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					 Shannon
Model Flying
   Club     (Inc L.M.F.C)

  Club Website      www.smfc.org




  Starter Pack
          Sponsored by
  Model Heli Services
           "Belltrees", Inch
           Ennis, Co. Clare.
        Tel / Fax 065-6839512
       www.modelheliservices.com
      modelheliservice@eircom.net
                  INTRODUCTION TO OUR CLUB
        The Shannon Model Flying Club operates from Inniscullen Hill, Approx. 2 Miles from the Town
        Centre.
        We are operating on most Sunday mornings of the year, weather permitting. We also fly at other times
        of the week but you should check before visiting.
        We cater for both Aircraft and Helicopter fliers, all are welcome.
        Although no Formal training programme exists help will be given on a voluntary basis and new
        members will be encouraged to learn all the basics with help from the more experienced fliers.

                                                                           Flying site


                                                                               De Beers
                                           Wolfe
                                                                               Social
                                           Tones
                                                                               Club
                                           GAA
                                           Club
                                                                                 Ash
                                                                                 Playing
                                                                                 Pitch


                                                        Swimming
                                                        Pool


Limerick
Ennis
                                                   Shopping Centre
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                                                                                           Airport
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        The above map will help you to find us.



        The Club officers for 2002 are as follows:

        Chairman              Liam Broderick                         065-6839512

        Secretary             Denis McNelis                          061-364345

        Treasurer             William Wallace                        061-229628
INTRODUCTION TO R/C AIRCRAFT
                               Two of the most often asked questions are:
                                 (A) How difficult are Aircraft to fly?
                                (B) How cheaply can I start the hobby?

(A)    First, how difficult is it to fly? Think back to when you were learning how to ride a bicycle. At
       first, the task seemed hopeless, but once mastered, these skills become automatic. This
       resembles learning to fly, because at first you have virtually no control, and you don't think you
       ever will have. Then one day, you'll be able to fly Solo.
       Learning to be a good pilot takes a lot of practice, concentration and patience, but with a little
       dedication and good advice early on, most people eventually succeed.

(B)    The second question - how cheaply can you get into this hobby? is more difficult to answer,
       because much depends on the quality and type of equipment.
       Typical Irish prices for the popular " 40 size " Trainer Aircraft are an almost ready to fly
       “ARTF” aircraft at €129. A suitable radio complete with the necessary rechargeable Batteries
       and Charger will be approx. €250. Finally suitable engines of this size will range from €80 -
       €120. A few basic tools / accessories will add a further €70. And you should be ready to fly. A
       complete package can be obtained for less than €600

The most popular models are the “Hi Wing Trainers". Please remember that in the beginning you are
looking for a nice flying model, suitable for learning, so don’t be tempted to buy a model based on its
looks, that comes later. i.e. Six foot Spitfires are not for learning.!
Larger models known as " 60 size " with 10 C.C engines are available but cannot really be
recommended to the beginner in terms of both complexity and cost.
Second-hand Aircraft and equipment are often available but please be cautious and get advice where
necessary. They make great bargains for a 2nd Model but as a rule will prove a waste of time and effort
for a beginner if they are not of reasonable quality.


SAFETY : The engine of a model Aircraft is potentially very dangerous, it has to be treated with
extreme caution at all times.
Proper construction is vital to safety. A poorly constructed model will almost inevitably malfunction,
and go out of control, leading to unnecessary risk to you and your fellow fliers.
Never fly close to spectators and do not fly close to a pits area.

I hope that this short introduction to Aircraft will encourage you to pursue the idea further and join our
club.
                     INTRODUCTION TO R/C
                        HELICOPTERS
                              Three of the most often asked questions are:
                               (A) How difficult are Helicopters to fly?
                                (B) How cheaply can I start the hobby?
                                 (C) Is it better to first fly aeroplanes?

(A)    First, how difficult is it to fly helicopters? Think back to when you were learning how to ride a
       bicycle. At first, the task seemed hopeless, but once mastered, these skills become automatic.
       This resembles learning to fly a Helicopter, because at first you have virtually no control, and
       you don't think you ever will have. Then one day, you'll be able to do it - you will hover- not for
       very long or very high but you will hover. Once you've learned how to hover and fly around,
       you'll never forget.
       Learning to be a good helicopter pilot takes a lot of practice, concentration and patience but
       with a little dedication and good advice early on, most people eventually succeed.

