership of WSRC.
3. Not participate in any form of gross misconduct at any activity session.
4. An Adult or Youth membership includes all voting privileges.
C. A violation of any of the membership requirements will subject a member to suspension.
XI. APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP
A. Any radio control modeler may make application to join WSRC as a member provided the modeler meets the following criteria:
1. Complete and sign the official WSRC membership application.
2. Hold a valid AMA License.
3. Be thoroughly versed in the Bylaws as well as the Rules and Regulations.
4. Submit applicable dues and/or fees, payable to WSRC, along with membership application to the Membership Chairman or the club Treasurer.
5. Complete a sixty (60) day probationary period commencing from the date of application submittal.
a. The Board of Directors reserves the right to receive and review justifiable oppositions for membership during the probationary period and will render any final decision.
B. Any prior member reapplying for membership must meet the following criteria:
1. Has held membership in WSRC but has not held membership within the previous calendar year.
2. Comply with A(1) through (5) of this section.
D. It shall be the responsibility of WSRC to insure that the voting membership has had ample opportunity to review any application for membership prior to the expiration of the probationary period.
E. Should membership be denied or rescinded, the applicant will be notified by mail and all fees and dues shall be promptly refunded.
Dues shall be payable in full January 1 of each year. Dues are prorated monthly for new members applying after June 1 and are payable in full upon receipt of application for membership into the club.
A. The dues structure is as follows:
1. Adult member (19 or over) set by Board of Directors and voted by membership.
2. Youth member (less than 19) set by Board of Directors and voted by membership.
3. Family (1 household) – One and one half times the Adult membership dues per year.
B. Annual dues received after the February business meeting of each calendar year are delinquent and a $5.00 late fee will be charged.
1. A delinquent member is a member who has not paid the required dues by the February business meeting.
2. A delinquent member elects to be removed from the membership and shall relinquish all privileges that membership in good standing provides.
3. Membership and its privileges shall be reinstated provided dues and late fee are paid.
XIII. BYLAWS CHANGES
Any changes in the Bylaws of WSRC shall be proposed, discussed and voted upon at a scheduled business session. All members in good standing shall be notified of the proposed changes at least two (2) weeks in advance. Any decision made to change the Bylaws shall be based upon the vote of two-thirds (2/3) of the members present at the business session, provided a quorum is present. A quorum shall be a minimum of forty percent (40%) of the enrolled voting membership. A proxy vote is permitted provided it is signed and dated, and shall be considered in that count for a quorum.
XIV. WSRC FLYING FIELD PROCEDURES
All members using the official club flying field shall abide by the rules and regulations approved and adopted by the voting membership of WSRC. Non-members may not use the facilities of the club unless they are the invited guest of a voting member in good standing and the guest fully complies with the aforementioned rules and regulations.
It shall be the responsibility of each member of WSRC to remind any member and/or non-member of any infraction of the club's rules and regulation and to report any consistent infractions to the members of the Board of Directors.
A contest director shall be appointed by the Board of Directors of WSRC for each AMA official sanctioned or non-sanctioned club organized session. The appointed contest director shall hold a current AMA Contest Director's License. The contest director shall enforce all AMA as well as club rules and regulations and shall retain the right to temporarily amend or suspend any club rule as circumstances may dictate.
There is to be no stock issued in this corporation, but each member in good standing with his dues paid up shall be considered a stockholder in the affairs of this corporation. That in the event this corporation should dissolve and cease to exist and there is an existence of assets belonging to this corporation, the said assets shall be sold and the proceeds thereof turned over to some charitable organization selected by the final Board of Directors.
XVI. Reserve Fund
The WSRC shall set up a monetary reserve fund to be used solely for the acquisition and development of a new flying site in the event that WSRC loses its flying field. The Treasurer shall deposit the first $500 collected annually from dues into the reserve account.