(B)    The second question - how cheaply can you get into this hobby? is more difficult to answer,
       because much depends on the quality and size of your chosen helicopter, radio etc. We all want
       a Mercedes for the price of a Ford, but today almost all the current moderately priced
       helicopters fly, and this wasn't always true.
       Typical Irish prices for the popular " 30 size " helicopters are approx. €400 for a Heli and
       engine. A suitable radio complete with the necessary Gyro will be approx. €400 and a few basic
       tools / accessories will add a further €80. The most popular models are the "HIROBO
       SHUTTLE", CONCEPT 32VR AND RAPTOR 30.
       A recent development is a medium sized Helicopter in the “50” class, these are approx. €125
       extra. Larger helicopters known as " 60 size " with 10 C.C engines are available but cannot
       really be recommended to the beginner in terms of both complexity and cost.
       Second-hand helicopters are often available but please be cautious and get advice where
       necessary.
       As a minimum insist on a complete demonstration of its flying ability.

(C)    The final question, is it better to start with R/C Aeroplanes? is also difficult to answer
       definitively. Any experience gained while flying aeroplanes would certainly be helpful, but you
       don't need to fly aeroplanes before you try helicopters.
       First you must learn how to hover, and you can do most of your practising without ever getting
       more than a few feet off the ground. If you can hover at one foot, you can hover at 100 feet, and
       keeping low while you learn, minimises the risk of damage to your machine. Use of a "training
       stand" during learning is also recommended.

SAFETY: The Helicopter is potentially very dangerous. It must be treated with extreme caution at all
times.
Proper construction is vital to safety. A poorly constructed helicopter will almost inevitably
malfunction, and go out of control, leading to unnecessary risk to you and your fellow fliers.
Never fly close to spectators, near to the pits area or between yourself and the crowd line.

I hope that this short introduction to helicopters will encourage you to pursue the idea further and join
our club.
SHANNON                  MODEL            FLYING             C L U B (Incorporating L.M.F.C.)

C O N S T I T U T I O N - (amended 12/05/91, 21/01/92and 31/03/93)

1. The primary object of the Shannon Model Flying Club, (incorporating the Limerick Model Flying
Club) shall be to foster and encourage model building and flying.

2. An AGM shall be held each year in January. At least two weeks notice shall be given to members.
All members shall be entitled to attend and vote at the AGM. A family membership holds one vote.
Any member present may hold one proxy in writing from another member provided that member is not
himself present.

3. The officers shall consist of Chairman, Hon. Secretary, Hon. Treasurer, and Hon. Competition
Secretary. The Hon. Competition Secretary shall prepare for, and organise the running of all
competitions within the club. A qualified Contest Director as appointed by M.A.C.I will rule on the
days of a Provincial Competition. No one person may fill more than one post. The S.M.F.C. (inc.
L.M.F.C.) Committee shall appoint a Safety Officer. The role of the Safety Officer shall be one of
advising the Committee on all aspects relating to safety awareness and procedure. The Committee may
also co-opt not more than three other persons to itself to fill any post it deems necessary.

4. This Constitution may only be modified at an AGM, or E.G.M. summoned for the purpose, and then
only on a two-thirds majority of the eligible votes cast. Proposals for such changes must be submitted in
writing by the proposer and seconder to the Secretary before the first day in January preceding the
AGM Proposals may not be modified during the discussion, except in minor points at the discretion of
the Chairman of the meeting.

5. The various registration and affiliation fees shall be decided at the AGM

6. On a petition signed by ten registered members, the Hon. Secretary shall call an Extraordinary
General Meeting of the S.M.F.C. (inc. L.M.F.C.), giving four weeks notice to members. The reason for
calling the meeting must be stated and only items notified may be discussed.

7.
     (i)     That Trustees be appointed for and on behalf of the Club at the A.G.M. or E.G.M.
     (ii)    That the Trustees be the Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary for the time being or otherwise
             as the AGM or E.G.M. may decide.
     (iii)   That in the event of the Trustees deciding that insurance cover is or has become inadequate,
             that they may close the field forthwith and without notice of any kind.

8. New applicants for membership shall be proposed and seconded by club members of at least two
years consecutive standing. Said proposer and seconder shall undertake to monitor their proposee in the
spirit and implementation of Club practice and procedure for the period of one year.

9. It shall be mandatory for all members of the club to hold current M.A.C.I Insurance.

10. The Committee shall take such action as is appropriate to ensure safety of all members and third
parties at all flying meetings, with particular regard to the requirement of its insurance policy. All
members shall be duty bound to treat safety in a responsible manner.
11. The Club shall meet 4 times a year. The quorum for a meeting shall be 7 members, at least two of
which shall be Committee Officers. In the absence of the Chairman, the meeting shall elect from its
members present, a chairman who shall preside for the duration of the meeting.

12. Where a decision of the Club is required urgently and before the next meeting is due, the Chairman
or Hon. Secretary may make such a decision on condition he has the approval of two other officers of
S.M.F.C. (inc. L.M.F.C.) and also on condition he has made every reasonable effort to obtain a
consensus of the clubs views on the subject, and that the decision made is in keeping with such views.
Any such decision must be recorded at the next meeting of the club.

13. The S.M.F.C. (inc L.M.F.C.) shall make rules and regulations (herein after called The Flying
Rules) covering the different classes and types of aeromodelling.

14. The S.M.F.C. (inc. L.M.F.C.) shall keep an up to date list of The Flying Rules, which shall be
available to all members.

15. The S.M.F.C. (inc. L.M.F.C.) shall have the power to make byelaws limiting and regulating the
conduct of members, and to vary these from time to time. A list of byelaws shall be kept and be
available to members.

16. Where in the opinion of the committee, a member of S.M.F.C. (inc. LMFC) has acted in a manner
which was or is in breach of this Constitution or bye-law made hereunder, the committee may, through
a Disciplinary Committee duly appointed for that purpose and consisting of five members of S.M.F.C.
(inc. L.M.F.C.) of whom one shall be the Chairman, no one of whom shall in any way be concerned in
the alleged breach, cause an enquiry to be made into the alleged breach, for that purpose shall, prior to
the imposition of any penalty, notify the person of their intention to hold an enquiry into such alleged
breach, specifying the nature thereof, and giving not less than fourteen days notice of the time, place
and date upon which such enquiry shall take place, giving such member the right to appear with or
without legal representation, and notifying them of the steps which may be taken in their absence and
the penalties which may be applied arising from the enforcement of any authorised penalty in respect of
such alleged breach.

(This Constitution was amended on the 12th May 1991, the 20th Jan. 1992 and on the 30th March
1993 and is in effect from that date onwards).
       SHANNON MODEL FLYING                                                            CLUB
              (Incorporating L.M.F.C.)
               F L Y I N G R U L ES



1. Inishcullin Hill, Shannon, is the clubs official flying field.

 2. Club members shall abide by the wishes of the owner, Shannon Free Airport Development Company
(S.F.A.D.C.O.) and rules of Air Traffic Control (A.T.C.) Shannon, in the use of our recognised flying
area. Flying must not commence on any given day until ATC have been notified and clearance
obtained. ATC must be notified when flying finishes at end of day. This rule applies to all models
including Control-Line.

3. The flying field is divided into two areas, the aircraft flightline and the helicopter hovering area.
Neither type of model may intrude into the airspace of the other when models are flying. On the last
twenty minutes of every hour, the aircraft flightline will be reserved for helicopter flying. If, during this
time, the helicopters are using the aircraft flightline, no fix-wing aircraft may fly. No more than 4
models may be in the air over the Aircraft Flight-line at any one time.

4. Free flight models of any description shall not be allowed to fly at Inishcullin Hill.

5. Club members are no longer required to have a current Radio Control Licence.

6. Frequency peg to be taken by flier before switching on Transmitter and be replaced at the end of
flying session. When the peg is taken, the flyers identification peg must replace it. No flier shall hold
more than one peg at any one time. Where more than one flier uses a peg, flights should alternate. If
alternate flier is unable to commence flight within 10 minutes peg should be released to next flier.

7. When full sized aircraft are approaching the field, model planes must land or circle at very low
altitude until area is clear.

8. Low flying near the pit area or towards people on the airfield shall be deemed dangerous and the
pilot shall be reported to the committee for disciplinary action if necessary. Models must not fly over
the clubhouse, car park areas or the road that skirts the flying field.

9. Any action of an R.C. pilot which results in a complaint by a SFADCo or ATC Official which is
subsequently upheld by the Club Committee shall be deemed dangerous and dealt with by the
committee accordingly.

10. On a landing pattern, the RC pilot shall shout "landing" or "engine out" to warn others.

11. Take-off / landing direction will be determined by wind direction and all flyers must operate in the
same direction. Where there is no wind blowing, the Direction Arrow will be used and flyers must
operate in the direction in which it is pointing.
12. Helicopters when started in the pit area must be carried to a point at least 20 ft. away before taking
off. When the flight is finished, they must be landed 20 ft. away from the pit area and carried back to
the pits.

13. At all times, an effective silencer shall be used to comply with 84dB average at ten metres.

14. No visitors shall be allowed to fly without first presenting proof of MACI approved insurance to a
Senior Club Member.

15. All flying over the De Beers Complex and playing fields is strictly prohibited.

16. All members on the flying field shall comply with directions given by Committee members for safer
flying.

17. All flying is prohibited when grass cutting is taking place.

18. No Pilot may fly unsupervised unless the holder of an A or B Certificate in accordance with current
M.A.C.I regulations.

19. Any or all of the Club Committee shall enforce these rules.

(These rules were amended on the 12th October 1995, 23rd Sept 1996 and 21st Jan 2002 are in effect
from that date onwards)
  Shannon Model Flying Club / Limerick Model Flying Club

                              BYE-LAWS
The following new Bye-Laws were adopted at the AGM on the 21/1/2002

(1) FEES: Membership Fees including MACI Membership for 2002 are:

        Senior: € 155 / Junior: € 60 / Student € 95/ Family: € 200

The last date for payment of fees is the 11/3/2002 - NO FLYING AFTER
THAT DATE.

Current members must pay the full fee amount, if they renew at any time in
the 12 months following the date on which the fees fall due. If membership is
not renewed in the 12 month period it is deemed to have lapsed. New
members who join after the start of the club year are entitled to a discount on
fees after Oct 1st. The exact Details are with the Treasurer.


(2) MACI FEES

MACI Fees must be paid via the club treasurer who will forward them to
MACI and must be paid to him not later than 11th March. Payment of MACI
fees to the treasurer does not represent a renewal of insurance and members
are only insured when they receive their MACI Insurance Card.

(3) FREQUENCY ALLOCATION

Each member of the club will be allocated a frequency and must use only that
frequency at club nominated flying sites. A list of allocated frequencies will
be displayed in the clubhouse.




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         Shannon Model Flying Club
      Membership Application Form 2002
           Name:________________________________________
           Address:______________________________________
           _____________________________________________
           _____________________________________________

          Work Phone No:     __________________
          Home Phone No:     __________________
          Mobile No:         __________________
          Email Adress:      __________________________

    Class Applied for:- Senior: ___ Junior:___ Student : ____ Family:___

   Previous member of MACI Yes:___ No:___          (MACI No.: EI _______)

          Radio License No longer Required          TX Ch. No. ____

Interests: Aircraft: ___ Helicopters:___ Gliders:___ Control-line:___

                Membership Fees enclosed: _____________

                       Senior          Family         Junior        Student
                                     1 Snr + 1                     (Full time
                                         Jnr                      education)
Shannon Club Fee       € 90.00        € 115.00       € 30.00         € 30.00
   M.A.C.I Fee         € 65.00         € 85.00       € 30.00         € 65.00

    Total Fee          € 155.00       € 200.00       € 60.00        € 95.00


 I wish to apply for membership of Shannon Model Flying Club and agree to
           be bound by the constitution and flying rules of the club.


           Signed: ___________________ Date:______________

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